Cary Amtrak Station hosts National Train Day and Havana Grill


Cary Amtrak Station hosts National Train Day

Cary Amtrak Station

 This past weekend was an exciting and new event in downtown Cary, National Train Day!  The Heart of Cary Association partnered with Amtrak and the Town of Cary to host this FIRST TIME event at the Downtown Cary Railroad Station. (held at the beautiful new Cary Amtrak Station)  We were hoping to get there a little early because The North Carolina Railroad Company was handing out Train Whistles for the first 200-children, however, we didn’t make it in time and from what I heard…the 200 whistles were given out in less than 5-minutes!  Amtrak was handing out cute paper train Conductor Hats to all of the kids, Trent wore his but Mark didn’t care for it.  Go figure!  The Cary Town Band was present and they preformed selections from their Planes, Trains & Automobiles repertoire as the Amtrak Carolinian train #80 arrived (we got there JUST IN TIME to see the train pull into the Cary Amtrak station).

Train Arriving

  There was plenty of food vendors and tables around, selling everything from coffee to burgers.  Keith Bliss spoke on behalf of the Heart of Cary Association and several other dignitaries were introduced.  We saw lots of friends and our kids had a fun time walking around and seeing the festivities at the Cary Amtrak Station.  Next year they need to include a microphone and a few more things for the kids to do (bounce house, kid-play area, clown, etc.)  There was a Princes and Pirate kid face paint area, but we skipped that since Trent was having a baseball game later that day.  It was really cool to see the inside of the Cary Amtrak station, first time I had been inside since the remodeling had been completed.  They were giving away a trip for one lucky family-of-4 for a trip ANYWHERE that Amtrak travels on the East Coast…I haven’t gotten a winning call/email yet, so guessing that we didn’t win.  Bummer! 

Keith Bliss & Heart of Cary Assoc.

Blake and I did a Amtrak trip years ago and had a nice time.  We also traveled by train for several trips during my years at ECU and for a relaxing time…the Amtrak is the way to go!  Inside of the Cary Amtrak Station there was a cool train display by The Carolina Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA).  The boys really enjoyed looking at the different train models.  The Cary Creative Center had a booth set-up where kids could make their own train-related items; they had a train made out of cracker boxes (as the railroad cars) and water bottle caps (as the wheels).

Cary Creative Center



After the festivities we took advantages of being out on such a nice day, so we walked around downtown Cary.  It is amazing the things you see when you are walking (compared to the things you DON’T get to see because you are driving).  We waved through the door to our client, Bridgette Bordonaro, owner of Beautimous Beads.  We started to go in and say hello, but figured Mark would be a hazard inside.  She has such beautiful stuff, love her store!   We spent sometime looking around inside of Ashworth Drugs and my father-in-law got my mother-in-law a lovely Mother’s Day card as well as a cute little furry creature that makes squeaky noises.  Cute. 

Lunch at Havana Grill

We then walked about ¼ of a mile to a delicious restaurant, Havana Grill!  It is a Cuban restaurant and has been open for about 5 ½ years.  I’ve never been but had heard it was a good place to eat.  It was very appealing to us because of the great outdoor eating area and it had room for the kids to play.  The Havana Grill is known for their Authentic Cuban Cuisine and the owner, Robert (I think is his name) was very friendly, took our order (it is a pay & seat yourself) and brought our food out to us.  They have Family Karaoke Night every Friday (hmmm…wonder if they would let me butcher some Bon Jovi over karaoke???), Zumba classes and also “Dance Under the Stars” on Saturday nights with Salsa, Disco, and more (my parents would LOVE that). 

Awesome outdoor patio at Havana Grill

Their outdoor patio is amazing; our boys had so much fun playing out there.  It was packed inside and out by the time we were leaving.  We’ll be back soon to eat!  Oh yeah, we had the Cuban hamburgers and they were very tasty and very different!  Never been? You gotta go!  And check out the Cary Amtrak Station while you are in downtown Cary too!    Havana Grill on Urbanspoon


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