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.


Fun in the Sun on Jordan Lake

PICTURED ABOVE: A family enjoys a canoeing adventure on Jordan Lake. Photo courtesy of the Town of Cary. Camping, swimming and boating are great ways to spend warm summer days

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,


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#ThirstyThursday Grab a @bondbrosbeer 🍻 and check out all the amenities the town of Cary has to offer in “Discover Cary and Top Spots to Cool Off in Cary” at the link in profile 🔗 

✍️: Kyle Marie MacMahon
📷: Dathan Kazsuk
•GIVEAWAY• Enter for a chance to win 2 Tickets to The Roots 🎙️ with special guest  Macy Gray benefiting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund 🤍

You’ll receive:
🎟️ 2 General Admission Lawn tickets 
🍽️ A complimentary dinner in the Members Lounge 🛋️at the show 

⏰ August 30 at 6:30 p.m.

📍Koka Booth Amphitheatre 

Click the link in profile to enter. We’ll select one winner from our Midtown, 5 West and Triangle Family audiences Wednesday, July 24. Good luck!  
Like and Tag a friend below you’d take to the show ⬇️

Purchase tickets to the concert at boothamphitheatre.com and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Kay Yow Cancer Fund. 

📷: Photo Courtesy of Koka Booth Amphitheatre

(*This #giveaway is not associated with or sponsored by Instagram)
Soak up summer exploring great ways to spend summer days at Jordan Lake. Read the “Fun in the Sun on Jordan Lake” for all things camping, 🏕️ swimming 🏊‍♂️ and boating🛶 by Dolly R. Sickles at the link in profile.

📷: Town of Cary
The next Bands 🎶 Bites 🫓 and Boats 🚣 at Bond Park is happening soon. Join in August 2nd 6-8p. You won’t want to miss this line up! 

🎤 @mystimayhemmusic 
🥟 @empanadasrd.nc 
🍺 @brueprintbrewing
Sassool sisters, Simone and Noelle, give a behind the scenes look at the making of their famous falafel. 🧆 For the full recipe of this local gem and more on their restaurant labor of love head to “Family & Food” by Kurt Dusterberg. You’ll find it in the latest issue’s Chef’s Table and the 🔗 in our profile. 🍽️

🎥: Kurt Dusterberg 

#falafel #falafelrecipe #mediterranian #mediterranianfood #carync
Need Saturday plans? Come out to @fortnightbeer ‘s Wake Forest location tomorrow for live music featuring @maverickrosemusic 🎶 Let us know in the comments if you’ll be there! 🍻

📷: @fortnightbeer
Wishing you a safe and happy 4th from 5 West 🇺🇸❤️

🎥: @crystalcwatts
It’s the perfect long weekend to read all about Historic & Nostalgic Beaches along the NC Coast. 🌊 Grab a copy of the latest issue on media stands now or head to the link in bio to read “Beach Fun Back in the Day: NC Seaside Vacations a Century Ago.” ✍️Written by Eric Medlin

📷 Photo by Stock.Adobe.com-Mark Alan Howard taken in Carolina Beach, NC 

#nccoast #carolinabeach #ncbeaches
Having a staycation for the 4th? 🇺🇸

@booth_amp will host their July 4th celebration with a red, white and blue salute, kids activities and music 🎶 by Carolina Symphony. Fireworks over Symphony Lake are scheduled at 9:25p ET 💥

Head to boothamphitheater.com for tickets 🎟️ 

📷 Photo by @booth_amp
Hot off the press! ☀️ The latest July/August issue of 5West is hitting media stands now. Grab your copy for the latest on: 

🌤️ Fun in the Sun at Jordan Lake 
🍸 Eat Drink and Play in Chatham Beverage District 
🏓 Becoming a Part of the Pickleball Phenomenon 
🗺️ Everything a Western Wake Newcomer Needs to Know 

Find a copy and then checkout stories online at the link 🔗 in profile. 

📷 Observation Deck overlooking Jordan Lake by Chansak Joe A. 

#localfood #feelslikesummer #westernwake #jordanlake
Splash into the past with a photojournal 🎞️complied by Eric Medlin of North Carolina Beach Tourism in the 20th Century. 🐚 Explore imagery and fun in the sun of days gone by in “Photojournal: North Carolina Beach Tourism 100 Years Ago” at the link in profile. #northcarolina #northcarolinabeaches #nagshead #nagsheadnc 

📸 Photo of men standing at Nags Head Lifesaving Station. Photo courtesy of the Outer Banks History Museum
An ex-ICE-ting announcement 🎉 Fresh. Local Ice Cream has another future location to open in downtown Fuquay!🍦

📷 @freshlocalicecream
Summer at the {Outdoor} Movies 🎥🍿Watch your favorite films under the stars this summer✨ Check the showtimes and venues in your area in the “2024 Outdoor Movies in Wake County” by Elizabeth Brignac at the 🔗 in profile. 

📷 Photo by the North Carolina Museum of Art
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The Newcomer’s Guide to Western Wake

Your Invaluable Resource from 5 West Magazine BY ELIZABETH BRIGNAC The Basics Welcome to Western Wake! Here is some basic information along with links to help you get started here.