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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 36 CARY BY LINDSEY GREY Cary's reputation got even better in 2016. For one, the city of more than 150,000 landed on the number 1 spot for "Top Boomtowns of 2016" by SmartAsset. That was after nearly 600 hundred cities were considered. Money magazine has frequently ranked Cary as one of the best places to live in the country. Cary has also been recognized nationally as one of the "Safest Places to Live in America," "Best Places to Retire" and "Best Places to Raise a Family in the U.S." The city is also home to nationally recognized Umstead Hotel and Spa, listed as the number one best hotel in North Carolina by U.S. News and World Report (2016). Philanthropist Jim Goodnight is the owner of the hotel, and the CEO and co-founder of global company, SAS Institute Inc. An advocate of education, the N.C. State University alumnus and wife Ann are co-founders of Cary Academy. The Umstead Hotel and Spa blends a stay that feel like a resort but also a retreat with is wooded landscape off the beaten path. Aside from the usual luxury hotel amenities, the Umstead goes a few steps further with its onsite spa and free weekend yoga classes. Guests enjoy getting outside for a walk or jog on the nearby trail or take a complimentary bike ride. In warm weather months, guests enjoy swimming at the luxurious pool. In the evening, it is a special event to dine at Herons, a Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Signature restaurant on the property. Herons has been recognized by Food & Wine, Conde Nast Traveler and Southern Living. New restaurants, brewery and other businesses are bringing energy and growth to the bustling downtown. Revitalization efforts have improved the Academy Street streetscape with sidewalks, street lights, gathering areas referred to as "rooms," and on-street parking spaces. "Reopening Academy Street represents real progress on making downtown a destination again, which is a promise we made not only to those who live and work there but to everyone in Cary who voted in favor of the 2012 Cary Community Bonds," said Town Manager Sean R. Stegall. "These next few years are going to be incredibly exciting as we push forward on a number of transformational public and private projects." Construction is also underway of a 21,000 square- foot office and retail building, part of Midtown Square. Cary is also planning a $6 million downtown park that will include a fountain, small amphitheater and open lawn for concerts and special events. Cary Cary foodies have much to rejoice about in 2017. La Farm Bakery has added to the city's diverse flavor with its expansion to a second location on Chatham Street. In 2017, Chef/owner Lionel Vatinet will open a small retail bakery and adjacent café designed to showcase the bakers and the art of bread making. Vatinet sources products from North Carolina farms. The Carolina Gold Rice Bread is made with Carolina Ground's local, organic whole wheat flour (grown at Carter Farm near Pinehurst and milled in Asheville) and Anson Mills' Carolina Gold "middlins" rice. Vatinet has two James Beard nominations for "Outstanding Baker." FRESH. Local Ice Cream, the Raleigh-based ice cream shop, will open its second location in downtown Cary in 2017. Annelore's German Bakery will also open in 2017. Two new restaurants made the "Best Restaurant in the Triangle in 2016" list - Himalayan Range Nepali and Dame's Chicken and Waffles where two of America's favorite comfort foods come together in the popular café. Friday is the best part of the week in Cary. The weekend starts when food trucks roll downtown. The popular food truck rally features a variety of trucks as well as a beer and wine garden. On Saturdays, don't miss the Cary Downtown Farmers' Market. Locally-grown produce plus crafts, pottery, jewelry, coffee and baked goods are displayed on the third Sunday of each month on the lawn of the Historic Ivey Ellington house. For a dose of culture, locals head to the historic Cary Theatre, the Cary Arts Center and other venues. The historic Cary Theatre has been entertaining audiences since 1946. Today the independent theater is the scene of movies, independent films, music and other events. >> trendy, traditional, high tech

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