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Living in the Triangle

Posted June 6, 2007

The Triangle area has much to offer in the way of entertainment, dining, sightseeing, and sports and recreation. There are literally hundreds of great things to do. Narrowing them down to 25 is next to impossible, but we’re going to take a stab at it!

Will that be cash, debit or credit?
Shopping centers. The newly renovated North Hills Mall and Triangle Towne Center, featuring Saks Fifth Avenue, add to the high-end shopping experiences that can be found in Raleigh. And The Streets at Southpoint does the same for Durham.

Antiquing. With a number of antique shops in its downtown area, Historic Pittsboro is one of the most popular places to find the perfect old dresser for your guest bedroom, hutch for your kitchen or any other piece of furniture you can imagine for any room of the house. Don’t miss “Beggars and Choosers!”

Outlets. Morrisville is home to the Triangle’s largest retail outlet center, Prime Outlets, which features more than 50 manufacturer-owned outlet stores.

So, when do we eat?
Haute cuisine. Durham is nationally known for its gourmet offerings, and Four Square continues the tradition established by Magnolia Grill and Nana’s. In Raleigh, check out the new Nana’s Chophouse.
Great for a date. For casual elegance, great food and a reasonable price, you can’t beat Starlu in Durham. 418 West in Chapel Hill is a longstanding guarantee for good Northern Italian food and atmosphere.
Grab it and go. Char-Grill and Snoopy’s are both Raleigh institutions that have some of the best hot dogs and hamburgers you’re likely to ever try. In Durham, it’s the Dog House, paws down.
Just desserts. Take care of that sweet tooth with Goodberry’s Frozen Custard, with locations in Durham, Raleigh and Cary.

C’mon, be a sport.
ACC sports. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area has a rich and unique tradition in collegiate athletics. Duke University, N.C. State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provide locals with ACC excitement year-round-from football to soccer to the fabled “Tobacco Road” basketball.

If Clay Aiken can sing the national anthem before one, it must be worth seeing. What is it? A Durham Bulls baseball game!
Opportunities to play tennis abound in the Triangle. In addition to numerous private clubs, there are lots of options open to the general public. Try Phillips Park in Chapel Hill, open from dusk ‘til dawn.
Golfing. One of the favorite pastimes for many who live in this area. Some of the most beautiful courses in the nation can be found right here, including the exquisite Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham and the legendary Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill.

Cultured ‘pearls’
Located in downtown Raleigh, the BTI Center for the Performing Arts is the “crown jewel” of the Triangle’s performing arts community
Take in an evening outdoor concert at Regency Park in Cary. There’s nothing like sipping Sauvignon Blanc while listening to the croons of the likes of Harry Connick Jr. or K.D. lang.

“Crawling” around art galleries has become quite the thing in the Triangle area. In Raleigh, gallery crawls happen on the first Friday of every month, except for a couple of months in winter. It’s the third Saturday in Durham, the second Friday in Carrboro, and Hillsborough has one, too!
Museums offer a great way to pass a Triangle afternoon. Check out Exploris in Raleigh, the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, or the Art, History or Science Museums in Raleigh. All feature exhibits that rival museums nationwide.

With a unique combination of local theater groups, such as Raleigh Little Theatre and Theatre in the Park, and the performance offerings of the local colleges and universities, Wake County is fertile ground for theater buffs.

The Great Outdoors!
Whether biking or hiking, the Duke University trails can provide great fun and exercise. The hilly trails near Hwy 751 are great for biking, while those along New Hope Creek provide lots of opportunities to commune with nature.
Umstead Park, off of Highway 70 in Raleigh is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon exploring nature.

The new American Tobacco Trail offers two dozen miles on which you can bike, hike or roller blade. It currently runs from downtown Durham through the Southpoint Mall area in Durham, and will eventually run through parts of Chatham and Wake counties.

Parrish Womble Park in Holly Springs comprises 46 acres of space for recreational activities, such as volleyball and soccer.

Just hangin’ out
Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, walking, shopping and
people-watching.

Same goes for North Churton Street in Hillsborough, with lots of smart little cafes and shops. Check out the James Pharmacy and the Hillsborough Wine Company.

Enjoying a movie in summer is never quite so satisfying as when you’re doing it outdoors…on a quilt… with a picnic basket and good friends. Do it all summer long at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Grab a cup of java at any one of dozens of coffeehouses in the Triangle area. Not only are there an abundance of Starbuck’s around, but unique shops as loaded with character as they are beans. Check out Ooh La Latte on Broad Street in Durham.

After Hours on Thursday afternoons are great fun all over the Triangle. That’s if you like live music, dancing and beer or wine, of course. In Durham, it’s Durham Alive After Five at the Bulls ballpark; Weaver Street Market in Carrboro; or Live After Five in downtown Raleigh.

So, that’s it…our take on the 25 Great Things to Do in the Triangle. Now, if we just had room to list the other 1,763!

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