Anyone who’s taken a U.S. history course knows about Raleigh, North Carolina. Whether you associate the city as the namesake of Sir Walter Raleigh or the birthplace of Clay Aiken, local blogger Erika of Fashion Chalet has us convinced that Raleigh is a definitely a place to stop by.
Now, let’s start our tour!
1. North Carolina Museum of Art. “When I first moved from Miami to Raleigh, I was excited to explore everything in this modern building. My grandmother came to visit last Christmas and also had a ball. We tend to like Impressionism best. This place also boasts a great cafÃ© and modern art wing.”
2. Carino’s Italian Restaurant. “This place holds many happy memories, from tantalizing my taste buds with mushroom linguine to quiet meals with my family. This is also a great place to celebrate good news. They have the most decadent desserts and tasty appetizers.”
3. Bahama Breeze. “The second I step inside this chain, regardless of location (I’ve frequented the ones in Miami and Fort Lauderdale too often to count), I am transported to island vacations and mouthwatering food. The ambiance and music create the feeling of a Disney World ride or restaurant – enchanting and fun all at once. I highly recommend their portobello sandwich and chicken pineapple salad. Don’t forget to try a side of their sweet potatoes. DE-LI-CIOUS!”
4. Downtown Raleigh. “I work downtown, so it’s always great to meet up with friends afterwards. So many restaurants, boutiques, and fun things to do. I love taking photographs here.”
5. Natty Greene’s. “I don’t drink, and although this is a pub, I like how quiet it can be inside. During off-hours, I can stop in with my laptop and work on my blog. I also tend to meet people here; [it's] a great place to talk and catch up. I always stop in for the Carolina Burger!”
6. Ice Cream Shoppe. “I highly recommend banana as a topping to any chocolate ice cream sundae, cone, or scoop.”
Thanks for the tour, Erika! Any other Raleigh residents out there? What would you recommend?