Archives for the month of: July, 2009

For conventions, conferences and events, there’s no better place to be than downtown’s Raleigh Convention Center.  With 500,000 square feet of grand lobbies and contiguous space, the convention center offers everything from superb catered cuisine to state-of-the-art lighting.

From driving up to the convention center and viewing the 9,284-square-foot Cree Shimmer Wall to walking through the doors and experiencing the remarkable architecture, your visit is sure to be memorable.  The towering ceilings, with their birds’ nest design, add character to the ballrooms and exhibit halls, making the large space feel more comfortable.

In addition to its great functionality and aesthetic splendor, the convention center is also actively seeking LEED certification, which would reflect the building’s environmentally sustainable construction.

The convention center hosts a wide array of events, from volleyball tournaments to car shows, some public and some private.  A schedule of events can be found on the Web site.  Whether you’re looking for a venue to host your event, or just looking for an event to attend, this convention center should be at the top of your list to check out!

For those who would like to experience the technological wonder and architectural grandeur of Raleigh’s finest gathering place, the convention center is conveniently adjacent to two upscale hotels.  So come enjoy one of the city’s greatest and most widely used additions!

Looking for something fun and exciting to do with the kids this summer?  Then why not make a visit to the Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh!  As one of the most innovative and hands-on learning museums in the Triangle, this museum has multiple galleries and exhibits that are an absolute blast.

If your young one enjoys art, then there’s a newly opened Art Loft exhibit where children can get their creative juices flowing through painting, drawing and sculpting.  Other exhibits include Splash, where children can explore the wonderful world of water; Around Town, which is a kid-sized version of the otherwise more grown-up world; and IdeaWorks where there are plenty of materials to design and build whatever their hearts desire!

To top it all off, the museum is also home to North Carolina’s only 3D-capable IMAX screen.  The theatre selects educational IMAX documentaries that match elementary and middle school curricula.  It also offers some giant film features that attract children and adults alike, such as Transformers and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The experience of viewing films on this screen is definitely different from your standard theater and exhilarating for everyone!

After a day of fun and play, your explorers will probably need an energy boost.  Not to worry, the museum offers concessions and Starbucks at The Corner Store as well as sandwiches, soups and salads at Roly Poly.  No one leaves hungry after a day at Marbles!

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday for general admission to the public as well as field trips and large groups.  Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group discount rates.  If you have a Food Lion MVP card, then every Wednesday you can receive $1 off admission for up to four people.  This is one of many engaging and fun places to explore with your children and friends and definitely worth a trip to Raleigh!

Raleigh is home to a vast array of restaurants that offer unique and delicious culinary delights.  Everyone in the city would be lucky to explore as many of these great restaurants as possible, but for visitors and those who are super busy, it can seem a little difficult.

Now, curious visitors and foodies alike can rejoice over the phenomenal experience that is Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.  Taste was founded by Joe Philipose and Lesley Stracks-Mullem as a way for people to take their dining experience to the next level.  Their tours showcase unique eateries and allow you to go behind the scenes to talk with the chefs and owners who make it all happen.

“You’re really getting a local experience.  We primarily focus on restaurants that source locally, that are independent community-based restaurants, and that are special gems in the area,” said co-founder Joe Philipose.

Taste offers a Downtown Raleigh tour on Wednesdays and Saturdays that showcases the Capital’s eclectic mix of dining, from delicious cupcakes to innovative ethnic cuisine.  Everyone meets at Tir Na Nog and then the tour begins on foot, rain or shine.  This is a great way to spend an afternoon, so grab your walking shoes, dress for the weather, and check it out!


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