It’s not every day that an internationally recognized fashion magazine weighs in on the coolest cities in America (ahem, fashion), but it did, and Durham was the North Carolina city that caught its eye. That’s right. Durham is in Vogue—literally.
The Bull City strolled away with a fantastic claim as the “Hippest City in North Carolina” thanks to its cultural offerings, award-winning chefs and local restaurants, and must-visit hotels.
According to Vogue writer and Durham day-tripper Jennifer Rice:
Durham is perhaps known first and foremost as the home to Duke University (and its famed basketball team), but it’s becoming a destination for much more than just Blue Devils games. In recent years, a bustling and creative culinary scene has emerged. The Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Campus, Brightleaf Square, and Durham Bulls games—where you can watch a home run while noshing on empanadas and peach cobbler with ice cream—are also noteworthy attractions.
Rice goes on to highlight the likes of The Durham Hotel and its acclaimed restaurant, local brunch favorites Cocoa and Cinnamon and Rise, dinner dining hotspots Piedmont and Mothers & Sons, even offering a quick nod to the Saltbox take-out only seafood eatery.
Want to do more than eat, drink and sleep in the Triangle’s second largest city? Durham has plenty to do on the docket. Earlier this year, Durham Magazine published “The Ultimate Durham Checklist” with 70 different activities for you to try. From shopping at the Durham Co-Op Market and participating in Third Friday gallery events to hanging out with lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center or biking the American Tobacco Trail you could fill a day or two (three, four or more).
Of course, Durham isn’t only a great place to visit; it’s an ideal place to live. A bustling business landscape with innovative startups and longstanding corporations, top notch medical and research facilities, Duke University and neighboring Triangle colleges, and a cost of living that’s hard to beat, the reinvented tobacco town is worth a look. Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents will be happy to show you around.