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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 16 — ISSUE 2 26 teaching and research forest. The school also has a hand in the J.C. Raulston Arboretum located on campus. The internationally recognized garden is one of the premier collections of trees and shrubs. Stroll through numerous themed gardens, extensive plant collections to see more than 6,000 plant species. A visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Memorial Park is sure to inspire. The nation's first public park solely devoted to the civil rights leader and the civil rights movement features a bronze statue of King. The park will open in fall 2016. Try your irons out at one of any of the Raleigh area's 20-plus golf courses. Enthusiasts for disc golf can try their hand at the sport at Cedar Hills and Kentwood Park, each with 18 holes. Horse lovers go to the Southern Oak Equestrian Center for hunt and dressage lessons with horses to accommodate both beginning and advanced riders. The facility is on 50 acres of land with four outdoor riding rings and a round pen for introductory instruction. The city does many things well, not the least its ability to wine and dine all ages and tastes. Raleigh is fast catching up with its neighboring Triangle towns as a foodie destination. Restaurant Week is proof of the changing culinary climate. In August, the event included more than 45 restaurants and businesses. Award-winning chefs have set up shop in diners, bars, food trucks and restaurants big and small. In August, the downtown Food Truck Rodeo attracted more than 40 food trucks. In brick and mortar, there's the food kingdom of restaurant/owner Ashley Christensen and her five restaurants, bar and coffee shop. Her newest endeavor, Death & Taxes, is rated in the top ten restaurants of the year by Food & Wine (2016). For those wanting a different approach to food, Standard Foods is the answer. The restaurant/urban farm/gourmet grocery conglomeration at Person Plaza featuring whole-hog butchery opened in 2015. Creating buzz is the opening of H-Street gastro pub located in the old Varsity theatre near NCSU campus. The movie theater marquee announced its arrival and opening as "75 years in the making." The food is the star and features Southern classics alongside ethnic foods served with a twist. And, then there are old fashioned treats like ice cream, perfect for the dog days of summer and fall. Lumpy's Ice Cream is a local favorite that started as a food truck and now is a staple at entertainment venues and the downtown farmers' market. Tease your taste buds with Bennie's Bacon and Bourbon flavor. Most people don't know that NCSU makes its own ice cream. >> RALEIGH

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