It seems like such a shame that I make it to Durham so infrequently. It is only a 20-30 minute drive, there is so much to do and see [and eat], and my husband works out Durham’s historic American Tobacco District. I find myself so Raleigh focused, that I forget about Durham’s iniquities. Or I find myself in conversations with people who wonder, “what is there to do in Durham.” So much. In fact, I believe you can spend a whole day in Durham having a “bull” load of fun [meh, I tried].
A Day’s Agenda:
Stop in at Parker & Otis for some breakfast, coffee, and a browse through their shop. If you’re lucky, and the weather is nice, you can grab a seat outside. You’ll need to tack on at least a half an hour on to your breakfast to allow yourself time to walk through and look at all the unique items that they sell, like specialty cards, cooking/baking items, beauty, bakery, children’s and baby gifts, etc.
Walk around and peruse the shops in Brightleaf Square. Here you’ll find Wentworth & Leggett Rare Book and Prints, Vert & Vogue, Offbeat Music, James Kennedy Antiques, Hamilton Hill, etc. You can even walk along Main Street for Fifis Resale Apparel and other shops.
After you shop yourself hungry, pop in at Mad Hatters Bakeshop for some lunch and pastries. Here you can get free wifi, or enjoy a conversation with a friend. You likely won’t leave without some pastries to take home. So delicious!
Time to work off your lunch at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 55 acres of landscaped [and wooded] beauty. This popular wedding spot resides on Duke’s campus, and is beautifully any time of year. Admission is free, but parking is not.
Since you are already on Duke’s campus be sure to drive around and enjoy the lush green and beautiful buildings including that of the Nasher Museum of Art. If you want to be frugal do like Annie and I did, drop in half an hour before close. The admission was free and there were only 3 galleries for us to walk through so we made it through in half an hour.
There are so many options for dinner, one great one being Vin Rouge [see Tuesday’s post]. Some other options? Nana’s, Four Square, Revolution, Watt’s Grocery, or Dame’s Chicken and Waffles. These are just a few of your options.
Catch a AAA baseball game at the Durham Bulls athletic park. Cheer on the Durham Bulls and pray for a home run so that you can see steam come out of Wool E. Bull’s nostrils. The stadium also features a manual scoreboard. After a game walk through the American Tobacco district where you can often listen to outdoor entertainment, grab a drink at one of the many restaurants, or sit by the waterfall and stream [man-made] and enjoy some people watching.
Visiting Durham in the winter? Perhaps you can catch a show at the DPAC [Durham Performing Arts Center]. The DPAC, having opened in 2008 is across the street from the Durham Bulls and is the largest performing arts center in North Carolina. You can catch many shows here, including touring Broadway shows.
What else would you add to your Durham agenda? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal