Attention Bloggers, YouTubers, models, photographers, tourist and folks who just love taking unforgettable pictures! Downtown Fayetteville, NC at first glance looks like a quaint town with history written on every storefront, but there is more to the city behind the entranceways and over the rooftops. There are hidden places in plain sight waiting for you to visit and “pose for the camera” in front of. Trust me, your pictures will have people trying to find the spot you used! I was able to find several, but I will share the top seven that I discovered on the #SoFAY17 Bloggers Tour. I am still basking in the afterglow of being chosen as an influencer for the #SoFAY17 Bloggers Tour with media agency SoFluential and the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Keep reading as I share what caught my eye and imagination. I took note of all the great spots and headed back downtown after the tour to take more pictures. No one wants to be that blogger stopping the entire tour to have a mini photo shoot, right?
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(Ahem) Blog Disclosure: I partnered with the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau to write this post. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the FCVB.
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Let’s get started on the top seven spots to have a photo shoot in Downtown Fayetteville NC
- Our journeys began after a scrumptious breakfast at Rainbow Restaurant, where we started our boutique tour downtown. First stop, White Trash & Colorful Accessories located at 223 Franklin Street, Fay NC 28301. The side wall to the shop is covered by an amazing gate of locks on a brick wall. Maybe we had a 20-minute photo shoot with 4 cameras and six cell phones and maybe it was 30 minutes, haha! There’s always time for a photo shoot, right? I just had to go back and lock down my love for Fayetteville. White Trash & Colorful Accessories is a small shop with a big bang. The store is filled wall-to-wall with home furnishings, vintage finds, local artist created jewelry and home accents, hilarious greeting cards, fabulous and feminine inspired handbags & totes, and so much more! It’s a perfect place to shop for gifts or just something really cute for yourself.
- We then headed over to Cotton River Outfitters located at 116 E Russell St, Fayetteville, NC 28301. If you are dedicated, daring and determined (like I am), you can get a great shot crossing the street in front of the store. I love the long lines and the symmetry of the city’s train tracks leading to the businesses down the street. Cotton River Outfitters is another great place to shop for gifts. They have really nice clothing and accessories that show southern living pride.
I need this shirt from Cotton River Outfitters!
- Pressed boutique located at 120 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301 is next on the list. If you stand just outside of the store and shoot diagonally you will get a beautiful shot of the brick sidewalk, the flowers next door, street lamps and the tree lined street. It’s a great capture of Fayetteville’s charming downtown. After taking your photo, head inside of Pressed and get a cool “Fayetteville” tank or t-shirt like I did. Oh, and a very delicious Locopop; my favorite flavor is the mojito.
4. Next on the list is the 1897 Poe House. Now, if you are a Beyoncé fan like I am, you can get your entire “Lemonade life” right on the porch of the Poe House. What a beautiful home! There are so many places to shoot on this porch and the inside of the house is just as gorgeous. Many items in the home are artifacts so you feel like you are in the year of 1897. The Poe House is the home of Edgar Allen Poe, a successful businessman, politician, and civic leader; not to be confused with the well-known American author Edgar Allen Poe. To avoid a name mixup, the Fayetteville native is generally referenced as “E. A.” in the local area and the historic house museum is known simply as Poe House.
And when you’re done embodying Beyoncé in front of the house, head to the backyard garden and strike a stunning pose in the amazing garden filled with flowers and trees.
- If you’re lucky and get to be on the next tour with SoFluential and the CBV, you may get a chance to climb to the top of the Fayetteville Market House to see all of downtown. You need special permission to have access to the upstairs so, yes, I’m bragging, haha! #BucketListCheck
- The last place we went on the #SoFay17 tour was Wine and Design, the perfect spot for relaxing while painting and drinking wine in a creative space that’s soothing and inviting. After you’ve created your masterpiece, don’t miss out on the hidden gem right next door. For now, it’s an area under construction in all of its gloriousness of abandonment and rubble. Look at this spot; I can just see myself twirling in a black ball gown over all the rocks and broken glass! I would do almost anything for a beautiful shot 🙂
- You know what they say, “when one door closes,…” take a picture in front of it! Check out all the color doors downtown:
Special thanks to Krystel Spell and Angela Roy of SoFluential and Melody Foote, Director of Communications for the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for hosting and planning such an amazing tour of Fayetteville. I had a great time eating delicious food, shopping at the best boutiques, getting a workout at The Climbing Place and hanging out with an amazing group of bloggers.