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Laughing Out Loud Comedy Club – This new club opened in February of 2008 and has been a huge success. They have comedians from throughout the nation, many of whom have been on the national circuit for a number of years.
The club does lunch Monday thru Friday and their comedy shows run Thursday thru Sunday evenings. This is a can’t miss venue and you will not be disappointed. The club is located at 8928 US 70 Business Highway, Suite 500, Clayton, NC 27520. PH: 919-359-8565.

The Clayton Center offers some of the finest blues, jazz, music of the Big Band era, and comedy that is to be found in North Carolina. This venue has both the Palladian Series and the Sunday Series to choose from. Do not miss the opportunity to relish the confines of the completely renovated 600-seat auditorium and enjoy the array of entertainment that provides thorough enjoyment for all ages.

The Flipside – In addition to serving lunch and dinner this terrific night spot has some of the finest local performing talent around. Entertainers perform light rock, jazz, blues and blue grass to name just a few. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings.

Downtown Clayton Clayton offers several gift shops, retail shops and artist lairs such as Annie V's Florist, Fancy That, GO Designs, Right Angles, Main Street Jewelers, Pittman's Jewelry, Pizazz, Jewelry by Vincent, Sunshine Health, Flowers by the Neuse and City Florist.

Smithfield, down the road just apiece, offers several unique gift shops for your interest. Also visit The Carolina Outlet Center which has all of your favorite outlet stores and JR’s Discount Store with virtually anything you need.

Selma offers the antique enthusiast a wide selection of shops with thousands of artifacts, all of which are sure to catch your eye and lighten your pocket book.

Raleigh (15 miles up the road) of course has an abundance of shopping areas that are sure to interest virtually anyone who has any interest in shopping regardless of what type. There is Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center, North Hills Mall, City Market, Crossroads Plaza, Fairgrounds Marketplace and Cameron Village to name but a few.

Clayton & Immediate Area
Locally we have Clemmons Educational State Forest that has several walking trails, one of which has “talking trees” and another of which has “talking rocks”. These trees and rocks share with you the history and the geology of the forest. There are picnic facilities available. Phone: 919-553-5651.

Clayton Community Park is a great place to take the family for a picnic. Or if you are a tennis buff then this park will take care of your racket sport needs with several well kept courts.

Legend Park is for the mountain bike enthusiast. There are eight miles of intermediate trails to test your ability. Phone: 919-553-5002.

If golf is what you are into then there are three terrific courses to satisfy your needs. There is Neuse Golf Club that is 6910 yards long from the back tees. This course has character and will challenge you throughout your round. Phone: 919-550-0550.

Then there is Riverwood Golf Club. This course has 27 holes of challenging golf. You can travel 7125 yards through your choice of eighteen holes. The opening hole on the long front nine greets you with a very tricky water hazard. Phone: 919-550-1919

The third course is Pine Hollow Golf Club. This course is shorter than the other two, 6454 yards from the back tees, but do not let the length fool you; this is a tricky course. Phone: 919-553-4554.

Just outside of Benson is a 34-acre spring fed lake named Tucker Lake that is ideal for swimming and picnicking. There are diving boards, water slides and rope swings to make your day. This is an ideal outing for the whole family. Phone: 919-894-6090.

Neuse Adventure Canoe and Kayak trips down the Neuse River. What a great way to spend some quiet time with your significant other and nature. This is a terrific outing. Phone: 919-553-3295.

Surrounding Area Venues
Zebulon, 12 miles to the northwest, is home to the current Double A Southern League baseball champions, the Carolina Mudcats. The tickets range from $4.50 to $8.50 for a ballgame.

Wilson, 30 miles to the east of Clayton, is home to a significant number of fine antique dealers such as The antique Barn, Fulford Antique Warehouse, Bobby Langston Antiques, Boone’s Antiques and the Greater Wilson Antique Market (mall) to name a few. Wilson is home to America’s largest tobacco market and daily market tours are available for your enjoyment. The Wilson Rose Garden, an All America Rose Selections Public Garden that has over 1,100 rose plants for your enjoyment is located in the heart of Wilson.

Smithfield, 10 miles to the southeast, is Johnston County’s county seat, as well as the home to the Ava Gardner Museum and the Johnston County Heritage Center that houses several collections on local history and genealogy for the county.

Raleigh, 15 miles to the northwest, is the North Carolina State Capitol, and is where the Governor’s Executive Mansion is located. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Museum of History, Museum of Natural History, The Joel Lane Museum House and Haywood Hall are all located in downtown Raleigh. In addition, The Raleigh City Museum and Exploris (an interactive museum about the world) are also in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

All of these venues are well worth exploring and are quite enjoyable for a day trip around the Triangle.

Clayton Steakhouse – If you want a great aged Angus ribeye steak then this is the place to go to. The restaurant specializes in ribeyes, but also has a wonderful bone-in pork chop, a succulent “airline” chicken breast, and a mouth-watering salmon filet. The salad bar is the freshest around, offering 16 selections that are cut fresh daily. And do not leave without getting one of the delectable homemade desserts made by Betsy.
The restaurant offers a full top shelf bar, and some wonderful California wines to enjoy with your dinner. This is a “can’t miss” dining experience. And they are in the heart of downtown Clayton.

Mulberry on Main – If Italian cuisine is your choice for the evening then try this engaging restaurant, you will not be disappointed. Jerry Gubitosi and his family own and operate this establishment and have a wonderful array of authentic Italian dishes to whet your appetite. The family brings with them over 75 collective years of restaurant experience to their eating establishment and it truly shows with their fine cuisine. They are located on Main Street.

FesteJos Mexican Bar & Grill – This Tex-Mex eating establishment has all the right stuff to make you an excellent south of the border lunch dinner. And it is all made on site from scratch. You have to try their guacamole that is made right in front of you while you watch with mouth-watering impatience. And the taste is something out of this world. You cannot go wrong when ordering this appetizer.

The Flipside is a unique nightspot just down the street from the Inn. They serve lunch & dinner Tuesday through Saturday and have some of the finest light rock, folk and blue grass music around for you to enjoy on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Coffee Mill is a terrific place to get some of the best coffee in Johnston County. They also serve lunch Monday through Saturday with splendid menu you just have to try.

Highway 70 Corridor
Venero’s Pizzaria -  This family style restaurant has really terrific Italian food and plenty of it. This eatery is a Clayton staple and will continue to be for years to come. The home made sauces are to die for and you can imagine what it will do to the various pastas to make your dining experience a truly enjoyable one. You cannot go wrong here.

Skylines Café – This modern café depicts several skyline scenes of very famous US cities. And the cuisine that is served is truly delectable. The menu consists of seafood, chicken, pork and beef selections to choose from. In addition there are several  appetizers to get you ready for the main course. The wine list is very diversified and the bar is amply stocked with very nice selections to choose from.

McCall's Seafood & BBQ has a country style venue that is served either buffet style or ordered from their menu. All of the main dishes are fried cuisine, true southern cookin'.

La Cocina Mexican Restaurant has some of the most authentic Mexican food in North Carolina. The food is tasty and they are not frugal with their servings.

McKinley's Restaurant & Pub is a fun place to dine. It definitely has the atmosphere of an Irish pub. The menu selection is sure to have something that everyone will enjoy.

Pancho's serves Panamanian-Mexican style dishes that are truly unique and satisfying to ones taste buds.

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