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Driving around this weekend, we couldn’t have been more excited to see the array of pumpkins being set out and the leaves showing their first hint of color. North Carolina is a great place to be in autumn, after all Raleigh isn’t called the City of Oaks for nothing! Here is what we recommend to start your fall off with a bang:

  • Savor all those incredible root vegetables, gourds and greens with the new autumn menus in Herons. Executive Chef Steven Green and his incredible team have created new menus that will excite the taste buds, with dishes such as lobster in parsnip soup to start or our fowl course including quail, squab and duck combined with persimmon and white poppy. Finish with the fruit of the cocoa or our Pyranese cheese course created by Executive Pastry Chef Jonathan Fisher. Are you salivating yet? Menus begin changing Monday, October 3. Book your reservation here or at 919-447-4050.
  • The Umstead Spa is also highlighting the benefits of Turmeric this fall in their Featured Fall Treatments. Known for its antioxidant and detoxifying properties, it is a perfect way to renew your mind and body for the new season. Enjoy a Therapeutic Massage with the addition of turmeric and black pepper oil to help reduce arthritic and muscular discomfort or our Piedmont Experience which utilizes warmed aromatic Thai Balls filled with turmeric and a variety of other herbs and spices to clear the mind and release tension in the body. Be sure to place your Thai Balls in your shower or bath to make the most of the aromatics at home and continue the experience.
  • Opening October 1st is the Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cards from the 1920’s to 40’s exhibit at the North Carolina Art Museum. Taking a cue from the arts movement overseas, the ever evolving automobile was the perfect way to showcase the combination of decorative arts and industrial design synonymous with the art deco period. The exhibit shows off motorcycles, coupes and convertibles, each handcrafted and unique to this decadent time. For details or tickets, click here.
  • Though Halloween isn’t until the end of the month, you can go ahead and enjoy the festivities beginning October 6 with Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park showing of Dracula. Led by Ira David Wood III, this adaptation of Bram Stoker’s most famous vampire includes all the familiar characters and explores hidden secrets underneath the false surface of Victorian society. A widely popular show, get your tickets early here.
  • It wouldn’t be October without the North Carolina State Fair, opening its gates on October 13! We love the games, rides, livestock, and exhibits, but what everyone really goes for is the food. Funnel cakes, roasted corn, ham biscuits, deep fried everything including mac – and – cheese, PB and J, snickers, it’s all there; we’ve even seen a doughnut burger! The nights finish with a fireworks show, it’s not one to be missed. More information here.
  • After indulging in the all American fare at the fair, head over to the Raleigh Convention Center on October 14th to 16th for the 31st International Festival of Raleigh. Enjoy food from around the world, cooking demonstrations, and a variety of performances including Turkish Belly Dancing, a Japanese Tea ceremony, and more. A great event bringing together so many cultures makes for a perfect weekend in Raleigh.
  • If you want to focus on just one culture, try out the Diwali Festival on October 15 at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over dark, and the beginning of the New Year. With Yatra: A Journey In Time as its theme, the Cary Diwali will take you on an incredible journey through time as you celebrate India’s rich heritage and culture. Free general admission with parking at $5, more information can be found here.
  • Once you’ve had your cultural fill, be sure to take advantage of the Nocturnal by Night event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on October 27th. This adult only event gives you the chance to see the museum in a whole new (moon)light. Beginning at 7:00 pm, enjoy music and drinks as you make your way through the “Hall of Oddities”, perfect your “Thriller” dance moves with the Elevate zombies, and glow in the dark with the help of bioluminescence. Tickets available here.
  • For you sports enthusiasts out there, our North Carolina Hurricanes kick off the NHL season on October 28th against the New York Rangers. With the PNC Arena right next door, you won’t want to miss the only professional sports team in North Carolina show those New Yorkers how we play hockey down south. Click here for tickets.

Compliments of house: bringing the kids along for your next trip? Enjoy complimentary game console rental with plenty of games to choose from, or bring your own from home and use our system to play here! Speak with our concierge for more details.





KEYS TO THE CITY: Unlock the Month

It's finally fall! We can wave goodbye to the summer heat and look forward to crisp mornings, cool nights, and the beautiful trees changing around us. There is no better time to be in North Carolina than the fall, here are a few reasons why this month:

Hotel Events
Artisan Confections: On October 25, Executive Pastry Chef, Evan Sheridan, is partnering up with Counter Culture Coffee in this installment of our Artisan Confections series. Join us as Counter Culture walks us through a coffee tasting “cupping” experience, complemented with a presentation of Evan's beautifully composed desserts, including a coffee-caramel tartlette and triple vanilla ice cream. Tickets are $65 per person, all inclusive, and can be purchased at 919-447-4050

The Umstead Uncorked: This month’s wine event is on October 29 and all about the art of deductive tasting. More commonly known as blind tasting, deductive tasting is a method utilized by sommeliers and members of the wine trade to hone their palates. To the public eye, this might be perceived as a trick or a feat requiring a naturally talented palate, but with some guidance and training, anyone can utilize the methodology of deductive tasting to better one’s palate. On this evening, our sommelier will walk you through this process and provide guidance. This event will held in a more classroom style setting with bread, fruit, and cheese to be offered on the side to reset one’s palate. Tickets are $40 all inclusive and can be made at 919-447-4050.

Local Fare
Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival: Taking place on Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd, the Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest is packed full of music, dancing, food, art, and of course, NC BBQ. Over 50 bands will be playing between 5 stages throughout downtown Raleigh over those 2 days in conjunction with the Whole Hog Barbecue Championship. NC Barbeque at its finest!

20th Annual World Beer Festival: NC is all about the beer, with numerous micro breweries and a world record breaking Beer Garden what better way to learn about it all then at the 20th Annual World Beer Festival in Durham on October 9th and 10th. Tickets begin at $30.

Bring the Kids!
Down and Derby Soap Box Race: Check out an old fashioned soap box derby race in Downtown Raleigh on October 10. Individuals and businesses hand build their own cars and compete for more than first place, with awards to the most creative cars too! This family friendly event will have entertainment and vendors alike scattered along the course as well as the antique and race car displays provided by sponsor Sir Walter Chevrolet.

Bat Basics: On Thursday, October 15 6pm to 7pm, learn how this misunderstood creature navigates our night sky while you observe it in action at The Umstead State park. Reservations are required but free and can be made at 919-571-4170.

NC State Fair: It’s fair season again! Time to try deep fried foods you never thought you could deep fry, play games, see the animals, and of course, all those rides! The fair runs daily from October 15 through October 25, $10 for adults, $5 for children

Compliments of the House:
Now that fall has begun, take advantage of the cooling weather and the gorgeous outdoors. Try our complimentary yoga outdoors on the weekends or enjoy a hike in our neighboring Umstead State Park. We have bikes available for rental, also complimentary, if that’s more your speed (pun intended).

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

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