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April 27-29, 2016

Franklin St.Culinary and Cultural Chapel Hill

See and taste the cultural and culinary experiences that Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has to offer. Twenty-five miles from Raleigh, Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which opened its doors in 1795 and, thus, is one of the first state-supported universities in the country. Chapel Hill has two James Beard Award winners and numerous award-winning chefs. In neighboring Carrboro, visit a food co-op and taste coffee at a local coffee roaster where the owner has served as a Head Judge for the World Barista Championships. Tour a cheese farm and taste spirits at the first certified organic and local distillery in the South. April is Beer Month in N.C., so try some handcrafted brews from one of the local breweries. For your cultural senses, see the plant life native to N.C., including a carnivorous-plants collection renowned throughout the Southeast, and tour a museum with a significant collection of European masterworks, 20th-century and contemporary art. Finally, it wouldn’t be a visit to a college basketball haven without seeing 100 years of hoops history in an 8,000-square-foot basketball museum. Stay in comfort at an award-winning hotel near all the action. View itinerary

RiverfrontSee Where the Water Takes You: A River-to-the-Sea Introduction to Wilmington & Island Beaches

Go with the flow and see where the water takes you in Wilmington, N.C., and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. This itinerary is designed for a first-time visitor to provide an overview of Wilmington and its island beaches, one destination with four unique settings. We will start with a river cruise and lunch along Wilmington's award-winning riverfront ("#1 Best American Riverfront," USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards). We’ll also spend time exploring the charms of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, where we will see Venus flytraps growing in the wild, visit a renovated historic boardwalk and a Victorian-era botanical garden, learn to surf fish and mount a surf board and dine at restaurants specializing in seafood.
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Lextington BBQSwine, Dine and Wine in Lexington

Take a short trip south of Raleigh to Lexington, N.C., the city known as the “Barbecue Capital of the World." With more than 15 famous barbecue restaurants to choose from, your visit will of course include a meal with Lexington-style barbecue. Also, immerse yourself in the world of renowned artist Bob Timberlake as you walk through his gallery filled with art, his furniture designs and personal memorabilia. Visit the winery of NASCAR owner Richard Childress, taste his wines in the tasting room selected by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of America’s "Top 25 Tasting Rooms." This is just a sampling of what Lexington has to offer. Come see for yourself... there’s something memorable, often remarkable, just waiting for you. View itinerary

GolfPinehurst / Southern Pines: Home of American Golf Tour

From Donald Ross's creation of Pinehurst No. 2 to Payne Stewart's legendary putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open Championship, the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area has a storied legacy of golf unlike any other place in the country. In 2014 it made golf history again when the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open were played back-to-back on the same golf course for the first time ever. Memorable golf experiences extend beyond the dozens of highly-rated courses. Practice chip shots into the Pine Crest Inn fireplace. Ben Crenshaw holds the record—10 for 10! Explore the Tufts Archives in the Pinehurst History Museum. Check out golf memorabilia at Old Sport & Gallery. Pig out at Talamore Resort’s weekly Southern-style Pig Pickin’ dinner. Rest up at Homewood Suites by Hilton Olmsted Village. View itinerary

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