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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Bypass Barbecue in North Carolina

Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill—known as the Triangle—comprise a growing hub of hyperlocal dining, pick-your-own farms, and local brews.


1. Where to Stay

Crystal chandeliers and nineteenth-century antiques decorate the Carolina Inn.   

Sample chèvre cheese and organic omelettes from the goats and chickens grazing out back at the Inn at Celebrity Dairy (from $90), an eight-room B&B and dairy farm that supplies cheese to local restaurants. (Watch the evening milking at the barn out back between 6 and 7 p.m.)

Request one of the south-facing rooms on the sixth floor at the Umstead Hotel & Spa to ensure a view of the three-acre lake and gardens from a private balcony. Even the spa is seasonal — the 50-minute raspberry-rhubarb facial ($110) is available only through August.

Listen to live bluegrass on the front porch of the Carolina Inn, a 1924 hotel decorated in southern colonial style (from $174). Picnic-style southern comfort food ($12) and cocktails ($6) are available during the Friday-night concerts.

Published on Jul 15, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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