Archives for the month of: October, 2010

Do you love art in all of its forms, from visual masterpieces to wonderful performances?  Would you rather be in an opera house or art gallery than anywhere else while on vacation?  If so, then you just might be what we like to call a Creative Genius.  Luckily for you, we’ve already got a spectacular day of art and creativity planned out to serve as a guide the next time you’re in Greater Raleigh.

Start out your morning by grabbing breakfast and coffee at places like Big Ed’s City Market or The Morning Times, where you’ll find awesome local art decorating the walls.  Once you’ve digested the art and your food, head on over to the nearby North Carolina Museum of Art.  This amazing art museum is a wonder to behold even from the outside, and once you explore the rich galleries indoors, you’ll discover why this is one of the most distinguished and stunning museums in the South.

Grab lunch mid-exploration at the museum’s culinary gem, Iris.  This outstanding restaurant serves up a mouthwatering menu of edible art for you to enjoy while taking in the art around you.  Don’t forget to take a late afternoon walk through the art museum’s outdoor art trail and gardens before you leave.

There’s no better place for a creative genius to spend an evening in Greater Raleigh than at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts downtown.  Here, you can find professional productions from the N.C. Theatre, N.C. Ballet, N.C. Symphony and N.C. Opera, just to name a few.  No matter your creative preference, Greater Raleigh has a restaurant, museum, gallery, performance or event for you.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find a single area that has all the ingredients for a great RV vacation? Good news! Greater Raleigh has everything a lively family requires for an unforgettable vacation. Great camping, unlimited outdoor recreation and lots of interesting local history; this scenic North Carolina city has it all.

Celebrating the Outdoors in the Raleigh Area

As we mentioned, Greater Raleigh has great RV camping venues waiting to play host to your family. William B. Umstead State Park, for example, is a wonderland of hardwood forests and pristine fishing waters. Plan to spend time in a canoe or on one of the picturesque hiking trails during your stay.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area presents RV campers with more than twenty-thousand acres of hiking, wildlife viewing and mountain biking possibilities. Take your pick from three comfortable RV campgrounds and take the time to explore this fascinating recreation area.

Even More to Do in the Raleigh Area

RV camping families will enjoy Greater Raleigh’s wide variety of art, science and children’s museums. Roll down to Marbles Kids Museum for a day of fun and exploration. Spend the afternoon walking the trails and admiring the art in the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Museum Park. Older kids will especially love the exhibits and activities at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, one of the largest in the region. No matter what your family’s passion, there’s a museum in Greater Raleigh to learn from and enjoy on your RV vacation.

Once you’ve explored Raleigh’s museums, head for Moore Square District in downtown Raleigh for a fascinating collection of dining and shopping possibilities. And don’t even think about leaving Raleigh without sampling legendary North Carolina whole-hog barbecue at The Pit!

Are you already beginning to envision the things you’ll do on your Raleigh area RV vacation? This gracious Southern city is worthy of a lengthy stay! Camp in the beauty of North Carolina’s rolling hills and hit the streets of Raleigh for a captivating excursion into the people, art and science that have helped to shape the Tar Heel State.

About the Author
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty’s RV Vacation Photo/Picture Gallery.

It’s almost time to have some Halloween fun and enjoy some spooky and haunted events in Greater Raleigh.  Whether you’re a family with young children or an adult looking to scare yourself silly, there are plenty of Halloween happenings to make your October spooktastic.

If you’re all about hunting ghosts, then head to the Raleigh City Museum’s Ghosts of Fayetteville Street promenade performance.  Actors from Burning Coal Theatre Company will make some of the most haunting and hysterical citizens of Raleigh’s past come to life as its history is told in a Halloween-themed script.  You can also get your haunted fix by participating in a Haunted Mordecai Trolley Tour, Lantern Tour or Free Festival.

People of all ages can enjoy New Hope Valley Railway’s Halloween Express Trains, where the woods of Wake and Chatham counties get spooky and fun!  If you’d like to be more active in your quest for family-friendly spookiness, then hike along the city of Raleigh’s annual Halloween trail, where you’ll encounter costumed characters performing family-friendly, nature-based skits.  At the end of the hike, you can huddle around a campfire for more fun with your family and friends.

The 2010 Reel-ly Scary Cary movie series will play a wide range of scary movies that are G-rated, R-rated and everything in between.  Just choose from Poltergeist, Zombieland, Monsters, Inc., The Birds and Bram Stoker’s Dracula to see what night you should head out to the Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Cary is also hosting an activities-packed Tricks & Treats Halloween Bash for adults and teens and a Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration for children ages 15 and under.  Of course, we can’t forget about the eerie haunted corn maze at Green Acres in Cary.  With all of these great events to choose from, you’ll find you can get both your trick and your treat this Halloween.

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