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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.

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