Top 5 to Check Out

…just outside Raleigh

  1. Fayetteville

    Ziplines are a popular summer activity in the Triangle, and if you’re a fan you need to make the trip down to Fayetteville and check out ZipQuest, named one of the top 10 in the U.S. according to “USA Today.” The two-hour adventure takes you across tree platforms (the longest zipline measuring 800 feet) and a spectacular view of Carver Falls. Dreaming of zipping under the stars? The NightQuest adventure takes you along the course illuminated by your helmet light and the glow of the moon.

  2. ZenFish

    Durham

    Durham is quickly cementing its reputation of being at the forefront of the Triangle’s culinary scene. The newly opened ZenFish is the area’s first poké bar (One Fish Two Fish in Carrboro opened just weeks after it) exclusively serving up flavorful Hawaiian bowls of raw fish—though it does offer vegetarian options as well—and salad with a twist. The casual eatery gives you the option to choose from a list of signature bowls or build your own creative combination.

  3. Made

    Cary

    The next time you’re in Cary, swing by Made, an eclectic shop with a mission: They pride themselves on showcasing contemporary craft and design. You’ll find everything from handmade jewelry, artisanal foods and unique gifts, like the imaginative notebooks made from old VHS movie boxes, perfect for the film buff. Over the summer, drop the kids off at the daily craft camps ($30) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and enjoy some of the area’s other attractions.

  4. Summer Chef & Maker Series

    Pinehurst

    Between July 7th and 9th, Ashley Christensen will be the guest chef at Pinehurst’s summer food series. The weekend long festivities kick off with a Poole’s-inspired dinner on Friday paired with NC breweries and distilleries, including Doc Porter’s and Mystery Brewing. On Saturday, a full day of activities are slated, beginning with a book signing and Q&A with the chef, glass blowing and spirits tasting, and topped off with a four-course Southern meal. Packages start at $399 per person and include two-nights accommodation or $70 for individual event tickets.

  5. Steel String Brewery

    Carrboro

    You’ll be seeing more of this small production brewery with a cult following, especially since it started bottling some of its superlative brews like Big Mon. The brains behind the brewery seek to brew beer that’s inspired by NC’s rich agricultural heritage while also capturing the culture of the local community. Check out their lively taproom, which often features live music and a friendly crowd.

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