Last month I traveled down to North Carolina to shoot my first wedding of the year, and in anticipation of the Map & Menu launch, I decided to make the most of my time spent in Durham with my sister and brother-in-law, MacKenzie & Philip, and document a bit of my trip. I spent the better part of four years in college at UNC despising all things Duke, which unfortunately included everything Durham-related as well. Four years out of school and I still despise everything Duke, but I’ve certainly come to love and appreciate the city of Durham!
If my sister & brother-in-law hadn’t moved to Durham a few years ago, I wonder just how long it would have taken me to realize how cool Durham really is, and what all it has to offer. From what I can tell, the food scene is incredible. All of the meals I’ve had in Durham recently, including brunch at Watts Grocery, dinner at Pop’s, and mexican at Nanataco, have been both memorable and delicious. Being a part of the ever-growing Triangle area, Durham seems to have a significantly thriving arts scene as well. A local favorite of mine is most definitely LabourLove Gallery located in the recently restored Golden Belt textile mill.
There’s so much of Durham I have yet to experience, but I’m so thankful that every so often I have the chance to travel down from Maine and experience bits & pieces of it in conjunction with work! If you have any must-visit spots for my next trip to the Bull City, please leave them in the comment box below.
A fantastic collection of art on Duke University’s campus. When I visited I was lucky enough to see the Alexander Calder exhibit. Read more about the Nasher Museum of Art here.
A shop full of delightful gifts, home decor, and lifestyle accessories. Did I mention the fantastic milkshakes? Read more about Ox & Rabbit Soda and Sundries here.
An artisan German bakery and cafe located in a two-story building that is simply as awesome as the food! Read more about Guglhupf here.
A character-filled cafe and gift shop located near Durham’s bustling Brightleaf Square- a definite Durham favorite. Read more about Parker and Otis here.