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You don't have to look long in Durham to find something truly unique to write about. Durham has many new and exciting things happening, along with fascinating people and places. Visit the new developments page for a comprehensive list of new and upcoming projects. Can't decide which angle to take? Click below to gather ideas for currently trending topics.

A Thriving Food Scene

Durham loves BBQ and biscuits, but it also favors global cuisine like Spanish tapas, Central American comfort food, and French fare. Durham has been recognized as the South's Tastiest Town by Southern Living magazine, and Bull City chefs and restaurateurs have received numerous James Beard Award semifinalists' nominations for innovative and exemplary work. Discover local favorites or who's gaining press and awards.

A Rising Drink Culture

In the last few years Durham has become the home of choice for distillers and brewers. Durham now has four breweries, three distilleries, a cidery, a meadery, and more growler and bottle shops than you can count on two hands.

More Places to Rest Your Head

Between 2015 and 2016 Durham more than doubled amount of rooms available at local lodging properties. This influx of hotels, motels, and inns is designed to accommodate the rapidly rising level of interest from travelers.

Since 2015 several new hotels have opened in and around Downtown Durham: the 17-story 21C Museum Hotel; Aloft Durham Downtown, which is attached to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center; The Durham, a boutique hotel with a rooftop bar; Unscripted Durham, a mid-century chic hotel, and the Residence Inn Durham Duke University Medical Center Area.

Artisans and Craftspeople

Durham artisans and craftspeople are catching the entrepreneurial spirit of the city and making products and goods that create national followings. In Durham, it's just as likely to find artisan small-batch roasted peanut butter on the shelves at a local bakery serving brick oven baked sourdough as it would be in a national food magazine.

Up and Coming Districts

American Tobacco

It's been over a decade since the American Tobacco Campus experienced a rebirth. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the American Tobacco Campus remade more than a million square feet of abandoned tobacco warehouses into a thriving live/work/play destination.

The adjacent Durham Bulls Athletic Park and DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, solidifies the campus' place as a world-class visitor destination. In 2016 Aloft Durham Downtown opened, with NanaSteak, an upscale steakhouse, occupying the first level of the hotel. 

Central Park District

Once an area blighted by abandoned warehouses, the Central Park District is now booming with construction and both day and nightlife. The area is anchored by a brewery, two music venues, and several acclaimed restaurants, and also features two distilleries, retail, and housing.

Ninth Street

The Ninth Street District is reinventing itself with entirely new retail options. The street that is known for its funky shops and one-of-a-kind gifts is growing. Improved cityscapes, sidewalks, and additional retail have helped to solidify Ninth Street's place in the pantheon of Durham Districts.

City Center

The City Center in Downtown Durham is bustling with new dining and businesses in Durham's Five Points, where cupcakes and wood-fired pizza are only steps away from chicken and waffles and Italian sandwiches.

The New Southern Economy

In the business world, Durham is commonly known as the home of Research Triangle Park, a business park that contains some of the largest science and technology companies in the world. The park's new master plan calls for more mixed-use spaces and areas for walking and biking.

Additionally, Durham's startup and tech scene is catching the attention of Silicon Valley. American Underground, a startup incubator located in Downtown Durham, is currently one of ten Google Tech Hubs in North America.

Durham's startup scene is uniquely diverse and has the fourth highest concentration of venture capital in the U.S., when adjusted for population.

A Sports Lovers' Haven

The Duke University Blue Devils Basketball program may get a lot of press, but Durham also has the North Carolina Central University Eagles Division I basketball team and the world-famous Durham Bulls baseball team.

The triple-A Durham Bulls Athletic Park is home to the only brewery inside a minor league stadium, Bull Durham Beer Co.

History Happenings

Did you know that the Civil War effectively ended in Durham? That's right, Durham was the site of the largest troop surrender of the Civil War. The 150-year anniversary was celebrated at Bennett Place in 2015, the location where Generals Johnston and Sherman negotiated the surrender at the farmhouse of the Bennett family.

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