Road Trip Series, Part 2: Raleigh, North Carolina

To be completely honest, I hadn’t given Raleigh much thought prior to this road trip. In a previous life working on Delta Sky inflight magazine, I knew it to be part of North Carolina’s ‘Research Triangle,’ that also includes Chapel Hill and Durham; home to Duke, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State. And that’s about it.

Visiting Raleigh was an entirely different experience altogether. Driving through its vastness, the town’s green and easy pace was indication enough that we’d left the urban buzz behind. That said, we were greeted with warm hospitality everywhere we went, along with a Raleighian dose of culture.

Breakfasting on one of the best biscuits I’d ever eaten; viewing 30 works by Auguste Rodin at the North Carolina Museum of Art – the leading repository of this artist’s work in the SE US; experiencing the art of chocolate making in the up and coming Warehouse District – I left Raleigh knowing there was still so much to explore.

TIPS: We stayed at the affordable and very hip Aloft Hotel in Raleigh which is a short drive from all attractions; surrounding restaurants and stores close early so it’d be wise to plan your evening accordingly. Road trips equal delays – we arrived late so missed our dinner reservation. Next time we’d make sure to have a Plan B.

Breakfast more than made up for it though… A short drive away from Aloft is the Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen. It is drive through-only and serves the best biscuits I’ve ever tasted! (see pic below)

Enjoy the tour!

Aloft Raleigh Lobby

Aloft Raleigh Lobby

Sunrise Kitchen Menu

Sunrise Kitchen Menu

A hearty Amnerican breakfast incl. hash browns, a buttery biscuit and scrambled eggs

A hearty American breakfast incl. hash browns, a buttery biscuit and scrambled eggs

At the entrance of the North Carolina Museum of Art - East Pool

At the entrance of the North Carolina Museum of Art – East Pool

Sculpture Walk at Museum Park, more than 164 acres of open fields and woodlands punctuated by environmental art. Art in Image: A Skew by Roxy Paine

Sculpture Walk at Museum Park, more than 164 acres of open fields and woodlands punctuated by environmental art. Art in Image: A Skew, Stainless Steel, by Roxy Paine

Art in Image: Ogramma, Cedar and graphite, by Ursula von Rydingsvard

At the Museum park, artists are actively involved in its restoration and integration of art into its natural systems. Art in Image: Ogramma, Cedar and graphite, by Ursula von Rydingsvard

Rodin Outdoor Gallery

Rodin Outdoor Gallery

Rodin Indoor Gallery

Rodin Indoor Gallery

Iris: the contemporary American Museum Restaurant, led by chefs Andy and Jennifer Hicks.Iris: the contemporary American Museum Restaurant, led by chefs Andy and Jennifer Hicks.

North Carolina Museum of Art - exterior

North Carolina Museum of Art – exterior

Warehouse District - artisan chocolate is made in the former Raleigh Train Depot

Warehouse District – artisan chocolate is made in the former Raleigh Train Depot

Chocolate Ingredients

Chocolate Ingredients

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Moulding the chocolate

Moulding the chocolate

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Such was the fast moving scene that greeted us as we drove into Charleston later that day. Looking forward to sharing words and images in Road Trip, Part 3…

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19 thoughts on “Road Trip Series, Part 2: Raleigh, North Carolina

  1. Fantastic pieces from the Carolina Art Museum, but my mind is totally taken by that nightmarish breakfast! What’s the flat brownish circular thing, and the white gunk beneath the “biscuit”? Jeff Koons could do a good job on that:)

    • You’re too funny! That’s ‘food art’ right there. So, the biscuit was fantastic but the circular thing you’re refering to is either the sausage patty (didn’t eat that), and there’s a hash brown in there too (that was good). The ‘white gunk’ is the gravy… surprisingly good but I have absolutely NO idea what it was made out of… and I don’t really want to know. Not my daily food but it was definitely a memorable brekkie! Glad you enjoyed the Museum pieces πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  2. I wouldn’t turn that breakfast down although I’m not sure about the gravy. Gravy is something I associate with roast beef made with stock, flour and meat juices. I love that mural on the wall in the restaurant, I remember that from before. Lovely pictures Marina. The road trip must all feel a bit like a dream now. Really enjoyed the tour. πŸ™‚

    • The gravy didn’t taste bad at all but I was wary of it given the unknown πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for taking a look Adrian. It does feel that the road trip happened a while ago but it’s always nice to relive the memories via photos!

  3. The art images are beautiful. I love that tree by Roxy Paine; there is one of her trees at our museum in Ottawa – I’ve photographed it also, and it is elegant! Also, bring on the chocolate! ; )

    • Karen, I’d love to see the tree you photographed. Glad to share this work of hers with you! The chocolate was delish – of course I bought a box and my husband and I devoured it in a few seconds. Thank you!

    • Thanks for the holiday wishes Jenny – sending them to you, in Australia! The Gallery was a highlight – one of the more enjoyable museums I have ever been to (not an overstatement! I love Rodin!)

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