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Old 06-15-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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My husband and I will have a few hours without our kiddo tomorrow, and I thought it would be nice to enjoy a picnic somewhere as the weather will be nice. We'd like to bring a bottle of wine. Any suggestions of where we can picnic with wine, without being kicked out or arrested? I suspect most city or state parks have a no-alcohol policy. Bonus points if you know of a place that is fairly secluded so we can have some privacy. We live in Durham and will only have about 3 hours of free time, so it can't be somewhere too far away. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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Every city around here has open container laws so I recommend brown bagging whatever you bring. Nobody will bother you at Duke Gardens but I'd still brown bag your wine as to not tempt fate
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:45 AM
 
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See suggestions in this thread:

//www.city-data.com/forum/ralei...nic-spots.html
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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Thanks, but that thread isn't really related to places that allow wine consumption. I like evaofnc's idea - we might go incognito with some wine in a bag or a thermos, and enjoy the afternoon at Duke Gardens. Plus that's close to home so we can optimize the few hours of babysitting.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: At the NC-SC Border
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I always liked to picnic in my canoe. My favorite spots were sitting up in a quiet little private cove on most any lake around. Anything goes
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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Thanks, but that thread isn't really related to places that allow wine consumption.
Any secluded spot (including some of those listed in that other thread) is going to "allow" wine consumption. If you're looking for express permission, the picnic pickings are going to be slim.
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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You're absolutely allowed to have wine at Duke Gardens. It's private property, and Duke allows consumption on Central and West Campus for those 21+. I've had wine at the Gardens tons of times, and there was no discretion about it.
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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You're absolutely allowed to have wine at Duke Gardens. It's private property, and Duke allows consumption on Central and West Campus for those 21+.
I wonder if the same would apply to Duke Forest as well (referenced in the other picnic thread).
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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I wonder if the same would apply to Duke Forest as well (referenced in the other picnic thread).
I think the forest explicit bans alcoholic beverages due to their tendency to lead to litter. Unfortunately, some careless folks have ruined it for everyone.
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:56 PM
 
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I think the forest explicit bans alcoholic beverages due to their tendency to lead to litter. Unfortunately, some careless folks have ruined it for everyone.
Reading the regulations for Duke Forest, it doesn't appear that they do ban alcohol. In fact it is expressly permitted at two picnic shelters they maintain.
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