All rights reserved. In Carrboro, the justly famous Cat's Cradle books first-rate musicians, including many with queer followings, throughout the year - Melissa Ferrick, the Indigo Girls, the Gossip, and Pink Martini have all performed here. Raleigh is the most prominent of the cities in this eight-county region that also includes the collegiate hubs of Durham and Chapel Hill - it's also the most geographically diffuse of the three cities, although Raleigh's downtown has undergone a dramatic revitalization in recent years, and its small but vibrant Warehouse District contains the bulk of the city's gay bars as well as the impressive new Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh. North Carolina. The food is eclectic, with salads, pizzas, Thai curries, and soups on tap, with plenty of veggie selections, too. Another first-rate property downtown, the Camellia Cottage contains four guest rooms with bold, stylish color schemes, well-chosen artwork, and in some cases working fireplaces. To tap into one of the most popular clubs in the area according to 10Best readers, head to Marigny Dance Club.
In the sweet village of Southport, down near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, the elegant and very gay-welcoming Robert Ruark Inn occupies a meticulously restored Victorian house. This restaurant specializing in contemporary Southern fare is along Franklin Street, which is home to a number of fine eateries. There's a pool on-site, and the beach is just two blocks away; and the lesbian-owned Palm Air Cottages, a pet-friendly property consisting of condos and bungalows of varying sizes some as large as three bedrooms. The largest city, Charlotte, remains relatively more conservative Gov.
At this peaceful retreat, it's hard to tell you're in a city.