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Art Reception and Gallery Opening

The Umstead is pleased to welcome artist Clem Bedwell this summer as the next featured gallery artist. Join us July 18th for a welcome reception for the opening of his newest show. Both an illustrator and artist, Clem explores landscapes creating spare statements of shape, space, light, and shadow. Working two- and three-dimensionally, he creates pieces that are both tactile and ephemeral, stating “I enjoy the process of creating something from nothing while working toward a painting with which I personally connect, and hopefully, one the viewer will as well.” Bedwell's work is currently featured on "The Art Tour" chef's tasting menu in Herons with his piece Under the Willows on display in the Private Dining Room. Reception begins at 6:00 pm and will be held in the Art Gallery. Complimentary to the public, we kindly ask you reserve your space by contacting us at 919-447-4050. Exhibit will be available for viewing July 18th through October 31st and is available for purchase in The Gift Shop.  Read More

Edmunds Oast Guest Chef Beer Dinner

Sold Out Join us Friday, June 14th for a guest chef dinner as we celebrate the official release of Edmunds Oast Brewing Co. beers, soon to be available in North Carolina! Chef Bob Cook of Edmunds Oast Restaurant in Charleston, SC will be cooking alongside our own Executive Chef Steven Devereaux Greene for this seasonally focused 5-course dinner, each paired with its own Edmunds Oast beer. Named a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant in 2015 by the James Beard Foundation Awards, Edmunds Oast was also selected as a Top 50 Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit and Best New Restaurant in Southern Living in 2014. Their 20,000 square foot brewery produces a variety of beers including barrel-aged brews, sours and wild fermentations, English-style sessions and more. Dinner will be held on the outdoor terrace with a reception beginning at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $85 plus tax and gratuity and may be purchased at 919-447-4050, full menu available soon. Advance purchase required; tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.  Read More

Mother's Day Buffet in Herons

Celebrate all the Mothers in your life with a special brunch in Herons! Join us May 12th for a delicious buffet among beautiful artwork at The Umstead with dishes created by two-time James Beard Semifinalist, Executive Chef Steven Greene and his counterpart, Pastry Chef Jonathan Fisher.  Select from a variety of items such as Strawberry Gazpacho with Shrimp and Coconut, Lobster Succotash, and Carved Beef Tenderloin with dessert choices of Caramel Praline, Red Velvet Cheesecake, and more. Mother’s Day menu available here. Buffet is $85 per person and $25 per child with reservations available from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please speak with our Reservations Department at 919-447-4050 to reserve your table. A $25 non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.   Read More

Easter Buffet in Herons

Fully Committed Celebrate the Easter holiday this spring in Herons. This special buffet features savory display stations and entrees created by James Beard Semifinalist, Executive Chef Steven Greene. In addition to an array of desserts created by Pastry Chef Jonathan Fisher, our Easter Garden will be filled with bon-bons, chocolate bunnies, and other sweet treats. Easter Buffet menu available here. Buffet is $85 per person and $25 per child with reservations available from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please speak with our Reservations Department at 919-447-4050 to reserve your table. A $25 non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.   Read More

Art Lecture and Gallery Opening

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is pleased to welcome Linda Ruth Dickinson and her exhibit, “Equilibrium,” to The Umstead Gallery.  Join us April 11th for an art lecture followed by a chance to mingle with the artist at a welcome reception.  As a threshold entrance to memory and communion outside the realm normally inhabited in our day-to-day, her works, evocative of that inner eye, encourage a viewing as altars of possibility that suggest a tranquility observant and embracing of the declaration and dialogue between Heaven and Earth. Dickinson states, “I want each painting to feel balanced with the possession of a sense of equilibrium and the viewer to come away intrigued and or refreshed, and that those responses lead them to a sense of renewal.” Lecture will begin at 6:00 pm in the Salon, followed by a reception in the Art Gallery and includes wine and passed hors d’oeuvres. Kindly speak with our Reservations Department at 919-447-4050 to reserve your place  Read More

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Keys to the City: June 2019

Summer officially starts this month, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Here are a few ways we plane to start our summer right! Triangle Restaurant Week: The Triangle is filled with culinary experiences and celebrated chefs, including recent James Beard Winner for Best Chef Ashley Christensen, not to mention James Beard Semifinalists Scott Crawford, Cheetie Kumar, Oscar Diaz, and our own Executive Chef Steven Greene.  We also have numerous unique food options and restaurants worth exploring and what better way to do so than at Restaurant Week.  From June 3rd to 9th various restaurants will be offering prix fix menus and other special tastings to satiate your palate.  Rediscover old favorites or explore one you’ve been waiting to try; more information on restaurant week can be found here. International Food Festival: Already familiar with Raleigh’s food scene? Then take a culinary trip around the world at the International Food Festival on June 8th. Featuring dance performances, bands, and of course food from all over the globe, this family friendly event is complimentary to all and begins at 12:00 pm. For additional festival details, visit their website here. Summer Outdoor Movies: We are enjoying all those summer nights with the abundance of outdoor movies available in Raleigh.  Head over to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh or Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary and enjoy the movies under the moonlit sky.  Here is what’s coming in June: NCMA: The Princess Bride, Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bohemian Rhapsody Koka Booth Amphitheater: Hotel Transylvania 3, Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet. Edmunds Oast Guest Chef Dinner: We are excited to welcome Edmunds Oast Brewery to The Umstead for a Guest Chef Beer Dinner on June 14th!  This phenomenal brewery will be bringing a selection of beers to pair with each of the 5 courses created in collaboration between Chef Bob Cook of Edmunds Oast and our own Chef Steven Greene.  Not yet available in North Carolina, Edmunds Oast Brewery was named one of USA Today’s 10 Best.  Join us on the terrace for this unique beer dinner, tickets available at 919-447-4050. The Audubon Experience: Too hot to be outdoors?  Then head inside the North Carolina Museum of Art for the Audubon Experience exhibit.  Correlating with the ongoing Birds of America gallery, this temporary presentation showcases four different large-scale Audubon folios where visitors can educate themselves on the artist life of this incredible naturalist.  Available through September of this year, more information can be found by visiting the North Carolina Museum of Art here. Looking for more ways to enjoy our beautiful city?  Speak with a member of our concierge team at 919-447-4030 or stop by their desk for additional suggestions and arrangements.  Read More

Keys to the City: May 2019

Summer is upon us as we head into May, enjoying the last bit of spring time weather before the heat sets in.  The flowers are in bloom and the pollen has subsided, making for the perfect place to visit.  Here are just a few ways of how we plan to spend our month: Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL Playoffs: For the first time in a decade, Raleigh’s only professional sports team, the Carolina Hurricanes, has made the Stanley Cup playoffs! Our fans have come out of the shadows and taken to PNC Arena to cheer the team on, and boy are they cheering.  Get tickets fast for upcoming games, they are selling out quick.  If you can’t attend, head downtown to Glenwood South any game night for fellow fan camaraderie as the Carolina Ale House hosts watch parties in the street.  En Plein Air: It’s time to paint the town, the town of Cary that is, at the 6th annual En Plein Air event.  Saturday, May 4th, artists will be painting downtown Cary’s history, culture, and scenic views live, followed by an art auction and gala in the evening.  Music from the Mint Julep Quintet and refreshments will be available. En Plein Air is free to the public with more information available here. Thrive, NC: Held in downtown Raleigh’s City Market on May 9th and 10th, Thrive NC is a phenomenal food festival that aims to improve access to healthy and nutritious food for all in the Triangle. Bringing together more than 60 of the area’s best restaurants, this festival features food and drive samples, demos from our amazing chefs, and live entertainment and music.  This year’s chefs include James Beard 2019 winner Ashley Christensen, Vansana Nolintha of Brewery Bhavana, and our own James Beard 2019 Semifinalist Chef Steven Greene.  Tickets are $30 with proceeds benefitting non-profits in our area, tickets can be purchased here. Mother's Day and Graduation Weekend: The weekend of May 12th marks a momentous occasion as we celebrate our area’s graduates.  We also look to applaud all the mother’s in our lives with Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13th and show our gratitude for all they do and have done.  For last minute gifts, visit our Gift Shop for an array of options, including Belgium chocolates from Neuhaus, jewelry from renowned designers such as Alexis Bittar, artwork and more.  Umstead Gift Cards are also available at The Concierge Desk. Artsplosure: the Raleigh Arts Festival is back for the 40th annual Artplosure event! The Art Market serves as the festival’s centerpiece and hosts nearly 180 visual artists not only from North Carolina but from across the nation as well.  Original artwork of ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, wood and more will be available for purchase throughout the event in addition to the interactive artist events, live music, and large scale performances including a large scale sculptural work from Australian environmental artist Amanda Parer entitled What’s That?  Food trucks will also be available.  For a full list of Artsplosure artists and details, visit their website here. Looking for more? Speak with a member of our Concierge team at 919-447-4030 for suggestions on how to enjoy your visit to Raleigh.   Read More

Keys to the City: April 2019

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.  Read More

Keys to the City: March 2019

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.  Read More

Valentine's Day Gifts 2019

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.   Read More

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