5 Outside – October Picks

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Osha

Venture outside of Raleigh this month

Duke Lemur Center

Durham

Duke Lemur Center houses the largest and most diverse community of lemurs in the world and you can easily fill a whole day spending time with these cute and fascinating creatures. The DLC offers 10 different general and premium tours: Lemurs Live offers a broad introduction to the center and introduces you to nine species of lemur; at Painting with Lemurs, you can watch lemur enrichment activities firsthand; and A Photographer’s Dream takes you behind the scenes of three natural habitat enclosures with DLC’s photographer, David Haring. lemur.duke.edu

Osha

Holly Springs

Translating from Thai to “tasty” or “delicious,” Osha is the new hip spot for great Thai cuisine and sushi in the Triangle. The menu emphasizes fresh ingredients and flavorful, diverse dishes such as coconut milk marinated pork skewers, Chinese eggplant stir fry, cucumber soup and green curry fried rice. The sushi menu features classic sushi and sashimi plus a unique lineup of specialty rolls. Top off your meal with an exceptional Japanese beer or a round of sake. oshathaikitchennc.com

Ayr Mount House

Hillsborough

A plantation home from 1815, Ayr Mount is the perfect place to visit on a mild fall day. Take a tour of the house museum—built by William Kirkland—to learn about the history of the period and the residence’s architecture. Then, stroll through the grounds and stop for a picnic along the scenic trails, including the Poet’s Walk on the Eno River and the Occoneechee Speedway Trail. classicalamericanhomes.org/ayr-mount

TerraVita Food & Drink Festival

Chapel Hill & Carrboro

October 16-19, $40-$550 This is your last chance to experience all the greatness that is TerraVita. That’s right, this is the 10th and final year of Colleen Minton’s epic food and drink festival featuring some of the best chefs, brewers, sommeliers, baristas, distillers, cookbook authors and industry greats from across the Southeast. Enjoy a meal during the East Meets West dinner at Fearrington Village, grill out with superior barbecue from NC pitmasters, pig out on dishes from 40 chefs at the Fall Fête or really go out with a bang and do it all. terravitafest.com

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews

Chapel Hill

Books. Chocolate. Coffee. What more could you ask for? Chapel Hill’s newest independent bookstore and coffee shop encourages guests to get lost in words in the company of fellow bookworms. Epilogue boasts a Spanish-style chocolatería featuring chocolate chip cookies, hot cocoa and dipping chocolate for dunking porras—a Spanish treat similar to a churro—made with chocolate sourced from Escazu and Videri. epiloguebookcafe.com

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