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When it comes to planning summer vacations in the South, my priority will always be to look for places to escape the heat and keep cool. While North Carolina can boast some incredible mountain and beach…

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

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

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

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

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

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The Cave Spa After recently opening just earlier this year, this place has already made its mark both locally and on a national scale. Named as one of 10 Black-owned Spas to Bliss Out In (TripAdvisor), The Cave specializes in Halo-therapy (salt therapy) as it provides many benefits to detoxify and hydrate the whole body. As the name would imply, it features Cumberland County’s first and only salt cave! Another unique feature they offer is monthly membership packages so you can make self-care a part of your routine. One of those packages includes unlimited detox baths, which if you haven’t experienced, you’re missing out. Ironically, with the relaxation it provides, you’re sure to feel far less *ahem*… “salty” after leaving. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc)   Axes and Armor Hatchet House Let’s throw a curveball here…or better yet, an ax! No, seriously. It’s no wonder the art of hatchet throwing has gained a ton of traction lately. First and foremost, it’s just downright fun, and it actually has some positive health benefits as well. Not only does it work several of your muscle groups at the same time, but it’s a therapeutic stress reliever like no other. Axes and Armor provides a place to do just that, both in Fayetteville and a brand new location in Spring Lake. Lessons are offered, but really it’s as simple as making a reservation, grabbing a beer from their bar, and chucking those hatchets! For some additional stress relief, be sure to bring a photo of your boss to put over the bullseye. (Kidding, kind of.) View this post on Instagram A post shared by ❂ Emily Brewer❂ (@emilybrewerr) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gregg Kimbell (@justgregggg)   John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center Tucked away across from Lake Rim lies the only fishing education center of its kind in North Carolina. I know what you’re thinking - “This place doesn’t sound very therapeutic…” but with all of the amenities to enjoy here, the John. E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center offers a boatload of ways to treat yourself. The building itself is almost 5K square feet, complete with a wrap-around porch on both floors with plenty of rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Multiple fishing instruction courses are available that include fly fishing, lure making, and rod building. If you’re the type who finds serenity in the great outdoors and therapy in crafting your own tools to do so, this is your spot. For those Parks and Recreation fans still reading, this would be Ron Swanson’s paradise. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center)   Shanti Wellness - Fayetteville Wellness Center Formerly known as “The Floating Shanti”, both the name and the location have been updated to reflect the multiple therapeutic avenues it offers. However, the floating tank remains its mainstay. “Floating” is a practice where you enter a sensory deprivation tank filled with water and enough Epsom salts to make your body float effortlessly. It’s certainly a unique form of therapy but sworn by many to improve mental and physical well-being. In fact, a lot of those positive experiences and testimonials come from Fayetteville’s very own active military and veterans. If trying unique means of therapy sounds enticing, you should try their cupping therapy too. I mean…if it worked for Michael Phelps, it could work for you! (Note: cupping doesn’t guarantee you’ll win 23 Olympic gold medals, but it’s worth a shot, right?) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shanti Wellness FWC (@shantiwellnessfwc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by N a t a s h a (@iam_natashamoore)   Spring Lake Outpost If you find tranquility in the whole floating thing but prefer to do so outdoors, here’s your place. Spring Lake Outpost offers a quaint spot to cruise down the Little River by kayak or canoe. It’s perfect for those who may only need a couple of hours of relaxation or those who prefer an all-day excursion. Whichever you choose, they offer a convenient shuttle pick-up to take you and your river cruiser back at the end of the adventure. It truly is a peaceful, yet adventurous experience with a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to take in. The best part is that you won’t find any big boats or jet skis killing your vibes since the Little River is undisturbed. Which, if you’re familiar with most North Carolina inlets, is pretty hard to come by. 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Named as one of 10 Black-owned Spas to Bliss Out In (TripAdvisor), The Cave specializes in Halo-therapy (salt therapy) as it provides many benefits to detoxify and hydrate the whole body. As the name would imply, it features Cumberland County’s first and only salt cave! Another unique feature they offer is monthly membership packages so you can make self-care a part of your routine. One of those packages includes unlimited detox baths, which if you haven’t experienced, you’re missing out. Ironically, with the relaxation it provides, you’re sure to feel far less *ahem*… “salty” after leaving. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc)   Axes and Armor Hatchet House Let’s throw a curveball here…or better yet, an ax! No, seriously. It’s no wonder the art of hatchet throwing has gained a ton of traction lately. 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I know what you’re thinking - “This place doesn’t sound very therapeutic…” but with all of the amenities to enjoy here, the John. E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center offers a boatload of ways to treat yourself. The building itself is almost 5K square feet, complete with a wrap-around porch on both floors with plenty of rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Multiple fishing instruction courses are available that include fly fishing, lure making, and rod building. If you’re the type who finds serenity in the great outdoors and therapy in crafting your own tools to do so, this is your spot. For those Parks and Recreation fans still reading, this would be Ron Swanson’s paradise. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. 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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shanti Wellness FWC (@shantiwellnessfwc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by N a t a s h a (@iam_natashamoore)   Spring Lake Outpost If you find tranquility in the whole floating thing but prefer to do so outdoors, here’s your place. Spring Lake Outpost offers a quaint spot to cruise down the Little River by kayak or canoe. It’s perfect for those who may only need a couple of hours of relaxation or those who prefer an all-day excursion. Whichever you choose, they offer a convenient shuttle pick-up to take you and your river cruiser back at the end of the adventure. It truly is a peaceful, yet adventurous experience with a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to take in. The best part is that you won’t find any big boats or jet skis killing your vibes since the Little River is undisturbed. Which, if you’re familiar with most North Carolina inlets, is pretty hard to come by. 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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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THE SCARY STUFF
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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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These are just a sampling of special events happening in October. Click the link below for a full, comprehensive calendar. 
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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! 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Tickets are $30 for one attraction or $45 for both if purchased in advance, $10 more at the door.  These are just a sampling of special events happening in October. Click the link below for a full, comprehensive calendar.  Ready to plan your visit? Head to our home page at VisitFayettevilleNC.com for a full range of things to see and do. The Calendar of Events Is full of free events throughout the year. Select from one of our Lodging Options if you aren't staying with family or friends. ","id":"6154b1e855b0782158bce0f5","url":"/blog/list/post/halloween-happenings-in-greater-fayetteville/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/halloween-happenings-in-greater-fayetteville/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/halloween-happenings-in-greater-fayetteville/","metaTitle":"Halloween Happenings in Greater Fayetteville","metaDescription":"If you love Halloween, Cumberland County has a special event to help you celebrate the season. 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On Friday and Saturday night, Historic Hauntings offers a spooky walking tour of Cross Creek Cemetery. Tours start at 6:30 p.m. each night. While the festival is free, Historic Hauntings is $13 per person. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.  The undead of Fayetteville are coming back to celebrate the 11th Annual Zombie Walk & Prom on Friday, October 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in downtown Fayetteville.  This free, family-friendly event is an organized public gathering of people dressed in zombie costumes. (We hope these are only costumes!)  Traditionally zombies gather to walk in a parade. However, in 2021, the parade has been canceled and zombies are invited to rove the downtown streets as they wish. The Zombie Walk & Prom includes make-up artists on-site, a costume contest, and live music throughout the evening.  The 7 th year of celebrating Halloween in the Boo-tanical Garden includes trick or treating through the garden, hayrides, crafts, and lawn games. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume with flashlights to walk the Garden lit by jack-o-lanterns, lights, and luminaries in celebration of Halloween. The first night is Dog Night, when furry family members receive Halloween treats, too. Halloween at the Boo-tanical Garden runs from October 28-30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $5 to $11 and must be purchased in advance. If you need some down time with the kiddos or love classic cartoons the Halloween Cartoon Fest at the Cameo Theater is for you. The Cartoon Fest will feature back-to-back Halloween cartoons from the 1920s to the 1950s. Attendees will enjoy more than 90 minutes of spooky cartoons from characters such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Felix the Cat, Popeye, Mickey Mouse, and others. Admission is $5. Showtimes are 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29 , and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31.   Featuring music from Disney’s  Fantasia  as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s  Vertigo , Ghosts and Ghouls with the Fayetteville Symphony will take you on a Halloween-themed journey of exceptional orchestral music. Filled with fantasy, story-telling, and complexity, Ghosts and Ghouls is a musical Halloween extravaganza. Attendees are invited to wear costumes to the October 30 concert. Tickets are $5-$25. 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. 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Let’s be honest, life has been pretty hectic lately for most of us adults. After over a year of way too much time at home, where the phrase “going out” translated into a scavenger hunt for toilet paper or meeting the Uber Eats driver in the driveway, it’s finally time to get back to planning those much-needed nights out with that special someone. Whether you’re meeting up for your first date, looking for an impromptu getaway, or finally shipping those kids off to your parents for the weekend, Downtown Fayetteville awaits! With so much to do in less than a one-mile radius, it is the perfect place to make up for lost time by checking off a few date spots, all in one evening. Check out these 7 great places to wine, dine, and (re)kindle the romance in Downtown Fay!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let’s be honest, life has been pretty hectic lately for most of us adults. After over a year of way too much time at home, where the phrase “going out” translated into a scavenger hunt for toilet paper or meeting the

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Opening just over a year ago, “Taps” has already won the hearts of locals by offering a unique atmosphere to enjoy 40 beers they can pour themselves. Located in what once was the Hilltop House in Historic Haymount District, the modernized space offers multiple seating options for larger parties, double dates, or that intimate table for two. If both you and your partner are avid fans of tasting the best local beer selection around, you’re going to want to start here…and maybe even finish here too.      Huske Hardware House For both the history buffs and people watchers out there, this 115-year-old building containing Fayetteville’s oldest brewery should check all boxes for you. However, if you ask locals, this place never gets old. Once, in fact, a hardware store, the space is quite accommodating to events and large crowds without the drawback of long waits for a table. As far as food goes, if your worried this is just your run- of-the-mill brewery food, think again. Their menu has some incredible selections for just about every mood. Shepherds pie? Check. Poutine? Check. Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon? Check! Huske has just about everything you’re in the mood for. Plus, who could say, "No" to a date at a place with such a food & drink selection and one that is part of the National Register of Historic Places?     Fayetteville Woodpeckers @ Segra Stadium Sure, you could stay in another night and watch Fever Pitch on Netflix again. Or, you can go to an actual baseball game to live out that rom-com date night yourselves! Even for non-sports fans, watching the Fayetteville Woodpeckers play at Segra Stadium (aka the “The Ball Park of the Decade” according to Baseball Digest) is an experience in itself. Located just a block or two from each place on this list, it’s easy to grab drinks or dinner before and after the game. Although, with some of the best ballpark food and beverage options available in the state, you may not want to. If you’re looking to plan a date during the week, you should check out “Thirsty Thursdays.” Just saying.     Cameo Art House Theatre Again Netflix, we love you, but it’s time we see other movies. Plus, we’ve all missed the movie theatre experience, so why not support an independent movie theatre that missed you back? If you’re a fan of the arts, indy flicks, and eclectic atmospheres, then this is your ideal spot. If the multiple local media accolades such as “Best Movie Theatre in Fayetteville” and “Best Place to Take a Date” aren’t convincing enough, you can best believe that one whiff of their fresh popcorn will do the trick. They even offer theatre rental and private screenings if you’re looking for a more intimate night out - especially if this happens to be the night you plan to ask your date any sort of...important questions. Wink, wink.     @cameoarthouse       Circa 1800 Now, let’s talk about the eats! This is a staple for #foodies. Just ask the locals when they voted the “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Food Spot” earlier this year. Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, you will find that their locally sourced ingredients add an additional element of authenticity to their hearty, soulful selection. Every plate that comes out of the looks straight out of a magazine. If you’re here for dinner, you’ll notice a lot of those picturesque plates contain the Circa Chicken Piccata - it’s kind of famous around here. Of course, their brunch is pretty famous as well. So, whatever time of day you end up going, definitely save room for dessert. Their signature Bananas Foster is the perfect dish to sharing (or “split” rather) with your date.   Spoiler alert: Yes, these last two spots are both Italian. However, leaving off either one would be quite tragic considering both offer their own unique food options and dining experience. You want the best recommendations, right? Fantástico!         Pierro’s Italian Bistro “Bistro” by definition is a smaller place to get quality food that’s friendly on the wallet. That’s exactly what you can expect here. This is one of those places where people come for appetizers, but most develop a dinner craving almost immediately. If that craving happens to be pizza for dinner? Well then, you hit the jackpot! Very few would argue that this is the best pizza downtown. If you or your date aren’t in the pizza mood though, don’t be deterred, the options extend far beyond the tomato sauce and dough. Many will tell you that their Tuscan steak or Caprese salad is the best they’ve ever had too.     Antonella’s Italian Ristorante Not to say the best was saved for last necessarily, but locals did just recently name it as “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Date Spot” - which is hard to argue. The owner, Antonella Scibilia, learned the art of Southern Italian cuisine by working in her father’s restaurant as a child. 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?"       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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Located in what once was the Hilltop House in Historic Haymount District, the modernized space offers multiple seating options for larger parties, double dates, or that intimate table for two. If both you and your partner are avid fans of tasting the best local beer selection around, you’re going to want to start here…and maybe even finish here too.      Huske Hardware House For both the history buffs and people watchers out there, this 115-year-old building containing Fayetteville’s oldest brewery should check all boxes for you. However, if you ask locals, this place never gets old. Once, in fact, a hardware store, the space is quite accommodating to events and large crowds without the drawback of long waits for a table. As far as food goes, if your worried this is just your run- of-the-mill brewery food, think again. Their menu has some incredible selections for just about every mood. Shepherds pie? Check. Poutine? Check. Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon? Check! Huske has just about everything you’re in the mood for. Plus, who could say, "No" to a date at a place with such a food & drink selection and one that is part of the National Register of Historic Places?     Fayetteville Woodpeckers @ Segra Stadium Sure, you could stay in another night and watch Fever Pitch on Netflix again. Or, you can go to an actual baseball game to live out that rom-com date night yourselves! Even for non-sports fans, watching the Fayetteville Woodpeckers play at Segra Stadium (aka the “The Ball Park of the Decade” according to Baseball Digest) is an experience in itself. Located just a block or two from each place on this list, it’s easy to grab drinks or dinner before and after the game. Although, with some of the best ballpark food and beverage options available in the state, you may not want to. If you’re looking to plan a date during the week, you should check out “Thirsty Thursdays.” Just saying.     Cameo Art House Theatre Again Netflix, we love you, but it’s time we see other movies. Plus, we’ve all missed the movie theatre experience, so why not support an independent movie theatre that missed you back? If you’re a fan of the arts, indy flicks, and eclectic atmospheres, then this is your ideal spot. If the multiple local media accolades such as “Best Movie Theatre in Fayetteville” and “Best Place to Take a Date” aren’t convincing enough, you can best believe that one whiff of their fresh popcorn will do the trick. They even offer theatre rental and private screenings if you’re looking for a more intimate night out - especially if this happens to be the night you plan to ask your date any sort of...important questions. Wink, wink.     @cameoarthouse       Circa 1800 Now, let’s talk about the eats! This is a staple for #foodies. Just ask the locals when they voted the “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Food Spot” earlier this year. Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, you will find that their locally sourced ingredients add an additional element of authenticity to their hearty, soulful selection. Every plate that comes out of the looks straight out of a magazine. If you’re here for dinner, you’ll notice a lot of those picturesque plates contain the Circa Chicken Piccata - it’s kind of famous around here. Of course, their brunch is pretty famous as well. So, whatever time of day you end up going, definitely save room for dessert. Their signature Bananas Foster is the perfect dish to sharing (or “split” rather) with your date.   Spoiler alert: Yes, these last two spots are both Italian. However, leaving off either one would be quite tragic considering both offer their own unique food options and dining experience. You want the best recommendations, right? Fantástico!         Pierro’s Italian Bistro “Bistro” by definition is a smaller place to get quality food that’s friendly on the wallet. That’s exactly what you can expect here. This is one of those places where people come for appetizers, but most develop a dinner craving almost immediately. If that craving happens to be pizza for dinner? Well then, you hit the jackpot! Very few would argue that this is the best pizza downtown. If you or your date aren’t in the pizza mood though, don’t be deterred, the options extend far beyond the tomato sauce and dough. Many will tell you that their Tuscan steak or Caprese salad is the best they’ve ever had too.     Antonella’s Italian Ristorante Not to say the best was saved for last necessarily, but locals did just recently name it as “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Date Spot” - which is hard to argue. The owner, Antonella Scibilia, learned the art of Southern Italian cuisine by working in her father’s restaurant as a child. 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?"       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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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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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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\r\nPutt-Putt Golf & Games features golf, laser tag, go-karts, bumper boats, and a full arcade

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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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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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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

","description":"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. 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. 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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Nine visiting writers and photographers joined me earlier this month for a tour of Cumberland County’s most beautiful and diverse outdoor attractions and restaurants. Over the course of a weekend, I led them on a "#ColorfulFay" tour that highlighted more than 25 businesses and sites.

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

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

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

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

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DAY ONE

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Cape Fear Botanical Garden

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

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

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

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The MacPherson House

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(701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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

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

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Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom

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

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

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

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Hope Mills Lake

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

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

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

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Pharaoh’s Legacy: Mediterranean Cuisine & Bar

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

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

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

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DAY TWO

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The MacPherson House

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(701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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

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

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Blue Moon Café

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(310 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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

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

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Hummingbird Candle Co.

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(240 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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

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

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Cool Spring Downtown District

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(222 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301)

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

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

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Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles (Ramada Plaza)

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1707 Owen Drive, Fayetteville

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

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

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

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

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

","cleanDescription":"Nine visiting writers and photographers joined me earlier this month for a tour of Cumberland County’s most beautiful and diverse outdoor attractions and restaurants. Over the course of a weekend, I led them on a "#ColorfulFay" tour that highlighted more than 25 businesses and sites. At the beginning of that tour, I explained to the group how I was inspired to put together their itinerary. While the Fayetteville area is certainly known for being home to Ft. Bragg, it often comes as a surprise to our visitors when they discover what else makes this place so special. Our veterans’ travels around the world mean they often bring home spouses from other countries to our community, and that diversity in our population is more than evident everywhere you look. Just one example of that is our county can boast that 30+ countries are represented in our restaurants’ cuisine offerings. For that reason, while we may not be known for fine dining, we can certainly claim our niche in international eateries. Our diversity is also apparent in the entrepreneurs who launch businesses here, and as I shared on the blog recently, we’re proud of the fact so many of our local businesses are owned and operated by People of Color. The same could be said for our thriving LGBTQ+ community and the many ways our local PRIDE chapter and businesses provide welcoming places for our LGBTQ+ visitors. In order to assist our visitors with replicating our #ColorfulFay experience here, I have put together a two-day itinerary that includes everything we did over a weekend in October. Regardless of what time of the year you visit, use this to guide you to some of the loveliest areas of this special place! DAY ONE Cape Fear Botanical Garden (536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 28301) Just 5 miles from I-95, you’ll find a true outdoor oasis where you could easily spend hours wandering 25+ botanical gardens and structures on 80 acres of land, located between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek. Before you start exploring, though, stop by the new Garden View Café to peruse their menu and place your order for lunch later. This sweet addition to the garden is owned by Chef Lou and his family, and their fresh, deli-style offerings make for a perfect picnic on the garden’s grounds or the outdoor bistro area. After ordering, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, using their online map to guide you, and don’t overlook the brand-new, massive treehouse in the Children’s Garden. Tip: Make plans to visit the garden around one of their upcoming outdoor events, to include their popular, annual Holiday Lights in the Garden. The MacPherson House (701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) A short, 2.5-mile drive from the garden will lead you to Cumberland County’s newest B&B. This recently renovated, 100-year-old home is conveniently located in our Haymount Historic District and is within walking distance of Downtown Fayetteville. When our group arrived on a Saturday afternoon, MacPherson’s owner, Katy, and wellness coordinator, Hayat, greeted us with homemade cookies and beverages and took us on a tour of their gorgeous, 7,000+-square-foot house. Here, you’ll find a king-size bed, fireplace, and private bathroom in each of the four bedrooms, as well as many sweet touches (e.g., fresh eucalyptus hanging in the showers). Each room has its own look and style and has been assigned a historically significant name, like "The Lafayette." The owners are hoping to finish renovations on a top-floor master suite over the coming months, as well. Tip: If children will be accompanying you, request The Saint Avolde Suite, which has a "sleeping porch" off the bedroom that can be outfitted with a bed (prior arrangements required).  Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom (5435 Corporation Dr., Hope Mills, NC 28348) “North Carolina’s I-95 Brewery” is a 12-mile drive from The MacPherson House and is the perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon, even with family in tow. On Dirtbag’s 5+ acres, you’ll find plenty of open space to spread out, throw the ball around, let the kids loose on a playground, listen to live music, and of course, sip on craft beer. Dirtbag recently racked up five Readers’ Choice Awards from The Fayetteville Observer , because the locals are just that loyal to this beloved brewery. While you’re there, an absolute must-try is Dirtbag’s onsite restaurant, Napkins, where you’ll find something to please even the pickiest of palates on a rotating menu. Our group could not stop raving about the beer-braised carnitas tacos, perfectly battered-and-fried shrimp and calamari (aka "Frito Mixto"), and spicy, not-your-mama’s tater tots we devoured as we were sampling Dirtbag’s signature and newest brews. Tip: Follow Dirtbag on Facebook to see the wide range of live music, recreational events, and more happening there year-round. Hope Mills Lake (3609 N. Main St., Hope Mills, NC 28348) A trip to the Town of Hope Mills would not be complete without visiting its cypress-lined lake. Just 4 miles from Dirtbag, this charming body of water is in the heart of our second-largest municipality, on the edge of its small downtown. Here you’ll also find Big T’s Snoballs, where the locals have been taking their families for generations. Our group grabbed snow-cones to enjoy, lakeside. Then, while a few folks met up with Yakalacky Outfitters for a kayaking adventure, a couple of others stayed on the dock for a fishing lesson, courtesy of Cedar Creek Fish Farm (another great fishing destination located in Fayetteville). Whether you want to rent a watercraft from Yakalacky, throw a line in the water, hit the playground, or lay down a blanket for a picnic, this is certainly one of Cumberland County’s sweetest outdoor treasures to explore. Tip: Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for information on regulations, licensing, and permits applicable to inland fishing in NC. Pharaoh’s Legacy: Mediterranean Cuisine & Bar (3010 Traemoor Village Dr., Ste. 100, Fayetteville, NC 28306) If you’ve never had the opportunity to try Egyptian cuisine before, then here’s your chance to introduce your taste-buds to this full sensory experience. The dishes you’ll find on the menu at Pharaoh’s, which is just 4 miles from the lake, are a reflection of many Mediterranean classics, such as gyro and hummus, but with a unique Egyptian twist in the marinades and spices they use. The excellent waitstaff here brought out a wide assortment of appetizers, like dolmades and baba ghanouj, for us to try before we feasted on platters of charbroiled lamb and beef kabob over basmati saffron rice. Not only was the food incredibly flavorful, but it was also so beautifully presented that our group spent the first 15 minutes taking picture after picture of the spread. Tip: For “a taste of American comfort meeting Mediterranean tradition” in a more casual setting, visit this restaurant’s first location, Pharaoh’s Village: Mediterranean Grill & Market, in Hope Mills. DAY TWO The MacPherson House (701 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) Katy and Hayat knew our group would be brunching later that morning, so they set out a light spread of pastries, fresh fruit, and matcha smoothies for their guests to enjoy at their leisure. A few folks took their breakfast on the porch before joining Hayat, or “The Traveling Shala,” downstairs for a private yoga session. MacPherson’s entire downstairs has been turned into a serene wellness center, with dedicated rooms for massage therapy, yoga, and more. They even have plans to outfit one of the rooms with a kitchen for when the house hosts weddings and other events. Tip: When making your reservation, be sure to ask about MacPherson’s massage, yoga, and other wellness services available for pre-booking during your stay. Blue Moon Café (310 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) One of the benefits of staying at The MacPherson House is its proximity to Cool Spring Downtown District. In less than a 1/2-mile walk, you’re downtown, with plenty of options for dining and shopping. One of those fantastic options is this cozy café, which has become known for its Sunday brunch. The menu here reflects the creativity of its owners, Josh and Nathan, who really spoiled our group on a Sunday morning with mimosa bottle service. In honor of National Coming Out Day, they put a colorful Fruity Pebbles French Toast on the menu that a couple of folks couldn’t resist ordering. I went for the rich Monte Cristo Panini while others indulged in Blue Moon’s signature crab dip, tacos, and much more. Whether you hit Blue Moon for a meal or just a craft cocktail, you’ll fall in love with its casual-yet-hip ambiance, its fabulous view of Hay Street (downtown's main thoroughfare), and its delicious offerings. Tip: As seating is limited indoors and on the patio at this highly popular spot, call ahead to put your name on the list for Sunday brunch: 910-860-4700. Hummingbird Candle Co. (240 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) One of the more unique experiences available to downtown visitors is a candle-making workshop, and this activity makes for a perfect girls’ night or date night. Owner Tianna and her staff have created such a warm, hospitable environment for their shop that by the time you leave, you feel you’ve been adopted into the Hummingbird family. Since they allow attendees to bring their own beverages, we made prior arrangements with The Wine Café (108 Hay St.) to give us a mini wine-tasting onsite. Manager Holly greeted us with glasses and pours of their new Prisma wines, adding another indulgent layer to the whole experience. Our group then made their rounds to select their favorite scents from the dozens of chemical-free oil options Hummingbird offers, and Chandler Extraordinaire Sesselie led everyone through the candle-pouring process, step by step. In case the struggle is real with picking just one scent for your coconut-wax candle, Hummingbird also sells premade candles, room sprays, and more.  Tip: Since reservations are required, book your workshop in advance on their website and follow them on Facebook for special event announcements. Cool Spring Downtown District (222 Hay St., Fayetteville, NC 28301) While Cool Spring Downtown District can boast several art galleries and history museums, you don’t have to step inside a building to appreciate its wide array of art installations, murals, landmarks, and green spaces—all making for some incredible photo-ops, spread throughout a 0.5-mile footprint. Anyone can easily discover these gems on their own, using this handy guide, but Cool Spring enlisted the help of the Downtown Alliance in giving our group a guided walking tour. Sam, who also serves as president of our local PRIDE chapter and is a true champion of Fayetteville, led our group on a lovely Sunday afternoon walk while sharing fun and fascinating factoids. He could have easily spent the entire time educating the group on just our city’s fascinating history, which dates to 1739, but he also showed off downtown's more artistic side (e.g., the stunning Prismatica installation) and led us through its lovely green spaces (e.g., Lafayette Park). Of course, we couldn’t do this tour justice without visiting the Airborne & Special Operations Museum grounds, where statues and memorials educate our visitors on our elite military forces before they even enter the museum. Additionally, our group had the pleasure of seeing 500 flags staged on the Field of Honor, an annual initiative of the museum and downtown. Tip: Before heading out on a self-guided walking tour, make a stop at The Coffee Cup (108 Hay St.), The Wine Cafe’s sister shop, and grab a hot beverage from one of their sweet baristas. Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles (Ramada Plaza) 1707 Owen Drive, Fayetteville Chef Judith Cage, better known as “Chef Judy,” has appeared on four different Food Network shows: Chopped , Cutthroat Kitchen , Restaurant Impossible , and Supermarket Stakeout . She brought home a $10K win from her last appearance, in 2019. Before that, she served in the U.S. Army for six years as a Food Service Specialist and went on to train and apprentice under French chefs. She’s certainly earned legendary status on the local level and beyond for her Southern-style eateries, catering business, and personal chef service to celebrities (ex: Mark Zuckerberg). Myron heads to Ramada Plaza to dine at Chef Judy’s newest Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles, which she co-owns with RaShawn Moore. His go-to there is the wing plate—“good and crispy on the outside and moist on the inside”—with collard greens and macaroni and cheese. If wings aren’t your thing, you really can’t go wrong with Myron’s mother’s “all-time favorite”: Chef Judy’s signature shrimp ‘n grits. Chef Judy also owns the following restaurants in Cumberland County: Let Me Cater to You at 5446 Reilly Road, Building 289, Pope Army Airfield; Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles at 7105 Bragg Boulevard, Fort Bragg (Stryker Golf Course); and Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles at 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville (Crown Coliseum Food Court).","publish_start_moment":"2020-11-06T19:00:00.000Z","publish_end_moment":"2021-12-03T14:58:40.568Z"},{"_id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a7c5","author_id":"5f2c6e0d4f31a434bca0a38a","title":"40+ Holiday Events in the Fayetteville Area","slug":"holiday-events-in-fayetteville-nc","image_id":"5f47b98240b730526e9cb2d3","meta_title":"40+ Holiday Events in the Fayetteville Area - Go Fayetteville","meta_description":"Discover over 40 holiday events—some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season—in just about every corner of Cumberland County!","open_graph_title":"40+ Holiday Events in the Fayetteville Area - Go Fayetteville","open_graph_description":"Discover over 40 holiday events—some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season—in just about every corner of Cumberland County!","open_graph_image_id":"5f47b98240b730526e9cb2d3","publish_start":"2019-11-22T22:00:00.000Z","enable_comments":false,"categories_ids":["5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a394","5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a391","5f32c0c2db033503b75ab832","5f32c0dadb033503b75ab838","5f32c0dedb033503b75ab83b","5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a38e"],"tags_ids":["5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a399","5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a3a0","5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a39b","5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a39a","5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a39d","5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a398","5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a39e","5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a39c","5f35a3c02975cd3e518226e4","5f35a3c82975cd3e518226e7","5f46af035aedbc5d221cc85d","5f46ae9c5aedbc5d221cc82e","5f46af095aedbc5d221cc861","5f46ae815aedbc5d221cc820","5f46af215aedbc5d221cc86b","5f46ae865aedbc5d221cc824","5f469c7e5aedbc5d221cc72a","5f46af495aedbc5d221cc887","5f46af545aedbc5d221cc88d","5f46ae655aedbc5d221cc814","5f46ae705aedbc5d221cc81a","5f46af675aedbc5d221cc896","5f46ae6a5aedbc5d221cc817","5f35a3782975cd3e5182269e","5f46af6b5aedbc5d221cc899","5f46aedd5aedbc5d221cc84d","5f46af765aedbc5d221cc89f","5f46aea25aedbc5d221cc831","5f46af895aedbc5d221cc8a8","5f46af9a5aedbc5d221cc8ae","5f35a3742975cd3e5182269b","5f46aee15aedbc5d221cc851","5f46afad5aedbc5d221cc8b7","5f46aea85aedbc5d221cc834","5f46afb25aedbc5d221cc8ba","5f46afc45aedbc5d221cc8c3"],"enabled":true,"created":"2019-11-22T17:17:24.000Z","legacy_id":"6801","version_id":"5f47ba7940b730526e9cb2f4","description_raw":"
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Call me old fashioned, but I think the holidays should be celebrated in their appropriate season. If you pay attention, there's a sweet rhythm to how the season begins, and that's especially true in Cumberland County. Earlier this week, city workers hung wreaths on all the light poles that line the main corridors of Cool Spring Downtown District, where I work and play. For me, that's one of those rituals that indicates tis the season.

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Another ritual I enjoy is when our staff gathers around the table to prepare our annual holiday card mailing. This year, teachers and students from The School of Hope, a downtown school for children with autism, assisted us in prepping that mailing of 700+ cards. I can't tell you how delighted we were to watch these sweet kiddos as they joyfully went about doing their "jobs" for us. They were a simple reminder to me that we should seek joy in bite-size moments.

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Since the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau can't mail everyone a holiday card, I'm sharing the contents of it right here, on the blog. You'll find more than 40 holiday events below, and they're some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season, taking place in just about every corner of Cumberland County this season (2020). Also, as we're a diverse community comprised of many ethnicities and religions, you'll see I included 10+ major multicultural holidays coming up. I hope our "Season's Greetings" will inspire you and yours to embrace new holiday rituals and traditions right here, in America's Hometown!

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Shop for handmade gifts and artistic treasures at Cape Fear Studios’ Annual Members Holiday Exhibit Nov. 22 - Jan. 7 (closed Sundays & Mondays).

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Kick-off the holiday season with the Town of Stedman during Christmas in the Park at Ernest Freeman Park Nov. 23.

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Celebrate A Temptations Christmas with Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Revue, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Reggie Codrington at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Nov. 23.

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REFLECT ON THE MARTYRDOM OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR SAHIB NOV. 24.
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Cheer as the Harvest Train Parade makes its way thru the Town of Falcon Nov. 26.

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Marvel at the beauty of 1897 Poe House in Christmas Splendor at Museum of the Cape Fear Nov. 26 - Jan. 5 (closed Mondays & holidays).

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GATHER LOVED ONES AROUND THE TABLE FOR THANKSGIVING NOV. 28.
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Sign up now for the inaugural Fayetteville Turkey Trot at Segra Stadium to run/walk Nov. 28.

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Say thanks to our military service members while joining them for a Thanksgiving Feast at Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg Nov. 28.

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Bring your appetite and a dish to the table for a Hoppy Thanksgiving at Bright Light Brewing Company Nov. 28.

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Be there when the puck drops for the Fayetteville Marksmen’s Thanksgiving Day Game at the Crown Coliseum Nov. 28.

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Roll back the clock to the Victorian era at A Dickens Holiday in Cool Spring Downtown District Nov. 29.

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Do not miss the Victorian Christmas Exhibit at The Market House Nov. 29.

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Enjoy the ageless classic It’s a Wonderful Life at Gilbert Theater Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 1, 6-8 & 20-22.

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OBSERVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT DEC. 1-24.
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Revel in the season with the Town of Spring Lake during their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Dec. 3.

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Listen to the sounds of a Holiday Concert by the Fayetteville Symphonic Band and MU Concert Band at Methodist University’s Huff Concert Hall Dec. 3.

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Participate in Fort Bragg’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Main Post Parade Field Dec. 4.

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Discover joy with Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s performance of Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 5-7 & 12-14.

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Make a new family tradition of the longstanding Singing Christmas Tree production at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church Dec. 5-8.

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas at the Lake in the Town of Hope Mills Dec. 6.

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Partake in a Renaissance-style dinner engagement with the Yuletide Feaste at Haymount United Methodist Church Dec. 6 & 7.

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Laugh at the antics in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cape Fear Regional Theatre Dec. 6-8, 12-15 & 18-22.

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Take a stroll along the festively decorated trail for Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park Dec. 6-22.

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Visit the magical wonderland aglow for Holiday Lights in the Garden at Cape Fear Botanical Garden Dec. 6-8, 13-15 & 20-23.

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Get active with the 9th Annual Green Beret Jingle Jog on the Cape Fear River Trail Dec. 7.

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Watch the story of Jesus’ birth with Breakfast in Bethlehem at Lebanon Baptist Church in the Town of Eastover Dec. 7.

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Experience a small-town celebration with the Hope Mills Christmas Parade 7.

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Cherish quality family time during the Festival of Lights at Hope Mills Town Hall Dec. 7.

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Rejoice with the Deck the Halls concert by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Dec. 7.

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Hop on one of the Carriage Rides with Santa in Cool Spring Downtown District Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22.

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SEEK WISDOM, COMPASSION AND KINDNESS ON BODHI DAY DEC. 8.
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HONOR THE BHAGAVAD GITA WITH A CELEBRATION OF GITA JAYANTI DEC. 8.
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Join in all the merrymaking for the Holiday Jubilee at Museum of the Cape Fear's 1897 Poe House Dec. 8.

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Embark on an enlightening Historic Churches Bus Tour with the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum Dec. 9.

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Sip on craft beer while you enjoy a German Christmas Market at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom in Hope Mills Dec. 13 & 14.

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Surprise the little ones with Breakfast with Santa at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum Dec. 14.

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Pose for pictures and eat a tasty Breakfast with Santa at the Spring Lake Community Center Dec. 14.

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Write your wish-list for a Breakfast with Santa at Hope Mills Fire Department Dec. 14.

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Delight the kids with the Rotary Christmas Parade in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 14.

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Exult in the Messiah Sings! concert by the Cumberland Choral Arts at First Presbyterian Church Dec. 14.

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Fall in love with the North Carolina State Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 14 & 15.

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PREPARE YOUR OFFERINGS FOR DHANU SANKRANTI DEC. 16.
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Savor the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 17.

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Create unforgettable memories with the family during Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures at the Crown Coliseum Dec. 19-22.

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WELCOME THE WINTER SOLSTICE WITH YULE DEC. 21.
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Treasure these times with family during the Spring Lake Winter Festival at the Spring Lake Community Center Dec. 22.

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BASK IN THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS DURING HANUKKAH DEC. 22-30.
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Worship with one of Cumberland County’s oldest congregations in a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Bluff Presbyterian Church in the Town of Wade Dec. 24.

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REMEMBER JESUS’ BIRTH ON CHRISTMAS DAY DEC. 25.
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APPRECIATE FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE DURING KWANZAA DEC. 26 - JAN. 1.
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Immerse yourself in a Kwanzaa Celebration at the Smith Recreation Center Dec. 29.

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Ring in 2019 with the New Year’s Eve Flea Drop at Eastover Community Center Dec. 31.

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EMBRACE THE NEW YEAR JAN. 1.
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Keep your New Year’s resolution by joining one of the First Day Hikes at Carvers Creek State Park in Spring Lake Jan. 1.

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Are you planning a trip to the Fayetteville area over the holidays? Let the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) guide you to our Accommodations, Dining, Shopping, and more. Additionally, you'll find all the above holiday events and more fun happenings on the FACVB's Calendar of Events.

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Call me old fashioned, but I think the holidays should be celebrated in their appropriate season. If you pay attention, there's a sweet rhythm to how the season begins, and that's especially true in Cumberland

","description":"Call me old fashioned, but I think the holidays should be celebrated in their appropriate season. If you pay attention, there's a sweet rhythm to how the season begins, and that's especially true in Cumberland County. Earlier this week, city workers hung wreaths on all the light poles that line the main corridors of Cool Spring Downtown District, where I work and play. For me, that's one of those rituals that indicates tis the season . Another ritual I enjoy is when our staff gathers around the table to prepare our annual holiday card mailing. This year, teachers and students from The School of Hope, a downtown school for children with autism, assisted us in prepping that mailing of 700+ cards. I can't tell you how delighted we were to watch these sweet kiddos as they joyfully went about doing their "jobs" for us. They were a simple reminder to me that we should seek joy in bite-size moments. Since the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau can't mail everyone a holiday card, I'm sharing the contents of it right here, on the blog. You'll find more than 40 holiday events below, and they're some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season, taking place in just about every corner of Cumberland County this season (2020). Also, as we're a diverse community comprised of many ethnicities and religions, you'll see I included 10+ major multicultural holidays coming up. I hope our "Season's Greetings" will inspire you and yours to embrace new holiday rituals and traditions right here, in America's Hometown! Shop for handmade gifts and artistic treasures at Cape Fear Studios’ Annual Members Holiday Exhibit Nov. 22 - Jan. 7 (closed Sundays & Mondays).   Kick-off the holiday season with the Town of Stedman during Christmas in the Park at Ernest Freeman Park Nov. 23.   Celebrate A Temptations Christmas with Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Revue, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Reggie Codrington at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Nov. 23.   REFLECT ON THE MARTYRDOM OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR SAHIB NOV. 24.   Cheer as the Harvest Train Parade makes its way thru the Town of Falcon Nov. 26.   Marvel at the beauty of 1897 Poe House in Christmas Splendor at Museum of the Cape Fear Nov. 26 - Jan. 5 (closed Mondays & holidays).   GATHER LOVED ONES AROUND THE TABLE FOR THANKSGIVING NOV. 28.   Sign up now for the inaugural Fayetteville Turkey Trot at Segra Stadium to run/walk Nov. 28.   Say thanks to our military service members while joining them for a Thanksgiving Feast at Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg Nov. 28.   Bring your appetite and a dish to the table for a Hoppy Thanksgiving at Bright Light Brewing Company Nov. 28.   Be there when the puck drops for the Fayetteville Marksmen’s Thanksgiving Day Game at the Crown Coliseum Nov. 28.   Roll back the clock to the Victorian era at A Dickens Holiday in Cool Spring Downtown District Nov. 29.   Do not miss the Victorian Christmas Exhibit at The Market House Nov. 29.   Enjoy the ageless classic It’s a Wonderful Life at Gilbert Theater Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 1, 6-8 & 20-22.   OBSERVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT DEC. 1-24.   Revel in the season with the Town of Spring Lake during their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Dec. 3.   Listen to the sounds of a Holiday Concert by the Fayetteville Symphonic Band and MU Concert Band at Methodist University’s Huff Concert Hall Dec. 3.   Participate in Fort Bragg’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Main Post Parade Field Dec. 4.   Discover joy with Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s performance of Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 5-7 & 12-14.   Make a new family tradition of the longstanding Singing Christmas Tree production at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church Dec. 5-8.   Have yourself a merry little Christmas at the Lake in the Town of Hope Mills Dec. 6.   Partake in a Renaissance-style dinner engagement with the Yuletide Feaste at Haymount United Methodist Church Dec. 6 & 7.   Laugh at the antics in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cape Fear Regional Theatre Dec. 6-8, 12-15 & 18-22.   Take a stroll along the festively decorated trail for Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park Dec. 6-22.   Visit the magical wonderland aglow for Holiday Lights in the Garden at Cape Fear Botanical Garden Dec. 6-8, 13-15 & 20-23. Get active with the 9th Annual Green Beret Jingle Jog on the Cape Fear River Trail Dec. 7.   Watch the story of Jesus’ birth with Breakfast in Bethlehem at Lebanon Baptist Church in the Town of Eastover Dec. 7.   Experience a small-town celebration with the Hope Mills Christmas Parade 7.   Cherish quality family time during the Festival of Lights at Hope Mills Town Hall Dec. 7.   Rejoice with the Deck the Halls concert by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Dec. 7.   Hop on one of the Carriage Rides with Santa in Cool Spring Downtown District Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22.   SEEK WISDOM, COMPASSION AND KINDNESS ON BODHI DAY DEC. 8.   HONOR THE BHAGAVAD GITA WITH A CELEBRATION OF GITA JAYANTI DEC. 8.   Join in all the merrymaking for the Holiday Jubilee at Museum of the Cape Fear's 1897 Poe House Dec. 8.   Embark on an enlightening Historic Churches Bus Tour with the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum Dec. 9.   Sip on craft beer while you enjoy a German Christmas Market at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom in Hope Mills Dec. 13 & 14.   Surprise the little ones with Breakfast with Santa at Fascinate-U Children’s Museum Dec. 14.   Pose for pictures and eat a tasty Breakfast with Santa at the Spring Lake Community Center Dec. 14.   Write your wish-list for a Breakfast with Santa at Hope Mills Fire Department Dec. 14.   Delight the kids with the Rotary Christmas Parade in Downtown Fayetteville Dec. 14.   Exult in the Messiah Sings! concert by the Cumberland Choral Arts at First Presbyterian Church Dec. 14.   Fall in love with the North Carolina State Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 14 & 15.   PREPARE YOUR OFFERINGS FOR DHANU SANKRANTI DEC. 16.   Savor the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Crown Theatre Dec. 17.   Create unforgettable memories with the family during Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures at the Crown Coliseum Dec. 19-22.   WELCOME THE WINTER SOLSTICE WITH YULE DEC. 21.   Treasure these times with family during the Spring Lake Winter Festival at the Spring Lake Community Center Dec. 22.   BASK IN THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS DURING HANUKKAH DEC. 22-30.   Worship with one of Cumberland County’s oldest congregations in a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Bluff Presbyterian Church in the Town of Wade Dec. 24.   REMEMBER JESUS’ BIRTH ON CHRISTMAS DAY DEC. 25.   APPRECIATE FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE DURING KWANZAA DEC. 26 - JAN. 1.   Immerse yourself in a Kwanzaa Celebration at the Smith Recreation Center Dec. 29.   Ring in 2019 with the New Year’s Eve Flea Drop at Eastover Community Center Dec. 31.   EMBRACE THE NEW YEAR JAN. 1.   Keep your New Year’s resolution by joining one of the First Day Hikes at Carvers Creek State Park in Spring Lake Jan. 1. Are you planning a trip to the Fayetteville area over the holidays? Let the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) guide you to our Accommodations, Dining, Shopping, and more. Additionally, you'll find all the above holiday events and more fun happenings on the FACVB's Calendar of Events.","id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a7c5","url":"/blog/list/post/holiday-events-in-fayetteville-nc/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/holiday-events-in-fayetteville-nc/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/holiday-events-in-fayetteville-nc/","metaTitle":"40+ Holiday Events in the Fayetteville Area - Go Fayetteville","metaDescription":"Discover over 40 holiday events—some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season—in just about every corner of Cumberland County!","cleanDescription":"Call me old fashioned, but I think the holidays should be celebrated in their appropriate season. If you pay attention, there's a sweet rhythm to how the season begins, and that's especially true in Cumberland County. Earlier this week, city workers hung wreaths on all the light poles that line the main corridors of Cool Spring Downtown District, where I work and play. For me, that's one of those rituals that indicates tis the season . Another ritual I enjoy is when our staff gathers around the table to prepare our annual holiday card mailing. This year, teachers and students from The School of Hope, a downtown school for children with autism, assisted us in prepping that mailing of 700+ cards. I can't tell you how delighted we were to watch these sweet kiddos as they joyfully went about doing their "jobs" for us. They were a simple reminder to me that we should seek joy in bite-size moments. Since the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau can't mail everyone a holiday card, I'm sharing the contents of it right here, on the blog. You'll find more than 40 holiday events below, and they're some of our locals' favorite annual (and new) celebrations of the season, taking place in just about every corner of Cumberland County this season (2020). Also, as we're a diverse community comprised of many ethnicities and religions, you'll see I included 10+ major multicultural holidays coming up. I hope our "Season's Greetings" will inspire you and yours to embrace new holiday rituals and traditions right here, in America's Hometown! Shop for handmade gifts and artistic treasures at Cape Fear Studios’ Annual Members Holiday Exhibit Nov. 22 - Jan. 7 (closed Sundays & Mondays).   Kick-off the holiday season with the Town of Stedman during Christmas in the Park at Ernest Freeman Park Nov. 23.   Celebrate A Temptations Christmas with Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Revue, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Reggie Codrington at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium Nov. 23.   REFLECT ON THE MARTYRDOM OF GURU TEGH BAHADUR SAHIB NOV. 24.   Cheer as the Harvest Train Parade makes its way thru the Town of Falcon Nov. 26.   Marvel at the beauty of 1897 Poe House in Christmas Splendor at Museum of the Cape Fear Nov. 26 - Jan. 5 (closed Mondays & holidays).   GATHER LOVED ONES AROUND THE TABLE FOR THANKSGIVING NOV. 28.   Sign up now for the inaugural Fayetteville Turkey Trot at Segra Stadium to run/walk Nov. 28.   Say thanks to our military service members while joining them for a Thanksgiving Feast at Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg Nov. 28.   Bring your appetite and a dish to the table for a Hoppy Thanksgiving at Bright Light Brewing Company Nov. 28.   Be there when the puck drops for the Fayetteville Marksmen’s Thanksgiving Day Game at the Crown Coliseum Nov. 28.   Roll back the clock to the Victorian era at A Dickens Holiday in Cool Spring Downtown District Nov. 29.   Do not miss the Victorian Christmas Exhibit at The Market House Nov. 29.   Enjoy the ageless classic It’s a Wonderful Life at Gilbert Theater Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 1, 6-8 & 20-22.   OBSERVE THE SEASON OF ADVENT DEC. 1-24.   Revel in the season with the Town of Spring Lake during their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Dec. 3.   Listen to the sounds of a Holiday Concert by the Fayetteville Symphonic Band and MU Concert Band at Methodist University’s Huff Concert Hall Dec. 3.   Participate in Fort Bragg’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Main Post Parade Field Dec. 4.   Discover joy with Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s performance of Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 5-7 & 12-14.   Make a new family tradition of the longstanding Singing Christmas Tree production at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church Dec. 5-8.   Have yourself a merry little Christmas at the Lake in the Town of Hope Mills Dec. 6.   Partake in a Renaissance-style dinner engagement with the Yuletide Feaste at Haymount United Methodist Church Dec. 6 & 7.   Laugh at the antics in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cape Fear Regional Theatre Dec. 6-8, 12-15 & 18-22.   Take a stroll along the festively decorated trail for Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park Dec. 6-22.   Visit the magical wonderland aglow for Holiday Lights in the Garden at Cape Fear Botanical Garden Dec. 6-8, 13-15 & 20-23. 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When it comes to planning summer vacations in the South, my priority will always be to look for places to escape the heat and keep cool. While North Carolina can boast some incredible mountain and beach destinations, the Sandhills region in which Cumberland County lies is often where I-95 travelers choose to stop on their treks north and south. Since Fayetteville happens to be the only major city in the state that is situated on I-95, it is a convenient vacation destination or even an overnight layover spot for traveling families.

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I always start planning trips by doing my research, and I often rely on social media pictures and reviews to guide those decisions. That's why I'm sharing some Facebook reviews and Instagram pics, to let other travelers and locals give you the insider's scoop on our coolest destinations. As far as how to plan your time here, every traveler to Cumberland County should know where to hit the water, find a frozen treat, cool off indoors, or grab a cold beverage. Whether you have just 12 hours or 5 days to spend here, these are the cool places where our visitors continue to make the best vacation memories.

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There are multiple water destinations to choose from all over Cumberland County, and I shared about six of our most popular "Swimming Holes to Beat the Heat" a couple of summers ago. Just one of those is Lake Pines Swim Club, where a membership isn't even necessary to enjoy a two-acre lake, fed by an underground spring. The above review from an out-of-town visitor says everything about why visitors love this "breath of fresh air taking you back in time." Additionally, you can expect to find a white sand beach, cabanas with family tables, grills, full snack bar, volleyball, horseshoes, and more. This is the kind of place where the whole family will gladly spend the day together and will be begging to come back.

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Discover More –> Yet another favorite place to hit the water here is Lake Waldo's Beach.

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\"cool"If you're in the Fayetteville area, you should definitely check [out Lake Pines Swim Club]. ~ @alyssadhennessy

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Find a Frozen Treat

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Two years ago, I gave my intern the "difficult" job of writing a blog on "Ice Cream! Top 10 Places in Cumberland County," and she took her research pretty seriously, eating her way through frozen treats all over the area. The first spot on her list was an agritourism "jewel" that visitors are always delighted to discover. Gillis Hill Farm is owned by a family who has been farming in West Fayetteville since the 1700's. As the locals know, anyone may visit this farm for a step back in time and for a cool treat.

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You'll want to start at the farm's ice cream shop, where the ice cream and other desserts are all homemade and utterly delicious. If you purchase a cone during ice cream season, you can then take a self-guided farm tour for free. The kids will delight in seeing all the farm animals and exploring the old farm buildings and equipment on display. Otherwise, may I suggest you simply take your scoop of deliciousness to the front porch and just "sit a spell" in the rocking chairs? This is the stuff vacation memories are made of.

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Discover More –> Another delightful frozen-treat shop may be found at Arctic Sno Snoballs, and I dished on this popular spot in "Your Go-To Guide for the Best of Spring Lake."

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\"cool"Farm animals and home churned ice cream... What a great road trip stop [at @gillishillfarm]. ~ @riseup_and_shine

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As I shared on "A 1-Day Tour of Itinerary for Fayetteville," there is so much to pack into even just one day here. In addition to our museums, trampoline parks, and escape rooms, families can also escape the heat and burn off some energy at our indoor rock-climbing facilities. One of those, The Climbing Place, is North Carolina's oldest climbing gym, boasting 20,000-square feet of climbing and bouldering. Luckily for travelers, it's conveniently located downtown, not far from I-95.

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No worries if you've never climbed before! The team is ready to provide belaying lessons to newbies and get you prepped to climb in the safety of a harness. After a recent renovation, The Climbing Place now offers more than ever, with many new walls and features, over 80 top ropes, and a full retail store. Even better for families on a vacation budget, just like Jane shared in her review, the $10 out-of-school special for unlimited kids' climb time is such a great deal (offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Saturday). Consider this destination to be one of your best bets for staying cool while having recreational fun here!

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Discover More –> Defy.Fayetteville offers another great indoor option at Cumberland County's first trampoline park, and I shared about my office's awesome team-building experience there on "Group Adventures at Our Recreation Gems."

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\"cool"On County School's Out Days kids can have unlimited climbing time and gear...for $10 [at @theclimbingplace] ~ @themrstee

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Cumberland County can boast five breweries, and I talked a lot about what each one has to offer in "How to Celebrate NC Beer Month at Our Breweries." One, in particular, offers families a wide variety of things to do, and that's Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom (DBA), conveniently located off I-95. While the Virginian in the review above had visited DBA's original, smaller site, their brand-new, 8,000-square-foot brewery is quite the upgrade and is located on 5+ acres of land in Hope Mills. When travelers pull off I-95 and discover DBA's dog park, kid's park, rotating food trucks, sports field, covered pavilion, weekly farmers market, and other recreational activities, they fall in love with the destination first, then the beer.

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If you've never had a Dirtbag Ale before, I would suggest you start with their three flagship brews: Blood Orange Kölsch, The IPA, and Cold Brew Mocha Porter. My personal favorite of those three is the Kölsch--a light-yet-flavorful beer with a subtle hint of orange that goes down really easy on a hot summer day. Of course, Dirtbag's brew-master, Tito, and his team are always brewing the next great batch of goodness, and you never know what they'll be tapping next. Even non-beer drinkers have options here, too, with beverages like cider on the menu. You may find yourself visiting Dirtbag for the beverages, but staying for the family fun.

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Discover More –> Leclair's General Store remains a favorite gathering place, as I first shared in "Places to Gather with Friends & Family," and visitors simply fall in love with their cold-brew Hatchet Coffee, not to mention their curated selection of craft beer and wine.

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\"cool"@dirtbagales is leading the charge in #FayettevilleNC with their selection of brews." ~ @officialarmywife101

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Need more assistance in planning a vacation or overnight trip to the communities of Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau offers visitors an incredible online resource that will guide you straight to our Accommodations, Free Things to Do, Family Friendly Attractions, Dining, and much more.

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As far as how to plan your time here, every traveler to Cumberland County should know where to hit the water, find a frozen treat, cool off indoors, or grab a cold beverage. Whether you have just 12 hours or 5 days to spend here, these are the cool places where our visitors continue to make the best vacation memories. Hit the Water There are multiple water destinations to choose from all over Cumberland County, and I shared about six of our most popular "Swimming Holes to Beat the Heat" a couple of summers ago. Just one of those is Lake Pines Swim Club, where a membership isn't even necessary to enjoy a two-acre lake, fed by an underground spring. The above review from an out-of-town visitor says everything about why visitors love this "breath of fresh air taking you back in time." Additionally, you can expect to find a white sand beach, cabanas with family tables, grills, full snack bar, volleyball, horseshoes, and more. This is the kind of place where the whole family will gladly spend the day together and will be begging to come back. Discover More –> Yet another favorite place to hit the water here is Lake Waldo's Beach. "If you're in the Fayetteville area, you should definitely check [out Lake Pines Swim Club]. ~ @alyssadhennessy Find a Frozen Treat Two years ago, I gave my intern the "difficult" job of writing a blog on "Ice Cream! Top 10 Places in Cumberland County," and she took her research pretty seriously, eating her way through frozen treats all over the area. The first spot on her list was an agritourism "jewel" that visitors are always delighted to discover. Gillis Hill Farm is owned by a family who has been farming in West Fayetteville since the 1700's. As the locals know, anyone may visit this farm for a step back in time and for a cool treat. You'll want to start at the farm's ice cream shop, where the ice cream and other desserts are all homemade and utterly delicious. If you purchase a cone during ice cream season, you can then take a self-guided farm tour for free. The kids will delight in seeing all the farm animals and exploring the old farm buildings and equipment on display. Otherwise, may I suggest you simply take your scoop of deliciousness to the front porch and just "sit a spell" in the rocking chairs? This is the stuff vacation memories are made of. Discover More –> Another delightful frozen-treat shop may be found at Arctic Sno Snoballs, and I dished on this popular spot in "Your Go-To Guide for the Best of Spring Lake." "Farm animals and home churned ice cream... What a great road trip stop [at @gillishillfarm]. ~ @riseup_and_shine Cool Off Indoors As I shared on "A 1-Day Tour of Itinerary for Fayetteville," there is so much to pack into even just one day here. In addition to our museums, trampoline parks, and escape rooms, families can also escape the heat and burn off some energy at our indoor rock-climbing facilities. One of those, The Climbing Place, is North Carolina's oldest climbing gym, boasting 20,000-square feet of climbing and bouldering. Luckily for travelers, it's conveniently located downtown, not far from I-95. No worries if you've never climbed before! The team is ready to provide belaying lessons to newbies and get you prepped to climb in the safety of a harness. After a recent renovation, The Climbing Place now offers more than ever, with many new walls and features, over 80 top ropes, and a full retail store. Even better for families on a vacation budget, just like Jane shared in her review, the $10 out-of-school special for unlimited kids' climb time is such a great deal (offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Saturday). Consider this destination to be one of your best bets for staying cool while having recreational fun here! Discover More –> Defy.Fayetteville offers another great indoor option at Cumberland County's first trampoline park, and I shared about my office's awesome team-building experience there on "Group Adventures at Our Recreation Gems." "On County School's Out Days kids can have unlimited climbing time and gear...for $10 [at @theclimbingplace] ~ @themrstee Grab a Cold Beverage Cumberland County can boast five breweries, and I talked a lot about what each one has to offer in "How to Celebrate NC Beer Month at Our Breweries." One, in particular, offers families a wide variety of things to do, and that's Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom (DBA), conveniently located off I-95. While the Virginian in the review above had visited DBA's original, smaller site, their brand-new, 8,000-square-foot brewery is quite the upgrade and is located on 5+ acres of land in Hope Mills. When travelers pull off I-95 and discover DBA's dog park, kid's park, rotating food trucks, sports field, covered pavilion, weekly farmers market, and other recreational activities, they fall in love with the destination first, then the beer. If you've never had a Dirtbag Ale before, I would suggest you start with their three flagship brews: Blood Orange Kölsch, The IPA, and Cold Brew Mocha Porter. My personal favorite of those three is the Kölsch--a light-yet-flavorful beer with a subtle hint of orange that goes down really easy on a hot summer day. Of course, Dirtbag's brew-master, Tito, and his team are always brewing the next great batch of goodness, and you never know what they'll be tapping next. Even non-beer drinkers have options here, too, with beverages like cider on the menu. You may find yourself visiting Dirtbag for the beverages, but staying for the family fun. Discover More –> Leclair's General Store remains a favorite gathering place, as I first shared in "Places to Gather with Friends & Family," and visitors simply fall in love with their cold-brew Hatchet Coffee, not to mention their curated selection of craft beer and wine. "@dirtbagales is leading the charge in #FayettevilleNC with their selection of brews." ~ @officialarmywife101 Need more assistance in planning a vacation or overnight trip to the communities of Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau offers visitors an incredible online resource that will guide you straight to our Accommodations, Free Things to Do, Family Friendly Attractions, Dining, and much more. 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Since Fayetteville happens to be the only major city in the state that is situated on I-95, it is a convenient vacation destination or even an overnight layover spot for traveling families. I always start planning trips by doing my research, and I often rely on social media pictures and reviews to guide those decisions. That's why I'm sharing some Facebook reviews and Instagram pics, to let other travelers and locals give you the insider's scoop on our coolest destinations. As far as how to plan your time here, every traveler to Cumberland County should know where to hit the water, find a frozen treat, cool off indoors, or grab a cold beverage. Whether you have just 12 hours or 5 days to spend here, these are the cool places where our visitors continue to make the best vacation memories. Hit the Water There are multiple water destinations to choose from all over Cumberland County, and I shared about six of our most popular "Swimming Holes to Beat the Heat" a couple of summers ago. Just one of those is Lake Pines Swim Club, where a membership isn't even necessary to enjoy a two-acre lake, fed by an underground spring. The above review from an out-of-town visitor says everything about why visitors love this "breath of fresh air taking you back in time." Additionally, you can expect to find a white sand beach, cabanas with family tables, grills, full snack bar, volleyball, horseshoes, and more. This is the kind of place where the whole family will gladly spend the day together and will be begging to come back. Discover More –> Yet another favorite place to hit the water here is Lake Waldo's Beach. "If you're in the Fayetteville area, you should definitely check [out Lake Pines Swim Club]. ~ @alyssadhennessy Find a Frozen Treat Two years ago, I gave my intern the "difficult" job of writing a blog on "Ice Cream! Top 10 Places in Cumberland County," and she took her research pretty seriously, eating her way through frozen treats all over the area. The first spot on her list was an agritourism "jewel" that visitors are always delighted to discover. Gillis Hill Farm is owned by a family who has been farming in West Fayetteville since the 1700's. As the locals know, anyone may visit this farm for a step back in time and for a cool treat. You'll want to start at the farm's ice cream shop, where the ice cream and other desserts are all homemade and utterly delicious. If you purchase a cone during ice cream season, you can then take a self-guided farm tour for free. The kids will delight in seeing all the farm animals and exploring the old farm buildings and equipment on display. Otherwise, may I suggest you simply take your scoop of deliciousness to the front porch and just "sit a spell" in the rocking chairs? This is the stuff vacation memories are made of. Discover More –> Another delightful frozen-treat shop may be found at Arctic Sno Snoballs, and I dished on this popular spot in "Your Go-To Guide for the Best of Spring Lake." "Farm animals and home churned ice cream... What a great road trip stop [at @gillishillfarm]. ~ @riseup_and_shine Cool Off Indoors As I shared on "A 1-Day Tour of Itinerary for Fayetteville," there is so much to pack into even just one day here. In addition to our museums, trampoline parks, and escape rooms, families can also escape the heat and burn off some energy at our indoor rock-climbing facilities. One of those, The Climbing Place, is North Carolina's oldest climbing gym, boasting 20,000-square feet of climbing and bouldering. Luckily for travelers, it's conveniently located downtown, not far from I-95. No worries if you've never climbed before! The team is ready to provide belaying lessons to newbies and get you prepped to climb in the safety of a harness. After a recent renovation, The Climbing Place now offers more than ever, with many new walls and features, over 80 top ropes, and a full retail store. Even better for families on a vacation budget, just like Jane shared in her review, the $10 out-of-school special for unlimited kids' climb time is such a great deal (offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Saturday). Consider this destination to be one of your best bets for staying cool while having recreational fun here! Discover More –> Defy.Fayetteville offers another great indoor option at Cumberland County's first trampoline park, and I shared about my office's awesome team-building experience there on "Group Adventures at Our Recreation Gems." "On County School's Out Days kids can have unlimited climbing time and gear...for $10 [at @theclimbingplace] ~ @themrstee Grab a Cold Beverage Cumberland County can boast five breweries, and I talked a lot about what each one has to offer in "How to Celebrate NC Beer Month at Our Breweries." One, in particular, offers families a wide variety of things to do, and that's Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom (DBA), conveniently located off I-95. While the Virginian in the review above had visited DBA's original, smaller site, their brand-new, 8,000-square-foot brewery is quite the upgrade and is located on 5+ acres of land in Hope Mills. When travelers pull off I-95 and discover DBA's dog park, kid's park, rotating food trucks, sports field, covered pavilion, weekly farmers market, and other recreational activities, they fall in love with the destination first, then the beer. If you've never had a Dirtbag Ale before, I would suggest you start with their three flagship brews: Blood Orange Kölsch, The IPA, and Cold Brew Mocha Porter. My personal favorite of those three is the Kölsch--a light-yet-flavorful beer with a subtle hint of orange that goes down really easy on a hot summer day. Of course, Dirtbag's brew-master, Tito, and his team are always brewing the next great batch of goodness, and you never know what they'll be tapping next. Even non-beer drinkers have options here, too, with beverages like cider on the menu. You may find yourself visiting Dirtbag for the beverages, but staying for the family fun. Discover More –> Leclair's General Store remains a favorite gathering place, as I first shared in "Places to Gather with Friends & Family," and visitors simply fall in love with their cold-brew Hatchet Coffee, not to mention their curated selection of craft beer and wine. "@dirtbagales is leading the charge in #FayettevilleNC with their selection of brews." ~ @officialarmywife101 Need more assistance in planning a vacation or overnight trip to the communities of Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau offers visitors an incredible online resource that will guide you straight to our Accommodations, Free Things to Do, Family Friendly Attractions, Dining, and much more. 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I grew up with that mom who was always turning special occasions into memorable experiences. I vividly remember a birthday when she packed up a picnic basket with fried chicken, deviled eggs, and cake, and we went looking for the perfect picnic spot in a pecan grove by the Brazos River. I don't recall the gifts I was given, because the experience was so much sweeter than the material things. She relentlessly researched every vacation she planned for us, bypassed the tourist traps, and headed straight for the small towns and hole-in-the-wall gems. We were not well off, so she would take advantage of the free community festivals, concerts in the park, and a host of family-friendly events. And I have the memories to show for it.

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Now I've turned into my own mother (like we all do) and carried on those same traditions with my son. When I say we never run out of things to do in Cumberland County that are free or affordable forms of entertainment, I really do mean that. This weekend, as a matter of fact, is a prime example. Whether you're planning a celebration of the woman in your life or just looking for something to do with the fam, I have 50+ ideas for fun and affordable things to do over Mother's Day weekend (2019) here.

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\"mothersFind fabulous gift options at The Shops at 123 Hay Street and many other stores during Downtown Fayetteville's Celebrating Our Moms! event.

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Spoil Her

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Between our local farmers markets and our charming shops, there is no excuse for not finding a unique gift for the special woman in your life (or for not spoiling yourself)!

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Celebrating Our Moms! @ Downtown Fayetteville – Friday-Monday, All Day

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City Market at the Museum @ Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum – Saturday, 9 a.m.

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Beauty Bootcamp @ Ramada Plaza – Saturday, 10 a.m.

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Mother’s Day at the Market @ Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market – Sunday, 10 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Bouquet Bar @ Leclair’s General Store – Sunday, 11 a.m.

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\"mothersCape Fear Botanical Garden's outdoor sculpture exhibition, Origami in the Garden2, offers the whole family a delightful way to spend Mother's Day in nature. (PC: CFBG)

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Play with the Fam

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Affordable recreational and entertaining events are happening all over Cumberland County this weekend, and all you have to do is pick out your family's brand of fun.

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Origami in the Garden2 @ Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.

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Around the World Run @ Fort Bragg – Saturday, 7 a.m.

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Dog Jog @ Carvers Creek State Park – Saturday, 9 a.m.

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Celebration of Mama @ Clark Park – Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

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Spring Fling Festival @ Town of Spring Lake's Main Street - Saturday, 11 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Carriage Rides @ Cool Spring Downtown District – Saturday, 1 p.m.

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Sandlot Movie Night at the Swamp @ I-95 Muscle – Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

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Mommy & Me: Mother’s Day Dance @ The Metropolitan Room – Saturday, 6 p.m.

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Mommy and Me @ Carvers Creek State Park – Sunday, 9 a.m.

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Mother's Day Special @ Xscape Factor – Sunday, 12 p.m.

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Mother’s Day Bowling @ Dragon Lanes – Sunday, 1 p.m.

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Mother’s Day @ Fort Bragg Fair – Sunday, 1 p.m.

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\"mothersHayat Yoga Shala leads classes all over Cumberland County, and Run, Yoga, Detox! presents the perfect opportunity for some girlfriend bonding time.

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Treat Yourself to Girl Time

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Whether you want to get active or just relax, go crafty or let loose a little, it's time to call up your besties and take a little time for yourselves.

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Ladies Night @ Cape Fear Flooring & Restoration – Friday, 5:30 p.m.

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Run, Yoga, Detox! @ Hayat Yoga Shala – Saturday, 7 a.m.

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Ladies Only “Rock It” Climbing @ The Climbing Place – Saturday, 9 a.m.

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Yoga in the Meadow @ Lafayette Memorial Park – Saturday, 10 a.m.

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Walk MS @ Festival Park – Saturday, 1 p.m.

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Mommy Dearest Trivia @ World of Beer – Saturday, 3 p.m.

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Memphis Opening Night Dance Party @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Saturday, 10 p.m.

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Mother's Day Workout @ The Vitamin Shoppe – Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Open Studio @ Wine & Design – Sunday, 2 p.m.

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Mother’s Day: Craft & Relax @ The Creative Frenzy – Sunday, 3 p.m.

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\"mothersMaid Marian's fresh and feminine take on the classic tale of Robin Hood is resonating with its audience (PC: Sweet Tea Shakespeare)

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Take in a Show

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If you’re a theatergoer, comedy fan, or live music lover, Cumberland County’s arts and entertainment options are endless (and oftentimes free).

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Fayetteville After Five Featuring 120 Minutes @ Festival Park – Friday, 6 p.m.

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Reggie Codrington @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Friday, 6 p.m.

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Live Sax Jazz with Mr. Velton Brown @ The Wine Café – Friday, 6:30 p.m.

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Eastline Band @ Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom – Friday, 7 p.m.

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Whiskey Pines @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Friday, 7 p.m.

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Maid Marian @ 1897 Poe House – Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

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Memphis @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

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Marquis Trio Live @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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Bill & JD Shaw @ World of Beer – Friday, 8 p.m.

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80's Unplugged @ The TapHouse – Friday, 8 p.m.

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Ron White @ Crown Theatre – Friday, 8 p.m.

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Mother’s Day Jazz Explosion @ Ambiance Entertainment Venue – Saturday, 7 p.m.

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Ed Prophet @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Saturday, 7 p.m.

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Artist Showcase @ Fayetteville Pie Company – Saturday, 7 p.m.

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The Parsons Live @ Leclair’s General Store – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

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80's Unplugged @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

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Third Degree @ The TapHouse – Saturday, 9 p.m.

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\"mothersTreat her to a perfect Mother's Day Brunch at Circa 1800, where the Southern Eggs Benedict is divine and the build-your-own Bloody Mary is a must.

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Wine & Dine Her

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Nothing speaks love to a woman like treating her to a meal she doesn't have to cook, and you'll find brunch and more all weekend long here.

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Mother’s Day Brunch @ Dorothy’s Catering 2 – Saturday, 10 a.m., & Sunday, 2 p.m.

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Mother Daughter Tea @ The Belmont Village – Saturday, 11 a.m.

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Wine Tasting Extravaganza @ Rockfish Creek Winery – Saturday, 12 p.m.

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Mother's Day Brunch @ The Mill at Puppy Creek – Sunday, 9 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Brunch @ Iron Mike Conference Center – Sunday, 10 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Brunch @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Sunday, 10 a.m.

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Mother’s Day Brunch @ Circa 1800 – Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

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Mother's Day Sunday Brunch @ ScrubOaks - Contemporary American Pub – Sunday, 11 a.m.

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Mother's Day @ Mash House Brewing Company – Sunday, 12 p.m.

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Mother’s Day Mimosa Brunch @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Sunday, 1 p.m.

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One more idea for how to spoil yourself or someone else this Mother's Day is with a day spa experience. Guest blogger Alison Klakowicz recently shared why she thinks every visitor to Cumberland County should treat themselves to one of our oldest and most popular day spas, and you'll find her insider intel on this wellness haven at "Spring Has Sprung: Time Self-Rejuvenation."

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Need more ideas for things to do this weekend or on a future trip to the communities of Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will guide you toward so many Free Things to Do, Family Friendly Attractions, Dining, and much more.

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Also, if you haven't heard by now, our Fayetteville Woodpeckers have brought Minor League Baseball to Fayetteville this year, offering our visitors affordable, family-friendly entertainment for 70 home games. Regardless if it's game night or not, though, many of our downtown shops and eateries offer visitors baseball-themed everything–from souvenirs to beverages to exhibits. Read more on this at "Downtown Fayetteville: Where to Park, Shop, Eat & Watch Baseball." Then get to planning a fun family getaway to "America's Hometown"!

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I grew up with that mom who was always turning special occasions into memorable experiences. I vividly remember a birthday when she packed up a picnic basket with fried chicken, deviled eggs, and cake, and we went

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This weekend, as a matter of fact, is a prime example. Whether you're planning a celebration of the woman in your life or just looking for something to do with the fam, I have 50+ ideas for fun and affordable things to do over Mother's Day weekend (2019) here. Find fabulous gift options at The Shops at 123 Hay Street and many other stores during Downtown Fayetteville's Celebrating Our Moms! event. Spoil Her Between our local farmers markets and our charming shops, there is no excuse for not finding a unique gift for the special woman in your life (or for not spoiling yourself)! Celebrating Our Moms! @ Downtown Fayetteville – Friday-Monday, All Day City Market at the Museum @ Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum – Saturday, 9 a.m. Beauty Bootcamp @ Ramada Plaza – Saturday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day at the Market @ Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Bouquet Bar @ Leclair’s General Store – Sunday, 11 a.m. Cape Fear Botanical Garden's outdoor sculpture exhibition, Origami in the Garden2, offers the whole family a delightful way to spend Mother's Day in nature. (PC: CFBG) Play with the Fam Affordable recreational and entertaining events are happening all over Cumberland County this weekend, and all you have to do is pick out your family's brand of fun. Origami in the Garden2 @ Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. Around the World Run @ Fort Bragg – Saturday, 7 a.m. Dog Jog @ Carvers Creek State Park – Saturday, 9 a.m. Celebration of Mama @ Clark Park – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Spring Fling Festival @ Town of Spring Lake's Main Street - Saturday, 11 a.m. Mother’s Day Carriage Rides @ Cool Spring Downtown District – Saturday, 1 p.m. Sandlot Movie Night at the Swamp @ I-95 Muscle – Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mommy & Me: Mother’s Day Dance @ The Metropolitan Room – Saturday, 6 p.m. Mommy and Me @ Carvers Creek State Park – Sunday, 9 a.m. Mother's Day Special @ Xscape Factor – Sunday, 12 p.m. Mother’s Day Bowling @ Dragon Lanes – Sunday, 1 p.m. Mother’s Day @ Fort Bragg Fair – Sunday, 1 p.m. Hayat Yoga Shala leads classes all over Cumberland County, and Run, Yoga, Detox! presents the perfect opportunity for some girlfriend bonding time. Treat Yourself to Girl Time Whether you want to get active or just relax, go crafty or let loose a little, it's time to call up your besties and take a little time for yourselves. Ladies Night @ Cape Fear Flooring & Restoration – Friday, 5:30 p.m. Run, Yoga, Detox! @ Hayat Yoga Shala – Saturday, 7 a.m. Ladies Only “Rock It” Climbing @ The Climbing Place – Saturday, 9 a.m. Yoga in the Meadow @ Lafayette Memorial Park – Saturday, 10 a.m. Walk MS @ Festival Park – Saturday, 1 p.m. Mommy Dearest Trivia @ World of Beer – Saturday, 3 p.m. Memphis Opening Night Dance Party @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Saturday, 10 p.m. Mother's Day Workout @ The Vitamin Shoppe – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mother’s Day Open Studio @ Wine & Design – Sunday, 2 p.m. Mother’s Day: Craft & Relax @ The Creative Frenzy – Sunday, 3 p.m. Maid Marian's fresh and feminine take on the classic tale of Robin Hood is resonating with its audience (PC: Sweet Tea Shakespeare) Take in a Show If you’re a theatergoer, comedy fan, or live music lover, Cumberland County’s arts and entertainment options are endless (and oftentimes free). Fayetteville After Five Featuring 120 Minutes @ Festival Park – Friday, 6 p.m. Reggie Codrington @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Friday, 6 p.m. Live Sax Jazz with Mr. Velton Brown @ The Wine Café – Friday, 6:30 p.m. Eastline Band @ Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom – Friday, 7 p.m. Whiskey Pines @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Friday, 7 p.m. Maid Marian @ 1897 Poe House – Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Memphis @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Marquis Trio Live @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Bill & JD Shaw @ World of Beer – Friday, 8 p.m. 80's Unplugged @ The TapHouse – Friday, 8 p.m. Ron White @ Crown Theatre – Friday, 8 p.m. Mother’s Day Jazz Explosion @ Ambiance Entertainment Venue – Saturday, 7 p.m. Ed Prophet @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Saturday, 7 p.m. Artist Showcase @ Fayetteville Pie Company – Saturday, 7 p.m. The Parsons Live @ Leclair’s General Store – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 80's Unplugged @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Third Degree @ The TapHouse – Saturday, 9 p.m. Treat her to a perfect Mother's Day Brunch at Circa 1800, where the Southern Eggs Benedict is divine and the build-your-own Bloody Mary is a must. Wine & Dine Her Nothing speaks love to a woman like treating her to a meal she doesn't have to cook, and you'll find brunch and more all weekend long here. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Dorothy’s Catering 2 – Saturday, 10 a.m., & Sunday, 2 p.m. Mother Daughter Tea @ The Belmont Village – Saturday, 11 a.m. Wine Tasting Extravaganza @ Rockfish Creek Winery – Saturday, 12 p.m. Mother's Day Brunch @ The Mill at Puppy Creek – Sunday, 9 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Iron Mike Conference Center – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Circa 1800 – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Mother's Day Sunday Brunch @ ScrubOaks - Contemporary American Pub – Sunday, 11 a.m. Mother's Day @ Mash House Brewing Company – Sunday, 12 p.m. Mother’s Day Mimosa Brunch @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Sunday, 1 p.m. One more idea for how to spoil yourself or someone else this Mother's Day is with a day spa experience. Guest blogger Alison Klakowicz recently shared why she thinks every visitor to Cumberland County should treat themselves to one of our oldest and most popular day spas, and you'll find her insider intel on this wellness haven at "Spring Has Sprung: Time Self-Rejuvenation." Need more ideas for things to do this weekend or on a future trip to the communities of Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will guide you toward so many Free Things to Do, Family Friendly Attractions, Dining, and much more. Also, if you haven't heard by now, our Fayetteville Woodpeckers have brought Minor League Baseball to Fayetteville this year, offering our visitors affordable, family-friendly entertainment for 70 home games. Regardless if it's game night or not, though, many of our downtown shops and eateries offer visitors baseball-themed everything–from souvenirs to beverages to exhibits. Read more on this at "Downtown Fayetteville: Where to Park, Shop, Eat & Watch Baseball." Then get to planning a fun family getaway to "America's Hometown"!","id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a798","url":"/blog/list/post/mothers-day-ideas/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/mothers-day-ideas/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/mothers-day-ideas/","metaTitle":"Mother's Day Weekend: 50+ Things to Do in Cumberland County - Go Fayetteville","metaDescription":"We just never run out of fun and affordable things to do in Cumberland County, and to prove it, I have 50+ ideas for things to do over Mother's Day weekend.","cleanDescription":"I grew up with that mom who was always turning special occasions into memorable experiences. I vividly remember a birthday when she packed up a picnic basket with fried chicken, deviled eggs, and cake, and we went looking for the perfect picnic spot in a pecan grove by the Brazos River. I don't recall the gifts I was given, because the experience was so much sweeter than the material things. She relentlessly researched every vacation she planned for us, bypassed the tourist traps, and headed straight for the small towns and hole-in-the-wall gems. We were not well off, so she would take advantage of the free community festivals, concerts in the park, and a host of family-friendly events. And I have the memories to show for it. Now I've turned into my own mother (like we all do) and carried on those same traditions with my son. When I say we never run out of things to do in Cumberland County that are free or affordable forms of entertainment, I really do mean that. This weekend, as a matter of fact, is a prime example. Whether you're planning a celebration of the woman in your life or just looking for something to do with the fam, I have 50+ ideas for fun and affordable things to do over Mother's Day weekend (2019) here. Find fabulous gift options at The Shops at 123 Hay Street and many other stores during Downtown Fayetteville's Celebrating Our Moms! event. Spoil Her Between our local farmers markets and our charming shops, there is no excuse for not finding a unique gift for the special woman in your life (or for not spoiling yourself)! Celebrating Our Moms! @ Downtown Fayetteville – Friday-Monday, All Day City Market at the Museum @ Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum – Saturday, 9 a.m. Beauty Bootcamp @ Ramada Plaza – Saturday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day at the Market @ Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Bouquet Bar @ Leclair’s General Store – Sunday, 11 a.m. Cape Fear Botanical Garden's outdoor sculpture exhibition, Origami in the Garden2, offers the whole family a delightful way to spend Mother's Day in nature. (PC: CFBG) Play with the Fam Affordable recreational and entertaining events are happening all over Cumberland County this weekend, and all you have to do is pick out your family's brand of fun. Origami in the Garden2 @ Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. Around the World Run @ Fort Bragg – Saturday, 7 a.m. Dog Jog @ Carvers Creek State Park – Saturday, 9 a.m. Celebration of Mama @ Clark Park – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Spring Fling Festival @ Town of Spring Lake's Main Street - Saturday, 11 a.m. Mother’s Day Carriage Rides @ Cool Spring Downtown District – Saturday, 1 p.m. Sandlot Movie Night at the Swamp @ I-95 Muscle – Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mommy & Me: Mother’s Day Dance @ The Metropolitan Room – Saturday, 6 p.m. Mommy and Me @ Carvers Creek State Park – Sunday, 9 a.m. Mother's Day Special @ Xscape Factor – Sunday, 12 p.m. Mother’s Day Bowling @ Dragon Lanes – Sunday, 1 p.m. Mother’s Day @ Fort Bragg Fair – Sunday, 1 p.m. Hayat Yoga Shala leads classes all over Cumberland County, and Run, Yoga, Detox! presents the perfect opportunity for some girlfriend bonding time. Treat Yourself to Girl Time Whether you want to get active or just relax, go crafty or let loose a little, it's time to call up your besties and take a little time for yourselves. Ladies Night @ Cape Fear Flooring & Restoration – Friday, 5:30 p.m. Run, Yoga, Detox! @ Hayat Yoga Shala – Saturday, 7 a.m. Ladies Only “Rock It” Climbing @ The Climbing Place – Saturday, 9 a.m. Yoga in the Meadow @ Lafayette Memorial Park – Saturday, 10 a.m. Walk MS @ Festival Park – Saturday, 1 p.m. Mommy Dearest Trivia @ World of Beer – Saturday, 3 p.m. Memphis Opening Night Dance Party @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Saturday, 10 p.m. Mother's Day Workout @ The Vitamin Shoppe – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mother’s Day Open Studio @ Wine & Design – Sunday, 2 p.m. Mother’s Day: Craft & Relax @ The Creative Frenzy – Sunday, 3 p.m. Maid Marian's fresh and feminine take on the classic tale of Robin Hood is resonating with its audience (PC: Sweet Tea Shakespeare) Take in a Show If you’re a theatergoer, comedy fan, or live music lover, Cumberland County’s arts and entertainment options are endless (and oftentimes free). Fayetteville After Five Featuring 120 Minutes @ Festival Park – Friday, 6 p.m. Reggie Codrington @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Friday, 6 p.m. Live Sax Jazz with Mr. Velton Brown @ The Wine Café – Friday, 6:30 p.m. Eastline Band @ Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom – Friday, 7 p.m. Whiskey Pines @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Friday, 7 p.m. Maid Marian @ 1897 Poe House – Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Memphis @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Marquis Trio Live @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Bill & JD Shaw @ World of Beer – Friday, 8 p.m. 80's Unplugged @ The TapHouse – Friday, 8 p.m. Ron White @ Crown Theatre – Friday, 8 p.m. Mother’s Day Jazz Explosion @ Ambiance Entertainment Venue – Saturday, 7 p.m. Ed Prophet @ Bright Light Brewing Company – Saturday, 7 p.m. Artist Showcase @ Fayetteville Pie Company – Saturday, 7 p.m. The Parsons Live @ Leclair’s General Store – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 80's Unplugged @ Luigi's Italian Restaurant & Bar – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Third Degree @ The TapHouse – Saturday, 9 p.m. Treat her to a perfect Mother's Day Brunch at Circa 1800, where the Southern Eggs Benedict is divine and the build-your-own Bloody Mary is a must. Wine & Dine Her Nothing speaks love to a woman like treating her to a meal she doesn't have to cook, and you'll find brunch and more all weekend long here. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Dorothy’s Catering 2 – Saturday, 10 a.m., & Sunday, 2 p.m. Mother Daughter Tea @ The Belmont Village – Saturday, 11 a.m. Wine Tasting Extravaganza @ Rockfish Creek Winery – Saturday, 12 p.m. Mother's Day Brunch @ The Mill at Puppy Creek – Sunday, 9 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Iron Mike Conference Center – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery – Sunday, 10 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch @ Circa 1800 – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Mother's Day Sunday Brunch @ ScrubOaks - Contemporary American Pub – Sunday, 11 a.m. Mother's Day @ Mash House Brewing Company – Sunday, 12 p.m. Mother’s Day Mimosa Brunch @ Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Sunday, 1 p.m. One more idea for how to spoil yourself or someone else this Mother's Day is with a day spa experience. Guest blogger Alison Klakowicz recently shared why she thinks every visitor to Cumberland County should treat themselves to one of our oldest and most popular day spas, and you'll find her insider intel on this wellness haven at "Spring Has Sprung: Time Self-Rejuvenation." Need more ideas for things to do this weekend or on a future trip to the communities of Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will guide you toward so many Free Things to Do, Family Friendly Attractions, Dining, and much more. Also, if you haven't heard by now, our Fayetteville Woodpeckers have brought Minor League Baseball to Fayetteville this year, offering our visitors affordable, family-friendly entertainment for 70 home games. Regardless if it's game night or not, though, many of our downtown shops and eateries offer visitors baseball-themed everything–from souvenirs to beverages to exhibits. Read more on this at "Downtown Fayetteville: Where to Park, Shop, Eat & Watch Baseball." 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Spring is here in Fayetteville, North Carolina! The weather is absolutely gorgeous. Carolina blue skies for miles. Birds are singing. Azaleas and dogwoods are blooming. The threat of Jack Frost is nowhere to be found. And that, my friends, makes me a happy girl. But if you are like me, you enjoy a little self-pampering in preparation for the warm days ahead.

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Peel off that chalky, dry layer of winter skin and get yourself in the right state of mind (and body). It’s time to self-rejuvenate! And I just happen to know the perfect spot that offers a multitude of self-pampering services and events here in Fayetteville: The Day Spa Rejuvenation Center.

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Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Debbie McPheters, co-owner of The Day Spa, alongside her husband, Robert McPheters, who has been in the health, fitness, and spa business since 1965. Here in Fayetteville, Robert has been in business since 1975 and owns the longest-running fitness business.

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Debbie and I were accompanied by The Day Spa manager, Anita Weddington, who has worked in the industry for 32 years. She worked as a program director for cosmetology, aesthetics, and nail technology and as the lead U.S. educator for a skin care company located in Italy. She trained staff in luxury resorts and spas—to include Bellagio in Las Vegas, The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, and the Park Hyatt in Hollywood.

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As you can see, these folks know the in's and out's of the spa world, due to their wealth of knowledge and experience. During our meeting, I was delighted and impressed by their enthusiasm for the enriching services the facility provides not only to residents of Cumberland County, but area visitors alike. That’s right, you heard me! Fayetteville is a Spa Destination!

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I was elated when they invited me to tour The Day Spa, and try out some of the new line of products and services the spa provides. I should note, I was well acquainted with the hair salon and nail services, as I have visited the spa for these needs over the years—to include my manicure and pedicure prior to “gettin' hitched” to my Green Beret husband nine years ago. I highly recommend these services for the most up-to-date hair and nail trends, as their stylists are wonderful. This was my first time, however, receiving additional spa services at their location. Boy, was I in for a treat!

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The spa is a beautifully decorated facility that boasts a tranquil indoor/outdoor lounge and garden seating area. This peaceful spot is enhanced by waterfall features and infused with calming essential oils, all of which instantly replaces the noise pollution that muddies our brains with a relaxed state of mind. Comfortable and attractive seating abounds. You are provided a complimentary beverage and a spread of fresh fruits and healthy snacks. Visitors can order from a wide variety of other dining options, as well.

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The most charming and professional staff greet you so kindly and ensure all your needs are met . . . right down to a chilled glass of organic citrus water, herbal tea or freshly brewed coffee, a yummy smoothie, and/or a glass of wine for total relaxation. I give them an A+ on customer service, as they go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable.

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The Day Spa offers a myriad of therapeutic massage treatments “to promote healing, relaxation and pleasure to body and soul.” To my delight, I was treated to the Rain Drop Therapeutic Massage, which utilizes essential oils. All I can say is, “Wow. Just Wow!”

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The fluidity of the massage and special blend of oils create the sensation of a waterfall flowing across sore muscles and tight limbs. Your mind begins to transcend from the beautiful scents while you're lying on luxurious bedding and a heated massage table, accented by candlelight. Shay Long, Massage Therapist guru for The Day Spa, holds six years of experience and is masterful in the art of massage. The experience left me floating in a pool of weightless bliss.

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I was then escorted from my massage–dressed in a cozy, freshly scented robe provided by the spa–to my next experience: HydraFacial! Oh. My. Word. This treatment is the bee’s knees.

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Nicci Barrett, Aesthetician, is a fabulous purveyor of skincare essentials and the benefits of utilizing essential oils, the new and highly recommended Glycolic 10: Renew Overnight treatment, accompanied by CBD Salve for skincare maintenance. She was most informative about the HydraFacial method, which provides all the perks of a traditional acid-peel treatment and extraction (minus the discomfort and recovery time) and leaves your face instantly taut and radiant after removal of impurities from your facial skin.

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I can attest my face was glowing afterward. I could instantly see a difference in the appearance of fine lines, redness of skin, and firmness. The face, neck and arm massage, utilizing CBD Salve, was the icing on the cake!

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Following my personal spa experience, I was invited back for a "Spring into Skincare" event, hosted by the spa and presented by Ryan Hoke, a SkinCeuticals representative. The onsite Carrots Juice Bar & Café provided a beautiful food display and cocktail hour prior to the SkinCeuticals education and treatments provided for us. The event was just fabulous!

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Each attendee was given a personal skin scan, which showed years of sun damage and left me with a photograph of what my inner skin layers look like. It was not a pretty picture for this Carolina-born-and-bred woman who has spent 43 summers on the North Carolina coast. I was grateful for Ryan, who educated us on a customized skincare regimen utilizing SkinCeuticals products that would enhance our skin, leaving us youthful, while fighting off continuing sun damage. SkinCeuticals product samples were presented to guests to take home—the perfect perk when entering the warm months.

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My final thoughts: If you and your friends or loved ones are looking for a special outing (the spa offers group events and parties, to include couple's massage, by the way), call The Day Spa Rejuvenation Center today! The staff will take such wonderful care of you and get you looking good for spring! You say you are traveling with young tots in tow and this isn't an option for you? Well, your prayers are answered, because there is a licensed daycare facility onsite to take care of your little ones while you are in spa heaven.

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Now doesn’t all that sound like a wonderful reason to visit Fayetteville? For more information on The Day Spa Rejuvenation Center, contact them at 910-483-1126 or info@dayspaeutaw.com. Additionally, Cumberland County boasts a wide variety of other wellness havens—everything from yoga studios to wellness centers to gyms to juice bars. Check all those out on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's list of Wellness destinations. You'll thank me later!

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Alison is a guest writer for Go Fayetteville and the author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck. In addition to her work as a human services professional and counselor, she's worked as a journalist and freelance writer. She's a native of North Carolina and a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville. Follow all her adventures here:
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Spring is here in Fayetteville, North Carolina! The weather is absolutely gorgeous. Carolina blue skies for miles. Birds are singing. Azaleas and dogwoods are blooming. The threat of Jack Frost is

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Debbie and I were accompanied by The Day Spa manager, Anita Weddington, who has worked in the industry for 32 years. She worked as a program director for cosmetology, aesthetics, and nail technology and as the lead U.S. educator for a skin care company located in Italy. She trained staff in luxury resorts and spas—to include Bellagio in Las Vegas, The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, and the Park Hyatt in Hollywood. As you can see, these folks know the in's and out's of the spa world, due to their wealth of knowledge and experience. During our meeting, I was delighted and impressed by their enthusiasm for the enriching services the facility provides not only to residents of Cumberland County, but area visitors alike. That’s right, you heard me! Fayetteville is a Spa Destination ! I was elated when they invited me to tour The Day Spa, and try out some of the new line of products and services the spa provides. I should note, I was well acquainted with the hair salon and nail services, as I have visited the spa for these needs over the years—to include my manicure and pedicure prior to “gettin' hitched” to my Green Beret husband nine years ago. I highly recommend these services for the most up-to-date hair and nail trends, as their stylists are wonderful. This was my first time, however, receiving additional spa services at their location. Boy, was I in for a treat! The spa is a beautifully decorated facility that boasts a tranquil indoor/outdoor lounge and garden seating area. This peaceful spot is enhanced by waterfall features and infused with calming essential oils, all of which instantly replaces the noise pollution that muddies our brains with a relaxed state of mind. Comfortable and attractive seating abounds. You are provided a complimentary beverage and a spread of fresh fruits and healthy snacks. Visitors can order from a wide variety of other dining options, as well. The most charming and professional staff greet you so kindly and ensure all your needs are met . . . right down to a chilled glass of organic citrus water, herbal tea or freshly brewed coffee, a yummy smoothie, and/or a glass of wine for total relaxation. I give them an A+ on customer service, as they go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. The Day Spa offers a myriad of therapeutic massage treatments “to promote healing, relaxation and pleasure to body and soul.” To my delight, I was treated to the Rain Drop Therapeutic Massage, which utilizes essential oils. All I can say is, “ Wow . Just Wow!” The fluidity of the massage and special blend of oils create the sensation of a waterfall flowing across sore muscles and tight limbs. Your mind begins to transcend from the beautiful scents while you're lying on luxurious bedding and a heated massage table, accented by candlelight. Shay Long, Massage Therapist guru for The Day Spa, holds six years of experience and is masterful in the art of massage. The experience left me floating in a pool of weightless bliss. I was then escorted from my massage–dressed in a cozy, freshly scented robe provided by the spa–to my next experience: HydraFacial ! Oh. My. Word. This treatment is the bee’s knees. Nicci Barrett, Aesthetician, is a fabulous purveyor of skincare essentials and the benefits of utilizing essential oils, the new and highly recommended Glycolic 10: Renew Overnight treatment, accompanied by CBD Salve for skincare maintenance. She was most informative about the HydraFacial method, which provides all the perks of a traditional acid-peel treatment and extraction (minus the discomfort and recovery time) and leaves your face instantly taut and radiant after removal of impurities from your facial skin. I can attest my face was glowing afterward. I could instantly see a difference in the appearance of fine lines, redness of skin, and firmness. The face, neck and arm massage, utilizing CBD Salve, was the icing on the cake! Following my personal spa experience, I was invited back for a "Spring into Skincare" event, hosted by the spa and presented by Ryan Hoke, a SkinCeuticals representative. The onsite Carrots Juice Bar & Café provided a beautiful food display and cocktail hour prior to the SkinCeuticals education and treatments provided for us. The event was just fabulous! Each attendee was given a personal skin scan, which showed years of sun damage and left me with a photograph of what my inner skin layers look like. It was not a pretty picture for this Carolina-born-and-bred woman who has spent 43 summers on the North Carolina coast. I was grateful for Ryan, who educated us on a customized skincare regimen utilizing SkinCeuticals products that would enhance our skin, leaving us youthful, while fighting off continuing sun damage. SkinCeuticals product samples were presented to guests to take home—the perfect perk when entering the warm months. My final thoughts: If you and your friends or loved ones are looking for a special outing (the spa offers group events and parties, to include couple's massage, by the way), call The Day Spa Rejuvenation Center today ! The staff will take such wonderful care of you and get you looking good for spring! You say you are traveling with young tots in tow and this isn't an option for you? Well, your prayers are answered, because there is a licensed daycare facility onsite to take care of your little ones while you are in spa heaven. Now doesn’t all that sound like a wonderful reason to visit Fayetteville? 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North Carolina Beer Month is a statewide celebration of craft beer, and our five microbreweries are here for it! I’m dishing on all the new and exciting developments going down at each one of Cumberland County’s breweries in 2019. They’re celebrating a grand opening, welcoming a celebrity chef, launching a superhero-inspired IPA series, throwing a big birthday bash, and introducing an array of new cuisine. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Discover all our “Hometown Hops” this April.

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#DYK North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the South?
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\"breweriesHuske Hardware House's fascinating history as a hardware store dates back 116 years

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Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery (HHH)

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Our oldest brewery can proudly boast it was part of the very early revitalization efforts in Downtown Fayetteville, starting when they opened their doors in the historic Huske Hardware House 22 years ago. With our new baseball stadium now located across the street from HHH, we’re already predicting that Huske and its adjacent TapHouse will be very popular with ballgame attendees, both before and after games. Because they're also planning ahead for the baseball boom, Huske has recently added 14 new items to their menu. After taste-testing a few of them myself, I find it well worth highlighting their new cuisine here.

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Since downtown doesn’t have a steakhouse dining option, Huske was smart to add to their menu the Huske Signature Cowboy Cut Ribeye—a 16-ounce, bone-in Angus beef rib-eye, with sunrise potatoes and fried brussels sprouts. For an alternative to beef, there’s a signature dish for just about any taste—from Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp to 1/2 Roasted Herb Chicken to even a Cavatappi Pasta vegetarian option. Additionally, there are six new appetizers, perfect for sharing, and four new "between bread" options.

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#DYK the TapHouse has 80 brews on tap—more than any other venue in Cumberland County?
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One of their new dishes that excites me the most is something you just don’t find much in the South, let alone Fayetteville, and that’s a Connecticut Lobster Roll. My coworker and I recently indulged in this classic Northeastern treat, and we agreed it is the best thing we’ve been served by a restaurant in a long time. All you need to know is it's made with a generous portion of delicate lobster meat and served on a toasted lobster roll, with a little cup of warmed butter, a lemon wedge, and a side of "super slaw." Connecticut and Maine can continue to battle over the superiority of their lobster roll recipes. Meanwhile, I'm perfectly content—in fact, over the moon in love—with Huske's simple-yet-decadent presentation of this classic.

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Besides the lobster roll, my coworker and I also had to get on our hands on their Extreme Nachos. To be honest, I'm usually disappointed when I order nachos from restaurants, but Huske did not disappoint these two Texans. Mounds of green chile queso, house-made chili, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo cover a plate of multi-colored chips. Since it's the little things that impress me the most, I appreciated how they adorned these nachos with fresh jalapeno slices. When I return, I'll be trying more of Huske's new dishes, to include their North of the Border Nachos, but I really don't think anything can beat the decadent Connecticut Lobster Roll or Extreme Nachos. Regardless, I also plan to get my hands on Huske's new Peach Fork Saisson, a beer inspired by a midnight revelation.

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\"breweriesHuske's signature Connecticut Lobster Roll, paired with their flagship Level-Headed Blonde ale

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\"breweriesA behind-the-scenes peak from Mash House's brew-master, Reuben

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Mash House Brewing Company (MHBC)

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If you’ve never visited Fayetteville’s second-oldest brewery, this one also offers visitors an in-house restaurant, along with a full-service bar and lovely outdoor patio. When I first moved to Cumberland County, in 2003, I was delighted to discover Fayetteville had two breweries—something I naively thought was only “a thing” in Colorado. Now, in 2019, this centrally located establishment is still a popular choice with both our locals and our visitors.

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Starting this month, Mash House will also be offering a range of new menu items. Hot wings lovers will be excited to hear about their Reaper Wings, which are coated in a super spicy sauce made with the infamous Carolina Reaper pepper. I’m a taco lover myself, so I’m thrilled to see the addition of Korean Kalbi Beef Tacos and Fried Shrimp Tacos. Having lived in Italy, I’m also interested in trying their new Pasta Bolognese. And just to make things even sweeter, Mash has added a Caramel Cheesecake Brownie to their already decadent dessert list.

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Beyond the food, there’s beer to discuss, of course. Specifically, let’s talk about Mash’s “Special Hoperations”—a line of four IPA’s (India Pale Ales) that are inspired by some unique superheroes. These four brews are on a mission together: “to take down the evil villain ‘Dr. Bland’ and his boring macrobrewery beer.” Now, if you’re a craft-beer lover, you know brew-masters get clever when naming their brews. Mash has already debuted the first beer in their Hoperations’ line, and it’s appropriately named “Hoptimus Prime.” Be on the look-out for “Galaxy Girl” to be joining the superhero crew of IPA’s over the next month, with the remaining two to make their debut over the coming months.

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\"breweriesOrdering the Mondo Mash, a 9-beer sampler, is a must when visiting Mash House the first time

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\"breweriesPerfect strawberries from Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market

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Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom (DBA)

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If you follow my blog, you know I’ve been eagerly anticipating the opening of Dirtbag Ales’ brand-new site since I first took a tour of the grounds a year ago. They’re finally done building their 8,000-square-foot brewery and are continuing to add on to what I’m now calling “an entertainment complex” on their six-acre site. I’m just impatiently waiting to hear them say the magical words, “We’re open for business!” I won’t rehash all the things I’ve shared about DBA's growth on the blog before, but I do want to highlight the biggest thing DBA has planned during #NCBeerMonth.

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Visit the Sandhills in April and you’ll discover how much we love strawberry season here. Just like last year, DBA will be throwing a Strawberry Festival, and this two-day fest is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, and Sunday, April 28th. Not only is this festival a perfect way to celebrate #NCBeerMonth, but it also serves to launch their weekly Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market, which is organized and run by Sustainable Sandhills. Festival-goers will be able to shop for vegetables, meat, milk, baked goods, and flowers, as well as a wide range of artisan and artist creations. Even better? DBA has just finished building a gorgeous, 60-x-40-foot pavilion, which will provide a wonderful shade covering for the market.

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As for the beer, Dirtbag is headed out to a local strawberry farm, where their staff plans to hand-pick 200 pounds of strawberries for a special brew. This year, that beer will be a strawberry hefeweizen—a first for Dirtbag Ales to make. Hefeweizen is an unfiltered German wheat beer and quite possibly my favorite brew, so I’m stoked to try this. You’ll be able to purchase the hefe, plus all their flagship brews and more inside the brewery, through a walk-up window on the back porch, and from their mobile beer cart outside.

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You can also expect live entertainment all weekend, thanks to Chris Sorrells, Emily Musolino, and Ethan Hanson. On Sunday morning, you’ll be able to join Hayat Yoga Shala for "Beer, Brunch & Yoga," and pickup sports games will be happening on DBA’s regulation-size sports field, as well. Lastly, throughout the two-day fest, an impressive line-up of rotating food trucks will be keeping everyone fed well: 32 Degrees, Authentique Café, Berri Bowlful, Frozen Spoon, R Burger, Rome N’ Round, and more.

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\"breweriesDirtbag Ales' flagship beers are Blood Orange Kölsch, The IPA and Cold Brew Mocha Porter

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\"breweriesMy fave pic of the year was taken at Bright Light of Bartender Trisha Greive and her buddy Nuke high-fiving

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Bright Light Brewing Company (BLBC)

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This downtown brewery has grown so much since they opened nearly two years ago that they recently expanded their hours to seven days a week. They've also purchased a nearby warehouse, which they plan to use for brewing and to remodel for a larger taproom. In the meantime, I continue to be amazed at the growing popularity of this brewery. Pick any night of the week and you'll find something exciting going down. Thursdays are always trivia nights, and I'm especially excited to see two upcoming challenges on their calendar: Baseball & Fayetteville Trivia on April 4th and NC Beer Month Trivia on April 11th.

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If you ask any Bright Light employee, they'll tell you their favorite patrons are the dogs who frequent their taproom. All the owners and bartenders know their furry regulars by name, treat them to dog biscuits, and make sure they have water bowls. I find it really hard to resist making friends with so many of BLBC's regulars, to include the prettiest husky you've ever seen, Nuke (featured in picture above). That's why it's no surprise to me that you'll find BLBC serving their signature brews at Cape Fear Botanical Garden's Dog Day in the Garden, on April 6th.

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You'll also find all kinds of fur babies celebrating with BLBC at the biggest event they have planned during NC Beer Month, It's Our Birthday! Yep, it's Bright Light's second anniversary, and they're throwing themselves a big birthday bash on April 20th. Just like last year, BLBC will be roping off their parking lot for the all-day, festival-style party.

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The whole family will be able to enjoy throwing axes with Axes & X's Throwing Range, jumping in a bouncy castle, and playing corn hole. Of course, live music is always happening at Bright Light, as well, so the popular Open Road and Lotus Sun bands will alternate providing the entertainment. R Burger and California Taco will be serving up their customers' faves all day long. As for beer, in addition to a throwback variety of BLBC brews and other NC brews on tap, they're bringing back their Mash House collaboration, the Lighthouse Stout. It's definitely going to be a party at Bright Light!

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\"breweriesThis precious bulldog pup recently stole my heart on Bright Light's patio

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\"breweriesGaston's new Executive Chef, Theo Gumbs, is ushering in exciting changes at this brewery

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Gaston Brewing Company (GBC)

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Fayetteville is now home to a celebrity chef! That’s right. Gaston recently brought on Chef Theo Gumbs as their Executive Chef. Born and raised on the U.S. Virgin Islands, Chef Theo's been featured on several TV shows, to include Bravo's Top Chef and Food Network's Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. If you Google his name, you'll find he's been making appearances and bringing his expertise to other shows, such as The Wendy Williams Show, for years now.

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Chef Theo will tell you he's determined to put Downtown Fayetteville on the map as a top-notch culinary destination. Word has already gotten out about this chef’s arrival here, and if you visit GBC on a weekend, you may have to wait a bit for a table; however, not only is this a sign of everything Gaston is doing so right, but it also means the experience is worth the wait. Look for this chef to be introducing all-new, made-from-scratch dishes to their menu over the next few weeks. In the meantime, he’s already slid a couple of new treasures onto that menu. My coworker and I had the pleasure of indulging in them for lunch recently, and it’s well worth sharing our insider intel with you.

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If you know anything about the Caribbean, you know islanders love their fish, so it would only make sense that Chef Theo introduces his take on the classic Fish & Chips to LGBC’s menu. Chef fries these beer-battered fillets to a golden-brown perfection and serves them with a rich, garlic-caper aioli sauce. The fries are hand-sliced (what a difference!), and the coleslaw serves as an acidic foil to the fried goodness on your plate. This signature dish is a must-try.

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I also feel compelled to share what turned out to be our favorite dish of all, the Jerk Chicken Wings. If you have a tolerance for spicier dishes, then you need these wings in your life. Marinated in a jerk seasoning mix and served with a cool pineapple salsa, do not overlook this new menu item at Gaston! I suspect the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich would be just as rewarding of a flavor bomb, so that’s on my list to try the next time I visit this brewery (i.e., very soon).

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Baseball + Beer

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I'd be remiss if I didn't mention where three of our breweries' beers may be found outside their taproom walls, and that's our brand-new Segra Stadium, in Downtown Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers will play the first of 70 home games there on April 18th, and while you're taking in a game, you'll be able to sample beers from our own Mash House, Dirtbag Ales, and Bright Light. In total, Segra will feature 40 beers across 100 tapsbetween all the stadium bars and beer cartsand several of those taps will be dedicated to other popular North Carolina breweries, such as Southern Pines Brewing Company (Southern Pines), Highland Brewing Company (Asheville), and Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem).

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Speaking of baseball, spring is a celebration of America's pastime, and with the inaugural season of our Fayetteville Woodpeckers, we've never had more reason to celebrate that sport than now. Check out everything I had to share about our baseball history, teams, exhibits, and more on "Victory Means a Little More Here." Between that and #NCBeerMonth, you couldn't pick a more perfect time of year to plan a visit to the Fayetteville area. Book your Accommodations, explore your Dining options, and peruse the Calendar of Events. Then join us in Cumberland Countyor as we like to call it, America's Hometownfor baseball and beer!

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North Carolina Beer Month is a statewide celebration of craft beer, and our five microbreweries are here for it! I’m dishing on all the new and exciting developments going down at each one of Cumberland County’s

","description":"North Carolina Beer Month is a statewide celebration of craft beer, and our five microbreweries are here for it! I’m dishing on all the new and exciting developments going down at each one of Cumberland County’s breweries in 2019. They’re celebrating a grand opening, welcoming a celebrity chef, launching a superhero-inspired IPA series, throwing a big birthday bash, and introducing an array of new cuisine. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Discover all our “Hometown Hops” this April. #DYK North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the South? Huske Hardware House's fascinating history as a hardware store dates back 116 years Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery (HHH) Our oldest brewery can proudly boast it was part of the very early revitalization efforts in Downtown Fayetteville, starting when they opened their doors in the historic Huske Hardware House 22 years ago. With our new baseball stadium now located across the street from HHH, we’re already predicting that Huske and its adjacent TapHouse will be very popular with ballgame attendees, both before and after games. Because they're also planning ahead for the baseball boom, Huske has recently added 14 new items to their menu. After taste-testing a few of them myself, I find it well worth highlighting their new cuisine here. Since downtown doesn’t have a steakhouse dining option, Huske was smart to add to their menu the Huske Signature Cowboy Cut Ribeye—a 16-ounce, bone-in Angus beef rib-eye, with sunrise potatoes and fried brussels sprouts. For an alternative to beef, there’s a signature dish for just about any taste—from Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp to 1/2 Roasted Herb Chicken to even a Cavatappi Pasta vegetarian option. Additionally, there are six new appetizers, perfect for sharing, and four new "between bread" options. #DYK the TapHouse has 80 brews on tap—more than any other venue in Cumberland County? One of their new dishes that excites me the most is something you just don’t find much in the South, let alone Fayetteville, and that’s a Connecticut Lobster Roll. My coworker and I recently indulged in this classic Northeastern treat, and we agreed it is the best thing we’ve been served by a restaurant in a long time. All you need to know is it's made with a generous portion of delicate lobster meat and served on a toasted lobster roll, with a little cup of warmed butter, a lemon wedge, and a side of "super slaw." Connecticut and Maine can continue to battle over the superiority of their lobster roll recipes. Meanwhile, I'm perfectly content—in fact, over the moon in love—with Huske's simple-yet-decadent presentation of this classic. Besides the lobster roll, my coworker and I also had to get on our hands on their Extreme Nachos. To be honest, I'm usually disappointed when I order nachos from restaurants, but Huske did not disappoint these two Texans. Mounds of green chile queso, house-made chili, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo cover a plate of multi-colored chips. Since it's the little things that impress me the most, I appreciated how they adorned these nachos with fresh jalapeno slices. When I return, I'll be trying more of Huske's new dishes, to include their North of the Border Nachos, but I really don't think anything can beat the decadent Connecticut Lobster Roll or Extreme Nachos. Regardless, I also plan to get my hands on Huske's new Peach Fork Saisson, a beer inspired by a midnight revelation. #DYK every Friday and Saturday night, from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Huske offers folks 21 and up a nightclub type of experience during “Huske After Hours”? Huske's signature Connecticut Lobster Roll, paired with their flagship Level-Headed Blonde ale A behind-the-scenes peak from Mash House's brew-master, Reuben Mash House Brewing Company (MHBC) If you’ve never visited Fayetteville’s second-oldest brewery, this one also offers visitors an in-house restaurant, along with a full-service bar and lovely outdoor patio. When I first moved to Cumberland County, in 2003, I was delighted to discover Fayetteville had two breweries—something I naively thought was only “a thing” in Colorado. Now, in 2019, this centrally located establishment is still a popular choice with both our locals and our visitors. #DYK Mash hosts Brains & Brews Weekly Trivia year-round, every Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m.? Starting this month, Mash House will also be offering a range of new menu items. Hot wings lovers will be excited to hear about their Reaper Wings, which are coated in a super spicy sauce made with the infamous Carolina Reaper pepper. I’m a taco lover myself, so I’m thrilled to see the addition of Korean Kalbi Beef Tacos and Fried Shrimp Tacos. Having lived in Italy, I’m also interested in trying their new Pasta Bolognese. And just to make things even sweeter, Mash has added a Caramel Cheesecake Brownie to their already decadent dessert list. #DYK Mash celebrates #NCBeerMonth with $3 select pints all month long? Beyond the food, there’s beer to discuss, of course. Specifically, let’s talk about Mash’s “Special Hoperations”—a line of four IPA’s (India Pale Ales) that are inspired by some unique superheroes. These four brews are on a mission together: “to take down the evil villain ‘Dr. Bland’ and his boring macrobrewery beer.” Now, if you’re a craft-beer lover, you know brew-masters get clever when naming their brews. Mash has already debuted the first beer in their Hoperations’ line, and it’s appropriately named “Hoptimus Prime.” Be on the look-out for “Galaxy Girl” to be joining the superhero crew of IPA’s over the next month, with the remaining two to make their debut over the coming months. Ordering the Mondo Mash, a 9-beer sampler, is a must when visiting Mash House the first time Perfect strawberries from Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom (DBA) If you follow my blog, you know I’ve been eagerly anticipating the opening of Dirtbag Ales’ brand-new site since I first took a tour of the grounds a year ago. They’re finally done building their 8,000-square-foot brewery and are continuing to add on to what I’m now calling “an entertainment complex” on their six-acre site. I’m just impatiently waiting to hear them say the magical words, “We’re open for business!” I won’t rehash all the things I’ve shared about DBA's growth on the blog before, but I do want to highlight the biggest thing DBA has planned during #NCBeerMonth. #DYK Dirtbag celebrates #NCBeerMonth with a Firkin Friday and Small Batch Saturday every weekend in April? Visit the Sandhills in April and you’ll discover how much we love strawberry season here. Just like last year, DBA will be throwing a Strawberry Festival, and this two-day fest is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, and Sunday, April 28th. Not only is this festival a perfect way to celebrate #NCBeerMonth, but it also serves to launch their weekly Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market, which is organized and run by Sustainable Sandhills. Festival-goers will be able to shop for vegetables, meat, milk, baked goods, and flowers, as well as a wide range of artisan and artist creations. Even better? DBA has just finished building a gorgeous, 60-x-40-foot pavilion, which will provide a wonderful shade covering for the market. As for the beer, Dirtbag is headed out to a local strawberry farm, where their staff plans to hand-pick 200 pounds of strawberries for a special brew. This year, that beer will be a strawberry hefeweizen—a first for Dirtbag Ales to make. Hefeweizen is an unfiltered German wheat beer and quite possibly my favorite brew, so I’m stoked to try this. You’ll be able to purchase the hefe, plus all their flagship brews and more inside the brewery, through a walk-up window on the back porch, and from their mobile beer cart outside. #DYK Dirtbag produced over 20,000 gallons of beer in 2018? You can also expect live entertainment all weekend, thanks to Chris Sorrells, Emily Musolino, and Ethan Hanson. On Sunday morning, you’ll be able to join Hayat Yoga Shala for "Beer, Brunch & Yoga," and pickup sports games will be happening on DBA’s regulation-size sports field, as well. Lastly, throughout the two-day fest, an impressive line-up of rotating food trucks will be keeping everyone fed well: 32 Degrees, Authentique Café, Berri Bowlful, Frozen Spoon, R Burger, Rome N’ Round, and more. Dirtbag Ales' flagship beers are Blood Orange Kölsch, The IPA and Cold Brew Mocha Porter My fave pic of the year was taken at Bright Light of Bartender Trisha Greive and her buddy Nuke high-fiving Bright Light Brewing Company (BLBC) This downtown brewery has grown so much since they opened nearly two years ago that they recently expanded their hours to seven days a week. They've also purchased a nearby warehouse, which they plan to use for brewing and to remodel for a larger taproom. In the meantime, I continue to be amazed at the growing popularity of this brewery. Pick any night of the week and you'll find something exciting going down. Thursdays are always trivia nights, and I'm especially excited to see two upcoming challenges on their calendar: Baseball & Fayetteville Trivia on April 4th and NC Beer Month Trivia on April 11th. #DYK Monday Madness is when BLBC offers $4 pints and Taco Tuesday Boozeday is when wine is half off, year-round? If you ask any Bright Light employee, they'll tell you their favorite patrons are the dogs who frequent their taproom. All the owners and bartenders know their furry regulars by name, treat them to dog biscuits, and make sure they have water bowls. I find it really hard to resist making friends with so many of BLBC's regulars, to include the prettiest husky you've ever seen, Nuke (featured in picture above). That's why it's no surprise to me that you'll find BLBC serving their signature brews at Cape Fear Botanical Garden's Dog Day in the Garden, on April 6th. You'll also find all kinds of fur babies celebrating with BLBC at the biggest event they have planned during NC Beer Month, It's Our Birthday! Yep, it's Bright Light's second anniversary, and they're throwing themselves a big birthday bash on April 20th. Just like last year, BLBC will be roping off their parking lot for the all-day, festival-style party. #DYK Bright Light will have rickshaws onsite to take you back and forth from your parking spot or other downtown destination during their birthday bash? The whole family will be able to enjoy throwing axes with Axes & X's Throwing Range, jumping in a bouncy castle, and playing corn hole. Of course, live music is always happening at Bright Light, as well, so the popular Open Road and Lotus Sun bands will alternate providing the entertainment. R Burger and California Taco will be serving up their customers' faves all day long. As for beer, in addition to a throwback variety of BLBC brews and other NC brews on tap, they're bringing back their Mash House collaboration, the Lighthouse Stout. It's definitely going to be a party at Bright Light! This precious bulldog pup recently stole my heart on Bright Light's patio Gaston's new Executive Chef, Theo Gumbs, is ushering in exciting changes at this brewery Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) Fayetteville is now home to a celebrity chef! That’s right. Gaston recently brought on Chef Theo Gumbs as their Executive Chef. Born and raised on the U.S. Virgin Islands, Chef Theo's been featured on several TV shows, to include Bravo's Top Chef and Food Network's Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen . If you Google his name, you'll find he's been making appearances and bringing his expertise to other shows, such as The Wendy Williams Show , for years now. #DYK Wednesdays are when Lake Gaston serves $3 pints all day, year-round? Chef Theo will tell you he's determined to put Downtown Fayetteville on the map as a top-notch culinary destination. Word has already gotten out about this chef’s arrival here, and if you visit GBC on a weekend, you may have to wait a bit for a table; however, not only is this a sign of everything Gaston is doing so right, but it also means the experience is worth the wait. Look for this chef to be introducing all-new, made-from-scratch dishes to their menu over the next few weeks. In the meantime, he’s already slid a couple of new treasures onto that menu. My coworker and I had the pleasure of indulging in them for lunch recently, and it’s well worth sharing our insider intel with you. If you know anything about the Caribbean, you know islanders love their fish, so it would only make sense that Chef Theo introduces his take on the classic Fish & Chips to LGBC’s menu. Chef fries these beer-battered fillets to a golden-brown perfection and serves them with a rich, garlic-caper aioli sauce. The fries are hand-sliced (what a difference!), and the coleslaw serves as an acidic foil to the fried goodness on your plate. This signature dish is a must-try. #DYK Gaston’s new Pressed Porter beer represents a chocolatey, nutty collaboration between this brewery and their neighbor, Pressed – A Creative Space? I also feel compelled to share what turned out to be our favorite dish of all, the Jerk Chicken Wings. If you have a tolerance for spicier dishes, then you need these wings in your life. Marinated in a jerk seasoning mix and served with a cool pineapple salsa, do not overlook this new menu item at Gaston! I suspect the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich would be just as rewarding of a flavor bomb, so that’s on my list to try the next time I visit this brewery (i.e., very soon). Chef Theo's signature dish is a special take on the pub-style favorite, Fish & Chips Baseball + Beer I'd be remiss if I didn't mention where three of our breweries' beers may be found outside their taproom walls, and that's our brand-new Segra Stadium, in Downtown Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers will play the first of 70 home games there on April 18th, and while you're taking in a game, you'll be able to sample beers from our own Mash House, Dirtbag Ales, and Bright Light. In total, Segra will feature 40 beers across 100 taps – between all the stadium bars and beer carts – and several of those taps will be dedicated to other popular North Carolina breweries, such as Southern Pines Brewing Company (Southern Pines), Highland Brewing Company (Asheville), and Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem). #DYK Mash House and Dirtbag will both be repping Cumberland County in Raleigh at Brewgaloo, NC's biggest craft beer festival, during the last weekend of April? Speaking of baseball, spring is a celebration of America's pastime, and with the inaugural season of our Fayetteville Woodpeckers, we've never had more reason to celebrate that sport than now. Check out everything I had to share about our baseball history, teams, exhibits, and more on "Victory Means a Little More Here." Between that and #NCBeerMonth, you couldn't pick a more perfect time of year to plan a visit to the Fayetteville area. Book your Accommodations, explore your Dining options, and peruse the Calendar of Events. Then join us in Cumberland County – or as we like to call it, America's Hometown – for baseball and beer!","id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a77d","url":"/blog/list/post/breweries-fayetteville-nc/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/breweries-fayetteville-nc/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/breweries-fayetteville-nc/","metaTitle":"How to Celebrate NC Beer Month at Our Breweries - Go Fayetteville","metaDescription":"Every one of our five breweries is giving us reason to celebrate NC Beer Month, and I’m dishing on all their exciting news, food, events, and more!","cleanDescription":"North Carolina Beer Month is a statewide celebration of craft beer, and our five microbreweries are here for it! I’m dishing on all the new and exciting developments going down at each one of Cumberland County’s breweries in 2019. They’re celebrating a grand opening, welcoming a celebrity chef, launching a superhero-inspired IPA series, throwing a big birthday bash, and introducing an array of new cuisine. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Discover all our “Hometown Hops” this April. #DYK North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the South? Huske Hardware House's fascinating history as a hardware store dates back 116 years Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery (HHH) Our oldest brewery can proudly boast it was part of the very early revitalization efforts in Downtown Fayetteville, starting when they opened their doors in the historic Huske Hardware House 22 years ago. With our new baseball stadium now located across the street from HHH, we’re already predicting that Huske and its adjacent TapHouse will be very popular with ballgame attendees, both before and after games. Because they're also planning ahead for the baseball boom, Huske has recently added 14 new items to their menu. After taste-testing a few of them myself, I find it well worth highlighting their new cuisine here. Since downtown doesn’t have a steakhouse dining option, Huske was smart to add to their menu the Huske Signature Cowboy Cut Ribeye—a 16-ounce, bone-in Angus beef rib-eye, with sunrise potatoes and fried brussels sprouts. For an alternative to beef, there’s a signature dish for just about any taste—from Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp to 1/2 Roasted Herb Chicken to even a Cavatappi Pasta vegetarian option. Additionally, there are six new appetizers, perfect for sharing, and four new "between bread" options. #DYK the TapHouse has 80 brews on tap—more than any other venue in Cumberland County? One of their new dishes that excites me the most is something you just don’t find much in the South, let alone Fayetteville, and that’s a Connecticut Lobster Roll. My coworker and I recently indulged in this classic Northeastern treat, and we agreed it is the best thing we’ve been served by a restaurant in a long time. All you need to know is it's made with a generous portion of delicate lobster meat and served on a toasted lobster roll, with a little cup of warmed butter, a lemon wedge, and a side of "super slaw." Connecticut and Maine can continue to battle over the superiority of their lobster roll recipes. Meanwhile, I'm perfectly content—in fact, over the moon in love—with Huske's simple-yet-decadent presentation of this classic. Besides the lobster roll, my coworker and I also had to get on our hands on their Extreme Nachos. To be honest, I'm usually disappointed when I order nachos from restaurants, but Huske did not disappoint these two Texans. Mounds of green chile queso, house-made chili, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo cover a plate of multi-colored chips. Since it's the little things that impress me the most, I appreciated how they adorned these nachos with fresh jalapeno slices. When I return, I'll be trying more of Huske's new dishes, to include their North of the Border Nachos, but I really don't think anything can beat the decadent Connecticut Lobster Roll or Extreme Nachos. Regardless, I also plan to get my hands on Huske's new Peach Fork Saisson, a beer inspired by a midnight revelation. #DYK every Friday and Saturday night, from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Huske offers folks 21 and up a nightclub type of experience during “Huske After Hours”? Huske's signature Connecticut Lobster Roll, paired with their flagship Level-Headed Blonde ale A behind-the-scenes peak from Mash House's brew-master, Reuben Mash House Brewing Company (MHBC) If you’ve never visited Fayetteville’s second-oldest brewery, this one also offers visitors an in-house restaurant, along with a full-service bar and lovely outdoor patio. When I first moved to Cumberland County, in 2003, I was delighted to discover Fayetteville had two breweries—something I naively thought was only “a thing” in Colorado. Now, in 2019, this centrally located establishment is still a popular choice with both our locals and our visitors. #DYK Mash hosts Brains & Brews Weekly Trivia year-round, every Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m.? Starting this month, Mash House will also be offering a range of new menu items. Hot wings lovers will be excited to hear about their Reaper Wings, which are coated in a super spicy sauce made with the infamous Carolina Reaper pepper. I’m a taco lover myself, so I’m thrilled to see the addition of Korean Kalbi Beef Tacos and Fried Shrimp Tacos. Having lived in Italy, I’m also interested in trying their new Pasta Bolognese. And just to make things even sweeter, Mash has added a Caramel Cheesecake Brownie to their already decadent dessert list. #DYK Mash celebrates #NCBeerMonth with $3 select pints all month long? Beyond the food, there’s beer to discuss, of course. Specifically, let’s talk about Mash’s “Special Hoperations”—a line of four IPA’s (India Pale Ales) that are inspired by some unique superheroes. These four brews are on a mission together: “to take down the evil villain ‘Dr. Bland’ and his boring macrobrewery beer.” Now, if you’re a craft-beer lover, you know brew-masters get clever when naming their brews. Mash has already debuted the first beer in their Hoperations’ line, and it’s appropriately named “Hoptimus Prime.” Be on the look-out for “Galaxy Girl” to be joining the superhero crew of IPA’s over the next month, with the remaining two to make their debut over the coming months. Ordering the Mondo Mash, a 9-beer sampler, is a must when visiting Mash House the first time Perfect strawberries from Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom (DBA) If you follow my blog, you know I’ve been eagerly anticipating the opening of Dirtbag Ales’ brand-new site since I first took a tour of the grounds a year ago. They’re finally done building their 8,000-square-foot brewery and are continuing to add on to what I’m now calling “an entertainment complex” on their six-acre site. I’m just impatiently waiting to hear them say the magical words, “We’re open for business!” I won’t rehash all the things I’ve shared about DBA's growth on the blog before, but I do want to highlight the biggest thing DBA has planned during #NCBeerMonth. #DYK Dirtbag celebrates #NCBeerMonth with a Firkin Friday and Small Batch Saturday every weekend in April? Visit the Sandhills in April and you’ll discover how much we love strawberry season here. Just like last year, DBA will be throwing a Strawberry Festival, and this two-day fest is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, and Sunday, April 28th. Not only is this festival a perfect way to celebrate #NCBeerMonth, but it also serves to launch their weekly Dirtbag Ales Farmers Market, which is organized and run by Sustainable Sandhills. Festival-goers will be able to shop for vegetables, meat, milk, baked goods, and flowers, as well as a wide range of artisan and artist creations. Even better? DBA has just finished building a gorgeous, 60-x-40-foot pavilion, which will provide a wonderful shade covering for the market. As for the beer, Dirtbag is headed out to a local strawberry farm, where their staff plans to hand-pick 200 pounds of strawberries for a special brew. This year, that beer will be a strawberry hefeweizen—a first for Dirtbag Ales to make. Hefeweizen is an unfiltered German wheat beer and quite possibly my favorite brew, so I’m stoked to try this. You’ll be able to purchase the hefe, plus all their flagship brews and more inside the brewery, through a walk-up window on the back porch, and from their mobile beer cart outside. #DYK Dirtbag produced over 20,000 gallons of beer in 2018? You can also expect live entertainment all weekend, thanks to Chris Sorrells, Emily Musolino, and Ethan Hanson. On Sunday morning, you’ll be able to join Hayat Yoga Shala for "Beer, Brunch & Yoga," and pickup sports games will be happening on DBA’s regulation-size sports field, as well. Lastly, throughout the two-day fest, an impressive line-up of rotating food trucks will be keeping everyone fed well: 32 Degrees, Authentique Café, Berri Bowlful, Frozen Spoon, R Burger, Rome N’ Round, and more. Dirtbag Ales' flagship beers are Blood Orange Kölsch, The IPA and Cold Brew Mocha Porter My fave pic of the year was taken at Bright Light of Bartender Trisha Greive and her buddy Nuke high-fiving Bright Light Brewing Company (BLBC) This downtown brewery has grown so much since they opened nearly two years ago that they recently expanded their hours to seven days a week. They've also purchased a nearby warehouse, which they plan to use for brewing and to remodel for a larger taproom. In the meantime, I continue to be amazed at the growing popularity of this brewery. Pick any night of the week and you'll find something exciting going down. Thursdays are always trivia nights, and I'm especially excited to see two upcoming challenges on their calendar: Baseball & Fayetteville Trivia on April 4th and NC Beer Month Trivia on April 11th. #DYK Monday Madness is when BLBC offers $4 pints and Taco Tuesday Boozeday is when wine is half off, year-round? If you ask any Bright Light employee, they'll tell you their favorite patrons are the dogs who frequent their taproom. All the owners and bartenders know their furry regulars by name, treat them to dog biscuits, and make sure they have water bowls. I find it really hard to resist making friends with so many of BLBC's regulars, to include the prettiest husky you've ever seen, Nuke (featured in picture above). That's why it's no surprise to me that you'll find BLBC serving their signature brews at Cape Fear Botanical Garden's Dog Day in the Garden, on April 6th. You'll also find all kinds of fur babies celebrating with BLBC at the biggest event they have planned during NC Beer Month, It's Our Birthday! Yep, it's Bright Light's second anniversary, and they're throwing themselves a big birthday bash on April 20th. Just like last year, BLBC will be roping off their parking lot for the all-day, festival-style party. #DYK Bright Light will have rickshaws onsite to take you back and forth from your parking spot or other downtown destination during their birthday bash? The whole family will be able to enjoy throwing axes with Axes & X's Throwing Range, jumping in a bouncy castle, and playing corn hole. Of course, live music is always happening at Bright Light, as well, so the popular Open Road and Lotus Sun bands will alternate providing the entertainment. R Burger and California Taco will be serving up their customers' faves all day long. As for beer, in addition to a throwback variety of BLBC brews and other NC brews on tap, they're bringing back their Mash House collaboration, the Lighthouse Stout. It's definitely going to be a party at Bright Light! This precious bulldog pup recently stole my heart on Bright Light's patio Gaston's new Executive Chef, Theo Gumbs, is ushering in exciting changes at this brewery Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) Fayetteville is now home to a celebrity chef! That’s right. Gaston recently brought on Chef Theo Gumbs as their Executive Chef. Born and raised on the U.S. Virgin Islands, Chef Theo's been featured on several TV shows, to include Bravo's Top Chef and Food Network's Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen . If you Google his name, you'll find he's been making appearances and bringing his expertise to other shows, such as The Wendy Williams Show , for years now. #DYK Wednesdays are when Lake Gaston serves $3 pints all day, year-round? Chef Theo will tell you he's determined to put Downtown Fayetteville on the map as a top-notch culinary destination. Word has already gotten out about this chef’s arrival here, and if you visit GBC on a weekend, you may have to wait a bit for a table; however, not only is this a sign of everything Gaston is doing so right, but it also means the experience is worth the wait. Look for this chef to be introducing all-new, made-from-scratch dishes to their menu over the next few weeks. In the meantime, he’s already slid a couple of new treasures onto that menu. My coworker and I had the pleasure of indulging in them for lunch recently, and it’s well worth sharing our insider intel with you. If you know anything about the Caribbean, you know islanders love their fish, so it would only make sense that Chef Theo introduces his take on the classic Fish & Chips to LGBC’s menu. Chef fries these beer-battered fillets to a golden-brown perfection and serves them with a rich, garlic-caper aioli sauce. The fries are hand-sliced (what a difference!), and the coleslaw serves as an acidic foil to the fried goodness on your plate. This signature dish is a must-try. #DYK Gaston’s new Pressed Porter beer represents a chocolatey, nutty collaboration between this brewery and their neighbor, Pressed – A Creative Space? I also feel compelled to share what turned out to be our favorite dish of all, the Jerk Chicken Wings. If you have a tolerance for spicier dishes, then you need these wings in your life. Marinated in a jerk seasoning mix and served with a cool pineapple salsa, do not overlook this new menu item at Gaston! I suspect the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich would be just as rewarding of a flavor bomb, so that’s on my list to try the next time I visit this brewery (i.e., very soon). Chef Theo's signature dish is a special take on the pub-style favorite, Fish & Chips Baseball + Beer I'd be remiss if I didn't mention where three of our breweries' beers may be found outside their taproom walls, and that's our brand-new Segra Stadium, in Downtown Fayetteville. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers will play the first of 70 home games there on April 18th, and while you're taking in a game, you'll be able to sample beers from our own Mash House, Dirtbag Ales, and Bright Light. In total, Segra will feature 40 beers across 100 taps – between all the stadium bars and beer carts – and several of those taps will be dedicated to other popular North Carolina breweries, such as Southern Pines Brewing Company (Southern Pines), Highland Brewing Company (Asheville), and Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem). #DYK Mash House and Dirtbag will both be repping Cumberland County in Raleigh at Brewgaloo, NC's biggest craft beer festival, during the last weekend of April? Speaking of baseball, spring is a celebration of America's pastime, and with the inaugural season of our Fayetteville Woodpeckers, we've never had more reason to celebrate that sport than now. Check out everything I had to share about our baseball history, teams, exhibits, and more on "Victory Means a Little More Here." Between that and #NCBeerMonth, you couldn't pick a more perfect time of year to plan a visit to the Fayetteville area. Book your Accommodations, explore your Dining options, and peruse the Calendar of Events. 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