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Old 03-11-2008, 05:42 AM
 
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Hi Triangle Board people,

I was wondering if anyone has reccomendations for things to do for a short weekday visit to the Durham area. We'll be in town Wednesday evening and all of Thursday, though my husband will be attending an interview for a large part of Thursday afternoon. Are there any places to go/restaurants you reccomend/etc.?

Thank you very much!
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:13 AM
 
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The Nasher Museum, on Duke's Campus at Anderson and Duke University Rd.
Duke Gardens, a block or two north from the Nasher on Anderson.
For lunch or dinner, try Watts Grocery on Broad St., Piedmont on Foster St., Rue Cler on Chapel Hill St., or if you want more casual, there's Bullock's BBQ (can't remember what street it's on), Guglhupf (a European bakery/cafe) on University, and next door is Foster's, an American bakery/cafe. The Federal on Main is also a good place for a casual meal, but it tends to be too smoky for my taste. And try to check out locopops, a local institution (a popsicle shop at Hillsborough and 15th St.

Check out the local Independent newspaper when you get to town to check the events listings. (The paper comes out each Wednesday) Or you can check the calendar at Independent Weekly.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:15 AM
 
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Thank you very much dcgrl
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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Hi,
I recommend Duke Cathedral, on Duke University campus. Parking lot behind it, beside the Bryant student center, is $2/hr. I think students are on Spring break, if that makes a difference. After you visit that take a short, 10-minute walk, over to the Sarah P. Duke Rose gardens (Google it). Or consider doing those things in vice-versa order.
Matt
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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Bulluck's BBQ is just off Hillsborough Street. Good, simple eating Southern-style.

If you want desserts near campus, Mad Hatters is an interesting place. The cookies are good (if not a bit expensive) and the cakes are divine. The Black and White cake is one of my favorites.

The others have given you great advice about the highlights to hit if you're only in town briefly. Duke Chapel, Duke Gardens, and the Nasher are close together and well worth the visit.
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:48 AM
 
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Hi Triangle Board people,

I was wondering if anyone has reccomendations for things to do for a short weekday visit to the Durham area. We'll be in town Wednesday evening and all of Thursday, though my husband will be attending an interview for a large part of Thursday afternoon. Are there any places to go/restaurants you reccomend/etc.?

Thank you very much!
I'm assuming from your post that you mean this week?

If so, Thursday is the start of the ACC Tournament (in Charlotte this year). The Sport Bars should be packed as basketball is nearly a religion down here (we used to watch the opening round in school growing up). The only local team playing Thursday is NC State (vs Miami) at around 2:30pm Thursday.
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:12 AM
 
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Not to hijack the thread, but I also grew up here and remember every classroom having the TV up front and on during ACC tournament time!

Going to a sports bar for an ACC area team match up would definitely be a true Triangle experience. I highly recommend it! (If you're around on Sunday, you may even be lucky enough to catch UNC-Duke Part III...)
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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Duke Gardens is also a wonderful place to visit (and free)! Over 55 acres of beautiful gardens, ponds and structures, starting at the Doris Duke Center and spanning to Duke Chapel. There is currently a bit of construction and new development going on, and Spring's flora is currently being pruned, but the gardens and ponds are still quite beautiful. There are many weddings held at Duke gardens, so no doubt they're getting ready for the upcoming season.

If you're looking for something out of the norm food-wise, there is a restaurant called Ted's out near South Pointe Mall, that serves wonderful food in an old-fashioned environment. Their specialty is Bison (lean, yummy and better for you than beef)! It's in the Renaissance Center shopping area, on Fayetteville across from South Pointe.

Have fun while in Durham!
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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Because nothing says Durham like the Ted's Montana Grill national chain!

Last edited by Dire Wolf; 03-11-2008 at 10:38 AM..
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:38 AM
 
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I gottta agree ... Ted's Montanna Grill isn't exactly where I'd tell people to go on their first visit to Durham. I'm not saying it's bad, but it certainly isn't unique to this area.

I prefer dcgrl's dining recomendations. Lots of great stuff there.
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