Archives for the month of: July, 2011

When you visit an area like Greater Raleigh that has so many great things to see and do, it can be difficult to know where to start. The best place to head first is the Greater Raleigh Visitor Information Center, located in the heart of downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street.

The Visitor Information Center provides visitors with information on restaurants, accommodations, attractions and events throughout Wake County. This street-side welcome center is inside the connector between the Raleigh Marriott City Center and the Raleigh Convention Center.

You’ll find visitor guides, maps, brochures and calendars to meet your needs, whether you’re in the mood to shop, dine, visit a few museums or get out and explore the great outdoors.

Start your adventure in Greater Raleigh at the official Visitor Information Center downtown and learn about the many possibilities and opportunities the area has to offer.

When you’re on the go in Greater Raleigh, it’s convenient and helpful to have visitor information only a tap of your iPhone away. Introducing the completely free visit Raleigh iPhone application, a resource you can use to guide you on the go during your stay.

This easy-to-use application has a huge, comprehensive guide that you can search by categories, such as Art Galleries, Free Things to Do, Hotels, Historic Sites, Museums and Nightlife, to name a few. Once you select a category, you can then break down your search by your GPS location, find directions, contact information and links for more information.

In addition to the visitors guide, you can also search the application’s packed events calendar, watch interesting HD videos highlighting local attractions, and find awesome deals that suit your interests. The app saves your favorites so you can easily find the information you’re interested in again with just one tap.

Download this free app now and learn just how easy it can be to have a great time in Greater Raleigh!

Sports, the outdoors and being active are all a part of what makes an Adrenaline Junkie high on life. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching from the stands or in on the action yourself, sports are what you crave. And once you’re outdoors, you’re happy as long as you’re on a boat, playing golf or cycling the newest trail. These are the highs of an Adrenaline Junkie, and Greater Raleigh has great deals that will support your fun habits.

Do you love baseball? The Carolina Mudcats have weekly specials, so you’ll enjoy awesome deals no matter the day you decide to catch a game. On Mondays you can get Family 4-Packs (four box seats, four hot dogs, and four drinks) for only $40, on Tuesdays you can load up on $1 hot dogs, and on Wednesdays you can enjoy buy one get one free box seats.

If golfing is your passion, you’re in luck. Cambria Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport has a Stay and Play Golf package that you can use at either Brier Creek Country Club or the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. The package includes deluxe accommodations, complimentary hot breakfast, free WiFi, and free golf club rental or golf cart with paid green fees at one of these two stunning courses.

Go out on a limb and try rock climbing for the day at Triangle Rock Club, where you can enjoy a second day pass at 50% off when you buy the first. There are tons of other deals an Adrenaline Junkie would love on this comprehensive list.

You love live music so much that sometimes you don’t even care who’s on stage, and you can sing along to almost every song on the radio. You’re a Music Maniac and proud of it. What gets a Music Maniac’s blood pumping? Free VIP tickets to the largest music festival in town from visitRaleigh.com ought to do the trick (especially since the festival’s already sold out of VIP passes).

That’s right. One lucky Music Maniac will be randomly selected to win a dream package for a VIP festival experience, which includes:

  • two VIP tickets to The Independent’s 2011 Hopscotch Music Festival (September 8-10);
  • two-night hotel accommodations for two at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel;
  • two tickets to a future concert at Kings Barcade;
  • and two tickets to a future concert at Slim’s Downtown Distillery.

Two lucky runners-up will also get to bask in the musical glory that is Hopscotch by winning two All-Show passes to the festival.

Are you dreaming of a win yet? All you have to do to enter the contest is follow two simple steps found on the official contest page (also see official rules there).

Easy enough, right? Get in touch with your Music Maniac and enter to win this free VIP ticket giveaway before August 17, 2011.

What do Foodies enjoy almost as much as the taste of a delicious meal? The answer is, getting a deal on that meal. If you’re a traveling Foodie, then a hotel and restaurant deal could be your ticket to a deliciously discounted stay in Greater Raleigh. Here’s a taste of the type of Foodie deals you’ll find.

Residence Inn by Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley is offering a promotion that really caters to your taste buds. Their Dining in Style package includes excellent accommodations, a $75 gift certificate for Midtown & Bar 115 at North Hills, and breakfast at the hotel the following morning. Other hotels that also offer gift certificate packages to Midtown & Bar 115 include Fairfield Inn & Suites RDU, Courtyard by Marriott Crabtree, and the Midtown location of Residence Inn.

For a luxurious dining experience in an equally luxurious hotel, try the Culinary Artist Package at The Umstead Hotel and Spa. This gastronomic getaway includes lavish accommodations and a five-course Chef’s Tasting menu paired with wine.

If you’re visiting with someone special, then consider the Dreamy Getaway for Two package, also at the Residence Inn by Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley. This deal includes a romantic room or suite, decadent chocolates and champagne, free hotel parking, and a large breakfast buffet for two.

For more deals that will awaken your inner Foodie, view this comprehensive list.

This year, let the Lazy Daze festival give a whole new meaning to family arts and crafts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for August, the 35th Annual Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival has proven to be one of the best family-friendly events in Greater Raleigh and the region.

On August 27th from 9 am to 5 pm, downtown Cary will come alive with arts and crafts vendors, multiple stages of non-stop entertainment, delicious festival food, and civic groups. Entertainers include local high school bands, International Ballet Company, Fire Cracker Jazz Band, and many more.

Even the youngest of children can enjoy Lazy Daze by visiting the Kid’s World section of the event. This interactive area allows children of all ages to create art through hands-on activities and then take it home. The misting tent for cooling off and great food are special perks of Kid’s World.

The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is completely free, right down to the parking. For more information about parking, vendors and the artists that will be at the festival, visit the detailed Lazy Daze website.

Fashionistas love a great deal. Whether it’s 50% off those strappy heels you’ve been eyeing or a discounted massage package to help you unwind after an intense day of shopping, all of you Fashionistas out there are sure to enjoy the deal as much as what you actually bought. Lucky for you, Greater Raleigh is a hub of great shopping and dozens of wonderful spas offering deals to complement your stay.

If shopping is your main priority during your visit, then you’ll love the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown’s Midtown Max Deal. For a great price, you’ll get a quality room, complimentary shuttle to and from the North Hills shopping center, breakfast for two at Lofton’s, and a $25 VISA gift card to use at your favorite store. Shopping packages with gift cards for  nearby shopping centers are also available at Hilton Garden Inn near Triangle Town Center, Residence Inn by Marriott near Crabtree Valley, and Fairfield Inn and Suites, just to name a few.

Hotels often provide beauty and relaxation packages as well, which you can find here. If your significant other has tagged along on your shopping trip, impress them with the Courtyard by Marriott near Triangle Town Center’s Romance Package.

For a comprehensive list of other great deals to make your Fashionista visit to Greater Raleigh even more fabulous, visit this site.

In the South, people tend to love their beer, their bourbon and their mouthwatering barbecue. When you combine these three staples of Southern culture, you get a triple threat that is worthy of some serious celebration. This year’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest is just the celebration that such a combination calls for, and trust us when we say that you won’t want to miss out.

Your admission to this festival, scheduled for August 5th – 6th, gets you a souvenir tasting glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling from a selection of 60 beers on tap and 40 bourbons. You’ll also have access to some of the best barbecue vendors when you get hungry, live music all day, and seminars in the Tasting Theater.

The main stage will be alive with contests throughout the day, including the BBQ Bean Eating Contest and the BBQ Babe Contest. As if this wasn’t already enough to entertain you for the whole weekend, there will be cool exhibits to browse, including Brewermania, hot sauces, barbecue accessories, and a cigar tent.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $200 for this jam-packed event. For festival information and rules about minors, designated drivers and more, visit this site.

Each month, the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts is home to a dazzling array of performances that range from Broadway musicals to celebrity comedy tours. This month is no exception, with a schedule that seems to have a little something for everyone.

If you act fast, you’ll be able to catch the famed comedian Chris Tucker live on July 16th, as he triumphantly returns to the stage after a brief hiatus. The following day, the Carolina Music Awards will host its 4th annual event, with a specific focus on artists of most genres from the Carolinas.

The world premiere of A Field of Glory, an original play set against the backdrop of war, will be on July 20th – 31st. This is a charming and beautiful play about a mother and son in the Old South. Of course, we can’t forget about Hairspray, the Broadway musical, which will be playing July 22nd – 31st. Wrap up the month with a lovely performance by the students of the Ruth S. Shur Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive program.

For the complete schedule, including dates, times and pricing, visit this site.

“American Idol” fans and music maniacs are excited about Scotty McCreery’s win on American Idol 2011, but no one is more proud than the inhabitants of his hometown in Garner, North Carolina. Scotty has grown up in Greater Raleigh, and the next time you visit the area you can explore some of the things he’s loved about it.

If you’re looking for hot spots in Scotty McCreery’s life, then just take a look at this map, created by the Town of Garner, which highlights key locations such as Scotty’s high school, the store where he used to bag groceries, the location of the town’s “American Idol” viewing parties, and so on. Local businesses and residents have all joined in on the celebration of their local celebrity by decorating the town in Scotty’s honor, so if you’re a true fan of his, you’re really in for a treat.

Following Scotty’s map is a great opportunity to feed your music maniac appetite while exploring the charming town of Garner. For more information about Garner accommodations, restaurants and things to do, visit this site.

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