Fayetteville, North Carolina – An All American City…
A military city dependent on Fort Bragg and the Pope Airforce Base full of history, heroes, a truly hometown feeling.
Thank you to all the readers who serve or have served in our military. We are honored and grateful for serving our great nation, us the people. After spending a few days with my dad, a veteran, at the VA Medical Center in Mountain Home, TN (a National Historic Landmark), I feel as though insight into this beautiful, historical town would be a perfect place to begin.
Although it’s active and historic, I began my info gathering adventure with a plan to head for a day at the beach instead. I had spent time here before (in my hotel room,) and was convinced it was my least favorite overnight in our scheduled routes. Thank you former flight attendant friend for trading trips with me. This was based on the hotel’s lack of location to nearby eateries, theaters, and amusements. When you are stranded (on a 20 hour business trip or vacation), one needs to enjoy themselves.
Where stamps aren’t the only thing we lick.
Like on a nice 5 mile walk to the local post office ice cream shop. And back.
Instead of a beach trip, I soon was delighted with shopping and downtown, a rental car ride away.
Here, at the site of the Market House (national Historic Landmark) the US Constitution was adopted, the University of North Carolina was chartered, the western territory of the state was ceded to form Tennessee, open market was held, and Lafayette was welcomed here. I felt welcomed too, all roads in Fayetteville lead to this monument.
From there, one can stroll to the renovated Cameo for a wonderful evening of laughter, wine and beer, and a great independent film at this splendid art house. After only 2 1/2 years as a 1920s renovation masterpiece, this theater was featured in at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Also, it has be recognized by Preservation North Carolina and by local media as the ‘coolest place downtown.’
Arts and crafts, unique boutiques, tea rooms, bakeries and bookstores galore, I walked in quite a few greeted by sweet southern hospitality. Military mania, such as parachutes and other artifacts from days gone as well as present day, is on educational display at the Special Ops and Airborne Museum. There’s a European flair here too, try Libido’s for nice, fresh fare.
Originally opened as a soda fountain and pharmacy in the late 1800s, Horne’s diner and soda fountain will soon reopen again!
I accidentally found myself on Middle Road, home to the Soffe manufacturing company. A former cheerleader myself as well as my sister, I was very enthusiastic about visiting their on site factory outlet. All discontinued solid colored cheer shorts $2.98!!! They manufacture sports clothing for all sports – well worth a visit. Once you have your Soffe running shorts on and a pair of sneakers, a jaunt on the Cape Fear River run will keep you peak shape.
An incredible place to visit, if you have 15-20 hours 🙂
Update:Visit Huske Hardware House Restaurant and Brewery on Sundays for $1 guest drafts!