Do you ever just need a weekend getaway? Me? Yes, I do. I am always up for a trip with or without my family. Sometimes we need a break from everyone and everything. I had to convince my husband our weekend getaway to Fayetteville was going to be fun and full of entertainment. My husband works pretty much in Hope Mills, NC and he thought I would be so wrong about the weekend. We arrived around 1 PM and stopped by the Chamber of Commerce. We picked up a packet that had maps and fun things to see and do in Fayetteville.
The Smithsonian-quality Airborne & Special Operations Museum tells the history of the US Army Airborne from test platoon to present day. The history is told with life-size dioramas and military equipment, multi-media exhibits and the Pitch, Roll & Yaw motion simulator which puts visitors through the paces of modern Special Operations Training.
On site is “Constant Vigilance” – the world’s first memorial to Special Operations dogs killed in action and “Iron Mike” – the icon of the Airborne Trooper.
I thought it was so interesting to walk from the past to the present in history of all the military operations. My husband made sure to take some pictures of the Vietnam section of the museum. His father was in that war. He will not talk about the war at all.
Across the parking lot from the museum is NC Veterans Park, which stands in tribute to all North Carolina veterans from all branches of service. The park includes an oath wall, which has sculpted hands of four veterans and one civilian from each county.
The Veterans Park is a bit smaller that the Airborne & Special Operations museum. I noticed the wall of fallen soldiers dog tags (replicas). At first I was thinking those were all the soldiers that had died in the war. The dog tags represented just soldiers in the state of North Carolina.
After we toured we went to check in at our hotel the Fairfield Inn & Suites Fayetteville North . This is a extremely nice hotel and it is fairly new. Complimentary breakfast including more variety and healthier options and Complimentary High Speed Wireless Internet. My favorite spot was the outside fire pit. You all know I am a country girl at heart.
After we visited the hotel we went to dinner at Sherefe. The food was delicious. I dove right into my food and forget to take pictures of everything. Sherefe serves authentic Greek, Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. Many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Fresh, local vegetables and seafood. Soups made gluten free. Daily specials, lunch menu and full bar. Belly dancers and live music on Fourth Friday and special occasions.
After dinner my husband and I went to our very first hockey game. We had a blast and I am so happy we went. We may have to go when the Stinrays play in Charleston, SC. We saw the Fire Antz and the Rivermen play. FireAntz won that Friday night. The Rivermen was staying at the same hotel we stayed in. I thought that was pretty cool.
On Saturday we had a full day of events, starting with a full breakfast at our wonderful hotel .
10 am Tour the three facilities at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, a branch of the NC Museum of History.
– Museum Galleries which tell the history of southeastern NC from Native American times to today.
– The 1897 EA Poe House, which demonstrates life at the turn of the 20th century.
– Arsenal Park, which houses the remains of the Fayetteville Arsenal. The Arsenal was General Sherman’s first target during the US Civil War.
While there, learn about the North Carolina Civil War History Education Center, which opens on that site in 2018. The Center will be the first in the United States dedicated to interpreting the history of an entire state during the Civil War.
I loved touring the Poe House. The tours are free and they start every hour on the hour.
My husband and I had lunch at the Huske Hardware House Brewing Company. Huske Hardware House is renowned as a gastropub specializing in a Brit-inspired Menu featuring items such as the Bangers & Mash, Sheppard’s Pie, Huske Brew-Battered Fish & Chips and many other items. They also serve five year-round house beers and a minimum of one seasonal brew. We had to sample the beers.
After lunch my husband and I visited the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. I think the gardens would have been really nice to visit during the spring when the flowers are blooming. My husband and I took the river trail. All I could think about was the movie Cape Fear. We enjoyed a nice hike and walked off our lunch.
Cape Fear Botanical Garden is located on 78 acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek just two miles from downtown Fayetteville. Founded in 1989, the Garden now boasts more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and has several specialty gardens, including Camellia, Daylily and Hosta gardens.
We had a wonderful Valentine’s dinner at Scrub Oaks. We could not have asked for better service or staff or food. I will say we did not leave hungry at all. The menu for Valentine’s day was superb. (our food pictures above). Make sure to say hello to Gwen when you visit.
One thing about Fayetteville, everything is practically centrally located. You feel pretty connected everywhere you go. The town is large but the travel time between one place to the next is minimal. We headed back home after dinner due to bad weather coming in on Sunday. We live about 3.5 hours from Fayetteville. If you are looking for a great escape and some fun check out Fayetteville as your next destination. If you love history you really can not go wrong. Oh and if you love eating make sure to check out these awesome restaurants.