A Weekend in Durham, NC

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  • Food & Wine

  • Road Trip Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Active Travel

  • North Carolina

  • Outdoors

  • Shopping

  • Downtown

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Curator’s statement

Durham, NC is close to the hustle and bustle of Raleigh, NC and the Research Triangle Park, but has a small town feel. You don't have to be a Duke fan to explore and appreciate the university campus, museums and local cuisine. The downtown/American Tobacco Campus area has several hotels in a walkable part of town close to theater, sporting events, breweries and restaurants.

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Where to stay in Durham, NC

21c Museum Hotel Durham

Modern boutique property with funky, art-inspired rooms and suites.

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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Cozy inn-style hotel situated on 300-acres with country-inspired rooms and suites.

The Durham Hotel

A chic and retro-inspired boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Durham, North Carolina, providing a unique blend of mid-century aesthetics and modern hospitality.

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Things to do in Durham, NC

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Durham Performing Arts Center

Catch a Broadway show or your favorite comedian at this world-class performing arts theater.

Duke Chapel

Gorgeous, English Gothic chapel that towers 210 in the center of Duke’s campus.

Sarah P Duke Gardens

55 acres of walks and pathways through the gardens and wooded areas.

Duke Lemur Center

85 acres Lemur sanctuary.

Durham Bulls

Minor league baseball team, with Ripley the bat dog. Fun atmosphere for baseball lovers and even non-baseball fans.

Eno River State Park

The park offers plenty of recreational opportunities (hiking, camping and fishing) just minutes from city amenities.

Taste Carolina

Downtown Durham tasting/food tours.

Places to eat & drink in Durham, NC

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A few favorite local breweries: Hi-Wire, Ponysaurus and Clouds.

ZincHouse: Winery with sprawling outdoor space, wonderful wines, craft local beers, food trucks and live music.

Cucciolo Durham: Italian…YUM!

Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas: Friendly staff, amazing South American food.

Parker and Otis: Quaint cafe with gourmet food, serving breakfast and lunch and a wine market.

Guglhupf: Delicious German bakery, cafe and biergarten. Lovely outside seating.

Counting House: Modern restaurant/bar, with rotating art collection next to 21 C Museum hotel.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to North Carolina.