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!
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…