Explore the Tastes and Adventures of Raleigh and Durham

Explore the Tastes and Adventures of Raleigh and Durham

The name of Raleigh restaurant Bida Manda comes from the Sanskrit ceremonial term for mother and father

When planning a getaway, you want to fit as many activities into your trip as you can. Taste the local cuisine, experience the arts, tour the towns and have an adventure. There’s much to explore in the neighboring Triangle cities of Raleigh and Durham.

Choosing your place to stay will help chart the course for your experiences. There are dozens of hotels in Raleigh: If you want to stay near downtown, the Aloft Raleigh is a highly rated choice; for Midtown, go with the Hyatt House located in the North Hills entertainment district.

Or make Durham the home base for your trip, where two acclaimed boutique hotels are located within a couple of blocks of each other: The Durham Hotel and 21c Museum Hotel. The Durham features a popular rooftop restaurant (which offers yoga), while 21c is literally a museum inside of a hotel.

Prepare to eat a lot during this trip.

In Raleigh, James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen runs several restaurants and bars, including Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey and Death & Taxes. You’d go home full and happy even if you chose only to eat at her spots. But there are other innovative options in town, such as Bida Manda, with its Laotian-inspired cuisine, and The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, where the “burgushi” – the fusion of burgers and sushi – often intrigues guests.

Grab breakfast or brunch at Scratch, one of the local favorites in Durham. And since you can walk and chew at the same time, the Durham Walking Food Tour is a fun and filling way to see downtown. A visit to Brightleaf Square also offers provisions and keepsakes by way of locally owned shops and boutiques.

When mapping out the attractions on your to-do list, you could spend an entire afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of Art. More than a half-dozen curated exhibitions are on display inside, and the Museum Park, which includes gardens, trails and towering sculptures, makes the grounds as intriguing as the inside of the museum. If outdoors is where you thrive, plan any number of activities at Eno River State Park in Durham.

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