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April showers bring May flowers, but after all the rain we had last season, the flowers are already in bloom! Enjoy the outdoors this month at some of our favorite festivals and events, listed below:

Beer and Bacon Festival: All month-long North Carolina is celebrating Beer Month and what better way to enjoy it than at the Beer and Bacon festival on April 6th? This annual festival features loads of local restaurants and food trucks with delicious bacon dishes and more than 75 craft beers, wines, spirits, and ciders to taste. More details and tickets options available here.

NCToycon: Not a beer enthusiast? Take a trip to Marbles Kids Museum on April 6th for North Carolina TOYCON. This toy and action figure focused convention brings the best toy dealers in the state along with some of the top experts in the hobby leading information panels. Perfect for both the young and the young at heart, guests can enjoy not only the convention, but also the museum itself in addition to the premier of DC’s newest super hero movie, Shazam! Tickets and information can be found here.

Monet Impressions: Prefer to enjoy the outdoors inside? Then enjoy Monet’s beautiful gardens in an interpretive piece performed by the Carolina Ballet. This beautiful homage to the great French painter begins with a story of his life in the first act, followed by a sweeping impressionistic second act based on his gorgeous outdoor landscapes. Performances take place April 11th through 14th, with seating charts and tickets available here.

Live & Local- Spring Fest: Celebrate the art, music, food and beer of North Carolina April 13th at Live & Local. Presented by Artsplosure, this food truck rodeo of a festival features an afternoon of performances, art markets, and crafts perfect for the whole family. Parking information and event details are available here.

Art in the Garden: Experience the annual arts festival of visual artists, food trucks, and live entertainment on April 27th in the historic Raleigh Rose Garden. Benefitting Raleigh Little Theatre, the beautiful rose garden will be in bloom, serving as the perfect backdrop to this lovely event. Event line up and details available here.

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

Spring is starting to roll in, but we aren’t out of the cold yet. Here are some of our favorite late winter events to enjoy this March.

BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo: Kick off the month with a visit to our version of LEGO-LAND at the ultimate LEGO lover’s paradise March 9th and 10th. Tour the incredible LEGO creations of life-size sculptures, replicated artwork, cities, palaces and more. Then head to the building zone to put your creative energy to use with hands on activities designed to inspire and entertain. Details and tickets to BrickUniverse can be found here.

Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour: Sir Elton John joins us for his final tour on March 12th at the PNC Arena. After spending more than 50 years performing, his music redefined the cultural landscape and made him a global icon. This musical and highly visual journey includes hits spanning the entirety of his career. Tickets to the Farewell Tour can be purchased here.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: Celebrate the great St. Patrick and Irish and Celtic traditions and culture on Saturday, March 16th with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and Wearin’ ‘O the Green festival. The parade begins at 10:00 am and will go down Wilmington Street before turning onto Salisbury to finish at the city center, followed by the festival until 7:00 pm. There will be live music, dancing, vendor and craft booths, and plenty of food for all. For information and map details, visit their website here.

25th Annual Reptile and Amphibian Day: After enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, or if you want to avoid the crowd, visit the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for their annual reptile and amphibian day. Learn more about these hopping, slithering, and crawling critters with live animals, crafts, and activities. Event opens at 9:00 am with more details available here.

Art in Bloom: One of our absolute favorite events, the annual Art in Bloom flower festival will be held March 22nd to 25th at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Featuring more than 50 floral designs inspired by the surrounding artwork, there are also workshops, presentations and lectures to enjoy. Be sure to check out our wonderful florist, Steve Taras of Watered Garden, who designs our weekly displays in the Umstead Lobby. Art in Bloom tickets and full schedule is available here.

BMX Protown: We’re heading to Wendell on March 30 for the 2nd annual ProTown BMX show. This free event features these professional bikers showing off their spins, flips, and whips as seen at the X-Games. With two performances at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and food trucks nearby, this will be an exciting and fun way to close out the month for the whole family. More information on the BMX tour can be found here.

Looking for more? Speak with our Concierge or visit our friends at VisitRaleigh.

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. 

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