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Why Durham, NC is America’s Coolest Little City

posted 11 January, 2019 by Julie Briggs
While its neighbor Raleigh tends to get more attention, there’s no denying that Durham has a certain charm that can’t easily be replicated. Best known as the home of Duke University, locals and visitors alike have come to love Bull City for its gentle winters and thriving culinary scene. Some call it the “Portland of the South”, but Durham’s calling card is warm southern hospitality with a modern, innovative spirit - courtesy of its booming startup culture.
Want to find out for yourself? Here’s why Raleigh’s sister city is worthy of your attention.

Luxury Living on a Budget

Unlike larger cities like New York and San Francisco, hotel rooms in Durham are accessibly priced, even on the higher end. Visitor favorites like The Durham (a converted bank with a modern feel) offer rooms starting for under $200 on popular booking sites like TripAdvisor. Nearby is Unscripted Durham, a former motor lodge converted to a boutique hotel outfit. With nightly packages starting at just $95, this is a great way to stay in the heart of it all without breaking the bank.

Dining for Every Taste

Yes, another Portland comparison. Much its quirky friend on the left coast, Durham is known for its food trucks. But these are not just any food trucks. For years now, Durham has been leading a food revolution that is a uniquely Triangle phenomenon. Visit Central Park on any Saturday afternoon, and you’re bound to find mobile kitchens hawking delicious treats, ranging from artisanal grilled cheese to Korean bibimbap. And if that doesn’t satisfy you, Durham is home to fine dining that competes with other large, coastal cities. Visitors are wise to check out Bar Virgile on South Magnum Street for cocktails and small plates, or Blu Seafood in the Ninth Street District for knock-your-socks-off fresh oysters.

Culture at Your Fingertips

You don’t have to wander far to find something interesting in Durham. From pop up events at the famed American Tobacco campus to world-class entertainment at the Carolina Theatre, culture vultures will have plenty to keep them occupied - much of it within walking distance downtown. And if planning isn’t your forte, try ducking into one of many venues on a weekend night. We love the fun and funky Motorco Music Hall and the speakeasy-esque C. Grace for jazz and cocktails.
Don’t just take our word for it. Come see for yourself why savvy travelers love visiting Durham every year. Hurry though - it might not be long before the secret is finally out.
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Written by Julie Briggs

Cat mom and skeeball enthusiast based in New York, NY.