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LUNCH AT FAYETTEVILLE PIE COMPANY

Next, we had lunch at Fayetteville Pie Company.  They have an entire menu dedicated to sweet and savory pies.  To be honest, prior to this trip I had never heard of a meat pie, but I’m a vegetarian so don’t feel so stupid.  Unfortunately, for this reason, I couldn’t partake in the savory portion of our meal, but ate about five mini dessert pies.  I’d recommend going just for those, but my new carnivore friends would tell you to get a meat pie as well.

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Have you ever visited Fayetteville, NC?  What would you recommend adding to my list of things to do in Fayetteville?

A DAYS WORTH OF THINGS TO DO IN FAYETTEVILLE

Courtney Fashionista, Raleigh NC Style Blogger

in LIFESTYLE on 13/05/18

www.courtneyfashionista.com

Last weekend, I attended a blogger tour of Fayetteville, a historic town an hour east of Raleigh.  Although I briefly visited the area years ago, I was excited to discover more things to do in Fayetteville, NC.  Here’s a recap of my trip and recommendations for your next visit!  PS – If you’ve never been, you’re totally missing out!

 

 

VISIT LECLAIR’S GENERAL STORE

Our first stop on the tour was LeClair’s General Store.  This charming space is a local favorite and anyone who’s been can tell you why.  The owner was a former visual merchandiser at Ralph Lauren (yes, I resisted asking if he knew Rachel Green), which is apparent in the impeccable decor and unique assortment.  Among the wine, coffee and honey for sale at LeClair’s, were handmade baskets, hanging planters and wood-carved slingshots.  Customers also came in for a cup of coffee, pastry and relaxing place to do work.

While at LeClair’s, we took a floral design class from the ladies of Gathered Marketplace.  These were two extremely sweet military wives with an evident enthusiasm for what they do.  I have quite the infatuation with flowers, so I honestly couldn’t blame them.  Part of me was even tempted to ask if they needed an apprentice, but, I kept my cool.  Various other social events take place at LeClair’s General Store including wine tasting and yoga.

 
 
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SHOP DOWNTOWN

After lunch, we explored downtown Fayetteville.  I would say this was my favorite part of the trip, but I find myself wanting to do so for each part I write about.  I’ll just say it was definitely a huge highlight.  One of my favorite shops we went to was Pressed.  They have great Fayetteville merchandise, so be sure to stop there for a souvenir!

If I had known how cute and quaint downtown Fayetteville was prior to this visit, I’d have been there at least a dozen times by now.  I also recently learned of, “A Dickens Holiday,” event held here each year.  Apparently, it’s a festival held in November with horse-drawn carriages, cider, holiday performances and Ebenezer Scrooge himself!  Totally on my 2018 bucket list

 

WINE AT THE WINE CAFE

After all that exploring, an adult beverage was much needed.  Right along the main street is The Wine Cafe.  Lucky for us, it was Cinco de Mayo and the owner made us the most delicious margaritas.  She told us that after her husband retired from the Military, he offered to help her open a business anywhere she wanted.  That anywhere was Fayetteville.  Also, serious #husbandgoals.

We relaxed, enjoyed the warm weather and watched horse-drawn carriage rides pass by.  After our drinks, we did some shopping at The Wine Cafe, which also has wine for purchase, gifts and artisanal cheeses.

BEER TASTING AT DIRTBAG ALES

We ended our day with a tour and tasting at the new Dirtbag Ales brewery location.  Between the tasty beer and the amazing outdoor space, this is one place I’ll definitely be going back to!  At Dirtbag Ales, they also host yoga and a weekend farmer’s market at the brewery.  We did a group yoga session before departing back to Raleigh and it felt absolutely amazing.

WHAT I WORE

Just in case you’re questing what to wear for a full day of fun in Fayetteville, here’s what I wore.  We were planning for an 8 hour day, so I definitely wanted to wear something comfortable.  I found this simple, black romper at Target (for less than $30) and was sold!

The most notable part of my trip was the welcoming people we met.  All of the local business owners were either family members of or someone who served in our armed forces, which made me proud to support them.  Everyone had such pride in their hometown and I think that’s what made Fayetteville such a great place to visit.