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Best Hidden Gems in Raleigh/Durham

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Chatham Hill Winery

Founded in 1999, Chatham Hill Winery was one of the first wineries around. Tasting tours are offered daily where participants can not only taste eight of their award-winning wines but they also get to take home a souvenir wine glass. Rubio, Cherry Berry and Viognier are some of their most popular wines. The local winery also offers a meeting space where private parties, celebrations and even weddings can be conducted. Food tours, parties, trivia nights and other events are also organized by the winery where not only can you indulge your taste buds in great wines but also mingle with other wine enthusiasts.

Cary, NC, United States
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Dead Broke Farm

Dead Broke Farm offers horseback riding on more than ten miles (16 kilometers) of trails on 110 acres (44.5 hectares) of land half an hour outside of downtown Raleigh. Take a western style riding lesson on bridles trails past creek crossings, hardwood forests, and wildlife. Rides are between one and six hours long, and horses can be rented for overnight and weekend camping trips. There are some age restrictions, as children less than six years old cannot ride alone. The farm also has campsites and fishing ponds.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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The Bar

Welcoming people from all walks of life, The Bar is a gay-friendly hangout popular for the great crowd and a buzzing atmosphere. With events taking place every night, The Bar ensures patrons have memorable, fun-filled nights. Whether it is the hip hop dance parties on Mondays, DJ nights on Thursday or live music performances by bands and singers on Wednesdays, the atmosphere at The Bar is always convivial. Drag shows and Latin nights are also organized regularly. If the numerous events weren’t enough reason, The Bar is a also a great venue to watch the latest match on TV, make new friends while playing a game of darts or belt your heart out during karaoke. If you are wondering where to go for the evening, bring some pals and kick off the night at The Bar.

Durham, NC, United States
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Vert & Vogue

Vert & Vogue is one of Downtown Durham's up and coming luxury clothing boutiques. The store prides itself in being a green business, employing eco-friendly materials and processes wherever possible. The boutique stocks a collection of clothing for men and women, shoes and accessories from high-end brands and designers. Unlike most upscale boutiques which tout European wares, Vert & Vogue proudly offers a selection of predominantly American brands and local designers, including names like Melissa Joy Manning, Brave Leather, and Raleigh Denim Workshop. With friendly and helpful staff, and a pleasing ambiance, Vert & Vogue has come to be one of the leading destinations for trendy and fashionable clothing in Downtown Durham.

Durham, NC, United States
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The Retreat at Brightleaf

The Retreat is a refuge from stress that provides holistic health and skincare services. The spa is tucked away beyond the bustle of Durham’s main streets, and its minimal design is both modest intimately relaxing. Enter the bright, inviting lobby and take advantage of free water and tea. Enter one of several themed rooms and indulge in a massage given in a range of techniques, acupuncture, or one of many aesthetic wellness services.

Durham, NC, United States
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Dennis Best Men's Salon

This salon near downtown Durham gives great haircuts for men, women, and children, although it caters primarily to men, hence the name. Customers can expect stylists that pay particular attention to detail, complimentary beer or soda, and plenty of sidebars, quiffs, and sideburns. The first twenty or thirty minutes of appointments here are dedicated to a “diagnostic,” when stylists figure exactly what kind of cut is asked for.

Durham, NC, United States
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Nasher Museum of Art

The Nasher Museum is dedicated to presenting contemporary art from around the world, and showcasing art made by historically underrepresented groups. Founded in 2005 on the campus of Duke University, the museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 10,000 works, with strong holdings in medieval, pre-Colombian, classical, and modern and international contemporary art. Free guided tours are made available to groups of ten or less two days a week.

Durham, NC, United States
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Synergy Spa & Aesthetics

Synergy Spa and Aesthetics truly pampers its guests in a luxurious setting. Rejuvenate your body and soul with deep tissue massages, hot stone body therapy, and full body detox and exfoliation. The full service spa offers the latest treatments in skin and nail care and body therapy. Synergy is also home to a cosmetic surgery center.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Liles Clothing Studio

Liles Clothing Studio offers an unparalleled collection of men's clothing services, specializing in high-quality fashions from obscure designers as well as creating custom-fit, tailor-made suits, sportswear, leather goods, ties and more. Knowledgeable yet unobtrusive staff assist guests to hand-design their new purchases, utilizing a huge array of fabrics, cuts and patterns. The secret to Liles's success lies in partnerships with artisan design studios, sourcing made-to-order designs from around the globe. Accessories are also on offer, as well as leather shoes and belts that, like everything else, won't be created until you order it. For the best shopping experience, it is advised to arrange an appointment, although Lile's is certainly open for browsing during the day. For men seeking to upgrade their wardrobe with some of the most modern looks available, Liles Clothing Studio is the perfect fit.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Duke University Chapel

This chapel built in the center of Duke University in the Collegiate Gothic style was completed in 1932. Its tower soars 210 feet (65 meters) into the sky, and its founder, James B. Duke, felt that its inspirational presence would influence campus music, faith, and learning. Fine ornamentation, stained glass, and four beautifully crafted organs, including a Flentrop, or "Bach's Organ," draw thousands of admirers to the chapel every year. Free, guided tours of the chapel are offered every Sunday after an 11a worship service.

Durham, NC, United States
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Man-Mur Barber Shop

This straight-forward barber shop has a school of barbers who are experts in giving basic shaves and cuts. Customers will not find walls lined with hair products, hair conditioning treatments, or room for shampoo. The barbers are great at giving no-frills cuts like "flat tops" and "high and tights." Entering the shop is a bit like stepping back in time, when children got lollipops with a haircut and the blue and red of the barber shop sign was not a novelty.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Raleigh Rose Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre

The Raleigh Rose Garden displays dozens of varieties of roses, including all new roses presented by the All American Rose Society, on beautifully landscaped grounds just behind the Raleigh Little Theater. An outdoor theater with stone seating hosts theater and music performances from time to time, and a fountain and small stone shelter are the center of small private events and weddings. The roses bloom from late May until early fall in October and November; these times are best for visiting.

Raleigh, NC, United States
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