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Welcome to 2018! We are excited to ring in a wonderful new year and here is how we plan to celebrate and spend the month of January:

New Year’s Eve: Though technically not in January, we thought it best to share how Raleigh regulars like to spend New Year’s Eve in the Triangle. If you would like an intimate celebration, our own restaurant Herons will be offering a four course dinner to help you ring in 2018, along with Capital Club 16, Death and Taxes, MOFU Shoppe, and more. If you are interested in heading out after dinner to enjoy other festivities, then head around the corner to Raleigh City Plaza to watch the famous acorn drop - we are the City of Oaks after all.

New Year’s Day: After a night of frivolity, we are ready to start 2018 with a great New Year’s Day brunch. Though it falls on a Monday, several restaurants will be open to satisfy your needs, including Herons, Beasley’s Chicken and Honey, and the Raleigh Times - who’s Bloody Mary has been an award winner for quite some time.

Inspiring Beauty- 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair: An incredible exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Ebony Fashion Fair covers 50 years of beauty, style, and empowerment with 40 amazing outfits from Dior, Givenchy, and Alexander McQueen to name a few. The exhibit will be available until January 21st, tickets are $15 for adults and can be purchased here.

Chinese Lantern Festival – While we mentioned this in our December blog, it is worth mentioning again in case you missed it over the holidays, as it will be on display through January 14th. More than 25 Chinese artisans and performers arrived in November to assemble these handmade lanterns, including the 21 feet tall and 200 feet long Chinese Dragon floating over Symphony lake. Details and tickets can be found here.

Triangle Restaurant Week: The Triangle has grown drastically over the last few years, but nothing compares to the culinary renaissance our city has experienced. A great way to try out some of these incredible new spots is during Restaurant Week from January 22 – 28. Our list this year includes Garland led by James Beard Semifinalist in 2017 Cheetie Kumar, Linus and Peppers for incredible sandwiches, and Vidrio for a fresh take on Mediterranean. More information available here.

Winter wonderland at Bond Park: We don’t always get snow in Raleigh, so to ensure we enjoy all the elements of winter, Bond Park will have a winter wonderland on January 26 – 27 that includes an amazing sledding hill covered with man made snow. No need to bring your own sled, as they will be provided to you. Details can be found here.

African American Cultural Celebration: As January winds to a close, we prepare to kick off Black History Month by celebrating at the 17th annual African American Cultural Celebration. This year’s event will feature more than 75 musicians, story tellers, dancers, authors, and more. This event takes place at the North Carolina Museum of History of January 27th beginning at 10:30 am. More details are available here.

For more events taking place this January, visit our friends at VisitRaleigh or speak with our Concierge at 919-447-4030.

The holidays are looming as we approach November, which means the beginning of holiday events. Here is a list of how we plan to spend the season:

Umstead Uncorked: Our monthly wine tasting is a bit earlier this month, set for November 8th. We are traveling through time at this uncorked, and exploring the difference a year can make. Sample the same wine side by side, with the only difference being the year they were produced, and see if you can tell the impact a year can make. Learn more about how rain, temperatures, and other elementals determine the direction the wine will take. Tickets available at 919-447-4050, more information available here.

Moonlight in the Garden: the local J.C.Raulston Arboretum boasts beautiful botanicals, but what we really love is the chance to see the gardens at night with their Moonlight in the Garden event. Available Thursday through Saturday, November 9th - 11th and 16th to 18th, there will be food trucks, live music, and fire pits to stay warm by, but the real treat is walking through the maze of flowers lit up by luminaries and colored lights. More information and ticket details can be found here.

Carolina Artisan Craft Market: jumpstart your holiday shopping at the Carolina Artisan Craft Market on November 10th through 12th. This market includes over 100 different artisans and goods made from glass, ceramic, wood, metals, leather, in addition to handmade furniture, clothing, and jewelry. There will also be art demonstrations and live music throughout, details are available here.

Annual Christmas Parade: though it isn’t quite December yet, Jolly ol’ Saint Nick is heading into town on November 18th with the annual Christmas Parade in downtown Raleigh. Beginning at 9:40 am on Hillsborough street, they will be touring through the town concluding at Lenior street by the Duke Progress Energy Center. More information on parking and routes can be found here.

Christmas Tree Lighting: if you miss the parade, or don’t want to worry about sitting in the traffic, then stop by North Hills for their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony also on November 18th. A great event for the kids, this event has snow slopes, trackless train rides, bounce castles and a vendor village. Activities begin at 3:30, with Santa’s arrival at 6:00 pm bringing in the tree lighting. There are plenty of great restaurants near by, but we advise making reservations in advance, more information available here.

The Chinese Lantern Festival: Another one of our favorites is the annual Chinese Lantern Festival, kicking off on November 24th. We love to go when all our family is in town, the perfect way to finish Thanksgiving weekend. These larger than life Chinese lanterns are lit with thousands of LED lights and displayed throughout the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary. From gigantic swans to the dragon lit on Symphony lake, there is tons to see, but this year the festival will also include performances such as traditional Chinese dances, foot juggling, and vase juggling. Details can be found here.

For more events, speak to our friends at VisitRaleigh or our own Concierge team at 919-447-4030.



The best time to be in North Carolina is during the fall, and October means it is finally here! As we patiently wait for the leaves to begin to change, here is where you will find us this month enjoying the cooler weather:

Fall Menus: with the new season comes new fall menus in Herons! With fresh flavors and new ingredients from over 14 local farms, including our own One Oak Farm, we can’t wait to see what Chef Steven has been cooking up. For reservations and menus, visit us here.

Oktoberfest: Starting off the month, we are heading to the Kokabooth Amphitheater on October 6th and 7th for Oktoberfest! There will be live entertainment, wiener dog races, Bavarian food, contests, and of course German beer, all going to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For ticket information and other details, click here.

The North Carolina State Fair: We are going to the fairgrounds October 12th through 22nd for the annual N.C. State Fair. This annual event brings in visitors from all over, including locals, to try the array of deep fried foods, games, rides, music and shows. Open daily, tickets can be purchased here.

Birth of the Bird: The Umstead Gift Shop is delighted to present The Birth of the Bird by Oiva Toikka for Iittala beginning on October 14th. Discover how these amazing glass birds are created by artisans in Helsinki, Finland. Beginning as a mere piece of molten glass, these nature inspired creations are delicately hand crafted through a 7 stage process. This unique display will be available for viewing in The Gift Shop until November 18th. Information available here.

Diwali Festival 2017: the 17th annual Diwali Festival or Festival of Lights, is being held at Kokabooth Amphitheater on October 14th as well. This sensory experience is a widely celebrated religious and cultural event in India, and will feature music, dance, a handicraft bazaar, food vendors, art, and more. More information can be found here.

International Festival: Head to downtown Raleigh October 20th through October 22nd for the 32nd annual International Festival. With live performances, food, a bazaar, cooking workshops, and a children’s corner, there is something for everyone. For tickets and more information click here.

Halloween at Hogwarts: The top most visited attraction is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and we love their adult nights events! This month, step through platform 9 ¾ on October 27th for their Harry Potter Halloween event. Drink butterbeer, walk through the Forbidden Forest, and enjoy music, games, and drinks afterhours at the museum. Event information and tickets available here.

For more events and other ways to live like the locals do, speak with our Concierge at 919-447-4030.

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