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Old 04-16-2010, 10:23 AM
 
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Have friends coming in for a few days next weekend. Need suggestions for a day trip. I was thinking of Duke Gardens or UNC Botanical Gardens. I also need restaurant recommendations for either of these places. Any thoughts would be apprecaited.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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I assume you mean the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

As between the two I would choose Duke, especially at this time of year. It is a much more manicured, planned garden. The NC Botanical Garden is a more natural environment, and can be great for hikes.
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Old 04-16-2010, 01:59 PM
 
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I would recommend the Duke gardens/Chapel tour, then hangout around Brightleaf or 9th St.
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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I agree with the above!

I love taking the kids to the NC Botanical Gardens (affiliated with UNC), but Duke Gardens is definitely the place to go to entertain out-of-town guests.
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Go to Duke. Save NC Botanical Gardens for when it is hotter and you are grateful for the shade.

Get takeout from Gugelhupf to take to the gardens. Guglhupf Bakery, P√Ętisserie & Cafe

Go to 9th Street afterwards and stop by Locopops. Locopops. Hand-crafted, locally-made gourmet frozen pops in a world of flavors.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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you know you could do both depending on your energy level. You can hike for hours in either place but they are totally opposite.

Duke is what most people think of for formal gardens and very beautiful. But for horticulture and native species buffs, NC Botanical gardens are paradise. It is very unique but has it's own special beauty.

Also Tomorrow is the Chapel Hill Garden Club garden tour which benefits NC Botanical gardens. A fun way to peek in other folks back yards. Enjoy whatever you choose.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:36 PM
 
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Duke Gardens gets my vote. Plenty of places to sprawl out and have a picnic even when there are alot of people.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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If you came on Saturday morning, it would be fun to get some good picnic supplies at the Durham Farmers Market and bring them to Duke Gardens. Guglhupf, Fosters Market, or Nosh are good options too, either for carry-out or to eat there. For dinner options close to Duke Gardens, you could check out Six Plates on Erwin (wine bar + tapas-style food), various options in the 9th Street area (Vin Rouge, Blu Seafood) or downtown (Piedmont).

Have a fun weekend!
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