Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL6 ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 6 — ISSUE 2 24 BY LYNNE BRANDON FAYETTEVILLE/CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAYETTEVILLE/CUMBERLAND Traveling through trees in a forest is not the first image that comes to mind when visiting Fayette- ville. With ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventures it's a reality. The zipline takes thrill seekers over trees and forest topography for more than two hours of zip- ping and "traversing Indiana Jones style aerial bridges." The course above Cedar Creek includes eight lines and three rope bridges. The adventure company situated in scenic Carver's Falls is located on the west side of the Cape Fear River. The waterfall effect is created by the intersection of Carver's Creek and McPherson Creek that is more than 150 feet wide and two stories tall. Adrenalin junkies can also brave the night with a NightQuest zipline tours. The Swing Shot sends participants flying seven stories high for a one-of-a-kind experience. ZipQuest Adventure is one of USA Today's "10 Best Ziplines." On terra firma, racing fans head to the hometown track, historic Fayetteville Motor Sports Park for fast fun that is family oriented. The drag strip features Profes- sional E.T. and Street E.T. drag racing on a quarter-mile track with a 200-foot concrete starting line from March to October. The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) sanctioned track is home of Freaky Friday All Night Test & Tune event held on the Fridays in April- October. In June, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series brought out rabid fans to watch some of the sports big- gest stars and fastest cars on dirt, the only Lucas series event in North Carolina. Watching a baseball game is also a favorite pastime in Cumberland County. Residents are hopeful that major league baseball may soon be a permanent fixture in the county. Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Play- ers Association are spending nearly $5 million to build a 12,500-capacity ballpark. It will be a "first" to have a MLB game on an active military installation. In July, a MLB game between the Atlanta Braves and Miami Mar- lins thrilled the at-capacity crowd. The Carolina Baseball League is poised to expand to 10 teams, with new sites in Kinston and Fayetteville. The two cities have been tied to the Rangers and the As- tros, respectively, over the past season. The Fayetteville SwampDogs, a collegiate summer baseball team kept the sports momentum going when it hosted the Coastal Plain League 2016 All-Star Fan Fest game and All-Star Game in July at the J.P. Riddle Stadium. The military city of Fayetteville is more than outdoor sports and recreation — it is fast becoming a cultured city that expects good food and high quality restaurants. Locally owned restaurants with diverse food offerings and farmers' markets, point to a growing foodie population. It's all about pie at the Fayetteville Pie Company — from sweet to savory and in between. For a taste of Thai, try the Massaman chicken curry billed as "Thai in a Pie." Chicken, carrots, onions and the usually suspects are combined with Asian ingredients in a hand signature crust that is perfect for dinner. Adults get to be kids again with the "Graham Cracker Smacker." The grown- up s'mores dessert chock full of chocolate and marsh- mallows is truly "death by chocolate." For fans the good news gets even better – the menu changes frequently. R Burger Restaurant and food truck make burgers a star every day in the family owned business. Owner's Rob and Mary Russell's motto is "love people and serve them tasty food." Specialty burgers range from the black and blue burger to The Jalapeño Colby Jack Burger. Barbecue has its following in the military region and it's served with a lot of love at Mission BBQ. Brisket and other barbecue styles are complemented by tasty sides such as mac' n cheese and other Southern dishes. Don't miss hearing the tribute to military members when staff sings the national anthem at lunchtime. Ethnic food is on the rise as the U.S. becomes more diversified in a global economy. Fayetteville has joined the trend with immigrant owned restaurants that bring a history lesson with each plate. Turkish chef Mustafa Somar brings Mediterranean food to the region and serves up great service and ex- ceptional food in downtown Fayetteville. Try the stuffed grape leaves and hummus for starters. >> adventures, festivals, history

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