Alamance County

Take some time to veer off the beaten path and explore the breathtaking beauty and excitement of Alamance County. Tucked between the mountains and the coast, our towns and villages offer small surprises at every turn. Whether it’s an adventurous weekend away or a visit to simpler times. Hidden gems await history buffs. For the person who can’t be contained by four walls, our numerous rivers and trails provide a thrilling and unique way to take in our natural sites. If a quiet, relaxing weekend away is what you’re really looking for, you’ll find it here, as well. Many of Alamance County’s shopping, dining, arts and music venues are centered in four main downtown areas. Stroll down the iconic main streets and be taken in by their inherent charm and local flavor. Historic buildings filled with specialty shops, galleries, cafes, diners and pubs entice with their wonderful aromas, artisan crafts, music and cultural attractions.

Haand Pottery

Burlington

Thoughtful storytellers bridging the past and future with expert craftsmanship.

Always an artist and tinkerer, Mark attended the Penland School of Crafts on a two-year fellowship after college. There he was exposed to a variety of media and learned from the excellent teachers, mentors and highly skilled craftspeople at Penland and in the surrounding community of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He was introduced to ceramics and slip casting while in a class taught by Tom Spleth.

Chris, who had been a potter since high school, went on to study business and accounting in college and graduate school, eventually working for a large corporate accounting firm but continued to pursue his love of pottery.

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Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area

Burlington

Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area, a new nature park that provides public access to Alamance County’s largest state-significant natural heritage area. Hikers will enjoy rolling piedmont hills, abundant creeks and streams, and some of the best views in the County.

Located in the Cane Creek Mountains Range, a Piedmont Monadnock range that covers much of the southwest quadrant of Alamance County. The mountain range is also home to the highest peak in North Carolina east of Greensboro at 987 feet.

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Dentzel Menagerie Carousel

Burlington

History of the Carousel

The Burlington City Park Carousel is a 3-Row Dentzel Menagerie Carousel built around 1906-1910 at the Dentzel Carousel Company on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Carousel was purchased by the City of Burlington in the summer of 1948 from Mr. Carl Utoff, the owner of Forest Park Amusement Park in Genoa, Ohio. Mr. Utoff purchased the machine in about 1924 from Locust Point Amusement Park in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

No one knows the exact date of our Carousel or where it first ran, but the mirrors are stamped March and April of 1913, and on the bottom of the wooden platform were penciled May 1914. One of the rounding boards is a copy of a 1903 Remington painting. Our frames and rounding boards are similar to one in the 1906 era. Our chariots are numbered VIII and IX, meaning that at one time they were together, in a pair, on a larger carousel. The early 1900s were known as the “Golden Era” for carousels and many were sent back to be refurbished or made into different carousels. Parts made in different years were put together and perhaps our Carousel was one of those.

In 2019 this piece of art in motion was due for another complete refurbishment and restoration of both its artistic and mechanical elements. Carousels & Carvings, Inc. of Marion, Ohio handled the restoration and repainting of the menagerie of carousel animals, repairing and fabricating new mechanisms, upgrading the drive unit, and adding an ADA-accessible chariot and ramp. This took place from 2019-2022 and ensures that the beautiful carousel will be around for generations to come.

In addition to the carousel restoration during 2019-2022, a new house for the Carousel was constructed.  The new house is situated on higher ground closer to Main Street. This keeps the Carousel out of the creek floodplain and places it at grade level with the parking lot, improving ADA accessibility. The original Carousel House will stay where it is and be repurposed for another use. The new Carousel House is open-air in the warmer months and enclosed by glass during cold weather allowing the Carousel to operate year-round. An attached event space with restrooms and a catering staging area will be available to rent. There will be viewing windows between the event space and the Carousel for guests to enjoy.

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Studio 1

Burlington

Studio 1 is a performing arts center with an intimate 100-seat black box theatre located in Holly Hill Mall in Burlington, North Carolina. We are a dynamic community theatre group that focuses on providing unique programming in a positive atmosphere with professional results. We provide opportunities to performers of all ages, interests, experience levels and we offer training through classes and outreach.

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Burlington Beer Works

Burlington

Welcome to North Carolina’s first cooperative brewery and restaurant with the aim of securing a shared network of local and regional partnerships made up of farmers, producers, and service professionals. Our goal is to brew great beer, but more importantly we believe in empowering the people of our community to collaborate, and leverage the collective effort of our organization in becoming an integral part of Burlington’s future expansion.

By sourcing at least half of our products within Alamance and neighboring communities, we can guarantee our patrons a level of transparent quality and freshness that other bulky, supply chained restaurants cannot logistically accomplish. Our partnerships with such farms as Wilkeshire BeefT5RedbudSmithDinnerbell, Your Local GreensHillsborough CheeseFirsthand FoodsBrasstown BeefJoyceHaw River Mushrooms and San Giuseppe Salami Co, provide a local selection of fresh ingredients throughout the seasons; this helps create a recognizable identity for our area by way of the foods being cultivated and produced within it.

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Forgotten Road Ales

Graham

Award winning craft brewery & taproom run by veterans that opened in May of 2019. Located in the awesome little city of Graham, NC, in the heart of the state.  Specializing in barrel aged beers, wild and sour beers, & hazy IPAs.

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Bright Penny Brewing

Mebane

Come enjoy a local beer tasting and check out the menu, which boasts a “Grandma’s Eggs” section with creative and delicious deviled eggs to sample as well as Mason Jar cheesecakes. Wine is also offered as well as homemade pizzas including a gluten free option. Live music is often playing at Bright Penny Brewing so be sure to check out the schedule. An intimate setting; the staff at Bright Penny Brewing are knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. Relax and enjoy a beer, then be sure to check out the great local shops in downtown Mebane.

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Iron Gate Vineyards & Winery

Mebane

Come see and enjoy our vineyards, pond, and picnic areas. The tasting room gift shop features items by local artists and crafts people.

Award-winning wine list includes Chambourcin, Brightleaf White, Pack House Red, Flue Fire, Iron Gate Blackberry, Iron Gate Green Apple, Carolina Gold, and Rustic Blooming.

Experience our wines during the week at our tasting bar located in our gift shop. On the weekend, you can tour our processing area and have a seated wine tasting experience in our event center.

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Lake Mackintosh

Burlington

Lake Mackintosh Park and Marina is just outside the city.  The lake not only caters to the fisherman, but was developed as an overall recreational site for all to enjoy. Features of the Lake Include: Picnic Sites Sailing Paddle Boat Rentals 6 Boat Ramps Pier/Bank Fishing Open Picnic Shelter Playground Kayak Rentals Row Boat Rentals 2 Fish Feeders An enclosed rental building overlooking the lake is available for private rentals which accommodates 125. The Lake is fed by two tributaries, the Greater Alamance and Little Alamance Creeks. These creeks have been the primary source of stocking fish for the lake.

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Haw River Trail

Burlington

The Haw River Trail is part of the state-wide Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) which allows hikers to travel across the state from Clingman’s Dome to Jockey’s Ridge. Approximately 40 miles of paddle trails and 20 miles of land trails available.

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