Sunday, August 08, 2010

Durham’s Fairntosh Shows How Tourism Can Steward Unique Sense of Place!

One of the very unique parts of Durham, North Carolina’s unique sense of place is that while it anchors a four-country metro area west of RDU International Airport, the top third of the community is protected as rural area including several rivers and lakes, scenic byways, farm districts, waterfowl impoundments and now there is a new way visitors can experience that way of life.Fairntosh Slide Show

At one time, Fairntosh Farm, a historic landmark, was off limits.  Now as Durham has emerged as a visitor destination, it has become a perfect way to stay in a cottage and experience a long weekend in North Carolina countryside and still be within minutes of Durham’s nationally renowned foodie side.

Fairntosh Farm is a working cattle operation and stables.  It is adjacent to the Stagville State Historic Site.  Both were part of the largest plantation east of the Mississippi.  The house at Stagville was an earlier home, Fairntosh was later.

The countryside is great for motorcycle excursions or bike trips.  There are boat rentals at Lake Michie or guided paddle trips ands canoe and kayak rentals for rivers and lakes through Frog Hollow Outdoors.

Fairntosh also offers to arrange private wine tastings or a chef or a massage.  Or book around dinners on the porch at nearby Elodie Farms, part of Durham’s slow or locally sourced food reputation.

This part of Durham will always make the fourth largest city in the State distinctive and visitors are definitely part of of making it sustainable.


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