Our Triangle Top Stops
Earlier this month our fearless leader Brandon Bryce officially accepted his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Morrisville Chamber of Commerce. Addressing local business leaders and dignitaries at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, Brandon shared a message of continued momentum for a fast-growing area recognized on the national stage as a great place to live, work and play.
It got us thinking. There is so much we love about the Triangle. During this month with Valentine’s Day and National Random Acts of Kindness Day, how can we use our megaphone to share the love?
The result is a stellar list of local spots and businesses throughout the Triangle, all of which now have a five-star review left by a member of our team.
We hope some of our favorite spots are just what you have been looking for. We just might see you there!
- Whenever it’s above 50 degrees, you’ll find Sarah Osment at one of the amazing playgrounds across the Triangle. Her favorites are less popular yet feature great equipment – and are close to a coffee shop. Church Street Park in Morrisville is less than a five-minute drive to Fount Coffee + Kitchen. Marla Dorrel Park in Cary is across the way from Chanticleer Café. It’s more popular, but did you know there’s a walking path complete with pedestrian bridge over US-1 to MacDonald Woods Park?
- With spring around the corner, Danielle LaPerche is dreaming of picnics at Raleigh Rose Garden. Outdoor dining will be here to stay for many for this season so this may be a great time to invest in a picnic blanket and basket, if you haven’t already. Or give Picnic Raleigh a call to set it all up for you.
- Whether out on a solo run or hiking with his family, Ryan Boger recommends American Tobacco Trail in Southern Durham. With 23 miles to choose from, there are plenty of views to choose from.
- Pizza Veritas in Cary is the best NY style pizza northerner Carey McLaughlin has found in the Triangle. Just check out this pic of her latest order for proof.
- North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA)’s Museum Park is Kelly Propst’s go to spot for a walk, bike or scooter around the trails. You can’t beat the scenery with its outdoor art installations. If she’s around the office, you know Kelly’s stopping at Carolina Glazed Donuts. Her order? Apple fritters to share and sprinkles for her son, Ronald. If you have a soft spot for filled crème donuts, this place does it fresh. Alley Twenty Six has the hook up for an outdoor cocktail under twinkle lights.
- After getting a puppy at the start of quarantine, Melody Goforth quickly realized that hikes are some of Piper’s favorite things. You’ll often find them at Umstead State Park walking and sniffing along the way. If you’re a beginner hiker like she is, using an app like AllTrails gives a great experience, mapping out the various trails in the park and indicating the level of difficulty.
- If you asked Victoria Moore what her perfect day in Raleigh would be, she’d take you out for breakfast, lunch and dinner and balance with it with leisurely walks and hikes along great trails. First stop is Sola Coffee for Jeanne’s cappuccino and hot mini donuts outside on their patio. Next, a morning walk through the State Farmers Market to browse locally grown and locally made products. Lunch is rooftop at Raleigh Times Bar before a hike at Historic Yates Mill County Park, home to Wake County’s last remaining gristmill. Finally, you can find Victoria under the lights at Coquette, her favorite place to get French food in Raleigh. Hot tip: truffle fries.