Friday, November 17, 2017

6 Scenic Day Drives near Raleigh for the last of the Fall color

One of the best things about living in the Raleigh area is the number of easy weekend driving destinations we have near us. From Raleigh a trip to the mountains, or the coast, is within 2-3 hours drive. If you are looking for a destination within 40 minutes to see the last of the Fall color, I've got a few recommendations. We recently went for a drive out to Saxapahaw, NC and spent the afternoon exploring the NC countryside. With cooler temps and leaf color in its prime, a Saturday or Sunday afternoon can be great for getting out of the city or suburbs and enjoying a scenic drive. I am continuing my partnership this Fall with Cameron Village and Jaguar Land Rover Cary and they recently provided me with a 2017 Range Rover to test drive for a day.

I decided that a drive to the countryside would be a fun way to experience the Range Rover first hand. We decided on driving to Saxapahaw, NC. We drove through pretty farm country on back roads and arrived in Saxapahaw in about 40 minutes from North Raleigh. We stopped in for a beer and a visit with the locals at one of the best breweries in NC, Haw River Ales. We enjoyed sitting outside on their patio in the cool Fall air. You can enjoy a meal upstairs at The Eddy Pub or a coffee in the coffee shop. There's also the The Saxapahaw General Store where you can dine in or grab some healthy snacks and drinks for the road.  The Range Rover I was driving was a lot more vehicle than what I'm used to driving but it was fun to be King of the road for a day! I do love the super comfortable and supportive leather heated seats and for a big car it really has some get up and go! Rear and side cameras are really helpful and the power lift gate is definitely a "must have" feature for easy loading and unloading. I also like that the diesel engine cuts off to save fuel when you are at a traffic stop with no delay in getting started again.

We continued our afternoon drive through the town of Pittsboro for a quick peek of what the town has to offer. There were plenty of people out enjoying vintage shopping, pumpkin hunting, dining and much more. The well known Fearrington House Inn is also located here.

Follow up your drive with dinner in the Village! After a nice Fall drive consider finishing the day with a range of dining options in Cameron Village  like the Village Draft House, Cameron Bar + Grill, Brixx, Tazza Kitchen, Cantina 18, so•ca and much more!

Village Draft House
Cameron Bar + Grill
Tazza Kitchen
Cantina 18

Haw River Ales, Saxapahaw, NC

Saxapahaw, NC

Pittsboro, NC

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village and Jaguar Land Rover Cary this Fall to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Fall Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

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