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Monday, July 19, 2010

Smarty Day Trip Series: Our Own Burlington

By Guest Blogger Ashleigh Brown

It’s a beautiful day here in Burlington and as my girls wake for the day they immediately ask, “What are we going to do today?” Today we are continuing the Smarty Day Trip Series by focusing on one of our own Triad cities, which has so much to offer for families!

There are many fun activities to choose from and we each have our favorites. Here are some of the regular requests and fun things my family likes to do...

Paul’s Pastry Shop in downtown Burlington is always a family favorite in starting our morning. We love their fresh, warm, YUMMY, glazed donuts and donut holes. They also have a great variety of other donut choices as well as cookies and cakes. Paul’s Pastry is located in downtown Burlington and has been in business since 1943.
822 S Church Street
Burlington, NC 27215

Now let’s go visit one of our local farms. From April to October, Iseley Farms is a wonderful place to visit.
Our family picks strawberries in April, visits the barn throughout the summer for the freshest of vegetables and fruit and returns in October to choose just the right pumpkin for our front porch. And if that’s not enough, during those HOT summer days, Iseley Farms sells homemade Strawberry Ice Cream to cool any kid off, even the big kids! For a complete listing of everything they offer visit their website at
2960 Burch Bridge Road
Burlington, NC 27217

Time to Eat! We can’t think of a better place to head for lunch than Blue Ribbon Diner. (Pictured at the top.) With the classic diner feel, Blue Ribbon is sure to take you back in time! We recommend the Apple Jack Chicken served on a bun, salad or with a side of southern style veggies. And don’t forget the Endless Fries! Whether you choose chicken, a hamburger, fried pickles or a creamy homemade milk shake, you are sure to leave satisfied!
2465 South Church Street 1004 Mebane Oaks Road
Burlington, NC 27215 Mebane, NC 27302
336.570.1120 919-563-7020

Last on our list is a stop at Burlington City Park. The City Park, located in the heart of Burlington, is home to five athletic fields, an amusement area featuring an extensive playground and courtyard, the Historical Dentzel Carousel, a train, a walking track, twelve lighted tennis courts, and a year-round aquatics facility. The carousel and the train are our favorites! If you are watching or choose to ride it is always a treat to see the beautiful, hand painted animals gracefully circle around to the sound of the old timey organ. You can read more about the park here by reading Katie's Day Trip blog.
1333 Overbrook Road
Burlington, NC 27215

These are just a few of the local places our family likes to visit, but Burlington and surrounding areas have so much to offer! Here are a few additional events and venues your family might enjoy ...

Saturdays in Saxpahaw is held May – August from 5 pm to 8 pm. Festivities include performances by local bands, a farmer’s market, handmade arts and crafts and exciting events and activities for children. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

Lake Mackintosh and Marina features many activities for the family that enjoys the outdoors and water! The lake includes paddle boats, picnic sites, fishing, shelters for rental, a playground area, row boat rentals, sailing and a clubhouse overlooking the lake.
2704 Huffman Mill Road
Burlington, NC 27215

Zack’s Hot Dogs is another local favorite of ours! Zack’s has been serving up tasty dogs in downtown Burlington since 1928. The Touloupas family serves great food … FAST! I’ll have two dogs, mustard, slaw and chili, fries and a bottled Coke. CLEAR!
201 W Davis Street
Burlington, NC 27215

Be sure to add your own favorite spots to visit in Burlington by commenting below!


Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I love Burlington! My job takes me there usually once a week and after I am finished I like to do a little shopping when I am there. It's a great city.

Kendall said...

I also love the new Alamance Crossing Shopping Center. You can see it from I-40, so it is easy to find! If your kids are good shoppers, this is a fun place to go!

Anonymous said...

My girls and I love shopping at the Peaches N Cream store in Burlington, too. Love the diner idea!

Amy said...

Gotta say I have been loving your day trip blogs. We did not join the country club this year because I thought we did not use it enough. Well wouldn't you know that we absolutely miss it! So, we've been filling in our days with many of your trip ideas and have had so much fun doing them!

Karen said...

Enjoyed this since I'm from there. :) Very fond memories of eating hot dogs at Zack's with my family. Also, love that carousel at the park. Thanks for posting this.

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