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Are you needing to shop for last-minute gifts for friends or family? If you're like me, you've procrastinated, but still want to buy meaningful gifts for folks while supporting local. Here's a list of 15+ unique things…

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Top 10 Reasons to Choose Fayetteville NC

No matter what type of meeting is in the works, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has one mission: to help planners safely execute the perfect event. Planners will find the area affordable, easily accessible, diverse, and brimming with Southern hospitality.Here are the top 10 reasons to choose Fayetteville for a winning event:…

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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. 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. 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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shanti Wellness FWC (@shantiwellnessfwc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by N a t a s h a (@iam_natashamoore)   Spring Lake Outpost If you find tranquility in the whole floating thing but prefer to do so outdoors, here’s your place. Spring Lake Outpost offers a quaint spot to cruise down the Little River by kayak or canoe. It’s perfect for those who may only need a couple of hours of relaxation or those who prefer an all-day excursion. Whichever you choose, they offer a convenient shuttle pick-up to take you and your river cruiser back at the end of the adventure. It truly is a peaceful, yet adventurous experience with a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to take in. The best part is that you won’t find any big boats or jet skis killing your vibes since the Little River is undisturbed. Which, if you’re familiar with most North Carolina inlets, is pretty hard to come by. 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In celebration of October as NC Beer Month and with Veteran's Day quickly approaching, what better time than now to raise a glass in honor of the veteran-owned breweries around Fayetteville. One of the best ways to thank a veteran for their service is continuing to support them and their endeavors after being discharged. So, when you grab a pint at one of these places, you know you're doing just that!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery". View this post on Instagram A post shared by chuckandgus.bulldogbros (@chuckandgus.bulldogbros) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bright Light Brewing Company (@brightlightbrewingco)   Huske Hardware Brewery North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award  for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fayetteville Symphony (@faysymphony) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huske Hardware Brewery (@huskehardwarebrewery)   Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. As fate would have it, these two were able to turn this little downtown space into an award-winning local favorite. Always full of smiling faces and located right beside military spouse-owned Pressed - A Creative Space, it's clear there's an incredible support system that surrounds GBC - and they're proud of it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910)   Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom A U.S. Army officer, nurse, and medic walk into a bar…and the rest is history. This triple-threat of veterans took their talents to Hope Mills and opened up what has since become an iconic 8,000-sq. foot destination brewery. And by destination, I mean you could very well spend all day here. With athletic fields, a dog park, a music pavilion, and Napkins (an outstanding patio restaurant that also happens to be veteran-owned and operated) - Dirtbag is the complete package. If you haven't been to Dirtbag by now, let's just say it's "The Nicest Place in North Carolina" (Readers Digest). As proud host to a few upcoming Heroes Homecoming events, Veteran's Day Weekend may be the perfect time to experience Dirtbag, and all these breweries, and see for yourself. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Charles Bessman (@charlesthebeerman)   Heckler Brewing Methodist University students (and staff) can now rejoice to know they have a brewery practically on campus! Northside Fayetteville's newest (and only) member of the local brewery scene has already shown big things come in small packages. Although located in a smaller space than their fellow breweries in town, it's perfect for showcasing their 16 diverse craft brews. While they don't currently serve food, their delicious next-door neighbors at Scrub Oaks will happily bring some over for you. With an already dedicated fan base established, don't be surprised to see this place continue to grow! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Heckler Brewing Company (@hecklerbrewing) View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Valkyrie Project (@valkyrieprojectus)   Mash House Restaurant and Brewery Last, but certainly not least, this local Fayetteville treasure always shows some massive support to military personnel. Although started by veterans and since changed hands, Mash House embraces the veteran foundation it was built upon by offering generous military discounts and supporting various military-related nonprofits. With so many rotating taps to choose from, you might want to grab a flight first while browsing through their food menu. Just to reemphasize, you will want to grab a menu because Mash House serves up some of the best locally sourced food you'll ever experience at a brewery. 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Not only is that the short story of how BLBC came to be, but t's that beautiful sentiment that encapsulates what this place is all about: a passion for serving. It's got everything you'd want in a brewery, honestly. The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery". View this post on Instagram A post shared by chuckandgus.bulldogbros (@chuckandgus.bulldogbros) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bright Light Brewing Company (@brightlightbrewingco)   Huske Hardware Brewery North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award  for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fayetteville Symphony (@faysymphony) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huske Hardware Brewery (@huskehardwarebrewery)   Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. As fate would have it, these two were able to turn this little downtown space into an award-winning local favorite. Always full of smiling faces and located right beside military spouse-owned Pressed - A Creative Space, it's clear there's an incredible support system that surrounds GBC - and they're proud of it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910)   Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom A U.S. Army officer, nurse, and medic walk into a bar…and the rest is history. This triple-threat of veterans took their talents to Hope Mills and opened up what has since become an iconic 8,000-sq. foot destination brewery. And by destination, I mean you could very well spend all day here. With athletic fields, a dog park, a music pavilion, and Napkins (an outstanding patio restaurant that also happens to be veteran-owned and operated) - Dirtbag is the complete package. 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Let’s be honest, life has been pretty hectic lately for most of us adults. After over a year of way too much time at home, where the phrase “going out” translated into a scavenger hunt for toilet paper or meeting the Uber Eats driver in the driveway, it’s finally time to get back to planning those much-needed nights out with that special someone. Whether you’re meeting up for your first date, looking for an impromptu getaway, or finally shipping those kids off to your parents for the weekend, Downtown Fayetteville awaits! With so much to do in less than a one-mile radius, it is the perfect place to make up for lost time by checking off a few date spots, all in one evening. Check out these 7 great places to wine, dine, and (re)kindle the romance in Downtown Fay!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Opening just over a year ago, “Taps” has already won the hearts of locals by offering a unique atmosphere to enjoy 40 beers they can pour themselves. Located in what once was the Hilltop House in Historic Haymount District, the modernized space offers multiple seating options for larger parties, double dates, or that intimate table for two. If both you and your partner are avid fans of tasting the best local beer selection around, you’re going to want to start here…and maybe even finish here too.      Huske Hardware House For both the history buffs and people watchers out there, this 115-year-old building containing Fayetteville’s oldest brewery should check all boxes for you. However, if you ask locals, this place never gets old. Once, in fact, a hardware store, the space is quite accommodating to events and large crowds without the drawback of long waits for a table. As far as food goes, if your worried this is just your run- of-the-mill brewery food, think again. Their menu has some incredible selections for just about every mood. Shepherds pie? Check. Poutine? Check. Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon? Check! Huske has just about everything you’re in the mood for. Plus, who could say, "No" to a date at a place with such a food & drink selection and one that is part of the National Register of Historic Places?     Fayetteville Woodpeckers @ Segra Stadium Sure, you could stay in another night and watch Fever Pitch on Netflix again. Or, you can go to an actual baseball game to live out that rom-com date night yourselves! Even for non-sports fans, watching the Fayetteville Woodpeckers play at Segra Stadium (aka the “The Ball Park of the Decade” according to Baseball Digest) is an experience in itself. Located just a block or two from each place on this list, it’s easy to grab drinks or dinner before and after the game. Although, with some of the best ballpark food and beverage options available in the state, you may not want to. If you’re looking to plan a date during the week, you should check out “Thirsty Thursdays.” Just saying.     Cameo Art House Theatre Again Netflix, we love you, but it’s time we see other movies. Plus, we’ve all missed the movie theatre experience, so why not support an independent movie theatre that missed you back? If you’re a fan of the arts, indy flicks, and eclectic atmospheres, then this is your ideal spot. If the multiple local media accolades such as “Best Movie Theatre in Fayetteville” and “Best Place to Take a Date” aren’t convincing enough, you can best believe that one whiff of their fresh popcorn will do the trick. They even offer theatre rental and private screenings if you’re looking for a more intimate night out - especially if this happens to be the night you plan to ask your date any sort of...important questions. Wink, wink.     @cameoarthouse       Circa 1800 Now, let’s talk about the eats! This is a staple for #foodies. Just ask the locals when they voted the “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Food Spot” earlier this year. Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, you will find that their locally sourced ingredients add an additional element of authenticity to their hearty, soulful selection. Every plate that comes out of the looks straight out of a magazine. If you’re here for dinner, you’ll notice a lot of those picturesque plates contain the Circa Chicken Piccata - it’s kind of famous around here. Of course, their brunch is pretty famous as well. So, whatever time of day you end up going, definitely save room for dessert. Their signature Bananas Foster is the perfect dish to sharing (or “split” rather) with your date.   Spoiler alert: Yes, these last two spots are both Italian. However, leaving off either one would be quite tragic considering both offer their own unique food options and dining experience. You want the best recommendations, right? Fantástico!         Pierro’s Italian Bistro “Bistro” by definition is a smaller place to get quality food that’s friendly on the wallet. That’s exactly what you can expect here. This is one of those places where people come for appetizers, but most develop a dinner craving almost immediately. If that craving happens to be pizza for dinner? Well then, you hit the jackpot! Very few would argue that this is the best pizza downtown. If you or your date aren’t in the pizza mood though, don’t be deterred, the options extend far beyond the tomato sauce and dough. Many will tell you that their Tuscan steak or Caprese salad is the best they’ve ever had too.     Antonella’s Italian Ristorante Not to say the best was saved for last necessarily, but locals did just recently name it as “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Date Spot” - which is hard to argue. The owner, Antonella Scibilia, learned the art of Southern Italian cuisine by working in her father’s restaurant as a child. 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Located in what once was the Hilltop House in Historic Haymount District, the modernized space offers multiple seating options for larger parties, double dates, or that intimate table for two. If both you and your partner are avid fans of tasting the best local beer selection around, you’re going to want to start here…and maybe even finish here too.      Huske Hardware House For both the history buffs and people watchers out there, this 115-year-old building containing Fayetteville’s oldest brewery should check all boxes for you. However, if you ask locals, this place never gets old. Once, in fact, a hardware store, the space is quite accommodating to events and large crowds without the drawback of long waits for a table. As far as food goes, if your worried this is just your run- of-the-mill brewery food, think again. Their menu has some incredible selections for just about every mood. Shepherds pie? Check. Poutine? Check. Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon? Check! 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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. 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Fantástico!         Pierro’s Italian Bistro “Bistro” by definition is a smaller place to get quality food that’s friendly on the wallet. That’s exactly what you can expect here. This is one of those places where people come for appetizers, but most develop a dinner craving almost immediately. If that craving happens to be pizza for dinner? Well then, you hit the jackpot! Very few would argue that this is the best pizza downtown. If you or your date aren’t in the pizza mood though, don’t be deterred, the options extend far beyond the tomato sauce and dough. Many will tell you that their Tuscan steak or Caprese salad is the best they’ve ever had too.     Antonella’s Italian Ristorante Not to say the best was saved for last necessarily, but locals did just recently name it as “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Date Spot” - which is hard to argue. The owner, Antonella Scibilia, learned the art of Southern Italian cuisine by working in her father’s restaurant as a child. 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The veteran-friendly community of Fayetteville has turned the idea of a typical military town upside down. Home to Fort Bragg and the 82nd Airborne and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, this small city known as “America’s Hometown” now lives large, thanks to the many veteran families who have injected their creativity into Fayetteville by sticking around after completing their service. They are staying in town by choice. That’s a win-win. Not only have these dedicated Americans made Fayetteville a better place to live, but they’ve also made it a better place to vacation as well — one that really knows how to appreciate veterans.

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

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

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

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

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    \"ASOM\"
\r\nAirborne & Special Operations Museum 

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

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\r\n82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum Grounds

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

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\r\nPressed - A Creative Space in Downtown Fayetteville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The gardens surrounding the museum hosts two fine military statues; The 16-foot-tall Iron Mike personifies the steely nature of the brave and tough veterans. Nearby, under a shady tree, rests a much smaller piece that pays tribute to the dogs who’ve served. There’s also a Parade Field, a walkway lined with flags and monuments. Of course, America’s first state park dedicated to honoring veterans from all service branches is here too. The North Carolina Veterans Park is adjacent to the museum and it pays homage to individuals from the state’s 100 counties who served. 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum Grounds   You’ll also want to venture onto Fort Bragg, the world’s largest military training installation. It’s home to the 82 nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, the second oldest U.S. Army Museum. Following from the Division’s 1917 inception, the museum explores the active-duty infantry that specializes in assault operations. The grounds also include an Airborne Airpark, an exhibit of almost every type of aircraft used by paratroopers since World War II. Pressed - A Creative Space in Downtown Fayetteville   Many Fayetteville businesses are owned and run by veteran families. At the boutique, Pressed—A Creative Space, Ashley and Jon Thompson and Angela Santos feature locally made t-shirts, bags and wallets, greeting cards, and all manner of stylish items for the home. When Ashley and Angela’s military husbands were in active service, they channeled their passion for design and décor into a business that also feeds positivity into town. Then after serving for seven years, Jon joined forces with his wife to make Pressed a family business. Over at Cornerstone Design, you’ll meet owner Tianna Dean. She’ll introduce you to her husband’s, Mike, farmhouse table designs, and then invite you over to her candle-making counter where you too can make your own. Tianna tells the story of when she and Mike were based in Columbus, Ga., and they bought their first house. “We could afford the house, but not the furniture,” she says. So Mike started building furniture. When he left the service after serving at Fort Bragg, the couple grabbed onto the idea that the dining table is the cornerstone of the family gathering together, hence the company name. Now the couple sources the wood locally in North Carolina and works together to build a better Fayetteville. Down the street at Floating Shanti, when you take an hour-long float in their saltwater serenity tank, you’re supporting a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Nicole Walcott, a veteran and the wife of a policeman who is also a veteran, has built this wellness retreat not only with service individuals in mind, but also as a place of tranquility for first responders. The name Shanti is Sanskrit for peace — the goal of the business. With a physician on staff, Walcott wants those with chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress-related symptoms to find help here. Fayetteville Pie Company serves North Carolina's best pie.    Another veteran-owned business has a huge lunchtime following. Fayetteville Pie Company is the brainchild of Leslie Pearson and her military hubby. Leslie, who is also a successful artist, channels her creative spirit into the love of pie-making. She dishes up savory and sweet concoction every day, and folks come from all over town, the base, and even off the interstate to sample these famous concoctions. Veteran Owned Lake Gaston Brewing Company offers food from celebrity chef Theo Gumbs    Beer and veterans go together as well; several Fayetteville breweries come from veteran hands. Dirtbag Ales features the brews of Vernardo “Tito” Simmons-Valenzuela, a former Army medic. Being called a “dirtbag” may seem offensive, but the military know it creates a fellowship with others who’ve kicked around a few deployments. Huske Hardware is also veteran-owned in downtown, as is Bright Light Brewing. The Climbing Place has one of the largest climbing walls in North Carolina      Several Fayetteville businesses cater to the adventuresome side of military residents and guests. Spots such as the Climbing Place offer $10 Wednesdays for vets and their families. That fee includes climbing time and gear.  Over at Escape Rooms, small groups get locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles to escape within 60 minutes. Escapology works on the same premise. For a pseudo combat experience, check out Black Ops Paintball/Airsoft’s 85 acres for some colorful battle. If you prefer your clash to not leave any marks, opt for Battle House Laser Tag. This mission-based game features realistic weapons, fake bombs, and airstrikes. For preferring to learn a different form of combat, check out the All-American Fencing Academy’s walk-in classes during Downtown Fayetteville’s Fourth Fridays, where you can sample a fencing class. The most patriotic time of the year to visit Fayetteville is on the Fourth of July. The community goes all out with a downtown festival, an outdoor patriotic concert by the local symphony orchestra, an Independence Day parade, and a huge firework display to cap the holiday. 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When ladies travel together, they opt for the best places: Girls’ trips insist on to-die-for meals, count on a bit of shopping, make time for spas, and plan to laugh all the way through. Plus, when ladies travel, they absolutely adore discovering out-of-the-way, affordable places that may not be on everyone else’s radar. So ladies choose Fayetteville, a small city that lives large.

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Afoot in Fayetteville
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Put on your walking shoes and hit Hay Street and the surrounding downtown blocks. There you’ll discover enough boutiques, antique shops, and galleries to fill a day. Fayetteville is small enough that you’re more than likely to meet the people behind the storefronts who choose to make this city an interesting place to live, and yet large enough to support a variety of locally owned businesses.

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Start at the Cape Fear Studios, where featured artists greet visitors and introduce the gallery’s works. Even if you’re not buying art, watching a piece being made is akin to owning a part of the work forever. Keep the art theme going by stopping in at Greg’s Pottery, where you can even paint your own earthenware to take home.

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Still feeling crafty? Head over to Cornerstone Design and meet owner Tianna Dean. She’ll introduce you to her husband’s farmhouse table designs, and then invite you over to her candle-making counter where you too can become a chandler. After selecting your perfect scent from the dozen or so she stocks, you’ll set the wick and pour the molten wax into stylish cups. Tianna and Mike Dean are just a few of the retired military couples who have chosen to make Fayetteville home, and they enthusiastically share their passion for their hometown throughout their home décor business.

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You also might run into Ashley and Jon Thompson and Angela Santos at Pressed—a Creative Space, their boutique, which features locally made t-shirts, bags and wallets, greeting cards, and all manner of stylish items for the home. When Ashley and Angela’s military husbands were in active service, they channeled their creative passion for design and décor into a business that also feeds positivity into town. Then after serving for seven years, Jon joined forces with his wife to make Pressed a family business.

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In the mood to dress up a bit? Several salons enhance personal style. Look to Gullah Girl Boutique for colorful frocks, while Diane’s Vintage Market displays handcrafted jewelry amid curated décor. White Trash & Colorful Accessories is plain fun with lots of irresistible whimsical decorations — in white. Over at A Bit of Carolina, you’ll find more T-shirts as well as hundreds of items for your home, all themed to the Tar Heel State.

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Be sure to take a break for caffeine or herbal tea at Winterbloom. This serene shop pours hot brews and sends wi-fi to your phones while you rest your tired feet. And you’ll need the rest, as there are several emporiums of antiquities to explore, including The Cotton Exchange and The Livery, which feature vintage, primitive, and collectible furnishings, as well as Lodestone Art and Antiques, offering more than 30 different dealers under one roof.

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Mealtime Happies
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Planning the next meal is high on the list for girls’ trips. It’s all about anticipation. We want, we desire, and we just can’t forget those memorable meals.

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Grab a sidewalk table at Antonellas on Hay Street, and indulge in fine dining, Southern Italian style. Carefully prepared dishes can create a light and casual lunch – think Caprese salad with local tomatoes or flavorful bruschettas. At night, the daily features become more elaborate and satisfying, as is the Chianti. But don’t miss the Lasagna Dip (everything but the pasta) that will have you headed back here for more.

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\r\nFayetteville Pie Company Serves North Carolina's Top Pie. Each lunch special is sweet and savory

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Join a local favorite at the Fayetteville Pie Company, an emporium for both savory and sweet pies for lunch. Leslie Pearson takes inspiration from her grandmother, who was a one-dish wonder. Leslie rotates 35 savory pies and 45 sweet ones, and they aren’t the kind you bake at home. You might want to split the Fayetteville fave, the Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato wonder, that layers swoon-worthy ‘cue atop creamy potatoes with fresh corn and barbecue sauce mixed in. That all sits atop the perfect flaky crust. And don’t worry, they have sides of slaw and salads if you require something light.

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When you crave a burger, steak, or taco, head over to the Mash House Restaurant and Brewery. This locally owned eatery caters to a wide variety of tastes, without feeling like the chain restaurants. Plus, you can try a variety of their house-made beer on a sampler platter without committing to a full one. All steaks are hand-cut, and the lemon pasta (meatless) is a vegetarian feast.

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Chris’s Steak and Seafood House is both a Fayetteville institution and realization of the American dream for owner Greg Kalevas (link to YouTube video). Established more than 50 years ago, its tradition has grown through the years with hand-cut steaks from an open hearth, the freshest seafood, and vast wine selection.

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Feeling like flavors from around the world? Fayetteville can satisfy just about any cravings. Try the Cuban sandwiches and the ropa vieja at Habana Cuban, or opt for falafels and baklava at Pharoah’s Village. When the Far East captures your appetite, order a steaming bowl of pho at Saigon Bistro, or nam sod at Prik Thai.

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When downhome cooking gets your mouth watering at breakfast time, MaryBills Café & Elbow Room dishes up Southern classics, but with a lighter touch. Plus, they make sure you vegan/vegetarians don’t go hungry either.

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North Carolina is fast becoming the beer capital of the U.S., and Fayetteville is doing its share of making memorable brews. Downtown, drop by Lake Gaston Brewing Company, order an appetizer or two and a pint of what makes them famous. The craft food comes bite-size — think cauliflower bites and cheese curds — and the beer-loving staff can guide you towards your favorite beer type. The piece de resistance? There’s plenty of al fresco tables on the sidewalk.

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At Dirtbag Ales, don’t let the name fool you. It may be situated on five acres out in the country, yet it’s a rather refined place. Yes, there’s great beer here, but there’s also live music on weekends and events such as food truck rallies on Thursdays and a farmers' markets on Sundays that includes a virtual shooting game among other activities. During their monthly Ladies Night events, the brewery takes in donations of feminine hygiene products to help the less fortunate. The brewery includes a dog park, a kids' park, a sports field, a stage, and a pavilion. It’s kind of like a mini-town on the outskirts of the big town.

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The Aahhs Have It

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When you’re good and worn out from finding all that wonder in Fayetteville, leave all your cares behind during an hour-long session in the water tank at Floating Shanti. This veteran-owned business provides an array of services, including massage and individual yoga, but most folks come to spend time in the tank. Warm salt water (think salt like the Dead Sea) and soothing lights cocoon you in comfort. You may pipe in your own music, or simply accept the calm and leave all stress behind.

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Over by the mall, Embrace Yoga Studio welcomes visitors to a wide variety of classes on the mat. Two different rooms — one for hot yoga, the other traditional — hold hour-long sessions for beginner to advanced yogis. With a selection of six to eight different classes a day, you can find the kind of yoga (or introduction) you desire. And if you love Embrace Yoga, they also offer online sessions you can do when you get back home.

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Fayetteville even entertains with a bit of high-brow performances. The city has its own symphony orchestra, which performs regularly during its September through May season. And Sweet Tea Shakespeare produces the best bard plays for all manner of audiences. No matter where you roam in Fayetteville, you’ll be glad you came.

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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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When ladies travel together, they opt for the best places: Girls’ trips insist on to-die-for meals, count on a bit of shopping, make time for spas, and plan to laugh all the way through. Plus, when ladies travel, they

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Even if you’re not buying art, watching a piece being made is akin to owning a part of the work forever. Keep the art theme going by stopping in at Greg’s Pottery, where you can even paint your own earthenware to take home. Still feeling crafty? Head over to Cornerstone Design and meet owner Tianna Dean. She’ll introduce you to her husband’s farmhouse table designs, and then invite you over to her candle-making counter where you too can become a chandler. After selecting your perfect scent from the dozen or so she stocks, you’ll set the wick and pour the molten wax into stylish cups. Tianna and Mike Dean are just a few of the retired military couples who have chosen to make Fayetteville home, and they enthusiastically share their passion for their hometown throughout their home décor business. Pressed- A Creative Space  You also might run into Ashley and Jon Thompson and Angela Santos at Pressed—a Creative Space, their boutique, which features locally made t-shirts, bags and wallets, greeting cards, and all manner of stylish items for the home. When Ashley and Angela’s military husbands were in active service, they channeled their creative passion for design and décor into a business that also feeds positivity into town. Then after serving for seven years, Jon joined forces with his wife to make Pressed a family business. In the mood to dress up a bit? Several salons enhance personal style. Look to Gullah Girl Boutique for colorful frocks, while Diane’s Vintage Market displays handcrafted jewelry amid curated décor. White Trash & Colorful Accessories is plain fun with lots of irresistible whimsical decorations — in white. Over at A Bit of Carolina, you’ll find more T-shirts as well as hundreds of items for your home, all themed to the Tar Heel State. Be sure to take a break for caffeine or herbal tea at Winterbloom. This serene shop pours hot brews and sends wi-fi to your phones while you rest your tired feet. And you’ll need the rest, as there are several emporiums of antiquities to explore, including The Cotton Exchange and The Livery, which feature vintage, primitive, and collectible furnishings, as well as Lodestone Art and Antiques, offering more than 30 different dealers under one roof.   Mealtime Happies Planning the next meal is high on the list for girls’ trips. It’s all about anticipation. We want, we desire, and we just can’t forget those memorable meals. Grab a sidewalk table at Antonellas on Hay Street, and indulge in fine dining, Southern Italian style. Carefully prepared dishes can create a light and casual lunch – think Caprese salad with local tomatoes or flavorful bruschettas. At night, the daily features become more elaborate and satisfying, as is the Chianti. But don’t miss the Lasagna Dip (everything but the pasta) that will have you headed back here for more. Fayetteville Pie Company Serves North Carolina's Top Pie. Each lunch special is sweet and savory Join a local favorite at the Fayetteville Pie Company, an emporium for both savory and sweet pies for lunch. Leslie Pearson takes inspiration from her grandmother, who was a one-dish wonder. Leslie rotates 35 savory pies and 45 sweet ones, and they aren’t the kind you bake at home. You might want to split the Fayetteville fave, the Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato wonder, that layers swoon-worthy ‘cue atop creamy potatoes with fresh corn and barbecue sauce mixed in. That all sits atop the perfect flaky crust. And don’t worry, they have sides of slaw and salads if you require something light. Mash House Restaurant & Brewery When you crave a burger, steak, or taco, head over to the Mash House Restaurant and Brewery. This locally owned eatery caters to a wide variety of tastes, without feeling like the chain restaurants. Plus, you can try a variety of their house-made beer on a sampler platter without committing to a full one. All steaks are hand-cut, and the lemon pasta (meatless) is a vegetarian feast. Chris’s Steak and Seafood House is both a Fayetteville institution and realization of the American dream for owner Greg Kalevas (link to YouTube video). Established more than 50 years ago, its tradition has grown through the years with hand-cut steaks from an open hearth, the freshest seafood, and vast wine selection.   Feeling like flavors from around the world? Fayetteville can satisfy just about any cravings. Try the Cuban sandwiches and the ropa vieja at Habana Cuban, or opt for falafels and baklava at Pharoah’s Village. When the Far East captures your appetite, order a steaming bowl of pho at Saigon Bistro, or nam sod at Prik Thai. When downhome cooking gets your mouth watering at breakfast time, MaryBills Café & Elbow Room dishes up Southern classics, but with a lighter touch. Plus, they make sure you vegan/vegetarians don’t go hungry either. North Carolina is fast becoming the beer capital of the U.S., and Fayetteville is doing its share of making memorable brews. Downtown, drop by Lake Gaston Brewing Company, order an appetizer or two and a pint of what makes them famous. The craft food comes bite-size — think cauliflower bites and cheese curds — and the beer-loving staff can guide you towards your favorite beer type. The piece de resistance? There’s plenty of al fresco tables on the sidewalk. Lake Gaston Brewing Company in Downtown Fayetteville.  At Dirtbag Ales, don’t let the name fool you. It may be situated on five acres out in the country, yet it’s a rather refined place. Yes, there’s great beer here, but there’s also live music on weekends and events such as food truck rallies on Thursdays and a farmers' markets on Sundays that includes a virtual shooting game among other activities. During their monthly Ladies Night events, the brewery takes in donations of feminine hygiene products to help the less fortunate. The brewery includes a dog park, a kids' park, a sports field, a stage, and a pavilion. It’s kind of like a mini-town on the outskirts of the big town. The Aahhs Have It Floating Shanti When you’re good and worn out from finding all that wonder in Fayetteville, leave all your cares behind during an hour-long session in the water tank at Floating Shanti. This veteran-owned business provides an array of services, including massage and individual yoga, but most folks come to spend time in the tank. Warm salt water (think salt like the Dead Sea) and soothing lights cocoon you in comfort. You may pipe in your own music, or simply accept the calm and leave all stress behind. Over by the mall, Embrace Yoga Studio welcomes visitors to a wide variety of classes on the mat. Two different rooms — one for hot yoga, the other traditional — hold hour-long sessions for beginner to advanced yogis. With a selection of six to eight different classes a day, you can find the kind of yoga (or introduction) you desire. And if you love Embrace Yoga, they also offer online sessions you can do when you get back home. Fayetteville even entertains with a bit of high-brow performances. The city has its own symphony orchestra, which performs regularly during its September through May season. And Sweet Tea Shakespeare produces the best bard plays for all manner of audiences. 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Even if you’re not buying art, watching a piece being made is akin to owning a part of the work forever. Keep the art theme going by stopping in at Greg’s Pottery, where you can even paint your own earthenware to take home. Still feeling crafty? Head over to Cornerstone Design and meet owner Tianna Dean. She’ll introduce you to her husband’s farmhouse table designs, and then invite you over to her candle-making counter where you too can become a chandler. After selecting your perfect scent from the dozen or so she stocks, you’ll set the wick and pour the molten wax into stylish cups. Tianna and Mike Dean are just a few of the retired military couples who have chosen to make Fayetteville home, and they enthusiastically share their passion for their hometown throughout their home décor business. Pressed- A Creative Space  You also might run into Ashley and Jon Thompson and Angela Santos at Pressed—a Creative Space, their boutique, which features locally made t-shirts, bags and wallets, greeting cards, and all manner of stylish items for the home. When Ashley and Angela’s military husbands were in active service, they channeled their creative passion for design and décor into a business that also feeds positivity into town. Then after serving for seven years, Jon joined forces with his wife to make Pressed a family business. In the mood to dress up a bit? Several salons enhance personal style. Look to Gullah Girl Boutique for colorful frocks, while Diane’s Vintage Market displays handcrafted jewelry amid curated décor. White Trash & Colorful Accessories is plain fun with lots of irresistible whimsical decorations — in white. Over at A Bit of Carolina, you’ll find more T-shirts as well as hundreds of items for your home, all themed to the Tar Heel State. Be sure to take a break for caffeine or herbal tea at Winterbloom. This serene shop pours hot brews and sends wi-fi to your phones while you rest your tired feet. And you’ll need the rest, as there are several emporiums of antiquities to explore, including The Cotton Exchange and The Livery, which feature vintage, primitive, and collectible furnishings, as well as Lodestone Art and Antiques, offering more than 30 different dealers under one roof.   Mealtime Happies Planning the next meal is high on the list for girls’ trips. It’s all about anticipation. We want, we desire, and we just can’t forget those memorable meals. Grab a sidewalk table at Antonellas on Hay Street, and indulge in fine dining, Southern Italian style. Carefully prepared dishes can create a light and casual lunch – think Caprese salad with local tomatoes or flavorful bruschettas. At night, the daily features become more elaborate and satisfying, as is the Chianti. But don’t miss the Lasagna Dip (everything but the pasta) that will have you headed back here for more. Fayetteville Pie Company Serves North Carolina's Top Pie. Each lunch special is sweet and savory Join a local favorite at the Fayetteville Pie Company, an emporium for both savory and sweet pies for lunch. Leslie Pearson takes inspiration from her grandmother, who was a one-dish wonder. Leslie rotates 35 savory pies and 45 sweet ones, and they aren’t the kind you bake at home. You might want to split the Fayetteville fave, the Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato wonder, that layers swoon-worthy ‘cue atop creamy potatoes with fresh corn and barbecue sauce mixed in. That all sits atop the perfect flaky crust. And don’t worry, they have sides of slaw and salads if you require something light. Mash House Restaurant & Brewery When you crave a burger, steak, or taco, head over to the Mash House Restaurant and Brewery. This locally owned eatery caters to a wide variety of tastes, without feeling like the chain restaurants. Plus, you can try a variety of their house-made beer on a sampler platter without committing to a full one. All steaks are hand-cut, and the lemon pasta (meatless) is a vegetarian feast. Chris’s Steak and Seafood House is both a Fayetteville institution and realization of the American dream for owner Greg Kalevas (link to YouTube video). Established more than 50 years ago, its tradition has grown through the years with hand-cut steaks from an open hearth, the freshest seafood, and vast wine selection.   Feeling like flavors from around the world? Fayetteville can satisfy just about any cravings. Try the Cuban sandwiches and the ropa vieja at Habana Cuban, or opt for falafels and baklava at Pharoah’s Village. When the Far East captures your appetite, order a steaming bowl of pho at Saigon Bistro, or nam sod at Prik Thai. 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Yes, there’s great beer here, but there’s also live music on weekends and events such as food truck rallies on Thursdays and a farmers' markets on Sundays that includes a virtual shooting game among other activities. During their monthly Ladies Night events, the brewery takes in donations of feminine hygiene products to help the less fortunate. The brewery includes a dog park, a kids' park, a sports field, a stage, and a pavilion. It’s kind of like a mini-town on the outskirts of the big town. The Aahhs Have It Floating Shanti When you’re good and worn out from finding all that wonder in Fayetteville, leave all your cares behind during an hour-long session in the water tank at Floating Shanti. This veteran-owned business provides an array of services, including massage and individual yoga, but most folks come to spend time in the tank. Warm salt water (think salt like the Dead Sea) and soothing lights cocoon you in comfort. 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Are you needing to shop for last-minute gifts for friends or family? If you're like me, you've procrastinated, but still want to buy meaningful gifts for folks while supporting local. Here's a list of 15+ unique things my coworkers and I love to give (or receive) over the holidays, providing insight for our visitors on where our locals shop. Let our favorite things inspire what local businesses you support this holiday season in Cumberland County!

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Something Fragrant

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Leclair’s General Store, located in our Haymount Historic District, carries a line of P.F. Candle Co. products that I’m obsessed with, and I bought several of their reed diffusers and candles to give as gifts last Christmas. I have the Teakwood & Tobacco Reed Diffuser in my office now, but you really can’t go wrong with any of their warm, natural-smelling scents.

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Visit Leclair’s at 1212 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville OR shop their online store for select products.

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My boss, Melody, recently discovered a new boutique in our Town of Hope Mills called Bath Snob, and she’s been raving about their products, all of which are made by hand, onsite. In particular, she recommends purchasing one of their 17 different sugar scrubs to give as a gift, but this bath, body, and candle boutique has plenty of other products to spoil a loved one or friend, as well.

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Visit Bath Snob at 3505 North Main Street, Hope Mills OR shop their online store.

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Downtown Fayetteville’s Hummingbird Candle Co. may be known for their candle-making workshops, but some of their other products, like room sprays, make for perfect stocking stuffers. The 000 is their original, signature candle and my favorite of all because of its more masculine, rich scent. Luckily, they now offer that same scent in a room spray, too, and it is so concentrated that one spray of it in my house lingers all day.

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Visit Hummingbird at 240 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store.

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At Broad River Hemp Company, in downtown Fayetteville, you’ll find a variety of CBD and hemp products, including a line of hemp-infused Beard Oils that is quite popular with their customers. Even local barbershops love using these oils on their customers. Claims that they “add luster to your beard while strengthening thin or fragile strands and giving your beard an overall thicker appearance” seem to be true, as evident in the bearded gents who work there.

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Visit Broad River at 102 Robeson Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store for select products.

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Something Artistic

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My friend and owner of McFadden Studio, Katlin, recently held her first art exhibit opening at downtown’s NC Center for Economic Empowerment & Development (CEED) and unveiled her Human Nature series for attendees. These gorgeous acrylic paintings on canvas were inspired by local photographer Tysha Hallman’s serene photos of women, and I fell in love with Katlin’s “Reflection” painting the moment I laid eyes on it. While original works are available for purchase, the prints on deep matte photographic paper are just as lovely and are numbered and signed.

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Visit CEED at 230 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop McFadden Studio online.

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Melody has shopped downtown’s Cape Fear Studios for many gifts over the years and loves to send our travel writers there so they can see what our incredibly talented, local artists have created. While you can find just about any type of artwork for sale there, you can always count on a beautiful variety of handmade pottery, such as vases. I happened to win a piece of pottery in a drawing there a couple of years ago, and it’s one of my favorite pieces of original artwork in my home.

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Visit Cape Fear Studios at 148 Maxwell Street, Fayetteville.

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Something Tasty

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Considering the year we’ve all had, gifting alcoholic beverages seems like a fine idea to me, and if you ask my coworker, David, he’ll tell you it doesn’t get much better than craft beer from our Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom. Luckily, this Hope Mills brewery right off I-95 cans their more popular beers in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and 6-packs of 12-ounce cans. Of course, growlers and crowlers are also available, and curbside delivery gives folks a safe option for pickup. For a little reminder of summer, I insist you try their newest canned beer release: Peachy Mosaic.

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Visit Dirtbag Ales at 5435 Corporation Drive, Hope Mills.

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My coworker, Amy, knows her boyfriend loves anything chocolate, but he’s especially crazy about chocolate-covered coffee beans. This year, Amy’s headed to Cumberland Coffee Roasters, in our Town of Hope Mills, to pick some up for his stocking. This sweet little cafe roasts their beans, and you’ll find they’ve stocked up on their Christmas Blend and Christmas Espresso seasonal coffees, as well.

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Visit Cumberland Coffee at 3109 North Main Street, Hope Mills OR shop their online store for select products.

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My son, Isaiah, tried Unicorn Cotton Candy popcorn from HotSugarPop at a baseball game a couple of years ago, and he’s been obsessed with their gourmet kettle corn ever since. What started out as an experiment by the owners to make something safe to eat for their son with food allergies quickly morphed into a business that would pop up at events around town (pun intended). Their popularity with our locals led to them opening a shop inside our Cross Creek Mall, where you can find up to 25 different flavors of delicious, GMO-free popcorn.

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Visit HotSugarPop at 419 Cross Creek Mall, Space #250, Fayetteville OR shop their online store.

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Downtown Fayetteville’s Rude Awakening Coffee House now carries hot cocoa bombs, the trendy indulgences everyone is raving about in 2020. Even better, a locally owned bakery, Sinful Decadence Cupcakes, supplies this downtown coffee shop with several flavors of bombs—including their limited-edition, red velvet flavor that doubles as a Christmas ornament—which has been a huge hit with their loyal customers.

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Visit Rude Awakening at 227 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop Sinful Decadence Cupcakes’ online store.

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Something Stylish

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You can’t visit the Fayetteville area without seeing a local sporting apparel made by Pressed - A Creative Space. This popular downtown gift shop is my coworker Natalie’s favorite spot to shop for sassy t-shirts, and they get more and more creative with their line of seasonal apparel every year. You’ll find plenty of other trendy gift items for males, females, and even furry family members that make for great stocking stuffers there, as well.

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Visit Pressed at 120 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store.

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When it comes to high-end men’s apparel, it doesn’t get much classier than our Ties by Marcus. Over the years, owner Marcus has expanded into suits, dress shirts, accessories, and more, so it’s really a one-stop shop for the businessman in your life.

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Visit Ties by Marcus at 5804 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville OR shop their online store.

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With 275K+ Facebook followers, it’s safe to say Off the Racks Boutique is Cumberland County’s most popular boutique. Located in our Town of Eastover, this sweet little shop regularly rotates its inventory to keep up with the latest trends in women’s fashion. Their Christmas pajama sets and slippers make for adorable gift options, and don’t overlook their accessories for fun, affordable stocking stuffers.

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Shop Off the Racks’ online store (instore shopping not available during the pandemic).

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Something Homey

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There’s a whole new line of apparel, souvenirs, and other products available for purchase at the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's (FACVB) Fayetteville NC Gear Store, located downtown. These Fayetteville-branded products show off our community’s pride in this special place. My coworker, Kelly, is especially fond of our smaller mementos—like our ornaments, trivet, coasters, magnets, and keychains—as they make great trip souvenirs or gifts to family living in other places.

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Visit Fayetteville NC Gear at 245 Person Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store.

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The Front Porch Southern Decor is a charming shop in our Town of Hope Mills that offers a wide range of seasonal decor and gift items. They’re known for their darling farmhouse-style signs and other wall art, much of which they make by hand, but Melody is also fond of their vintage-looking tree ornaments, which make for sweet gift adornments.

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Visit The Front Porch at 5548 Trade Street, Hope Mills OR shop their online store.

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Woodworking is in Kurt Ballash's blood, as he likes to say, and this U.S. Army Veteran is living his passion, post-service, through his business, Ballash Woodworks. Some of their more popular items are their handcrafted cutting boards, like The Colonel or The Lieutenant, but their rolling pins, wood lamps, chess boards, and much more make for handsome gifts, as well.

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Visit Ballash at 432-B Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville OR shop their online store.

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The above list doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of Cumberland County's shopping options. You'll find 500+ more options on VisitFayettevilleNC.com, which also proudly promotes area hotels, attractions, and the many businesses that make Cumberland County a tourism destination and a special place. Also be sure to check out the FACVB's Antiquing Trail, Literary Lanes Trail, and Second-Hand Treasure Trail for some handy shopper resources.

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Please directly contact any of the businesses mentioned in this blog before visiting to ensure they are open for business.

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My boss, Melody, recently discovered a new boutique in our Town of Hope Mills called Bath Snob, and she’s been raving about their products, all of which are made by hand, onsite. In particular, she recommends purchasing one of their 17 different sugar scrubs to give as a gift, but this bath, body, and candle boutique has plenty of other products to spoil a loved one or friend, as well. Visit Bath Snob at 3505 North Main Street, Hope Mills OR shop their online store. Downtown Fayetteville’s Hummingbird Candle Co. may be known for their candle-making workshops, but some of their other products, like room sprays, make for perfect stocking stuffers. The 000 is their original, signature candle and my favorite of all because of its more masculine, rich scent. Luckily, they now offer that same scent in a room spray, too, and it is so concentrated that one spray of it in my house lingers all day. Visit Hummingbird at 240 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store . At Broad River Hemp Company, in downtown Fayetteville, you’ll find a variety of CBD and hemp products, including a line of hemp-infused Beard Oils that is quite popular with their customers. Even local barbershops love using these oils on their customers. Claims that they “add luster to your beard while strengthening thin or fragile strands and giving your beard an overall thicker appearance” seem to be true, as evident in the bearded gents who work there. Visit Broad River at 102 Robeson Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store for select products. Something Artistic My friend and owner of McFadden Studio, Katlin, recently held her first art exhibit opening at downtown’s NC Center for Economic Empowerment & Development (CEED) and unveiled her Human Nature series for attendees. These gorgeous acrylic paintings on canvas were inspired by local photographer Tysha Hallman’s serene photos of women, and I fell in love with Katlin’s “Reflection” painting the moment I laid eyes on it. While original works are available for purchase, the prints on deep matte photographic paper are just as lovely and are numbered and signed. Visit CEED at 230 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop McFadden Studio online. Melody has shopped downtown’s Cape Fear Studios for many gifts over the years and loves to send our travel writers there so they can see what our incredibly talented, local artists have created. While you can find just about any type of artwork for sale there, you can always count on a beautiful variety of handmade pottery, such as vases. I happened to win a piece of pottery in a drawing there a couple of years ago, and it’s one of my favorite pieces of original artwork in my home. Visit Cape Fear Studios at 148 Maxwell Street, Fayetteville. Something Tasty Considering the year we’ve all had, gifting alcoholic beverages seems like a fine idea to me, and if you ask my coworker, David, he’ll tell you it doesn’t get much better than craft beer from our Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom. Luckily, this Hope Mills brewery right off I-95 cans their more popular beers in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and 6-packs of 12-ounce cans. Of course, growlers and crowlers are also available, and curbside delivery gives folks a safe option for pickup. For a little reminder of summer, I insist you try their newest canned beer release: Peachy Mosaic. Visit Dirtbag Ales at 5435 Corporation Drive, Hope Mills. My coworker, Amy, knows her boyfriend loves anything chocolate, but he’s especially crazy about chocolate-covered coffee beans. This year, Amy’s headed to Cumberland Coffee Roasters, in our Town of Hope Mills, to pick some up for his stocking. This sweet little cafe roasts their beans, and you’ll find they’ve stocked up on their Christmas Blend and Christmas Espresso seasonal coffees, as well. Visit Cumberland Coffee at 3109 North Main Street, Hope Mills OR shop their online store for select products. My son, Isaiah, tried Unicorn Cotton Candy popcorn from HotSugarPop at a baseball game a couple of years ago, and he’s been obsessed with their gourmet kettle corn ever since. What started out as an experiment by the owners to make something safe to eat for their son with food allergies quickly morphed into a business that would pop up at events around town (pun intended). Their popularity with our locals led to them opening a shop inside our Cross Creek Mall, where you can find up to 25 different flavors of delicious, GMO-free popcorn. Visit HotSugarPop at 419 Cross Creek Mall, Space #250, Fayetteville OR shop their online store. Downtown Fayetteville’s Rude Awakening Coffee House now carries hot cocoa bombs, the trendy indulgences everyone is raving about in 2020. Even better, a locally owned bakery, Sinful Decadence Cupcakes, supplies this downtown coffee shop with several flavors of bombs—including their limited-edition, red velvet flavor that doubles as a Christmas ornament—which has been a huge hit with their loyal customers. Visit Rude Awakening at 227 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop Sinful Decadence Cupcakes’ online store. Something Stylish You can’t visit the Fayetteville area without seeing a local sporting apparel made by Pressed - A Creative Space. This popular downtown gift shop is my coworker Natalie’s favorite spot to shop for sassy t-shirts, and they get more and more creative with their line of seasonal apparel every year. You’ll find plenty of other trendy gift items for males, females, and even furry family members that make for great stocking stuffers there, as well. Visit Pressed at 120 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store. When it comes to high-end men’s apparel, it doesn’t get much classier than our Ties by Marcus. Over the years, owner Marcus has expanded into suits, dress shirts, accessories, and more, so it’s really a one-stop shop for the businessman in your life. Visit Ties by Marcus at 5804 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville OR shop their online store. With 275K+ Facebook followers, it’s safe to say Off the Racks Boutique is Cumberland County’s most popular boutique. Located in our Town of Eastover, this sweet little shop regularly rotates its inventory to keep up with the latest trends in women’s fashion. Their Christmas pajama sets and slippers make for adorable gift options, and don’t overlook their accessories for fun, affordable stocking stuffers. Shop Off the Racks’ online store (instore shopping not available during the pandemic). Something Homey There’s a whole new line of apparel, souvenirs, and other products available for purchase at the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's (FACVB) Fayetteville NC Gear Store, located downtown. These Fayetteville-branded products show off our community’s pride in this special place. My coworker, Kelly, is especially fond of our smaller mementos—like our ornaments, trivet, coasters, magnets, and keychains—as they make great trip souvenirs or gifts to family living in other places. Visit Fayetteville NC Gear at 245 Person Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store. The Front Porch Southern Decor is a charming shop in our Town of Hope Mills that offers a wide range of seasonal decor and gift items. They’re known for their darling farmhouse-style signs and other wall art, much of which they make by hand, but Melody is also fond of their vintage-looking tree ornaments, which make for sweet gift adornments. Visit The Front Porch at 5548 Trade Street, Hope Mills OR shop their online store. Woodworking is in Kurt Ballash's blood, as he likes to say, and this U.S. Army Veteran is living his passion, post-service, through his business, Ballash Woodworks. Some of their more popular items are their handcrafted cutting boards, like The Colonel or The Lieutenant, but their rolling pins, wood lamps, chess boards, and much more make for handsome gifts, as well. Visit Ballash at 432-B Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville OR shop their online store. The above list doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of Cumberland County's shopping options. You'll find 500+ more options on VisitFayettevilleNC.com, which also proudly promotes area hotels, attractions, and the many businesses that make Cumberland County a tourism destination and a special place. Also be sure to check out the FACVB's Antiquing Trail, Literary Lanes Trail, and Second-Hand Treasure Trail for some handy shopper resources. 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Let our favorite things inspire what local businesses you support this holiday season in Cumberland County! Something Fragrant Leclair’s General Store, located in our Haymount Historic District, carries a line of P.F. Candle Co. products that I’m obsessed with, and I bought several of their reed diffusers and candles to give as gifts last Christmas. I have the Teakwood & Tobacco Reed Diffuser in my office now, but you really can’t go wrong with any of their warm, natural-smelling scents. Visit Leclair’s at 1212 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville OR shop their online store for select products. My boss, Melody, recently discovered a new boutique in our Town of Hope Mills called Bath Snob, and she’s been raving about their products, all of which are made by hand, onsite. In particular, she recommends purchasing one of their 17 different sugar scrubs to give as a gift, but this bath, body, and candle boutique has plenty of other products to spoil a loved one or friend, as well. Visit Bath Snob at 3505 North Main Street, Hope Mills OR shop their online store. Downtown Fayetteville’s Hummingbird Candle Co. may be known for their candle-making workshops, but some of their other products, like room sprays, make for perfect stocking stuffers. The 000 is their original, signature candle and my favorite of all because of its more masculine, rich scent. Luckily, they now offer that same scent in a room spray, too, and it is so concentrated that one spray of it in my house lingers all day. Visit Hummingbird at 240 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store . At Broad River Hemp Company, in downtown Fayetteville, you’ll find a variety of CBD and hemp products, including a line of hemp-infused Beard Oils that is quite popular with their customers. Even local barbershops love using these oils on their customers. Claims that they “add luster to your beard while strengthening thin or fragile strands and giving your beard an overall thicker appearance” seem to be true, as evident in the bearded gents who work there. Visit Broad River at 102 Robeson Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store for select products. Something Artistic My friend and owner of McFadden Studio, Katlin, recently held her first art exhibit opening at downtown’s NC Center for Economic Empowerment & Development (CEED) and unveiled her Human Nature series for attendees. These gorgeous acrylic paintings on canvas were inspired by local photographer Tysha Hallman’s serene photos of women, and I fell in love with Katlin’s “Reflection” painting the moment I laid eyes on it. While original works are available for purchase, the prints on deep matte photographic paper are just as lovely and are numbered and signed. Visit CEED at 230 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop McFadden Studio online. Melody has shopped downtown’s Cape Fear Studios for many gifts over the years and loves to send our travel writers there so they can see what our incredibly talented, local artists have created. While you can find just about any type of artwork for sale there, you can always count on a beautiful variety of handmade pottery, such as vases. I happened to win a piece of pottery in a drawing there a couple of years ago, and it’s one of my favorite pieces of original artwork in my home. Visit Cape Fear Studios at 148 Maxwell Street, Fayetteville. Something Tasty Considering the year we’ve all had, gifting alcoholic beverages seems like a fine idea to me, and if you ask my coworker, David, he’ll tell you it doesn’t get much better than craft beer from our Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom. Luckily, this Hope Mills brewery right off I-95 cans their more popular beers in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and 6-packs of 12-ounce cans. Of course, growlers and crowlers are also available, and curbside delivery gives folks a safe option for pickup. For a little reminder of summer, I insist you try their newest canned beer release: Peachy Mosaic. Visit Dirtbag Ales at 5435 Corporation Drive, Hope Mills. My coworker, Amy, knows her boyfriend loves anything chocolate, but he’s especially crazy about chocolate-covered coffee beans. This year, Amy’s headed to Cumberland Coffee Roasters, in our Town of Hope Mills, to pick some up for his stocking. This sweet little cafe roasts their beans, and you’ll find they’ve stocked up on their Christmas Blend and Christmas Espresso seasonal coffees, as well. Visit Cumberland Coffee at 3109 North Main Street, Hope Mills OR shop their online store for select products. My son, Isaiah, tried Unicorn Cotton Candy popcorn from HotSugarPop at a baseball game a couple of years ago, and he’s been obsessed with their gourmet kettle corn ever since. What started out as an experiment by the owners to make something safe to eat for their son with food allergies quickly morphed into a business that would pop up at events around town (pun intended). Their popularity with our locals led to them opening a shop inside our Cross Creek Mall, where you can find up to 25 different flavors of delicious, GMO-free popcorn. Visit HotSugarPop at 419 Cross Creek Mall, Space #250, Fayetteville OR shop their online store. Downtown Fayetteville’s Rude Awakening Coffee House now carries hot cocoa bombs, the trendy indulgences everyone is raving about in 2020. Even better, a locally owned bakery, Sinful Decadence Cupcakes, supplies this downtown coffee shop with several flavors of bombs—including their limited-edition, red velvet flavor that doubles as a Christmas ornament—which has been a huge hit with their loyal customers. Visit Rude Awakening at 227 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop Sinful Decadence Cupcakes’ online store. Something Stylish You can’t visit the Fayetteville area without seeing a local sporting apparel made by Pressed - A Creative Space. This popular downtown gift shop is my coworker Natalie’s favorite spot to shop for sassy t-shirts, and they get more and more creative with their line of seasonal apparel every year. You’ll find plenty of other trendy gift items for males, females, and even furry family members that make for great stocking stuffers there, as well. Visit Pressed at 120 Hay Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store. When it comes to high-end men’s apparel, it doesn’t get much classier than our Ties by Marcus. Over the years, owner Marcus has expanded into suits, dress shirts, accessories, and more, so it’s really a one-stop shop for the businessman in your life. Visit Ties by Marcus at 5804 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville OR shop their online store. With 275K+ Facebook followers, it’s safe to say Off the Racks Boutique is Cumberland County’s most popular boutique. Located in our Town of Eastover, this sweet little shop regularly rotates its inventory to keep up with the latest trends in women’s fashion. Their Christmas pajama sets and slippers make for adorable gift options, and don’t overlook their accessories for fun, affordable stocking stuffers. Shop Off the Racks’ online store (instore shopping not available during the pandemic). Something Homey There’s a whole new line of apparel, souvenirs, and other products available for purchase at the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's (FACVB) Fayetteville NC Gear Store, located downtown. These Fayetteville-branded products show off our community’s pride in this special place. My coworker, Kelly, is especially fond of our smaller mementos—like our ornaments, trivet, coasters, magnets, and keychains—as they make great trip souvenirs or gifts to family living in other places. Visit Fayetteville NC Gear at 245 Person Street, Fayetteville OR shop their online store. 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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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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

","description":"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).","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":"2021-12-03T00:06:51.003Z"},{"_id":"5f6ce31dfa06b336ef43c712","author_id":"5f2c6e0d4f31a434bca0a38a","title":"A Tasty Tour of 40+ Eateries in Cumberland County","slug":"fayetteville-nc-restaurants","image_id":"5f6e1db8fa06b336ef43d278","meta_title":"Fayetteville, NC Restaurants","meta_description":"Fayetteville’s a city with an international flair, and our restaurant selection looks like the United Nations’ lunchroom. 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Our active-duty service members and veterans have served all around the world, and their travels and experiences abroad have influenced our community. Nowhere is that more evident than on the plate. We’re packed with restaurants that serve more than a burger and fries—much more, in fact. Fayetteville’s a city with an international flair, and our restaurant selection looks like the United Nations’ lunchroom.

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With over 30 countries represented in our eateries here, you'll be able to take your pick between Vietnamese or Thai, Jamaican or Cuban, German or Italian, Egyptian or Greek cuisine, to name a few options. And, of course, since we are in the South, we have many Soul Food, barbecue, and Southern eateries to satisfy those downhome cravings.

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Since the earliest days of our city, we’ve welcomed folks from abroad with open arms, and that always means sharing a meal or two. The restaurants, breweries, bakeries, and other eateries in and around America's Hometown show our deep connection to the outside world and the authentic flavors of home, wherever home might have been. So come take a tasty tour of 40+ eateries in Cumberland County with me!

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Want some killer ice cream made with a contraption involving a John Deere tractor? You can do both if you head to Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream in the post office at 806 Cedar Creek Road. When you place your order, pick up a postcard or two and write to your friends (we’ll get you started: “You won’t believe it; I’m getting ice cream from a post office! xoxo") while you wait on the postmaster to retrieve your frozen treat.

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Transport yourself to the shores of the Aegean Sea with a bite from Agora Restaurant: Turkish and Greek Cuisine. Here, simple flavors and family recipes for adana kebabs (ground beef and lamb), gyros, and the Alexander (a spicy play on the gyro) make for a bite so authentic that you’ll swear you’re in Istanbul.

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Blue Pineapple Bakery, a dessert-focused bakery, delivers cakes fit for any celebration and treats guaranteed to brighten your day. Grab a box of scones, macarons, or cinnamon rolls, or go for a classic cookie or cake pop. Their work is as delicious as it is beautiful, so even if your expectations are sky-high, they’ll exceed them with every bite.

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Food trucks frequent Bright Light Brewing Company, a downtown nano-brewery where they show off the best of what they can do in a pint glass and celebrate tasty brews from across North Carolina. A pair of great–and distinctly different–blonde ales and an intriguing cream ale anchor their menu, while specialty styles, like sours, pop up on the taps. A fun, friendly atmosphere and folks who definitely like to talk beer, Bright Light is exactly what you want in a neighborhood brewery.

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For more than 55 years, Chris’s Steak & Seafood House has been a go-to for those meals that mark a special occasion and a favorite restaurant when we have a hankering for steak. The steaks here are hand-cut, and the seafood is fresh from the coast—something that’s held true here since they opened in 1963, earning them such a high reputation. Whether you feel like a ribeye, filet, rack of lamb, or catch-of-the-day (guarantee it was swimming just a few hours ago), it’s going to be cooked to perfection and paired with the perfect wine.

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After undergoing a facelift that’s made Circa 1800 shine, they’re ready to impress with more than just the dining room; they want to wow you on the plate. Brunch, served Saturday and Sunday, is an absolute feast. The shrimp ‘n grits has a well-earned reputation for being among the best around, as does the bananas foster French toast. You can’t go wrong on their menu, as long as you don’t forget the Bloody Mary Bar.

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You can tell by the name and your nose that Cumberland Coffee Roasters roasts their beans in-house; the coffee shows it, too. This Hope Mills coffee shop delivers a variety of beans and levels of roast so you can find your next favorite cup. Keep it classic with a French press or go for a flavor-packed specialty latte.

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You’ll recognize Das Bavarian Haus by the blue-and-white-checked Bavarian flag outside, but you’ll come back to this German eatery for the schnitzel–crispy, platter-sized slices of breaded and fried pork or chicken. Of course, the knockwurst, bratwurst, pretzel buns, and German wine and beer add to the authenticity.

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In Hope Mills, less than 1 mile from I-95, Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom keeps more than a dozen beers on tap, and each one’s a great match to the smashburgers at Napkins, the onsite eatery. It’s hard to know where to start here. Do we go with the Ragular, a craft brew designed with the non-craft drinkers in mind (word of warning: it will convert you to craft beer)? Or the Oui Oui Saison, which brings together French yeast and crisp apples to create a beer that’s an instant favorite? Or something else? Maybe the Impossibly Black, a black IPA with Ethiopian coffee, or the Blactobacillus, a dark, kettle-soured ale that adds in notes of cherries and cinnamon to round it out. That only scratches the surface of what’s on offer here.

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Plenty of folks know and love Tex-Mex, but El Cazador serves a blend of familiar Tex-Mex dishes and traditional bites from across Mexico. Tacos inspired by the street carts of Mexico City; tortas with flavors from Northern Mexico; seafood dishes, like ceviche, fish tacos, and camarones al mojo de ajo (grilled shrimp in a garlic and mushroom sauce) that speak to coastal towns, from the Baja to the Yucatan to the Pacific.

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The only thing better than a slice of pie is a whole pie, and at Fayetteville Pie Company they cook up only the best. Their variety of sweet and savory pies is inventive and daring, and it always hits the mark on flavor. From traditional chicken pot pies to sweet potato pies loaded with pulled pork, their savory pies are swoon-worthy. And on the sweet side, it’s hard to beat their seasonal berry pies, unless it’s one of their cream pies. Everything here dazzles the tastebuds, so order with reckless abandon; whatever you order will be a winner.

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Few barbecue eateries deliver flavors like the ones you’ll find at Fowler’s Southern Gourmet. Their barbecue spans styles, from pulled pork with a splash of Eastern North Carolina vinegar sauce to sticky, saucy ribs to fork-tender brisket to pork-belly burnt ends. Doesn’t matter if you get yours as a platter with some mighty fine sides or as a sandwich, which can be as traditional or inventive as you are, because you’ll fall in love at first bite. With their pork, cheese, and more coming from farms and fields nearby and across the state, you’ll have a true taste of North Carolina on every plate.

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Folks around here refer to Fred Chasons Grandsons Buffet simply as "Grandsons," and in case you didn’t know, here in the South, if we shorten your name, give you a nickname, or call you by anything other than your given name (and a few other choice words), you’re like family. At Grandsons, they keep up the family tradition of serving up platter after platter of barbecue. And fried chicken, mashed potatoes, okra, and all the sweet tea you can drink. The ‘cue has that smoky note that lets you know it was done right, and the fried chicken is crispy, just like Fred Chason’s grandmama made it.

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Serving barbecue, fried seafood, and all the fixings since 1986, Fuller’s Old Fashioned BBQ is an institution in Fayetteville, with two locations and a legion of hungry fans. While North Carolina barbecue is the star here, don’t skip the slaw, hushpuppies, or barbecue chicken. Perfect for a picnic, a to-go box is like a ready-made picnic spread.

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Drop by Gaston Brewing Company, where they brew up everything from those hazy New England IPAs to a light Kölsch to a malty, lightly fruity Strawberry Blonde Ale and serve a variety of dishes that satisfy. The menu might look like your typical pub grub, but it’s so much more. If zesty fish and chips, a Chicago-style beef sandwich, or a Certified Angus Beef burger topped with bacon jam and homemade pimento cheese doesn’t convince you, maybe the grown-up chicken tenders, fried cheese curds, or dozen beers on hand will.

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One whiff of a steaming bowl of pho–a ginger-packed, lemongrass-laced noodle soup from Vietnam–and you’ll be hooked. As satisfying as pho can be, it’s not everyone’s cup of soup, so Grilled Ginger offers up other delicacies from Vietnam. Try the perfect simplicity of Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli; Hot Chili Shrimp; or a clay pot filled with rice, seafood, and an irresistible curry.

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When you have a hankering for something Mexican or Guatemalan or Honduran or Salvadoran or downright delicious, make your way to Guatemala Centro American Restaurant. With tacos, burritos, tamales, pupusas, and more, this spot’s blend of Central-American flavors means you’ll have a table full of tasty dishes and plenty of leftovers by the time lunch is done.

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Huske Hardware House, another downtown brewery, is Fayetteville’s oldest, and it’s in a gorgeous historic building. Another brewery with a full menu (try the shrimp po’boy or the beef tip hoagie—you won’t be disappointed), their beer’s as cold as it is refreshing. The Saison de Huske delivers spot-on Saison spices, the Sledgehammer Stout drinks easy, and the Killamin Irish Red has that caramel-malt finish you want in an Irish red.

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Though Cuba’s only 90 miles from the U.S., the food at Habana Cuban Restaurant is an intriguing blend of Latin and Caribbean influences, resulting in some outstanding dishes that are simultaneously hearty and light, succulent and tropical. Plenty of plantains and tostones are on the menu to accompany the hearty flavors you’ll find in their specialties. Ropa vieja is Cuba’s national dish and is comprised of shredded beef in a rich sauce, served with fresh vegetables and plenty of rice. In their chicken mole, you'll find shredded chicken, served in a sauce that’s so tightly packed with flavors, you’ll think about it for days afterward. Of course, you can't go wrong with the Cubano—one of the greatest sandwiches in the world and a solid introduction to Cuban food.

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Hot Diggity Dog carries on the Southern tradition of the cookout. Some of you might call it a “barbecue,” but down here, barbecue is pork cooked over wood; that thing you do in the backyard when you have friends over, that’s a cookout. Well, Hot Diggity Dog dishes up everything from the backyard cookout classics, like hot dogs and cheeseburgers, but then takes things a bit further, offering up a taste of the country with a fried bologna sandwich (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, and try it with cheese and mustard) and an indulgent take on the classic hot dog with their “Top 20 Hot Dog in North Carolina,” bacon-wrapped dog. With regular dogs, order it “All the Way”—with mustard, chili, slaw, and onions—and let each bite speak for itself.

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We have more flavors from the Caribbean at Jamaican Kitchen, where the jerk chicken serves as a great introduction to the foodways of this island nation, but dishes like curry goat, oxtail stew, and rice with cabbage and plantains will take you deeper into Jamaica’s kitchen. But you have to try the salt fish with ackee, Jamaica’s national dish; ackee's creamy, savory flavor goes well with the spicy peppers and salty cod it’s served alongside.

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At dinnertime, make your way to Luigi’s Italian Chophouse & Bar, where the extensive wine menu offers plenty of quality options to pair with classic Italian dishes or premium, aged steaks. Both the pasta and the vino are ideal companions for some live music, and just about every Friday and Saturday night of the year, there’s a band onsite, singing, playing, and coaxing the crowd to dance. Even better, Luigi’s large outdoor patio offers customers a lovely, al-fresco dining experience that is guaranteed to transport you to L’Italia.

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If you prefer your barbecue with a side of awards, then Mac’s Speed Shop will deliver the smoky goodness and the trophies, ribbons, plaques, and platters that are a sign of greatness. They’ve won more than two dozen awards for their ‘cue, sauces, chicken, and more. But one taste and you won’t need the award to tell you what you’re eating is stellar barbecue. Try the brisket burnt ends, cornmeal-fried catfish, that award-winning hickory-smoked pulled pork, or even a new category of barbecue goodness, "Mexicue."

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When you head to The Mash House Brewing Company, remember two words: steak and beer. The steaks are hand-cut beauties, and the beer’s brewed just steps from the bar. The Hefeweizen has that big banana-and-clove flavor and that hazy look you want in a hefe, and their Stout is loaded with a roasty, chocolaty aroma that carries over into the flavor of the beer. But it’s their IPA that surprises; not too hoppy, not too malty, this is an accessible beer that’s easy to sip.

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A Fayetteville favorite is Metro Diner, where you can order a pair of sunny-side-up eggs and toast or you can step things up a bit. Fried Chicken Benedict (a croissant-turned-French-Toast), stacks of fluffy pancakes, and two big biscuits smothered in gravy might tempt you away from your usual order, but you might be the breakfast sandwich type. If you are, it’s your lucky day, because the Avocado Breakfast Sandwich—a BLT plus avocado, plus egg, plus eight-grain bread—is a guaranteed hit.

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Our deep tradition of military service shows in our barbecue, too. One of our favorites is the veteran-owned, regional chain, Mission BBQ. Their all-inclusive approach to barbecue is the right way to do it. Want some brisket, a jalapeno-laced smoked sausage, and some pulled pork? Or maybe a plate of ribs, chicken, and a heap of slaw? Go for it. They have all this, plus ten sauces to choose from, so you really can travel around the South with just one plate here.

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Over at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom, you’ll find Napkins, where the menu changes constantly. This little restaurant serves up big flavors with smashburgers, Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, heaping baskets of fries and tots, and more. Pair your meal with one of Dirtbag’s sudsy brews for a winning combination. There’s plenty of room outside for a picnic on the lawn or at one of the tables on the patio, so you can get a bit of fresh air and sunshine with your brew while any kiddos on your road trip get the chance to play and burn off a little energy on their 5-acre spread and playground.

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The aromas of Middle Eastern spices are nearly as colorful as the plates at Pharaoh’s Village: Mediterranean Grill and Market. Go for a handheld meal–gyro, shawarma, or falafel pita–or sit down to a platter piled high with lamb kebabs, flavor-packed veggies, or all the fixings for a gyro feast. Just don’t skip dessert, because the baklava and kunaffa are worth every calorie.

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On the outskirts of downtown, you'll find a small eatery that will surprise you with its authenticity and deliciousness: PJ's Thai Cuisine. You can't set foot in this spot without getting to know its owner, Ms. PJ, who will tell you her main goal in life is to make her customers smile with her homemade dishes. The rich yellow, red, and green curries are the true star here, but don't overlook the beef basil, 

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Rainbow Restaurant has been serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner here since 1936. They know their way around a breakfast plate, piling them high with pancake stacks, towers of French toast, and perfect omelets; if you’re really hungry, they even have sizzling skillets of potatoes, eggs, cheese, and the fixins’. The hits keep coming with lunch and dinner, when you’ll be tempted by the club sandwich (they’ve perfected it), one of their six burgers, or classics like meatloaf, beef liver, or hamburger steak.

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Over at Rob and Mickey’s Southern Café, you’ll find the burgers and sandwiches any good diner should serve, but also some sides steeped in Southern tradition. The collards, lima beans, rice and gravy, and fried okra are good enough for a meal unto themselves, but throw in a fried pork chop sandwich, a pile of smoked turkey wings, or some chicken and pastry, and you’re talking about a meal that’d make any Southern grandma smile.

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You’ll feel like you've won a Golden Ticket when you walk into Rocket Fizz, a candy shop with a mind-boggling array of candy, sweets, sodas, and treats. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill, find-it-at-any-grocery-store candy. It’s nostalgic candy brands and flavors, it’s candy you’ll only find overseas (or here), and it’s 500 kinds of Rocket Fizz soda. No matter what you buy, you’ll wish you had one more, so go ahead and pick up an extra or two, just in case.

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One downtown coffee shop, Rude Awakening, opens early, closes late, and makes an exceptionally good-looking latte, thanks to the printer they have that will transfer photos or messages to the top of your foam-filled cup. Novelty aside, they make a great cup here, and the bites–from muffins and croissants to sandwiches–make for a quick and tasty meal.

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In Spring Lake, only a few minutes from Fayetteville, Sawaddee Thai and Chinese Restaurant dishes up authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine that continues to turn the “maybe I’ll stop in for lunch” crowd into regulars. The Pad Thai balances smoky, sweet, and savory, and one bite of their handmade spring rolls reveals all you need to know about Sawaddee: fresh, homemade, delicious.

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Scrub Oaks - Contemporary American Pub’s brunch aims to please, and with a weekend menu that changes according to what’s in season and what tastes great, the only thing you can expect is a delicious meal. Their soft-shell crab might make an appearance; or maybe it’s the chef’s take on fish tacos or a surf-and-turf plate you’ll want to write home about; or maybe it’s an adult milkshake—imagine Maker’s Mark blended into some house-made ice cream; or maybe . . . you get the picture. Scrub Oaks takes their food seriously, and they’re seriously creative.

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Next, we hit Korean cuisine with a stop in at Shila Korean Restaurant, where the scallion pancakes, bi bim bop (rice served in a piping hot stone bowl and topped with veggies, meat, a fried egg, and plenty of spicy sauce), and kimchi will convert you to a Korean food fan for life.

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At Southern Coals, they stretch beyond the pulled pork into some standout wings, smoked pork chops, pit roast beef, brisket, ribs, and smoked chicken. But that’s not all. The sides–from potato salad to coleslaw to collards to cornbread–and their banana pudding (a classic finish to a barbecue meal) make for a plate you’ll talk about for a long time.

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When it comes to fried chicken, Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles serves a tasty bird. Fans will tell you the only thing better than the fried chicken is the waffle. Or the shrimp 'n grits. Or the fried fish platter. Truth be told, whether you order the cheeseburger sliders, the fried chicken sandwich, or a salad piled high with grilled shrimp, you’ll leave happy and full.

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Early risers and breakfast-for-lunch fans, take note of Vicky’s Famous Biscuits & Chicken. These biscuits are big, real big. Folks around here call them "cathead biscuits," because these big, buttery, flaky biscuits are the size of a tomcat’s head. You’ll find classics like country ham, smoked sausage, egg (to which you’ll no doubt add some cheese and a breakfast meat), and even fried pork chops. At lunch, the biscuits are joined by some of the finest fried chicken you’ll taste. Grab a biscuit or two, pick up a box or bucket of fried chicken, or combine the two for an exceptional fried chicken biscuit.

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With loose teas from around the world and special blends you can’t find anywhere else, Winterbloom Tea has all the leaves and tea accessories you could ever need. They’ll teach you about the optimal brew times, temperatures, and techniques and set you up to make the perfect cuppa when you arrive back home. If you're in the mood for something a little stronger, Winterbloom now offers craft cocktails that combine all the subtle hints of your favorite tea blends with an array of premium liquors. These elegant-yet-sophisticated beverages are almost too beautiful to drink. Almost.

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Cumberland County's international influence is celebrated plate by plate on the International Cuisine Trail. When service members from Fayetteville have deployed around the world, they have come home influenced by their travels, bringing with them spices, recipes, cooking techniques, and even families ready to call Fayetteville home and ready to give us all a taste of their lands and traditions. Across 31 stops, you’ll find cuisine from Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Jamaica and the Caribbean, Central and South America, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Germany, and more. Folks in these parts like to say that there’s something delicious around every corner; we like to think this trail proves them right.

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Our active-duty service members and veterans have served all around the world, and their travels and experiences abroad have influenced our community. Nowhere is that more evident than on the plate. We’re packed with

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Our active-duty service members and veterans have served all around the world, and their travels and experiences abroad have influenced our community. Nowhere is that more evident than on the plate. We’re packed with

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The restaurants, breweries, bakeries, and other eateries in and around America's Hometown show our deep connection to the outside world and the authentic flavors of home, wherever home might have been. So come take a tasty tour of 40+ eateries in Cumberland County with me! Want some killer ice cream made with a contraption involving a John Deere tractor? You can do both if you head to Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream in the post office at 806 Cedar Creek Road. When you place your order, pick up a postcard or two and write to your friends (we’ll get you started: “You won’t believe it; I’m getting ice cream from a post office! xoxo") while you wait on the postmaster to retrieve your frozen treat. Transport yourself to the shores of the Aegean Sea with a bite from Agora Restaurant: Turkish and Greek Cuisine. Here, simple flavors and family recipes for adana kebabs (ground beef and lamb), gyros, and the Alexander (a spicy play on the gyro) make for a bite so authentic that you’ll swear you’re in Istanbul. Blue Pineapple Bakery, a dessert-focused bakery, delivers cakes fit for any celebration and treats guaranteed to brighten your day. Grab a box of scones, macarons, or cinnamon rolls, or go for a classic cookie or cake pop. Their work is as delicious as it is beautiful, so even if your expectations are sky-high, they’ll exceed them with every bite. Food trucks frequent Bright Light Brewing Company, a downtown nano-brewery where they show off the best of what they can do in a pint glass and celebrate tasty brews from across North Carolina. A pair of great–and distinctly different–blonde ales and an intriguing cream ale anchor their menu, while specialty styles, like sours, pop up on the taps. A fun, friendly atmosphere and folks who definitely like to talk beer, Bright Light is exactly what you want in a neighborhood brewery. For more than 55 years, Chris’s Steak & Seafood House has been a go-to for those meals that mark a special occasion and a favorite restaurant when we have a hankering for steak. The steaks here are hand-cut, and the seafood is fresh from the coast—something that’s held true here since they opened in 1963, earning them such a high reputation. Whether you feel like a ribeye, filet, rack of lamb, or catch-of-the-day (guarantee it was swimming just a few hours ago), it’s going to be cooked to perfection and paired with the perfect wine. After undergoing a facelift that’s made Circa 1800 shine, they’re ready to impress with more than just the dining room; they want to wow you on the plate. Brunch, served Saturday and Sunday, is an absolute feast. The shrimp ‘n grits has a well-earned reputation for being among the best around, as does the bananas foster French toast. You can’t go wrong on their menu, as long as you don’t forget the Bloody Mary Bar. You can tell by the name and your nose that Cumberland Coffee Roasters roasts their beans in-house; the coffee shows it, too. This Hope Mills coffee shop delivers a variety of beans and levels of roast so you can find your next favorite cup. Keep it classic with a French press or go for a flavor-packed specialty latte. You’ll recognize Das Bavarian Haus by the blue-and-white-checked Bavarian flag outside, but you’ll come back to this German eatery for the schnitzel–crispy, platter-sized slices of breaded and fried pork or chicken. Of course, the knockwurst, bratwurst, pretzel buns, and German wine and beer add to the authenticity. In Hope Mills, less than 1 mile from I-95, Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom keeps more than a dozen beers on tap, and each one’s a great match to the smashburgers at Napkins, the onsite eatery. It’s hard to know where to start here. Do we go with the Ragular, a craft brew designed with the non-craft drinkers in mind (word of warning: it will convert you to craft beer)? Or the Oui Oui Saison, which brings together French yeast and crisp apples to create a beer that’s an instant favorite? Or something else? Maybe the Impossibly Black, a black IPA with Ethiopian coffee, or the Blactobacillus, a dark, kettle-soured ale that adds in notes of cherries and cinnamon to round it out. That only scratches the surface of what’s on offer here. Plenty of folks know and love Tex-Mex, but El Cazador serves a blend of familiar Tex-Mex dishes and traditional bites from across Mexico. Tacos inspired by the street carts of Mexico City; tortas with flavors from Northern Mexico; seafood dishes, like ceviche, fish tacos, and camarones al mojo de ajo (grilled shrimp in a garlic and mushroom sauce) that speak to coastal towns, from the Baja to the Yucatan to the Pacific. The only thing better than a slice of pie is a whole pie, and at Fayetteville Pie Company they cook up only the best. Their variety of sweet and savory pies is inventive and daring, and it always hits the mark on flavor. From traditional chicken pot pies to sweet potato pies loaded with pulled pork, their savory pies are swoon-worthy. And on the sweet side, it’s hard to beat their seasonal berry pies, unless it’s one of their cream pies. Everything here dazzles the tastebuds, so order with reckless abandon; whatever you order will be a winner. Few barbecue eateries deliver flavors like the ones you’ll find at Fowler’s Southern Gourmet. Their barbecue spans styles, from pulled pork with a splash of Eastern North Carolina vinegar sauce to sticky, saucy ribs to fork-tender brisket to pork-belly burnt ends. Doesn’t matter if you get yours as a platter with some mighty fine sides or as a sandwich, which can be as traditional or inventive as you are, because you’ll fall in love at first bite. With their pork, cheese, and more coming from farms and fields nearby and across the state, you’ll have a true taste of North Carolina on every plate. Folks around here refer to Fred Chasons Grandsons Buffet simply as "Grandsons," and in case you didn’t know, here in the South, if we shorten your name, give you a nickname, or call you by anything other than your given name (and a few other choice words), you’re like family. At Grandsons, they keep up the family tradition of serving up platter after platter of barbecue. And fried chicken, mashed potatoes, okra, and all the sweet tea you can drink. The ‘cue has that smoky note that lets you know it was done right, and the fried chicken is crispy, just like Fred Chason’s grandmama made it. Serving barbecue, fried seafood, and all the fixings since 1986, Fuller’s Old Fashioned BBQ is an institution in Fayetteville, with two locations and a legion of hungry fans. While North Carolina barbecue is the star here, don’t skip the slaw, hushpuppies, or barbecue chicken. Perfect for a picnic, a to-go box is like a ready-made picnic spread. Drop by Gaston Brewing Company, where they brew up everything from those hazy New England IPAs to a light Kölsch to a malty, lightly fruity Strawberry Blonde Ale and serve a variety of dishes that satisfy. The menu might look like your typical pub grub, but it’s so much more. If zesty fish and chips, a Chicago-style beef sandwich, or a Certified Angus Beef burger topped with bacon jam and homemade pimento cheese doesn’t convince you, maybe the grown-up chicken tenders, fried cheese curds, or dozen beers on hand will. One whiff of a steaming bowl of pho–a ginger-packed, lemongrass-laced noodle soup from Vietnam–and you’ll be hooked. As satisfying as pho can be, it’s not everyone’s cup of soup, so Grilled Ginger offers up other delicacies from Vietnam. Try the perfect simplicity of Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli; Hot Chili Shrimp; or a clay pot filled with rice, seafood, and an irresistible curry. When you have a hankering for something Mexican or Guatemalan or Honduran or Salvadoran or downright delicious, make your way to Guatemala Centro American Restaurant. With tacos, burritos, tamales, pupusas, and more, this spot’s blend of Central-American flavors means you’ll have a table full of tasty dishes and plenty of leftovers by the time lunch is done. Huske Hardware House, another downtown brewery, is Fayetteville’s oldest, and it’s in a gorgeous historic building. Another brewery with a full menu (try the shrimp po’boy or the beef tip hoagie—you won’t be disappointed), their beer’s as cold as it is refreshing. The Saison de Huske delivers spot-on Saison spices, the Sledgehammer Stout drinks easy, and the Killamin Irish Red has that caramel-malt finish you want in an Irish red. Though Cuba’s only 90 miles from the U.S., the food at Habana Cuban Restaurant is an intriguing blend of Latin and Caribbean influences, resulting in some outstanding dishes that are simultaneously hearty and light, succulent and tropical. Plenty of plantains and tostones are on the menu to accompany the hearty flavors you’ll find in their specialties. Ropa vieja is Cuba’s national dish and is comprised of shredded beef in a rich sauce, served with fresh vegetables and plenty of rice. In their chicken mole, you'll find shredded chicken, served in a sauce that’s so tightly packed with flavors, you’ll think about it for days afterward. Of course, you can't go wrong with the Cubano—one of the greatest sandwiches in the world and a solid introduction to Cuban food. Hot Diggity Dog carries on the Southern tradition of the cookout. Some of you might call it a “barbecue,” but down here, barbecue is pork cooked over wood; that thing you do in the backyard when you have friends over, that’s a cookout. Well, Hot Diggity Dog dishes up everything from the backyard cookout classics, like hot dogs and cheeseburgers, but then takes things a bit further, offering up a taste of the country with a fried bologna sandwich (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, and try it with cheese and mustard) and an indulgent take on the classic hot dog with their “Top 20 Hot Dog in North Carolina,” bacon-wrapped dog. With regular dogs, order it “All the Way”—with mustard, chili, slaw, and onions—and let each bite speak for itself. We have more flavors from the Caribbean at Jamaican Kitchen, where the jerk chicken serves as a great introduction to the foodways of this island nation, but dishes like curry goat, oxtail stew, and rice with cabbage and plantains will take you deeper into Jamaica’s kitchen. But you have to try the salt fish with ackee, Jamaica’s national dish; ackee's creamy, savory flavor goes well with the spicy peppers and salty cod it’s served alongside. At dinnertime, make your way to Luigi’s Italian Chophouse & Bar, where the extensive wine menu offers plenty of quality options to pair with classic Italian dishes or premium, aged steaks. Both the pasta and the vino are ideal companions for some live music, and just about every Friday and Saturday night of the year, there’s a band onsite, singing, playing, and coaxing the crowd to dance. Even better, Luigi’s large outdoor patio offers customers a lovely, al-fresco dining experience that is guaranteed to transport you to L’Italia. If you prefer your barbecue with a side of awards, then Mac’s Speed Shop will deliver the smoky goodness and the trophies, ribbons, plaques, and platters that are a sign of greatness. They’ve won more than two dozen awards for their ‘cue, sauces, chicken, and more. But one taste and you won’t need the award to tell you what you’re eating is stellar barbecue. Try the brisket burnt ends, cornmeal-fried catfish, that award-winning hickory-smoked pulled pork, or even a new category of barbecue goodness, "Mexicue." When you head to The Mash House Brewing Company, remember two words: steak and beer. The steaks are hand-cut beauties, and the beer’s brewed just steps from the bar. The Hefeweizen has that big banana-and-clove flavor and that hazy look you want in a hefe, and their Stout is loaded with a roasty, chocolaty aroma that carries over into the flavor of the beer. But it’s their IPA that surprises; not too hoppy, not too malty, this is an accessible beer that’s easy to sip. A Fayetteville favorite is Metro Diner, where you can order a pair of sunny-side-up eggs and toast or you can step things up a bit. Fried Chicken Benedict (a croissant-turned-French-Toast), stacks of fluffy pancakes, and two big biscuits smothered in gravy might tempt you away from your usual order, but you might be the breakfast sandwich type. If you are, it’s your lucky day, because the Avocado Breakfast Sandwich—a BLT plus avocado, plus egg, plus eight-grain bread—is a guaranteed hit. Our deep tradition of military service shows in our barbecue, too. One of our favorites is the veteran-owned, regional chain, Mission BBQ. Their all-inclusive approach to barbecue is the right way to do it. Want some brisket, a jalapeno-laced smoked sausage, and some pulled pork? Or maybe a plate of ribs, chicken, and a heap of slaw? Go for it. They have all this, plus ten sauces to choose from, so you really can travel around the South with just one plate here. Over at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom, you’ll find Napkins, where the menu changes constantly. This little restaurant serves up big flavors with smashburgers, Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, heaping baskets of fries and tots, and more. Pair your meal with one of Dirtbag’s sudsy brews for a winning combination. There’s plenty of room outside for a picnic on the lawn or at one of the tables on the patio, so you can get a bit of fresh air and sunshine with your brew while any kiddos on your road trip get the chance to play and burn off a little energy on their 5-acre spread and playground. The aromas of Middle Eastern spices are nearly as colorful as the plates at Pharaoh’s Village: Mediterranean Grill and Market. Go for a handheld meal–gyro, shawarma, or falafel pita–or sit down to a platter piled high with lamb kebabs, flavor-packed veggies, or all the fixings for a gyro feast. Just don’t skip dessert, because the baklava and kunaffa are worth every calorie. On the outskirts of downtown, you'll find a small eatery that will surprise you with its authenticity and deliciousness: PJ's Thai Cuisine. You can't set foot in this spot without getting to know its owner, Ms. PJ, who will tell you her main goal in life is to make her customers smile with her homemade dishes. The rich yellow, red, and green curries are the true star here, but don't overlook the beef basil,  Rainbow Restaurant has been serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner here since 1936. They know their way around a breakfast plate, piling them high with pancake stacks, towers of French toast, and perfect omelets; if you’re really hungry, they even have sizzling skillets of potatoes, eggs, cheese, and the fixins’. The hits keep coming with lunch and dinner, when you’ll be tempted by the club sandwich (they’ve perfected it), one of their six burgers, or classics like meatloaf, beef liver, or hamburger steak. Over at Rob and Mickey’s Southern Café, you’ll find the burgers and sandwiches any good diner should serve, but also some sides steeped in Southern tradition. The collards, lima beans, rice and gravy, and fried okra are good enough for a meal unto themselves, but throw in a fried pork chop sandwich, a pile of smoked turkey wings, or some chicken and pastry, and you’re talking about a meal that’d make any Southern grandma smile. You’ll feel like you've won a Golden Ticket when you walk into Rocket Fizz, a candy shop with a mind-boggling array of candy, sweets, sodas, and treats. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill, find-it-at-any-grocery-store candy. It’s nostalgic candy brands and flavors, it’s candy you’ll only find overseas (or here), and it’s 500 kinds of Rocket Fizz soda. No matter what you buy, you’ll wish you had one more, so go ahead and pick up an extra or two, just in case. One downtown coffee shop, Rude Awakening, opens early, closes late, and makes an exceptionally good-looking latte, thanks to the printer they have that will transfer photos or messages to the top of your foam-filled cup. Novelty aside, they make a great cup here, and the bites–from muffins and croissants to sandwiches–make for a quick and tasty meal. In Spring Lake, only a few minutes from Fayetteville, Sawaddee Thai and Chinese Restaurant dishes up authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine that continues to turn the “maybe I’ll stop in for lunch” crowd into regulars. The Pad Thai balances smoky, sweet, and savory, and one bite of their handmade spring rolls reveals all you need to know about Sawaddee: fresh, homemade, delicious. Scrub Oaks - Contemporary American Pub’s brunch aims to please, and with a weekend menu that changes according to what’s in season and what tastes great, the only thing you can expect is a delicious meal. Their soft-shell crab might make an appearance; or maybe it’s the chef’s take on fish tacos or a surf-and-turf plate you’ll want to write home about; or maybe it’s an adult milkshake—imagine Maker’s Mark blended into some house-made ice cream; or maybe . . . you get the picture. Scrub Oaks takes their food seriously, and they’re seriously creative. Next, we hit Korean cuisine with a stop in at Shila Korean Restaurant, where the scallion pancakes, bi bim bop (rice served in a piping hot stone bowl and topped with veggies, meat, a fried egg, and plenty of spicy sauce), and kimchi will convert you to a Korean food fan for life. At Southern Coals, they stretch beyond the pulled pork into some standout wings, smoked pork chops, pit roast beef, brisket, ribs, and smoked chicken. But that’s not all. The sides–from potato salad to coleslaw to collards to cornbread–and their banana pudding (a classic finish to a barbecue meal) make for a plate you’ll talk about for a long time. When it comes to fried chicken, Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles serves a tasty bird. Fans will tell you the only thing better than the fried chicken is the waffle. Or the shrimp 'n grits. Or the fried fish platter. Truth be told, whether you order the cheeseburger sliders, the fried chicken sandwich, or a salad piled high with grilled shrimp, you’ll leave happy and full. Early risers and breakfast-for-lunch fans, take note of Vicky’s Famous Biscuits & Chicken. These biscuits are big, real big. Folks around here call them "cathead biscuits," because these big, buttery, flaky biscuits are the size of a tomcat’s head. You’ll find classics like country ham, smoked sausage, egg (to which you’ll no doubt add some cheese and a breakfast meat), and even fried pork chops. At lunch, the biscuits are joined by some of the finest fried chicken you’ll taste. Grab a biscuit or two, pick up a box or bucket of fried chicken, or combine the two for an exceptional fried chicken biscuit. With loose teas from around the world and special blends you can’t find anywhere else, Winterbloom Tea has all the leaves and tea accessories you could ever need. They’ll teach you about the optimal brew times, temperatures, and techniques and set you up to make the perfect cuppa when you arrive back home. If you're in the mood for something a little stronger, Winterbloom now offers craft cocktails that combine all the subtle hints of your favorite tea blends with an array of premium liquors. These elegant-yet-sophisticated beverages are almost too beautiful to drink. Almost. Cumberland County's international influence is celebrated plate by plate on the International Cuisine Trail. When service members from Fayetteville have deployed around the world, they have come home influenced by their travels, bringing with them spices, recipes, cooking techniques, and even families ready to call Fayetteville home and ready to give us all a taste of their lands and traditions. Across 31 stops, you’ll find cuisine from Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Jamaica and the Caribbean, Central and South America, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Germany, and more. 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The restaurants, breweries, bakeries, and other eateries in and around America's Hometown show our deep connection to the outside world and the authentic flavors of home, wherever home might have been. So come take a tasty tour of 40+ eateries in Cumberland County with me! Want some killer ice cream made with a contraption involving a John Deere tractor? You can do both if you head to Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream in the post office at 806 Cedar Creek Road. When you place your order, pick up a postcard or two and write to your friends (we’ll get you started: “You won’t believe it; I’m getting ice cream from a post office! xoxo") while you wait on the postmaster to retrieve your frozen treat. Transport yourself to the shores of the Aegean Sea with a bite from Agora Restaurant: Turkish and Greek Cuisine. Here, simple flavors and family recipes for adana kebabs (ground beef and lamb), gyros, and the Alexander (a spicy play on the gyro) make for a bite so authentic that you’ll swear you’re in Istanbul. Blue Pineapple Bakery, a dessert-focused bakery, delivers cakes fit for any celebration and treats guaranteed to brighten your day. Grab a box of scones, macarons, or cinnamon rolls, or go for a classic cookie or cake pop. Their work is as delicious as it is beautiful, so even if your expectations are sky-high, they’ll exceed them with every bite. Food trucks frequent Bright Light Brewing Company, a downtown nano-brewery where they show off the best of what they can do in a pint glass and celebrate tasty brews from across North Carolina. A pair of great–and distinctly different–blonde ales and an intriguing cream ale anchor their menu, while specialty styles, like sours, pop up on the taps. A fun, friendly atmosphere and folks who definitely like to talk beer, Bright Light is exactly what you want in a neighborhood brewery. For more than 55 years, Chris’s Steak & Seafood House has been a go-to for those meals that mark a special occasion and a favorite restaurant when we have a hankering for steak. The steaks here are hand-cut, and the seafood is fresh from the coast—something that’s held true here since they opened in 1963, earning them such a high reputation. Whether you feel like a ribeye, filet, rack of lamb, or catch-of-the-day (guarantee it was swimming just a few hours ago), it’s going to be cooked to perfection and paired with the perfect wine. After undergoing a facelift that’s made Circa 1800 shine, they’re ready to impress with more than just the dining room; they want to wow you on the plate. Brunch, served Saturday and Sunday, is an absolute feast. The shrimp ‘n grits has a well-earned reputation for being among the best around, as does the bananas foster French toast. You can’t go wrong on their menu, as long as you don’t forget the Bloody Mary Bar. You can tell by the name and your nose that Cumberland Coffee Roasters roasts their beans in-house; the coffee shows it, too. This Hope Mills coffee shop delivers a variety of beans and levels of roast so you can find your next favorite cup. Keep it classic with a French press or go for a flavor-packed specialty latte. You’ll recognize Das Bavarian Haus by the blue-and-white-checked Bavarian flag outside, but you’ll come back to this German eatery for the schnitzel–crispy, platter-sized slices of breaded and fried pork or chicken. Of course, the knockwurst, bratwurst, pretzel buns, and German wine and beer add to the authenticity. In Hope Mills, less than 1 mile from I-95, Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom keeps more than a dozen beers on tap, and each one’s a great match to the smashburgers at Napkins, the onsite eatery. It’s hard to know where to start here. Do we go with the Ragular, a craft brew designed with the non-craft drinkers in mind (word of warning: it will convert you to craft beer)? Or the Oui Oui Saison, which brings together French yeast and crisp apples to create a beer that’s an instant favorite? Or something else? Maybe the Impossibly Black, a black IPA with Ethiopian coffee, or the Blactobacillus, a dark, kettle-soured ale that adds in notes of cherries and cinnamon to round it out. That only scratches the surface of what’s on offer here. Plenty of folks know and love Tex-Mex, but El Cazador serves a blend of familiar Tex-Mex dishes and traditional bites from across Mexico. Tacos inspired by the street carts of Mexico City; tortas with flavors from Northern Mexico; seafood dishes, like ceviche, fish tacos, and camarones al mojo de ajo (grilled shrimp in a garlic and mushroom sauce) that speak to coastal towns, from the Baja to the Yucatan to the Pacific. The only thing better than a slice of pie is a whole pie, and at Fayetteville Pie Company they cook up only the best. Their variety of sweet and savory pies is inventive and daring, and it always hits the mark on flavor. From traditional chicken pot pies to sweet potato pies loaded with pulled pork, their savory pies are swoon-worthy. And on the sweet side, it’s hard to beat their seasonal berry pies, unless it’s one of their cream pies. Everything here dazzles the tastebuds, so order with reckless abandon; whatever you order will be a winner. Few barbecue eateries deliver flavors like the ones you’ll find at Fowler’s Southern Gourmet. Their barbecue spans styles, from pulled pork with a splash of Eastern North Carolina vinegar sauce to sticky, saucy ribs to fork-tender brisket to pork-belly burnt ends. Doesn’t matter if you get yours as a platter with some mighty fine sides or as a sandwich, which can be as traditional or inventive as you are, because you’ll fall in love at first bite. With their pork, cheese, and more coming from farms and fields nearby and across the state, you’ll have a true taste of North Carolina on every plate. Folks around here refer to Fred Chasons Grandsons Buffet simply as "Grandsons," and in case you didn’t know, here in the South, if we shorten your name, give you a nickname, or call you by anything other than your given name (and a few other choice words), you’re like family. At Grandsons, they keep up the family tradition of serving up platter after platter of barbecue. And fried chicken, mashed potatoes, okra, and all the sweet tea you can drink. The ‘cue has that smoky note that lets you know it was done right, and the fried chicken is crispy, just like Fred Chason’s grandmama made it. Serving barbecue, fried seafood, and all the fixings since 1986, Fuller’s Old Fashioned BBQ is an institution in Fayetteville, with two locations and a legion of hungry fans. While North Carolina barbecue is the star here, don’t skip the slaw, hushpuppies, or barbecue chicken. Perfect for a picnic, a to-go box is like a ready-made picnic spread. Drop by Gaston Brewing Company, where they brew up everything from those hazy New England IPAs to a light Kölsch to a malty, lightly fruity Strawberry Blonde Ale and serve a variety of dishes that satisfy. The menu might look like your typical pub grub, but it’s so much more. If zesty fish and chips, a Chicago-style beef sandwich, or a Certified Angus Beef burger topped with bacon jam and homemade pimento cheese doesn’t convince you, maybe the grown-up chicken tenders, fried cheese curds, or dozen beers on hand will. One whiff of a steaming bowl of pho–a ginger-packed, lemongrass-laced noodle soup from Vietnam–and you’ll be hooked. As satisfying as pho can be, it’s not everyone’s cup of soup, so Grilled Ginger offers up other delicacies from Vietnam. Try the perfect simplicity of Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli; Hot Chili Shrimp; or a clay pot filled with rice, seafood, and an irresistible curry. When you have a hankering for something Mexican or Guatemalan or Honduran or Salvadoran or downright delicious, make your way to Guatemala Centro American Restaurant. With tacos, burritos, tamales, pupusas, and more, this spot’s blend of Central-American flavors means you’ll have a table full of tasty dishes and plenty of leftovers by the time lunch is done. Huske Hardware House, another downtown brewery, is Fayetteville’s oldest, and it’s in a gorgeous historic building. Another brewery with a full menu (try the shrimp po’boy or the beef tip hoagie—you won’t be disappointed), their beer’s as cold as it is refreshing. The Saison de Huske delivers spot-on Saison spices, the Sledgehammer Stout drinks easy, and the Killamin Irish Red has that caramel-malt finish you want in an Irish red. Though Cuba’s only 90 miles from the U.S., the food at Habana Cuban Restaurant is an intriguing blend of Latin and Caribbean influences, resulting in some outstanding dishes that are simultaneously hearty and light, succulent and tropical. Plenty of plantains and tostones are on the menu to accompany the hearty flavors you’ll find in their specialties. Ropa vieja is Cuba’s national dish and is comprised of shredded beef in a rich sauce, served with fresh vegetables and plenty of rice. In their chicken mole, you'll find shredded chicken, served in a sauce that’s so tightly packed with flavors, you’ll think about it for days afterward. Of course, you can't go wrong with the Cubano—one of the greatest sandwiches in the world and a solid introduction to Cuban food. Hot Diggity Dog carries on the Southern tradition of the cookout. Some of you might call it a “barbecue,” but down here, barbecue is pork cooked over wood; that thing you do in the backyard when you have friends over, that’s a cookout. Well, Hot Diggity Dog dishes up everything from the backyard cookout classics, like hot dogs and cheeseburgers, but then takes things a bit further, offering up a taste of the country with a fried bologna sandwich (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, and try it with cheese and mustard) and an indulgent take on the classic hot dog with their “Top 20 Hot Dog in North Carolina,” bacon-wrapped dog. With regular dogs, order it “All the Way”—with mustard, chili, slaw, and onions—and let each bite speak for itself. We have more flavors from the Caribbean at Jamaican Kitchen, where the jerk chicken serves as a great introduction to the foodways of this island nation, but dishes like curry goat, oxtail stew, and rice with cabbage and plantains will take you deeper into Jamaica’s kitchen. But you have to try the salt fish with ackee, Jamaica’s national dish; ackee's creamy, savory flavor goes well with the spicy peppers and salty cod it’s served alongside. At dinnertime, make your way to Luigi’s Italian Chophouse & Bar, where the extensive wine menu offers plenty of quality options to pair with classic Italian dishes or premium, aged steaks. Both the pasta and the vino are ideal companions for some live music, and just about every Friday and Saturday night of the year, there’s a band onsite, singing, playing, and coaxing the crowd to dance. Even better, Luigi’s large outdoor patio offers customers a lovely, al-fresco dining experience that is guaranteed to transport you to L’Italia. If you prefer your barbecue with a side of awards, then Mac’s Speed Shop will deliver the smoky goodness and the trophies, ribbons, plaques, and platters that are a sign of greatness. They’ve won more than two dozen awards for their ‘cue, sauces, chicken, and more. But one taste and you won’t need the award to tell you what you’re eating is stellar barbecue. Try the brisket burnt ends, cornmeal-fried catfish, that award-winning hickory-smoked pulled pork, or even a new category of barbecue goodness, "Mexicue." When you head to The Mash House Brewing Company, remember two words: steak and beer. The steaks are hand-cut beauties, and the beer’s brewed just steps from the bar. The Hefeweizen has that big banana-and-clove flavor and that hazy look you want in a hefe, and their Stout is loaded with a roasty, chocolaty aroma that carries over into the flavor of the beer. But it’s their IPA that surprises; not too hoppy, not too malty, this is an accessible beer that’s easy to sip. A Fayetteville favorite is Metro Diner, where you can order a pair of sunny-side-up eggs and toast or you can step things up a bit. Fried Chicken Benedict (a croissant-turned-French-Toast), stacks of fluffy pancakes, and two big biscuits smothered in gravy might tempt you away from your usual order, but you might be the breakfast sandwich type. If you are, it’s your lucky day, because the Avocado Breakfast Sandwich—a BLT plus avocado, plus egg, plus eight-grain bread—is a guaranteed hit. Our deep tradition of military service shows in our barbecue, too. One of our favorites is the veteran-owned, regional chain, Mission BBQ. Their all-inclusive approach to barbecue is the right way to do it. Want some brisket, a jalapeno-laced smoked sausage, and some pulled pork? Or maybe a plate of ribs, chicken, and a heap of slaw? Go for it. They have all this, plus ten sauces to choose from, so you really can travel around the South with just one plate here. Over at Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom, you’ll find Napkins, where the menu changes constantly. This little restaurant serves up big flavors with smashburgers, Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, heaping baskets of fries and tots, and more. Pair your meal with one of Dirtbag’s sudsy brews for a winning combination. There’s plenty of room outside for a picnic on the lawn or at one of the tables on the patio, so you can get a bit of fresh air and sunshine with your brew while any kiddos on your road trip get the chance to play and burn off a little energy on their 5-acre spread and playground. The aromas of Middle Eastern spices are nearly as colorful as the plates at Pharaoh’s Village: Mediterranean Grill and Market. Go for a handheld meal–gyro, shawarma, or falafel pita–or sit down to a platter piled high with lamb kebabs, flavor-packed veggies, or all the fixings for a gyro feast. Just don’t skip dessert, because the baklava and kunaffa are worth every calorie. On the outskirts of downtown, you'll find a small eatery that will surprise you with its authenticity and deliciousness: PJ's Thai Cuisine. You can't set foot in this spot without getting to know its owner, Ms. PJ, who will tell you her main goal in life is to make her customers smile with her homemade dishes. The rich yellow, red, and green curries are the true star here, but don't overlook the beef basil,  Rainbow Restaurant has been serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner here since 1936. They know their way around a breakfast plate, piling them high with pancake stacks, towers of French toast, and perfect omelets; if you’re really hungry, they even have sizzling skillets of potatoes, eggs, cheese, and the fixins’. The hits keep coming with lunch and dinner, when you’ll be tempted by the club sandwich (they’ve perfected it), one of their six burgers, or classics like meatloaf, beef liver, or hamburger steak. Over at Rob and Mickey’s Southern Café, you’ll find the burgers and sandwiches any good diner should serve, but also some sides steeped in Southern tradition. The collards, lima beans, rice and gravy, and fried okra are good enough for a meal unto themselves, but throw in a fried pork chop sandwich, a pile of smoked turkey wings, or some chicken and pastry, and you’re talking about a meal that’d make any Southern grandma smile. You’ll feel like you've won a Golden Ticket when you walk into Rocket Fizz, a candy shop with a mind-boggling array of candy, sweets, sodas, and treats. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill, find-it-at-any-grocery-store candy. It’s nostalgic candy brands and flavors, it’s candy you’ll only find overseas (or here), and it’s 500 kinds of Rocket Fizz soda. No matter what you buy, you’ll wish you had one more, so go ahead and pick up an extra or two, just in case. One downtown coffee shop, Rude Awakening, opens early, closes late, and makes an exceptionally good-looking latte, thanks to the printer they have that will transfer photos or messages to the top of your foam-filled cup. Novelty aside, they make a great cup here, and the bites–from muffins and croissants to sandwiches–make for a quick and tasty meal. In Spring Lake, only a few minutes from Fayetteville, Sawaddee Thai and Chinese Restaurant dishes up authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine that continues to turn the “maybe I’ll stop in for lunch” crowd into regulars. The Pad Thai balances smoky, sweet, and savory, and one bite of their handmade spring rolls reveals all you need to know about Sawaddee: fresh, homemade, delicious. Scrub Oaks - Contemporary American Pub’s brunch aims to please, and with a weekend menu that changes according to what’s in season and what tastes great, the only thing you can expect is a delicious meal. Their soft-shell crab might make an appearance; or maybe it’s the chef’s take on fish tacos or a surf-and-turf plate you’ll want to write home about; or maybe it’s an adult milkshake—imagine Maker’s Mark blended into some house-made ice cream; or maybe . . . you get the picture. Scrub Oaks takes their food seriously, and they’re seriously creative. Next, we hit Korean cuisine with a stop in at Shila Korean Restaurant, where the scallion pancakes, bi bim bop (rice served in a piping hot stone bowl and topped with veggies, meat, a fried egg, and plenty of spicy sauce), and kimchi will convert you to a Korean food fan for life. At Southern Coals, they stretch beyond the pulled pork into some standout wings, smoked pork chops, pit roast beef, brisket, ribs, and smoked chicken. But that’s not all. The sides–from potato salad to coleslaw to collards to cornbread–and their banana pudding (a classic finish to a barbecue meal) make for a plate you’ll talk about for a long time. When it comes to fried chicken, Uptown’s Chicken & Waffles serves a tasty bird. Fans will tell you the only thing better than the fried chicken is the waffle. Or the shrimp 'n grits. Or the fried fish platter. Truth be told, whether you order the cheeseburger sliders, the fried chicken sandwich, or a salad piled high with grilled shrimp, you’ll leave happy and full. Early risers and breakfast-for-lunch fans, take note of Vicky’s Famous Biscuits & Chicken. These biscuits are big, real big. Folks around here call them "cathead biscuits," because these big, buttery, flaky biscuits are the size of a tomcat’s head. You’ll find classics like country ham, smoked sausage, egg (to which you’ll no doubt add some cheese and a breakfast meat), and even fried pork chops. At lunch, the biscuits are joined by some of the finest fried chicken you’ll taste. Grab a biscuit or two, pick up a box or bucket of fried chicken, or combine the two for an exceptional fried chicken biscuit. With loose teas from around the world and special blends you can’t find anywhere else, Winterbloom Tea has all the leaves and tea accessories you could ever need. They’ll teach you about the optimal brew times, temperatures, and techniques and set you up to make the perfect cuppa when you arrive back home. If you're in the mood for something a little stronger, Winterbloom now offers craft cocktails that combine all the subtle hints of your favorite tea blends with an array of premium liquors. These elegant-yet-sophisticated beverages are almost too beautiful to drink. Almost. Cumberland County's international influence is celebrated plate by plate on the International Cuisine Trail. When service members from Fayetteville have deployed around the world, they have come home influenced by their travels, bringing with them spices, recipes, cooking techniques, and even families ready to call Fayetteville home and ready to give us all a taste of their lands and traditions. Across 31 stops, you’ll find cuisine from Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Jamaica and the Caribbean, Central and South America, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Germany, and more. 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How well do you know Cumberland County, NC and its history? Since Fayetteville predates the Revolutionary War, this area's history is steeped with people and places that have left their mark on our community, the nation, and even the world. When I saw NC Tripping share "50+ Facts about North Carolina That You Should Know, But Probably Don't" recently, I wondered if I could come up with an equally impressive list of facts about our part of this great state. I've compiled a list of some facts that might come as a surprise to non-residents (and maybe even residents), and I'd challenge you to test your own knowledge of Cumberland County!

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1. One of the nation’s first well known African-American novelists, Charles W. Chesnutt, grew up in Fayetteville, and from 1880 to 1883, he served as principal of The State Colored Normal School, which later evolved into our HBCU, Fayetteville State University.

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2. Until the summer of 2016, the largest catfish ever caught in the state of North Carolina had been hauled in from the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, and it weighed in at 78 pounds and measured 52 inches long.

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3. The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI) was formed in 1793 under the Militia Act, was signed by George Washington, and is the oldest military unit in continuous existence in the South today, acting as North Carolina’s Official Historic Military Command.

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4. Long Valley Farm, the winter estate of James Stillman Rockefeller (of Rockefeller fame), is located at Carvers Creek State Park in the Town of Spring Lake, and when the park is open, rangers lead free tours of the Rockefeller House and farm structures a few times each month.

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5. George Herman “Babe” Ruth hit his first home run as a professional baseball player in Fayetteville during 1914 spring training with the Baltimore Orioles and earned his nickname while staying here.

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6. Cumberland County’s first brewery, Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery, opened its doors in downtown Fayetteville in 1996. The building that houses this brewery was built in 1903 by Benjamin R. Huske and served as a hardware store for 67 years. Having been restored, Huske retains much of its early 20th-century charm, to include its Victorian-era masonry frame, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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7. Fayetteville native and Union Army veteran Hiram Revels became the nation’s first African-American U.S. senator in 1870, serving in the Mississippi State Senate, before moving on to become president of an HBCU.

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8. The community boasts one of the “Top 10 Ziplines in the U.S.,” according to USA Today—ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure—where you can also zip across one of the largest waterfalls in the Eastern Carolinas, Carvers Falls.

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9. Fort Bragg is the largest U.S. Army installation in the world in terms of population, as it is home to over 45,000 active-duty service members, and land wise, it spreads out over 163,000 acres across four North Carolina counties.

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10. One of Cumberland County’s oldest and largest municipalities, the Town of Hope Mills, can trace its first permanent settlement back to 1789, after a large sawmill had been built along Little Rockfish Creek. By the 1840's, this settlement’s Rockfish Factory was the largest cotton mill in the state of North Carolina (later one of eight cotton mills in Cumberland County to be burned down by General Sherman’s troops). Today, this town celebrates its history with “Ole Mill Days,” an annual festival that pays homage to its origins.

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11. During his 1825 tour of the U.S., “Americas Favorite Fighting Frenchman”–the Marquis de Lafayette—made his way south to visit Fayetteville, the only namesake city he visited during his stay. Fayetteville celebrates this history each year, in September, with the Lafayette Birthday Celebration.

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12. Leah Hiebert, wife of a deputy post chaplain, was the artist who sculpted in 1961 what would become perhaps Fayetteville’s most significant icon—the Airborne Trooper Statue, more commonly known as Iron Mike." This 3,235-pound, 16-foot-tall, steel figure stands in front of our Airborne & Special Operations Museum today as “a symbol to freedom-seeking peoples throughout the world.”

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13. ParacleteXP Indoor Skydiving offers an opportunity to experience skydiving in the U.S.’s largest vertical wind tunnel, where the world-famous Golden Knights train.

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14. After having polled their Facebook followers on the best pies (and pie shops) in America, Tasting Table declared, “no flag waved as freely as the one for this veteran-owned-and-operated shop”—our very own Fayetteville Pie Company.

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15. African-American residents of our Town of Spring Lake built the Spring Lake Civic Center, now known as the Sandhills Family Heritage Center, in 1945 to serve as an event venue for social and community events. At no time was that more needed than during the Civil Rights era, when the Civic Center served as a safe place for African Americans to hold voter-registration drives, work on school desegregation efforts, host NAACP meetings, and more.

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16. Before his NBA career launched with the Dallas Mavericks and then the New York Knicks, Fayetteville native Dennis Smith, Jr. led his alma mater, Trinity High School, to a state championship, was considered one of the nation’s top point guards in the high school class of 2016, and was named ACC Freshman of the Year after playing one semester for North Carolina State’s Wolfpack.

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17. Cool Spring Tavern is believed to be Fayetteville’s oldest existing structure, having been built in 1788 and survived the city’s “Great Fire of 1831,” and it is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. During its heyday, this tavern housed some influential people—to include state delegates, who ratified the U.S. Constitution here in 1789, and the American novelist Carson McCullers, who wrote part of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, during her stay in the tavern.

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18. Cumberland County’s Long Leaf Pine ecosystem is home to endangered species, including the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, and Fort Bragg has won several environmental awards for its natural resources conservation efforts, in part because of its protection of that woodpecker. Our Fayetteville Woodpeckers MiLB team name is an homage to this fierce little bird.

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19. Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe played professional baseball for the Fayetteville Highlanders, starting mid-season in 1910, and one of the lengthy home runs he hit here is still part of local lore.

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20. Our Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM) is also home to the SOF (Special Operations Forces) K9 Memorial, the only one of its kind, where canine handlers are able to honor and memorialize those dogs that died while serving in combat operations with the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian SOF. Each Memorial Day, the ASOM holds a special wreath-laying ceremony just for these heroes, and they also list their names and service record on their website.

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21. The Old Bluff Presbyterian Church, founded in 1758, is one of the oldest churches in Cumberland County. Scot Highlander settlers in the area continued to conduct services in Gaelic there for almost 100 years, and visitors will find several of their memorials and graves in the adjacent cemetery. In 1853, this congregation built their third sanctuary, a Greek Revival structure, in what is now known as the Town of Godwin, and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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22. Isaac Hammond became the first fifer to serve in our Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.), and this African-American soldier went on to serve in the Revolutionary War. A memorial known as “Fifer's Grave” stands on our F.I.L.I. Parade Grounds, off North Cool Spring Street, to honor this patriot’s 30 years of service for our country.

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23. The Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC), now known as the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, can trace its origins back to the Falcon Tabernacle (also known as the "Octagonal Tabernacle") in our Town of Falcon, where two denominations officially merged to form the PHC in 1911. That historic, octagonal tabernacle was constructed in 1898 with wood from trees that had been uprooted by a tornado, and today, it still stands and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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24. Judith Cage, better known as “Chef Judy,” is an Army veteran and local caterer/restaurateur who owns several Southern-style eateries around Cumberland County, to include Let Me Cater to You and Uptown's Chicken & Waffles. Chef Judy has appeared on four different Food Network shows, bringing home a win from her last appearance in 2019.

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25. Cumberland County is home to North Carolina’s only dedicated fishing education center, the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center. Operated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the center’s mission is to educate the public on aquatic habitat conservation, and they accomplish that by offering a wide range of interactive programs and clinics, to include free public fishing events.

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Want to learn more about Cumberland County's rich history and modern-day offerings? Our Cultural Heritage Trails are a compilation of 17 themed driving trails that feature the many people and places that have formed America's Hometown. Take a deep dive into The Historic Architecture Trail, discover culinary delights on The International Cuisine Trail, explore some outdoor gems on The Fish & Game Trail, and learn why this truly is such a special place.

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How well do you know Cumberland County, NC and its history? Since Fayetteville predates the Revolutionary War, this area's history is steeped with people and places that have left their mark on our community, the

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Until the summer of 2016, the largest catfish ever caught in the state of North Carolina had been hauled in from the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, and it weighed in at 78 pounds and measured 52 inches long. 3. The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI) was formed in 1793 under the Militia Act, was signed by George Washington, and is the oldest military unit in continuous existence in the South today, acting as North Carolina’s Official Historic Military Command. 4. Long Valley Farm, the winter estate of James Stillman Rockefeller (of Rockefeller fame), is located at Carvers Creek State Park in the Town of Spring Lake, and when the park is open, rangers lead free tours of the Rockefeller House and farm structures a few times each month. 5. George Herman “Babe” Ruth hit his first home run as a professional baseball player in Fayetteville during 1914 spring training with the Baltimore Orioles and earned his nickname while staying here. 6. Cumberland County’s first brewery, Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery, opened its doors in downtown Fayetteville in 1996. The building that houses this brewery was built in 1903 by Benjamin R. Huske and served as a hardware store for 67 years. Having been restored, Huske retains much of its early 20th-century charm, to include its Victorian-era masonry frame, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 7. Fayetteville native and Union Army veteran Hiram Revels became the nation’s first African-American U.S. senator in 1870, serving in the Mississippi State Senate, before moving on to become president of an HBCU. 8. The community boasts one of the “Top 10 Ziplines in the U.S.,” according to USA Today— ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure—where you can also zip across one of the largest waterfalls in the Eastern Carolinas, Carvers Falls. 9. Fort Bragg is the largest U.S. Army installation in the world in terms of population, as it is home to over 45,000 active-duty service members, and land wise, it spreads out over 163,000 acres across four North Carolina counties. 10. One of Cumberland County’s oldest and largest municipalities, the Town of Hope Mills, can trace its first permanent settlement back to 1789, after a large sawmill had been built along Little Rockfish Creek. By the 1840's, this settlement’s Rockfish Factory was the largest cotton mill in the state of North Carolina (later one of eight cotton mills in Cumberland County to be burned down by General Sherman’s troops). Today, this town celebrates its history with “Ole Mill Days,” an annual festival that pays homage to its origins. 11. During his 1825 tour of the U.S., “Americas Favorite Fighting Frenchman”–the Marquis de Lafayette—made his way south to visit Fayetteville, the only namesake city he visited during his stay. Fayetteville celebrates this history each year, in September, with the Lafayette Birthday Celebration. 12. Leah Hiebert, wife of a deputy post chaplain, was the artist who sculpted in 1961 what would become perhaps Fayetteville’s most significant icon—the Airborne Trooper Statue, more commonly known as “Iron Mike." This 3,235-pound, 16-foot-tall, steel figure stands in front of our Airborne & Special Operations Museum today as “a symbol to freedom-seeking peoples throughout the world.” 13. ParacleteXP Indoor Skydiving offers an opportunity to experience skydiving in the U.S.’s largest vertical wind tunnel, where the world-famous Golden Knights train. 14. After having polled their Facebook followers on the best pies (and pie shops) in America, Tasting Table declared, “no flag waved as freely as the one for this veteran-owned-and-operated shop”—our very own Fayetteville Pie Company. 15. African-American residents of our Town of Spring Lake built the Spring Lake Civic Center, now known as the Sandhills Family Heritage Center, in 1945 to serve as an event venue for social and community events. At no time was that more needed than during the Civil Rights era, when the Civic Center served as a safe place for African Americans to hold voter-registration drives, work on school desegregation efforts, host NAACP meetings, and more. 16. Before his NBA career launched with the Dallas Mavericks and then the New York Knicks, Fayetteville native Dennis Smith, Jr. led his alma mater, Trinity High School, to a state championship, was considered one of the nation’s top point guards in the high school class of 2016, and was named ACC Freshman of the Year after playing one semester for North Carolina State’s Wolfpack. 17. Cool Spring Tavern is believed to be Fayetteville’s oldest existing structure, having been built in 1788 and survived the city’s “Great Fire of 1831,” and it is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. During its heyday, this tavern housed some influential people—to include state delegates, who ratified the U.S. Constitution here in 1789, and the American novelist Carson McCullers, who wrote part of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter , during her stay in the tavern. 18. Cumberland County’s Long Leaf Pine ecosystem is home to endangered species, including the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, and Fort Bragg has won several environmental awards for its natural resources conservation efforts, in part because of its protection of that woodpecker. Our Fayetteville Woodpeckers MiLB team name is an homage to this fierce little bird. 19. Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe played professional baseball for the Fayetteville Highlanders, starting mid-season in 1910, and one of the lengthy home runs he hit here is still part of local lore. 20. Our Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM) is also home to the SOF (Special Operations Forces) K9 Memorial, the only one of its kind, where canine handlers are able to honor and memorialize those dogs that died while serving in combat operations with the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian SOF. Each Memorial Day, the ASOM holds a special wreath-laying ceremony just for these heroes, and they also list their names and service record on their website. 21. The Old Bluff Presbyterian Church, founded in 1758, is one of the oldest churches in Cumberland County. Scot Highlander settlers in the area continued to conduct services in Gaelic there for almost 100 years, and visitors will find several of their memorials and graves in the adjacent cemetery. In 1853, this congregation built their third sanctuary, a Greek Revival structure, in what is now known as the Town of Godwin, and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 22. Isaac Hammond became the first fifer to serve in our Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.), and this African-American soldier went on to serve in the Revolutionary War. A memorial known as “Fifer's Grave” stands on our F.I.L.I. Parade Grounds, off North Cool Spring Street, to honor this patriot’s 30 years of service for our country. 23. The Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC), now known as the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, can trace its origins back to the Falcon Tabernacle (also known as the "Octagonal Tabernacle") in our Town of Falcon, where two denominations officially merged to form the PHC in 1911. That historic, octagonal tabernacle was constructed in 1898 with wood from trees that had been uprooted by a tornado, and today, it still stands and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 24. Judith Cage, better known as “Chef Judy,” is an Army veteran and local caterer/restaurateur who owns several Southern-style eateries around Cumberland County, to include Let Me Cater to You and Uptown's Chicken & Waffles. Chef Judy has appeared on four different Food Network shows, bringing home a win from her last appearance in 2019. 25. Cumberland County is home to North Carolina’s only dedicated fishing education center, the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center. Operated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the center’s mission is to educate the public on aquatic habitat conservation, and they accomplish that by offering a wide range of interactive programs and clinics, to include free public fishing events. Want to learn more about Cumberland County's rich history and modern-day offerings? Our Cultural Heritage Trails are a compilation of 17 themed driving trails that feature the many people and places that have formed America's Hometown. Take a deep dive into The Historic Architecture Trail, discover culinary delights on The International Cuisine Trail, explore some outdoor gems on The Fish & Game Trail, and learn why this truly is such a special place.","id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a7db","url":"/blog/list/post/facts-about-fayetteville-nc/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/facts-about-fayetteville-nc/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/facts-about-fayetteville-nc/","metaTitle":"Surprising Facts About Fayetteville, North Carolina - Go Fayetteville","metaDescription":"How well do you know Cumberland County, NC and its history? These facts might come as a surprise to some. Test your own knowledge of this special place!","cleanDescription":"How well do you know Cumberland County, NC and its history? Since Fayetteville predates the Revolutionary War, this area's history is steeped with people and places that have left their mark on our community, the nation, and even the world. When I saw NC Tripping share "50+ Facts about North Carolina That You Should Know, But Probably Don't" recently, I wondered if I could come up with an equally impressive list of facts about our part of this great state. I've compiled a list of some facts that might come as a surprise to non-residents (and maybe even residents), and I'd challenge you to test your own knowledge of Cumberland County! 1. One of the nation’s first well known African-American novelists, Charles W. Chesnutt, grew up in Fayetteville, and from 1880 to 1883, he served as principal of The State Colored Normal School, which later evolved into our HBCU, Fayetteville State University. 2. Until the summer of 2016, the largest catfish ever caught in the state of North Carolina had been hauled in from the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, and it weighed in at 78 pounds and measured 52 inches long. 3. The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (FILI) was formed in 1793 under the Militia Act, was signed by George Washington, and is the oldest military unit in continuous existence in the South today, acting as North Carolina’s Official Historic Military Command. 4. Long Valley Farm, the winter estate of James Stillman Rockefeller (of Rockefeller fame), is located at Carvers Creek State Park in the Town of Spring Lake, and when the park is open, rangers lead free tours of the Rockefeller House and farm structures a few times each month. 5. George Herman “Babe” Ruth hit his first home run as a professional baseball player in Fayetteville during 1914 spring training with the Baltimore Orioles and earned his nickname while staying here. 6. Cumberland County’s first brewery, Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery, opened its doors in downtown Fayetteville in 1996. The building that houses this brewery was built in 1903 by Benjamin R. Huske and served as a hardware store for 67 years. Having been restored, Huske retains much of its early 20th-century charm, to include its Victorian-era masonry frame, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 7. Fayetteville native and Union Army veteran Hiram Revels became the nation’s first African-American U.S. senator in 1870, serving in the Mississippi State Senate, before moving on to become president of an HBCU. 8. The community boasts one of the “Top 10 Ziplines in the U.S.,” according to USA Today— ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure—where you can also zip across one of the largest waterfalls in the Eastern Carolinas, Carvers Falls. 9. Fort Bragg is the largest U.S. Army installation in the world in terms of population, as it is home to over 45,000 active-duty service members, and land wise, it spreads out over 163,000 acres across four North Carolina counties. 10. One of Cumberland County’s oldest and largest municipalities, the Town of Hope Mills, can trace its first permanent settlement back to 1789, after a large sawmill had been built along Little Rockfish Creek. By the 1840's, this settlement’s Rockfish Factory was the largest cotton mill in the state of North Carolina (later one of eight cotton mills in Cumberland County to be burned down by General Sherman’s troops). Today, this town celebrates its history with “Ole Mill Days,” an annual festival that pays homage to its origins. 11. During his 1825 tour of the U.S., “Americas Favorite Fighting Frenchman”–the Marquis de Lafayette—made his way south to visit Fayetteville, the only namesake city he visited during his stay. Fayetteville celebrates this history each year, in September, with the Lafayette Birthday Celebration. 12. Leah Hiebert, wife of a deputy post chaplain, was the artist who sculpted in 1961 what would become perhaps Fayetteville’s most significant icon—the Airborne Trooper Statue, more commonly known as “Iron Mike." This 3,235-pound, 16-foot-tall, steel figure stands in front of our Airborne & Special Operations Museum today as “a symbol to freedom-seeking peoples throughout the world.” 13. ParacleteXP Indoor Skydiving offers an opportunity to experience skydiving in the U.S.’s largest vertical wind tunnel, where the world-famous Golden Knights train. 14. After having polled their Facebook followers on the best pies (and pie shops) in America, Tasting Table declared, “no flag waved as freely as the one for this veteran-owned-and-operated shop”—our very own Fayetteville Pie Company. 15. African-American residents of our Town of Spring Lake built the Spring Lake Civic Center, now known as the Sandhills Family Heritage Center, in 1945 to serve as an event venue for social and community events. At no time was that more needed than during the Civil Rights era, when the Civic Center served as a safe place for African Americans to hold voter-registration drives, work on school desegregation efforts, host NAACP meetings, and more. 16. Before his NBA career launched with the Dallas Mavericks and then the New York Knicks, Fayetteville native Dennis Smith, Jr. led his alma mater, Trinity High School, to a state championship, was considered one of the nation’s top point guards in the high school class of 2016, and was named ACC Freshman of the Year after playing one semester for North Carolina State’s Wolfpack. 17. Cool Spring Tavern is believed to be Fayetteville’s oldest existing structure, having been built in 1788 and survived the city’s “Great Fire of 1831,” and it is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. During its heyday, this tavern housed some influential people—to include state delegates, who ratified the U.S. Constitution here in 1789, and the American novelist Carson McCullers, who wrote part of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter , during her stay in the tavern. 18. Cumberland County’s Long Leaf Pine ecosystem is home to endangered species, including the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, and Fort Bragg has won several environmental awards for its natural resources conservation efforts, in part because of its protection of that woodpecker. Our Fayetteville Woodpeckers MiLB team name is an homage to this fierce little bird. 19. Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe played professional baseball for the Fayetteville Highlanders, starting mid-season in 1910, and one of the lengthy home runs he hit here is still part of local lore. 20. Our Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM) is also home to the SOF (Special Operations Forces) K9 Memorial, the only one of its kind, where canine handlers are able to honor and memorialize those dogs that died while serving in combat operations with the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian SOF. Each Memorial Day, the ASOM holds a special wreath-laying ceremony just for these heroes, and they also list their names and service record on their website. 21. The Old Bluff Presbyterian Church, founded in 1758, is one of the oldest churches in Cumberland County. Scot Highlander settlers in the area continued to conduct services in Gaelic there for almost 100 years, and visitors will find several of their memorials and graves in the adjacent cemetery. In 1853, this congregation built their third sanctuary, a Greek Revival structure, in what is now known as the Town of Godwin, and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 22. Isaac Hammond became the first fifer to serve in our Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.), and this African-American soldier went on to serve in the Revolutionary War. A memorial known as “Fifer's Grave” stands on our F.I.L.I. Parade Grounds, off North Cool Spring Street, to honor this patriot’s 30 years of service for our country. 23. The Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC), now known as the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, can trace its origins back to the Falcon Tabernacle (also known as the "Octagonal Tabernacle") in our Town of Falcon, where two denominations officially merged to form the PHC in 1911. That historic, octagonal tabernacle was constructed in 1898 with wood from trees that had been uprooted by a tornado, and today, it still stands and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 24. Judith Cage, better known as “Chef Judy,” is an Army veteran and local caterer/restaurateur who owns several Southern-style eateries around Cumberland County, to include Let Me Cater to You and Uptown's Chicken & Waffles. Chef Judy has appeared on four different Food Network shows, bringing home a win from her last appearance in 2019. 25. Cumberland County is home to North Carolina’s only dedicated fishing education center, the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center. Operated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the center’s mission is to educate the public on aquatic habitat conservation, and they accomplish that by offering a wide range of interactive programs and clinics, to include free public fishing events. Want to learn more about Cumberland County's rich history and modern-day offerings? Our Cultural Heritage Trails are a compilation of 17 themed driving trails that feature the many people and places that have formed America's Hometown. Take a deep dive into The Historic Architecture Trail, discover culinary delights on The International Cuisine Trail, explore some outdoor gems on The Fish & Game Trail, and learn why this truly is such a special place.","publish_start_moment":"2020-04-24T22:00:00.000Z","publish_end_moment":"2021-12-03T00:06:51.005Z"}]}; if(data.isSearchList || data.isPostList) { $.get("/includes/rest_v2/plugins_blog_leisure_blog_categories/find/", { token : core.simpleToken }) .done(function(res) { if (res.docs.length === 0) { return; } let categorySelect = $(".blog-container .category-select"); if(categorySelect.length) { // the drop down exists, now lets fill it with return data $.each(res.docs, function() { if(this.totalPosts > 0) { categorySelect.append($("