Monday, December 15, 2014

Running Durham: Al Buehler Trail

Buehler...? Buehler...?

I don't think there's any relation to Ferris, but that doesn't mean the Al Buehler Cross Country trail in Durham isn't a great way to spend a day off.

Probably my favorite place for cardio (of all kinds!) in the Bull City, this gravel route has it going on.

The three mile loop around the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Course features: scenic views of golf holes and pond, excellent forested tree cover (for shade in the summer, rain canopy in the spring), and plenty of friendly folks to encounter along the way (dog walkers, stroller walkers, bikers, joggers, Duke Divinity students pondering the inner workings of modern religion...)

The course is moderately hilly (including one MASSIVE hill about halfway through. Just remember: hills build character), and the total distance is great for 5K training or just getting out in nature for a bit.

If you're looking to take this trail for a spin, there's parking off Cameron Blvd.

Playing hooky is optional.

Monday, December 8, 2014

First Friday in Raleigh

Oh beautiful Friday.

The most anticipated day of the work week gets even better the first week of every month. That's because downtown Raleigh's cultural and artistic hot-spots are teeming with free food samples, local craft vendors, wine, beer and live music.

Organized by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, First Friday is a fantastic opportunity for Triangle citizens and visitors to enjoy a self-guided tour of local art galleries, studios, museums and other alternative venues.

A walk around December's iteration of First Friday included: Crank Arm brew and local vendors inside HQ Raleigh (including great talks and pumpkin bread samples from Relay Foods), wine and beer while admiring new exhibits at CAM,  hot cocoa and local fashion at Raleigh Denim Curatory and great music with no cover (and $4 Foothills beer special) at The Pour House.

Keep up with featured events for the next First Friday, on January 2nd, and start the New Year celebrating all varieties of Raleigh art and culture!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Local One-Stop Holiday Shopping

With the gift-giving season heavily upon us, I've been brainstorming about the perfect somethings for each person on my holiday list. To me, nothing says "You're worth more than a gift card from the check-out line at Wal-Mart" better than merch from a local business.

Luckily for Triangle residents, there are PLENTY of fine independent establishments at which to do your holiday shopping. And three of those great places are located side by side by side on East Franklin Street in Raleigh.
Fabulous trifecta of local shops in Raleigh:
Wine Authorities, Edge of Urge and Lumina Clothing Co
Sampling pours at
Wine Authorities
Cheers to self-service
For the Foodie:

Shopping for the tastebuds of that special someone? Wine Authorities has you covered. They focus on stocking estate grown wines from different regions around the world (estate: meaning a family-owned winery that grows all the grapes that go into the final product).