Show yourself (or your special someone) a little love this Valentine’s Day with these thoughtful Durham gift ideas and holiday outings.
Treat yourself to a facial or massage at The Retreat at Brightleaf. Soothe your muscles with a warm stone massage, or say goodbye to winter skin with an hour-long facial.
Grab a friend and head to Beyu Caffe on February 14 to hear Gino Speight of The S.O.S. Band, the iconic 1980s R&B and electro-funk group. Tickets cost $25 and a special Valentine’s Day dinner menu will be available.
Enjoy self-care on Valentine’s Day morning with an invigorating yoga class at Fullsteam Brewery. The class is suitable for both new and advanced yogis, plus you can stick around for beer and live music later in the day.
Give a gift card to a cooking or mixology class at Durham Spirits Co. Learn how to prepare a traditional Korean meal, become your own personal bartender, or discover French comfort food. Nothing says “I love you” quite like a carefully prepared meal.
Chocolate is always an appropriate V-day staple. Order locally made, artisan chocolates fromMiel Bon Bons – and maybe throw in a couple of macarons, too.
Virginia app developer WillowTree has decided where it’s bringing it’s already-pledged 98 jobs in Durham: The American Tobacco Campus.
WillowTree will move into a new office at 324 BlackWell St., and is hosting a grand opening Tuesday.
The Capitol Broadcasting Company-owned campus fits with what WillowTree CEO Tobias Dengel has said he’s looking for – a place for the company to grow. Dengel said in November his team would be looking for something in downtown Durham, comparing it to its headquarters city of Charlottesville in that it’s a “dense and growing area with lots of alternative music.”
And American Tobacco Campus could offer WillowTree flexibility as it grows. Dengel has said the plan may be to move twice “because our goal is to create at least 100 incremental jobs beyond the small office we have over the next three years.”
Parents, alumni and visitors of universities who don’t want a cookie-cutter hotel experience, look no further. Below is a list of 50 unique hotels with above-and-beyond services and accommodations, all in close proximity to some of the country’s best colleges and universities.
University visitors want to stay somewhere that truly embraces university culture. From on-campus hotels, to boutiques that allow pre-game tailgating in their parking lots, this list has it all. Many of these establishments offer complimentary transportation to and from university events and are within walking distance of shopping, dining and nightlife. These hotels reject the “just a place to sleep” mentality, offering a memorable experience for every visit.
Our selections were based on the following criteria:
• Ratings from AAA, Forbes Travel Guide and TripAdvisor • The little things that make an experience great, like in-room microwaves and safes, bathrobes and complimentary newspapers • Facilities, such as fitness and business centers, dining options and parking access • Proximity to university campuses and activities • Involvement with university culture
If you are looking for a fabulous hotel, then look no further than our Top 50 College Campus Hotels.
For newcomers, how would you describe our current real estate market? Inventory right now is very tight. I think a lot of people are realizing what a great place Durham is to live, and they don’t want to move away. When a house does come on the market, it gets snapped up quickly. I think it speaks volumes about what a great town we live in. … If you look at the Triangle, Durham is still the most affordable – you get the most house for your money.
What’s the average turnaround time on the market right now? The last study I saw said 2.9 months, meaning that at the rate that people are buying, if nothing new came on the market, we’d be out of things to sell in 2.9 months. That’s very low.
How did we develop such a strong market? You look at what Durham has gone through during the past 10 years – the revitalization of downtown, which is now the happening place in the Triangle with the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the American Tobacco Campus, the central district with all the restaurants and the art spaces and the hotels – it’s just a wonderful place to spend time in. We’ve got great universities, like Duke University and North Carolina Central University. … You’ve got other areas like The Streets at Southpoint – that area was nothing 12 years ago, and look at all that’s there now with restaurants, shopping and things to do. Durham has become a destination. It’s no longer this sleepy little town.
This week, Durham Magazine took to the street with a whiteboard and asked, “Why do you love Durham?” Some knew their answer immediately, others struggled to condense all of their love to fit on a whiteboard! Regardless, everyone showed there is a lot of reasons to love our city!