Fayetteville Journals

The Transformation of Fayetteville, NC

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A travel journal to Fayetteville by Mary Louisa

Cameo Art House Theatre Photo, Fayetteville, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: People often respond to mention of Fayetteville, North Carolina with rolled eyes, as images of pawn shops and strip joints drift through their heads. As a five-year resident of Fayetteville, I've seen an amazing transformation of my city that I'd like to share with others!

The Transformation of Fayetteville, NC

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Overview

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The new and exciting things about Fayetteville are centered in and around the revitalized downtown area (Hay Street). Must-sees include the Historic Market House, the Cameo Art House Theatre, the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, the Fayetteville Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Cape Fear. Don't forget to sample the great restaurants, including everything from great home-style Southern cooking to Continental cuisine. We have a hockey team and the first team of the NBDL (Nat'l Basketball Dvlpt. League--a "minor league" of the NBA), the Fayetteville Ambassadors.Quick Tips: US Airways and United fly into our airport; we have an Amtrak station and a Greyhound bus station. Sometimes ...Read More

Radisson Prince Charles Hotel

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Hotel | "Radisson Prince Charles"

Radisson Prince Charles Hotel Photo, Fayetteville, North Carolina
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This is the prettiest and oldest hotel in Fayetteville, and it is in the middle of the downtown revitalization. Most of the rooms are suites, with lovely furnishings and sitting areas. The prices vary WILDLY, so call well ahead and try to ask as many different ways as possible until you are satisfied with a price you like. I run a conference here every fall, and the hotel gives me a group rate of around $65/double. It''s very reasonable for the type of hotel it is. The front desk service is often a bit confused about the area and local goings on, probably due to the high employee turnover. Similarly, the restaurant, Chloe's, has plentiful buffets, but the choices are pretty bland with predictabl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 18, 2001

Radisson Prince Charles Hotel
450 Hay Street Fayetteville
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
(910) 433-4444

Hilltop House Restaurant & Catering

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Restaurant | "Hilltop House Restaurant"

Hilltop House Restaurant & Catering Photo, Fayetteville, North Carolina
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I eat at Hilltop House fairly often with my husband; the food is always satisfying. For business entertaining, date night, or special family celebrations, it is one of the best dining experiences in town. Hilltop House's menu features American meat dishes: Filets, T-Bones, Rib-eyes, and both veal and pork chops. They have an oven roasted chicken that my companions always enjoy. I feel though that the restaurant's strong points are their Mediterranean and pasta dishes. As is true of most of Fayetteville's good restaurants, you can find at Hilltop House signs of our community's strong Greek presence. I have enjoyed the Plaki ($13.99)--baked fish in a chunky sauce of onions, chopped tomatoes, a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2001

Hilltop House Restaurant & Catering
1240 Fort Bragg Road
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28305
(910) 484-6699

Huskie Hardware Company

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Restaurant | "Huske Hardware House Brewing Company, Inc."

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This is a great place to enjoy a locally brewed beer (they have stouts, lagers, and ales currently) and enjoy some tasty food. The Huske Hardware House Brewery sits inside--you guessed it--an old hardware store, just across the street from the Radisson Prince Charles and just a block up the road from the rest of downtown revitalization in Fayetteville. The entrees are pricey for our area ($15 and up) but include salad and bread. I particularly enjoy the hearty appetizers. The breaded, fried calamari isn't the typical tiny crumbles and nuggets of squid, but healthy-sized, thick, tender rings, which they serve with a southwestern tomato sauce. The crab dip is also quite good--a VERY r...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 27, 2001

Huskie Hardware Company
405 Hay Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
(910) 437-9905

Fourth Friday

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Attraction

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Fourth Friday is the invention of local artist Greg Hathaway, who knew that Fayetteville had enough home-grown talent to entertain its citizens en masse on a monthly basis. On the Fourth Friday of every month, hundreds of locals gather along Hay Street and the adjoining streets to visit local galleries, sample food and drink, and hear local music or poetry! You can also stop in for a movie at the Cameo Art House Theatre, have some coffee at Rude Awakening, or eat dinner at the Huske Hardware House Brewery. Every month, a little more has been done in the way of storefront renovation and revitalization, which is an exciting thing for a previously neglected downtown. The event is from 7 to 9pm, is FR...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2001

Fourth Friday
301 Hay Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
(910) 323-1776

Cameo Art House Theatre

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Attraction

Cameo Art House Theatre Photo, Fayetteville, North Carolina
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The Cameo Arthouse Theatre is a new 125-seat cinema house that specializes in independent and foreign films. Since its opening in October of 2000, it has run "Shadow of the Vampire," "Billy Elliot," "Girl on a Bridge," "Sunshine," "Dancer in the Dark," "O Brother Where Art Thou?", and others. Tonight, we just saw "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Ang Lee's latest masterpiece, nominated for Best Picture. The theatre is a dream! Admission is $7, and the Cameo serves popcorn, desserts, beer, soda, and coffee. The seats are comfortable and cushiony, with cup holders in front. The owners are there every night, and often stand up in front of the screen to welcome all the guests and introduce the film ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Cameo Art House Theatre
225 Hay Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina
(910) 486-6633

The State of Service in Fayetteville

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While Fayetteville is home to a growing number of quality dining establishments (the best include Trio Cafe, The Hilltop House, The Barn, and Huske Hardware House Brewery), the overall level of service at such remains maddeningly middle-tier (think Olive Garden). This is just a warning of what you might find when dining in Fayetteville for pleasure or business. I suspect that the lack of a talented, educated, and cultured employment pool in this area contributes to the problem of poorly executed restaurant service, as does certainly the transience of a community peopled largely by military personnel and their dependents (Pope Air Force Base and Ft. Bragg). You must expect wait staff who (and this w...Read More