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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.

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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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Cousins Maine Lobster is headed to New Bern, July 26th! 🦞
The shark tank winning food truck will have 2 styles of lobster rolls, Tacos, & more. “SEA” you there 🌊 

Details at the 🔗 in profile #foodtruck #sharktank #foodstagram #foodie 

📷 Photo by Cousins Maine Lobster
Congratulations to Videri Chocolate Factory who was voted one of the 10 best chocolate shops in the U.S. according to 2024 Readers’ Choice Award by USA Today’s 10Best. 

“We are so delighted that our customers, friends and family from around the country voted for us. We have been welcoming folks into our factory for 13 years. We strive to be a welcoming and friendly chocolate factory to all who are curious to adventure into our building in downtown Raleigh.”  -Sam Ratto, owner. 
 
This the second consecutive year Videri has won the award. 🏆 #shoplocal #local #localbusiness #shopsmall #smallbatch 

📷 Photo by Sarah Bailey
#Giveaway Here’s your chance to win our biggest contest of the year! 🐷 2 VIP Tickets to the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary 🎟️

One winner will be chosen! 🏆

Cary’s favorite BBQ Festival is back and better than ever and in its 16th year!  The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival is a two-day event—Friday, August 2, 6-10 p.m., and Saturday, August 3, 12-6 p.m.—that takes center stage at Koka Booth Amphitheatre (8003 Regency Parkway) in Cary. 🎭

Enjoy all the pleasures that true Southerners live by: Beer, 🍺 Bourbon, 🥃 Barbeque, 🐷 Boots, 🥾 Bacon, 🥓 Biscuits, 🥯Bluegrass 🎶and Smoked Beasts! 🐗 It’s a great night or day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’ and barbeque eatin’. 😋

We’ve partnered with Drink Eat Relax Events to offer two VIP admission tickets to the Saturday session on August 3 from 12-6 p.m., featuring 2 extra hours of an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon, a souvenir tasting glass, all live entertainment and the Shrine of Swine that includes whole hogs and maybe even some surprises! 🎉

Fill out our form at the 🔗 in profile for a chance to win two VIP admission tickets for the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival on August 3. We’ll select one winner from our Midtown, 5 West and Triangle Family audiences Wednesday, June 26. Good luck! #sweepstakes #giveaways #giveawaytime 

*This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. No purchase necessary. 

📷 Photo courtesy of Drink Eat Relax Events
#BeatTheHeat Firefighters from Fire Station No. 2 🚒 in Cary douse children at Freeway Church Vacation Bible School in the Chatham Square parking lot. 💦 #firefighter #firedepartment #cary #carync 

📷: Elizabeth Brignac
The tradition locals love and has other’s driving across state- the annual hunt for the painted bunting.🌳 Maybe you’ll be the next to experience this rare sighting on your next visit to @dixpark. 🌻The best tips can be found in “How to Find the Rare Painted Bunting at Dorothea Dix Park” at the 🔗 in profile. 

Image of the Dix Park painted bunting by Bob Karp
Here’s to Dad! 🥃 Happy Father’s Day from 5 West. 

Read about the local Mystic Farm and Distillery’s Mystic Mission at the 🔗 in profile #bourbonwhiskey #bourbonlife #bourbonlover #bourbongram

Photo by: Bruce DeBoer
Find your inner foodie this weekend 🧁 with Dine & Draft: A Foodie Guide to Western Wake. Full round up of restaurants at the 🔗 in profile. #foodie #foodlovers #foodforfoodies 

📷: Crystal Watts
Fine tune your pruning 🌻Get gardening tips and tricks with In the Garden: Midsummer by Cheryl Capaldo Traylor. Full article at the link in profile. 🌿  #gardening #gardenlife #mygarden #plantlife #gardeninspiration 

Photo by Stock.adobe.com - Richard Slater/Wirestock Creators
Last chance to enter our @themaytoncary giveaway! A winner will be chosen tomorrow. 
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Giveaway! 

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

{link to story in our bio}

Written and photos by Eric Medlin
Videos by Elizabeth Brignac

#crabtreecreek #umsteadpark #umsteadparkruins #ncparks #nctrails
Giveaway! 

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
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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