August 23, 2019 at 1:43pm | Lisa Quin
With its tree-lined streets and well-groomed subdivisions, it's hard to believe that Cary is only 17 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Raleigh! Cary's many accolades include being named "the Hottest Town in the East" and "one of the Six Hottest Towns" in America by Money Magazine. Consistently, Cary has also boasted such honors as one of "The Safest Places to Live in America", "Best Places to Retire" and "Best Places to Raise a Family in the United States" Overflowing with acclaimed restaurants, thriving businesses, top-notch entertainment options and endless cultural and recreational activities, Cary has maintained its charming small-town atmosphere. No further than 20 minutes from major Universities such as DukeNorth Carolina State and the University of North Carolina, Cary is also nicknamed the "Technology Town" due to its close proximity to The Research Triangle Park and RDU International Airport.


Featuring natural beauty in abundance, Cary encompasses 39 greenway trails that includes more than 70 miles of scenic trails for walking, jogging and biking. Still have energy to burn? Polish your skills at the Cary Tennis Park or Sk8-Cary Park. Cary is also the home of the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

History buffs enjoy touring the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, which features the Cary Heritage Museum with gallery exhibitions, public events and more. The historic Cary Theater has just been newly renovated and hosts live performances and films indoors. 

The community comes together several times a year to throw cultural and art festivals, which include the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in April, Lazy Days Arts and Crafts in August, Diwali Indian Festival of Lights in October and the Kwanzaa Festival in December.


The Koka Booth Amphitheater is a Must-See, featuring Live Outdoor Concerts and Movie Screenings and multiple fun, seasonal events. 

Cary is also home to The Umstead Hotel and Spa. Featuring their highly acclaimed restaurant Herons, this Five Star Rating Award from Forbes Travel Guide and Five Star Diamond Award from AAA hotel is the ultimate Staycation or place to host out of town guests.

Lisa's Favorite Places in Cary:

Tre Nail Spa is a wonderfully relaxing salon nestled in the heart of Waverly Place. Emphasizing environmentally friendly products and a highly trained, professional and friendly staff, this place will have you feeling like new in no time! 

Cinebistro, also in Waverly Place, will ensure that you never want to go to a regular movie theater again! Cinebistro is the ultimate dinner and movie experience. The reclining leather loveseats offer you the utmost privacy as your drinks, appetizers and dinner are delivered right to you! Just sit back, relax and enjoy the show! 

The Famous Toastery is a local favorite and arguably the best breakfast and brunch in town!
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