Friday, July 25, 2014

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Markets

Great variety and authenticity are expressed exceptionally well in Durham’s food - that's why Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South. Part of Durham’s exciting food culture comes from a fascination with locally grown and raised products, and from the chefs who prepare celebrated cuisine recognized in regional and national media. Each week at Durhams's farmers' markets everyone can be a chef with access to fresh local produce.

Produce available this week includes: peas, blueberries, peppers, garlic, corn, tomatoes, peaches, melons, eggplant and more! Also look for meats, cheeses, flowers, specialty items and crafts.

Durham Farmers' Market
This week, at 10 am there will be a canning demonstration and tasting with local writer and author Andrea Weigl. Visit the Durham Farmers' Market Saturdays from 8am- Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm in Durham Central Park.

South Durham Farmer's Market
This week, Captain Ponchos and Bulkogi food trucks will be on site with music by Chelsea Vanderhamm. Visit the South Durham Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8am-Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm at Greenwood Commons, 5410 Highway 55.

Visit the farmers' markets, tour a farm, and discover more great agritourism opportunities in Durham.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club Earns Awards

Durham, NC is home to many award-winning hotels including the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club which stacked up some awards this year recently winning the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014, the Expedia Insiders’ Select™ for 2014 and the TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence awards.

  • The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014 - recognizes properties that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to its menus in price and style
  • The Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list for 2014 - an annual award, it recognizes the very best hotels available in the Expedia as judged by the experiences of Expedia customers. The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is one of only 650 winners worldwide from among the more than 290,000 properties on Expedia. 
  • TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence - recognizes businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. Now in its fourth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor: another one of the world’s largest online travel sites. 
Visit Durham to experience the amenities of the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club or other nationally-recognized lodging properties.

Bull City Sculpture Show Announces People's Choice Award

A Durham guest will be sticking around for a while. The Bull City Sculpture Show has announced the People's Choice Award winner, a sculpture that will be staying in Durham until April, 2015. Basin & Range by Todd Frahm is a six-foot limestone structure, will be displayed at the American Tobacco Campus just North of the Lucky Strike Tower.

Frahm is an Ashville-based artist who designed his sinuous sculpture to be a thought provoking reminder that some of the highest mountain ranges in the world, including Mt. Everest, are composed of marine limestone, meaning that they were once under water.

The Bull City Sculpture show consists of large-scale installation pieces in place from the Historic Durham Athletic Park to the American Tobacco Campus. Find a map and more information here.

Art is a year-round pursuit here in Durham. Check out the Durham Event Calendar for more information about exhibits, openings, and gallery events, and start planning your visit to Durham online.

Friday, July 18, 2014

DPAC Sets New Records, Places in Top Three Nationwide

All of the 13 theaters in Durham are great destinations for different reasons, and the biggest, DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center announced this week key attendance statistics for their just-completed sixth season.

Among other records set, DPAC ranks third in the United States in the latest national attendance rankings by Pollstar magazine. A release from the theater offered more details:
"The sixth season boasts new records with 76 sellout performances and 14,081 season seat members for their signature series, SunTrust Broadway at DPAC.  DPAC's 2013 / 2014 Season featured 179 performances which drew 383,415 guests and 64 concerts, comedy and special events.  This 2013 / 2014 attendance mark was DPAC second highest ever since DPAC’s opening in 2008.  Heading the list of the highest attended shows were The Book of Mormon (16 performances at DPAC) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (10 performances at DPAC).   DPAC begins the 2014-2015 SunTrust Broadway season as one of the top Broadway series in the country, with season seat sales now at 14,220 and still growing."
Bested by only Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the Fox theater in Atlanta, both of which top DPAC's seating by more than 1300 seats, the third place ranking nationally is just another reminder of the theaters' popularity, and another indicator of Durham's robust arts scene.

Learn more about all the arts and entertainment events with the Durham Event Calendar, and plan a trip to Durham online.

Read more about DPAC's recent TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Markets

Great variety and authenticity are expressed exceptionally well in Durham’s food - that's why Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South. Part of Durham’s exciting food culture comes from a fascination with locally grown and raised products, and from the chefs who prepare celebrated cuisine recognized in regional and national media. Each week at Durhams's farmers' markets everyone can be a chef with access to fresh local produce.

Produce available this week includes: tomatoes, jalapenos, corn, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, yellow squash, zuchinni, peas, peppers and more! Also look for meats, cheeses, flowers, specialty items and crafts.

Durham Farmers' Market
This week will be the annual Tomato Tasting Day with more than 50 varieties of tomatoes to taste. Visit the Durham Farmers' Market Saturdays from 8am- Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm in Durham Central Park.

South Durham Farmer's Market
This week, the La Farm Bakery food truck will be on site. Visit the South Durham Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8am-Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm at Greenwood Commons, 5410 Highway 55.

Visit the farmers' markets, tour a farm, and discover more great agritourism opportunities in Durham.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DCVB and DDI Team to Release New Downtown Map and Guide

Downtown Durham is brimming with places to explore, and the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) and Downtown Durham, Inc. (DDI) have produced an updated and enhanced guide to help visitors and newcomers do just that.

The two organizations have partnered on this publication since 2010, but the 2014 edition introduces several enhancements to make it more user-friendly. With a new layout and expanded content, the Downtown Map and Guide spotlights Downtown Durham’s diverse districts and businesses.

The guide’s notable features include:
  • A more portable brochure format with a convenient foldout map
  • Feature content to highlight the personality of each downtown district
  • Complete dining, shopping, and entertainment listings, including the area’s Celebrated Cuisine
  • Information about transportation, downtown walking tours, the History Hub, and more
For those interested in the stories behind downtown’s historic buildings, public art, and points of interest, the Downtown Durham Self-Guided Walking Tour is a companion piece available online at the DCVB’s website.

The Downtown Map andGuide is available at the Visitor Information Center, from one of DDI’s Ambassadors, as well as select other visitor destinations around Durham. An electronic version is also available at DCVB’s website.

Friday, July 11, 2014

This Week at the Durham Farmers' Markets

Great variety and authenticity are expressed exceptionally well in Durham’s food - that's why Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South. Part of Durham’s exciting food culture comes from a fascination with locally grown and raised products, and from the chefs who prepare celebrated cuisine recognized in regional and national media. Each week at Durhams's farmers' markets everyone can be a chef with access to fresh local produce.

Produce available this week includes: jalapenos, corn, carrots, garlic, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, peas, peppers and more! Also look for meats, cheeses, flowers, specialty items and crafts.

Durham Farmers' Market
This week there will be a HomeFries kids cooking class by Susan Sing of Tarheel Foodie. Visit the Durham Farmers' Market Saturdays from 8am- Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm in Durham Central Park.

South Durham Farmer's Market
This week, there will be music by The Bred & Butter Duo. Visit the South Durham Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8am-Noon and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm at Greenwood Commons, 5410 Highway 55.

Visit the farmers' markets, tour a farm, and discover more great agritourism opportunities in Durham.