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<strong>Spring</strong>/summer <strong>2015</strong> Official Visitor & Relocation <strong>Guide</strong><br />

Named Among Best Places to Travel in <strong>2015</strong> by Travel + Leisure<br />

INSIDE:<br />

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Pardon Our Dust<br />

Discover exciting<br />

new developments<br />

happening in <strong>Durham</strong><br />

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52<br />

Trace the Civil War’s<br />

End in <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Explore<br />

the Outdoors<br />

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63<br />

Get to Know<br />

<strong>Durham</strong>’s Districts<br />

Learn Why <strong>Durham</strong><br />

is the Tastiest Town<br />

www.durham-nc.com<br />

produced by the <strong>Durham</strong> Convention & <strong>Visitors</strong> Bureau


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E X E M P L A R Y C I TAT I O N S<br />

Contents<br />

SPRING/SUMMER <strong>2015</strong> FEATURES:<br />

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photos, top-bottom: Brightleaf Square - Dan Hacker Photography/DCVB; Musuem of Life + Science - Stewart Waller/DCVB; Nana’s Restaurant - Nana’s/DCVB<br />

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ON THE COVER: Use this guide to explore all <strong>Durham</strong> has to offer,<br />

from natural wonder to outdoor music to acclaimed dining,<br />

and more. Cover photo credits: West Point on the Eno - Stewart<br />

Waller/DCVB; concert at <strong>Durham</strong> Central Park - Jessie Gladdek/<br />

DCVB; Mateo Bar de Tapas - Jessie Gladdek/DCVB .<br />

Welcome to <strong>Durham</strong> 6<br />

• Pardon Our Dust, New Developments .......... 6<br />

• <strong>Durham</strong> Online & Expert Advice .............. 10<br />

• Things to Know........................... 12<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> History 13<br />

April <strong>2015</strong> is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end,<br />

and its largest surrender took place right here in <strong>Durham</strong>.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> Districts 22<br />

From Northern <strong>Durham</strong> to downtown to Southpoint<br />

and everywhere in between, get a preview of <strong>Durham</strong>’s<br />

distinctive districts.<br />

Explore <strong>Durham</strong> 40<br />

Find what you are looking for and more with plenty of things<br />

to do in <strong>Durham</strong>:<br />

• Arts & Entertainment ...................... 40<br />

• Nature & Recreation....................... 52<br />

• Festivals & Events ........................ 61<br />

The South’s Tastiest Town 63<br />

We’ve got all you need to know about <strong>Durham</strong>’s food<br />

scene, including Celebrated Cuisine, food trucks, beer and<br />

cocktails, and more.<br />

Shopping 80<br />

Discover <strong>Durham</strong>’s unique shopping opportunities, where<br />

funky merchandise and unexpected treasures abound.<br />

Convention & <strong>Visitors</strong> Bureau<br />

AN ACCREDITED DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATION<br />

101 E Morgan St, <strong>Durham</strong>, <strong>NC</strong> 27701 USA<br />

(919) 687-0288 | (800) 446-8604<br />

FAX (919) 680-8340<br />

www.durham-nc.com<br />

The <strong>Durham</strong> Convention & <strong>Visitors</strong> Bureau (DCVB) is <strong>Durham</strong>’s<br />

marketing agency. It is chartered as a Tourism Development<br />

Authority by the <strong>NC</strong> General Assembly and local governments<br />

to spearhead the proactive, strategic, visitor-centered<br />

economic and cultural development of <strong>Durham</strong> by reinvesting<br />

a portion of the visitor-paid “room occupancy and tourism<br />

development tax” in destination promotion and marketing.<br />

Read more about the DCVB’s visitor center on page 11.<br />

© <strong>2015</strong> <strong>Durham</strong> Convention & <strong>Visitors</strong> Bureau. The Official <strong>Durham</strong> Visitor & Relocation <strong>Guide</strong> is produced<br />

in-house by DCVB staff.<br />

The information contained in this guide was compiled using information provided by the individual businesses<br />

and organizations listed. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, DCVB cannot assume<br />

responsibility for any errors or omissions. <strong>Visitors</strong> should confirm pertinent information prior to each visit to<br />

determine the suitability of the facilities or services to the intended use. Please forward any corrections to DCVB.<br />

Departments:<br />

Places to Stay 87<br />

Relocation 103<br />

Education 109<br />

Retirement 114<br />

Medicine 116<br />

Transportation 118<br />

www.durham-nc.com<br />

Maps 122


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Pardon<br />

our dust<br />

Pictured above is an artist’s rendering of the 26-story high-rise<br />

planned for Main St. See more on page eight.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> is changing. In fact, it’s always been changing,<br />

growing, and innovating. It’s an energetic, enjoyable place to live<br />

and visit. That’s what <strong>Durham</strong> Fresh Daily means, and that’s why<br />

Travel + Leisure thinks <strong>Durham</strong> is a place you must visit.<br />

New developments are popping up all over <strong>Durham</strong>. From new hotels<br />

to new restaurants, from new retail centers to new expansions at<br />

favorite attractions, there is so much happening in <strong>Durham</strong> that it can<br />

be hard to keep it all straight. But don’t worry; this guide is here to help.<br />

A selection of the most talked about new developments is highlighted<br />

in the pages that follow. Explore this list to learn about what’s new<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong> so you can take part in the growth of the Bull City and<br />

experience <strong>Durham</strong>’s legacy of entrepreneurial creativity firsthand.<br />

Throughout this guide,<br />

look for the Fresh Daily<br />

symbols, like the one<br />

above, highlighting new<br />

developments in <strong>Durham</strong>.<br />

From new restaurants,<br />

events, exhibits, hotels, and<br />

more, there is always a way<br />

to experience <strong>Durham</strong> Fresh<br />

Daily.<br />

official durham visitor & RELOCATION guide


Major Developments in <strong>2015</strong><br />

American Tobacco Expansion<br />

In <strong>2015</strong>, visitors will be able to stay, dine, and see world-class<br />

entertainment within the historic American Tobacco District.<br />

In late spring the campus will add a six-story, 134-room<br />

Aloft Hotel adjacent to DPAC, <strong>Durham</strong> Performing Arts<br />

Center. In addition to other amenities, the Aloft will feature<br />

a locally owned first-floor bar and restaurant, NanaSteak.<br />

This new project from one of <strong>Durham</strong>’s celebrated chefs will<br />

feature indoor and outdoor seating and a lunch and dinner<br />

menu from its wood-burning grill and French rotisserie. The<br />

new construction will also add a President’s Club Lounge<br />

to DPAC. A night out on the town has never been so close<br />

(www.americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com).<br />

See page 25 for more information >><br />

Ninth Street Development<br />

For years, Ninth Street has been a popular district where<br />

Duke students and visitors alike enjoy funky shops and<br />

restaurants. In <strong>2015</strong>, Ninth Street will add even more<br />

with a new six-story project along Ninth and Green<br />

Streets that will add space for shops and restaurants,<br />

an internal parking deck, a dining terrace, and<br />

apartments. Additionally, the nearly century-old twostory<br />

building at the corner of Ninth and Markham<br />

Streets is receiving a mixed-use makeover.<br />

See page 31 for more information on Ninth Street >><br />

Museum of Life + Science Expansion<br />

<strong>Durham</strong>’s award-winning science museum is adding two<br />

new outdoor exhibits that are sure to be hits! In <strong>2015</strong>, the<br />

Museum of Life + Science will open Hideaway Woods,<br />

a two-acre, nature-based playscape where children<br />

can explore the forest by climbing in and around trees,<br />

treehouses, bridges, and flowing water. In 2016, the<br />

museum will open Earth Moves, an innovative earth<br />

sciences exhibit where children can interact with nature by<br />

controlling forces that move rocks, cause earthquakes, erode<br />

land, and unearth gems. These exploratory exhibits will<br />

bring out the wonder in everyone (www.lifeandscience.org)!<br />

See page 54 for more family fun >>


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Downtown Adaptive Reuse Hotels<br />

<strong>Durham</strong>’s character is still intact thanks to a pervasive<br />

preservationist spirit and “adaptive reuse” practices.<br />

This means that historic buildings are renovated,<br />

preserving their character while adapting to the<br />

needs of the present day. This effort is reflected<br />

several highly anticipated hotel projects.<br />

In early <strong>2015</strong>, the 17-story Hill bank building in the<br />

heart of Downtown <strong>Durham</strong> will be reopened as the<br />

21c Museum Hotel, a 125-room boutique hotel.<br />

The former bank will have a first-floor restaurant,<br />

bar, and museum, and will show curated, rotating<br />

free exhibits of contemporary art. The hotel’s<br />

restaurant, the Counting House, will focus on North<br />

Carolina’s seafood heritage, prepared with a variety<br />

of rotisserie and roasting techniques. The hotel is<br />

now accepting reservations for April and beyond<br />

(www.21cmuseumhotels.com/durham/).<br />

The former home of the Mutual Community Savings<br />

Bank about a block away will be transformed into<br />

the 54-room, luxury boutique The <strong>Durham</strong> Hotel.<br />

The hotel will include a full-service restaurant and<br />

an outdoor rooftop lounge, along with business and<br />

fitness facilities. An outdoor patio will be included<br />

on the cobblestoned Holland St. A <strong>2015</strong> opening is<br />

planned (www.thedurham.com).<br />

There are additional plans to renovate the Jack Tar<br />

Motel at 212 N Corcoran St. The developer plans to<br />

turn the former motel into a hip, modern hotel. Plans<br />

include restoring the parking deck, pool deck, and<br />

ground-floor retail.<br />

official durham visitor & RELOCATION guide<br />

Still More to Come<br />

• The Southpoint area recently<br />

welcomed the Hyatt Place, a hotel<br />

located less than a mile from the<br />

Streets at Southpoint Mall.<br />

• In <strong>2015</strong>, Home2 Suites will open<br />

locations in the 15-501 corridor and<br />

near Research Triangle Park. The<br />

15-501 area will also get the 322-unit<br />

Patterson Place apartment complex.<br />

• In Downtown <strong>Durham</strong>’s City Center,<br />

a developer plans to construct a<br />

26-story high-rise on Main St. with<br />

retail, parking, offices, and residential<br />

spaces. The tower will anchor<br />

additional developments, including<br />

the area around Parrish Street.<br />

• The <strong>Durham</strong> Co-op Market/Kent<br />

Corner project will bring 46,000<br />

square feet of office and retail<br />

development, including the <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Co-op Market, a grocery store, to the<br />

corner of W. Chapel Hill and Kent<br />

Streets in early <strong>2015</strong>.<br />

• Between spring <strong>2015</strong> and 2016, the<br />

Duke University Chapel will repair<br />

the copper roof and restore the stained<br />

glass windows and wood pews.<br />

With all the growth in Downtown <strong>Durham</strong>,<br />

you may run across a few detours. Call<br />

the Visitor Information Center for help<br />

navigating the area: 919-446-8604.<br />

left photo: Model Room at 21c <strong>Durham</strong> - GLINT Studios; right photo: Artist Rendering - City Center Renderings


www.durham-nc.com<br />

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Visit the New durham-nc.com<br />

This site is the one-stop shop for everything <strong>Durham</strong> related, with rotating content,<br />

searchable listings and events, and more. Go online to check out the updated look, improved<br />

nagitation, and exciting new functionality!<br />

Rotating<br />

Feature Content<br />

Visit the site often to<br />

explore new content,<br />

including event<br />

round-ups, interviews,<br />

slideshows, quizzes,<br />

and more.<br />

Mobile Friendly<br />

Explore the site on<br />

your cell or tablet.<br />

It is easy to browse<br />

on both mobile and<br />

desktop devices –<br />

there’s no app to<br />

download; it’s fully<br />

functional no matter<br />

the device.<br />

Comprehensive<br />

Event Calendar<br />

Plan your trip with<br />

the Official <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Event Calendar, which<br />

highlights more than<br />

5,000 events each year.<br />

Social Media<br />

Stay connected with <strong>Durham</strong> and<br />

discover the fun things happening in<br />

real time with images, hashtags, checkins,<br />

and other content generated by<br />

users discovering <strong>Durham</strong> right now.<br />

Enjoy recommendations from locals,<br />

find out about the coolest places<br />

to hang out, and share your own<br />

experiences.<br />

Like <strong>Durham</strong>, <strong>NC</strong> on Facebook at<br />

www.facebook.com/My<strong>Durham</strong><br />

Keep up to date on upcoming<br />

events and more at twitter.com/<br />

<strong>Durham</strong><strong>NC</strong> and twitter.com/<br />

<strong>Durham</strong>NewsSvc<br />

MORE ONLINE: Look out for this symbol throughout the guide highlighting additional<br />

content available at www.durham-nc.com.<br />

official durham visitor & RELOCATION guide


photo: <strong>Durham</strong> Visitor Information Center - DCVB<br />

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the <strong>Durham</strong> Visitor<br />

Information Center<br />

When you’re in town, stop by the <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Visitor Information Center. You can enjoy<br />

free downtown parking and get directions, in<br />

addition to the following perks:<br />

1<br />

Personalized recommendations<br />

from a Destination Expert<br />

While <strong>Durham</strong>ites (<strong>Durham</strong> residents) are usually<br />

pretty friendly folks, the Destination Experts at the<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> Visitor Information Center are truly the<br />

authorities on <strong>Durham</strong>. Whether you need help<br />

finding something to do or discovering how to get<br />

there, the Destination Experts will set you on the<br />

right path.<br />

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Free maps and Information<br />

At the <strong>Durham</strong> Visitor Information Center,<br />

visitors can browse among several free local<br />

publications, including maps, guides, walking<br />

tours, and more.<br />

3<br />

Free Wi-Fi and outlets for charging<br />

Finding free internet access can be a<br />

challenge while traveling. The <strong>Durham</strong> Visitor<br />

Information Center provides a computer kiosk,<br />

and free wireless internet for guests, along with<br />

free use of available power outlets.<br />

A welcome place to take a break<br />

4 and hydrate<br />

After a full day of walking around Downtown<br />

<strong>Durham</strong>, visitors are always welcome to stop by<br />

and use the facilities or refill a water bottle.<br />

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<strong>Durham</strong> postcards and gifts<br />

Surprisingly, the <strong>Durham</strong> Visitor Information<br />

Center is one of the only places in <strong>Durham</strong> that<br />

regularly carries a variety of <strong>Durham</strong> postcards.<br />

Mail a postcard to Aunt Edna in Peoria and tell<br />

her about a wonderful trip to <strong>Durham</strong>. Guests can<br />

also stock up on goods produced in <strong>Durham</strong>, like<br />

Burt’s Bees lip balm or locally made Red Mountain<br />

Goodness goat’s milk soap.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> Visitor Information Center:<br />

101 East Morgan Street, Downtown<br />

<strong>Durham</strong>, <strong>NC</strong> 27701<br />

(800) 446-8604 or (919) 687-0288<br />

Hours of Operation:<br />

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.<br />

Saturday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.<br />

The VIC also has an after-hours lobby<br />

display and internet kiosk available<br />

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.<br />

Learn more online about <strong>Durham</strong><br />

at www.durham-nc.com. The site is<br />

optimized for mobile devices for visitors’<br />

convenience and ease of use while on<br />

the go in <strong>Durham</strong>.<br />

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Things to Know<br />

There can be a lot to figure out when traveling in a new place, but don’t feel overwhelmed!<br />

Below are some helpful tips and local laws that are pertinent in <strong>Durham</strong>.<br />

Driving in <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Before you get behind the wheel in <strong>Durham</strong>,<br />

review this information:<br />

• In <strong>Durham</strong>, road names and road numbers<br />

sometimes change along the same roadway.<br />

• All passengers age 16 and over must wear seat<br />

belts in both the front and back seats.<br />

• Children younger than 16 years old must be<br />

properly restrained in an age, weight, and<br />

height appropriate restraint. A properly used<br />

car seat or booster seat is required for children<br />

who are under 8 years old or less than 80<br />

pounds.<br />

• Text messaging while driving is illegal. It is also<br />

illegal for drivers under the age of 18 to use a<br />

mobile phone while driving.<br />

• Motorcycle riders are legally required to wear<br />

helmets.<br />

• Call 511 (toll-free) for the latest information<br />

on road conditions, including accident and<br />

weather-related delays.<br />

Taxes<br />

• In <strong>Durham</strong>, most businesses will not include<br />

taxes in the posted price for items. Tax will<br />

be calculated and added to the bill upon<br />

purchase.<br />

• Most <strong>Durham</strong> purchases, including prepared<br />

food and clothing, are currently taxed at a 7.5%<br />

sales tax rate.<br />

• Alcohol sold at <strong>Durham</strong> County ABC stores is<br />

taxed at 7%.<br />

• Non prepared food items (groceries) purchased<br />

at retail stores are taxed at 2%.<br />

• Lodging rooms are taxed at 13.5%.<br />

• Car rentals are taxed at 16% in <strong>Durham</strong> (26.5%<br />

at RDU International Airport).<br />

Emergency Numbers<br />

Area codes must be dialed with all calls.<br />

AAA Roadside Assistance . . (800) 222-4357<br />

Crisis Helpline (24 hrs) ... (919) 683-8628<br />

or (919) 403-6562<br />

Emergency .......................911<br />

Emergency on Cell Phone .....*HP or 911<br />

Poison Control Center ... (800) 848-6946<br />

Police ................. (919) 560-4427<br />

For a list of <strong>Durham</strong>’s Emergency Medical<br />

Facilities, see pages 116-117.<br />

Language Services<br />

• ¿Hablas español? Parlez-vous Français?<br />

For a complete listing of interpreters and<br />

translators, visit durh.am/translate12 or call<br />

the <strong>Durham</strong> Visitor Information Center at (800)<br />

446-8604. Get current <strong>Durham</strong> information<br />

in dozens of languages with the language<br />

selection tool at the top right-hand corner of<br />

www.durham-nc.com.<br />

Smoking<br />

• Smoking is prohibited in enclosed shopping<br />

malls; restaurants and bars; grocery stores;<br />

public restrooms; public transportation vehicles<br />

(buses, vans, and taxis); public areas of galleries,<br />

museums, and libraries; as well as seating areas<br />

and aisles in enclosed sports arenas, theaters,<br />

cinemas, performance venues, and convention<br />

centers. Smoking is also prohibited on various<br />

public properties, including within 100 feet of<br />

bus stops; in public parks and on trails; and on<br />

public sidewalks abutting schools, hospitals,<br />

and city and county property.<br />

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