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Welcome to 2018! We are excited to ring in a wonderful new year and here is how we plan to celebrate and spend the month of January:

New Year’s Eve: Though technically not in January, we thought it best to share how Raleigh regulars like to spend New Year’s Eve in the Triangle. If you would like an intimate celebration, our own restaurant Herons will be offering a four course dinner to help you ring in 2018, along with Capital Club 16, Death and Taxes, MOFU Shoppe, and more. If you are interested in heading out after dinner to enjoy other festivities, then head around the corner to Raleigh City Plaza to watch the famous acorn drop - we are the City of Oaks after all.

New Year’s Day: After a night of frivolity, we are ready to start 2018 with a great New Year’s Day brunch. Though it falls on a Monday, several restaurants will be open to satisfy your needs, including Herons, Beasley’s Chicken and Honey, and the Raleigh Times - who’s Bloody Mary has been an award winner for quite some time.

Inspiring Beauty- 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair: An incredible exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Ebony Fashion Fair covers 50 years of beauty, style, and empowerment with 40 amazing outfits from Dior, Givenchy, and Alexander McQueen to name a few. The exhibit will be available until January 21st, tickets are $15 for adults and can be purchased here.

Chinese Lantern Festival – While we mentioned this in our December blog, it is worth mentioning again in case you missed it over the holidays, as it will be on display through January 14th. More than 25 Chinese artisans and performers arrived in November to assemble these handmade lanterns, including the 21 feet tall and 200 feet long Chinese Dragon floating over Symphony lake. Details and tickets can be found here.

Triangle Restaurant Week: The Triangle has grown drastically over the last few years, but nothing compares to the culinary renaissance our city has experienced. A great way to try out some of these incredible new spots is during Restaurant Week from January 22 – 28. Our list this year includes Garland led by James Beard Semifinalist in 2017 Cheetie Kumar, Linus and Peppers for incredible sandwiches, and Vidrio for a fresh take on Mediterranean. More information available here.

Winter wonderland at Bond Park: We don’t always get snow in Raleigh, so to ensure we enjoy all the elements of winter, Bond Park will have a winter wonderland on January 26 – 27 that includes an amazing sledding hill covered with man made snow. No need to bring your own sled, as they will be provided to you. Details can be found here.

African American Cultural Celebration: As January winds to a close, we prepare to kick off Black History Month by celebrating at the 17th annual African American Cultural Celebration. This year’s event will feature more than 75 musicians, story tellers, dancers, authors, and more. This event takes place at the North Carolina Museum of History of January 27th beginning at 10:30 am. More details are available here.

For more events taking place this January, visit our friends at VisitRaleigh or speak with our Concierge at 919-447-4030.

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