We packed everything I wanted to see into two short days! Here are my trip highlights from the Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill):
- Breakfast at Guglhupf Bakery. Huge sunken patio shaded by large umbrellas. Delicious chai tea latte and a fresh and healthy breakfast.
- Checking out Chapel Hill. The University of North Carolina is located in Chapel Hill, so there’s lots of Southern college town charm.
Our first stop was to Sugarland, a small sweet shop, featured on the Food Network. They are famous for their frozen cocktails, but we just grabbed a quick gelato. My recommendation: skip it. The girls working there were rude and anything but sweet.
However, I definitely recommend going in bevello, which is right next door to Sugarland. The girls working there were super friendly, and the store was full of unique clothes, jewelry and accessories.
Then we spent some time walking around the campus and got to see all the fraternity mansions. For my Chi-O friends, their house was gorgeous, but we drove past and I couldn’t get a pic in time.
- American Tobacco Historic District. Durham is full of cool architecture, and you will see a ton of it here. Right across from where the Durham Bulls play is the American Tobacco Historic District.
Such a cool place to walk around! We grabbed some drinks at Tyler’s Taproom (they have gluten free beer!) before heading home.
- Dinner at Acme in Carrboro. This place has an excellent patio. Full of greenery and a trickling waterfall. Maybe a little buggy if you’re thinking of bringing a little one along.
I had the pan-seared scallops with the green bean and new potato salad. It was delicious and the tomatoes in the sauce made it very refreshing and light. Perfect for the hot NC temp! Dr. A had the forever roasted pig on top of mushroom mac and cheese. And Mrs. A ordered two apps (at the suggestion of our clueless waiter) – the crispy fried calamari salad and the smoked local pork belly. The salad was so spicy she could barely eat it!
Day 2 highlights coming soon!