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Ah, Valentine’s day, you either love it or you hate it. But if you hate it because you can’t think of the perfect gift, we might be able to help. Whether you are shopping for yourself, your friends, or the special person in your life, here are a few of our favorite things everyone can enjoy straight from our Gift Shop:

Chocolate: If you want to go the traditional chocolate route, kick it up a notch with the Francois Pralus chocolate bars. These pure origin bars are thick and full of decadence, from the almond to pistachio, we love them all. The price point is higher than your average Hershey, but once you taste it you’ll understand why.

How about the gift of a good night’s sleep? That may not sound romantic, but as I get older, I just want to sit back, breath deep, and relax. Slip into a Peruvian cotton bathrobe lined with plush terry or a pair of silken pajamas, and let your head sink into a luxurious king size feather pillow. Paired with our signature sheets, you can bring The Umstead home with you.

Wine or Champagne: a bottle of our custom blended Pinot Noir or Aubrey Champagne is a wonderful way to celebrate. You can extend the celebration with a Coravin and enjoy not only our bottles but any bottles by the glass without worrying about ruining it for later.

Custom gift basket: Let us help you create the perfect gift basket. Add a few house made bon bons, a botanical spa product, perhaps earrings from Alexis Bittar or candle from Dayna Decker. With a wide selection for you to choose from, we can arrange it all together beautifully for you.

Still at a loss? Grab a gift card and call it a day. Our gift cards come in any dollar amount you prefer, never expire, and can be used anywhere. Let them decide how to indulge.

For more options, visit our Gift Shop. This jewel box of delights is filled with clothing, accessories, artwork, and more. You won’t leave empty handed.




We hope everyone has had a great start to 2017! The weather has been a little abnormal, even for us, but we can’t complain about those 65 degree days when we can sit on the terrace for evening cocktails. It looks like we may have a few more throughout the month of February, so we sure to take advantage while you can! Here are a few other activities to take advantage of this month too:

Umstead Uncorked Wine Tasting: We are traveling to Portugal this month with our next Umstead Uncorked. With Portugal’s cool green mountains and warm maritime vineyards, it continues to produce unique and contrasting wines. Join us Wednesday, February 8th for this pre-Valentine’s Day wine tasting as we sample a range from crisp dry whites to elegant and smooth reds. Tickets available at 919-447-4050.

Valentine’s Day dinner: With Valentine’s Day falling on Tuesday this year, we are extending the celebration to begin the Friday beforehand. Our special four course menu created by Executive Chef Steven Greene and Pastry Chef Jonathan Fisher was designed with romance in mind. Available Friday, February 10th, Saturday February 11th, Monday February 13th and Tuesday February 14th, reservations can be made at 919-447-4050. Make an evening of it with our overnight accommodations or special packages.

Do you think winter is over or just beginning? Find out what Sir Walter Wally thinks on February 2nd at the North Carolina Museum of Sciences. Then take a stroll through the museum, which is complimentary to the public. Our favorite feature is the dry rain forest with butterflies floating around you. A great way to spend the afternoon. Details here.

February marks Black History Month, so head downtown Raleigh to Fayetteville Street for the 15th Annual NC MLK-Black History Month Parade and Step Show on February 4th. The Divine Nine will be serving as Grand Marshals with the theme as “Remaining Awake Through the Great Revolution.” More information can be found here.

To go with the warm weather, we are going to take a trip under the sea with the Carolina Ballet’s production of The Little Mermaid. Open February 2nd to 19th, this incredible performance is taking place at the Fletcher Opera House Theater downtown. Details and ticket information is available here.

Compliments of the house: Be sure to speak with our concierge about the wonderful amenities The Umstead has to offer, including complimentary video rental.  Just pop by the desk to see what they have or contact them at 919-447-4030.

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe another year has come and gone. As we wrap up the holidays, we are looking forward to relaxing this month. With the weather turning drastically colder - and possible snow on the way - here is how you will find us making the most of January:

The Umstead Uncorked wine tasting series is back! Beginning on January 11th, enjoy a Celebration in Sparkling with a variety of champagnes and sparkling wines for any occasion. Then on January 25th, take a Trip to Spain. With its long history of wine you will taste vintages from all over the country. Tickets are $40 per person, per event, and are all inclusive. More information available here.

Whether you are a millennial or not, we all are dependent on our cell phones and other technology, much to our dismay. To help with this, Elizabeth Trinkaus of Pinnacle View joins us on January 18th for a Digital Detox Lecture. With simple tools, Elizabeth will teach us easy ways to de-stress, relax, and recharge. Tickets can be purchased at 919-447-4050, more information available here.

It's the Year of the Rooster! Celebrate the Chinese New Year on January 28th with the new year festival at the State Fairgrounds. With food, performances, puppet shows, crafts, and kids' activities, there is something for everyone. More information can be found here. You can also head over to Kokabooth Amphitheater between January 1st and January 15th and enjoy the Chinese Lantern Festival. More information available here.

Compliments of the House: to help you slow down, take advantage of our complimentary yoga each Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 am. Speak with our Concierge for more details at 919-447-4030.



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