Weekend With the Kids
North Carolina’s Triangle: Nature, Culture and Barbecue
By JOANNA KAKISSIS, Published: April 27, 2007
THE Mayberry-meets-M.I.T. appeal of the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill region of North Carolina blooms in spring and summer, when families can bask in the region's generous outdoor spaces, its culture and its barbecue.
Music and art festivals occupy river-cut parks and lush town squares, the Durham Bulls are running around the baseball diamond, hikers and cyclists fill the miles of greenway trails, and water skiers and paddle-boaters cleave the area's many lakes. Just don't forget the sunscreen; the sun smiles fiercely in these parts, even in May.
It's easy and cheap enough to get to Raleigh-Durham International Airport from New York, but beyond there, you will need a car; public transportation is inconvenient at best. A drive through rolling hills of tree-lined lanes, brightened by the color burst of blossoms, has been known to enchant even the most restless of young souls.
A special place.. "home" in so many ways still, for me.. "Blue Heaven" is the nickname for Chapel Hill, but the whole Triangle region is like a small slice of heaven, to me.. can you hear that twang of Southern boy when I say that? Or, a bit of homesickness? :) ...