The Weekend Guide…

What: See…

Where: Triangle Cultural Art Gallery

Upcycled- The exhibit “Upcycled” debut last month in May, to highlight Haitian Heritage Month! The Ion verni art pieces takes me back to childhood memories, in Haiti. This event will be open to the public until June 28th, 2019. The artist is Charles Eneld who creates original wall pieces all made by hand and unique. He draws his inspiration from Haitian culture and religions. In 2016, he was featured in the Thayer Art Gallery Art of Ayiti and helped to raise over $ 10,000 in support of professional development of teachers in Haiti.

What: Eat…

Where: The Triangle Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants, Level 7 Roof Top Bar and Raleigh’s City Plaza.

Well…We can start with lunch and dinner at any restaurant of you choosing…That is any restaurant listed as participants in this year’s Triangle Restaurant Week. More details can be found here. End the night with drinks at Level 7. Located at North Carolina’s first AC Hotel, the roof top bar is best suited for get togethers and date night, on a summer night. If you decide to visit on Friday or Sunday nights, than you can add live music to the experience as well. More information about Level 7 can be found here. If you’re up to travel vial pallet on Saturday, you should head over to Raleigh’s International Food Festival on Saturday, June 8 2019. There will be food, beer and wine from around the world accompanied b live music and various forms of entertainment. Based on previous year’s attendance around 20,000 guests are expected. Get your ticket early and see you at Raleigh’s City Plaza for the event.
 

What: Do…

Where: Falls Lake Recreational Park

Hike at the Falls Lake Recreational Park. Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of seven access areas scattered around the shoreline of this undeveloped, 12,000-acre reservoir. More than 300 campsites at four of the access areas offer a range of outdoor experience from RV hookups to primitive tent camping and group camps. There are five swim beaches in the recreation area and a number of boating ramps, some reserved for paddlers and non-gasoline powered boats. The Beaverdam access offers a network of mountain biking trails as well as a separate and quiet lake impoundment perfect for paddling, fishing and swimming. The Mountains-to-Sea State Trail winds through parts of the recreation area and is a centerpiece of a network of hiking trails. More information can be found here.

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The NOLA Way…

I was at work when I received the invite. A trip to New Orleans has been long overdue. I had been previously but almost always on a work trip. This time it would be different. This time I was going on a real trip, with no work in sight…yay.

Upon my arrival, we opted for a Lyft to the hotel and our driver had the best suggestions on what to do, where to eat and things to see.

We unknowingly booked the perfect hotel, walking distance to the French Quarter and Burbon Street. Conveniently enough, a street car line traveled right in front of our hotel, as well. The first night in town, we went to a late dinner at Daisy Dukes. Rumor has it that the character Princess Tiana from Disney’s Princess and the Frog is based off of the original owner of Daisy Dukes.

The first day full day, we woke up to pouring rain. Initially this had us on edge because everything we had planed for the majority of that day would have put us outside. Thankfully, the rain subdued by the time we headed out the doors and we went on to walk the streets downtown and take on a ghost tour of New Orleans. On the tour, we visited cemeteries, learned a lot about the ways and geography of the place and met some very interesting individuals.

I really thought we would be out at all hours of the day and night but the sun and humidity beat us down on most of the days and we ended in our room, every night with the TV on… I know…I’m not proud lol.

I had such a great time in New Orleans! I can’t wait to come back and I’m also eager to book another trip, before the end of the calendar year.

Where should I go next? DC, Maybe?

The Weekend Guide

What: Sweat…

Where: Walk, Run or Bike at White Oak Creek and Black Creek Greenways.

Well technically, you can do these activities whenever but it’s going to be so nice this weekend and a newly-completed section of the greenway has been open since March of this year and so if you are all about the outdoors or if you’ve made the resolution to be outside more this year, this is perfect for you.

What: Eat…

Where: NC Sugar Rush.

On May 26 from 1PM to 5 PM, Memorial Day weekend gets sweet with the NC Sugar Rush food truck rodeo. Imagine at least 20 different food truck at Raleigh’s City Market filled with nothing but deserts. Face painters, ballon artists and more are also expected to be in attendance. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, do not fret, they thought of you too.

What: See…

Where: Left Handed Liberty.

All the way through June 23, 2019 you’ll be able to see this exhibition of self taught artists at Gregg Museum of Art and Design. So if you are trying to stay out of the heat and have a chill day this is the perfect activity after brunch or lunch.

What: Sip…

Where: Brewery Tap & Table.

I have two words for you: Tacos and Beer…need more convincing? There is also a rooftop patio… I knew that would get you! Located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, Tap & Table is one part craft beer bar, one part southern-inspired kitchen.