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Spring is upon us! And we couldn't be happier. The triangle usually has unusual weather, but this year we just couldn't get into the ever changing cold to warm, but with the first day of Spring this month, we are ready to say good bye to the cold, and hello to longer lit days and warm breezes. And with our pool opening up March 1st, we know what we will be taking the most advantage of! Here are other ideas for how you can spend your days of March:

Easter Brunch: Join us on March 27 for our annual Easter Brunch Buffet! Menu items range from spring lamb, to heirloom grits. And we especially can't wait to see the Easter Garden of marshmallows, macarons, chocolate bunnies, and lollipops, all created by Pastry Chef Evan Sheridan! Seatings begin at 11:00 am, reservations are required and can be made at 919-447-4050.

Umstead Uncorked featuring New Chile: Journey through Chile on March 31 at our monthly Umstead Uncorked. In the past decade, there have been a number of growers, producers, and winemakers throughout the Chilean wine industry seeking to explore and showcase the diversity of micro-terroirs that make Chile so unique, moving away from the capital of Santiago. Join our sommelier as the spotlight is shifted to these exciting new wines coming out of Chile. Tickets can be purchased at 919-447-4050.

"Actual State" at the North Carolina Musum of Art: Every Tues, Thurs, Sat, and Sun from 10:30 to 11:30 and 1:30 to 3pm, stop by the North Carolina Museum of Art to witness “Actual State” where visitors receive the opportunity to witness famous works of art being restored. Be sure to wander around and see some of the other art, and maybe brunch at Iris. We highly recommend the Oak City Benedict!

African American Film Festival: The African American Film Festival begins March 3 and continues throughout the weekend with complimentary screenings, panel discussions, and other unique forums. This festival highlights seven feature films and six short films made by and about African-Americans. Be sure to check out this four day celebration of people of color in cinema, featuring local and national filmmakers. More information can be found here.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Celtic Festival: Don’t forget your green this month, when you head down to City Plaza in Raleigh for our St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12! This festive parade celebrates celtic traditions and culture with food, drinks, and activities for kids on Leprechaun Lane. The Irish Village also features celtic inspired jewelry, arts, and crafts. Details can be found here.

Raleigh Blues Festival: If green isn’t your particular shade, how about a little blue instead? The 9th Annual Raleigh Blues Festival starts up at 7:00 pm on March 12th, at the Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Theodis Easley, Nelson Curry & the Klass Band and Calvin Richardson & Big Robb will be performing live. Tickets are between $51 and $77 and can be purchased here.

Cary Easter Egg Hunt:Have a few young ones with you? Then head over the Fred G. Bond Metro Park and Boathouse on March 19th for Cary’s 25th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Hunt begins at 10am and 1:00 pm, with a magic show at 10:30 and 1:30 and other entertainment available. More information here.

Compliments of the house: Any excuse you can take to get outdoors before the summer heat sets in we plan on taking advantage of, weather permitting. One way to do it is with our complimentary yoga on Saturday and Sunday. Sign up at the concierge desk and enjoy !

Looking for more? Talk to our concierge at concierge@theumstead.com or give them a call at 919-447-4030. They are the best keys to unlocking the city.

Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition

In just a few short days, our pastry chef Evan Sheridan departs for the Windy City! There, he will represent us in the Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition (CRPC) where four pastry chefs will compete for the top honors.

Now in its fourth season, competitors complete three tasks including a signature plated dessert and a confectionary challenge. Judges, including celebrity guest Mailka Ameen from Top Chef 'Just Desserts', select the ultimate winner on Sunday at the Chicago School of Mold Making in Oak Park, IL.

"I'm excited for the opportunity this competition presents," says Sheridan, "and I'm honored to be representing the hotel and Herons."

Dinner this New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is the time to eat, drink and be merry!  Herons has created the ideal setting for your special evening out.  This year we have selected a menu that features the finest in ingredients and flavors.  First, we will send out Canapés for sharing.  We follow that with first and second courses of Ahi Tuna and Parsnip Soup.  The main course highlights a Beef Filet and the meal is finished with a Dark Chocolate Terrine by Evan Sheridan.  Our Sommelier Hai Tran has paired the menu if you desire, or you can order from our extensive wine list with his guidance.

It would be our sincere honor to welcome the New Year with you at our table.  For more information call 919-447-4000.

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