Sightseeing in Clayton

Up to 56% Off Colonial Faire Admission

Camp Flintlock

Colonial Faire

$20 $10

A one-day fair celebrates the colonial era by inviting visitors to throw tomahawks, write with a quill pen, and eat early American food

Up to 51% Off Wine-Tasting Packages

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level

$51.47 $25

In 40 years, vineyard has had time to grow 87 acres of muscadine grapes that have been turned into wines, some as old as the vineyard itself

Ava Gardner Museum – Up to 55% Off Visit

Ava Gardner Museum

Smithfield

$14 $7

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Museum with more than 20,000 artifacts from the actress's career and personal life

Up to 54% Off Smartphone Urban Adventure

Motiva Events

On Location

$100 $50

Smartphone urban-adventure scavenger teams explore every nook & cranny of a city while meeting new people & building relationships

46% Off Gift Basket from Aviator Brewing Company

Aviator Brewing Company

Fuquay-Varina

$63 $34

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Gift beer-lovers with six-packs, seasonal brews, pint glasses, and a brewery tour to learn each step of the beer-making process

Imagination Station Science and History Museum – Up to 60% Off

Imagination Station Science and History Museum

Wilson

$10 $5

Visitors browse more than 20 permanent and temporary science exhibits, including Nano!, which explores the microscopic world

Up to 59% Off at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

$29 $12

Tour a 1,300-square-foot facility that makes krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian spiced-honey liqueur

Up to 42% Off Tours at Duke Lemur Center 

Duke Lemur Center

Durham

$24 $15

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Get up close and personal with exotic lemurs at one of the world’s largest sanctuaries for rare and endangered prosimian primates

Up to 56% Off Jordan Lake Boat Tour

Jordan Lake Tours

Moncure

$335 $149

Pontoon boats take groups across scenic waters as guide points out wildlife such as bald eagles and finches and provides drinks and snacks

46% Off First-Time Flight with Lesson

Centerline Aviation

Fayetteville

$185 $99

After ground and pre-flight training, Gold Seal–certified instructors let passengers take control during the 30- to 40-minute flight

50% Off Winery Tour and Tasting in Graham

Benjamin Vineyards & Winery

Saxapahaw

$10 $5

Tour winds through scenic vineyards and ends with samples of six varietals and festive souvenir glasses

Up to 58% Off Wine-Tasting Package at Lu Mil Vineyard

Lu Mil Vineyard

Dublin

$26 $12

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Tasters sample vineyard's wares before exploring the 58-acre grounds by pedal-kart

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Ava Gardner was studying to be a secretary at the Atlantic Christian College when 12-year-old Thomas Banks met her while playing at the school's campus in 1940. A year later, the young boy learned his friend had signed a movie contract with MGM to become a movie star. From then on, he collected newspaper clippings and memorabilia tracing her film career, from her breakout role in 1946's The Killers to her lauded work in 1953's Mogambo with Clark Gable. Tom and Ava remained friends over the years, and, at her request, he unveiled his collection—more than 50 years in the making—in 1979 in Smithfield, her birthplace and eventual resting place.

Tom amassed more than 20,000 artifacts from Ava's career and private life, which now, among other pieces, fill the 6,400-square-foot Ava Gardner Museum. Among movie posters and awards stand the silk satin cape that Ava wore in publicity shots for The Barefoot Contessa and the black dress she donned in The Great Sinner. Her personal items include china, jewelry, 40 portraits of her by Bert Pfeiffer, and the engraved watch she gave to her third husband, Frank Sinatra. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum celebrates the starlet with its annual Ava Gardner Festival, which includes screenings of her classic films and heritage tours.

325 E Market St
Smithfield,
NC
US

Bob Meyer, who has spent many a tour alongside bands such as Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Phish, and The Allman Brothers, helms Give To Live Guitar Studios, which provides music lessons with a focus on community outreach. He and his staff of experienced, enthusiastic instructors welcome students for lessons in stringed instruments such as guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, or bass as well as drums, vocals, and keyboards. They teach in all styles, from Bach to rock and roll, and help their students move from basics to live performance, hosting benefit concerts for local charities.

302 S West St
Raleigh,
NC
US

The Raleigh City Museum is a private, non-profit organization, dedicated solely to the history of North Carolina's capital city through collecting, preserving, and interpreting Raleigh documents, photos, memorabilia, and more. Though time travel is still the officially endorsed method of learning, chrono-grounded members can absorb the city's history into their cranial knowledge receivers with unlimited admission to the museum's exhibits, such as Let Us March On: Raleigh's Journey Towards Civil Rights and The Revolution of Media, the history of newspaper, radio and television media in Raleigh through the years. Other membership benefits include special invites to exhibit previews, a 10% discount in the museum store, a subscription to the Bailiwick quarterly newsletter, and discounts at historic sties throughout the U.S. through enrollment in the Time Travelers program.

220 Fayetteville St
Raleigh,
NC
US

ArtSource is a fine art and framing gallery located in the heart of Raleigh's midtown area. ArtSource features local, regional and national artists working in all media including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, jewelry and fine craft. Art Consultants are available to meet with you to assist your selection of art.

4351 The Cir
Raleigh,
NC
US

The North Carolina Opera's debut concert encompasses classic selections of arias, duets, and instrumentals from Puccini, Verdi, and Tchaikovsky, as well as other composers, along with a splash of contemporary sound-seasonings: well-known zarzuela hits and some rousing numbers from Broadway's Great White Way. Operatic numbers feature Sandra Lopez, soprano; Nelson Martinez, baritone; and Todd Robinson, bass. The full orchestra is conducted by artistic director and conductor Timothy Myers, who leads the starlit aural frolicking with grace, style, and Teddy Roosevelt's proverbial big stick. Broadway fans and opera aficionados will be surprised at how recognizable many of their alter egos' favorites are, and all-genre music junkies can get three kinds of fix at the same time. The program is dynamic, with all three styles of orchestral expression mixed together, eliminating auditory ruts and avoiding the unpleasantness of groove recalibration.

2110 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US

All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 70 stores nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.”

Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisan groups in 37 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, stationery, and home decor. Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money earned from sales goes directly to the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—for financial help with education, food, housing, and healthcare.

The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.

435 Woodburn Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US