Top 5 to check out

Just outside Raleigh

1.BroadSlab Distillery

Benson

Benson is the moonshine capital of North Car- olina’s “Broadslab” region, known for its high-quality home-brewed whiskey. BroadSlab Distillery is the first farm distillery in the state to craft premium whiskey and moonshine, a family legacy that owner and master distiller Jeremy Norris has continued into modern times. BroadSlab offers five diff erent, uniquely-crafted authentic spirits. Distillery tours are $12 and take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.; learn exactly how these once covert, always delicious spirits are made. broadslabdistillery.com

2. Rumors

Rumors

Chapel Hill

Best friends Casey and Marshe opened this trendy thrift store off of West Franklin Street in 2013, and it’s a unique spot to buy, sell and trade your clothing. At Rumors, you can shop around for high quality secondhand clothes, consign your clothes for handpicked sale in the store or donate your clothes for a good cause. Open daily, Rumors offers a variety of stylish, vintage clothing for men and women and it’s an interactive way to get involved with the Chapel Hill community on a student’s budget. shopatrumors.com

3. Beau Caffe’s Latin Vibe on Thursday Nights

Durham

Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Get a head start on the weekend and dance the night away every Thursday evening with live music at Beyu, downtown Durham’s most stylish and sophisticated cafe and live music venue! The CoboBrothers Dance Co. offers Salsa dancing lessons followed by a dance party to Latin-inspired music, including a deep blend of Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba. Entry costs $8—$10. beyucaffe.com

4. Family Wilderness Survival

Bond Park, Cary

March 16, 5–7 p.m.

With our modern reliance on technology to guide us through the trappings of our daily lives, do you ever stop to wonder what would happen if you somehow got lost in the wilderness? This month, bring the whole family to navigate survival in the great outdoors when all devices fail. Learn shelter- and fi re-building and other hands-on skills that, for anyone planning to go off the grid any time soon, are sure to come in handy. townofcary.org

Acme Restaurant

5. Acme Restaurant

Carrboro

Acme is a cozy neighborhood restaurant that, due to its support for local, sustainable farms, gives customers lots of reasons to come back for more. Open for dinner nightly at 5:30 p.m. and for brunch on Sundays, Acme offers cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and desserts that everyone can enjoy. Gluten-free options such as spaghetti squash and pan-roasted duck breast are crowd favorites, and the menu is filled with takes on traditional Southern fare, including soft shell crab, fried chicken, pulled pork, pickles and slow-churned peach ice cream. Located in historic downtown Carrboro, Acme’s menu changes seasonally. acmecarrboro.com