Five “Must Visits” when Visiting Raleigh, NC

April 19, 2018

As a newbie to living in Raleigh, NC, I quickly started to explore the area to find things that any visitor would love to do. Here is my short list of “must visits” when enjoying Raleigh:

William B. Umstead State Park
This park has hiking and multi-use trails that start on both sides of the park and surround three manmade lakes. The largest lake is Big Lake, which has canoe and rowboat rentals. There are also picnic grounds, shelters with fireplaces that can be reserved and a tent campground that is open during summer months. My husband and I did a six mile hike here and it was a beautiful way get back to nature. With minimal hills, the hike isn’t too difficult and the trails aren’t too busy. 8801 Glenwood Ave, RaleighNC 27617; 919.571.4170

Tuesday Night Music at Raleigh Times
The first night we arrived in Raleigh, happened to be Raleigh Times’ Beer and Banjos night. Housed in a 100 year old building that once published a few different newspapers, this bar with tons of history, has free live music every Tuesday from 7:30 – 10:30 pm in the upstairs bar.  It’s a great night to relax, grab some drinks, (Try an Old Fashioned or their Sangria) listen to great music, and make new friends. 14 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.833.0999

Brewery Bhavana
So you think you need to visit NYC or LA for some of the best restaurants in the world? Think again. Voted one of the 10 Coolest Places to Eat in 2018 in Forbes, Brewery Bhavana is a beer meets dim sum meets library meets flower shop. Their private production brewery makes 10 core beers and a growing number of provisional offerings to fill their 40 taps. To pair with their beer, order up dishes like Pork Bao, pan-fried buns stuffed with braised pork and black mushrooms; Seafood Dumplings with lobster, shrimp, scallop, and cabbage served in garlic and black mushroom sauce; or my favorite the Lo Mein Noodles with julienned shiitake mushrooms, choy sum greens, soy sauce, and your choice of Char Siu pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, or tofu. Beneath the skylight and the fig trees, you will also find their retail shop that has book, flowers, magazines, newspapers, and journals that have been thoughtfully curated to cultivate conversation. Make your reservation now (trust me). 218 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.829.9998

North Carolina Museum of Art
Here you will find tours, workshops, exhibits, a nature hike in their park, and Iris their amazing restaurant (great for brunch). Admission to the museum is free and there is a charge for some special exhibitions and programs, such as concerts, films, classes, and performances. The grounds and park are as beautiful as the works you will find inside and a great way to spend a sunny day. If you are looking for more of a night out, visit Iris after Dark, an evening experience happening every Friday starting at 5:30 pm. Enjoy a selection of small plates, their extended wine and beer selection, and music of local DJs and musicians. Day or night, the North Carolina Museum of Art is a great place to visit. 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607; 919.839.6262

Sunday Funday at Boxcar Bar + Arcade
Looking for a Sunday of letting loose? Head over to Raleigh’s Warehouse District and visit Boxcar for a day of over 100 arcade games, $1 mimosas, $10 bottles, and $5 pints. If games aren’t your thing, they have a low key dog friendly patio for you to enjoy with friends. They also have free weekly tournaments and live music through out the week. 330 West Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.803.2796

By Whitney

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