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Fellas, it’s time to round up the crew and head out of town for the weekend; Fayetteville’s calling and if ever you’ve needed a guy’s getaway, it’s now. This city in the Sandhills of North Carolina along I-95 is busting…

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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 in 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 center 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, the John. E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center 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 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. 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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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 imply, 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 in 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 center 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, the John. E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center 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 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. 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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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 imply, 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. 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I know what you’re thinking - “This place doesn’t sound very therapeutic…” but with all of the amenities to enjoy here, the John. E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center 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. 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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. 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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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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    Need a place to stay for Heroes Homecoming? Check out our Lodging Options!
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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! 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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! 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! Need a place to stay for Heroes Homecoming? Check out our Lodging Options!","publish_start_moment":"2021-10-04T19:00:00.000Z","publish_end_moment":"2021-12-03T15:00:22.381Z"},{"_id":"6154b1e855b0782158bce0f5","author_id":"5f2c6e0d4f31a434bca0a388","title":"Halloween Happenings in Greater Fayetteville","slug":"halloween-happenings-in-greater-fayetteville","image_id":"6154b18755b0782158bce0e4","meta_title":"Halloween Happenings in Greater Fayetteville","meta_description":"If you love Halloween, Cumberland County has a special event to help you celebrate the season. We’ve got 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.","open_graph_title":"Halloween Happenings in Greater Fayetteville","open_graph_description":"If you love Halloween, Cumberland County has a special event to help you celebrate the season. 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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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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. 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. 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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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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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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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Antonella’s Italian Ristorante
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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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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

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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.      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? Fantástico!         Pierro’s Italian Bistro “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.     Antonella’s Italian Ristorante 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. 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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. 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Fantástico!         Pierro’s Italian Bistro “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.     Antonella’s Italian Ristorante 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. 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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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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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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. 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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. 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Fellas, it’s time to round up the crew and head out of town for the weekend; Fayetteville’s calling and if ever you’ve needed a guy’s getaway, it’s now. This city in the Sandhills of North Carolina along I-95 is busting with things to do, and no matter how you and the gents like to get a little R&R, Fayetteville has got you covered.

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Need a golf course? There’s a dozen in and around Fayetteville.

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In it for the beer? Five breweries pour an array of pints from IPAs to Saisons to sours, making finding your favorite pint an admirable weekend quest.

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Sports? High-adrenaline thrills? Barbecue? Check, check, and check.

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Read on for all the ideas you’ll ever need to plan your weekend with the boys in Fayetteville.

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Let the Games Begin
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Seems like the Sandhills were tailor-made for golf – rolling hills, stands of pine and hardwoods separating fairways, and outstanding weather nearly every day of the year – so when you’re ready to tee off your guy’s weekend, a little golf is in order.

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King’s Grant Golf and Country Club is a good start for groups with mixed golf abilities. Rates are low weekdays and weekends, and this 6,600-yard course (designed by an architect from Jack Nicklaus Design) lets you balance play by making use of the five sets of tees. Book a tee time early because this semi-private course can fill up on a beautiful weekend.

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Two courses give you a unique look at Fort Bragg as the Ryder and Stryker Golf Courses are located on base. On Ryder, rolling hills and some deep bunkers (some of them are so deep you might as well call them foxholes) add to the challenge. With Stryker, a Donald Ross design, you’ll play through some history. This course debuted in 1946 but it doesn’t play like a yesteryear course.

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There’s more than golf on hand. If you’re visiting from May to September, be sure to line up your trip with some home games from the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Low-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The stadium is fantastic and is there anything more American – or more guys-out-of-the-house – than baseball, beer, and a sunny afternoon? Can’t make the trip in summer? Don’t sweat it. The Fayetteville Marksmen, a veteran-owned pro hockey team, plays throughout the fall (which happens to be an awesome time to be in the Sandhills).

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The Early Bird
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Word is the early bird gets the worm. In your case, pick up a few worms (and your fishing license, if you don’t have it) at one of the tackle shops in town and wet a line at one of the local fishing holes. There’s a Fish and Game Trail that’ll lead you to two dozen spots – ponds, lakes, and rivers – where you could reel in the biggest catch of the trip. Largemouth and rock bass, striped bass, shad, sunfish, catfish, are just a few of the fish you can catch around Fayetteville. Bring a boat or some fishing kayaks and get on the Cape Fear River at accesses a few miles from Fayetteville or at Campbellton Landing a few minutes from downtown. At Campbellton Landing you can fish from the bank as well as launch a boat or kayak; if you find you need some supplies, Deep Creek Outfitters is nearby and has you covered.

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Fort Bragg is home to a number of fishing ponds and lakes, including Mott, Texas, and Wyatt Lakes. These managed lakes are spread across the base, and fishing here gives you a seldom-seen look at the backcountry of the base, but they do require a little more work to get to; in addition to your fishing license, you need to visit the Fort Bragg Wildlife Branch for a special permit and specific directions to the lakes.

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Don’t want to go on base? Try Glenville Lake at Mazarick Park in Fayetteville or Hope Mills Lake in nearby Hope Mills. You’ll pull in bass, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass even eel in those spots.

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High Octane
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Two high-flying adventures in Fayetteville are ideal for getting some adrenaline going. ZipQuest’s Waterfall Expedition gives you eight ziplines, a trio of suspension bridges and views of Carvers Falls, but the most daredevil thing they have might just be the Swing Shot, a three and a half story swing that carries you out over Carvers Creek, five stories below. It’s not for the faint of heart.

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On your trip to Fayetteville you might spot a few paratroopers drifting to the ground, and if you want to experience something akin to that, go to ParacleteXP for indoor skydiving. After a safety brief and orientation, step into a humongous vertical wind tunnel with your instructor, wait for the fans to kick on, the fly. Is it that easy? Sort of. Well, the pros make it look that easy, and you’re likely to spot a few professional skydivers, skydancers, and competition jumpers while you’re there. The Army Golden Knights, the Army’s competition skydiving team, often practice there, showing off individual and group maneuvers that look like something out of The Matrix. You won’t be doing any moves like that, but what you do – soaring up the tunnel to speed to the bottom like a human bullet – will give you a workout you won’t believe and leave you thrilled and ready for more. Pair your trip to ParacleteXP with a visit to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum to take a look at the gear and missions real paratroopers have used over the years and take a minute to say thanks to any of the veteran volunteers you meet along the way.

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99 Bottles of Beer
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All this action is guaranteed to work up a thirst and five breweries in town have the cure for that. At Dirtbag Ales you’ll be able to fill up on a burger, wings or tots from Napkins, their on-site restaurant, and grab a few pints to slake your thirst. Blood Orange Kolsch, a high-caliber IPA, a Pilsner and a Marzen that’ll transport you to Germany in a sip, and a number of specialty brews stay on tap. Mash House is the place for a fresh pint and a thick steak. Gaston Brewing Company is a pooch-friendly nano-brewery where the snackable bar menu is a perfect pair for some Belgian-inspired brews like their Gold Digger Tripel and their All American Strong Ale. Bright Light Brewing Company is also dog friendly and keep a rotating selection of guest taps and house-brews like their blueberry fruited sour, a tasty lager, and an IPA that’s big on hops. Heckler Brewing Company’s offerings include an Irish Stout, a Kristalweizen (a crystal clear, filtered hefeweizen), and guest taps from across the state. Can you pick a favorite for the crew? Can you even decide on your personal favorite? With so many brews to choose from, answering those questions is going to require another trip.

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Don’t think we forgot about food. In addition to the food trucks and in-house kitchens at our breweries, you’ll find some tasty bites for sure, but there’s nothing like recounting the weekend’s exploits (and deciding just which stories stay in the circle and which ones you’ll tell the folks back home) over a sit-down meal. Chris’ Steak & Seafood House dishes up that classic steakhouse feel with wood accents and timeless combos like surf and turf. Do you go for a filet, ribeye, or New York Strip? And do you pair it with a lobster tail, a plate of scallops, or a pile of shrimp? Or are you going for the rack of lamb, some killer crab cakes, or the catch of the day? You won’t go wrong whatever’s on your plate.

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No weekend away would be complete without some barbecue. Fowler’s Southern Gourmet lives up to the promise and delivers some exceptional ‘cue. Pulled pork plates, piles of brisket, pork ribs that’ll have you licking your lips for days, and burnt ends that might just have you asking for the recipe are only part of the menu. For the rest, well, you gotta get to Fayetteville. And soon.

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Fellas, it’s time to round up the crew and head out of town for the weekend; Fayetteville’s calling and if ever you’ve needed a guy’s getaway, it’s now. This city in the Sandhills of North Carolina along I-95 is busting

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Let the Games Begin Seems like the Sandhills were tailor-made for golf – rolling hills, stands of pine and hardwoods separating fairways, and outstanding weather nearly every day of the year – so when you’re ready to tee off your guy’s weekend, a little golf is in order. King’s Grant Golf and Country Club is a good start for groups with mixed golf abilities. Rates are low weekdays and weekends, and this 6,600-yard course (designed by an architect from Jack Nicklaus Design) lets you balance play by making use of the five sets of tees. Book a tee time early because this semi-private course can fill up on a beautiful weekend. Two courses give you a unique look at Fort Bragg as the Ryder and Stryker Golf Courses are located on base. On Ryder, rolling hills and some deep bunkers (some of them are so deep you might as well call them foxholes) add to the challenge. With Stryker, a Donald Ross design, you’ll play through some history. This course debuted in 1946 but it doesn’t play like a yesteryear course. There’s more than golf on hand. If you’re visiting from May to September, be sure to line up your trip with some home games from the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Low-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The stadium is fantastic and is there anything more American – or more guys-out-of-the-house – than baseball, beer, and a sunny afternoon? Can’t make the trip in summer? Don’t sweat it. The Fayetteville Marksmen, a veteran-owned pro hockey team, plays throughout the fall (which happens to be an awesome time to be in the Sandhills). The Early Bird Word is the early bird gets the worm. In your case, pick up a few worms (and your fishing license, if you don’t have it) at one of the tackle shops in town and wet a line at one of the local fishing holes. There’s a Fish and Game Trail that’ll lead you to two dozen spots – ponds, lakes, and rivers – where you could reel in the biggest catch of the trip. Largemouth and rock bass, striped bass, shad, sunfish, catfish, are just a few of the fish you can catch around Fayetteville. Bring a boat or some fishing kayaks and get on the Cape Fear River at accesses a few miles from Fayetteville or at Campbellton Landing a few minutes from downtown. At Campbellton Landing you can fish from the bank as well as launch a boat or kayak; if you find you need some supplies, Deep Creek Outfitters is nearby and has you covered. Fort Bragg is home to a number of fishing ponds and lakes, including Mott, Texas, and Wyatt Lakes. These managed lakes are spread across the base, and fishing here gives you a seldom-seen look at the backcountry of the base, but they do require a little more work to get to; in addition to your fishing license, you need to visit the Fort Bragg Wildlife Branch for a special permit and specific directions to the lakes. Don’t want to go on base? Try Glenville Lake at Mazarick Park in Fayetteville or Hope Mills Lake in nearby Hope Mills. You’ll pull in bass, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass even eel in those spots. High Octane Two high-flying adventures in Fayetteville are ideal for getting some adrenaline going. ZipQuest’s Waterfall Expedition gives you eight ziplines, a trio of suspension bridges and views of Carvers Falls, but the most daredevil thing they have might just be the Swing Shot, a three and a half story swing that carries you out over Carvers Creek, five stories below. It’s not for the faint of heart. On your trip to Fayetteville you might spot a few paratroopers drifting to the ground, and if you want to experience something akin to that, go to ParacleteXP for indoor skydiving. After a safety brief and orientation, step into a humongous vertical wind tunnel with your instructor, wait for the fans to kick on, the fly. Is it that easy? Sort of. Well, the pros make it look that easy, and you’re likely to spot a few professional skydivers, skydancers, and competition jumpers while you’re there. The Army Golden Knights, the Army’s competition skydiving team, often practice there, showing off individual and group maneuvers that look like something out of The Matrix . You won’t be doing any moves like that, but what you do – soaring up the tunnel to speed to the bottom like a human bullet – will give you a workout you won’t believe and leave you thrilled and ready for more. Pair your trip to ParacleteXP with a visit to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum to take a look at the gear and missions real paratroopers have used over the years and take a minute to say thanks to any of the veteran volunteers you meet along the way. 99 Bottles of Beer All this action is guaranteed to work up a thirst and five breweries in town have the cure for that. At Dirtbag Ales you’ll be able to fill up on a burger, wings or tots from Napkins, their on-site restaurant, and grab a few pints to slake your thirst. Blood Orange Kolsch, a high-caliber IPA, a Pilsner and a Marzen that’ll transport you to Germany in a sip, and a number of specialty brews stay on tap. Mash House is the place for a fresh pint and a thick steak. Gaston Brewing Company is a pooch-friendly nano-brewery where the snackable bar menu is a perfect pair for some Belgian-inspired brews like their Gold Digger Tripel and their All American Strong Ale. Bright Light Brewing Company is also dog friendly and keep a rotating selection of guest taps and house-brews like their blueberry fruited sour, a tasty lager, and an IPA that’s big on hops. Heckler Brewing Company’s offerings include an Irish Stout, a Kristalweizen (a crystal clear, filtered hefeweizen), and guest taps from across the state. Can you pick a favorite for the crew? Can you even decide on your personal favorite? With so many brews to choose from, answering those questions is going to require another trip. FUEL UP Don’t think we forgot about food. In addition to the food trucks and in-house kitchens at our breweries, you’ll find some tasty bites for sure, but there’s nothing like recounting the weekend’s exploits (and deciding just which stories stay in the circle and which ones you’ll tell the folks back home) over a sit-down meal. Chris’ Steak & Seafood House dishes up that classic steakhouse feel with wood accents and timeless combos like surf and turf. Do you go for a filet, ribeye, or New York Strip? And do you pair it with a lobster tail, a plate of scallops, or a pile of shrimp? Or are you going for the rack of lamb, some killer crab cakes, or the catch of the day? You won’t go wrong whatever’s on your plate. No weekend away would be complete without some barbecue. Fowler’s Southern Gourmet lives up to the promise and delivers some exceptional ‘cue. Pulled pork plates, piles of brisket, pork ribs that’ll have you licking your lips for days, and burnt ends that might just have you asking for the recipe are only part of the menu. For the rest, well, you gotta get to Fayetteville. And soon.","id":"609d3f46de51ce48f3d1f86e","url":"/blog/list/post/guysweekend/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/guysweekend/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/guysweekend/","metaTitle":"Guys Weekend in Fayetteville","metaDescription":"

Fellas, it’s time to round up the crew and head out of town for the weekend; Fayetteville’s calling and if ever you’ve needed a guy’s getaway, it’s now. This city in the Sandhills of North Carolina along I-95 is busting

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Let the Games Begin Seems like the Sandhills were tailor-made for golf – rolling hills, stands of pine and hardwoods separating fairways, and outstanding weather nearly every day of the year – so when you’re ready to tee off your guy’s weekend, a little golf is in order. King’s Grant Golf and Country Club is a good start for groups with mixed golf abilities. Rates are low weekdays and weekends, and this 6,600-yard course (designed by an architect from Jack Nicklaus Design) lets you balance play by making use of the five sets of tees. Book a tee time early because this semi-private course can fill up on a beautiful weekend. Two courses give you a unique look at Fort Bragg as the Ryder and Stryker Golf Courses are located on base. On Ryder, rolling hills and some deep bunkers (some of them are so deep you might as well call them foxholes) add to the challenge. With Stryker, a Donald Ross design, you’ll play through some history. This course debuted in 1946 but it doesn’t play like a yesteryear course. There’s more than golf on hand. If you’re visiting from May to September, be sure to line up your trip with some home games from the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Low-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The stadium is fantastic and is there anything more American – or more guys-out-of-the-house – than baseball, beer, and a sunny afternoon? Can’t make the trip in summer? Don’t sweat it. The Fayetteville Marksmen, a veteran-owned pro hockey team, plays throughout the fall (which happens to be an awesome time to be in the Sandhills). The Early Bird Word is the early bird gets the worm. In your case, pick up a few worms (and your fishing license, if you don’t have it) at one of the tackle shops in town and wet a line at one of the local fishing holes. There’s a Fish and Game Trail that’ll lead you to two dozen spots – ponds, lakes, and rivers – where you could reel in the biggest catch of the trip. Largemouth and rock bass, striped bass, shad, sunfish, catfish, are just a few of the fish you can catch around Fayetteville. Bring a boat or some fishing kayaks and get on the Cape Fear River at accesses a few miles from Fayetteville or at Campbellton Landing a few minutes from downtown. At Campbellton Landing you can fish from the bank as well as launch a boat or kayak; if you find you need some supplies, Deep Creek Outfitters is nearby and has you covered. Fort Bragg is home to a number of fishing ponds and lakes, including Mott, Texas, and Wyatt Lakes. These managed lakes are spread across the base, and fishing here gives you a seldom-seen look at the backcountry of the base, but they do require a little more work to get to; in addition to your fishing license, you need to visit the Fort Bragg Wildlife Branch for a special permit and specific directions to the lakes. Don’t want to go on base? Try Glenville Lake at Mazarick Park in Fayetteville or Hope Mills Lake in nearby Hope Mills. You’ll pull in bass, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass even eel in those spots. High Octane Two high-flying adventures in Fayetteville are ideal for getting some adrenaline going. ZipQuest’s Waterfall Expedition gives you eight ziplines, a trio of suspension bridges and views of Carvers Falls, but the most daredevil thing they have might just be the Swing Shot, a three and a half story swing that carries you out over Carvers Creek, five stories below. It’s not for the faint of heart. On your trip to Fayetteville you might spot a few paratroopers drifting to the ground, and if you want to experience something akin to that, go to ParacleteXP for indoor skydiving. After a safety brief and orientation, step into a humongous vertical wind tunnel with your instructor, wait for the fans to kick on, the fly. Is it that easy? Sort of. Well, the pros make it look that easy, and you’re likely to spot a few professional skydivers, skydancers, and competition jumpers while you’re there. The Army Golden Knights, the Army’s competition skydiving team, often practice there, showing off individual and group maneuvers that look like something out of The Matrix . You won’t be doing any moves like that, but what you do – soaring up the tunnel to speed to the bottom like a human bullet – will give you a workout you won’t believe and leave you thrilled and ready for more. Pair your trip to ParacleteXP with a visit to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum to take a look at the gear and missions real paratroopers have used over the years and take a minute to say thanks to any of the veteran volunteers you meet along the way. 99 Bottles of Beer All this action is guaranteed to work up a thirst and five breweries in town have the cure for that. At Dirtbag Ales you’ll be able to fill up on a burger, wings or tots from Napkins, their on-site restaurant, and grab a few pints to slake your thirst. Blood Orange Kolsch, a high-caliber IPA, a Pilsner and a Marzen that’ll transport you to Germany in a sip, and a number of specialty brews stay on tap. Mash House is the place for a fresh pint and a thick steak. Gaston Brewing Company is a pooch-friendly nano-brewery where the snackable bar menu is a perfect pair for some Belgian-inspired brews like their Gold Digger Tripel and their All American Strong Ale. Bright Light Brewing Company is also dog friendly and keep a rotating selection of guest taps and house-brews like their blueberry fruited sour, a tasty lager, and an IPA that’s big on hops. Heckler Brewing Company’s offerings include an Irish Stout, a Kristalweizen (a crystal clear, filtered hefeweizen), and guest taps from across the state. Can you pick a favorite for the crew? Can you even decide on your personal favorite? With so many brews to choose from, answering those questions is going to require another trip. FUEL UP Don’t think we forgot about food. In addition to the food trucks and in-house kitchens at our breweries, you’ll find some tasty bites for sure, but there’s nothing like recounting the weekend’s exploits (and deciding just which stories stay in the circle and which ones you’ll tell the folks back home) over a sit-down meal. Chris’ Steak & Seafood House dishes up that classic steakhouse feel with wood accents and timeless combos like surf and turf. Do you go for a filet, ribeye, or New York Strip? And do you pair it with a lobster tail, a plate of scallops, or a pile of shrimp? Or are you going for the rack of lamb, some killer crab cakes, or the catch of the day? You won’t go wrong whatever’s on your plate. No weekend away would be complete without some barbecue. Fowler’s Southern Gourmet lives up to the promise and delivers some exceptional ‘cue. 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There is no denying that spring in Cumberland County is beautiful. When the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom, you can’t find a lovelier community. Here are a few outdoor spots that are perfect places to soak in the season. 

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The  Cape Fear Botanical Garden is located on seventy-eight acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek just two miles from downtown Fayetteville. Founded in 1989, the Garden now boasts more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and has several specialty gardens, including Camellia, Daylily and Hosta gardens. The Great Lawn is the perfect place to enjoy a variety of spring blooms. 

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Carvers Creek State Park offers acres of walking trails in the rare Longleaf pine ecosystem. The area is home to many endangered species, including the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. View the historic Long Valley Farm, the winter estate of James Stillman Rockefeller. Park rangers offer tours of the home about once a week. Eleven miles of biking and hiking trails recently opened. 

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Families enjoy the sunshine on the banks of Hope Mills lake. This scenic lake offers summer swimming as well as fishing, boating, kayaking and paddleboards. A playground and a snowball from Big T’s makes Hope Mills Lake a perfect place to spend a spring or summer afternoon. 

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Scroll through the list below for more outdoor recreation opportunities. Or explore all recreation sites in Cumberland County. 

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There is no denying that spring in Cumberland County is beautiful. When the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom, you can’t find a lovelier community. Here are a few outdoor spots that are perfect places to soak in the

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Eleven miles of biking and hiking trails recently opened.    Families enjoy the sunshine on the banks of Hope Mills lake. This scenic lake offers summer swimming as well as fishing, boating, kayaking and paddleboards. A playground and a snowball from Big T’s makes Hope Mills Lake a perfect place to spend a spring or summer afternoon.  Scroll through the list below for more outdoor recreation opportunities. Or explore all recreation sites in Cumberland County. ","id":"60588708bf3aa131e54faee6","url":"/blog/list/post/explore-the-great-outdoors/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/explore-the-great-outdoors/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/explore-the-great-outdoors/","metaTitle":"Explore the Great Outdoors","metaDescription":"There is no denying that spring in Cumberland County is beautiful. When the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom, you can’t find a lovelier community. 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The U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum, the U.S. Army’s only museum not on a military base, stands minutes from I-95 in the heart of downtown Fayetteville. On a regular basis, the Smithsonian-quality museum welcomes visitors from all over the country and all over the world. 

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In the main gallery, guests walk through history, starting from test platoon to present day. The gallery includes multi-media exhibits, full-size military equipment, artifacts, uniforms, photos and detailed histories for each conflict and campaign. While the main gallery can take up much of a visitor’s time, there are a few not-to-miss items outside of the main gallery. Make time to visit: 

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  • Iron Mike stands at the entrance to the museum. This statue originally stood at the entrance to Fort Bragg. Needing repairs, the statue was removed and renovated. Once complete, it was moved to the entrance of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. Today, Iron Mike is a favorite spot for visitors to grab a picture.
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  • Overlooking Iron MikeConstant Vigilance is the world’s first memorial to special operations canines killed in the line of duty. It recognizes all dogs from the United States, United Kingdom or Australia who have died in the line of duty since 9/11. A small plaque with each canine killed lists their name, date of birth, country and the date they died. The inscription on the front of the plaque reads:
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  • On the left side of the lobby, the Congressional Medal of Honor Wall honors the 73 soldiers who received the Congressional Medal of Honor while assigned to an airborne or special operations unit. Additionally, an interactive, multi-media exhibit provides the opportunity for visitors to learn each medal recipient’s story. 
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  • Across the parking lot form the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, the Visitor Center at North Carolina Veteran’s Park holds two special exhibits. A unique 33,500 dog tag chandelier hangs from the ceiling. Nearby, an exhibit holds dog tags that represent each North Carolinian killed during each war and conflict since World War 1. Organized by each conflict, the exhibit is a powerful representation of the lives lost in defense of our country. 
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These are just a few of the museum’s gems. Make plans to visit and explore not only the museum but also other military sites around Fayetteville. The Patriots, Past & Present Cultural Heritage Trail provides an overview of sites from the Revolutionary, Civil War and modern military era. 

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The U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum, the U.S. Army’s only museum not on a military base, stands minutes from I-95 in the heart of downtown Fayetteville. On a regular basis, the Smithsonian-quality museum

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Numerous American communities bear the Marquis de Lafayette’s name. Out of all those places, the great Revolutionary War hero visited only one -- Fayetteville, North Carolina. You should follow his footsteps on the Lafayette Trail. The state’s largest city on Interstate 95 is home to Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army’s most populous base.  If you love Americana, Fayetteville will reward you.

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Fayetteville’s major contributions to American history begin in 1775 when Fayetteville citizens signed the Liberty Point Resolves, a declaration of independence that predated the national Declaration of Independence by more than a year.

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In 1789, North Carolina was the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution at a Fayetteville convention. Gen. William T. Sherman marched through Fayetteville in the latter days of the Civil War.

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And because of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville has remained at the center of significant historical events.

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Things To Do In Fayetteville

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Buckle your seat belt for a whirlwind tour through Fayetteville, where history, adventure, food, drinks, and shopping are all waiting for you.

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Channel a trapeze artist at ZipQuest Waterfall And Treetop Adventure

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If you’ve ever envied a trapeze artist, ZipQuest will bring you as close as you’ll come to joining a circus aerial act. Even if you never imagined joining the Flying Wallendas, ziplining is for you. I’ve never been acrobatic, but flying by wire felt great.

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The Waterfall Expedition features eight tree-to-tree zip lines, three suspension bridges, three spiral staircases, and an exhilarating view of Carver’s Falls. Before you arrive, fill out the required waiver online.

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How To Be Tarzan Instead Of George

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Choose snug-fitting gloves. Make sure your harness fits you snugly, but not too snugly. Check your harness after every stage of your journey and ask the guides to readjust if the harness becomes ill-fitting.

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To brake, rest your hand on top of the wire behind you, not in front of you. The friction will slow you. Do not grab the wire. The resulting sudden stop is hard on your body and leaves you stranded on the wire. Dropping your legs will also slow you; just don’t neglect to apply friction to the wire. If you forget, you might embrace a tree.

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To fly faster, turn into a cannonball or extend your legs into an plank. Don’t copy a washing machine. Spinning slows you down and is more likely to leave you hanging like clothes on a line.

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Experience Natural Healing At Cape Fear Botanical Garden

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Being in a garden produces peaceful, easy feelings. At Cape Fear Botanical Garden takes peaceful and easy to another plane. To reach the healing plane, simply stroll along the garden paths. Visit the gorgeous camellias in the Mary McLaurin Camellia Garden or rest in the gazebo. To ascend to a higher plane, join the Therapeutic Horticulture program. The program grows food for a local food bank. Fortify yourself for the journey at the Garden View Cafe.

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Honoring America’s best:  The U.S. Airborne And Special Operations Museum

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The fighting soldiers from the sky have always been my special heroes, and I greatly enjoyed honoring them at The U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The lobby holds a rotor hub from the first helicopter shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. The chewed up blades are a jolting reminder of the sacrifices in the incident known as Black Hawk Down. Two snipers earned the Medal of Honor in the action that cost them their lives. I wanted to weep as I considered what they endured.

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After the lobby, exhibits begin with World War II paratroopers and continue to the present day. Pause at the 555th Parachute Infantry exhibit. Black paratroopers jumped into forests to extinguish Japanese balloon bombs, becoming the first military smoke jumpers.

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Each fall, walk through the flags on the Field of Honor. Each flag wears a tag naming its honoree and sponsor. Walking through the flags with the fluttering tags at the top is deeply moving. Nearby, a war dog is on Constant Vigilance, his ears pricked up to listen eagerly for danger. Surrounding the dog, pavers list war dogs from around the world. The dog constantly watches over Iron Mike, the 16-foot-tall statue of a paratrooper in front of the museum.

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Raised hands at North Carolina Veterans Park honor those who have sworn to defend us

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When service members join the military, they raise their hands and recite an oath. North Carolina Veterans Park commemorates the moment when a civilian becomes military. Raised hands decorate a wall with the oath listed on it. Further hands adorn pillars dedicated to each North Carolina county. In the visitor center, nearly 10,000 dog tags represent North Carolina service members who died for their country from World War II to the present.

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Ask about the strange story of Hurricane Matthew and the Missing Man Table.

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Experience four hundred years of southern North Carolina history

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The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex includes a museum building, Arsenal Park, and the 1897 E.A. Poe House. No, not that E.A. Poe. Fayetteville’s Poe was a brick manufacturer, not an author. Ironically, his beautiful home is an wooden Eastlake-style house. The bricks provide the foundation. The home’s woodwork is gorgeous.

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After the War of 1812, Congress decided to build arsenals, including one in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville facility wasn’t finished until the late 1850s, just in time for the Civil War. The local militia recognized its strategic importance and confiscated it after North Carolina seceded in 1861. Women manufactured 900,000 rounds of ammunition during the war. Sherman’s troops leveled the arsenal. Only the foundation stones remain. A Ghost Tower shows the outline of one of the arsenal’s towers.

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Pro Tip: Explore Civil War sites on Fayetteville’s Civil War Trail. The militia that commandeered the arsenal is still an active unit. Visit its museum.

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Theater Lives At Cape Fear Regional Theater

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Cape Fear Regional Theater offers a live, six-show season. The 2020-21 season includes The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and The Color Purple.

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Get A Breath Of Fresh Air At Cape Fear River Trail

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Stretch your legs on the beautiful Cape Fear River Trail. The trail extends 5.5 miles one way and has steep sections. Park at Clark Park Nature Center at the trail’s southern end. Picnic overlooking a waterfall.

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Fayetteville’s best restaurants 

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Fayetteville offers a large selection and variety of eateries. We enjoyed these options.

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Stop and smell the coffee at The Coffee Cup

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The Coffee Cup invites guests to come in for a “warm hug in a cup.” Their delicious drinks will warm your heart as well as your throat. The gingersnap chai latte was delectable. Enjoy their yummy vegan pastries from The Humble Bakery. The Raspberry Bliss Bars: heavenly.

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Enjoy more than a spot of tea at Winterbloom Tea

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Winterbloom Tea is about tailoring the tea experience to the individual customer. Their menu can be overwhelming, but the staff will gladly guide you. Their passion for tea is refreshing. Sample the tea cocktails. My Hemingway tea cocktail was perfect for a travel writer.

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Try, try some Fayetteville pie

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Stretch your concept of pies at Fayetteville Pie Company. The stereotypical American pie is a sweet pastry dish. Fayetteville Pie offers plenty of sweet pies, but don’t limit yourself. Their tagline promises “savory and sweet pies.” Try their French onion roast beef pie. The menu items rotate seasonally.

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Dirtbag Ales is beer heaven

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Dirtbag Ales offers a beer-lovers’ paradise. You have to start with their Blood Orange Kolsch, their most popular brew, but don’t stop there. At the onsite Napkins Restaurant, try the Three-Cheese Bacon Burger.

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Beer in a (former) hardware store? Huske Hardware House has it

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For 115 years, the Huske Hardware House has graced Fayetteville’s downtown. In 1996, it became a restaurant. The shepherd’s pie drips with flavor or pick your cheese and doneness on the filet mignon beef tip hoagie. Pair it with a North Carolina beer.

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Enjoy the ultimate farm-to-fork experience at The Mash House

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The giant brewing tank outside The Mash House puts guests on notice about the delicious beer inside. But remember the food. The restaurant prioritizes ingredients from local farmers and growers. I adored the hard cider made from North Carolina apples and I devoured the shrimp and grits.

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Explore more breweries on the Hometown Hops trail.

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Barbecue aficionados will adore Fowler’s

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Fowler’s Southern Gourmet is the top of the eastern North Carolina food chain. You’ll never eat a better batch of burnt ends. Come early because they sell out fast.

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—. This story  was originally published on Travel Awaits. 

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Where To Shop In Fayetteville

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Shopping in downtown Fayetteville is pure pleasure. You’ll enjoy browsing the storefronts in the historic buildings and bringing home unique treasures.

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Make a wish to build a dream on at Hummingbird Candle Co.

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As a candle flickers, it writes your wishes into the air. When you create a custom candle at Hummingbird Candle Co., you write the wish onto the wick. As the wick sends fragrance into the air, your wish goes up. And wishes do come true.

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Browse Loved Books At City Center

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The enticing smell and feel of old books is sheer joy. Reading them is a bonus. You can cash in that bonus at City Center Gallery and Books.

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Start The Antiquing Trail At 123 Hay Street

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Window shopping at The Shops at 123 Hay Street is prime. Go inside to enjoy the excellent antique and collectibles selection. The store is one of a dozen shops on the Greater Fayetteville Antiquing Trail.

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Roxie Yonkey is the Chief Exploration Officer of RoxieontheRoad. As the blog’s name implies, she loves road tripping on roads less traveled. Sometimes she travels solo and sometimes with her husband Eric. Whether solo or together, they find fun and adventure wherever they travel. Eric and Roxie have two cats, Dalbie and Lola.

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Numerous American communities bear the Marquis de Lafayette’s name. Out of all those places, the great Revolutionary War hero visited only one -- Fayetteville, North Carolina. You should follow his footsteps on the

","description":"Numerous American communities bear the Marquis de Lafayette’s name. Out of all those places, the great Revolutionary War hero visited only one -- Fayetteville, North Carolina. You should follow his footsteps on the Lafayette Trail. The state’s largest city on Interstate 95 is home to Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army’s most populous base.  If you love Americana, Fayetteville will reward you. Fayetteville’s major contributions to American history begin in 1775 when Fayetteville citizens signed the Liberty Point Resolves, a declaration of independence that predated the national Declaration of Independence by more than a year. In 1789, North Carolina was the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution at a Fayetteville convention. Gen. William T. Sherman marched through Fayetteville in the latter days of the Civil War. And because of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville has remained at the center of significant historical events.   Things To Do In Fayetteville Buckle your seat belt for a whirlwind tour through Fayetteville, where history, adventure, food, drinks, and shopping are all waiting for you. Channel a trapeze artist at ZipQuest Waterfall And Treetop Adventure If you’ve ever envied a trapeze artist, ZipQuest will bring you as close as you’ll come to joining a circus aerial act. Even if you never imagined joining the Flying Wallendas, ziplining is for you. I’ve never been acrobatic, but flying by wire felt great. The Waterfall Expedition features eight tree-to-tree zip lines, three suspension bridges, three spiral staircases, and an exhilarating view of Carver’s Falls. Before you arrive, fill out the required waiver online. How To Be Tarzan Instead Of George Choose snug-fitting gloves. Make sure your harness fits you snugly, but not too snugly. Check your harness after every stage of your journey and ask the guides to readjust if the harness becomes ill-fitting. To brake, rest your hand on top of the wire behind you, not in front of you. The friction will slow you. Do not grab the wire. The resulting sudden stop is hard on your body and leaves you stranded on the wire. Dropping your legs will also slow you; just don’t neglect to apply friction to the wire. If you forget, you might embrace a tree. To fly faster, turn into a cannonball or extend your legs into an plank. Don’t copy a washing machine. Spinning slows you down and is more likely to leave you hanging like clothes on a line. Experience Natural Healing At Cape Fear Botanical Garden Being in a garden produces peaceful, easy feelings. At Cape Fear Botanical Garden takes peaceful and easy to another plane. To reach the healing plane, simply stroll along the garden paths. Visit the gorgeous camellias in the Mary McLaurin Camellia Garden or rest in the gazebo. To ascend to a higher plane, join the Therapeutic Horticulture program. The program grows food for a local food bank. Fortify yourself for the journey at the Garden View Cafe. Honoring America’s best:  The U.S. Airborne And Special Operations Museum The fighting soldiers from the sky have always been my special heroes, and I greatly enjoyed honoring them at The U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The lobby holds a rotor hub from the first helicopter shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. The chewed up blades are a jolting reminder of the sacrifices in the incident known as Black Hawk Down. Two snipers earned the Medal of Honor in the action that cost them their lives. I wanted to weep as I considered what they endured. After the lobby, exhibits begin with World War II paratroopers and continue to the present day. Pause at the 555th Parachute Infantry exhibit. Black paratroopers jumped into forests to extinguish Japanese balloon bombs, becoming the first military smoke jumpers. Each fall, walk through the flags on the Field of Honor. Each flag wears a tag naming its honoree and sponsor. Walking through the flags with the fluttering tags at the top is deeply moving. Nearby, a war dog is on Constant Vigilance, his ears pricked up to listen eagerly for danger. Surrounding the dog, pavers list war dogs from around the world. The dog constantly watches over Iron Mike, the 16-foot-tall statue of a paratrooper in front of the museum. Raised hands at North Carolina Veterans Park honor those who have sworn to defend us When service members join the military, they raise their hands and recite an oath. North Carolina Veterans Park commemorates the moment when a civilian becomes military. Raised hands decorate a wall with the oath listed on it. Further hands adorn pillars dedicated to each North Carolina county. In the visitor center, nearly 10,000 dog tags represent North Carolina service members who died for their country from World War II to the present. Ask about the strange story of Hurricane Matthew and the Missing Man Table. Experience four hundred years of southern North Carolina history The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex includes a museum building, Arsenal Park, and the 1897 E.A. Poe House. No, not that E.A. Poe. Fayetteville’s Poe was a brick manufacturer, not an author. Ironically, his beautiful home is an wooden Eastlake-style house. The bricks provide the foundation. The home’s woodwork is gorgeous. After the War of 1812, Congress decided to build arsenals, including one in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville facility wasn’t finished until the late 1850s, just in time for the Civil War. The local militia recognized its strategic importance and confiscated it after North Carolina seceded in 1861. Women manufactured 900,000 rounds of ammunition during the war. Sherman’s troops leveled the arsenal. Only the foundation stones remain. A Ghost Tower shows the outline of one of the arsenal’s towers. Pro Tip: Explore Civil War sites on Fayetteville’s Civil War Trail. The militia that commandeered the arsenal is still an active unit. Visit its museum. Theater Lives At Cape Fear Regional Theater Cape Fear Regional Theater offers a live, six-show season. The 2020-21 season includes The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and The Color Purple. Get A Breath Of Fresh Air At Cape Fear River Trail Stretch your legs on the beautiful Cape Fear River Trail. The trail extends 5.5 miles one way and has steep sections. Park at Clark Park Nature Center at the trail’s southern end. Picnic overlooking a waterfall. Fayetteville’s best restaurants  Fayetteville offers a large selection and variety of eateries. We enjoyed these options. Stop and smell the coffee at The Coffee Cup The Coffee Cup invites guests to come in for a “warm hug in a cup.” Their delicious drinks will warm your heart as well as your throat. The gingersnap chai latte was delectable. Enjoy their yummy vegan pastries from The Humble Bakery. The Raspberry Bliss Bars: heavenly. Enjoy more than a spot of tea at Winterbloom Tea Winterbloom Tea is about tailoring the tea experience to the individual customer. Their menu can be overwhelming, but the staff will gladly guide you. Their passion for tea is refreshing. Sample the tea cocktails. My Hemingway tea cocktail was perfect for a travel writer. Try, try some Fayetteville pie Stretch your concept of pies at Fayetteville Pie Company. The stereotypical American pie is a sweet pastry dish. Fayetteville Pie offers plenty of sweet pies, but don’t limit yourself. Their tagline promises “savory and sweet pies.” Try their French onion roast beef pie. The menu items rotate seasonally. Dirtbag Ales is beer heaven Dirtbag Ales offers a beer-lovers’ paradise. You have to start with their Blood Orange Kolsch, their most popular brew, but don’t stop there. At the onsite Napkins Restaurant, try the Three-Cheese Bacon Burger. Beer in a (former) hardware store? Huske Hardware House has it For 115 years, the Huske Hardware House has graced Fayetteville’s downtown. In 1996, it became a restaurant. The shepherd’s pie drips with flavor or pick your cheese and doneness on the filet mignon beef tip hoagie. Pair it with a North Carolina beer. Enjoy the ultimate farm-to-fork experience at The Mash House The giant brewing tank outside The Mash House puts guests on notice about the delicious beer inside. But remember the food. The restaurant prioritizes ingredients from local farmers and growers. I adored the hard cider made from North Carolina apples and I devoured the shrimp and grits. Explore more breweries on the Hometown Hops trail. Barbecue aficionados will adore Fowler’s Fowler’s Southern Gourmet is the top of the eastern North Carolina food chain. You’ll never eat a better batch of burnt ends. Come early because they sell out fast. —. This story  was originally published on Travel Awa its.  Where To Shop In Fayetteville Shopping in downtown Fayetteville is pure pleasure. You’ll enjoy browsing the storefronts in the historic buildings and bringing home unique treasures. Make a wish to build a dream on at Hummingbird Candle Co. As a candle flickers, it writes your wishes into the air. When you create a custom candle at Hummingbird Candle Co., you write the wish onto the wick. As the wick sends fragrance into the air, your wish goes up. And wishes do come true. Browse Loved Books At City Center The enticing smell and feel of old books is sheer joy. Reading them is a bonus. You can cash in that bonus at City Center Gallery and Books. Start The Antiquing Trail At 123 Hay Street Window shopping at The Shops at 123 Hay Street is prime. Go inside to enjoy the excellent antique and collectibles selection. The store is one of a dozen shops on the Greater Fayetteville Antiquing Trail. Roxie Yonkey is the Chief Exploration Officer of RoxieontheRoad. As the blog’s name implies, she loves road tripping on roads less traveled. Sometimes she travels solo and sometimes with her husband Eric. Whether solo or together, they find fun and adventure wherever they travel. Eric and Roxie have two cats, Dalbie and Lola.","id":"601308035b4ca3609ad280eb","url":"/blog/list/post/how-to-spend-a-long-weekend-in-fayetteville-north-carolina/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/how-to-spend-a-long-weekend-in-fayetteville-north-carolina/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/how-to-spend-a-long-weekend-in-fayetteville-north-carolina/","metaTitle":"How to Spend a Long Weekend in Fayetteville, NC","metaDescription":"Visiting travel writer Roxie Yonkey highlights some of the top things to do while visiting Fayetteville and Cumberland County. She outlines fantastic things to do, places to eat and artistic endeavors.","cleanDescription":"Numerous American communities bear the Marquis de Lafayette’s name. Out of all those places, the great Revolutionary War hero visited only one -- Fayetteville, North Carolina. You should follow his footsteps on the Lafayette Trail. The state’s largest city on Interstate 95 is home to Fort Bragg, the U.S. Army’s most populous base.  If you love Americana, Fayetteville will reward you. Fayetteville’s major contributions to American history begin in 1775 when Fayetteville citizens signed the Liberty Point Resolves, a declaration of independence that predated the national Declaration of Independence by more than a year. In 1789, North Carolina was the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution at a Fayetteville convention. Gen. William T. Sherman marched through Fayetteville in the latter days of the Civil War. And because of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville has remained at the center of significant historical events.   Things To Do In Fayetteville Buckle your seat belt for a whirlwind tour through Fayetteville, where history, adventure, food, drinks, and shopping are all waiting for you. Channel a trapeze artist at ZipQuest Waterfall And Treetop Adventure If you’ve ever envied a trapeze artist, ZipQuest will bring you as close as you’ll come to joining a circus aerial act. Even if you never imagined joining the Flying Wallendas, ziplining is for you. I’ve never been acrobatic, but flying by wire felt great. The Waterfall Expedition features eight tree-to-tree zip lines, three suspension bridges, three spiral staircases, and an exhilarating view of Carver’s Falls. Before you arrive, fill out the required waiver online. How To Be Tarzan Instead Of George Choose snug-fitting gloves. Make sure your harness fits you snugly, but not too snugly. Check your harness after every stage of your journey and ask the guides to readjust if the harness becomes ill-fitting. To brake, rest your hand on top of the wire behind you, not in front of you. The friction will slow you. Do not grab the wire. The resulting sudden stop is hard on your body and leaves you stranded on the wire. Dropping your legs will also slow you; just don’t neglect to apply friction to the wire. If you forget, you might embrace a tree. To fly faster, turn into a cannonball or extend your legs into an plank. Don’t copy a washing machine. Spinning slows you down and is more likely to leave you hanging like clothes on a line. Experience Natural Healing At Cape Fear Botanical Garden Being in a garden produces peaceful, easy feelings. At Cape Fear Botanical Garden takes peaceful and easy to another plane. To reach the healing plane, simply stroll along the garden paths. Visit the gorgeous camellias in the Mary McLaurin Camellia Garden or rest in the gazebo. To ascend to a higher plane, join the Therapeutic Horticulture program. The program grows food for a local food bank. Fortify yourself for the journey at the Garden View Cafe. Honoring America’s best:  The U.S. Airborne And Special Operations Museum The fighting soldiers from the sky have always been my special heroes, and I greatly enjoyed honoring them at The U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The lobby holds a rotor hub from the first helicopter shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993. The chewed up blades are a jolting reminder of the sacrifices in the incident known as Black Hawk Down. Two snipers earned the Medal of Honor in the action that cost them their lives. I wanted to weep as I considered what they endured. After the lobby, exhibits begin with World War II paratroopers and continue to the present day. Pause at the 555th Parachute Infantry exhibit. Black paratroopers jumped into forests to extinguish Japanese balloon bombs, becoming the first military smoke jumpers. Each fall, walk through the flags on the Field of Honor. Each flag wears a tag naming its honoree and sponsor. Walking through the flags with the fluttering tags at the top is deeply moving. Nearby, a war dog is on Constant Vigilance, his ears pricked up to listen eagerly for danger. Surrounding the dog, pavers list war dogs from around the world. The dog constantly watches over Iron Mike, the 16-foot-tall statue of a paratrooper in front of the museum. Raised hands at North Carolina Veterans Park honor those who have sworn to defend us When service members join the military, they raise their hands and recite an oath. North Carolina Veterans Park commemorates the moment when a civilian becomes military. Raised hands decorate a wall with the oath listed on it. Further hands adorn pillars dedicated to each North Carolina county. In the visitor center, nearly 10,000 dog tags represent North Carolina service members who died for their country from World War II to the present. Ask about the strange story of Hurricane Matthew and the Missing Man Table. Experience four hundred years of southern North Carolina history The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex includes a museum building, Arsenal Park, and the 1897 E.A. Poe House. No, not that E.A. Poe. Fayetteville’s Poe was a brick manufacturer, not an author. Ironically, his beautiful home is an wooden Eastlake-style house. The bricks provide the foundation. The home’s woodwork is gorgeous. After the War of 1812, Congress decided to build arsenals, including one in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville facility wasn’t finished until the late 1850s, just in time for the Civil War. The local militia recognized its strategic importance and confiscated it after North Carolina seceded in 1861. Women manufactured 900,000 rounds of ammunition during the war. Sherman’s troops leveled the arsenal. Only the foundation stones remain. A Ghost Tower shows the outline of one of the arsenal’s towers. Pro Tip: Explore Civil War sites on Fayetteville’s Civil War Trail. The militia that commandeered the arsenal is still an active unit. Visit its museum. Theater Lives At Cape Fear Regional Theater Cape Fear Regional Theater offers a live, six-show season. The 2020-21 season includes The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and The Color Purple. Get A Breath Of Fresh Air At Cape Fear River Trail Stretch your legs on the beautiful Cape Fear River Trail. The trail extends 5.5 miles one way and has steep sections. Park at Clark Park Nature Center at the trail’s southern end. Picnic overlooking a waterfall. Fayetteville’s best restaurants  Fayetteville offers a large selection and variety of eateries. We enjoyed these options. Stop and smell the coffee at The Coffee Cup The Coffee Cup invites guests to come in for a “warm hug in a cup.” Their delicious drinks will warm your heart as well as your throat. The gingersnap chai latte was delectable. Enjoy their yummy vegan pastries from The Humble Bakery. The Raspberry Bliss Bars: heavenly. Enjoy more than a spot of tea at Winterbloom Tea Winterbloom Tea is about tailoring the tea experience to the individual customer. Their menu can be overwhelming, but the staff will gladly guide you. Their passion for tea is refreshing. Sample the tea cocktails. My Hemingway tea cocktail was perfect for a travel writer. Try, try some Fayetteville pie Stretch your concept of pies at Fayetteville Pie Company. The stereotypical American pie is a sweet pastry dish. Fayetteville Pie offers plenty of sweet pies, but don’t limit yourself. Their tagline promises “savory and sweet pies.” Try their French onion roast beef pie. The menu items rotate seasonally. Dirtbag Ales is beer heaven Dirtbag Ales offers a beer-lovers’ paradise. You have to start with their Blood Orange Kolsch, their most popular brew, but don’t stop there. At the onsite Napkins Restaurant, try the Three-Cheese Bacon Burger. Beer in a (former) hardware store? Huske Hardware House has it For 115 years, the Huske Hardware House has graced Fayetteville’s downtown. In 1996, it became a restaurant. The shepherd’s pie drips with flavor or pick your cheese and doneness on the filet mignon beef tip hoagie. Pair it with a North Carolina beer. Enjoy the ultimate farm-to-fork experience at The Mash House The giant brewing tank outside The Mash House puts guests on notice about the delicious beer inside. But remember the food. The restaurant prioritizes ingredients from local farmers and growers. I adored the hard cider made from North Carolina apples and I devoured the shrimp and grits. Explore more breweries on the Hometown Hops trail. Barbecue aficionados will adore Fowler’s Fowler’s Southern Gourmet is the top of the eastern North Carolina food chain. You’ll never eat a better batch of burnt ends. Come early because they sell out fast. —. This story  was originally published on Travel Awa its.  Where To Shop In Fayetteville Shopping in downtown Fayetteville is pure pleasure. You’ll enjoy browsing the storefronts in the historic buildings and bringing home unique treasures. Make a wish to build a dream on at Hummingbird Candle Co. As a candle flickers, it writes your wishes into the air. When you create a custom candle at Hummingbird Candle Co., you write the wish onto the wick. As the wick sends fragrance into the air, your wish goes up. And wishes do come true. Browse Loved Books At City Center The enticing smell and feel of old books is sheer joy. Reading them is a bonus. You can cash in that bonus at City Center Gallery and Books. Start The Antiquing Trail At 123 Hay Street Window shopping at The Shops at 123 Hay Street is prime. Go inside to enjoy the excellent antique and collectibles selection. The store is one of a dozen shops on the Greater Fayetteville Antiquing Trail. 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Nine visiting writers and photographers joined me earlier this month for a tour of Cumberland County’s most beautiful and diverse outdoor attractions and restaurants. Over the course of a weekend, I led them on a "#ColorfulFay" tour that highlighted more than 25 businesses and sites.

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At the beginning of that tour, I explained to the group how I was inspired to put together their itinerary. While the Fayetteville area is certainly known for being home to Ft. Bragg, it often comes as a surprise to our visitors when they discover what else makes this place so special.

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Our veterans’ travels around the world mean they often bring home spouses from other countries to our community, and that diversity in our population is more than evident everywhere you look. Just one example of that is our county can boast that 30+ countries are represented in our restaurants’ cuisine offerings. For that reason, while we may not be known for fine dining, we can certainly claim our niche in international eateries.

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Our diversity is also apparent in the entrepreneurs who launch businesses here, and as I shared on the blog recently, we’re proud of the fact so many of our local businesses are owned and operated by People of Color. The same could be said for our thriving LGBTQ+ community and the many ways our local PRIDE chapter and businesses provide welcoming places for our LGBTQ+ visitors.

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In order to assist our visitors with replicating our #ColorfulFay experience here, I have put together a two-day itinerary that includes everything we did over a weekend in October. Regardless of what time of the year you visit, use this to guide you to some of the loveliest areas of this special place!

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DAY ONE

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Cape Fear Botanical Garden

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(536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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Just 5 miles from I-95, you’ll find a true outdoor oasis where you could easily spend hours wandering 25+ botanical gardens and structures on 80 acres of land, located between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek. Before you start exploring, though, stop by the new Garden View Café to peruse their menu and place your order for lunch later. This sweet addition to the garden is owned by Chef Lou and his family, and their fresh, deli-style offerings make for a perfect picnic on the garden’s grounds or the outdoor bistro area. After ordering, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, using their online map to guide you, and don’t overlook the brand-new, massive treehouse in the Children’s Garden.

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Tip: Make plans to visit the garden around one of their upcoming outdoor events, to include their popular, annual Holiday Lights in the Garden.

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The MacPherson House

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(701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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A short, 2.5-mile drive from the garden will lead you to Cumberland County’s newest B&B. This recently renovated, 100-year-old home is conveniently located in our Haymount Historic District and is within walking distance of Downtown Fayetteville. When our group arrived on a Saturday afternoon, MacPherson’s owner, Katy, and wellness coordinator, Hayat, greeted us with homemade cookies and beverages and took us on a tour of their gorgeous, 7,000+-square-foot house. Here, you’ll find a king-size bed, fireplace, and private bathroom in each of the four bedrooms, as well as many sweet touches (e.g., fresh eucalyptus hanging in the showers). Each room has its own look and style and has been assigned a historically significant name, like "The Lafayette." The owners are hoping to finish renovations on a top-floor master suite over the coming months, as well.

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Tip: If children will be accompanying you, request The Saint Avolde Suite, which has a "sleeping porch" off the bedroom that can be outfitted with a bed (prior arrangements required). 

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Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom

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(5435 Corporation Dr., Hope Mills, NC 28348)

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“North Carolina’s I-95 Brewery” is a 12-mile drive from The MacPherson House and is the perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon, even with family in tow. On Dirtbag’s 5+ acres, you’ll find plenty of open space to spread out, throw the ball around, let the kids loose on a playground, listen to live music, and of course, sip on craft beer. Dirtbag recently racked up five Readers’ Choice Awards from The Fayetteville Observer, because the locals are just that loyal to this beloved brewery. While you’re there, an absolute must-try is Dirtbag’s onsite restaurant, Napkins, where you’ll find something to please even the pickiest of palates on a rotating menu. Our group could not stop raving about the beer-braised carnitas tacos, perfectly battered-and-fried shrimp and calamari (aka "Frito Mixto"), and spicy, not-your-mama’s tater tots we devoured as we were sampling Dirtbag’s signature and newest brews.

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Tip: Follow Dirtbag on Facebook to see the wide range of live music, recreational events, and more happening there year-round.

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Hope Mills Lake

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(3609 N. Main St., Hope Mills, NC 28348)

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A trip to the Town of Hope Mills would not be complete without visiting its cypress-lined lake. Just 4 miles from Dirtbag, this charming body of water is in the heart of our second-largest municipality, on the edge of its small downtown. Here you’ll also find Big T’s Snoballs, where the locals have been taking their families for generations. Our group grabbed snow-cones to enjoy, lakeside. Then, while a few folks met up with Yakalacky Outfitters for a kayaking adventure, a couple of others stayed on the dock for a fishing lesson, courtesy of Cedar Creek Fish Farm (another great fishing destination located in Fayetteville). Whether you want to rent a watercraft from Yakalacky, throw a line in the water, hit the playground, or lay down a blanket for a picnic, this is certainly one of Cumberland County’s sweetest outdoor treasures to explore.

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Tip: Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for information on regulations, licensing, and permits applicable to inland fishing in NC.

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Pharaoh’s Legacy: Mediterranean Cuisine & Bar

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(3010 Traemoor Village Dr., Ste. 100, Fayetteville, NC 28306)

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If you’ve never had the opportunity to try Egyptian cuisine before, then here’s your chance to introduce your taste-buds to this full sensory experience. The dishes you’ll find on the menu at Pharaoh’s, which is just 4 miles from the lake, are a reflection of many Mediterranean classics, such as gyro and hummus, but with a unique Egyptian twist in the marinades and spices they use. The excellent waitstaff here brought out a wide assortment of appetizers, like dolmades and baba ghanouj, for us to try before we feasted on platters of charbroiled lamb and beef kabob over basmati saffron rice. Not only was the food incredibly flavorful, but it was also so beautifully presented that our group spent the first 15 minutes taking picture after picture of the spread.

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Tip: For “a taste of American comfort meeting Mediterranean tradition” in a more casual setting, visit this restaurant’s first location, Pharaoh’s Village: Mediterranean Grill & Market, in Hope Mills.

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DAY TWO

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The MacPherson House

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(701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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Katy and Hayat knew our group would be brunching later that morning, so they set out a light spread of pastries, fresh fruit, and matcha smoothies for their guests to enjoy at their leisure. A few folks took their breakfast on the porch before joining Hayat, or “The Traveling Shala,” downstairs for a private yoga session. MacPherson’s entire downstairs has been turned into a serene wellness center, with dedicated rooms for massage therapy, yoga, and more. They even have plans to outfit one of the rooms with a kitchen for when the house hosts weddings and other events.

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Tip: When making your reservation, be sure to ask about MacPherson’s massage, yoga, and other wellness services available for pre-booking during your stay.

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Blue Moon Café

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(310 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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One of the benefits of staying at The MacPherson House is its proximity to Cool Spring Downtown District. In less than a 1/2-mile walk, you’re downtown, with plenty of options for dining and shopping. One of those fantastic options is this cozy café, which has become known for its Sunday brunch. The menu here reflects the creativity of its owners, Josh and Nathan, who really spoiled our group on a Sunday morning with mimosa bottle service. In honor of National Coming Out Day, they put a colorful Fruity Pebbles French Toast on the menu that a couple of folks couldn’t resist ordering. I went for the rich Monte Cristo Panini while others indulged in Blue Moon’s signature crab dip, tacos, and much more. Whether you hit Blue Moon for a meal or just a craft cocktail, you’ll fall in love with its casual-yet-hip ambiance, its fabulous view of Hay Street (downtown's main thoroughfare), and its delicious offerings.

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Tip: As seating is limited indoors and on the patio at this highly popular spot, call ahead to put your name on the list for Sunday brunch: 910-860-4700.

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Hummingbird Candle Co.

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(240 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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One of the more unique experiences available to downtown visitors is a candle-making workshop, and this activity makes for a perfect girls’ night or date night. Owner Tianna and her staff have created such a warm, hospitable environment for their shop that by the time you leave, you feel you’ve been adopted into the Hummingbird family. Since they allow attendees to bring their own beverages, we made prior arrangements with The Wine Café (108 Hay St.) to give us a mini wine-tasting onsite. Manager Holly greeted us with glasses and pours of their new Prisma wines, adding another indulgent layer to the whole experience. Our group then made their rounds to select their favorite scents from the dozens of chemical-free oil options Hummingbird offers, and Chandler Extraordinaire Sesselie led everyone through the candle-pouring process, step by step. In case the struggle is real with picking just one scent for your coconut-wax candle, Hummingbird also sells premade candles, room sprays, and more. 

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Tip: Since reservations are required, book your workshop in advance on their website and follow them on Facebook for special event announcements.

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Cool Spring Downtown District

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(222 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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While Cool Spring Downtown District can boast several art galleries and history museums, you don’t have to step inside a building to appreciate its wide array of art installations, murals, landmarks, and green spacesall making for some incredible photo-ops, spread throughout a 0.5-mile footprint. Anyone can easily discover these gems on their own, using this handy guide, but Cool Spring enlisted the help of the Downtown Alliance in giving our group a guided walking tour. Sam, who also serves as president of our local PRIDE chapter and is a true champion of Fayetteville, led our group on a lovely Sunday afternoon walk while sharing fun and fascinating factoids. He could have easily spent the entire time educating the group on just our city’s fascinating history, which dates to 1739, but he also showed off downtown's more artistic side (e.g., the stunning Prismatica installation) and led us through its lovely green spaces (e.g., Lafayette Park). Of course, we couldn’t do this tour justice without visiting the Airborne & Special Operations Museum grounds, where statues and memorials educate our visitors on our elite military forces before they even enter the museum. Additionally, our group had the pleasure of seeing 500 flags staged on the Field of Honor, an annual initiative of the museum and downtown.

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Tip: Before heading out on a self-guided walking tour, make a stop at The Coffee Cup (108 Hay St.), The Wine Cafe’s sister shop, and grab a hot beverage from one of their sweet baristas.

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Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles (Ramada Plaza)

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1707 Owen Drive, Fayetteville

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Chef Judith Cage, better known as “Chef Judy,” has appeared on four different Food Network shows: Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, Restaurant Impossible, and Supermarket Stakeout. She brought home a $10K win from her last appearance, in 2019. Before that, she served in the U.S. Army for six years as a Food Service Specialist and went on to train and apprentice under French chefs. She’s certainly earned legendary status on the local level and beyond for her Southern-style eateries, catering business, and personal chef service to celebrities (ex: Mark Zuckerberg).

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Myron heads to Ramada Plaza to dine at Chef Judy’s newest Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles, which she co-owns with RaShawn Moore. His go-to there is the wing plate—“good and crispy on the outside and moist on the inside”—with collard greens and macaroni and cheese. If wings aren’t your thing, you really can’t go wrong with Myron’s mother’s “all-time favorite”: Chef Judy’s signature shrimp ‘n grits.

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Chef Judy also owns the following restaurants in Cumberland County: Let Me Cater to You at 5446 Reilly Road, Building 289, Pope Army Airfield; Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles at 7105 Bragg Boulevard, Fort Bragg (Stryker Golf Course); and Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles at 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville (Crown Coliseum Food Court).

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For that reason, while we may not be known for fine dining, we can certainly claim our niche in international eateries. Our diversity is also apparent in the entrepreneurs who launch businesses here, and as I shared on the blog recently, we’re proud of the fact so many of our local businesses are owned and operated by People of Color. The same could be said for our thriving LGBTQ+ community and the many ways our local PRIDE chapter and businesses provide welcoming places for our LGBTQ+ visitors. In order to assist our visitors with replicating our #ColorfulFay experience here, I have put together a two-day itinerary that includes everything we did over a weekend in October. Regardless of what time of the year you visit, use this to guide you to some of the loveliest areas of this special place! DAY ONE Cape Fear Botanical Garden (536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 28301) Just 5 miles from I-95, you’ll find a true outdoor oasis where you could easily spend hours wandering 25+ botanical gardens and structures on 80 acres of land, located between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek. Before you start exploring, though, stop by the new Garden View Café to peruse their menu and place your order for lunch later. This sweet addition to the garden is owned by Chef Lou and his family, and their fresh, deli-style offerings make for a perfect picnic on the garden’s grounds or the outdoor bistro area. After ordering, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, using their online map to guide you, and don’t overlook the brand-new, massive treehouse in the Children’s Garden. Tip: Make plans to visit the garden around one of their upcoming outdoor events, to include their popular, annual Holiday Lights in the Garden. The MacPherson House (701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) A short, 2.5-mile drive from the garden will lead you to Cumberland County’s newest B&B. This recently renovated, 100-year-old home is conveniently located in our Haymount Historic District and is within walking distance of Downtown Fayetteville. When our group arrived on a Saturday afternoon, MacPherson’s owner, Katy, and wellness coordinator, Hayat, greeted us with homemade cookies and beverages and took us on a tour of their gorgeous, 7,000+-square-foot house. Here, you’ll find a king-size bed, fireplace, and private bathroom in each of the four bedrooms, as well as many sweet touches (e.g., fresh eucalyptus hanging in the showers). Each room has its own look and style and has been assigned a historically significant name, like "The Lafayette." The owners are hoping to finish renovations on a top-floor master suite over the coming months, as well. Tip: If children will be accompanying you, request The Saint Avolde Suite, which has a "sleeping porch" off the bedroom that can be outfitted with a bed (prior arrangements required).  Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom (5435 Corporation Dr., Hope Mills, NC 28348) “North Carolina’s I-95 Brewery” is a 12-mile drive from The MacPherson House and is the perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon, even with family in tow. On Dirtbag’s 5+ acres, you’ll find plenty of open space to spread out, throw the ball around, let the kids loose on a playground, listen to live music, and of course, sip on craft beer. Dirtbag recently racked up five Readers’ Choice Awards from The Fayetteville Observer , because the locals are just that loyal to this beloved brewery. While you’re there, an absolute must-try is Dirtbag’s onsite restaurant, Napkins, where you’ll find something to please even the pickiest of palates on a rotating menu. Our group could not stop raving about the beer-braised carnitas tacos, perfectly battered-and-fried shrimp and calamari (aka "Frito Mixto"), and spicy, not-your-mama’s tater tots we devoured as we were sampling Dirtbag’s signature and newest brews. Tip: Follow Dirtbag on Facebook to see the wide range of live music, recreational events, and more happening there year-round. Hope Mills Lake (3609 N. Main St., Hope Mills, NC 28348) A trip to the Town of Hope Mills would not be complete without visiting its cypress-lined lake. Just 4 miles from Dirtbag, this charming body of water is in the heart of our second-largest municipality, on the edge of its small downtown. Here you’ll also find Big T’s Snoballs, where the locals have been taking their families for generations. Our group grabbed snow-cones to enjoy, lakeside. Then, while a few folks met up with Yakalacky Outfitters for a kayaking adventure, a couple of others stayed on the dock for a fishing lesson, courtesy of Cedar Creek Fish Farm (another great fishing destination located in Fayetteville). Whether you want to rent a watercraft from Yakalacky, throw a line in the water, hit the playground, or lay down a blanket for a picnic, this is certainly one of Cumberland County’s sweetest outdoor treasures to explore. Tip: Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for information on regulations, licensing, and permits applicable to inland fishing in NC. Pharaoh’s Legacy: Mediterranean Cuisine & Bar (3010 Traemoor Village Dr., Ste. 100, Fayetteville, NC 28306) If you’ve never had the opportunity to try Egyptian cuisine before, then here’s your chance to introduce your taste-buds to this full sensory experience. The dishes you’ll find on the menu at Pharaoh’s, which is just 4 miles from the lake, are a reflection of many Mediterranean classics, such as gyro and hummus, but with a unique Egyptian twist in the marinades and spices they use. The excellent waitstaff here brought out a wide assortment of appetizers, like dolmades and baba ghanouj, for us to try before we feasted on platters of charbroiled lamb and beef kabob over basmati saffron rice. Not only was the food incredibly flavorful, but it was also so beautifully presented that our group spent the first 15 minutes taking picture after picture of the spread. Tip: For “a taste of American comfort meeting Mediterranean tradition” in a more casual setting, visit this restaurant’s first location, Pharaoh’s Village: Mediterranean Grill & Market, in Hope Mills. DAY TWO The MacPherson House (701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) Katy and Hayat knew our group would be brunching later that morning, so they set out a light spread of pastries, fresh fruit, and matcha smoothies for their guests to enjoy at their leisure. A few folks took their breakfast on the porch before joining Hayat, or “The Traveling Shala,” downstairs for a private yoga session. MacPherson’s entire downstairs has been turned into a serene wellness center, with dedicated rooms for massage therapy, yoga, and more. They even have plans to outfit one of the rooms with a kitchen for when the house hosts weddings and other events. Tip: When making your reservation, be sure to ask about MacPherson’s massage, yoga, and other wellness services available for pre-booking during your stay. Blue Moon Café (310 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) One of the benefits of staying at The MacPherson House is its proximity to Cool Spring Downtown District. In less than a 1/2-mile walk, you’re downtown, with plenty of options for dining and shopping. One of those fantastic options is this cozy café, which has become known for its Sunday brunch. The menu here reflects the creativity of its owners, Josh and Nathan, who really spoiled our group on a Sunday morning with mimosa bottle service. In honor of National Coming Out Day, they put a colorful Fruity Pebbles French Toast on the menu that a couple of folks couldn’t resist ordering. I went for the rich Monte Cristo Panini while others indulged in Blue Moon’s signature crab dip, tacos, and much more. Whether you hit Blue Moon for a meal or just a craft cocktail, you’ll fall in love with its casual-yet-hip ambiance, its fabulous view of Hay Street (downtown's main thoroughfare), and its delicious offerings. Tip: As seating is limited indoors and on the patio at this highly popular spot, call ahead to put your name on the list for Sunday brunch: 910-860-4700. Hummingbird Candle Co. (240 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) One of the more unique experiences available to downtown visitors is a candle-making workshop, and this activity makes for a perfect girls’ night or date night. Owner Tianna and her staff have created such a warm, hospitable environment for their shop that by the time you leave, you feel you’ve been adopted into the Hummingbird family. Since they allow attendees to bring their own beverages, we made prior arrangements with The Wine Café (108 Hay St.) to give us a mini wine-tasting onsite. Manager Holly greeted us with glasses and pours of their new Prisma wines, adding another indulgent layer to the whole experience. Our group then made their rounds to select their favorite scents from the dozens of chemical-free oil options Hummingbird offers, and Chandler Extraordinaire Sesselie led everyone through the candle-pouring process, step by step. In case the struggle is real with picking just one scent for your coconut-wax candle, Hummingbird also sells premade candles, room sprays, and more.  Tip: Since reservations are required, book your workshop in advance on their website and follow them on Facebook for special event announcements. Cool Spring Downtown District (222 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) While Cool Spring Downtown District can boast several art galleries and history museums, you don’t have to step inside a building to appreciate its wide array of art installations, murals, landmarks, and green spaces—all making for some incredible photo-ops, spread throughout a 0.5-mile footprint. Anyone can easily discover these gems on their own, using this handy guide, but Cool Spring enlisted the help of the Downtown Alliance in giving our group a guided walking tour. Sam, who also serves as president of our local PRIDE chapter and is a true champion of Fayetteville, led our group on a lovely Sunday afternoon walk while sharing fun and fascinating factoids. He could have easily spent the entire time educating the group on just our city’s fascinating history, which dates to 1739, but he also showed off downtown's more artistic side (e.g., the stunning Prismatica installation) and led us through its lovely green spaces (e.g., Lafayette Park). Of course, we couldn’t do this tour justice without visiting the Airborne & Special Operations Museum grounds, where statues and memorials educate our visitors on our elite military forces before they even enter the museum. Additionally, our group had the pleasure of seeing 500 flags staged on the Field of Honor, an annual initiative of the museum and downtown. Tip: Before heading out on a self-guided walking tour, make a stop at The Coffee Cup (108 Hay St.), The Wine Cafe’s sister shop, and grab a hot beverage from one of their sweet baristas. Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles (Ramada Plaza) 1707 Owen Drive, Fayetteville Chef Judith Cage, better known as “Chef Judy,” has appeared on four different Food Network shows: Chopped , Cutthroat Kitchen , Restaurant Impossible , and Supermarket Stakeout . She brought home a $10K win from her last appearance, in 2019. Before that, she served in the U.S. Army for six years as a Food Service Specialist and went on to train and apprentice under French chefs. She’s certainly earned legendary status on the local level and beyond for her Southern-style eateries, catering business, and personal chef service to celebrities (ex: Mark Zuckerberg). Myron heads to Ramada Plaza to dine at Chef Judy’s newest Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles, which she co-owns with RaShawn Moore. His go-to there is the wing plate—“good and crispy on the outside and moist on the inside”—with collard greens and macaroni and cheese. If wings aren’t your thing, you really can’t go wrong with Myron’s mother’s “all-time favorite”: Chef Judy’s signature shrimp ‘n grits. Chef Judy also owns the following restaurants in Cumberland County: Let Me Cater to You at 5446 Reilly Road, Building 289, Pope Army Airfield; Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles at 7105 Bragg Boulevard, Fort Bragg (Stryker Golf Course); and Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles at 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville (Crown Coliseum Food Court).","id":"5fa5a97eb68616505a60faeb","url":"/blog/list/post/how-to-spend-a-weekend-in-fayetteville/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/how-to-spend-a-weekend-in-fayetteville/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/how-to-spend-a-weekend-in-fayetteville/","metaTitle":"How to Spend a Weekend in Fayetteville","metaDescription":"

Nine visiting writers and photographers joined me earlier this month for a tour of Cumberland County’s most beautiful and diverse outdoor attractions and restaurants. Over the course of a weekend, I led them on a

","cleanDescription":"Nine visiting writers and photographers joined me earlier this month for a tour of Cumberland County’s most beautiful and diverse outdoor attractions and restaurants. Over the course of a weekend, I led them on a "#ColorfulFay" tour that highlighted more than 25 businesses and sites. At the beginning of that tour, I explained to the group how I was inspired to put together their itinerary. While the Fayetteville area is certainly known for being home to Ft. Bragg, it often comes as a surprise to our visitors when they discover what else makes this place so special. Our veterans’ travels around the world mean they often bring home spouses from other countries to our community, and that diversity in our population is more than evident everywhere you look. Just one example of that is our county can boast that 30+ countries are represented in our restaurants’ cuisine offerings. For that reason, while we may not be known for fine dining, we can certainly claim our niche in international eateries. Our diversity is also apparent in the entrepreneurs who launch businesses here, and as I shared on the blog recently, we’re proud of the fact so many of our local businesses are owned and operated by People of Color. The same could be said for our thriving LGBTQ+ community and the many ways our local PRIDE chapter and businesses provide welcoming places for our LGBTQ+ visitors. In order to assist our visitors with replicating our #ColorfulFay experience here, I have put together a two-day itinerary that includes everything we did over a weekend in October. Regardless of what time of the year you visit, use this to guide you to some of the loveliest areas of this special place! DAY ONE Cape Fear Botanical Garden (536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 28301) Just 5 miles from I-95, you’ll find a true outdoor oasis where you could easily spend hours wandering 25+ botanical gardens and structures on 80 acres of land, located between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek. Before you start exploring, though, stop by the new Garden View Café to peruse their menu and place your order for lunch later. This sweet addition to the garden is owned by Chef Lou and his family, and their fresh, deli-style offerings make for a perfect picnic on the garden’s grounds or the outdoor bistro area. After ordering, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, using their online map to guide you, and don’t overlook the brand-new, massive treehouse in the Children’s Garden. Tip: Make plans to visit the garden around one of their upcoming outdoor events, to include their popular, annual Holiday Lights in the Garden. The MacPherson House (701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) A short, 2.5-mile drive from the garden will lead you to Cumberland County’s newest B&B. This recently renovated, 100-year-old home is conveniently located in our Haymount Historic District and is within walking distance of Downtown Fayetteville. When our group arrived on a Saturday afternoon, MacPherson’s owner, Katy, and wellness coordinator, Hayat, greeted us with homemade cookies and beverages and took us on a tour of their gorgeous, 7,000+-square-foot house. Here, you’ll find a king-size bed, fireplace, and private bathroom in each of the four bedrooms, as well as many sweet touches (e.g., fresh eucalyptus hanging in the showers). Each room has its own look and style and has been assigned a historically significant name, like "The Lafayette." The owners are hoping to finish renovations on a top-floor master suite over the coming months, as well. Tip: If children will be accompanying you, request The Saint Avolde Suite, which has a "sleeping porch" off the bedroom that can be outfitted with a bed (prior arrangements required).  Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom (5435 Corporation Dr., Hope Mills, NC 28348) “North Carolina’s I-95 Brewery” is a 12-mile drive from The MacPherson House and is the perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon, even with family in tow. On Dirtbag’s 5+ acres, you’ll find plenty of open space to spread out, throw the ball around, let the kids loose on a playground, listen to live music, and of course, sip on craft beer. Dirtbag recently racked up five Readers’ Choice Awards from The Fayetteville Observer , because the locals are just that loyal to this beloved brewery. While you’re there, an absolute must-try is Dirtbag’s onsite restaurant, Napkins, where you’ll find something to please even the pickiest of palates on a rotating menu. Our group could not stop raving about the beer-braised carnitas tacos, perfectly battered-and-fried shrimp and calamari (aka "Frito Mixto"), and spicy, not-your-mama’s tater tots we devoured as we were sampling Dirtbag’s signature and newest brews. Tip: Follow Dirtbag on Facebook to see the wide range of live music, recreational events, and more happening there year-round. Hope Mills Lake (3609 N. Main St., Hope Mills, NC 28348) A trip to the Town of Hope Mills would not be complete without visiting its cypress-lined lake. Just 4 miles from Dirtbag, this charming body of water is in the heart of our second-largest municipality, on the edge of its small downtown. Here you’ll also find Big T’s Snoballs, where the locals have been taking their families for generations. Our group grabbed snow-cones to enjoy, lakeside. Then, while a few folks met up with Yakalacky Outfitters for a kayaking adventure, a couple of others stayed on the dock for a fishing lesson, courtesy of Cedar Creek Fish Farm (another great fishing destination located in Fayetteville). Whether you want to rent a watercraft from Yakalacky, throw a line in the water, hit the playground, or lay down a blanket for a picnic, this is certainly one of Cumberland County’s sweetest outdoor treasures to explore. Tip: Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for information on regulations, licensing, and permits applicable to inland fishing in NC. Pharaoh’s Legacy: Mediterranean Cuisine & Bar (3010 Traemoor Village Dr., Ste. 100, Fayetteville, NC 28306) If you’ve never had the opportunity to try Egyptian cuisine before, then here’s your chance to introduce your taste-buds to this full sensory experience. The dishes you’ll find on the menu at Pharaoh’s, which is just 4 miles from the lake, are a reflection of many Mediterranean classics, such as gyro and hummus, but with a unique Egyptian twist in the marinades and spices they use. The excellent waitstaff here brought out a wide assortment of appetizers, like dolmades and baba ghanouj, for us to try before we feasted on platters of charbroiled lamb and beef kabob over basmati saffron rice. Not only was the food incredibly flavorful, but it was also so beautifully presented that our group spent the first 15 minutes taking picture after picture of the spread. Tip: For “a taste of American comfort meeting Mediterranean tradition” in a more casual setting, visit this restaurant’s first location, Pharaoh’s Village: Mediterranean Grill & Market, in Hope Mills. DAY TWO The MacPherson House (701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) Katy and Hayat knew our group would be brunching later that morning, so they set out a light spread of pastries, fresh fruit, and matcha smoothies for their guests to enjoy at their leisure. A few folks took their breakfast on the porch before joining Hayat, or “The Traveling Shala,” downstairs for a private yoga session. MacPherson’s entire downstairs has been turned into a serene wellness center, with dedicated rooms for massage therapy, yoga, and more. They even have plans to outfit one of the rooms with a kitchen for when the house hosts weddings and other events. Tip: When making your reservation, be sure to ask about MacPherson’s massage, yoga, and other wellness services available for pre-booking during your stay. Blue Moon Café (310 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) One of the benefits of staying at The MacPherson House is its proximity to Cool Spring Downtown District. In less than a 1/2-mile walk, you’re downtown, with plenty of options for dining and shopping. One of those fantastic options is this cozy café, which has become known for its Sunday brunch. The menu here reflects the creativity of its owners, Josh and Nathan, who really spoiled our group on a Sunday morning with mimosa bottle service. In honor of National Coming Out Day, they put a colorful Fruity Pebbles French Toast on the menu that a couple of folks couldn’t resist ordering. I went for the rich Monte Cristo Panini while others indulged in Blue Moon’s signature crab dip, tacos, and much more. Whether you hit Blue Moon for a meal or just a craft cocktail, you’ll fall in love with its casual-yet-hip ambiance, its fabulous view of Hay Street (downtown's main thoroughfare), and its delicious offerings. Tip: As seating is limited indoors and on the patio at this highly popular spot, call ahead to put your name on the list for Sunday brunch: 910-860-4700. Hummingbird Candle Co. (240 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) One of the more unique experiences available to downtown visitors is a candle-making workshop, and this activity makes for a perfect girls’ night or date night. Owner Tianna and her staff have created such a warm, hospitable environment for their shop that by the time you leave, you feel you’ve been adopted into the Hummingbird family. Since they allow attendees to bring their own beverages, we made prior arrangements with The Wine Café (108 Hay St.) to give us a mini wine-tasting onsite. Manager Holly greeted us with glasses and pours of their new Prisma wines, adding another indulgent layer to the whole experience. Our group then made their rounds to select their favorite scents from the dozens of chemical-free oil options Hummingbird offers, and Chandler Extraordinaire Sesselie led everyone through the candle-pouring process, step by step. In case the struggle is real with picking just one scent for your coconut-wax candle, Hummingbird also sells premade candles, room sprays, and more.  Tip: Since reservations are required, book your workshop in advance on their website and follow them on Facebook for special event announcements. Cool Spring Downtown District (222 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) While Cool Spring Downtown District can boast several art galleries and history museums, you don’t have to step inside a building to appreciate its wide array of art installations, murals, landmarks, and green spaces—all making for some incredible photo-ops, spread throughout a 0.5-mile footprint. Anyone can easily discover these gems on their own, using this handy guide, but Cool Spring enlisted the help of the Downtown Alliance in giving our group a guided walking tour. Sam, who also serves as president of our local PRIDE chapter and is a true champion of Fayetteville, led our group on a lovely Sunday afternoon walk while sharing fun and fascinating factoids. He could have easily spent the entire time educating the group on just our city’s fascinating history, which dates to 1739, but he also showed off downtown's more artistic side (e.g., the stunning Prismatica installation) and led us through its lovely green spaces (e.g., Lafayette Park). Of course, we couldn’t do this tour justice without visiting the Airborne & Special Operations Museum grounds, where statues and memorials educate our visitors on our elite military forces before they even enter the museum. Additionally, our group had the pleasure of seeing 500 flags staged on the Field of Honor, an annual initiative of the museum and downtown. Tip: Before heading out on a self-guided walking tour, make a stop at The Coffee Cup (108 Hay St.), The Wine Cafe’s sister shop, and grab a hot beverage from one of their sweet baristas. Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles (Ramada Plaza) 1707 Owen Drive, Fayetteville Chef Judith Cage, better known as “Chef Judy,” has appeared on four different Food Network shows: Chopped , Cutthroat Kitchen , Restaurant Impossible , and Supermarket Stakeout . She brought home a $10K win from her last appearance, in 2019. Before that, she served in the U.S. Army for six years as a Food Service Specialist and went on to train and apprentice under French chefs. She’s certainly earned legendary status on the local level and beyond for her Southern-style eateries, catering business, and personal chef service to celebrities (ex: Mark Zuckerberg). Myron heads to Ramada Plaza to dine at Chef Judy’s newest Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles, which she co-owns with RaShawn Moore. His go-to there is the wing plate—“good and crispy on the outside and moist on the inside”—with collard greens and macaroni and cheese. If wings aren’t your thing, you really can’t go wrong with Myron’s mother’s “all-time favorite”: Chef Judy’s signature shrimp ‘n grits. Chef Judy also owns the following restaurants in Cumberland County: Let Me Cater to You at 5446 Reilly Road, Building 289, Pope Army Airfield; Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles at 7105 Bragg Boulevard, Fort Bragg (Stryker Golf Course); and Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles at 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville (Crown Coliseum Food Court).","publish_start_moment":"2020-11-06T19:00:00.000Z","publish_end_moment":"2021-12-03T15:00:22.388Z"}]}; if(data.isSearchList || data.isPostList) { $.get("/includes/rest_v2/plugins_blog_leisure_blog_categories/find/", { token : core.simpleToken }) .done(function(res) { if (res.docs.length === 0) { return; } let categorySelect = $(".blog-container .category-select"); if(categorySelect.length) { // the drop down exists, now lets fill it with return data $.each(res.docs, function() { if(this.totalPosts > 0) { categorySelect.append($("