We were recently invited to come visit the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina. We decided to visit after our recent Myrtle Beach trip. Our family had never been to Fayetteville before although several of our friends have and several actually grew up there. Greater Fayetteville is proud of its rich role in our nation’s history and holds fast to the friendly feel of a true hometown, while providing the cultural and entertainment amenities of bigger cities.
Upon arrival to Fayetteville, we first stopped at the Visitor’s Center, where we picked up brochures, information, and my kids favorites – passports! The passports had a bunch of the local attractions and museums inside and when you went to that place, you could get your passport stamped with the locations exclusive stamp. My kids really enjoyed this!
Our next stop was the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is owned and operated by the United States Army and is part of the United States Army Museum system. The main gallery is designed as a self-guided tour, in chronological order, through the history of airborne and special operations soldiers from 1940 to the present. I think my husband and my son could have spent all day in this museum! There was so much history and as you walked through, you were able to see weapons, uniforms, aircraft, and more from each of the wars. This museum was free to visit!
From there we visited the North Carolina Veteran’s Park. This was right across from the Airborne Museum. This park was fairy small and didn’t take a lot of time to check out, but it was very sobering. The picture on the left above was a wall with dog tags featuring the names of every North Carolina Casualty from the different wars. Yes, each of those little silver things is a dog tag. Very, very sobering, and this was just from North Carolina. This park was also free to visit.
After this, it started pouring down rain so we went ahead to our hotel, Fairfield Inn & Suites – Fayetteville North. This hotel is brand new, super clean, and fit us perfectly! We had a 2 Queen Bed Studio Room with a sofa bed. This room features a large fridge, sink, and even a dishwasher! I loved the color patterns in the rooms as well. Nice and bright and modern. Our absolutely favorite feature was the HUGE glass shower! It was so wonderful and relaxing!
Look how beautiful the rooms are! And the beds were so super comfy that we slept very soundly!
After we got settled in our room, we headed out for my birthday dinner! The Mash House graciously invited us in and provided gift cards for us to use during our dinner. The food at The Mash House was absolutely incredible. So much flavor and great atmosphere! Their items are made from scratch in house so perfectly allergy friendly! My kids gobbled down their macaroni and cheese and fresh pizzas in no time at all. My husband enjoyed sampling a few of their beers and settled on their most popular, the Hefeweizen. My husband enjoyed their NY Strip Steak and the garlic mashed potatoes as a side were fantastic! I loved my Mushroom Stout Burger with Asparagus! Their desserts are fantastic as well. They offered a red velvet cheesecake, and then my favorite, the Chocolate Stout Cake! Perfect for a birthday dinner! This definitely ranks as one of my favorite restaurants! We will definitely be returning the next time we’re in Fayetteville!
For more, see our 2nd day in Fayetteville!