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You can meet the nicest people on vacation. If you're staying in a small beach town or holing up at a remote bed-and-breakfast, it's natural to strike up a conversation with fellow travelers who share your interests in shell collecting or birdwatching or chat with other families with small children. However, sometimes you don't want to meet new people and want a private, tranquil escape. In those circumstances, you might want to look into renting an entire island in North Carolina.

Copperhead Island is a 14-acre island in Lake Wylie, connected to the North Carolina mainland by a footpath or accessed via boat launch. The idyllic island is near the McDowell Nature Preserve and shares its natural wonders, plentiful bird populations, and wandering animals making it the perfect place to get back to nature, while staying close enough to Charlotte's coffee shops and wine bars for emergency runs.

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The tranquil reprieve is criss-crossed with walking trails, peaceful corners for observing the natural world, and picturesque piers perfect for casting a line and waiting to see what bites.

The island's rustic spread can host up to 40 people for an overnight trip. There are six primitive camping sites, so pack in your sleeping bag, tent, and all the supplies for your favorite meal to cook out under the stars. If you're not up for a night in a tent, the island has plenty to offer daytrippers, including a large picnic area with restrooms, grills, and even electricity, with entertainment provided by a sand-lined volleyball court and a horseshoe pit. Copperhead Island can host 80 people for a daytime event, like, say, a non-traditional Tar Heel wedding, a family reunion, or a madcap birthday party.

The best part about Copperhead Island is that you can rent the entire place for around $200 a night. That means you can visit the island whenever you want, and perhaps make some new friends on your mini-vacation. Or rent the island out and share the serene 14 acres with your nearest and dearest—or keep all that peace and quiet for yourself. Well, yourself and the 119 species of birds, 21 species of mammals, 21 species of reptiles, and 14 species of amphibians that call the area home.

Find out more about Copperhead Island here.

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