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– The weather is warming up and with the lifting of COVID restrictions, it’s the perfect time to start exploring the area for day trips!

For a quiet and relaxing afternoon, you might want to head to Village of Fearrington in Pittsboro. This English-inspired village is about 45 minutes from Raleigh and has farm animals!

You can walk around the grounds and see goats, chickens and cows. It’s peaceful and truly its own little oasis off of US 15-501.

Stayed here on a Sunday afternoon and it was a great way to recharge for the work week ahead.

What to eat in Fearrington Village

The belted goat is a great place to have lunch and coffee. I can’t recommend the triple grilled cheese sandwich enough! Put avocado on it. Be sure to go back and grab a coffee later in the day. Plus, there’s a small shop inside that offers specialty foods (cookies, popcorn, and even bread) and wine, so plan to shop around.

Belted goat cheese triple grilled cheese

The Fearrington House Restaurant is a wonderful dinner option, but you can’t always get a reservation or maybe you don’t want a big dinner; that’s why the bar menu is a great option. You don’t need a reservation and you can sit at the bar or in the bar and enjoy a special menu that includes everything from plates to share (the savory cheese fritters are crazy!) and dishes like chicken fried. Plus they have a chocolate soufflé that they end up next to the table. Also, the cocktails are quite tasty and you can watch the bartender prepare them.

Fearrington House restaurant bar cocktails

Enjoy afternoon tea at Fearrington House Restaurant noon to 3 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. One must reserve. There is also a weekly afternoon tea for two takeaways.

Roost Biergarten will reopen in April and feature live music, local draft beers and wood-fired pizza.

The village of Fearrington

Where to shop

McIntyre’s books is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s such a cute local bookstore with lots of options for the whole family. There are also nice little notes tucked away in some of the books with staff recommendations.

As I mentioned earlier, the goat market and the wine shop is a great option for specialty food and wine. There are chilled options, jams, breads and more, so take your time and do some shopping before grabbing some food at Belted Goat.

To hit dovecote style for certain branded clothing, jewelry and footwear. He is connected to Germinatewhich is a cute children’s shop, and Nestwho has items for the home.

where to relax

Make an appointment in advance at Fearrington Spa so you can relax with a personalized facial or massage or a manicure or pedicure. Appointments are booked early, so you must call ahead.

Sit outside on the chairs overlooking the cows or on the terrace of the Belted Goat with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. There are plenty of great nooks to pull over and just enjoy the outdoors.

Fearrington House restaurant chocolate soufflé

Where is your favorite place for a day trip?

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