Experience the Best of Western Wake

5 West magazine is devoted to exploring and celebrating life in Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs. This area repeatedly ranks among the top regions in the country to live or work, to find a home or start a business, to raise a family or retire. 5 West is dedicated to covering the topics readers care about – from hometown stories and community spotlights to fashion, food and local trends. Published six times a year, 5 West helps readers enjoy the good life that Western Wake County has to offer.


If You Build It, They Will Come

North Carolina plays a leading role in film and television content production. BY MARIO BOUCHER North Carolina may not be Hollywood East, but film and television production here contributes significantly

The Lost Community of Crabtree Creek

Umstead Park’s ruins tell a story of North Carolina’s rural history. BY ERIC MEDLIN William B. Umstead State Park is one of the most-visited state parks in North Carolina. According

Cheetie Kumar: Rock Star Chef

You name it and James Beard Award–Nominated Chef Cheetie Kumar has probably done it. BY ELLIOT ACOSTA Between her time as an critically acclaimed chef, a restaurant owner, an entrepreneur,

From Snug to Sumptious

PICTURED ABOVE: The exterior patio of The Mayton Inn in Cary looks out over Cary’s Downtown Park. The Mayton has built a strong relationship with the much-celebrated new park, which

Triangle Family’s Student Art Showcase

  Triangle Family’s Student Art Showcase A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it’s created by a young person. Art plays an important role in a child’s education


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The lost community of Crabtree Creek: Umstead Park’s ruins tell a story of North Carolina’s rural history.

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Written and photos by Eric Medlin
Videos by Elizabeth Brignac

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If you read our article on North Carolina Boutique Hotels {link to story in our bio}, you will know all about Downtown Cary’s beautiful @themaytoncary. We’ve teamed up with this local gem to give away a free night’s stay to one lucky 5 West reader! 

Here’s how it works:

1. Like this post. 
2. Share our post from May 6 with the article “From Snug to Sumptuous: 8 North Carolina Boutique Hotel Experiences,” or share the story {link in our bio} itself. 
3. Make sure you follow both @5westmag and @themaytoncary to be eligible to win! 

Next week, we will announce the lucky winner and send you a message about how to claim your prize. 

#nctravel #nchotels #giveaway
👩🏻‍🌾 Meet the farmers! 🍓

We chat with Emily Tischer of @stoneyacresnc and Jean and Lisa Copeland of @jeansmarketapex about life on the farm and the impact of female farmers in local communities. 

Listen through the link in our bio or wherever you normally listen to podcasts. 

@spotify @audible @amazonmusic @podcastcary @podcastaddict @applepodcasts @iheartradio #femalefarmer #femalefarmers #ncfarm #localfarm #berrypatch #backyardfarm
You name it and James Beard Award–Nominated Chef Cheetie Kumar has probably done it.

Written by Elliot Acosta
Photo courtesy of Joe Payne 

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@garlandraleigh @cheetieku @ajjaeats #ncfoodies #raleighfoodies
The May/June issue of 5 West is heading to newsstands now!

This issue includes:

🏢 North Carolina boutique hotels
🐩 Our annual pets issue
🎥 Our state’s future in film 
🐢 Sea turtle rescue 
➕ Much more! 

Find a copy this weekend, then check out the stories online through the link in our bio. 

Cover photo by Jessica Bratton @themaytoncary
We were the lucky recipient of these beautiful treats from @jeansmarketapex! 🍓 #strawberryseason
🌱 Spring is in the air! 🌷

Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival returns to Fred Bond Metro Park in Cary this Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Browse the works of more than 170 local artists showcasing pottery, candles, jewelry and more. The free event brings together 15 food trucks, along with three entertainment stages for kids and adults. 

Images courtesy of @townofcary 

#carythingstodo #ncfamilyfun #caryfoodies #fredbondparkcary
Congratulations to @thechefjaime for her winning recipe in this year’s Pimento Cheese Festival in @townofcary! 😍🧀
☀️ A beautiful day 
🌾 The addition of @downtowncarypark 
👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏽 A *TON* of hungry, happy-to-be-outside cheese fans
🐕 Lots of pups
🧀 The perfect recipe for the 2024 Pimento Cheese Festival in @townofcary!

Pic’d here:
🍩 Mr. A’s Beignets @squaredoughnuts 
🍄‍🟫 Portobello sandwich with pimento cheese by @beefybunstruck 
🏆 Last year’s winner for best pimento cheese @onceinabluemoonbakery
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Meet the Doctors 2023

The Triangle offers some of the highest quality health care in the country. Here’s your chance to meet local providers and learn more about their services. Photos by New Depth