You will fall in love with Durham, North Carolina for its eclectic indy vibe, farm to table restaurants, and luscious landscape. Take your time walking through the restored tobacco warehouse, shop in local stores, and stroll through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Durham is the perfect place for foodies, art lovers, and for people who want to appreciate the small beauties of life.
Weather: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter - Durham experiences all four seasons. The optimal time to visit Durham is in the spring (March - May) and fall (October - November) seasons when the weather is mild and beautiful. Summers tend to be hot and humid, and 1-5 inches snowfall may occur during the winter months.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: Women should pack business casual/formal and/or leisure casual attire depending on the purpose of your trip. Durham is typically a driving city, if you are female and driving, high heels are acceptable, however if you are walking in the city center, short pumps or walking shoes are recommended. Men should pack business casual/formal and/or leisure attire depending on the purpose of your trip.
For other suggested activities: pack hiking and workout gear.
Culture: Most people in Durham tend to be transplants from all over the United States. Regardless of their origin, their inner Southern charm still comes out.
Shopping: The style in Durham is very versatile depending on your trip purpose and the season. Papilia will provide you with shopping recommendations prior to departure.
Some Suggested Activities:
Duke University+Gardens- The beautiful Gothic Architecture of the West Campus is more than a site to see. If you have some time tour the campus, The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and the Nasher Museum of Art, all within walking distance from each other.
American Tobacco Campus- Once a manufacturing site for Lucky Strike Cigarettes, this brick warehouse is next to the Durham Bulls Ballpark and is completely restored to be the happy home to a variety of cultural cuisines, Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), music festivals, and entrepreneurial innovation.
Downtown Durham- Find Your Cool as you stroll through Main Street and pop into local stores that express the true vibe of Durham's creative soul, and visit the 21c Museum Hotel to view artwork from local talents.
If you’re a foodie: Southern Living Magazine has named Durham the South's Tastiest Town. Your tastebuds will not be disappointed! Made-from-scratch ramen noodles, Spanish tapas, and Latin American Empanadas are ready and waiting for you to consume with happiness.