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Hello March! Spring is springing all around us, and we are excited to enjoy the budding flowers and warmer weather approaching. We plan to make the most of the extra hour of daylight this month at these fun events:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: Celebrate Irish and Celtic traditions Raleigh’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on March 17th. The parade begins at 10:00 am, followed by the festival in City Plaza after. With live music, dancing, vendors and activities, there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Details can be found here.

Umstead Uncorked: Join us in the Fireplace Lounge on March 21st for an Umstead Uncorked Wine Tasting featuring Pinot Noir. Thought to be more than 2000 years old, Pinot Noir is considered one of the "founder varieties." In this tasting we will be exploring this diverse grape in addition to new, upcoming regions.  Event begins at 6:00 pm, tickets are $40 all-inclusive and can be purchased at 919-447-4050.

Art in Bloom: The North Carolina Art Museum’s annual Art in Bloom weekend begins Thursday, March 22nd. This beautiful display features more than 50 artful floral arrangements inspired by the unique pieces in their collection. Be sure to pick up a scavenger hunt card for clues to find fragrant flowers and hidden treasures throughout the galleries. Then, visit Herons for lunch and enjoy an Art in Bloom inspired dessert created by Pastry Chef, Jonathan Fisher. Tickets are available here.

Easter Egg Hunt: Who says kids get to have all the fun? Visit Dorothea Dix on March 25th for a kid-free Easter Egg hunt. Event includes lawn games, inflatables, and over 10,000 eggs to hunt. Bring a picnic basket or enjoy one of the food trucks onsite. Details are available here.

Looking for more? Visit our friends at Visit Raleigh for more events, activities, and incredible Raleigh destinations.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and at The Umstead we have plenty of gift ideas. From packages and specials to The Gift Shop, wow your special someone at The Umstead.

The By Design Package: Our most flexible package, this special includes your overnight stay and a $200 property credit. Most immediately gravitate to use the credit in The Spa or Herons, but you don’t have to. Use it towards rose petals and candles at turndown, chocolate covered strawberries and champagne upon arrival, or a beautiful bouquet of flowers. You could also go shopping in The Gift Shop, with a wide selection of jewelry from designers, such as Alexis Bittar, Philippa Roberts, and Sarah Richardson. We can even have it gift wrapped and waiting in the room or delivered to you at dinner. The options are endless.

The Umstead Experience: For those who are looking for something more “all-inclusive” this is the way to go. One reservation includes the best of The Umstead. Relax in your room with a hand selected amenity, such as house made chocolates or macarons. Then head to The Spa, where you can enjoy the sauna, steam room, and whirlpool before your treatments. Perhaps you want a massage and your accompanying guest wants a facial, or maybe you both want a couple’s massage, the choice is yours! You also receive access to use the spa facilities during the entirety of your stay, regardless of when your treatments are. Then head into Herons, one of only 62 Forbes Five Star restaurants in the world for a 3-course dinner with wine pairings. Should you want to add anything additional, such breakfast in the morning or an extended spa treatment, go ahead, you will only be charged the difference.

The Gift Shop: In addition to a beautiful selection of jewelry, The Gift Shop also features plenty of classic Valentine’s Day gifts. Chocolate boxes created by our own Pastry Chef, Jonathan Fisher, with our special blend of chocolate straight from Paris, France. Simple floral arrangements and precious stuffed animals are always a success. The Shop also creates custom gift baskets filled with your preferences, such as a bottle of our custom-blended Pinot Noir or Champagne, a luxurious spa robe and botanical body products. The Gift Shop is open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm and provides complimentary gift wrapping.

Umstead Gift Cards: When in doubt, go with a gift card. A personal favorite of mine, this gives the option to have whatever you want whenever you want it. I love the freedom to choose if I really want that massage or if a manicure and pedicure is better suited, and it can meet my scheduling needs. Or I can go and buy the bracelet I’ve had my eye on. Plus, they never expire, so you can use it anytime you want.

Need more ideas? Pop by The Umstead anytime and speak with one of our many wonderful associates. We are always happy to help you make the most of your stay and choose the perfect gift.

As we enter February, Raleigh begins to waken up again after a quiet January, especially in the arts with new exhibits and shows. Here are a few great ways to make the most of Raleigh in February:

Romeo and Juliet: If you are looking for a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day, consider a trip to see Shakespeare’s famous forbidden romance performed by the Carolina Ballet. Enjoy the drama, action, and heartbreak surrounding these star-crossed lovers in a story filled with sword fights, illustrious costumes, incredible scenery, and stunning dance. Performances available daily from February 1st to 18th, more details available here.

Mardi Gras at the Museum: Head to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for another of their fun adult nights on February 9th. This big easy bash features beer, wine, cocktails, and food along with dancing and Fat Tuesday inspired exhibits. Details and tickets can be found here.

Black History Month: February brings with it Black History Month, and to celebrate the many contributions of African Americans in North Carolina history, we are heading to the North Carolina Museum of History for special led tours through various exhibits highlighting these contributions. Available February 10th and February 24th, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, with more information here.

North Carolina Symphony: Perfect for the whole family, visit the North Carolina Symphony February 23rd to 25th to see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in high definition while the North Carolina Symphony performs the scores from the film. Relive the magical adventure of talking spiders, scolding letters, and giant snakes all over again. Tickets available here.

Thrillers! An Evening with Authors John Grisham and John Hart: Enjoy an evening with authors John Grisham and John Hart on February 23rd and have a candid conversation about the imagination and creativity of writing thrillers. All tickets include a signed copy of Hart’s newest release, The Hush, prior to it’s February 27th release and event proceeds benefit the Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in support of dinosaur research and education. Event details and tickets can be found here.

For other great ideas of how to spend your time in the Triangle, visit our friends at Visit Raleigh, or speak to our Concierge at 919-447-4030.

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