My favorites within the Triangle & sometimes beyond. (Updated 1/13/2019).
-Afternoon Tea: Washington Duke Inn, The Carolina Inn, Umstead Hotel
-Art Walks: Third Friday Durham Art & Events
-Artists: Dianne Rodwell, George McKim, Tonia Gebhart, Kiki Farish, Amy Friend/(AmyDraws), Jennifer Flannigan, Caroline Boykin
-Beer/Wine Hangouts: Raleigh Beer Garden, Vita Vite, Hibernian Pub, Wine Authorities, The Wine Feed, Raleigh Wine Shop, House of Hops
-Breweries: Trophy, Crank Arm, Raleigh Brewing, Big Boss, Bond Brothers Beer Company, Brewery Bhavana.
-Brunch: Tupelo Honey, Tazza Kitchen, Big Ed's, Coquette, Vin Rouge, Rue Cler, The Refectory, State Farmers Market Restaurant, Poole's Diner, SOCA
-Burgers: The Station at Person Street - $5 burgers and fries or chips. Burger comes with 2 patties and cheese, lettuce, tomato. Chips are made in-house although my fave are the fries (the thick-cut potato wedges), Cameron Bar & Grill: $5 Burger and fries.
Chocolates: Escazu, French Broad Chocolates, Matthew's Chocolates, Videri
-Coffee Shops: BREW, Jubala Coffee (free espresso on Fridays), Liquid State, Maude's, Benelux, 42 & Lawrence, Sola Coffee, Morning Times, Global Village Organic Coffee, Sir Walter Coffee.
-Cocktails: Pooles' Diner, Fox's Liquor Bar, Bittersweet, Counting House, Bar Virgil, Alley Twenty Six, Tazza, Kitchen, Death & Taxes, Haymaker, Vidrio
-Desserts: Anisette, Belgian Cafe, Lucettegrace, Rose's Meat Market & Sweet Shop, Annelorore's German Bakery (vendor at State Farmers Market, storefront coming soon to Cary).
-Donuts: Monuts Donuts, Rise, Krispy Kreme, Duck Donuts
Events: Restaurant Week, First Friday (Raleigh), Third Friday (Durham), Art in Bloom (at NCMA, annual floral art interpretation) Taste the Event (annual food festival) Brewgaloo (annual beer festival)
-Farmers Markets: Carborro, Durham, Raleigh, Downtown Raleigh...
-Festivals: Food Truck Rodeos (Raleigh & Durham have several throughout the year), Artsplosure, State Fair, Brewgaloo Beer Festival, Hopscotch Music Festival, Beer Bourbon BBQ Festival
-Galleries: Artspace, The Carter Building, Pleiades, The Carrack.
-Getaways: Beach (Carolina Beach), Mountains (Boone, Blowing Rocks), Biltmore Estate (Asheville), visit Chef Vivian Howard's restaurant; Chef & the Framer, & The Boiler Room. Also, within walking distance is Mother Earth Brewery (Kinston).
-Healthy Eats: Living Kitchen, Raleigh Raw, Juicekeys, Fresh Levant Bistro, Humdinger (juice only), b. good, Sassool Cafe.
Japanese Food: Waraji, M Sushi
-Ice Cream: The Parlour, Fresh, Maple View Farm, NC (Best green tea ice cream is at Waraji sushi restaurant).
-Lake trails: Lake Lynn, Millbrook Lake, Lake Johnson, Eno River, Umstead Park, American Tobacco Trail, Haw River Trail
-Mediteranean Food: Nile Cafe, Sassool Cafe, Jasmin Bostro, Neomonde.
-Mexican Food: Centro, Gonza Tacos y Tequila, DosTaquitos, Cantina 18.
-Mezcaleria: Gallo Pelon
-Museums: Nasher Museum of Art, 21c Museum Hotel, NC Museum of Art (NCMA), NC Museum of History, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
-Music Venues: Kings Barcade, Cat's Cradle, Koka Booth, Lincoln Theatre, Carolina Theatre, Duke Energy Center, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
-Parks: Pullen Park, Umstead Park, Lake Johnson, Jordan Lake
-Pizza: Oakwood Pizzabox, Anna's Pizzeria, Cristo's, Mellow Mushroom, Pizzeria Toro, Peri Brothers Pizza, Pizza La Stella, Pizzeria Faulisi, Pizzeria Mercato. Whole Foods (yup, WF!), Hutchins Garage
-Restaurants: Poole's Diner, Bida Manda, Il Palio, Driftwood, Farina, Waraji, Rue Cler, Beasley's Chicken & Honey, Gonza Tacos y Tequila, Tazza Kitchen, Piedmont, Stanbury, Capital Club16, Royale, Death & Taxes, Brewery Bhavana, Vidrio, Mekong.
-Shops: Southern Season, Southern Supreme, DECO, NOFO @ the Pig, This & That, Vespertine, Sofia's Boutique, Stitch/Holly Aiken Bags.
-Southern Eats: Driftwood, Tupleo Honey, NC State Farmers Market Restaurant, Beasley's Chicken & Honey, Big Ed's.
Vietnamese Food/Pho: Mekong, Pho Far East, Pho Pho Pho
-Wine specials: Wine Authorities - (Tues & Sat are free wine tastings), Farina Neighborhood Kitchen - (Half off all wine every Wednesday, bottles and by the glass).