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Hotels: Raleigh/Durham

Recharge near the track at the Umstead Hotel and Spa. (866) 877-4141

Snooze at the historic Washington Duke Inn. Visit Website.

Catch some zzzs downtown at the Durham Marriott. Visit Website.

Admire the Tiffany lamps at Pinehurst’s first hotel, the Holly Inn. Visit Website.

 

Restaurants: Raleigh/Durham

Cup coffee at Durham’s Counter Culture. Like a wine tasting, a cupping involves much more than taking a sip and giving a thumbs up or down. Counter Culture specializes in these once-a-week events, helping coffee drinkers better appreciate their brews. You examine a few coffees, smelling the dry and the wet grounds, and finally tasting the samples for brightness, flavor, body, and aftertaste. Visit Website.

Refuel with a plate of smoked chicken ravioli at Raleigh’s Porter’s City Tavern. Visit Website.

Sample one of Triangle Brewing Company’s beers at Tyler’s Taproom. Visit Website.

Try an Italian panini at Toast Paninoteca in Durham. Visit Website

Stock up on gourmet food at Foster’s Market in Durham and Chapel Hill. Visit Website.

Savor the signature chicken-breast dish at the resort’s Four Diamond-rated restaurant, the 1895 Grille. Visit Website.

 

Cultural/Historic: Raleigh/Durham

See Durham’s history at the American Tobacco Campus. Though Washington Duke built most of this complex in the late 1800s for his booming American Tobacco Company, this historic district now holds more than 50 businesses, including five restaurants, a public radio station, a new glass-encased performing arts center, and the world’s most famous minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls. The Campus also anchors the 22-mile American Tobacco Trail, the longest greenway trail in the area. North of the central courtyard is the old powerhouse where steam boilers used to crank out electricity for Duke’s tobacco factories. A few steps beyond, a renovated train sitting near the head of the river looks ready to head out on a delivery detail. The Campus comes alive on summer evenings when live music fills the space. Visit Website.

Attempt to conquer the famous No. 2 hole at the Pinehurst Resort, located about 70 miles southwest of Raleigh. Donald Ross, one of the greatest golf course designers, created No. 2, and Payne Stewart immortalized the links when he sank a 15-footer to win the 1999 U.S. Open by a single stroke. Visit Website.

 

Fun Stuff: Raleigh/Durham

Visit Raleigh’s 300-foot Lake Crabtree Pump Track and ride the course made for mountain bikers, BMXers, and anyone else with pedals. The free new pump track at Lake Crabtree is the first one in the area open to everyone. A pump track consists of a series of small hills called rollers and angled curves called berms put together in quick succession. After a few initial pedal strokes, you keep momentum by shifting your weight. Fortunately, you don’t need to live on a mountain bike to enjoy the pump track. Even little kids enjoy taking a spin. It’s like driving your own personal roller coaster. Visit Website.

Rent wheels from the Bicycle Chain, three miles from the Lake Crabtree Pump Track. Visit Website.

Catch a fly ball at a Durham Bulls game. Visit Website.

Whack a wicket at Pinehurst’s championship croquet courts. Visit Website.

 

 

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