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5 Reasons to Pack up the Car and Take a Weekend Trip to Durham, North Carolina

From socially distanced downtown festivities to craft brews, outdoor adventures and exclusive, too-good-to-pass-up offers, Durham has every excuse you need to escape for a weekend getaway.

1. The Downtown Durham Streetery

photo: @tate.gif via @durhamnc

Experience all that downtown Durham has to offer, from a thriving food scene and local boutique shops, at The Downtown Durham Streetery. Every Friday and Saturday from 5-9:30 pm (from September 18 – December 19), the city center makes way for a socially-distanced, outdoor downtown experience with festive lights, music and performers sprinkled throughout.

2. Trails, trails and more trails

photo: Christopher Ciccone/Courtesy North Carolina Museum/via Conde Nast Traveler

From leisure strolls to more adventurous and daring hikes, North Carolina has plenty of trails to keep you moving. Hit the trails like a local at Duke Forest or Al Buehler Trail. Looking for something with a little more mileage, we’ve got that too. Visit Eno River State Park. Brought your bike along? Take a short drive to Raleigh and ride the Art to Heart Corridor, which begins at the  North Carolina Museum of Art and ends in the heart of downtown Raleigh. While you’re at NCMA, be sure to check out their current exhibitions: Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting and Leonardo Drew: Making Chaos Legible.

3. Two words… Craft Beer

photo: Visit Raleigh

Whether you consider yourself a craft brewery connoisseur or a novice beer drinker, Durham is the place for you. Ales, lagers, micro-breweries, brewpubs – you’ll find it all here. Stay close and check out the local beer scene. Our favorites are Ponysaurus Brewing and Fullsteam Brewery! Venture outside the city to our neighbors in Raleigh (just a quick 30 minute drive away!) to check out the craft brewery scene, including: Crank ArmBig BossRaleigh Brewing Company and Bond Brothers Beer Company. Find more breweries with The Beer Travel Guide.

Planning to hit the trails and stop at breweries along the way? Check out our Trails + Brews guide!

4. Special Offers

You don’t have to travel far, to travel well.

The perfect view. The perfect meal. The perfect experience – it’s all closer than you imagined because relaxing getaways are just down the road. See current offers.

5. Pets Stay for Free! 

pictured: @sallythebernedoodle by @traveling_newlyweds

Not sure about you – but our pets have really helped us through some rough times this year. We’ve been spending a lot more time at home lately and boy have they noticed! 21c understands the need for the extra snuggles and we’re here to help!

In order to make it easier to bring your beloved companions along on your getaway – we’re waiving all pet fees through December 31st, 2020, when booking your stay directly with 21c Durham.

And you’re in luck because Bull City is an incredibly dog-friendly city! Here are our Top 5 Dog-Friendly Spots in Durham.


Featured photo by Discover Durham.

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