An Artful Day in Clayton

Sam Branch Public ArtDowntown Clayton has become a destination for visitors who love the arts. It didn't happen overnight, but we sure are glad it did. We have put together a sample day trip itinerary for you, featuring many of the great things Clayton has to offer.

Suggested Itinerary:

9:30am Outdoor Art on Sam’s Branch Greenway

Sam's Branch Greenway is a beautiful 1.25 mile, 10-foot-wide paved pedestrian and biking trail. Along the trail visitors can enjoy an installation of public art projects. The greenway leads to the winding Neuse River and now connects with the newly dedicated Clayton River Walk on the Neuse, a 4-mile section of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail. These trails now allow families to enjoy 30+ miles of biking or hiking all the way from Clayton to Falls Dam Lake in Raleigh.

11:00am Break for some shopping

Maybe a little stroll among the downtown merchants is a good idea. Stop and shop for custom jewelry at the Jewelry Design Studio or great gifts at Rejoyce. If you are here on a Saturday (March-November) the Clayton Farm & Community Market is a wonderful stop as well. Further down, look for some unique shops for art like Right Angles Framing and Art. For some healthy options, Lee's Produce has some vegetables and fruits too! (also seasonal!)

12:30pm Lunch

After walking you are sure to have worked up an appetite. Stop for lunch at The Flipside Restaurant & Pub or Lucky Chicken Peruvian Cuisine.

1:45pm Sherry's Signature Cheesecakes

After lunch enjoy dessert at Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes beautifully decorated coffee shop area with room for up to 12. Smell the just-baked aromas coming from the kitchens. With homemade coffee cakes, homemade muffins, delicious homemade granola bars, and, of course, Sherry’s own Signature Cheesecakes cooking all the time, it’s tempting for the taste buds. Enjoy the “magic coffee”. We suggest buying one of Sherry's Cheesecakes to take with you, you will definitely want a slice once you are home.

2:30pm Downtown Clayton Sculpture Trail

The town of Clayton has brought public art to the forefront with the Clayton Sculpture Trail. After a great lunch, you can enjoy a brisk walk as you view the many different sculptures that make a bold statement throughout town. New and intriguing works of art are brought in each year to create a new experience. We suggest starting in Horne Square and stopping in at any of the shops you didn’t get to visit before lunch as you walk.

Horne Square
348 East Main Street, Clayton

5:00pm Dinner

Enjoy dinner at one of the great restaurants along Clayton’s Main Street. We suggest Clayton Steakhouse or Manning;s Restaurant.

7:00 pm The Clayton Center

Plan your trip around one of the shows in The Clayton Center’s Palladian Series. Shows normally start at 8pm but be sure to arrive early to enjoy the rotating art exhibits in the lobby.

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