As many of you know this past Sunday and Monday are the holidays of Christmas Eve and Christmas. I was spending time with family for the holidays, as why I did not post the hometown series starting on Sunday. I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday. With that being said, I wanted to create another hometown series as most people headed home or are home. The holidays are usually a time for everyone to celebrate with their loved ones whether they are friends or family, or even both. This time around I will be talking about the town I moved to of Raleigh, North Carolina. This move was huge for me, as I am someone who does not like change. I will share my ups and down of moving in a later post. For now, I will share some of my favorite things I have found to do in and around Raleigh. This list will include places to go, places to eat and things to see.
Top Things to Do in or around Raleigh, North Carolina:
1.) William B. Umstead State Park
This park has some of the most beautiful views I have seen all over the city. The park has a main entrance which is where the visitors center is. The park is free and the views are outstanding. I highly recommend this park for all the trails it has to offer.
2.) Falls Lake
This place is my favorite place to go in Raleigh for the views. There are many different entrances to this lake. Some are free to get into, while others only cost $6.00 USD to get into. The lake is stunning all year round. I highly suggest going here for the views.
3.) North Hills
This place has so much to offer from tons of shopping to dining. This is the more rich area of Raleigh. There are some million dollar homes that are beautiful to see. North Hills has a lot of place to shop at, eat at and a movie theater. I enjoyed living over in North Hills for a short time.
4.) Neuse River Trail
This river trail stretches for miles in Raleigh. During the summer months of June and July you can go to an area that has sunflowers. I am from Kansas, known as the sunflower state. You bet I went and walk a bit to find those sunflowers. The whole trail is stunning and an easy path to walk.
5.) Adventure Landing
This place is a families dream come true. There are go karts, batting cages, mini golf and an arcade. I had a blast going here with my husband. There is so much to do and it is a very reasonable price.
6.) New York Bagel and Deli
This place has easily turned into my favorite place to eat breakfast in Raleigh. The staff is always friendly and the place is always well kept. I highly suggest eating breakfast here if you ever come. My favorite thing to get is a three egg sausage and cheese omelette and it comes with a bagel (I get a plain bagel and plain cream cheese).
7.) San Juan Mexican Restaurant
This place has turned into my favorite less expensive restaurant to eat at. I was amazed by their food the first time I ate there and have gone back time and time again. I will admit I was curious as it was connected to a gas station, but I will hands down say it’s my favorite Mexican restaurant in Raleigh. I get their combo chicken quesadillas that comes with a salad. I order a side of refried beans and have cheese dip as an appetizer, so delicious and filling.
8.) Angus Barn
I recently took my husband here for his birthday and this has to be hands down the nicest steakhouse we have ever been to. They start you off with two cheese dips and crackers. Then bring you salads that come with bread and butter. After that is your main meal (by that time I am stuffed). Then they have tons of choices for dessert and they take the kids up to get ice cream. I highly recommend this place to eat at.
9.) Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
There are a few locations all over Raleigh. I was simply amazed by how amazing this burger place was. If you are looking for a great burger like I do on occasion I highly recommend this place. My friend and I shared some fried pickles for an appetizer and those were very tasty and delicious. I would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for a great burger while in Raleigh.
10.) Sullivan’s Steakhouse
I took my husband here last year for his birthday. Although he was sick he loved the food and so did I. The place was well kept and the staff was very friendly. We had an appetizer and meal, by the time dessert rolled around I was so stuffed. This steakhouse is definitely recommended by me.
As you can see, Raleigh is full of things to do and see. Raleigh is a very fast paced town. The town also has many places as well to eat. I have recently started a tradition of going somewhere new to eat with my husband at least twice a month. This is how I discovered a lot of the places listed above to eat. I am someone who loves to stick to the normal places, but since moving out here I have branched out and changed some. I know, shocking right says the girl who did not try mashed potatoes or any kind of potato really till she was in her mid twenties. If you ever find yourself in Raleigh, North Carolina I hope this list helps you in deciding what to do, where to go and where to go to fill your belly full. This town is nestled in between the mountains and the ocean. The ocean is a good two hours from Raleigh. Depending upon where you want to go for the mountains they are three to several hours away. Therefore it seems like the perfect city as you have the best of both worlds within a two to three hours away. Raleigh has some of the best sunsets and sunrises I have ever seen, so make sure to check those out as well.
Stay tuned this week to learn about some other guest bloggers hometowns. I have just a couple lined up and then I will tell you about my husbands hometown in interview style (oh how he will love that). I will also have how to pack for a cruise as I was traveling for the holidays and seeing family. See you soon.