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Axes and Armor Hatchet House
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Let’s throw a curveball here…or better yet, an ax! No, seriously. It’s no wonder the art of hatchet throwing has gained a ton of traction lately. First and foremost, it’s just downright fun, and it actually has some positive health benefits as well. Not only does it work several of your muscle groups at the same time, but it’s a therapeutic stress reliever like no other. Axes and Armor provides a place to do just that, both in Fayetteville and a brand new location Spring Lake. Lessons are offered, but really it’s as simple as making a reservation, grabbing a beer from their bar, and chucking those hatchets! For some additional stress relief, be sure to bring a photo of your boss to put over the bullseye. (Kidding. Kind of.)

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John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center
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Tucked away across from Lake Rim lies the only fishing education centers of its kind in North Carolina. I know what you’re thinking - “This place doesn’t sound very therapeutic…” but with all of the amenities to enjoy here, it offers a boatload of ways to treat yourself. The building itself is almost 5K square feet, complete with a wrap-around porch on both floors with plenty of rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Multiple fishing instruction courses are available that include fly fishing, lure making, and rod building. If you’re the type who finds serenity in the great outdoors and therapy in crafting your own tools to do so, this is your spot. For those Parks and Recreation fans still reading, this would be Ron Swanson’s paradise.

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Shanti Wellness - Fayetteville Wellness Center
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Formerly known as “The Floating Shanti”, both the name and the location have been updated to reflect the multiple therapeutic avenues it offers. However, the floating tank remains its mainstay. “Floating” is a practice where you enter a sensory deprivation tank filled with water and enough Epsom salts to make your body float effortlessly. It’s certainly a unique form of therapy but sworn by many to improve mental and physical well-being. In fact, a lot of those positive experiences and testimonials come from Fayetteville’s very own active military locals and veterans. If trying unique means of therapy sounds enticing, you should try their cupping therapy too. I mean…if it worked for Michael Phelps, it could work for you! (Note: cupping doesn’t guarantee you’ll win 23 Olympic gold medals, but it’s worth a shot, right?)

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Spring Lake Outpost
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If you find tranquility in the whole floating thing but prefer to do so outdoors, here’s your place. Spring Lake Outpost offers a quaint spot to cruise down the Little River by kayak or canoe. With a few routes available, it’s perfect for those who may only need a couple of hours of relaxation or those who prefer an all-day excursion. Whichever you choose, they offer a convenient shuttle pick-up to take you and your river cruiser back at the end of the adventure. It truly is a peaceful, yet adventurous experience with a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to take in. The best part is that you won’t find any big boats or jet skis killing your vibes since the Little River is undisturbed. Which, if you’re familiar with most North Carolina inlets, is pretty hard to come by.

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Whether or not you’re a fan of the show Parks and Recreation, you’ve probably heard Donna and Tom’s lighthearted advice to “Treat Yo Self”. While many of us have adopted the phrase to use as an excuse to buy that pricey

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Whether or not you’re a fan of the show Parks and Recreation, you’ve probably heard Donna and Tom’s lighthearted advice to “Treat Yo Self”. While many of us have adopted the phrase to use as an excuse to buy that pricey

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The Cave Spa After recently opening just earlier this year, this place has already made its mark both locally and on a national scale. Named as one of 10 Black-owned Spas to Bliss Out In (TripAdvisor), The Cave specializes in Halo-therapy (salt therapy) as it provides many benefits to detoxify and hydrate the whole body. As the name would ensue, it features Cumberland County’s first and only salt cave! Another unique feature they offer is monthly membership packages so you can make self-care a part of your routine. One of those packages includes unlimited detox baths, which if you haven’t experienced, you’re missing out. Ironically, with the relaxation it provides, you’re sure to feel far less *ahem*… “salty” after leaving. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc)   Axes and Armor Hatchet House Let’s throw a curveball here…or better yet, an ax! No, seriously. It’s no wonder the art of hatchet throwing has gained a ton of traction lately. First and foremost, it’s just downright fun, and it actually has some positive health benefits as well. Not only does it work several of your muscle groups at the same time, but it’s a therapeutic stress reliever like no other. Axes and Armor provides a place to do just that, both in Fayetteville and a brand new location Spring Lake. Lessons are offered, but really it’s as simple as making a reservation, grabbing a beer from their bar, and chucking those hatchets! For some additional stress relief, be sure to bring a photo of your boss to put over the bullseye. (Kidding. Kind of.) View this post on Instagram A post shared by ❂ Emily Brewer❂ (@emilybrewerr) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gregg Kimbell (@justgregggg)   John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center Tucked away across from Lake Rim lies the only fishing education centers of its kind in North Carolina. I know what you’re thinking - “This place doesn’t sound very therapeutic…” but with all of the amenities to enjoy here, it offers a boatload of ways to treat yourself. The building itself is almost 5K square feet, complete with a wrap-around porch on both floors with plenty of rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Multiple fishing instruction courses are available that include fly fishing, lure making, and rod building. If you’re the type who finds serenity in the great outdoors and therapy in crafting your own tools to do so, this is your spot. For those Parks and Recreation fans still reading, this would be Ron Swanson’s paradise. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center)   Shanti Wellness - Fayetteville Wellness Center Formerly known as “The Floating Shanti”, both the name and the location have been updated to reflect the multiple therapeutic avenues it offers. However, the floating tank remains its mainstay. “Floating” is a practice where you enter a sensory deprivation tank filled with water and enough Epsom salts to make your body float effortlessly. It’s certainly a unique form of therapy but sworn by many to improve mental and physical well-being. In fact, a lot of those positive experiences and testimonials come from Fayetteville’s very own active military locals and veterans. If trying unique means of therapy sounds enticing, you should try their cupping therapy too. I mean…if it worked for Michael Phelps, it could work for you! (Note: cupping doesn’t guarantee you’ll win 23 Olympic gold medals, but it’s worth a shot, right?) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shanti Wellness FWC (@shantiwellnessfwc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by N a t a s h a (@iam_natashamoore)   Spring Lake Outpost If you find tranquility in the whole floating thing but prefer to do so outdoors, here’s your place. Spring Lake Outpost offers a quaint spot to cruise down the Little River by kayak or canoe. With a few routes available, it’s perfect for those who may only need a couple of hours of relaxation or those who prefer an all-day excursion. Whichever you choose, they offer a convenient shuttle pick-up to take you and your river cruiser back at the end of the adventure. It truly is a peaceful, yet adventurous experience with a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to take in. The best part is that you won’t find any big boats or jet skis killing your vibes since the Little River is undisturbed. Which, if you’re familiar with most North Carolina inlets, is pretty hard to come by. 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While many of us have adopted the phrase to use as an excuse to buy that pricey pair of shoes, many of us don’t take into account how important the actual concept of treating yourself actually is. The idea here is self-care, which is much more than an impulse purchase of some new kicks. A lot of us are too busy taking care of others, are drowned with work, or feel selfish even thinking about taking time for ourselves. The fact of the matter is, your physical, mental, and emotional health affects everyone around you - especially the ones you love. So maybe, just maybe, it’s time to consider a few places to treat yourself. Below are a few of the top spots in the Fayetteville area where you can do just that! But first, just in case you needed to hear it again… Inspired now? Great! Let's begin... The Cave Spa After recently opening just earlier this year, this place has already made its mark both locally and on a national scale. Named as one of 10 Black-owned Spas to Bliss Out In (TripAdvisor), The Cave specializes in Halo-therapy (salt therapy) as it provides many benefits to detoxify and hydrate the whole body. As the name would ensue, it features Cumberland County’s first and only salt cave! Another unique feature they offer is monthly membership packages so you can make self-care a part of your routine. One of those packages includes unlimited detox baths, which if you haven’t experienced, you’re missing out. Ironically, with the relaxation it provides, you’re sure to feel far less *ahem*… “salty” after leaving. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc)   Axes and Armor Hatchet House Let’s throw a curveball here…or better yet, an ax! No, seriously. It’s no wonder the art of hatchet throwing has gained a ton of traction lately. First and foremost, it’s just downright fun, and it actually has some positive health benefits as well. Not only does it work several of your muscle groups at the same time, but it’s a therapeutic stress reliever like no other. Axes and Armor provides a place to do just that, both in Fayetteville and a brand new location Spring Lake. Lessons are offered, but really it’s as simple as making a reservation, grabbing a beer from their bar, and chucking those hatchets! For some additional stress relief, be sure to bring a photo of your boss to put over the bullseye. (Kidding. Kind of.) View this post on Instagram A post shared by ❂ Emily Brewer❂ (@emilybrewerr) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gregg Kimbell (@justgregggg)   John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center Tucked away across from Lake Rim lies the only fishing education centers of its kind in North Carolina. I know what you’re thinking - “This place doesn’t sound very therapeutic…” but with all of the amenities to enjoy here, it offers a boatload of ways to treat yourself. The building itself is almost 5K square feet, complete with a wrap-around porch on both floors with plenty of rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Multiple fishing instruction courses are available that include fly fishing, lure making, and rod building. If you’re the type who finds serenity in the great outdoors and therapy in crafting your own tools to do so, this is your spot. For those Parks and Recreation fans still reading, this would be Ron Swanson’s paradise. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center)   Shanti Wellness - Fayetteville Wellness Center Formerly known as “The Floating Shanti”, both the name and the location have been updated to reflect the multiple therapeutic avenues it offers. However, the floating tank remains its mainstay. “Floating” is a practice where you enter a sensory deprivation tank filled with water and enough Epsom salts to make your body float effortlessly. It’s certainly a unique form of therapy but sworn by many to improve mental and physical well-being. In fact, a lot of those positive experiences and testimonials come from Fayetteville’s very own active military locals and veterans. If trying unique means of therapy sounds enticing, you should try their cupping therapy too. I mean…if it worked for Michael Phelps, it could work for you! (Note: cupping doesn’t guarantee you’ll win 23 Olympic gold medals, but it’s worth a shot, right?) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shanti Wellness FWC (@shantiwellnessfwc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by N a t a s h a (@iam_natashamoore)   Spring Lake Outpost If you find tranquility in the whole floating thing but prefer to do so outdoors, here’s your place. Spring Lake Outpost offers a quaint spot to cruise down the Little River by kayak or canoe. With a few routes available, it’s perfect for those who may only need a couple of hours of relaxation or those who prefer an all-day excursion. Whichever you choose, they offer a convenient shuttle pick-up to take you and your river cruiser back at the end of the adventure. It truly is a peaceful, yet adventurous experience with a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to take in. The best part is that you won’t find any big boats or jet skis killing your vibes since the Little River is undisturbed. Which, if you’re familiar with most North Carolina inlets, is pretty hard to come by. 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In celebration of October as NC Beer Month and with Veteran's Day quickly approaching, what better time than now to raise a glass in honor of the veteran-owned breweries around Fayetteville. One of the best ways to thank a veteran for their service is continuing to support them and their endeavors after being discharged. So, when you grab a pint at one of these places, you know you're doing just that!

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Bright Light Brewing Company (BLBC)
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Two United States Army veterans who served together, continue serving their community together. Not only is that the short story of how BLBC came to be, but t's that beautiful sentiment that encapsulates what this place is all about: a passion for serving. It's got everything you'd want in a brewery, honestly. The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery".

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Huske Hardware Brewery
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North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike.

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Gaston Brewing Company (GBC)
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If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. As fate would have it, these two were able to turn this little downtown space into an award-winning local favorite. Always full of smiling faces and located right beside military spouse-owned Pressed - A Creative Space, it's clear there's an incredible support system that surrounds GBC - and they're proud of it.

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Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom
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A U.S. Army officer, nurse, and medic walk into a bar…and the rest is history. This triple-threat of veterans took their talents to Hope Mills and opened up what has since become an iconic 8,000-sq. foot destination brewery. And by destination, I mean you could very well spend all day here. With athletic fields, a dog park, a music pavilion, and Napkins (an outstanding patio restaurant that also happens to be veteran-owned and operated) - Dirtbag is the complete package. If you haven't been to Dirtbag by now, let's just say it's "The Nicest Place in North Carolina" (Readers Digest). As proud host to a few upcoming Heroes Homecoming events, Veteran's Day Weekend may be the perfect time to experience Dirtbag, and all these breweries, and see for yourself.

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Heckler Brewing
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Methodist University students (and staff) can now rejoice to know they have a brewery practically on campus! Northside Fayetteville's newest (and only) member of the local brewery scene has already shown big things come in small packages. Although located in a smaller space than their fellow breweries in town, it's perfect for showcasing their 16 diverse craft brews. While they don't currently serve food, their delicious next-door neighbors at Scrub Oaks will happily bring some over for you. With an already dedicated fan base established, don't be surprised to see this place continue to grow!

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Mash House Restaurant and Brewery
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Last, but certainly not least, this local Fayetteville treasure always shows some massive support to military personnel. Although started by veterans and since changed hands, Mash House embraces the veteran foundation it was built upon by offering generous military discounts and supporting various military-related nonprofits. With so many rotating taps to choose from, you might want to grab a flight first while browsing through their food menu. Just to reemphasize, you will want to grab a menu because Mash House serves up some of the best locally sourced food you'll ever experience at a brewery.

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The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery". View this post on Instagram A post shared by chuckandgus.bulldogbros (@chuckandgus.bulldogbros) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bright Light Brewing Company (@brightlightbrewingco)   Huske Hardware Brewery North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award  for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fayetteville Symphony (@faysymphony) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huske Hardware Brewery (@huskehardwarebrewery)   Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. As fate would have it, these two were able to turn this little downtown space into an award-winning local favorite. Always full of smiling faces and located right beside military spouse-owned Pressed - A Creative Space, it's clear there's an incredible support system that surrounds GBC - and they're proud of it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910)   Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom A U.S. Army officer, nurse, and medic walk into a bar…and the rest is history. This triple-threat of veterans took their talents to Hope Mills and opened up what has since become an iconic 8,000-sq. foot destination brewery. And by destination, I mean you could very well spend all day here. With athletic fields, a dog park, a music pavilion, and Napkins (an outstanding patio restaurant that also happens to be veteran-owned and operated) - Dirtbag is the complete package. If you haven't been to Dirtbag by now, let's just say it's "The Nicest Place in North Carolina" (Readers Digest). As proud host to a few upcoming Heroes Homecoming events, Veteran's Day Weekend may be the perfect time to experience Dirtbag, and all these breweries, and see for yourself. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Charles Bessman (@charlesthebeerman)   Heckler Brewing Methodist University students (and staff) can now rejoice to know they have a brewery practically on campus! Northside Fayetteville's newest (and only) member of the local brewery scene has already shown big things come in small packages. Although located in a smaller space than their fellow breweries in town, it's perfect for showcasing their 16 diverse craft brews. While they don't currently serve food, their delicious next-door neighbors at Scrub Oaks will happily bring some over for you. With an already dedicated fan base established, don't be surprised to see this place continue to grow! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Heckler Brewing Company (@hecklerbrewing) View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Valkyrie Project (@valkyrieprojectus)   Mash House Restaurant and Brewery Last, but certainly not least, this local Fayetteville treasure always shows some massive support to military personnel. Although started by veterans and since changed hands, Mash House embraces the veteran foundation it was built upon by offering generous military discounts and supporting various military-related nonprofits. With so many rotating taps to choose from, you might want to grab a flight first while browsing through their food menu. Just to reemphasize, you will want to grab a menu because Mash House serves up some of the best locally sourced food you'll ever experience at a brewery. 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One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award  for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fayetteville Symphony (@faysymphony) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huske Hardware Brewery (@huskehardwarebrewery)   Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. 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Heroes Homecoming is BACK! After the 8th annual celebration of American heroes was limited to virtual events in 2020, the Fayetteville community is buzzing with excitement to reunite for all that Heroes Homecoming has in store for 2021. Because there are so many medical military and first responders who made it possible to reunite, this year’s event is specially dedicated to extending a big “Thank You” to these individuals. With events spread out throughout the week surrounding Veterans Day, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. In case you need some ideas of what to check out this year, here are our top 5 events you won’t want to miss…

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VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
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Let’s start with the obvious. Around this time in 2020, it was exciting to see anyone walking down the street. So, imagine what it's going to feel like when seemingly the entire population of Cumberland County is back together on Hay St. while proudly cheering on the thousands of marching military members. Surely, it will be quite the spectacle. Plus, nothing says “Thank You” like a parade, and this parade will surely be one to remember for decades to come.

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WOODPECKERS FALL FESTIVAL
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If you’re bringing the family to the parade, you’re going to want to head over to Segra Stadium right after to keep the good times rolling. Moms, get ready to snap those pics because, with all of the hayrides, games, and face painting going on; the picture-perfect moments await. Not to worry Dads, even though the Fayetteville Woodpeckers aren't playing, football games will be streaming and local brews will be poured, so you can have your picture-perfect moment too.

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M*A*S*H* RERUNS NIGHT
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It’s no secret that the vintage sitcom M*A*S*H* holds a special place in the hearts of many among the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. In fact, back in 2013, Heroes Homecoming was graced with the presence of M*A*S*H* cast members! Now, eight years later, what better way to honor the contributions of the medical military than sharing a laugh once again watching Hawkeye, Radar, and Hotlips grace the screens at Dirtbag Ales - one of Cumberland County’s most prominent (and just downright awesome) veteran owned-and-operated businesses.

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RED, WHITE, & BLUE FAMILY FUN RUN
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As a special tribute to the medical military and first responders, walkers and runners alike will be tracking around Downtown Fayetteville in military/medical-themed attire to show their support. Whether you’re a family of five with a stroller or a trained runner, the event is open to all. You can probably expect to see a lot of camo pants, white coats, and scrubs. However, if you’re running close to 3 miles, no one’s going to call you a scrub. That’s for sure.

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VETERANS DAY RIDE
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What is probably the loudest and proudest event of the bunch, also is one for a great cause. The Veterans Day Ride is one of the most exciting events to be a part of. The event starts off at Fort Bragg Harley Davidson for a pre-ride party with food, music, prizes, and of course looking at all the decked-out motorcycles. Then, you hit the road in honor of the fallen veterans with all money raised being donated to Wreaths Across America. No Harley? No problem. All vehicles are invited to join the party and the ride!

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Surely, it will be quite the spectacle. Plus, nothing says “Thank You” like a parade, and this parade will surely be one to remember for decades to come.     WOODPECKERS FALL FESTIVAL If you’re bringing the family to the parade, you’re going to want to head over to Segra Stadium right after to keep the good times rolling. Moms, get ready to snap those pics because, with all of the hayrides, games, and face painting going on; the picture-perfect moments await. Not to worry Dads, even though the Fayetteville Woodpeckers aren't playing, football games will be streaming and local brews will be poured, so you can have your picture-perfect moment too.     M*A*S*H* RERUNS NIGHT It’s no secret that the vintage sitcom M*A*S*H* holds a special place in the hearts of many among the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. In fact, back in 2013, Heroes Homecoming was graced with the presence of M*A*S*H* cast members! Now, eight years later, what better way to honor the contributions of the medical military than sharing a laugh once again watching Hawkeye, Radar, and Hotlips grace the screens at Dirtbag Ales - one of Cumberland County’s most prominent (and just downright awesome) veteran owned-and-operated businesses.     RED, WHITE, & BLUE FAMILY FUN RUN As a special tribute to the medical military and first responders, walkers and runners alike will be tracking around Downtown Fayetteville in military/medical-themed attire to show their support. Whether you’re a family of five with a stroller or a trained runner, the event is open to all. You can probably expect to see a lot of camo pants, white coats, and scrubs. However, if you’re running close to 3 miles, no one’s going to call you a scrub. That’s for sure.       VETERANS DAY RIDE What is probably the loudest and proudest event of the bunch, also is one for a great cause. The Veterans Day Ride is one of the most exciting events to be a part of. The event starts off at Fort Bragg Harley Davidson for a pre-ride party with food, music, prizes, and of course looking at all the decked-out motorcycles. Then, you hit the road in honor of the fallen veterans with all money raised being donated to Wreaths Across America. No Harley? No problem. All vehicles are invited to join the party and the ride!     Heroes Homecoming is happening November 6-13, 2021!  Check out HeroesHomecoming.com for all the details! See all of the events happening at this year's Heroes Homecoming by checking out the full Calendar of Events! 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Plus, nothing says “Thank You” like a parade, and this parade will surely be one to remember for decades to come.     WOODPECKERS FALL FESTIVAL If you’re bringing the family to the parade, you’re going to want to head over to Segra Stadium right after to keep the good times rolling. Moms, get ready to snap those pics because, with all of the hayrides, games, and face painting going on; the picture-perfect moments await. Not to worry Dads, even though the Fayetteville Woodpeckers aren't playing, football games will be streaming and local brews will be poured, so you can have your picture-perfect moment too.     M*A*S*H* RERUNS NIGHT It’s no secret that the vintage sitcom M*A*S*H* holds a special place in the hearts of many among the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. In fact, back in 2013, Heroes Homecoming was graced with the presence of M*A*S*H* cast members! 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If you love Halloween, Cumberland County has a special event to help you celebrate the season. We have family-friendly events, super scary haunted houses, and everything in between. Visit just a few events and, chances are, you’ll enjoy the outdoors and explore some of Cumberland County’s gems. Start your planning here.

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On October 8th, the Fayetteville Symphony has partnered with Dirtbag Ales for a screening of the 1922 gothic silent film, Nosferatu. Music, which was arranged by Peter B. Kay, is provided by the symphony. Admission is free. 

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From October 15-17 the Dogwood Fall Festival returns to the Cool Spring Downtown District. The fall festival includes vendors, historic hayrides, seasonal food, and music. On Friday and Saturday night, Historic Hauntings offers a spooky walking tour of Cross Creek Cemetery. Tours start at 6:30 p.m. each night. While the festival is free, Historic Hauntings is $13 per person. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. 

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The undead of Fayetteville are coming back to celebrate the 11th Annual Zombie Walk & Prom on Friday, October 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in downtown Fayetteville.  This free, family-friendly event is an organized public gathering of people dressed in zombie costumes. (We hope these are only costumes!)  Traditionally zombies gather to walk in a parade. However, in 2021, the parade has been canceled and zombies are invited to rove the downtown streets as they wish. The Zombie Walk & Prom includes make-up artists on-site, a costume contest, and live music throughout the evening. 

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The 7th year of celebrating Halloween in the Boo-tanical Garden includes trick or treating through the garden, hayrides, crafts, and lawn games. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume with flashlights to walk the Garden lit by jack-o-lanterns, lights, and luminaries in celebration of Halloween. The first night is Dog Night, when furry family members receive Halloween treats, too. Halloween at the Boo-tanical Garden runs from October 28-30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $5 to $11 and must be purchased in advance.

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If you need some down time with the kiddos or love classic cartoons the Halloween Cartoon Fest at the Cameo Theater is for you. The Cartoon Fest will feature back-to-back Halloween cartoons from the 1920s to the 1950s. Attendees will enjoy more than 90 minutes of spooky cartoons from characters such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Felix the Cat, Popeye, Mickey Mouse, and others. Admission is $5. Showtimes are 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29, and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31.  

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Featuring music from Disney’s Fantasia as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s VertigoGhosts and Ghouls with the Fayetteville Symphony will take you on a Halloween-themed journey of exceptional orchestral music. Filled with fantasy, story-telling, and complexity, Ghosts and Ghouls is a musical Halloween extravaganza. Attendees are invited to wear costumes to the October 30 concert. Tickets are $5-$25. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University.

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At Backwoods Terror Ranch, guests will explore Surgeon Manor, a Victorian farmhouse that is still home to the poor souls that ended up as experiments in Surgeon Labs. Nearby, visitors will explore Backwoods Terror Ranch cemetery and tour the Slaughterhouse, home of the Delamorte Bunch, who was the clean-up crew for Dr. Surgeon’s sadistic experiments. Backwoods Terror Ranch is located at Sweet Valley Ranch, 2990 Sunnyside School Road. Admission is $25-$35 and must be purchased in advance. It is open October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 21-23, and 27-31. 

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The Stoney Point Trail of Terror is known for its thrills, chills, and spills! Hosted at the rear of the Stoney Point Fire Department property, the  Trail of Terror is a fun-filled assault on the senses. Open Friday and Saturday from October 8-30 and Halloween, this experience includes an entertaining stage show, a trip through the spooky indoor trail, and shooting paintballs in the Zombie Gallery. Along the way, visitors may encounter monsters, clowns, and other creepy creatures in animated and 3-D scenes, sure to scare and excite. Tickets are $15 and are available onsite. 

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The undead will rise again at Black Ops Paintball each Friday and Saturday in October. The Zombie Paintball Hayride and Haunted House include a hayride through dark woods, abandoned buildings, ancient ruins and more while you defend yourself against hordes of zombies. Each attendee will use a cannon to blast the undead with the flesh-melting glow-in-the-dark ammo. After the Zombie Hayride, visitors can tour the haunted house, if they dare. Tickets are $30 for one attraction or $45 for both if purchased in advance, $10 more at the door. 

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If you love Halloween, Cumberland County has a special event to help you celebrate the season. We have family-friendly events, super scary haunted houses, and everything in between. Visit just a few events and, chances

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Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.  The undead of Fayetteville are coming back to celebrate the 11th Annual Zombie Walk & Prom on Friday, October 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in downtown Fayetteville.  This free, family-friendly event is an organized public gathering of people dressed in zombie costumes. (We hope these are only costumes!)  Traditionally zombies gather to walk in a parade. However, in 2021, the parade has been canceled and zombies are invited to rove the downtown streets as they wish. The Zombie Walk & Prom includes make-up artists on-site, a costume contest, and live music throughout the evening.  The 7 th year of celebrating Halloween in the Boo-tanical Garden includes trick or treating through the garden, hayrides, crafts, and lawn games. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume with flashlights to walk the Garden lit by jack-o-lanterns, lights, and luminaries in celebration of Halloween. The first night is Dog Night, when furry family members receive Halloween treats, too. Halloween at the Boo-tanical Garden runs from October 28-30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $5 to $11 and must be purchased in advance. If you need some down time with the kiddos or love classic cartoons the Halloween Cartoon Fest at the Cameo Theater is for you. The Cartoon Fest will feature back-to-back Halloween cartoons from the 1920s to the 1950s. Attendees will enjoy more than 90 minutes of spooky cartoons from characters such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Felix the Cat, Popeye, Mickey Mouse, and others. Admission is $5. Showtimes are 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29 , and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31.   Featuring music from Disney’s  Fantasia  as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s  Vertigo , Ghosts and Ghouls with the Fayetteville Symphony will take you on a Halloween-themed journey of exceptional orchestral music. Filled with fantasy, story-telling, and complexity, Ghosts and Ghouls is a musical Halloween extravaganza. Attendees are invited to wear costumes to the October 30 concert. Tickets are $5-$25. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University.   THE SCARY STUFF At Backwoods Terror Ranch, guests will explore Surgeon Manor, a Victorian farmhouse that is still home to the poor souls that ended up as experiments in Surgeon Labs. Nearby, visitors will explore Backwoods Terror Ranch cemetery and tour the Slaughterhouse, home of the Delamorte Bunch, who was the clean-up crew for Dr. Surgeon’s sadistic experiments. Backwoods Terror Ranch is located at Sweet Valley Ranch, 2990 Sunnyside School Road. Admission is $25-$35 and must be purchased in advance. It is open October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 21-23, and 27-31.  The Stoney Point Trail of Terror is known for its thrills, chills, and spills! Hosted at the rear of the Stoney Point Fire Department property, the  Trail of Terror is a fun-filled assault on the senses. Open Friday and Saturday from October 8-30 and Halloween, this experience includes an entertaining stage show, a trip through the spooky indoor trail, and shooting paintballs in the Zombie Gallery. Along the way, visitors may encounter monsters, clowns, and other creepy creatures in animated and 3-D scenes, sure to scare and excite. Tickets are $15 and are available onsite.  The undead will rise again at Black Ops Paintball each Friday and Saturday in October. The Zombie Paintball Hayride and Haunted House include a hayride through dark woods, abandoned buildings, ancient ruins and more while you defend yourself against hordes of zombies. Each attendee will use a cannon to blast the undead with the flesh-melting glow-in-the-dark ammo. After the Zombie Hayride, visitors can tour the haunted house, if they dare. Tickets are $30 for one attraction or $45 for both if purchased in advance, $10 more at the door.  These are just a sampling of special events happening in October. Click the link below for a full, comprehensive calendar.  Ready to plan your visit? Head to our home page at VisitFayettevilleNC.com for a full range of things to see and do. The Calendar of Events Is full of free events throughout the year. Select from one of our Lodging Options if you aren't staying with family or friends. ","id":"6154b1e855b0782158bce0f5","url":"/blog/list/post/halloween-happenings-in-greater-fayetteville/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/halloween-happenings-in-greater-fayetteville/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/halloween-happenings-in-greater-fayetteville/","metaTitle":"Halloween Happenings in Greater Fayetteville","metaDescription":"If you love Halloween, Cumberland County has a special event to help you celebrate the season. 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On Friday and Saturday night, Historic Hauntings offers a spooky walking tour of Cross Creek Cemetery. Tours start at 6:30 p.m. each night. While the festival is free, Historic Hauntings is $13 per person. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.  The undead of Fayetteville are coming back to celebrate the 11th Annual Zombie Walk & Prom on Friday, October 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in downtown Fayetteville.  This free, family-friendly event is an organized public gathering of people dressed in zombie costumes. (We hope these are only costumes!)  Traditionally zombies gather to walk in a parade. However, in 2021, the parade has been canceled and zombies are invited to rove the downtown streets as they wish. The Zombie Walk & Prom includes make-up artists on-site, a costume contest, and live music throughout the evening.  The 7 th year of celebrating Halloween in the Boo-tanical Garden includes trick or treating through the garden, hayrides, crafts, and lawn games. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume with flashlights to walk the Garden lit by jack-o-lanterns, lights, and luminaries in celebration of Halloween. The first night is Dog Night, when furry family members receive Halloween treats, too. Halloween at the Boo-tanical Garden runs from October 28-30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $5 to $11 and must be purchased in advance. 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Let’s be honest, life has been pretty hectic lately for most of us adults. After over a year of way too much time at home, where the phrase “going out” translated into a scavenger hunt for toilet paper or meeting the Uber Eats driver in the driveway, it’s finally time to get back to planning those much-needed nights out with that special someone. Whether you’re meeting up for your first date, looking for an impromptu getaway, or finally shipping those kids off to your parents for the weekend, Downtown Fayetteville awaits! With so much to do in less than a one-mile radius, it is the perfect place to make up for lost time by checking off a few date spots, all in one evening. Check out these 7 great places to wine, dine, and (re)kindle the romance in Downtown Fay!

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District House of Taps
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Fayetteville waited patiently for their first self-pour taproom, and oh boy did this place deliver! Opening just over a year ago, “Taps” has already won the hearts of locals by offering a unique atmosphere to enjoy 40 beers they can pour themselves. Located in what once was the Hilltop House in Historic Haymount District, the modernized space offers multiple seating options for larger parties, double dates, or that intimate table for two. If both you and your partner are avid fans of tasting the best local beer selection around, you’re going to want to start here…and maybe even finish here too. 

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Huske Hardware House
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For both the history buffs and people watchers out there, this 115-year-old building containing Fayetteville’s oldest brewery should check all boxes for you. However, if you ask locals, this place never gets old. Once, in fact, a hardware store, the space is quite accommodating to events and large crowds without the drawback of long waits for a table. As far as food goes, if your worried this is just your run- of-the-mill brewery food, think again. Their menu has some incredible selections for just about every mood. Shepherds pie? Check. Poutine? Check. Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon? Check! Huske has just about everything you’re in the mood for. Plus, who could say, "No" to a date at a place with such a food & drink selection and one that is part of the National Register of Historic Places?

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Fayetteville Woodpeckers @ Segra Stadium
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Sure, you could stay in another night and watch Fever Pitch on Netflix again. Or, you can go to an actual baseball game to live out that rom-com date night yourselves! Even for non-sports fans, watching the Fayetteville Woodpeckers play at Segra Stadium (aka the “The Ball Park of the Decade” according to Baseball Digest) is an experience in itself. Located just a block or two from each place on this list, it’s easy to grab drinks or dinner before and after the game. Although, with some of the best ballpark food and beverage options available in the state, you may not want to. If you’re looking to plan a date during the week, you should check out “Thirsty Thursdays.” Just saying.

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Cameo Art House Theatre
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Again Netflix, we love you, but it’s time we see other movies. Plus, we’ve all missed the movie theatre experience, so why not support an independent movie theatre that missed you back? If you’re a fan of the arts, indy flicks, and eclectic atmospheres, then this is your ideal spot. If the multiple local media accolades such as “Best Movie Theatre in Fayetteville” and “Best Place to Take a Date” aren’t convincing enough, you can best believe that one whiff of their fresh popcorn will do the trick. They even offer theatre rental and private screenings if you’re looking for a more intimate night out - especially if this happens to be the night you plan to ask your date any sort of...important questions. Wink, wink.

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Circa 1800
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Now, let’s talk about the eats! This is a staple for #foodies. Just ask the locals when they voted the “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Food Spot” earlier this year. Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, you will find that their locally sourced ingredients add an additional element of authenticity to their hearty, soulful selection. Every plate that comes out of the looks straight out of a magazine. If you’re here for dinner, you’ll notice a lot of those picturesque plates contain the Circa Chicken Piccata - it’s kind of famous around here. Of course, their brunch is pretty famous as well. So, whatever time of day you end up going, definitely save room for dessert. Their signature Bananas Foster is the perfect dish to sharing (or “split” rather) with your date.

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Spoiler alert: Yes, these last two spots are both Italian. However, leaving off either one would be quite tragic considering both offer their own unique food options and dining experience. You want the best recommendations, right? Fantástico!
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Pierro’s Italian Bistro
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“Bistro” by definition is a smaller place to get quality food that’s friendly on the wallet. That’s exactly what you can expect here. This is one of those places where people come for appetizers, but most develop a dinner craving almost immediately. If that craving happens to be pizza for dinner? Well then, you hit the jackpot! Very few would argue that this is the best pizza downtown. If you or your date aren’t in the pizza mood though, don’t be deterred, the options extend far beyond the tomato sauce and dough. Many will tell you that their Tuscan steak or Caprese salad is the best they’ve ever had too.

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Not to say the best was saved for last necessarily, but locals did just recently name it as “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Date Spot” - which is hard to argue. The owner, Antonella Scibilia, learned the art of Southern Italian cuisine by working in her father’s restaurant as a child. If you’ve never experienced authentic Italian food, just try any of the pasta here. Upon the first bite, you will never be swayed by those unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks places ever again. Not only will you get a genuine Italian food experience, but the elegant decor and Sicilian vibes will have you feeling you’re in Fayetteville’s little slice of Italy. Whether you sit indoors or out, you can guarantee a scrumptious meal and a divine wine selection - all in a truly romantic setting. So, don’t be surprised if you get the urge to tell that special someone those 3 little words they’ve been dying for you to say: “More Lasagna Dip?"

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Located in what once was the Hilltop House in Historic Haymount District, the modernized space offers multiple seating options for larger parties, double dates, or that intimate table for two. If both you and your partner are avid fans of tasting the best local beer selection around, you’re going to want to start here…and maybe even finish here too.      Huske Hardware House For both the history buffs and people watchers out there, this 115-year-old building containing Fayetteville’s oldest brewery should check all boxes for you. However, if you ask locals, this place never gets old. Once, in fact, a hardware store, the space is quite accommodating to events and large crowds without the drawback of long waits for a table. As far as food goes, if your worried this is just your run- of-the-mill brewery food, think again. Their menu has some incredible selections for just about every mood. Shepherds pie? Check. Poutine? Check. Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon? Check! Huske has just about everything you’re in the mood for. Plus, who could say, "No" to a date at a place with such a food & drink selection and one that is part of the National Register of Historic Places?     Fayetteville Woodpeckers @ Segra Stadium Sure, you could stay in another night and watch Fever Pitch on Netflix again. Or, you can go to an actual baseball game to live out that rom-com date night yourselves! Even for non-sports fans, watching the Fayetteville Woodpeckers play at Segra Stadium (aka the “The Ball Park of the Decade” according to Baseball Digest) is an experience in itself. Located just a block or two from each place on this list, it’s easy to grab drinks or dinner before and after the game. Although, with some of the best ballpark food and beverage options available in the state, you may not want to. If you’re looking to plan a date during the week, you should check out “Thirsty Thursdays.” Just saying.     Cameo Art House Theatre Again Netflix, we love you, but it’s time we see other movies. Plus, we’ve all missed the movie theatre experience, so why not support an independent movie theatre that missed you back? If you’re a fan of the arts, indy flicks, and eclectic atmospheres, then this is your ideal spot. If the multiple local media accolades such as “Best Movie Theatre in Fayetteville” and “Best Place to Take a Date” aren’t convincing enough, you can best believe that one whiff of their fresh popcorn will do the trick. They even offer theatre rental and private screenings if you’re looking for a more intimate night out - especially if this happens to be the night you plan to ask your date any sort of...important questions. Wink, wink.     @cameoarthouse       Circa 1800 Now, let’s talk about the eats! This is a staple for #foodies. Just ask the locals when they voted the “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Food Spot” earlier this year. Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, you will find that their locally sourced ingredients add an additional element of authenticity to their hearty, soulful selection. Every plate that comes out of the looks straight out of a magazine. If you’re here for dinner, you’ll notice a lot of those picturesque plates contain the Circa Chicken Piccata - it’s kind of famous around here. Of course, their brunch is pretty famous as well. So, whatever time of day you end up going, definitely save room for dessert. Their signature Bananas Foster is the perfect dish to sharing (or “split” rather) with your date.   Spoiler alert: Yes, these last two spots are both Italian. However, leaving off either one would be quite tragic considering both offer their own unique food options and dining experience. You want the best recommendations, right? 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Fall is a season for family fun in Fayetteville. There are plenty of options to keep everyone entertained while you enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to be active, explore beautiful sites or just relax, one of these suggestions is sure to fit your needs.

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Get lost at two Cumberland County Corn Mazes
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A local favorite, Gallberry Farms Corn Maze offers much more than a corn maze. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 18th through November 7th guests will experience a Fall Harvest Festival that includes a hayride, jumping pillow, double barrel tube slides, a giant corn shack (with a slide), a fire pit, a pumpkin barn, and farm animals.

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The 2021 design for the 5-acre Gallberry Farms Corn Maze is a Salute to First Responders. In addition to the larger maze, a smaller “Fairy Tale” maze is perfect for smaller children. Hours are 5-10 pm on Friday, 12-10 pm on Saturday, and 1-6 pm on Sunday.

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Sweet Valley Ranch launches its first corn maze, Tiny’s Corn Maze, on September 10th. Open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until October 31st, admission includes a 10-acre corn maze, hay bale maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, multiple inflatables including a water slide (weather permitting), kidding train track ride, Berry Go-Round, Rockin’ Tug Boat, dinosaur rides, and an area to meet and greet farm animals. Guests can also purchase souvenir photos, pumpkins, face paintings, carnival games, and corn cannon games.

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Each day, tickets are available for two time slots: 10 am-2 pm or 2-6 pm. Only 300 tickets will be sold per time slot. Purchase tickets here.

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Throw in a line at Hope Mills Lake
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The entire family will enjoy a few hours at Hope Mills Lake. All the angler in your family needs is a North Carolina Fishing License and they can fish for bass, crappie, bluegill, and sunfish from the shore. If they’d prefer to fish from the water, rent a kayak from Yakalacky Outfitters and fish the deeper waters.

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​Other family members can relax in the shade on the shore, play on the playground, or swim, weather permitting. While there, be sure to get a Snoball from BigT’s. In addition to 74 flavors of Snoball’s, BigT’s also serves ice cream, specialty drinks, and a variety of food choices.

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Check out the Fish & Game Trail for a list of other great fishing locations throughout Cumberland County.

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Tour the Cape Fear Botanical Garden
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While the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is beautiful throughout the year, the fall is especially lovely. Two miles from downtown Fayetteville, the 77-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden's highlights include Camelia, Daylily and Shade Gardens, Butterfly Stroll and Children's Garden and the Heritage Garden with an 1886 homestead and agricultural structures. 

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In late summer and fall visitors will see asters, goldenrod, beautyberry, perennial mums, camellias, Liatris, pickerel, Clethra, and water lotus in bloom. Fall is also a wonderful season to observe migratory birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. Because the mating season is over, they are very active and beautiful. Be sure to visit the Great Lawn when you explore the garden. 

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After touring the garden, explore the Garden Shop or get lunch at the Garden View Café.

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Take a hike and enjoy a picnic lunch at Carver’s Creek State Park
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Visit Carvers Creek State Park to stretch your legs and explore 10 miles of easy trails. At the Long Valley Farm access point in Spring Lake, two hikes lead to Long Valley farm, James Stillman Rockefeller’s winter estate.

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At the Sandhills Access on McCloskey Road in Fayetteville, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders can explore seven trails of varied lengths. Each of the trails offers a unique look at the ecology and wildlife in this rare Longleaf Pine ecosystem. During a hike, visitors will likely see the active red-cockaded woodpeckers (marked with a white band), and even a fox squirrel scampering into the woods. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are a federally protected endangered species and one of the largest populations resides in this region.

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After your hike spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic.

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If you’d rather enjoy some local food, consider Noble Meats & Eatery, a Spring Lake staple for 25 years. This local butcher shop also serves lunch every Monday through Saturday. If you are thinking a local butcher shop should know meat – you are correct. The daily menu includes barbeque, brisket, pulled chicken, and a variety of homemade sides.

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Spend an afternoon at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom
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What started as a local brewery has expanded into a complex with various options. On five-acres of land. Dirtbag Ales offers a brewery, an on-site restaurant, Napkins, a permanent Redneck Labs BBQ food truck, a large playground area, a dog park, and lots of open areas. So pack a few chairs and bring the pup and kids and spend some time together outdoors.

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For everyone over-21, Dirtbag Ales recently opened Dirty Whiskey, a craft cocktail bar. They serve specialty cocktails and local North Carolina spirits.

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Dirtbag Ales hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the hugely popular Dirt Bag Ales Farmers Market on Sundays, a Misfit Market featuring local artists, comedy shows, movie nights, and musical acts.

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Interested in exploring some of our other breweries? Click here to learn about all of our Hometown Hops.

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Fall is a season for family fun in Fayetteville. There are plenty of options to keep everyone entertained while you enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to be active, explore beautiful sites or just relax, one of

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Sweet Valley Ranch launches its first corn maze, Tiny’s Corn Maze, on September 10 th . Open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until October 31 st , admission includes a 10-acre corn maze, hay bale maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, multiple inflatables including a water slide (weather permitting), kidding train track ride, Berry Go-Round, Rockin’ Tug Boat, dinosaur rides, and an area to meet and greet farm animals. Guests can also purchase souvenir photos, pumpkins, face paintings, carnival games, and corn cannon games. Each day, tickets are available for two time slots: 10 am-2 pm or 2-6 pm. Only 300 tickets will be sold per time slot. Purchase tickets here. Throw in a line at Hope Mills Lake The entire family will enjoy a few hours at Hope Mills Lake. All the angler in your family needs is a North Carolina Fishing License and they can fish for bass, crappie, bluegill, and sunfish from the shore. If they’d prefer to fish from the water, rent a kayak from Yakalacky Outfitters and fish the deeper waters. ​Other family members can relax in the shade on the shore, play on the playground, or swim, weather permitting. While there, be sure to get a Snoball from BigT’s. In addition to 74 flavors of Snoball’s, BigT’s also serves ice cream, specialty drinks, and a variety of food choices. Check out the Fish & Game Trail for a list of other great fishing locations throughout Cumberland County. Tour the Cape Fear Botanical Garden While the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is beautiful throughout the year, the fall is especially lovely. Two miles from downtown Fayetteville, the 77-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden's highlights include Camelia, Daylily and Shade Gardens, Butterfly Stroll and Children's Garden and the Heritage Garden with an 1886 homestead and agricultural structures.  In late summer and fall visitors will see asters, goldenrod, beautyberry, perennial mums, camellias, Liatris, pickerel, Clethra, and water lotus in bloom. Fall is also a wonderful season to observe migratory birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. Because the mating season is over, they are very active and beautiful. Be sure to visit the Great Lawn when you explore the garden.  After touring the garden, explore the Garden Shop or get lunch at the Garden View Café. Take a hike and enjoy a picnic lunch at Carver’s Creek State Park Visit Carvers Creek State Park to stretch your legs and explore 10 miles of easy trails. At the Long Valley Farm access point in Spring Lake, two hikes lead to Long Valley farm, James Stillman Rockefeller’s winter estate. At the Sandhills Access on McCloskey Road in Fayetteville, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders can explore seven trails of varied lengths. Each of the trails offers a unique look at the ecology and wildlife in this rare Longleaf Pine ecosystem. During a hike, visitors will likely see the active red-cockaded woodpeckers (marked with a white band), and even a fox squirrel scampering into the woods. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are a federally protected endangered species and one of the largest populations resides in this region. After your hike spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic. If you’d rather enjoy some local food, consider Noble Meats & Eatery, a Spring Lake staple for 25 years. This local butcher shop also serves lunch every Monday through Saturday. If you are thinking a local butcher shop should know meat – you are correct. The daily menu includes barbeque, brisket, pulled chicken, and a variety of homemade sides. Spend an afternoon at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom What started as a local brewery has expanded into a complex with various options. On five-acres of land. Dirtbag Ales offers a brewery, an on-site restaurant, Napkins, a permanent Redneck Labs BBQ food truck, a large playground area, a dog park, and lots of open areas. So pack a few chairs and bring the pup and kids and spend some time together outdoors. For everyone over-21, Dirtbag Ales recently opened Dirty Whiskey, a craft cocktail bar. They serve specialty cocktails and local North Carolina spirits. Dirtbag Ales hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the hugely popular Dirt Bag Ales Farmers Market on Sundays, a Misfit Market featuring local artists, comedy shows, movie nights, and musical acts. Interested in exploring some of our other breweries? Click here to learn about all of our Hometown Hops. Ready to plan your visit? Head to our home page at VisitFayettevilleNC.com for a full range of things to see and do. The Calendar of Events Is full of free events throughout the year. 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Whether you want to be active, explore beautiful sites or just relax, one of these suggestions is sure to fit your needs. Get lost at two Cumberland County Corn Mazes A local favorite, Gallberry Farms Corn Maze offers much more than a corn maze. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 18 th through November 7 th guests will experience a Fall Harvest Festival that includes a hayride, jumping pillow, double barrel tube slides, a giant corn shack (with a slide), a fire pit, a pumpkin barn, and farm animals. The 2021 design for the 5-acre Gallberry Farms Corn Maze is a Salute to First Responders. In addition to the larger maze, a smaller “Fairy Tale” maze is perfect for smaller children. Hours are 5-10 pm on Friday, 12-10 pm on Saturday, and 1-6 pm on Sunday. Sweet Valley Ranch launches its first corn maze, Tiny’s Corn Maze, on September 10 th . Open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until October 31 st , admission includes a 10-acre corn maze, hay bale maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, multiple inflatables including a water slide (weather permitting), kidding train track ride, Berry Go-Round, Rockin’ Tug Boat, dinosaur rides, and an area to meet and greet farm animals. Guests can also purchase souvenir photos, pumpkins, face paintings, carnival games, and corn cannon games. Each day, tickets are available for two time slots: 10 am-2 pm or 2-6 pm. Only 300 tickets will be sold per time slot. Purchase tickets here. Throw in a line at Hope Mills Lake The entire family will enjoy a few hours at Hope Mills Lake. All the angler in your family needs is a North Carolina Fishing License and they can fish for bass, crappie, bluegill, and sunfish from the shore. If they’d prefer to fish from the water, rent a kayak from Yakalacky Outfitters and fish the deeper waters. ​Other family members can relax in the shade on the shore, play on the playground, or swim, weather permitting. While there, be sure to get a Snoball from BigT’s. In addition to 74 flavors of Snoball’s, BigT’s also serves ice cream, specialty drinks, and a variety of food choices. Check out the Fish & Game Trail for a list of other great fishing locations throughout Cumberland County. Tour the Cape Fear Botanical Garden While the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is beautiful throughout the year, the fall is especially lovely. Two miles from downtown Fayetteville, the 77-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden's highlights include Camelia, Daylily and Shade Gardens, Butterfly Stroll and Children's Garden and the Heritage Garden with an 1886 homestead and agricultural structures.  In late summer and fall visitors will see asters, goldenrod, beautyberry, perennial mums, camellias, Liatris, pickerel, Clethra, and water lotus in bloom. Fall is also a wonderful season to observe migratory birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. Because the mating season is over, they are very active and beautiful. Be sure to visit the Great Lawn when you explore the garden.  After touring the garden, explore the Garden Shop or get lunch at the Garden View Café. Take a hike and enjoy a picnic lunch at Carver’s Creek State Park Visit Carvers Creek State Park to stretch your legs and explore 10 miles of easy trails. At the Long Valley Farm access point in Spring Lake, two hikes lead to Long Valley farm, James Stillman Rockefeller’s winter estate. At the Sandhills Access on McCloskey Road in Fayetteville, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders can explore seven trails of varied lengths. Each of the trails offers a unique look at the ecology and wildlife in this rare Longleaf Pine ecosystem. During a hike, visitors will likely see the active red-cockaded woodpeckers (marked with a white band), and even a fox squirrel scampering into the woods. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are a federally protected endangered species and one of the largest populations resides in this region. After your hike spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic. If you’d rather enjoy some local food, consider Noble Meats & Eatery, a Spring Lake staple for 25 years. This local butcher shop also serves lunch every Monday through Saturday. If you are thinking a local butcher shop should know meat – you are correct. The daily menu includes barbeque, brisket, pulled chicken, and a variety of homemade sides. Spend an afternoon at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom What started as a local brewery has expanded into a complex with various options. On five-acres of land. Dirtbag Ales offers a brewery, an on-site restaurant, Napkins, a permanent Redneck Labs BBQ food truck, a large playground area, a dog park, and lots of open areas. So pack a few chairs and bring the pup and kids and spend some time together outdoors. For everyone over-21, Dirtbag Ales recently opened Dirty Whiskey, a craft cocktail bar. They serve specialty cocktails and local North Carolina spirits. Dirtbag Ales hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the hugely popular Dirt Bag Ales Farmers Market on Sundays, a Misfit Market featuring local artists, comedy shows, movie nights, and musical acts. Interested in exploring some of our other breweries? Click here to learn about all of our Hometown Hops. Ready to plan your visit? Head to our home page at VisitFayettevilleNC.com for a full range of things to see and do. The Calendar of Events Is full of free events throughout the year. 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Fayetteville, North Carolina is a town full of history and stories, from our roots in the Revolutionary War to our place in the annals of baseball, we’re a city full of surprises. Read on for a few facts about Fayetteville that’ll make you say, “I didn’t know that” or, at the very least help you out on trivia night.

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\"Babe1. In 1914, a young George Herman “Babe” Ruth came to Fayetteville as a member of the minor-league Baltimore Orioles and hit his first home run as a professional baseball player. On his second at-bat, he sent one yard, sailing the ball an estimated 350-400 feet from the plate.

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Bonus Fact: “Babe” earned his nickname here. The team manager, Jack Dunn, saw the talent in young Ruth and showed him a little favoritism. Well, sportswriters noticed and started calling him “Jack Dunn’s Baby” and eventually “Babe.” The name stuck and here we are.

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2. Babe Ruth might have started it but, Fayetteville is a hotbed for athletes:

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  • Seven first-round draft picks (in the National Basketball Association and National Football League come from Fayetteville.
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  • A trio of golfers have moved on from these Sandhill courses to play in the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) and Ladies PGA.
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3. Back in 1783, the towns of Cross Creek and Campbelltown merged and became Fayetteville, named in honor of Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette. Fayetteville, North Carolina was the first of 13 cities and towns to carry the name (there are others in Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Georgia, and more), and is one of 36 towns and cities named for the Marquis (Lafayette, Louisiana, being the most notable).

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  • As A Bonus: In 1825, the Marquis paid us a visit, making Fayetteville, North Carolina the only one of his namesake towns to have hosted this hero.
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  • Secret Society Bonus: The Marquis stopped by Phoenix Masonic Lodge Number 8, built in 1793, while he was in town.
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4. Speaking of the Revolutionary War, in 1775, 55 patriots joined together to write and sign the Liberty Point Resolves, protesting the actions of Great Britain against Colonists at the battle of Lexington and Concord, stating that, if necessary, they would “go forth and be ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes to secure [our] freedom and safety.”

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5. In 1789, Fayetteville hosted the North Carolina delegates to the Constitutional Convention, and it was here that they ratified the U.S. Constitution at the Cool Springs Tavern.

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Extra Credit: During that same legislative session, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chartered.

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6. Fayetteville was almost the capital city of North Carolina, missing the mark by only one vote.

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7. Our military history is more than just the Revolution.

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  • During the Civil War, traitors to the United States seized a federal armory and turned it into a weapons factory for the Confederate Army. In 1865, Union General William T. Sherman took back the factory then razed it as he left town. The foundation is still visible today, and many of the stones and bricks from the walls went to help rebuild the city during Reconstruction.
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  • During the final months of World War I, the U.S. Army purchased more than 100,000 acres and established Camp Bragg, later renamed Fort Bragg.
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  • World War II saw Fort Bragg expand and become the nation’s largest training post. By 1942, Fort Bragg had become the “Home of the Airborne” as the new Army Airborne element relocated paratroopers, equipment, and command elements here from Fort Benning, Georgia.
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  • Today, Fort Bragg is the largest airborne facility and home to more than 45,000 military personnel, including the 82nd Airborne Division, the elite Green Berets, and the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s parachute team.
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\"NationalThe Black Knights, the U.S. Army’s Parachute Team

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8. Stories and artifacts from Airborne and Special Operator missions, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI), (which was formed in 1793 under the direction of President Washington), The Fayetteville Rifle Guards (Colored) and Howard Light Infantry (a pair of historically Black militia companies), and other military contributions are told at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Armory and Museum, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum and other locations on our Patriots Past and Present Trail.

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9. The Fayetteville Observer, our daily newspaper, is considered the oldest newspaper in North Carolina. Founded in 1816 as the Carolina Observer, it’s been in circulation ever since, with one exception: the years from 1865-1883. In 1865, General Sherman razed the armory-turned-weapons-factory and burned the newspaper offices to the ground; it took the owner a few years to the newspaper back up and running, but it’s been going strong since.

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10. Saint Ann Catholic Church, part of our African American Heritage Trail, was built in 1934 as an all-Black Catholic Church (Saint Patrick served White parishioners), but Saint Ann Catholic School was integrated from its founding, the first such school in North Carolina.

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11. Don Clayton created the first Putt-Putt in Fayetteville in 1954. The former insurance salesman was frustrated by the windmills, waterfalls and other “junk” he played through on a miniature golf course, and he vowed to design something better. He laid out his geometric, organized course using 3-by-5 cards, and soon was charging 25 cents for 18 holes. After just one year, this golf enthusiast was selling franchises.

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12. Tasty Tidbits

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  • The nationwide buffet chain, The Golden Corral, started here in 1973 as a single restaurant, Golden Corral Family Steakhouse.
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  • “Chef Judy” Cage, Army veteran and owner of several culinary endeavors around town including Uptown’s Chicken and Waffles, has appeared on four different Food Network shows including Supermarket Stakeout, where she took home a victory (and the bragging rights and prize money) in 2019.
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Fayetteville, North Carolina is a town full of history and stories, from our roots in the Revolutionary War to our place in the annals of baseball, we’re a city full of surprises. Read on for a few facts about

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Babe Ruth might have started it but, Fayetteville is a hotbed for athletes: Six Fayetteville-area high school graduates have Super Bowl rings. Three hold National Collegiate Athletic Association championship titles (in football and women’s basketball). Seven first-round draft picks (in the National Basketball Association and National Football League come from Fayetteville. A trio of golfers have moved on from these Sandhill courses to play in the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) and Ladies PGA. 3. Back in 1783, the towns of Cross Creek and Campbelltown merged and became Fayetteville, named in honor of Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette. Fayetteville, North Carolina was the first of 13 cities and towns to carry the name (there are others in Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Georgia, and more), and is one of 36 towns and cities named for the Marquis (Lafayette, Louisiana, being the most notable). Marquis de Lafayette Statue at Cross Creek Park As A Bonus: In 1825, the Marquis paid us a visit, making Fayetteville, North Carolina the only one of his namesake towns to have hosted this hero. Secret Society Bonus: The Marquis stopped by Phoenix Masonic Lodge Number 8, built in 1793, while he was in town. 4. Speaking of the Revolutionary War, in 1775, 55 patriots joined together to write and sign the Liberty Point Resolves, protesting the actions of Great Britain against Colonists at the battle of Lexington and Concord, stating that, if necessary, they would “go forth and be ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes to secure [our] freedom and safety.” 5. In 1789, Fayetteville hosted the North Carolina delegates to the Constitutional Convention, and it was here that they ratified the U.S. Constitution at the Cool Springs Tavern. Extra Credit: During that same legislative session, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chartered. Cool Springs Tavern Liberty Point Resolves Declaration of Independence Liberty Point 6. Fayetteville was almost the capital city of North Carolina, missing the mark by only one vote. 7. Our military history is more than just the Revolution. During the Civil War, traitors to the United States seized a federal armory and turned it into a weapons factory for the Confederate Army. In 1865, Union General William T. Sherman took back the factory then razed it as he left town. The foundation is still visible today, and many of the stones and bricks from the walls went to help rebuild the city during Reconstruction. During the final months of World War I, the U.S. Army purchased more than 100,000 acres and established Camp Bragg, later renamed Fort Bragg. World War II saw Fort Bragg expand and become the nation’s largest training post. By 1942, Fort Bragg had become the “Home of the Airborne” as the new Army Airborne element relocated paratroopers, equipment, and command elements here from Fort Benning, Georgia. Today, Fort Bragg is the largest airborne facility and home to more than 45,000 military personnel, including the 82nd Airborne Division, the elite Green Berets, and the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s parachute team. The Black Knights, the U.S. Army’s Parachute Team 8. Stories and artifacts from Airborne and Special Operator missions, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI), (which was formed in 1793 under the direction of President Washington), The Fayetteville Rifle Guards (Colored) and Howard Light Infantry (a pair of historically Black militia companies), and other military contributions are told at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Armory and Museum, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum and other locations on our Patriots Past and Present Trail. U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum FILI Armory & Museum 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum 9. The Fayetteville Observer , our daily newspaper, is considered the oldest newspaper in North Carolina. Founded in 1816 as the Carolina Observer , it’s been in circulation ever since, with one exception: the years from 1865-1883. In 1865, General Sherman razed the armory-turned-weapons-factory and burned the newspaper offices to the ground; it took the owner a few years to the newspaper back up and running, but it’s been going strong since. 10. Saint Ann Catholic Church, part of our African American Heritage Trail, was built in 1934 as an all-Black Catholic Church (Saint Patrick served White parishioners), but Saint Ann Catholic School was integrated from its founding, the first such school in North Carolina. 11. Don Clayton created the first Putt-Putt in Fayetteville in 1954. The former insurance salesman was frustrated by the windmills, waterfalls and other “junk” he played through on a miniature golf course, and he vowed to design something better. He laid out his geometric, organized course using 3-by-5 cards, and soon was charging 25 cents for 18 holes. After just one year, this golf enthusiast was selling franchises. Putt Putt Fun Center 12. Tasty Tidbits The nationwide buffet chain, The Golden Corral, started here in 1973 as a single restaurant, Golden Corral Family Steakhouse. “Chef Judy” Cage, Army veteran and owner of several culinary endeavors around town including Uptown’s Chicken and Waffles, has appeared on four different Food Network shows including Supermarket Stakeout, where she took home a victory (and the bragging rights and prize money) in 2019.  ","id":"60ec63298e084256be260f78","url":"/blog/list/post/the-stuff-they-never-told-you/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/the-stuff-they-never-told-you/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/the-stuff-they-never-told-you/","metaTitle":"Fayetteville History: The Stuff They Never Told You","metaDescription":"

Fayetteville, North Carolina is a town full of history and stories, from our roots in the Revolutionary War to our place in the annals of baseball, we’re a city full of surprises. Read on for a few facts about

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Babe Ruth might have started it but, Fayetteville is a hotbed for athletes: Six Fayetteville-area high school graduates have Super Bowl rings. Three hold National Collegiate Athletic Association championship titles (in football and women’s basketball). Seven first-round draft picks (in the National Basketball Association and National Football League come from Fayetteville. A trio of golfers have moved on from these Sandhill courses to play in the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) and Ladies PGA. 3. Back in 1783, the towns of Cross Creek and Campbelltown merged and became Fayetteville, named in honor of Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette. Fayetteville, North Carolina was the first of 13 cities and towns to carry the name (there are others in Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas, New York, Georgia, and more), and is one of 36 towns and cities named for the Marquis (Lafayette, Louisiana, being the most notable). Marquis de Lafayette Statue at Cross Creek Park As A Bonus: In 1825, the Marquis paid us a visit, making Fayetteville, North Carolina the only one of his namesake towns to have hosted this hero. Secret Society Bonus: The Marquis stopped by Phoenix Masonic Lodge Number 8, built in 1793, while he was in town. 4. Speaking of the Revolutionary War, in 1775, 55 patriots joined together to write and sign the Liberty Point Resolves, protesting the actions of Great Britain against Colonists at the battle of Lexington and Concord, stating that, if necessary, they would “go forth and be ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes to secure [our] freedom and safety.” 5. In 1789, Fayetteville hosted the North Carolina delegates to the Constitutional Convention, and it was here that they ratified the U.S. Constitution at the Cool Springs Tavern. Extra Credit: During that same legislative session, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chartered. Cool Springs Tavern Liberty Point Resolves Declaration of Independence Liberty Point 6. Fayetteville was almost the capital city of North Carolina, missing the mark by only one vote. 7. Our military history is more than just the Revolution. During the Civil War, traitors to the United States seized a federal armory and turned it into a weapons factory for the Confederate Army. In 1865, Union General William T. Sherman took back the factory then razed it as he left town. The foundation is still visible today, and many of the stones and bricks from the walls went to help rebuild the city during Reconstruction. During the final months of World War I, the U.S. Army purchased more than 100,000 acres and established Camp Bragg, later renamed Fort Bragg. World War II saw Fort Bragg expand and become the nation’s largest training post. By 1942, Fort Bragg had become the “Home of the Airborne” as the new Army Airborne element relocated paratroopers, equipment, and command elements here from Fort Benning, Georgia. Today, Fort Bragg is the largest airborne facility and home to more than 45,000 military personnel, including the 82nd Airborne Division, the elite Green Berets, and the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s parachute team. The Black Knights, the U.S. Army’s Parachute Team 8. Stories and artifacts from Airborne and Special Operator missions, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI), (which was formed in 1793 under the direction of President Washington), The Fayetteville Rifle Guards (Colored) and Howard Light Infantry (a pair of historically Black militia companies), and other military contributions are told at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Armory and Museum, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum and other locations on our Patriots Past and Present Trail. U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum FILI Armory & Museum 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum 9. The Fayetteville Observer , our daily newspaper, is considered the oldest newspaper in North Carolina. Founded in 1816 as the Carolina Observer , it’s been in circulation ever since, with one exception: the years from 1865-1883. In 1865, General Sherman razed the armory-turned-weapons-factory and burned the newspaper offices to the ground; it took the owner a few years to the newspaper back up and running, but it’s been going strong since. 10. Saint Ann Catholic Church, part of our African American Heritage Trail, was built in 1934 as an all-Black Catholic Church (Saint Patrick served White parishioners), but Saint Ann Catholic School was integrated from its founding, the first such school in North Carolina. 11. Don Clayton created the first Putt-Putt in Fayetteville in 1954. The former insurance salesman was frustrated by the windmills, waterfalls and other “junk” he played through on a miniature golf course, and he vowed to design something better. He laid out his geometric, organized course using 3-by-5 cards, and soon was charging 25 cents for 18 holes. After just one year, this golf enthusiast was selling franchises. Putt Putt Fun Center 12. Tasty Tidbits The nationwide buffet chain, The Golden Corral, started here in 1973 as a single restaurant, Golden Corral Family Steakhouse. “Chef Judy” Cage, Army veteran and owner of several culinary endeavors around town including Uptown’s Chicken and Waffles, has appeared on four different Food Network shows including Supermarket Stakeout, where she took home a victory (and the bragging rights and prize money) in 2019.  ","publish_start_moment":"2021-07-12T15:00:00.000Z","publish_end_moment":"2021-10-26T17:51:30.902Z"},{"_id":"60d0941dfa57c10b409e29d2","author_id":"5f46c0755aedbc5d221cc9f6","title":"Finding Family Fun in Fayetteville","slug":"family-fun","image_id":"5fbd1b932343db2a94c79eca","publish_start":"2021-06-21T13:00:00.000Z","enable_comments":false,"enabled":true,"created":"2021-06-21T13:29:01.252Z","version_id":"60d20becfa57c10b409ea316","description_raw":"

Pack the van and round up the family, it’s time to head to Fayetteville, North Carolina for a getaway so good the kids (or grandkids or nieces and nephews or whatever your family looks like, it’s fine with us) will be begging to go again soon. From baseball to ice cream to crafts and the cutest little pies you ever did eat, you’ll have no problem filling a weekend with memories made only in Fayetteville.

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Jump for Joy

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By the time you reach Fayetteville, odds are the kids have been bouncing around the inside of the car with excitement for one interstate or highway exit too many, so let them bounce, bound, leap, and jump that energy out at one of Fayetteville’s indoor trampoline parks. With padded walls and pits filled with soft foam blocks, they can carom off any surface and jump as high as the moon, letting that pent up energy go in the blink of an eye.

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At DEFY Fayetteville, they’ve got 40,000 square feet of space for the kids to blow off a little steam. Play a round of extreme dodgeball, test all 35 trampolines for their bouncidude (that’s the distinctly non-scientific measurement of just how bouncy a trampoline may be), and time the kiddos as they race through the Ninja Obstacle Course and the Warped Wall while they pretend to be contestants on a certain TV show.

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JP’s Jump Masters will keep them busy (and, hopefully, wipe them out for a long night’s sleep) as they perfect their jumps, flips and aerial maneuvers on the trampolines. Yes, you’ll have to watch every one, but now that Trampolining is an Olympic sport, you might find you’ve got a little prodigy on your hands. Toss in the trampoline-enhanced basketball dunking lanes; the foam pits into which kids will dive, flip and flop and giggle with glee; and the arcade – where they’ll rack up a yard of tickets and redeem them for a prize – and you’ve got a guaranteed afternoon of good times.

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Over at Surge Trampoline Park, in Hope Mills they have the flying trapeze and a floor full of trampolines like you’d expect to find, but there’s more. How about a laser maze where you can see who has the Mission: Impossible agility to be a super spy? Or the battle beam where that sibling rivalry can play out as the kids try to whack each other into a pit of foam balls a couple of feet below? Maybe you need to play Trampoline Wipeout and try to jump, duck, and dodge obstacles? However, they play here, they’re in for the ultimate adrenaline party.

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Don’t fool yourself and imagine that just the most wee of travel companions will have a blast at the trampoline parks. Once the teens get over their “this is too cool for me” moment, you’ll find them jumping for joy, even if they won’t admit it.

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All-American Pastime

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Fayetteville is an All-American town through and through. From our military heritage to our baseball history – hey, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run right here and it doesn’t get much more baseball than that – you and the family will find plenty to celebrate the USA and our favorite pastime. At Segra Stadium, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers – a Low-A affiliate of the Houston Astros – take the field. Tickets are inexpensive and kids won’t want for something to do. Whether they’re watching the game, trying to shag a foul ball or catch that home run blast, preparing to run the bases, or spend half the game in the Mellow Mushroom Kids Zone (appropriately way out in left field), boredom won’t even enter the conversation. The Kids Zone’s rubber surface is as durable as the kids who play there, and the mini-diamond is perfect for a game of kickball or baseball and the bouncy houses and batting cages offer up more distractions.

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There are loads of parks in and around Fayetteville where you can pursue another American pastime: the picnic. Carvers Creek State Park has room to roam and spread out a blanket for a midday meal. At J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center you’ll find space to dine al fresco with views of the woods and one of the highest waterfalls in this part of the state, and if you want more to do, the nature center, trails, and activities offer up plenty of distractions. And over at Mendoza Park in Spring Lake, the playground and picnic area are popular places to go, especially if there’s a festival, fair or other event in the park.

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Cool Down

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After all that bouncing, all that baseball, and a picnic, it’s time to cool things down. Arctic Sno Snoballs, in Spring Lake just down the road from Mendoza Park, serves up shaved ice with 80 flavor options, the perfect way to cool down. When you order, go for the stuffed Snoball, which comes with a secret: vanilla ice cream in the center. If you’d like more ice cream, try Gillis Hill Farm. Here you can get a cup, cone, shake or other treat and carry it with you as you do a self-guided farm tour, or you can take it to the porch for a country minute and linger over every sweet bite.

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Putter Away the Hours

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This part of North Carolina – the world-renowned Sandhills – seems like it was made for golf, and with a dozen public courses to play, you can find a spot to take the young duffers in your group, but while some will want to go walk 18 on a traditional course, more kids will want to do the miniature version. Leave the driver in the bag, the irons, and the wedges too, and break out the putter because it’s time for some mini golf. Spring for 18 or 36 holes and choose between two courses: Mountasia Golf or the indoor Pirate Black Light Golf. You’ll be treated to manmade waterfalls, those insane mini-golf obstacles, and a few putts you’ll need to bank off the edging around the green, but when you go to review the scorecard, you’ll find something strange: no matter how you played, turns out everyone’s a winner today.

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Museum Quality

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Head over to Greg’s Pottery for craft time and paint a little pottery. With stacks of tiles, pots, vases, and vessels to glaze and plenty of glazes to choose from, you’ll end up leaving with a museum-quality piece of pottery that you’ll either put in a high-end gallery or display on your home office shelf. Of course you can head to an actual museum too. At Fascinate-U, kids can let their imaginations run free as they play at running a grocery, scanning the field from a camo-clad bunker, or step on the theater stage to deliver Hamlet’s soliloquy. Ok, maybe not that last part, but the costumes, stages and play areas will spark their creativity. There’s also a model railroad here that’s a draw for kids and grownups; it’s interesting to see who’s caught up watching the trains go around and absolutely enwrapped in the search for secrets among the scenery and models.

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For more model trains and more than a few human-sized firetrucks, buggies and vintage cars, the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum has you covered. As you make your way from exhibit to exhibit, you’ll be learning a bit about the city and region’s history, which makes for an easy way to slip a little learning into an otherwise fun-filled getaway.

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A Delicious Ending

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\"GustoOf course everyone’s going to be hungry after all this stuff to do (and Snoballs – delicious as they may be – do not make a balanced meal) and whatever you want to eat, Fayetteville’s got it. At Mash House Restaurant and Brewery, a kid-friendly menu compliments a menu of plates and beverages that’ll delight the adults (the beer’s brewed in-house). Fred Chason’s Grandsons Buffet serves up a full country feast with all that stick-to-your-ribs deliciousness you hope to find at a place like this: barbecue, corn on the cob, fried chicken, you name it. If everyone’s in the mood for pizza, Brooklyn Pizzeria and Marco’s Pizza hits that classic pepperoni-and-cheese pie note, while Gusto Napoletano serves a more rustic pie and MOD Pizza lets you build your own personal pie.

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Speaking of pies, we haven’t forgotten dessert. How about a tiny pie that’s built for one? Fayetteville Pie Company has teeny tiny sharable pies that deliver big flavor. Think root beer float-flavored pie, or a hot chocolate pie that’s the closest thing to the wintertime treat that you’ll find in a pie shell.

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Rest Your Head

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Fayetteville is a family-friendly kind of place, so when it’s time for beddy-bye, pick a kid-friendly spot with a pool (indoor or outdoor) where they can splash around and with plenty of space in the room for the kids – and the adults – to have their own space. And if your family is traveling with a four-legged friend, bring them along too; we’ve got pet-friendly accommodations where you and the whole crew can catch a few Z’s before heading out for tomorrow’s adventure.

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Pack the van and round up the family, it’s time to head to Fayetteville, North Carolina for a getaway so good the kids (or grandkids or nieces and nephews or whatever your family looks like, it’s fine with us) will be

","description":"Pack the van and round up the family, it’s time to head to Fayetteville, North Carolina for a getaway so good the kids (or grandkids or nieces and nephews or whatever your family looks like, it’s fine with us) will be begging to go again soon. From baseball to ice cream to crafts and the cutest little pies you ever did eat, you’ll have no problem filling a weekend with memories made only in Fayetteville. Jump for Joy By the time you reach Fayetteville, odds are the kids have been bouncing around the inside of the car with excitement for one interstate or highway exit too many, so let them bounce, bound, leap, and jump that energy out at one of Fayetteville’s indoor trampoline parks. With padded walls and pits filled with soft foam blocks, they can carom off any surface and jump as high as the moon, letting that pent up energy go in the blink of an eye. At DEFY Fayetteville, they’ve got 40,000 square feet of space for the kids to blow off a little steam. Play a round of extreme dodgeball, test all 35 trampolines for their bouncidude (that’s the distinctly non-scientific measurement of just how bouncy a trampoline may be), and time the kiddos as they race through the Ninja Obstacle Course and the Warped Wall while they pretend to be contestants on a certain TV show. JP’s Jump Masters will keep them busy (and, hopefully, wipe them out for a long night’s sleep) as they perfect their jumps, flips and aerial maneuvers on the trampolines. Yes, you’ll have to watch every one, but now that Trampolining is an Olympic sport, you might find you’ve got a little prodigy on your hands. Toss in the trampoline-enhanced basketball dunking lanes; the foam pits into which kids will dive, flip and flop and giggle with glee; and the arcade – where they’ll rack up a yard of tickets and redeem them for a prize – and you’ve got a guaranteed afternoon of good times. Over at Surge Trampoline Park, in Hope Mills they have the flying trapeze and a floor full of trampolines like you’d expect to find, but there’s more. How about a laser maze where you can see who has the Mission: Impossible agility to be a super spy? Or the battle beam where that sibling rivalry can play out as the kids try to whack each other into a pit of foam balls a couple of feet below? Maybe you need to play Trampoline Wipeout and try to jump, duck, and dodge obstacles? However, they play here, they’re in for the ultimate adrenaline party. Don’t fool yourself and imagine that just the most wee of travel companions will have a blast at the trampoline parks. Once the teens get over their “this is too cool for me” moment, you’ll find them jumping for joy, even if they won’t admit it. All-American Pastime Fayetteville is an All-American town through and through. From our military heritage to our baseball history – hey, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run right here and it doesn’t get much more baseball than that – you and the family will find plenty to celebrate the USA and our favorite pastime. At Segra Stadium, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers – a Low-A affiliate of the Houston Astros – take the field. Tickets are inexpensive and kids won’t want for something to do. Whether they’re watching the game, trying to shag a foul ball or catch that home run blast, preparing to run the bases, or spend half the game in the Mellow Mushroom Kids Zone (appropriately way out in left field), boredom won’t even enter the conversation. The Kids Zone’s rubber surface is as durable as the kids who play there, and the mini-diamond is perfect for a game of kickball or baseball and the bouncy houses and batting cages offer up more distractions. There are loads of parks in and around Fayetteville where you can pursue another American pastime: the picnic. Carvers Creek State Park has room to roam and spread out a blanket for a midday meal. At J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center you’ll find space to dine al fresco with views of the woods and one of the highest waterfalls in this part of the state, and if you want more to do, the nature center, trails, and activities offer up plenty of distractions. And over at Mendoza Park in Spring Lake, the playground and picnic area are popular places to go, especially if there’s a festival, fair or other event in the park. Cool Down After all that bouncing, all that baseball, and a picnic, it’s time to cool things down. Arctic Sno Snoballs, in Spring Lake just down the road from Mendoza Park, serves up shaved ice with 80 flavor options, the perfect way to cool down. When you order, go for the stuffed Snoball, which comes with a secret: vanilla ice cream in the center. If you’d like more ice cream, try Gillis Hill Farm. Here you can get a cup, cone, shake or other treat and carry it with you as you do a self-guided farm tour, or you can take it to the porch for a country minute and linger over every sweet bite. Putter Away the Hours This part of North Carolina – the world-renowned Sandhills – seems like it was made for golf, and with a dozen public courses to play, you can find a spot to take the young duffers in your group, but while some will want to go walk 18 on a traditional course, more kids will want to do the miniature version. Leave the driver in the bag, the irons, and the wedges too, and break out the putter because it’s time for some mini golf. Spring for 18 or 36 holes and choose between two courses: Mountasia Golf or the indoor Pirate Black Light Golf. You’ll be treated to manmade waterfalls, those insane mini-golf obstacles, and a few putts you’ll need to bank off the edging around the green, but when you go to review the scorecard, you’ll find something strange: no matter how you played, turns out everyone’s a winner today. Museum Quality Head over to Greg’s Pottery for craft time and paint a little pottery. With stacks of tiles, pots, vases, and vessels to glaze and plenty of glazes to choose from, you’ll end up leaving with a museum-quality piece of pottery that you’ll either put in a high-end gallery or display on your home office shelf. Of course you can head to an actual museum too. At Fascinate-U, kids can let their imaginations run free as they play at running a grocery, scanning the field from a camo-clad bunker, or step on the theater stage to deliver Hamlet’s soliloquy. Ok, maybe not that last part, but the costumes, stages and play areas will spark their creativity. There’s also a model railroad here that’s a draw for kids and grownups; it’s interesting to see who’s caught up watching the trains go around and absolutely enwrapped in the search for secrets among the scenery and models. For more model trains and more than a few human-sized firetrucks, buggies and vintage cars, the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum has you covered. As you make your way from exhibit to exhibit, you’ll be learning a bit about the city and region’s history, which makes for an easy way to slip a little learning into an otherwise fun-filled getaway. A Delicious Ending Of course everyone’s going to be hungry after all this stuff to do (and Snoballs – delicious as they may be – do not make a balanced meal) and whatever you want to eat, Fayetteville’s got it. At Mash House Restaurant and Brewery, a kid-friendly menu compliments a menu of plates and beverages that’ll delight the adults (the beer’s brewed in-house). Fred Chason’s Grandsons Buffet serves up a full country feast with all that stick-to-your-ribs deliciousness you hope to find at a place like this: barbecue, corn on the cob, fried chicken, you name it. If everyone’s in the mood for pizza, Brooklyn Pizzeria and Marco’s Pizza hits that classic pepperoni-and-cheese pie note, while Gusto Napoletano serves a more rustic pie and MOD Pizza lets you build your own personal pie. Speaking of pies, we haven’t forgotten dessert. How about a tiny pie that’s built for one? Fayetteville Pie Company has teeny tiny sharable pies that deliver big flavor. Think root beer float-flavored pie, or a hot chocolate pie that’s the closest thing to the wintertime treat that you’ll find in a pie shell. 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Play a round of extreme dodgeball, test all 35 trampolines for their bouncidude (that’s the distinctly non-scientific measurement of just how bouncy a trampoline may be), and time the kiddos as they race through the Ninja Obstacle Course and the Warped Wall while they pretend to be contestants on a certain TV show. JP’s Jump Masters will keep them busy (and, hopefully, wipe them out for a long night’s sleep) as they perfect their jumps, flips and aerial maneuvers on the trampolines. Yes, you’ll have to watch every one, but now that Trampolining is an Olympic sport, you might find you’ve got a little prodigy on your hands. Toss in the trampoline-enhanced basketball dunking lanes; the foam pits into which kids will dive, flip and flop and giggle with glee; and the arcade – where they’ll rack up a yard of tickets and redeem them for a prize – and you’ve got a guaranteed afternoon of good times. Over at Surge Trampoline Park, in Hope Mills they have the flying trapeze and a floor full of trampolines like you’d expect to find, but there’s more. How about a laser maze where you can see who has the Mission: Impossible agility to be a super spy? Or the battle beam where that sibling rivalry can play out as the kids try to whack each other into a pit of foam balls a couple of feet below? Maybe you need to play Trampoline Wipeout and try to jump, duck, and dodge obstacles? However, they play here, they’re in for the ultimate adrenaline party. Don’t fool yourself and imagine that just the most wee of travel companions will have a blast at the trampoline parks. Once the teens get over their “this is too cool for me” moment, you’ll find them jumping for joy, even if they won’t admit it. All-American Pastime Fayetteville is an All-American town through and through. From our military heritage to our baseball history – hey, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run right here and it doesn’t get much more baseball than that – you and the family will find plenty to celebrate the USA and our favorite pastime. At Segra Stadium, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers – a Low-A affiliate of the Houston Astros – take the field. Tickets are inexpensive and kids won’t want for something to do. Whether they’re watching the game, trying to shag a foul ball or catch that home run blast, preparing to run the bases, or spend half the game in the Mellow Mushroom Kids Zone (appropriately way out in left field), boredom won’t even enter the conversation. The Kids Zone’s rubber surface is as durable as the kids who play there, and the mini-diamond is perfect for a game of kickball or baseball and the bouncy houses and batting cages offer up more distractions. There are loads of parks in and around Fayetteville where you can pursue another American pastime: the picnic. Carvers Creek State Park has room to roam and spread out a blanket for a midday meal. At J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center you’ll find space to dine al fresco with views of the woods and one of the highest waterfalls in this part of the state, and if you want more to do, the nature center, trails, and activities offer up plenty of distractions. And over at Mendoza Park in Spring Lake, the playground and picnic area are popular places to go, especially if there’s a festival, fair or other event in the park. Cool Down After all that bouncing, all that baseball, and a picnic, it’s time to cool things down. Arctic Sno Snoballs, in Spring Lake just down the road from Mendoza Park, serves up shaved ice with 80 flavor options, the perfect way to cool down. When you order, go for the stuffed Snoball, which comes with a secret: vanilla ice cream in the center. If you’d like more ice cream, try Gillis Hill Farm. Here you can get a cup, cone, shake or other treat and carry it with you as you do a self-guided farm tour, or you can take it to the porch for a country minute and linger over every sweet bite. Putter Away the Hours This part of North Carolina – the world-renowned Sandhills – seems like it was made for golf, and with a dozen public courses to play, you can find a spot to take the young duffers in your group, but while some will want to go walk 18 on a traditional course, more kids will want to do the miniature version. Leave the driver in the bag, the irons, and the wedges too, and break out the putter because it’s time for some mini golf. Spring for 18 or 36 holes and choose between two courses: Mountasia Golf or the indoor Pirate Black Light Golf. You’ll be treated to manmade waterfalls, those insane mini-golf obstacles, and a few putts you’ll need to bank off the edging around the green, but when you go to review the scorecard, you’ll find something strange: no matter how you played, turns out everyone’s a winner today. Museum Quality Head over to Greg’s Pottery for craft time and paint a little pottery. With stacks of tiles, pots, vases, and vessels to glaze and plenty of glazes to choose from, you’ll end up leaving with a museum-quality piece of pottery that you’ll either put in a high-end gallery or display on your home office shelf. Of course you can head to an actual museum too. At Fascinate-U, kids can let their imaginations run free as they play at running a grocery, scanning the field from a camo-clad bunker, or step on the theater stage to deliver Hamlet’s soliloquy. Ok, maybe not that last part, but the costumes, stages and play areas will spark their creativity. There’s also a model railroad here that’s a draw for kids and grownups; it’s interesting to see who’s caught up watching the trains go around and absolutely enwrapped in the search for secrets among the scenery and models. For more model trains and more than a few human-sized firetrucks, buggies and vintage cars, the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum has you covered. As you make your way from exhibit to exhibit, you’ll be learning a bit about the city and region’s history, which makes for an easy way to slip a little learning into an otherwise fun-filled getaway. A Delicious Ending Of course everyone’s going to be hungry after all this stuff to do (and Snoballs – delicious as they may be – do not make a balanced meal) and whatever you want to eat, Fayetteville’s got it. At Mash House Restaurant and Brewery, a kid-friendly menu compliments a menu of plates and beverages that’ll delight the adults (the beer’s brewed in-house). Fred Chason’s Grandsons Buffet serves up a full country feast with all that stick-to-your-ribs deliciousness you hope to find at a place like this: barbecue, corn on the cob, fried chicken, you name it. If everyone’s in the mood for pizza, Brooklyn Pizzeria and Marco’s Pizza hits that classic pepperoni-and-cheese pie note, while Gusto Napoletano serves a more rustic pie and MOD Pizza lets you build your own personal pie. Speaking of pies, we haven’t forgotten dessert. How about a tiny pie that’s built for one? Fayetteville Pie Company has teeny tiny sharable pies that deliver big flavor. Think root beer float-flavored pie, or a hot chocolate pie that’s the closest thing to the wintertime treat that you’ll find in a pie shell. Rest Your Head Fayetteville is a family-friendly kind of place, so when it’s time for beddy-bye, pick a kid-friendly spot with a pool (indoor or outdoor) where they can splash around and with plenty of space in the room for the kids – and the adults – to have their own space. 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Whether you are visiting family or friends, spending a night before traveling on I-95, or spending a weekend (or a week!) exploring the greater Fayetteville region, you will find plenty to keep everyone entertained during these long summer days. Summertime tends to be more relaxed, and you can take the time to explore some of our community’s gems.

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Here are our team’s Top 5 recommended summer favorites:

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1.  Visit Carvers Creek State Park to stretch your legs and explore 10 miles of easy trails. At the Long Valley Farm access point in Spring Lake, two hikes lead to Long Valley farm, James Stillman Rockefeller’s winter estate. At the Sandhills Access on McCloskey Road in Fayetteville, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders can explore seven trails of varied length. Each of the trails offers a unique look at the ecology and wildlife in this rare Longleaf Pine ecosystem. During a hike, visitors will likely see the active red-cockaded woodpeckers (marked with a white band), and even a fox squirrel scampering into the woods. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are a federally protected endangered species and one of the largest populations resides in this region.

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2.  If water sports are your thing, rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard from Yakalacky Outfitters and spend the day on the water. Yakalacky Outfitters, located in Hope Mills, takes reservations to nearby parks/lakes Tuesday through Sunday starting at 9 a.m. We recommend spending your time on the water at Home Mills Lake. Aside from the beautiful location, Hope Mills Lake offers community favorite Big T’s, which serves up SnoBalls, Snow Creams, and many other cool treats.

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3. Every Sunday morning from Easter to Thanksgiving, the Dirtbag Ales Farmer's Market attracts a large following that comes to sip beer, enjoy music, take a yoga class and shop the best local produce and products from area farmers and artisans. For lunch, choose from one of the local food trucks or the on-site restaurant Napkins. Also on Sunday mornings, Napkins creates its menu from items available at the Farmers Market. In addition to the brewery and restaurant, the Dirtbag Ales complex offers a large family-friendly playground and dog park.

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4.  Spend a Saturday exploring downtown Fayetteville and then catch the Fayetteville Woodpeckers in action at Segra Stadium. Here are a few ideas to enjoy before heading to Segra for a 5 p.m. first pitch:

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Once you arrive at Segra Stadium you’ll find a little park that packs all the fun of the major leagues into a smaller format. Brats and brews, popcorn and peanuts, an outfield bar, and a children’s play area and grassy hillside for family picnics welcome America’s pastime. And typically, before the 7th-inning stretch, railroad cars rumble down the adjacent tracks and toot their horn into the stadium. The best part of a Woodpeckers’ game? The seats are so close to the playing field that you can hear the players chattering in between pitches and the balls whizzing by.

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5. Dinosaur fanatics young and old have plenty to enjoy at Dinosaur World at Sweet Valley Ranch. Once inside, guests take a shuttle to the quarter-mile, woodsy and paved Dinosaur Trail. The trail has 25 animatronic dinosaurs, an abandoned research lab, and plenty of special event props. For the price of admission, visitors can also enjoy a fossil museum, a reptile house, a fossil dig, Dinosaur Playland, and walking the grounds to view the hundreds of animals on site.

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On Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m., guests can take part in an Interactive Rescue Mission, which tasks participants to locate missing staff involved with the creation of Dinosaur World. The Interactive Rescue Mission includes a nighttime Farm Tour and viewing of life-size lighted dinosaur displays.

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For a small additional cost, (on-site) visitors can also take a farm tour, a 20-minute go-kart trek nature trail tour, or fish at one of three stocked lakes. All fishing supplies are included.

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Dinosaur World runs from June 9th until August 8th and is open weekly from Wednesday through Sunday. It opens at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets range from $16 to $39 for adults and $8 to $19 for children from ages 3 through 12.

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Bonus suggestion: Looking for more ideas? Visit the Gillis Hill Farm in western Fayetteville, which has been farmed by the Gillis family since the 1700s. Start your visit at the farm's ice cream shop, where the ice cream and other desserts are all homemade and utterly delicious. If you purchase a cone during ice cream season, you can then take a self-guided farm tour for free. The kids will delight in seeing all the farm animals and exploring the old farm buildings and equipment on display. Otherwise, simply take your scoop of deliciousness to the front porch and just "sit a spell" in the rocking chairs. 

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Experience sculptures downtown or view the current displays of artistry at Cape Fear Studios or the Arts Council of Cumberland County.  Once you arrive at Segra Stadium you’ll find a little park that packs all the fun of the major leagues into a smaller format. Brats and brews, popcorn and peanuts, an outfield bar, and a children’s play area and grassy hillside for family picnics welcome America’s pastime. And typically, before the 7th-inning stretch, railroad cars rumble down the adjacent tracks and toot their horn into the stadium. The best part of a Woodpeckers’ game? The seats are so close to the playing field that you can hear the players chattering in between pitches and the balls whizzing by. 5. Dinosaur fanatics young and old have plenty to enjoy at Dinosaur World at Sweet Valley Ranch. Once inside, guests take a shuttle to the quarter-mile, woodsy and paved Dinosaur Trail. The trail has 25 animatronic dinosaurs, an abandoned research lab, and plenty of special event props. 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The veteran-friendly community of Fayetteville has turned the idea of a typical military town upside down. Home to Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, this small city known as “America’s Hometown” now lives large, thanks to the many veteran families who have injected their creativity into Fayetteville by sticking around after completing their service. They are staying in town by choice. That’s a win-win. Not only have these dedicated Americans made Fayetteville a better place to live, but they’ve also made it a better place to vacation as well — one that really knows how to appreciate veterans.

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Fayetteville has always been a nationalistic place, one that focuses on patriotism and freedom. Fayettevillians ratified the U.S. Constitution there in 1789, and of the 13 American cities named for the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette, it’s the only one that he visited on his grand 1824 tour. In the 21st century, the city branded itself as the “World’s First Sanctuary for Soldiers and Their Families,” which prompted Time magazine to proclaim Fayetteville as America’s Most Pro-Military Town.

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\r\nNorth Carolina Delegates ratified the United States Constitution on this site, in 1789

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Perk up your ears while you’re in town. You may hear some old-timers or bearded millennials refer to town as “Fayettenam.” This nickname derived from the 1960s protesters in opposition to Fort Bragg’s sending troops to Vietnam. During the ensuing decades, this moniker has become a proud one, exemplifying a community who makes ultimate sacrifices when its nation calls. 

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Before visiting, be sure to go to the Visit Fayetteville N.C. website to check out the 200+ listings of discounts for restaurants, accommodations, shopping, and services throughout the county, click here.  You can expect to receive at least 10% off at most of these businesses

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\r\nAirborne & Special Operations Museum 

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Military heroes are honored and celebrated in many places as there is America around every corner. Begin at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in historic downtown. The institution honors the efforts of Fort Bragg’s paratroopers during U.S. conflicts with a chronological tour from the 1940s to the present through exhibits of equipment and uniform, dioramas, and films. The gardens surrounding the museum hosts two fine military statues; The 16-foot-tall Iron Mike personifies the steely nature of the brave and tough veterans. Nearby, under a shady tree, rests a much smaller piece that pays tribute to the dogs who’ve served. There’s also a Parade Field, a walkway lined with flags and monuments. Of course, America’s first state park dedicated to honoring veterans from all service branches is here too. The North Carolina Veterans Park is adjacent to the museum and it pays homage to individuals from the state’s 100 counties who served.

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\r\n82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum Grounds

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You’ll also want to venture onto Fort Bragg, the world’s largest military training installation. It’s home to the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, the second oldest U.S. Army Museum. Following from the Division’s 1917 inception, the museum explores the active-duty infantry that specializes in assault operations. The grounds also include an Airborne Airpark, an exhibit of almost every type of aircraft used by paratroopers since World War II.

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\r\nPressed - A Creative Space in Downtown Fayetteville

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Many Fayetteville businesses are owned and run by veteran families. At the boutique, Pressed—A Creative Space, Ashley and Jon Thompson and Angela Santos feature locally made t-shirts, bags and wallets, greeting cards, and all manner of stylish items for the home. When Ashley and Angela’s military husbands were in active service, they channeled their passion for design and décor into a business that also feeds positivity into town. Then after serving for seven years, Jon joined forces with his wife to make Pressed a family business.

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Over at Cornerstone Design, you’ll meet owner Tianna Dean. She’ll introduce you to her husband’s, Mike, farmhouse table designs, and then invite you over to her candle-making counter where you too can make your own. Tianna tells the story of when she and Mike were based in Columbus, Ga., and they bought their first house. “We could afford the house, but not the furniture,” she says. So Mike started building furniture. When he left the service after serving at Fort Bragg, the couple grabbed onto the idea that the dining table is the cornerstone of the family gathering together, hence the company name. Now the couple sources the wood locally in North Carolina and works together to build a better Fayetteville.

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Down the street at Floating Shanti, when you take an hour-long float in their saltwater serenity tank, you’re supporting a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Nicole Walcott, a veteran and the wife of a policeman who is also a veteran, has built this wellness retreat not only with service individuals in mind, but also as a place of tranquility for first responders. The name Shanti is Sanskrit for peace — the goal of the business. With a physician on staff, Walcott wants those with chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress-related symptoms to find help here.

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\r\nFayetteville Pie Company serves North Carolina's best pie. 

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Another veteran-owned business has a huge lunchtime following. Fayetteville Pie Company is the brainchild of Leslie Pearson and her military hubby. Leslie, who is also a successful artist, channels her creative spirit into the love of pie-making. She dishes up savory and sweet concoction every day, and folks come from all over town, the base, and even off the interstate to sample these famous concoctions.

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\r\nVeteran Owned Lake Gaston Brewing Company offers food from celebrity chef Theo Gumbs 

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Beer and veterans go together as well; several Fayetteville breweries come from veteran hands. Dirtbag Ales features the brews of Vernardo “Tito” Simmons-Valenzuela, a former Army medic. Being called a “dirtbag” may seem offensive, but the military know it creates a fellowship with others who’ve kicked around a few deployments. Huske Hardware is also veteran-owned in downtown, as is Bright Light Brewing.

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\r\nThe Climbing Place has one of the largest climbing walls in North Carolina   

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Several Fayetteville businesses cater to the adventuresome side of military residents and guests. Spots such as the Climbing Place offer $10 Wednesdays for vets and their families. That fee includes climbing time and gear.  Over at Escape Rooms, small groups get locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles to escape within 60 minutes. Escapology works on the same premise.

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For a pseudo combat experience, check out Black Ops Paintball/Airsoft’s 85 acres for some colorful battle. If you prefer your clash to not leave any marks, opt for Battle House Laser Tag. This mission-based game features realistic weapons, fake bombs, and airstrikes. For preferring to learn a different form of combat, check out the All-American Fencing Academy’s walk-in classes during Downtown Fayetteville’s Fourth Fridays, where you can sample a fencing class.

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The most patriotic time of the year to visit Fayetteville is on the Fourth of July. The community goes all out with a downtown festival, an outdoor patriotic concert by the local symphony orchestra, an Independence Day parade, and a huge firework display to cap the holiday. However, the flag flies proudly in town all the other 364 days of the year, and you are guaranteed that Fayetteville always welcomes veterans.

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Writer, editor, and photographer with experience in magazine, online, and books journalism. Strong planner, researcher, and writer of travel stories on the U.S. and abroad. Established network of sources in travel destinations.
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\r\nDuring the past two years my work has appeared in the following publications: USA Today Go Escape; USA Today Best Years; USA Today Veteran's Affairs; Atlanta Magazine; Lifescapes; Southeastern Tourism's Escape to the Southeast; Marina Life.
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The veteran-friendly community of Fayetteville has turned the idea of a typical military town upside down. Home to Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, this small city known as

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In the 21st century, the city branded itself as the “World’s First Sanctuary for Soldiers and Their Families,” which prompted Time magazine to proclaim Fayetteville as America’s Most Pro-Military Town.   North Carolina Delegates ratified the United States Constitution on this site, in 1789   Perk up your ears while you’re in town. You may hear some old-timers or bearded millennials refer to town as “Fayettenam.” This nickname derived from the 1960s protesters in opposition to Fort Bragg’s sending troops to Vietnam. During the ensuing decades, this moniker has become a proud one, exemplifying a community who makes ultimate sacrifices when its nation calls.  Before visiting, be sure to go to the Visit Fayetteville N.C. website to check out the 200+ listings of discounts for restaurants, accommodations, shopping, and services throughout the county, click here.  You can expect to receive at least 10% off at most of these businesses      Airborne & Special Operations Museum    Military heroes are honored and celebrated in many places as there is America around every corner. Begin at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in historic downtown. The institution honors the efforts of Fort Bragg’s paratroopers during U.S. conflicts with a chronological tour from the 1940s to the present through exhibits of equipment and uniform, dioramas, and films. The gardens surrounding the museum hosts two fine military statues; The 16-foot-tall Iron Mike personifies the steely nature of the brave and tough veterans. Nearby, under a shady tree, rests a much smaller piece that pays tribute to the dogs who’ve served. There’s also a Parade Field, a walkway lined with flags and monuments. Of course, America’s first state park dedicated to honoring veterans from all service branches is here too. The North Carolina Veterans Park is adjacent to the museum and it pays homage to individuals from the state’s 100 counties who served. 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum Grounds   You’ll also want to venture onto Fort Bragg, the world’s largest military training installation. It’s home to the 82 nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, the second oldest U.S. Army Museum. Following from the Division’s 1917 inception, the museum explores the active-duty infantry that specializes in assault operations. The grounds also include an Airborne Airpark, an exhibit of almost every type of aircraft used by paratroopers since World War II. Pressed - A Creative Space in Downtown Fayetteville   Many Fayetteville businesses are owned and run by veteran families. At the boutique, Pressed—A Creative Space, Ashley and Jon Thompson and Angela Santos feature locally made t-shirts, bags and wallets, greeting cards, and all manner of stylish items for the home. When Ashley and Angela’s military husbands were in active service, they channeled their passion for design and décor into a business that also feeds positivity into town. Then after serving for seven years, Jon joined forces with his wife to make Pressed a family business. Over at Cornerstone Design, you’ll meet owner Tianna Dean. She’ll introduce you to her husband’s, Mike, farmhouse table designs, and then invite you over to her candle-making counter where you too can make your own. Tianna tells the story of when she and Mike were based in Columbus, Ga., and they bought their first house. “We could afford the house, but not the furniture,” she says. So Mike started building furniture. When he left the service after serving at Fort Bragg, the couple grabbed onto the idea that the dining table is the cornerstone of the family gathering together, hence the company name. Now the couple sources the wood locally in North Carolina and works together to build a better Fayetteville. Down the street at Floating Shanti, when you take an hour-long float in their saltwater serenity tank, you’re supporting a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Nicole Walcott, a veteran and the wife of a policeman who is also a veteran, has built this wellness retreat not only with service individuals in mind, but also as a place of tranquility for first responders. The name Shanti is Sanskrit for peace — the goal of the business. With a physician on staff, Walcott wants those with chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress-related symptoms to find help here. Fayetteville Pie Company serves North Carolina's best pie.    Another veteran-owned business has a huge lunchtime following. Fayetteville Pie Company is the brainchild of Leslie Pearson and her military hubby. Leslie, who is also a successful artist, channels her creative spirit into the love of pie-making. She dishes up savory and sweet concoction every day, and folks come from all over town, the base, and even off the interstate to sample these famous concoctions. Veteran Owned Lake Gaston Brewing Company offers food from celebrity chef Theo Gumbs    Beer and veterans go together as well; several Fayetteville breweries come from veteran hands. Dirtbag Ales features the brews of Vernardo “Tito” Simmons-Valenzuela, a former Army medic. Being called a “dirtbag” may seem offensive, but the military know it creates a fellowship with others who’ve kicked around a few deployments. Huske Hardware is also veteran-owned in downtown, as is Bright Light Brewing. The Climbing Place has one of the largest climbing walls in North Carolina      Several Fayetteville businesses cater to the adventuresome side of military residents and guests. Spots such as the Climbing Place offer $10 Wednesdays for vets and their families. That fee includes climbing time and gear.  Over at Escape Rooms, small groups get locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles to escape within 60 minutes. Escapology works on the same premise. For a pseudo combat experience, check out Black Ops Paintball/Airsoft’s 85 acres for some colorful battle. If you prefer your clash to not leave any marks, opt for Battle House Laser Tag. This mission-based game features realistic weapons, fake bombs, and airstrikes. For preferring to learn a different form of combat, check out the All-American Fencing Academy’s walk-in classes during Downtown Fayetteville’s Fourth Fridays, where you can sample a fencing class. The most patriotic time of the year to visit Fayetteville is on the Fourth of July. The community goes all out with a downtown festival, an outdoor patriotic concert by the local symphony orchestra, an Independence Day parade, and a huge firework display to cap the holiday. However, the flag flies proudly in town all the other 364 days of the year, and you are guaranteed that Fayetteville always welcomes veterans.","id":"60a670a5de51ce48f3d3e272","url":"/blog/list/post/fayetteville-veterans/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/fayetteville-veterans/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/fayetteville-veterans/","metaTitle":"Where the Veterans Play in America's Hometown","metaDescription":"

The veteran-friendly community of Fayetteville has turned the idea of a typical military town upside down. Home to Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, this small city known as

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In the 21st century, the city branded itself as the “World’s First Sanctuary for Soldiers and Their Families,” which prompted Time magazine to proclaim Fayetteville as America’s Most Pro-Military Town.   North Carolina Delegates ratified the United States Constitution on this site, in 1789   Perk up your ears while you’re in town. You may hear some old-timers or bearded millennials refer to town as “Fayettenam.” This nickname derived from the 1960s protesters in opposition to Fort Bragg’s sending troops to Vietnam. 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The gardens surrounding the museum hosts two fine military statues; The 16-foot-tall Iron Mike personifies the steely nature of the brave and tough veterans. Nearby, under a shady tree, rests a much smaller piece that pays tribute to the dogs who’ve served. There’s also a Parade Field, a walkway lined with flags and monuments. Of course, America’s first state park dedicated to honoring veterans from all service branches is here too. The North Carolina Veterans Park is adjacent to the museum and it pays homage to individuals from the state’s 100 counties who served. 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum Grounds   You’ll also want to venture onto Fort Bragg, the world’s largest military training installation. It’s home to the 82 nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, the second oldest U.S. Army Museum. Following from the Division’s 1917 inception, the museum explores the active-duty infantry that specializes in assault operations. 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Tianna tells the story of when she and Mike were based in Columbus, Ga., and they bought their first house. “We could afford the house, but not the furniture,” she says. So Mike started building furniture. When he left the service after serving at Fort Bragg, the couple grabbed onto the idea that the dining table is the cornerstone of the family gathering together, hence the company name. Now the couple sources the wood locally in North Carolina and works together to build a better Fayetteville. Down the street at Floating Shanti, when you take an hour-long float in their saltwater serenity tank, you’re supporting a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Nicole Walcott, a veteran and the wife of a policeman who is also a veteran, has built this wellness retreat not only with service individuals in mind, but also as a place of tranquility for first responders. The name Shanti is Sanskrit for peace — the goal of the business. 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