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It is hard to believe it’s already November and the holidays are right around the corner. We are looking forward to the final leaves changing, gaining that extra hour of sleep with Daylight Savings, and savoring the season with those closest to us. If you are looking for where to go this month with your loved ones, we’ve got you covered:

The month of December, Executive Chef Steven Greene is cooking up something coveted with an exclusive White Truffle Kaiseki Dinner. Eight courses featuring the most delicate and rare truffle in the world, providing a sensory experience unlike any other. Specially imported directly from Italy, these illusive truffles can only be found at years end. This exquisite menu is available nightly, but tickets much be purchased in advance and can be done so at 919-447-4050. Full menu available here.

The North Carolina Museum of Art celebrates the parks expansion on Sunday, November 6. With new spaces and gardens, art installations, workshops, art walks, music and food trucks, this outdoor event is the perfect way to spend what looks to be a beautiful Sunday. Event begins at 1:00 pm and is free to the public, but be sure to give yourself enough time to park as it is anticipated to be quite busy. After perusing the outdoor gardens, be sure to head inside to view the free exhibits throughout, or purchase tickets to the current Rolling Art Deco Cars exhibit. More information here.

For the first time in over a decade, the J.C. Raulston Arboretum will be open after dark for its Moonlight in the Garden event on November 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th. Thousands of luminaries light the way through the botanical gardens with warm cider, fire pits, food trucks, and live entertainment to add to the occasion. This is one you won’t want to miss. More information here.

We are starting our holiday shopping early this year, and plan on heading to the Carolina Artisan Craft Market November 11th to 13th in downtown Raleigh. North Carolina artists from all over the state come together for this annual event. Filled with ceramics, glass, jewelry, leather goods, mixed media, and more, this is perfect for first time art buyers, experienced collectors, or those looking for a unique gift. Tickets are $10 per person, with the proceeds going to the Carolina Craftsmen Guild non-profit, more information can be found here.

The weekend of November 18, we are headed out to Seagrove North Carolina for the 9th Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters! Just over an hour away, this eclectic town will be celebrating all the artists of Seagrove, with pottery, demonstrations, and plenty of food trucks. After touring Seagrove, head back to the property and enjoy a self-led art tour of our 100 piece collection, including pieces by Seagrove potter Ben Owen III. Parking is free, more information and directions can be found here.

On Saturday, November 19, the annual Raleigh Christmas Parade heads down Hillsborough street in downtown Raleigh and makes its way through the town. This is the largest Christmas parade between Washington DC and Atlanta, so grab your complimentary coffee from the bar and lounge and get downtown before the 9:40 am kick off! More information and route available here.

After the parade, head over to the North Carolina History Museum for the 21st Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration. This incredibly popular event includes musicians, artists, dancers, storytellers and authors from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes. Learn about Native American culture through demonstrations and hands on activities, just in time for Thanksgiving. More information can be found here.

Compliments of the house: while this isn’t on the house at the hotel, it is free of charge to visit. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Downtown Raleigh never disappoints. This seven story maze of science is a-maze-ing, and somewhere you will always find the locals visiting, no matter how many times they’ve been. Best of all, it is across the street from the History Museum, so you might as well pop in after the American Indian Heritage Celebration. Be sure to stop by the tropical dry rain forest to enjoy the butterflies fluttering around you and of course to see the sloth!


As we move into November with the holiday season nearly upon us, we grasp at our last days of warmth before the cold sets in. Most of us in the south like to avoid the cold, but with so many great things to do, I like to head out and embrace it! Here are a list of what we recommend to take advantage of this month:

Hotel Events
Seasonal Spa Treatments: As seasons change, so do our habits and skin care routines. When you just want to curl up and relax, the Umstead Spa has you covered in these seasonal treatments. Approach your skin care from the inside out with our organic De La Terre facial, designed specifically for the autumn. Banish stress and hydrate the skin in our Monarch ritual, a soothing body exfoliation and wrap. Or release toxins and tension with our compression ball massage in the Piedmont experience. Let the Umstead Spa prepare you for the season.

Local Fare
The North Carolina Museum of Art: Featuring not one but two incredible exhibits, ticketed together. Go see the Worlds of M. C. Eshcer: Nature Science and Imagination, a compilation of over 130 woodcuts, lithographs, wood engravings, and mezzotints, in addition to other drawings, watercolors, woodblocks, and lithographic stones never before exhibited. The exhibit covers this incredible Dutch graphic artist’s entire career. But don’t stop there! You also receive entrance to the Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind exhibit. The Codex Leicester is a 500 year old notebook and is made up of rough sketches, drawings, and notes written in the artists famed “mirror handwriting”. Adult tickets are $18 per person can be purchased here.

Wine Festival: On November 7, amongst the cobblestone streets of Raleigh’s downtown city market will be the North Carolina Wine Festival. Showcasing North Carolina wines and more, there will also be local food pairings, artist exhibits, and live entertainment. Tickets are $32 per person and can be purchased here.

Raleigh Christmas Parade and Outdoor Ice Rink: On November 21, the annual WRAL Christmas Parade takes off in downtown Raleigh at 9:40am, followed by the opening of the outdoor ice rink, located at the City Plaza on Fayetteville Street. Tickets are $10 and include skate rental. A must for all locals and visitors alike.

Compliments of the house:
With day light savings time granting us an extra hour, we are making the most of it in our spa! All our hotel guests receive complimentary usage of the sauna, steam room, whirlpool, outdoor current pool, and relaxation lounges. A delicious cup of earl grey tea is essential, as the bergamot is perfect for the changing seasons, balancing the mind and body.

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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