Over the past several years, the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area has become a mecca for local breweries. Across the Triangle area, there are 25+ breweries with open barstools waiting to be checked out! From IPAs, Stouts, Porters to Pilsners here are plenty of great options.
A New Brew in Cary
This week, Kelly and I decided to check out a new brewery in the heart of downtown Cary, the Cotton House Craft Brewers. Downtown Cary is a vibrant destination featuring the Mayton Inn, the Downtown Park, the Cary Arts Center and the soon to be renovated Cary Community Library. The Cotton House is one of the newest businesses to call downtown Cary home.
The Cotton House has a different look and feel than most breweries in the Triangle. The taproom is located in a historic house, The Pasmore House, a registered National Historic Site built in 1900. The house features an expansive front porch with high back rocking chairs perfect for sipping a finely crafted beer while greeting the passers-by on Academy Street.
Inside, there is a room that resembles a turn of the century formal parlor. This room features period style furniture with an original brick fireplace. This room is a great place to relax and enjoy conversation with your friends. The taproom includes a 25-foot prohibition-era style bar with a stunning Italian marble top. There is also a large back deck with views of the Cary downtown fountain and the new library complex.
The Beers & the Bar Menu
The Cotton House focus is on a limited release of beers. Kelly and I both sampled the Hazy Days IPA, while I opted for my second round to go dark with the Houndstooth Stout. Both were delicious! The stout, while dark, was not overly heavy and the IPA is sure to get my taste again on a future visit.
One of the unique features of the Cotton House that separates itself from other taprooms around the Triangle is that the bar menu features selections from Mayton Inn next door. The owners also plan to offer a selection of rotating food trucks.
The Cotton House is a great addition to the Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill beer scene and if your travels find you in downtown Cary, the Cotton House is definitely a tap house that you should check out. I know that I will definitely be back again!
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I enjoy exploring when I’m out of town but typically resort to the “same old places” when I’m home. However, a recent conversation led me to step outside of my usual #itp favorites and I’m so happy that I did! Please do yourself a favor and make plans now to stop by the Mayton Inn. Whether you go for a drink, a meal or a weekend staycation, you will fall in LOVE!
After enjoying a delicious dinner with friends at The Mayton Inn, I had the privilege of meeting the owner, Deanna Crossman and her adorable sons. She is charming, passionate and focused on creating a memorable experience. She currently owns two other hotels but you can tell The Mayton Inn and downtown Cary hold a special place in her heart.
The Mayton Inn is a 45-room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Cary. The Georgian-style hotel has something for everyone and boasts a lounge, full bar & restaurant, event spaces, and an outdoor terrace. There is also a high tech gym facility and spa rooms for guests. We were introduced to several members of the staff and they were all welcoming and helpful.
This inn is the PERFECT setting for a wedding, corporate event, gala or even just a night on the town! The hotel was designed to allow for many uses and offers beautifully appointed spaces both inside and out. Walking through the curated rooms and suites, it’s hard to tell if the Mayton is a stunning, historical building or gorgeous new construction. It has a sense of timelessness that adds to the experience.
The attention to detail is phenomenal and can be seen in the way the colors, the fabrics and the lighting all come together to set a specific mood. The oversized terrace is ideal for enjoying our wonderful North Carolina weather and catching up with friends. They hold various events throughout the year to attract various guests and establish themselves as a destination and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Whether you’re planning a special event, looking to impress out-of-town guests or just want a unique experience close to home, you MUST stop by The Mayton Inn. You will NOT be disappointed!