Sightseeing in Smithfield

Ava Gardner Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 55% Off)

Ava Gardner Museum

Smithfield

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

$14 $7

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Winery tasting with Cheese Plate and Take-Home Wine for Two or Four at Gregory Vineyards (Up to 51% Off)

Gregory Vineyards

Pleasant Grove

Outings illuminate winemaking with tours and tastings of wines produced from 12 acres of muscadine grapes

$40.50 $20

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$30 for a 90-Minute Segway Tour from Triangle Glides ($55 Value)

Triangle Glides

Downtown Raleigh

Roll effortlessly on self-balancing Segways as guides lead trips focusing on local history, landmarks, and specialty themes

$55 $30

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Visit for 2 or 4 or One-Year Family Plus Membership to Imagination Station Science and History Museum (Up to 60% Off)

Imagination Station Science and History Museum

Wilson

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

$10 $5

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Lemurs Live! Tour for 2 or Behind-the-Scenes Weekend or Weekday Tour for 1 at Duke Lemur Center (Up to 42% Off) 

Duke Lemur Center

Durham

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

$24 $16

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Distillery-Tour Package for One or Two at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company (59% Off)

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

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

$29 $12

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$149 for Two-Hour Boat Tour for Up to 10 from Jordan Lake Tours (Up to $335 Value)

Jordan Lake Tours

Moncure

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

$335 $149

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Wine Tasting and Tour with Bottle of Wine for Two or Four at Fair Game Beverage Company Co. (Up to 61% Off)

Fair Game Beverage Company Co.

Pittsboro

Guests tour the winery and distillery, sampling drinks made from local ingredients; each visit includes glasses and a select bottle of wine

$52 $22

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Distillery Tour and Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Fair Game Beverage Company (Up to 63% Off)

Fair Game Beverage Company

Pittsboro

Guests tour distillery that uses fruits and other crops to form the base of spirits and fortified wines stored in oak barrels

$20 $10

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Sylvan Heights Bird Park Visit for Two or Four (Up to 53% Off)

Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Scotland Neck

Educational attractions showcase peacocks, flamingos, ducks, and toucans from around the world

$18 $9

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Wine Tasting with Souvenir Glass for Two or Four with Pedal-Kart Rentals at Lu Mil Vineyard (Up to 58% Off)

Lu Mil Vineyard

Dublin

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

$26 $12

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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 Road
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