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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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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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In celebration of October as NC Beer Month and with Veteran's Day quickly approaching, what better time than now to raise a glass in honor of the veteran-owned breweries around Fayetteville. One of the best ways to thank a veteran for their service is continuing to support them and their endeavors after being discharged. So, when you grab a pint at one of these places, you know you're doing just that!

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Note: If you're like many of us who observe "Beer Month" about 12 times a year or so, then consider this your "go-to guide" of veteran-owned places to celebrate it…
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Bright Light Brewing Company (BLBC)
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Two United States Army veterans who served together, continue serving their community together. Not only is that the short story of how BLBC came to be, but t's that beautiful sentiment that encapsulates what this place is all about: a passion for serving. It's got everything you'd want in a brewery, honestly. The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery".

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

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

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

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

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

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In celebration of October as NC Beer Month and with Veteran's Day quickly approaching, what better time than now to raise a glass in honor of the veteran-owned breweries around Fayetteville. One of the best ways to thank

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Surely, it will be quite the spectacle. Plus, nothing says “Thank You” like a parade, and this parade will surely be one to remember for decades to come.     WOODPECKERS FALL FESTIVAL If you’re bringing the family to the parade, you’re going to want to head over to Segra Stadium right after to keep the good times rolling. Moms, get ready to snap those pics because, with all of the hayrides, games, and face painting going on; the picture-perfect moments await. Not to worry Dads, even though the Fayetteville Woodpeckers aren't playing, football games will be streaming and local brews will be poured, so you can have your picture-perfect moment too.     M*A*S*H* RERUNS NIGHT It’s no secret that the vintage sitcom M*A*S*H* holds a special place in the hearts of many among the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. In fact, back in 2013, Heroes Homecoming was graced with the presence of M*A*S*H* cast members! 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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. 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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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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. 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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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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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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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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. 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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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Sweet Valley Ranch launches its first corn maze, Tiny’s Corn Maze, on September 10 th . Open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until October 31 st , admission includes a 10-acre corn maze, hay bale maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, multiple inflatables including a water slide (weather permitting), kidding train track ride, Berry Go-Round, Rockin’ Tug Boat, dinosaur rides, and an area to meet and greet farm animals. Guests can also purchase souvenir photos, pumpkins, face paintings, carnival games, and corn cannon games. Each day, tickets are available for two time slots: 10 am-2 pm or 2-6 pm. Only 300 tickets will be sold per time slot. Purchase tickets here. Throw in a line at Hope Mills Lake The entire family will enjoy a few hours at Hope Mills Lake. All the angler in your family needs is a North Carolina Fishing License and they can fish for bass, crappie, bluegill, and sunfish from the shore. If they’d prefer to fish from the water, rent a kayak from Yakalacky Outfitters and fish the deeper waters. ​Other family members can relax in the shade on the shore, play on the playground, or swim, weather permitting. While there, be sure to get a Snoball from BigT’s. In addition to 74 flavors of Snoball’s, BigT’s also serves ice cream, specialty drinks, and a variety of food choices. Check out the Fish & Game Trail for a list of other great fishing locations throughout Cumberland County. Tour the Cape Fear Botanical Garden While the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is beautiful throughout the year, the fall is especially lovely. Two miles from downtown Fayetteville, the 77-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden's highlights include Camelia, Daylily and Shade Gardens, Butterfly Stroll and Children's Garden and the Heritage Garden with an 1886 homestead and agricultural structures.  In late summer and fall visitors will see asters, goldenrod, beautyberry, perennial mums, camellias, Liatris, pickerel, Clethra, and water lotus in bloom. Fall is also a wonderful season to observe migratory birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. Because the mating season is over, they are very active and beautiful. Be sure to visit the Great Lawn when you explore the garden.  After touring the garden, explore the Garden Shop or get lunch at the Garden View Café. Take a hike and enjoy a picnic lunch at Carver’s Creek State Park Visit Carvers Creek State Park to stretch your legs and explore 10 miles of easy trails. At the Long Valley Farm access point in Spring Lake, two hikes lead to Long Valley farm, James Stillman Rockefeller’s winter estate. At the Sandhills Access on McCloskey Road in Fayetteville, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders can explore seven trails of varied lengths. Each of the trails offers a unique look at the ecology and wildlife in this rare Longleaf Pine ecosystem. During a hike, visitors will likely see the active red-cockaded woodpeckers (marked with a white band), and even a fox squirrel scampering into the woods. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are a federally protected endangered species and one of the largest populations resides in this region. After your hike spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic. If you’d rather enjoy some local food, consider Noble Meats & Eatery, a Spring Lake staple for 25 years. This local butcher shop also serves lunch every Monday through Saturday. If you are thinking a local butcher shop should know meat – you are correct. The daily menu includes barbeque, brisket, pulled chicken, and a variety of homemade sides. Spend an afternoon at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom What started as a local brewery has expanded into a complex with various options. On five-acres of land. Dirtbag Ales offers a brewery, an on-site restaurant, Napkins, a permanent Redneck Labs BBQ food truck, a large playground area, a dog park, and lots of open areas. So pack a few chairs and bring the pup and kids and spend some time together outdoors. For everyone over-21, Dirtbag Ales recently opened Dirty Whiskey, a craft cocktail bar. They serve specialty cocktails and local North Carolina spirits. Dirtbag Ales hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the hugely popular Dirt Bag Ales Farmers Market on Sundays, a Misfit Market featuring local artists, comedy shows, movie nights, and musical acts. Interested in exploring some of our other breweries? Click here to learn about all of our Hometown Hops. Ready to plan your visit? Head to our home page at VisitFayettevilleNC.com for a full range of things to see and do. The Calendar of Events Is full of free events throughout the year. 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Whether you want to be active, explore beautiful sites or just relax, one of these suggestions is sure to fit your needs. Get lost at two Cumberland County Corn Mazes A local favorite, Gallberry Farms Corn Maze offers much more than a corn maze. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 18 th through November 7 th guests will experience a Fall Harvest Festival that includes a hayride, jumping pillow, double barrel tube slides, a giant corn shack (with a slide), a fire pit, a pumpkin barn, and farm animals. The 2021 design for the 5-acre Gallberry Farms Corn Maze is a Salute to First Responders. In addition to the larger maze, a smaller “Fairy Tale” maze is perfect for smaller children. Hours are 5-10 pm on Friday, 12-10 pm on Saturday, and 1-6 pm on Sunday. Sweet Valley Ranch launches its first corn maze, Tiny’s Corn Maze, on September 10 th . Open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until October 31 st , admission includes a 10-acre corn maze, hay bale maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, multiple inflatables including a water slide (weather permitting), kidding train track ride, Berry Go-Round, Rockin’ Tug Boat, dinosaur rides, and an area to meet and greet farm animals. Guests can also purchase souvenir photos, pumpkins, face paintings, carnival games, and corn cannon games. Each day, tickets are available for two time slots: 10 am-2 pm or 2-6 pm. Only 300 tickets will be sold per time slot. Purchase tickets here. Throw in a line at Hope Mills Lake The entire family will enjoy a few hours at Hope Mills Lake. All the angler in your family needs is a North Carolina Fishing License and they can fish for bass, crappie, bluegill, and sunfish from the shore. If they’d prefer to fish from the water, rent a kayak from Yakalacky Outfitters and fish the deeper waters. ​Other family members can relax in the shade on the shore, play on the playground, or swim, weather permitting. While there, be sure to get a Snoball from BigT’s. In addition to 74 flavors of Snoball’s, BigT’s also serves ice cream, specialty drinks, and a variety of food choices. Check out the Fish & Game Trail for a list of other great fishing locations throughout Cumberland County. Tour the Cape Fear Botanical Garden While the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is beautiful throughout the year, the fall is especially lovely. Two miles from downtown Fayetteville, the 77-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden's highlights include Camelia, Daylily and Shade Gardens, Butterfly Stroll and Children's Garden and the Heritage Garden with an 1886 homestead and agricultural structures.  In late summer and fall visitors will see asters, goldenrod, beautyberry, perennial mums, camellias, Liatris, pickerel, Clethra, and water lotus in bloom. Fall is also a wonderful season to observe migratory birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. Because the mating season is over, they are very active and beautiful. Be sure to visit the Great Lawn when you explore the garden.  After touring the garden, explore the Garden Shop or get lunch at the Garden View Café. 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The veteran-friendly community of Fayetteville has turned the idea of a typical military town upside down. Home to Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, this small city known as “America’s Hometown” now lives large, thanks to the many veteran families who have injected their creativity into Fayetteville by sticking around after completing their service. They are staying in town by choice. That’s a win-win. Not only have these dedicated Americans made Fayetteville a better place to live, but they’ve also made it a better place to vacation as well — one that really knows how to appreciate veterans.

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

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

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

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

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\r\nAirborne & Special Operations Museum 

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

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\r\n82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum Grounds

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

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\r\nPressed - A Creative Space in Downtown Fayetteville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

","description":"The veteran-friendly community of Fayetteville has turned the idea of a typical military town upside down. Home to Fort Bragg and the 82 nd  Airborne and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, this small city known as “America’s Hometown” now lives large, thanks to the many veteran families who have injected their creativity into Fayetteville by sticking around after completing their service. They are staying in town by choice. That’s a win-win. Not only have these dedicated Americans made Fayetteville a better place to live, but they’ve also made it a better place to vacation as well — one that really knows how to appreciate veterans. Fayetteville has always been a nationalistic place, one that focuses on patriotism and freedom. Fayettevillians ratified the U.S. Constitution there in 1789, and of the 13 American cities named for the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette, it’s the only one that he visited on his grand 1824 tour. In the 21st century, the city branded itself as the “World’s First Sanctuary for Soldiers and Their Families,” which prompted Time magazine to proclaim Fayetteville as America’s Most Pro-Military Town.   North Carolina Delegates ratified the United States Constitution on this site, in 1789   Perk up your ears while you’re in town. You may hear some old-timers or bearded millennials refer to town as “Fayettenam.” This nickname derived from the 1960s protesters in opposition to Fort Bragg’s sending troops to Vietnam. During the ensuing decades, this moniker has become a proud one, exemplifying a community who makes ultimate sacrifices when its nation calls.  Before visiting, be sure to go to the Visit Fayetteville N.C. website to check out the 200+ listings of discounts for restaurants, accommodations, shopping, and services throughout the county, click here.  You can expect to receive at least 10% off at most of these businesses      Airborne & Special Operations Museum    Military heroes are honored and celebrated in many places as there is America around every corner. Begin at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in historic downtown. The institution honors the efforts of Fort Bragg’s paratroopers during U.S. conflicts with a chronological tour from the 1940s to the present through exhibits of equipment and uniform, dioramas, and films. The gardens surrounding the museum hosts two fine military statues; The 16-foot-tall Iron Mike personifies the steely nature of the brave and tough veterans. Nearby, under a shady tree, rests a much smaller piece that pays tribute to the dogs who’ve served. There’s also a Parade Field, a walkway lined with flags and monuments. Of course, America’s first state park dedicated to honoring veterans from all service branches is here too. The North Carolina Veterans Park is adjacent to the museum and it pays homage to individuals from the state’s 100 counties who served. 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum Grounds   You’ll also want to venture onto Fort Bragg, the world’s largest military training installation. It’s home to the 82 nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, the second oldest U.S. Army Museum. Following from the Division’s 1917 inception, the museum explores the active-duty infantry that specializes in assault operations. The grounds also include an Airborne Airpark, an exhibit of almost every type of aircraft used by paratroopers since World War II. Pressed - A Creative Space in Downtown Fayetteville   Many Fayetteville businesses are owned and run by veteran families. At the boutique, Pressed—A Creative Space, Ashley and Jon Thompson and Angela Santos feature locally made t-shirts, bags and wallets, greeting cards, and all manner of stylish items for the home. When Ashley and Angela’s military husbands were in active service, they channeled their passion for design and décor into a business that also feeds positivity into town. Then after serving for seven years, Jon joined forces with his wife to make Pressed a family business. Over at Cornerstone Design, you’ll meet owner Tianna Dean. She’ll introduce you to her husband’s, Mike, farmhouse table designs, and then invite you over to her candle-making counter where you too can make your own. Tianna tells the story of when she and Mike were based in Columbus, Ga., and they bought their first house. “We could afford the house, but not the furniture,” she says. So Mike started building furniture. When he left the service after serving at Fort Bragg, the couple grabbed onto the idea that the dining table is the cornerstone of the family gathering together, hence the company name. Now the couple sources the wood locally in North Carolina and works together to build a better Fayetteville. Down the street at Floating Shanti, when you take an hour-long float in their saltwater serenity tank, you’re supporting a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Nicole Walcott, a veteran and the wife of a policeman who is also a veteran, has built this wellness retreat not only with service individuals in mind, but also as a place of tranquility for first responders. The name Shanti is Sanskrit for peace — the goal of the business. With a physician on staff, Walcott wants those with chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress-related symptoms to find help here. Fayetteville Pie Company serves North Carolina's best pie.    Another veteran-owned business has a huge lunchtime following. Fayetteville Pie Company is the brainchild of Leslie Pearson and her military hubby. Leslie, who is also a successful artist, channels her creative spirit into the love of pie-making. She dishes up savory and sweet concoction every day, and folks come from all over town, the base, and even off the interstate to sample these famous concoctions. Veteran Owned Lake Gaston Brewing Company offers food from celebrity chef Theo Gumbs    Beer and veterans go together as well; several Fayetteville breweries come from veteran hands. Dirtbag Ales features the brews of Vernardo “Tito” Simmons-Valenzuela, a former Army medic. Being called a “dirtbag” may seem offensive, but the military know it creates a fellowship with others who’ve kicked around a few deployments. Huske Hardware is also veteran-owned in downtown, as is Bright Light Brewing. The Climbing Place has one of the largest climbing walls in North Carolina      Several Fayetteville businesses cater to the adventuresome side of military residents and guests. Spots such as the Climbing Place offer $10 Wednesdays for vets and their families. That fee includes climbing time and gear.  Over at Escape Rooms, small groups get locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles to escape within 60 minutes. Escapology works on the same premise. For a pseudo combat experience, check out Black Ops Paintball/Airsoft’s 85 acres for some colorful battle. If you prefer your clash to not leave any marks, opt for Battle House Laser Tag. This mission-based game features realistic weapons, fake bombs, and airstrikes. For preferring to learn a different form of combat, check out the All-American Fencing Academy’s walk-in classes during Downtown Fayetteville’s Fourth Fridays, where you can sample a fencing class. The most patriotic time of the year to visit Fayetteville is on the Fourth of July. The community goes all out with a downtown festival, an outdoor patriotic concert by the local symphony orchestra, an Independence Day parade, and a huge firework display to cap the holiday. However, the flag flies proudly in town all the other 364 days of the year, and you are guaranteed that Fayetteville always welcomes veterans.","id":"60a670a5de51ce48f3d3e272","url":"/blog/list/post/fayetteville-veterans/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/fayetteville-veterans/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/fayetteville-veterans/","metaTitle":"Where the Veterans Play in America's Hometown","metaDescription":"

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

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In the 21st century, the city branded itself as the “World’s First Sanctuary for Soldiers and Their Families,” which prompted Time magazine to proclaim Fayetteville as America’s Most Pro-Military Town.   North Carolina Delegates ratified the United States Constitution on this site, in 1789   Perk up your ears while you’re in town. You may hear some old-timers or bearded millennials refer to town as “Fayettenam.” This nickname derived from the 1960s protesters in opposition to Fort Bragg’s sending troops to Vietnam. During the ensuing decades, this moniker has become a proud one, exemplifying a community who makes ultimate sacrifices when its nation calls.  Before visiting, be sure to go to the Visit Fayetteville N.C. website to check out the 200+ listings of discounts for restaurants, accommodations, shopping, and services throughout the county, click here.  You can expect to receive at least 10% off at most of these businesses      Airborne & Special Operations Museum    Military heroes are honored and celebrated in many places as there is America around every corner. Begin at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in historic downtown. The institution honors the efforts of Fort Bragg’s paratroopers during U.S. conflicts with a chronological tour from the 1940s to the present through exhibits of equipment and uniform, dioramas, and films. The gardens surrounding the museum hosts two fine military statues; The 16-foot-tall Iron Mike personifies the steely nature of the brave and tough veterans. Nearby, under a shady tree, rests a much smaller piece that pays tribute to the dogs who’ve served. There’s also a Parade Field, a walkway lined with flags and monuments. Of course, America’s first state park dedicated to honoring veterans from all service branches is here too. The North Carolina Veterans Park is adjacent to the museum and it pays homage to individuals from the state’s 100 counties who served. 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum Grounds   You’ll also want to venture onto Fort Bragg, the world’s largest military training installation. It’s home to the 82 nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, the second oldest U.S. Army Museum. Following from the Division’s 1917 inception, the museum explores the active-duty infantry that specializes in assault operations. The grounds also include an Airborne Airpark, an exhibit of almost every type of aircraft used by paratroopers since World War II. Pressed - A Creative Space in Downtown Fayetteville   Many Fayetteville businesses are owned and run by veteran families. At the boutique, Pressed—A Creative Space, Ashley and Jon Thompson and Angela Santos feature locally made t-shirts, bags and wallets, greeting cards, and all manner of stylish items for the home. When Ashley and Angela’s military husbands were in active service, they channeled their passion for design and décor into a business that also feeds positivity into town. Then after serving for seven years, Jon joined forces with his wife to make Pressed a family business. Over at Cornerstone Design, you’ll meet owner Tianna Dean. She’ll introduce you to her husband’s, Mike, farmhouse table designs, and then invite you over to her candle-making counter where you too can make your own. Tianna tells the story of when she and Mike were based in Columbus, Ga., and they bought their first house. “We could afford the house, but not the furniture,” she says. So Mike started building furniture. When he left the service after serving at Fort Bragg, the couple grabbed onto the idea that the dining table is the cornerstone of the family gathering together, hence the company name. Now the couple sources the wood locally in North Carolina and works together to build a better Fayetteville. Down the street at Floating Shanti, when you take an hour-long float in their saltwater serenity tank, you’re supporting a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Nicole Walcott, a veteran and the wife of a policeman who is also a veteran, has built this wellness retreat not only with service individuals in mind, but also as a place of tranquility for first responders. The name Shanti is Sanskrit for peace — the goal of the business. With a physician on staff, Walcott wants those with chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress-related symptoms to find help here. Fayetteville Pie Company serves North Carolina's best pie.    Another veteran-owned business has a huge lunchtime following. Fayetteville Pie Company is the brainchild of Leslie Pearson and her military hubby. Leslie, who is also a successful artist, channels her creative spirit into the love of pie-making. She dishes up savory and sweet concoction every day, and folks come from all over town, the base, and even off the interstate to sample these famous concoctions. Veteran Owned Lake Gaston Brewing Company offers food from celebrity chef Theo Gumbs    Beer and veterans go together as well; several Fayetteville breweries come from veteran hands. Dirtbag Ales features the brews of Vernardo “Tito” Simmons-Valenzuela, a former Army medic. Being called a “dirtbag” may seem offensive, but the military know it creates a fellowship with others who’ve kicked around a few deployments. Huske Hardware is also veteran-owned in downtown, as is Bright Light Brewing. The Climbing Place has one of the largest climbing walls in North Carolina      Several Fayetteville businesses cater to the adventuresome side of military residents and guests. Spots such as the Climbing Place offer $10 Wednesdays for vets and their families. That fee includes climbing time and gear.  Over at Escape Rooms, small groups get locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles to escape within 60 minutes. Escapology works on the same premise. For a pseudo combat experience, check out Black Ops Paintball/Airsoft’s 85 acres for some colorful battle. If you prefer your clash to not leave any marks, opt for Battle House Laser Tag. This mission-based game features realistic weapons, fake bombs, and airstrikes. For preferring to learn a different form of combat, check out the All-American Fencing Academy’s walk-in classes during Downtown Fayetteville’s Fourth Fridays, where you can sample a fencing class. The most patriotic time of the year to visit Fayetteville is on the Fourth of July. The community goes all out with a downtown festival, an outdoor patriotic concert by the local symphony orchestra, an Independence Day parade, and a huge firework display to cap the holiday. 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Make memories to last a lifetime on a family trip to Fayetteville in North Carolina’s Sandhills region along Interstate 95. This destination packs plenty of R&R options that appeal to all ages, which means an ample supply of entertainment and leisure activities in a photo-worthy setting. You’ll unpack lots of non-stop action for the kids, while adults discover chillaxing spots. Plus, Fayetteville offers up affordability with the benefit of no crowds in a comfortable small city setting.

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Grow some budding tree lovers on a stroll through the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. You can enjoy a quiet walk alongside a reflective pond amid a sophisticated garden design, while your family skips merrily through the blooming green bowers. Butterflies and songbirds flit above native azaleas and oak leaf hydrangeas, while nearby in a sunny spot, the gardens nod to early Carolina settlements with herb and veggie plots nuzzling up to historic cabins.  For a longer outing, follow the tunnel made by shady hardwoods and pines along the Cape Fear River in this 80-acre tract, just a couple of miles from downtown. You just might see green ideas sprouting out of the youngsters.

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\r\n77-Acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden Offers 16 Specialty Gardens 

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For those seeking less cultivated adventures, herd your brood over to Zip Quest, a 55-acre nature park where you can fly like an eagle. Zipline cables crisscross the forest and above the crashing water of Carver’s Falls. The two-and-and half-hour routes cross 8 zips (including one that’s 800 feet long), including 3 rope bridges. There’s also the Swing Shot, a device that slings riders back and forth to seven stories high over the ravine and the waterfall. Spiral staircases follow tree trunks up to platforms for a birds-eye-view of the Sandhills only sizeable waterfall.

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If you brought your bicycles—or simply want to go for an extended run or walk—head out the more than 5 miles of linear Cape Fear River Trail, a dog-friendly route. Keep an eye out for the natural denizens of the region—including deer, turtles, lizards, and more than 150 species of colorful birds. The route includes many boardwalks and bridges—including a covered bridge—all worth cataloging your trek.\"\"

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Fayetteville has just as much indoor adventure too. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum and the North Carolina Veterans Park are the must-see stops. Inside, the institution shows the history of Fort Bragg’s paratroopers during US conflicts with displays and military equipment and films. It details the essential military jobs of the paratroopers during the great wars as well as during conflicts in Korea and Vietnam and in the Middle East. The gardens surrounding the entrance to the museum hosts two fine military statues; The 16-foot-tall Iron Mike personifies the steely nature of the brave and tough veterans. Nearby, under a shady tree, rests a much smaller piece that pays tribute to the dogs who’ve served. If this whets your broods’ appetites for military history, journey on to Fort Bragg to learn more at the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum and the JFK Special Warfare Museum. Both are open to the public.

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Burn down some of your family’s energy candles while scaling the walls at one of the indoor climbing walls. Kids develop more confidence while making like Spidey-Man at the Climbing Place and Red Point Crossfit and Indoor Climbing. Or maybe it feels like your kiddos like to bounce off walls? Then take them for an hour session at Surge Trampoline park to jump their cares away.

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As you drive around town, you’ll notice the preponderance of train tracks. Railroads help to build this town. For a quieter exploration, introduce your family to the regions past at the 1890’s depot, home to the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum. In addition to model train rooms, it holds life-size buggies, firetrucks, and a fleet of vintage cars.  If you happen to visit on the first or third Saturdays of the month, the Cape Fear Model Railroad Club lays down tracks at the Fascinate-U Children’s Museum.

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\r\nThe Fayetteville Woodpeckers are a Houston Astros Class-A Affiliate Team

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Take the family out to one of the finest new baseball parks anywhere. The Segra Stadium lights up downtown’s skyline while hosting the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, a Class A Houston Astro team. This little park packs in all the fun of the major leagues, yet its smaller format makes it friendly without the bigtime hassle. Brats and brews, popcorn and peanuts, an outfield bar, and a children’s play area and grassy hillside for family picnics welcome America’s pastime. And typically, before the seventh-inning stretch, railroad cars rumble down the adjacent tracks and toot their horn into the stadium. The best part of a Woodpeckers’ game? The seats are so close to the playing field that you can hear the players chattering in between pitches and the balls whizzing by.

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At some point in your Fayetteville journey, your family is going to get hungry. Forget the limitations of most small cities; this town dishes up menus from around the world. Like Thai or Italian? Chinese or Tacos? Fayetteville’s got your dinner. Sure, there’s plenty of excellent pizza (don’t miss Brooklyn Pizza near Fort Bragg), but sometimes the grownups prefer to celebrate the evening. When that’s the case, take your crew to the Mash House Restaurant & Brewery, a brewery that’s family-friendly with flat breads and pizzas, burgers and tacos, as well as hand-cut steaks.

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When family dining fits the appetites, head out to Fred Chason’s Grandsons Restaurant in Hope Mills. Wear your elastic waist pants to this family-owned, all-you-can-eat country buffet You’ll dig into tender and smoky ‘cue, plenty of corn, beans, and sliced tomatoes, and never empty glasses of icy sweet tea.

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Skip dessert and challenge your miniature Tiger Woods and Lexi Thompsons to a round of mini-golf. The winner gets to choose the ice cream! Three different courses attract pint-size putters: Mountasia Golf in Fayetteville, and Putt-Putt Golf and Fun-Fun-Fun in Hope Mills.

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After a day of Fayetteville family fun, you need a comfy place to lay down all those sleepy heads. Opt for bigger overnight rooms at one of the local suites hotels. These specialize in family-friendly rooms that provide sleeping and living areas. We’re sure you’ll get a good night’s sleep.

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Writer, editor, and photographer with experience in magazine, online, and books journalism. Strong planner, researcher, and writer of travel stories on the U.S. and abroad. Established network of sources in travel destinations.
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Make memories to last a lifetime on a family trip to Fayetteville in North Carolina’s Sandhills region along Interstate 95. This destination packs plenty of R&R options that appeal to all ages, which means an ample

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Butterflies and songbirds flit above native azaleas and oak leaf hydrangeas, while nearby in a sunny spot, the gardens nod to early Carolina settlements with herb and veggie plots nuzzling up to historic cabins.  For a longer outing, follow the tunnel made by shady hardwoods and pines along the Cape Fear River in this 80-acre tract, just a couple of miles from downtown. You just might see green ideas sprouting out of the youngsters. 77-Acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden Offers 16 Specialty Gardens    For those seeking less cultivated adventures, herd your brood over to Zip Quest, a 55-acre nature park where you can fly like an eagle. Zipline cables crisscross the forest and above the crashing water of Carver’s Falls. The two-and-and half-hour routes cross 8 zips (including one that’s 800 feet long), including 3 rope bridges. There’s also the Swing Shot, a device that slings riders back and forth to seven stories high over the ravine and the waterfall. Spiral staircases follow tree trunks up to platforms for a birds-eye-view of the Sandhills only sizeable waterfall. If you brought your bicycles—or simply want to go for an extended run or walk—head out the more than 5 miles of linear Cape Fear River Trail, a dog-friendly route. Keep an eye out for the natural denizens of the region—including deer, turtles, lizards, and more than 150 species of colorful birds. The route includes many boardwalks and bridges—including a covered bridge—all worth cataloging your trek. A Variety of Aircraft on Display on the Grounds of the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum   Fayetteville has just as much indoor adventure too. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum and the North Carolina Veterans Park are the must-see stops. Inside, the institution shows the history of Fort Bragg’s paratroopers during US conflicts with displays and military equipment and films. It details the essential military jobs of the paratroopers during the great wars as well as during conflicts in Korea and Vietnam and in the Middle East. The gardens surrounding the entrance to the museum hosts two fine military statues; The 16-foot-tall Iron Mike personifies the steely nature of the brave and tough veterans. Nearby, under a shady tree, rests a much smaller piece that pays tribute to the dogs who’ve served. If this whets your broods’ appetites for military history, journey on to Fort Bragg to learn more at the 82 nd  Airborne Division War Memorial Museum and the JFK Special Warfare Museum. Both are open to the public. Fascinate-U Children's Museum   Burn down some of your family’s energy candles while scaling the walls at one of the indoor climbing walls. Kids develop more confidence while making like Spidey-Man at the Climbing Place and Red Point Crossfit and Indoor Climbing. Or maybe it feels like your kiddos like to bounce off walls? Then take them for an hour session at Surge Trampoline park to jump their cares away. As you drive around town, you’ll notice the preponderance of train tracks. Railroads help to build this town. For a quieter exploration, introduce your family to the regions past at the 1890’s depot, home to the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum. In addition to model train rooms, it holds life-size buggies, firetrucks, and a fleet of vintage cars.  If you happen to visit on the first or third Saturdays of the month, the Cape Fear Model Railroad Club lays down tracks at the Fascinate-U Children’s Museum. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are a Houston Astros Class-A Affiliate Team   Take the family out to one of the finest new baseball parks anywhere. The Segra Stadium lights up downtown’s skyline while hosting the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, a Class A Houston Astro team. This little park packs in all the fun of the major leagues, yet its smaller format makes it friendly without the bigtime hassle. Brats and brews, popcorn and peanuts, an outfield bar, and a children’s play area and grassy hillside for family picnics welcome America’s pastime. And typically, before the seventh-inning stretch, railroad cars rumble down the adjacent tracks and toot their horn into the stadium. The best part of a Woodpeckers’ game? The seats are so close to the playing field that you can hear the players chattering in between pitches and the balls whizzing by. The Mash House Restaurant and Brewery features award-winning local brews   At some point in your Fayetteville journey, your family is going to get hungry. Forget the limitations of most small cities; this town dishes up menus from around the world. Like Thai or Italian? Chinese or Tacos? Fayetteville’s got your dinner. Sure, there’s plenty of excellent pizza (don’t miss Brooklyn Pizza near Fort Bragg), but sometimes the grownups prefer to celebrate the evening. When that’s the case, take your crew to the Mash House Restaurant & Brewery, a brewery that’s family-friendly with flat breads and pizzas, burgers and tacos, as well as hand-cut steaks. When family dining fits the appetites, head out to Fred Chason’s Grandsons Restaurant in Hope Mills. Wear your elastic waist pants to this family-owned, all-you-can-eat country buffet You’ll dig into tender and smoky ‘cue, plenty of corn, beans, and sliced tomatoes, and never empty glasses of icy sweet tea. Putt-Putt Golf & Games features golf, laser tag, go-karts, bumper boats, and a full arcade   Skip dessert and challenge your miniature Tiger Woods and Lexi Thompsons to a round of mini-golf. The winner gets to choose the ice cream! Three different courses attract pint-size putters: Mountasia Golf in Fayetteville, and Putt-Putt Golf and Fun-Fun-Fun in Hope Mills. After a day of Fayetteville family fun, you need a comfy place to lay down all those sleepy heads. Opt for bigger overnight rooms at one of the local suites hotels. These specialize in family-friendly rooms that provide sleeping and living areas. We’re sure you’ll get a good night’s sleep.","id":"60a40459de51ce48f3d31990","url":"/blog/list/post/fayetteville-family-fun/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/fayetteville-family-fun/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/fayetteville-family-fun/","metaTitle":"Family Friendly Fayetteville","metaDescription":"

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Butterflies and songbirds flit above native azaleas and oak leaf hydrangeas, while nearby in a sunny spot, the gardens nod to early Carolina settlements with herb and veggie plots nuzzling up to historic cabins.  For a longer outing, follow the tunnel made by shady hardwoods and pines along the Cape Fear River in this 80-acre tract, just a couple of miles from downtown. You just might see green ideas sprouting out of the youngsters. 77-Acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden Offers 16 Specialty Gardens    For those seeking less cultivated adventures, herd your brood over to Zip Quest, a 55-acre nature park where you can fly like an eagle. Zipline cables crisscross the forest and above the crashing water of Carver’s Falls. The two-and-and half-hour routes cross 8 zips (including one that’s 800 feet long), including 3 rope bridges. There’s also the Swing Shot, a device that slings riders back and forth to seven stories high over the ravine and the waterfall. Spiral staircases follow tree trunks up to platforms for a birds-eye-view of the Sandhills only sizeable waterfall. If you brought your bicycles—or simply want to go for an extended run or walk—head out the more than 5 miles of linear Cape Fear River Trail, a dog-friendly route. Keep an eye out for the natural denizens of the region—including deer, turtles, lizards, and more than 150 species of colorful birds. The route includes many boardwalks and bridges—including a covered bridge—all worth cataloging your trek. A Variety of Aircraft on Display on the Grounds of the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum   Fayetteville has just as much indoor adventure too. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum and the North Carolina Veterans Park are the must-see stops. Inside, the institution shows the history of Fort Bragg’s paratroopers during US conflicts with displays and military equipment and films. It details the essential military jobs of the paratroopers during the great wars as well as during conflicts in Korea and Vietnam and in the Middle East. The gardens surrounding the entrance to the museum hosts two fine military statues; The 16-foot-tall Iron Mike personifies the steely nature of the brave and tough veterans. Nearby, under a shady tree, rests a much smaller piece that pays tribute to the dogs who’ve served. If this whets your broods’ appetites for military history, journey on to Fort Bragg to learn more at the 82 nd  Airborne Division War Memorial Museum and the JFK Special Warfare Museum. Both are open to the public. Fascinate-U Children's Museum   Burn down some of your family’s energy candles while scaling the walls at one of the indoor climbing walls. Kids develop more confidence while making like Spidey-Man at the Climbing Place and Red Point Crossfit and Indoor Climbing. Or maybe it feels like your kiddos like to bounce off walls? Then take them for an hour session at Surge Trampoline park to jump their cares away. As you drive around town, you’ll notice the preponderance of train tracks. Railroads help to build this town. For a quieter exploration, introduce your family to the regions past at the 1890’s depot, home to the Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum. In addition to model train rooms, it holds life-size buggies, firetrucks, and a fleet of vintage cars.  If you happen to visit on the first or third Saturdays of the month, the Cape Fear Model Railroad Club lays down tracks at the Fascinate-U Children’s Museum. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers are a Houston Astros Class-A Affiliate Team   Take the family out to one of the finest new baseball parks anywhere. The Segra Stadium lights up downtown’s skyline while hosting the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, a Class A Houston Astro team. This little park packs in all the fun of the major leagues, yet its smaller format makes it friendly without the bigtime hassle. Brats and brews, popcorn and peanuts, an outfield bar, and a children’s play area and grassy hillside for family picnics welcome America’s pastime. And typically, before the seventh-inning stretch, railroad cars rumble down the adjacent tracks and toot their horn into the stadium. The best part of a Woodpeckers’ game? The seats are so close to the playing field that you can hear the players chattering in between pitches and the balls whizzing by. The Mash House Restaurant and Brewery features award-winning local brews   At some point in your Fayetteville journey, your family is going to get hungry. Forget the limitations of most small cities; this town dishes up menus from around the world. Like Thai or Italian? Chinese or Tacos? Fayetteville’s got your dinner. Sure, there’s plenty of excellent pizza (don’t miss Brooklyn Pizza near Fort Bragg), but sometimes the grownups prefer to celebrate the evening. When that’s the case, take your crew to the Mash House Restaurant & Brewery, a brewery that’s family-friendly with flat breads and pizzas, burgers and tacos, as well as hand-cut steaks. When family dining fits the appetites, head out to Fred Chason’s Grandsons Restaurant in Hope Mills. Wear your elastic waist pants to this family-owned, all-you-can-eat country buffet You’ll dig into tender and smoky ‘cue, plenty of corn, beans, and sliced tomatoes, and never empty glasses of icy sweet tea. Putt-Putt Golf & Games features golf, laser tag, go-karts, bumper boats, and a full arcade   Skip dessert and challenge your miniature Tiger Woods and Lexi Thompsons to a round of mini-golf. The winner gets to choose the ice cream! Three different courses attract pint-size putters: Mountasia Golf in Fayetteville, and Putt-Putt Golf and Fun-Fun-Fun in Hope Mills. After a day of Fayetteville family fun, you need a comfy place to lay down all those sleepy heads. Opt for bigger overnight rooms at one of the local suites hotels. These specialize in family-friendly rooms that provide sleeping and living areas. 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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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FUEL UP
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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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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

","description":"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. Need a golf course? There’s a dozen in and around Fayetteville. 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. Sports? High-adrenaline thrills? Barbecue? Check, check, and check. Read on for all the ideas you’ll ever need to plan your weekend with the boys in Fayetteville. 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. 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.","publish_start_moment":"2021-05-13T14:00:00.000Z","publish_end_moment":"2021-12-03T00:06:01.284Z"},{"_id":"606df45d51988538c08dce88","author_id":"606df34351988538c08dce7d","title":"Fayetteville Insider’s Golf Knowledge","slug":"fayetteville-insiders-golf-knowledge","image_id":"601c701182f83c2f306d6e91","meta_title":"Fayetteville Insider’s Golf Knowledge","meta_description":"Situated in the North Carolina Sandhills just east from the Home of American Golf better known as Pinehurst and Southern Pines, Fayetteville’s golf courses were constructed from the same topography of their world-renowned neighbors. 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Situated in the North Carolina Sandhills just east from the Home of American Golf better known as Pinehurst and Southern Pines, Fayetteville’s golf courses were constructed from the same topography of their world-renowned neighbors. Here is some insider’s golf knowledge to make the most of your next Fayetteville golf getaway.    

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Anderson Creek Golf Club – The state’s best new course in 2001 (celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year), this Davis Love III routing is said to be a reflection of his unassuming, mild-mannered personality. But don’t let that fool you into thinking you can just poke your way around this championship-style, 7,240-yard layout. You will be challenged by undulating fairways, contoured greens, penalty areas, water, and deep sand bunkers. Keep it in the short grass and play from the proper tees. Good luck tackling “The Gauntlet,” a stretch of four finishing holesthe staff has appropriately named – due to their combined difficulties and strategic shot requirements. Book your Anderson Creek Golf Package. 

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Bayonet at Puppy Creek – Due to its rolling, Sandhills location, the 7,056-yard layout – sculpted from lush woodlands and winding creek waters – Bayonet has always had plenty of sand at its disposal. In addition, the owner and operator of the facility, Carolina Turf Farms, Inc., ensures top-notch grass conditions on a daily basis. The main key to success is keeping it on the well-manicuredfairways. In the past few years, several of the underbrush areas have been cleaned out to the point where golfers can now actually play out of many of them, so be bold on this one. And why not? One of the great names in golf is also one of Fayetteville’s finest. Book your Golf Package. 

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Baywood Golf Course – The 18-hole Baywood Golf Club facility is located near I-95 at exit 55, making the 6,763 yards of golf easily accessible for those traveling north and south along this popular thoroughfare. Designed by Stewart Gooden, the Baywood Golf Course opened in 1990 and is pretty straightforward. But, of course, the game is never THAT forthright so make sure you allow extra hit into the greens as nearly all are elevated. And naturally, stay away from the water – it shows up on 12 holes. Only a couple of holes are tight so you don’t have to leave your driver in the trunk.

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Carolina Lakes Golf Cours– A course offering an extremely fun golf experience that winds through majestic pines and rolling terrain. Considered to be one of the more enjoyable courses in the Sandhills area, Carolina Lakes prides itself in offering excellent conditions, a fair test of golf and great service. A shorter golf course by modern, Big-Bertha standards, Carolina Lakes defends itself withsmaller, undulating greens. The trick here is to be on the correct side of the hole as each offering protects itself verywell from 50 yards and in.

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Cypress Lakes Golf Course – Located just off I-95 exit 41, the obvious hazards like cypress tree-laden ponds and bunkers are more visual than actually penal. Multiple major championship winner Raymond Floyd grew up on Cypress Lakes and splashed about in the bunkers at his father’s course on a daily basis. So read Floyd’s book on the elements of scoring (or the game from 60 yards in) before you go, and you might just come away from this championship-yardage design pleasantly surprised. Book your Cypress Lakes Golf Package

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Gates Four Golf & Country Club – A decade ago, architect Kris Spence, careful not to disturb the original routing by Willard Byrd back in 1967, completed a remarkable restoration. Included in the Gates Four project were the addition of new bent-grass greens, renovated bunkers and improved playing conditions across picturesque fairways lined with a variety of hardwoods and pine trees. According to pro shop staff, Gates Four is “all about your tee shot.” Due to some low hanging tree branches making for a few pinched drives, accuracy is paramount. Keep it down the middle and maybe throttle back with club selection on certain tee boxes. Book your Gates Four Golf Package. 

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Highland Country Club – The 18-hole Highland Country Club in Fayetteville is a private golf course that opened in 1945. Designed by Donald Ross, Highland measures 6,732 yards from the longest tees. For Donald Ross fans looking to play every one of his courses across the state, the best tip here is to find someone who is a member and make them a believer out of your bucket-list aspirations. 

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Keith Hills Golf Club – Ellis and Dan Maples designed this 1970s-era, 27-hole layout set in primarily wooded and rolling terrain. Set along the banks of the Cape Fear River, it is the home of Campbell University’s golf facility. The three nines include the Orange, Bland and White Courses. The greens are large and sloped so spend some time practicing that part of your game before teeing off. Once out on whatever 18-hole combination you choose, you canthen putt for dough. Book your Keith Hills Golf Package

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Kings Grant Golf & Country Club – The Jim Holmes-designed classic is an early 1990s layout that is set on rolling, wooded terrain bordered by houses. As a product of Jack Nicklaus Design, Holmes tries to lull you asleep as you gaze out at the beauty of the course. Though you must try to stay focused, you are not playing Gary Player. Keep your ball down the middle as the fairway lays for you and fly your ball to the center of each green on approach. If youcan’t contain yourself and choose to test the corners and fly over the tall pines that sit as green guardians, you may needa Nicklaus-type fade to go really low.

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Ryder Golf Course – As far as military golf goes, well, Ryder is well equipped to disarm any threat of total domination. This beautiful 18-hole layout at Fort Bragg is set among tall Carolina Pines and rolling hills. Water comes into play on several holes and small, undulating greens helps with its strategic defenses. Bunkers on the layout are tactically positioned and can be deep at times. This original 1930 design by C.C. McCusion is located in the center of the massive Army post and home to “The Divot” restaurant. The best hole is perhaps the 195-yard fifth where golfers have to navigate a tee shot over water to a green heavily guarded by bunkers. The risk-reward Ryder track was once the Officer’s Club Golf Course.

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Stryker Golf Course – In 1946, Donald Ross designed Stryker and the classic design features undulating greens, tree-lined fairways and strategically positioned bunkers. It has only one hole with water on it. Don’t let the occasional helicopter flyover put you off your game. After all, that is the sound of freedom. The most memorable offering, perhaps, is Stryker’s fourth hole providing one of the few 600-plus yard holes in the area. Good luck trying to get home in two on this monster. Stryker has a Pinehurst feel to it, with towering pines and that classic Ross feel with smallish greens and strategic bunkering. At 6,641 yards from the tips, Stryker is a nice test and a must play for those who love Ross layouts. There’s not much trouble off the various tees as they lead to gracious fairways.

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Bill Kamenjar is a freelance writer and photojournalist covering sports and the golf lifestyle scene throughout the Middle Atlantic. A native of Rockville, Maryland, Bill is the 2019 Virginia Press Association award-winning photographer of high school sports for InsideNova in Northern Virginia. Bill has also served as a contributing editor to GolfStyles Magazine in Washington, D.C., and Montgomery Magazine in Maryland and is a former Assistant Sports Information Director at George Mason University.

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Situated in the North Carolina Sandhills just east from the Home of American Golf better known as Pinehurst and Southern Pines, Fayetteville’s golf courses were constructed from the same topography of their

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Good luck tackling “The Gauntlet,” a stretch of four finishing holesthe staff has appropriately named – due to their combined difficulties and strategic shot requirements. Book your Anderson Creek Golf Package.  Bayonet at Puppy Creek – Due to its rolling, Sandhills location, the 7,056-yard layout – sculpted from lush woodlands and winding creek waters – Bayonet has always had plenty of sand at its disposal. In addition, the owner and operator of the facility, Carolina Turf Farms, Inc., ensures top-notch grass conditions on a daily basis. The main key to success is keeping it on the well-manicuredfairways. In the past few years, several of the underbrush areas have been cleaned out to the point where golfers can now actually play out of many of them, so be bold on this one. And why not? One of the great names in golf is also one of Fayetteville’s finest. Book your Golf Package.  Baywood Golf Course – The 18-hole Baywood Golf Club facility is located near I-95 at exit 55, making the 6,763 yards of golf easily accessible for those traveling north and south along this popular thoroughfare. Designed by Stewart Gooden, the Baywood Golf Course opened in 1990 and is pretty straightforward. But, of course, the game is never THAT forthright so make sure you allow extra hit into the greens as nearly all are elevated. And naturally, stay away from the water – it shows up on 12 holes. Only a couple of holes are tight so you don’t have to leave your driver in the trunk. Carolina Lakes Golf Cours e – A course offering an extremely fun golf experience that winds through majestic pines and rolling terrain. Considered to be one of the more enjoyable courses in the Sandhills area, Carolina Lakes prides itself in offering excellent conditions, a fair test of golf and great service. A shorter golf course by modern, Big-Bertha standards, Carolina Lakes defends itself withsmaller, undulating greens. The trick here is to be on the correct side of the hole as each offering protects itself verywell from 50 yards and in. Cypress Lakes Golf Course – Located just off I-95 exit 41, the obvious hazards like cypress tree-laden ponds and bunkers are more visual than actually penal. Multiple major championship winner Raymond Floyd grew up on Cypress Lakes and splashed about in the bunkers at his father’s course on a daily basis. So read Floyd’s book on the elements of scoring (or the game from 60 yards in) before you go, and you might just come away from this championship-yardage design pleasantly surprised. Book your Cypress Lakes Golf Package.  Gates Four Golf & Country Club – A decade ago, architect Kris Spence, careful not to disturb the original routing by Willard Byrd back in 1967, completed a remarkable restoration. Included in the Gates Four project were the addition of new bent-grass greens, renovated bunkers and improved playing conditions across picturesque fairways lined with a variety of hardwoods and pine trees. According to pro shop staff, Gates Four is “all about your tee shot.” Due to some low hanging tree branches making for a few pinched drives, accuracy is paramount. Keep it down the middle and maybe throttle back with club selection on certain tee boxes. Book your Gates Four Golf Package.  Highland Country Club – The 18-hole Highland Country Club in Fayetteville is a private golf course that opened in 1945. Designed by Donald Ross, Highland measures 6,732 yards from the longest tees. For Donald Ross fans looking to play every one of his courses across the state, the best tip here is to find someone who is a member and make them a believer out of your bucket-list aspirations.  Keith Hills Golf Club – Ellis and Dan Maples designed this 1970s-era, 27-hole layout set in primarily wooded and rolling terrain. Set along the banks of the Cape Fear River, it is the home of Campbell University’s golf facility. The three nines include the Orange, Bland and White Courses. The greens are large and sloped so spend some time practicing that part of your game before teeing off. Once out on whatever 18-hole combination you choose, you canthen putt for dough. Book your Keith Hills Golf Package.  Kings Grant Golf & Country Club – The Jim Holmes-designed classic is an early 1990s layout that is set on rolling, wooded terrain bordered by houses. As a product of Jack Nicklaus Design, Holmes tries to lull you asleep as you gaze out at the beauty of the course. Though you must try to stay focused, you are not playing Gary Player. Keep your ball down the middle as the fairway lays for you and fly your ball to the center of each green on approach. If youcan’t contain yourself and choose to test the corners and fly over the tall pines that sit as green guardians, you may needa Nicklaus-type fade to go really low. Ryder Golf Course – As far as military golf goes, well, Ryder is well equipped to disarm any threat of total domination. This beautiful 18-hole layout at Fort Bragg is set among tall Carolina Pines and rolling hills. Water comes into play on several holes and small, undulating greens helps with its strategic defenses. Bunkers on the layout are tactically positioned and can be deep at times. This original 1930 design by C.C. McCusion is located in the center of the massive Army post and home to “The Divot” restaurant. The best hole is perhaps the 195-yard fifth where golfers have to navigate a tee shot over water to a green heavily guarded by bunkers. The risk-reward Ryder track was once the Officer’s Club Golf Course. Stryker Golf Course – In 1946, Donald Ross designed Stryker and the classic design features undulating greens, tree-lined fairways and strategically positioned bunkers. It has only one hole with water on it. Don’t let the occasional helicopter flyover put you off your game. After all, that is the sound of freedom. The most memorable offering, perhaps, is Stryker’s fourth hole providing one of the few 600-plus yard holes in the area. Good luck trying to get home in two on this monster. Stryker has a Pinehurst feel to it, with towering pines and that classic Ross feel with smallish greens and strategic bunkering. At 6,641 yards from the tips, Stryker is a nice test and a must play for those who love Ross layouts. There’s not much trouble off the various tees as they lead to gracious fairways.  ","id":"606df45d51988538c08dce88","url":"/blog/list/post/fayetteville-insiders-golf-knowledge/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/fayetteville-insiders-golf-knowledge/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/fayetteville-insiders-golf-knowledge/","metaTitle":"Fayetteville Insider’s Golf Knowledge","metaDescription":"Situated in the North Carolina Sandhills just east from the Home of American Golf better known as Pinehurst and Southern Pines, Fayetteville’s golf courses were constructed from the same topography of their world-renowned neighbors. 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Good luck tackling “The Gauntlet,” a stretch of four finishing holesthe staff has appropriately named – due to their combined difficulties and strategic shot requirements. Book your Anderson Creek Golf Package.  Bayonet at Puppy Creek – Due to its rolling, Sandhills location, the 7,056-yard layout – sculpted from lush woodlands and winding creek waters – Bayonet has always had plenty of sand at its disposal. In addition, the owner and operator of the facility, Carolina Turf Farms, Inc., ensures top-notch grass conditions on a daily basis. The main key to success is keeping it on the well-manicuredfairways. In the past few years, several of the underbrush areas have been cleaned out to the point where golfers can now actually play out of many of them, so be bold on this one. And why not? One of the great names in golf is also one of Fayetteville’s finest. Book your Golf Package.  Baywood Golf Course – The 18-hole Baywood Golf Club facility is located near I-95 at exit 55, making the 6,763 yards of golf easily accessible for those traveling north and south along this popular thoroughfare. Designed by Stewart Gooden, the Baywood Golf Course opened in 1990 and is pretty straightforward. But, of course, the game is never THAT forthright so make sure you allow extra hit into the greens as nearly all are elevated. And naturally, stay away from the water – it shows up on 12 holes. Only a couple of holes are tight so you don’t have to leave your driver in the trunk. Carolina Lakes Golf Cours e – A course offering an extremely fun golf experience that winds through majestic pines and rolling terrain. Considered to be one of the more enjoyable courses in the Sandhills area, Carolina Lakes prides itself in offering excellent conditions, a fair test of golf and great service. A shorter golf course by modern, Big-Bertha standards, Carolina Lakes defends itself withsmaller, undulating greens. The trick here is to be on the correct side of the hole as each offering protects itself verywell from 50 yards and in. Cypress Lakes Golf Course – Located just off I-95 exit 41, the obvious hazards like cypress tree-laden ponds and bunkers are more visual than actually penal. Multiple major championship winner Raymond Floyd grew up on Cypress Lakes and splashed about in the bunkers at his father’s course on a daily basis. So read Floyd’s book on the elements of scoring (or the game from 60 yards in) before you go, and you might just come away from this championship-yardage design pleasantly surprised. Book your Cypress Lakes Golf Package.  Gates Four Golf & Country Club – A decade ago, architect Kris Spence, careful not to disturb the original routing by Willard Byrd back in 1967, completed a remarkable restoration. Included in the Gates Four project were the addition of new bent-grass greens, renovated bunkers and improved playing conditions across picturesque fairways lined with a variety of hardwoods and pine trees. According to pro shop staff, Gates Four is “all about your tee shot.” Due to some low hanging tree branches making for a few pinched drives, accuracy is paramount. Keep it down the middle and maybe throttle back with club selection on certain tee boxes. Book your Gates Four Golf Package.  Highland Country Club – The 18-hole Highland Country Club in Fayetteville is a private golf course that opened in 1945. Designed by Donald Ross, Highland measures 6,732 yards from the longest tees. For Donald Ross fans looking to play every one of his courses across the state, the best tip here is to find someone who is a member and make them a believer out of your bucket-list aspirations.  Keith Hills Golf Club – Ellis and Dan Maples designed this 1970s-era, 27-hole layout set in primarily wooded and rolling terrain. Set along the banks of the Cape Fear River, it is the home of Campbell University’s golf facility. The three nines include the Orange, Bland and White Courses. The greens are large and sloped so spend some time practicing that part of your game before teeing off. Once out on whatever 18-hole combination you choose, you canthen putt for dough. 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Bunkers on the layout are tactically positioned and can be deep at times. This original 1930 design by C.C. McCusion is located in the center of the massive Army post and home to “The Divot” restaurant. The best hole is perhaps the 195-yard fifth where golfers have to navigate a tee shot over water to a green heavily guarded by bunkers. The risk-reward Ryder track was once the Officer’s Club Golf Course. Stryker Golf Course – In 1946, Donald Ross designed Stryker and the classic design features undulating greens, tree-lined fairways and strategically positioned bunkers. It has only one hole with water on it. Don’t let the occasional helicopter flyover put you off your game. After all, that is the sound of freedom. The most memorable offering, perhaps, is Stryker’s fourth hole providing one of the few 600-plus yard holes in the area. 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