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No matter how you plan to spend this Valentine’s Day, we have the perfect gift list to show anyone – including yourself – how much you love them. 

  • Loungewear by PJ Harlow:  This luxurious California brand creates buttery soft knits and silky satin loungewear designed to sooth and pamper the body.  The entire collection is made in the USA and is machine washable for ease.  Surround yourself in softness for the day, the night, or anytime you want to relax.
  • Neuhaus Chocolates: Dive into a box of Belgium chocolates from Neuhaus. Send a love letter with the 15-piece Love Letter Box or take a tour of Belgium with the Discovery Box, a range and variety of gourmet chocolates in milk, dark, and white. Share a special moment with the Romantic Sharing Box, designed specifically with two of each piece to enjoy together (even if you are simply sharing with yourself). Other box options available.
  • Designer Jewelry: Explore our jewelry case, currently filled with sparkling finery by Alexis Bittar, Philippa Roberts, Sarah Richardson and more. These timeless rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings will make any eyes glitter upon opening.
  • Spa Products: Bring The Umstead Spa home with you with one of our soothing body products.  From body wash, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and more, the scent of lavender and mint calms the mind and invigorates the senses in the comfort of your home. 
  • Custom Gift Baskets:  Can’t make up your mind? Include your favorites with a custom gift basket made to order.  Fill yours with a bottle of The Umstead Cuvée Pinot Noir, truffles, body products, jewelry, or whatever you prefer and let us combine it all to create the perfect gift.
  • Gift Cards: Still unsure? Let your loved one decide with an Umstead Gift Card.  Available in any dollar denomination, these cards never expire and may be used in any of the hotel outlets, including The Gift Shop, Herons Restaurant, The Spa, overnight accommodations, Afternoon Tea, and more.  Visit The Concierge Desk in the hotel lobby, or purchase a gift card online here.

The Umstead Gift Shop is open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm or visit our online shop here.  To contact The Gift Shop, kindly call 919-447-4065. 

February is here, though it may not feel like it!  North Carolina winter weather is always unpredictable – they are calling for 70 degree temperatures next week but a snow storm could rear its head before the month is over.  Regardless of how the weather looks outside, here are our favorite events this month we are most looking forward to:

  • NHL Hockey: Our Carolina Hurricanes are back at it this month, facing off against the Vegas Golden Nights on February 1st, the Calgary Flames on February 3rd, the Edmonton Oilers on February 15th, The Dallas Stars on February 16th, the New York Rangers on February 19th, and the LA Kings on February 26thTicket information can be found here.
  • Krispy Kreme challenge: The Krispy Kreme donut shop downtown is a bit of an institution in Raleigh – all the locals know when the light is on, the donuts are hot and waiting for you.  So each year The Krispy Kreme Challenge makes a marathon out of its notoriety.  On February 2nd, runners will line up at the NC State bell tower and run 2.5 miles to the downtown Krispy Kreme where they must eat a dozen donuts before running the 2.5 miles back – all within an hour.  While you can participate at a more leisure pace (and without the 2400 calorie intake), the marathon is worth seeing even if just from the sidelines. More information can be found here.
  • Valentine’s Day dinner in Herons: Celebrate Valentine’s day with a four-course dinner in the intimate atmosphere of Herons.  Created by Chef Steven Greene and his counterpart, Pastry Chef Jonathan Fisher, this special menu will be available Thursday, February 14th through Saturday February 16th.  Reserve your table at 919-447-4050.     
  • Science Museum Speakeasy:  The Natural Science Museum – North Carolina’s most visited location – is having another adult night event “Speakeasy” this February 22nd.  This 21 and over only event features music from Sidecar Social Club and will have beer, wine, cocktails, and food available for purchase.  You can also learn about Prohibition in North Carolina, test your chemical sense, test your 20’s slang, and crack the bootleggers code.  Event begins at 7:00 pm, tickets and additional information available here.
  • Lecture: “Hamilton- How the Musical Remixes American History”: Visit the North Carolina Museum of Art on February 23rd for a lecture about one of the country’s most popular new musicals. Led by Richard Bell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, this event discusses what the show got right as well as elements of Hamilton’s life not mentioned in the musical, along with how our history is told through arts, music, and visual displays.  Be sure to view the presidential portraits in the NCMA’s American Galleries while there.  Ticket information and additional information available here.

Looking for more? Visit our friends at VisitRaleigh for a full calendar of events for this month, or speak with our Concierge at 919-447-4030.

Welcome to 2019!  As we begin another wonderful year, here is how we plan to spend our post-holiday time this month. 

  • Chinese Lantern Festival – Although we mentioned this in our December roundup, it is worth mentioning again.  Thousands of LED lights come to life in this lightshow wonderland of larger-than-life lanterns.  The forest floor it littered with lotus flower blooms while an enormous cherry blossom tree filled with pandas change colors and a drum echoes throughout.  Event opens at 6pm and closes its doors at 10pm, Tuesday through Sunday with its last night on January 13th
  • The Beyond: Georgia OKeefe and Contemporary Art – One of America’s most influential artists, Georgia O’Keefe’s exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art is on display until this month until the 20th. Recognized for her visual interpretations of the world, this collection of over 35 pieces showcases her use of abstraction and color in her large-scale flower, city skyscrapers, landscapes and more. 
  • Triangle Restaurant Week - Giving us a great excuse to get out in this cold weather and enjoy a few new eateries, the Triangle Restaurant Week returns January 21st to 27th.  Some of our favorite restaurants are offering special, three-course menu options at fixed pricing, including Coquette Brasserie, Garland, and Royale in Raleigh.  Or make it a culinary day trip! Grab the train downtown to Durham and try out Dashi, Mateo, or Parizade. 
  • Winter Wonderland at Bond Park – If you missed our (unusual) December snow, you can relive the experience at the Winter Wonderland at Bond Park January 25th and 26th.  Bundle up tight and enjoy sledding down the man-made snow-covered hill in Bond Park, with snow tubes provided.  Be sure to register in advance, ages 5 and up.  Options are available for parents to accompany younger children as well. 
  • North Carolina Opera: Carmen – Considered one of the worlds most -performed operas, Carmen comes to the Carolinas January 25th through 27th.  This four-act show by French composer Georges Bizet tells the story of the alluring gypsy Carmen and her seduction of the solder Don José, followed by his fatal obsession when she leaves him for the dashing bullfighter. With recognizable melodies and hypnotic dancing, this opera is one not to be missed.

Looking for more? Visit our friends at VisitRaleigh or speak directly with our Concierge team at 919-447-4030.

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