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May is in full bloom at the Umstead as we say so long to those April showers and hello gorgeous flowers! And as we look to celebrate all the wonderful Mother’s in our lives and say congratulations to the graduates, we are also excited about all the great events going on this month. Here are our recommendations for enjoying Raleigh!

At the Hotel

Bike tour: May is bike month, and to make the most of it, each weekend we will be offering complimentary bike tours where you can view our culinary plot, One Oak Farm, hear of our sustainability efforts and view the outdoor art pieces throughout SAS Campus and our property. Sign up at the concierge desk for this leisurely ride.

Special Mother’s Day Pedicure: Mother’s deserve more than just a day, so all month long we are offering a special Mother’s Day Rose Petal Luxury pedicure in our spa. Sip champagne and enjoy a rose petal foot soak, followed by a rose cream mask on the feet and legs. Top it off with your choice of a buff or polish, the perfect luxurious way to spend time with Mom. Appointments available at 919-447-4050.

Gallery Opening: We are excited to welcome Elena Madden as our newest gallery artist! Join us on Wednesday, May 4 for a wine reception for her opening of the exhibit “Immersion”. Her fusion of vibrant hues displays the ways in which light, water and motion complement one another, allowing spectators to deeply appreciate the raw beauty of the calm seas. Reservations available at 919.447.4050.

Umstead Uncorked: On May 19 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris, the pivotal tasting that changed the worlds perception of California wines and how they compared to standard bearers of the time in 1976. Join us for May’s Umstead Uncorked and see if you are on Team Paris or Team California in this blind tasting. Tickets available at 919.447.4050

In Our Area

Humber lecture- Impressionism in America: On May 15, head over to the North Carolina Museum of Art for a complimentary lecture on Impressionism in America. This illustrated lecture introduces the avid American Collectors who brought the French pieces to the United States, and the American painters, such as Childe Hassam, who were inspired by it. Tickets can be purchased here.

Artsplosure: May 20 and 21, downtown Raleigh is exploding with Art for the annual Artsplosure festival. This eclectic blending of visual artists, performers, installations and market showcase quality art and is perfect for all ages. Information can be found here.

Pork Out BBQ Contest and Festival: We North Carolinians are quite particular about our Barbecue and love to debate you on it. So head over to Lafayette Village in Raleigh and check out the BBQ contest and festival and see which you prefer – though we all know the best is vinegar based! Details can be found here.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest: Another great complimentary event is the hot air balloon festival going on May 27. This incredible display delights all as you watch the balloons ascend followed by an evening balloon “glow” just after sunset. For the adventurous ones out there, tethered balloon rides are also available with the proceeds benefitting charities. Click here for more information.

Compliments: Create your own bike tour with our complimentary bike rentals and cruise around the lake or down to Umstead State Park and see all the beautiful greenery around us. A great way to disconnect for a while and relax.

Looking for more? Talk to our concierge at or give them a call at 919-447-4030. They are the best keys to unlocking the city.

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