Fall in Love with Raleigh this February!

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Fall in Love with Raleigh this February!

This February we’re not just falling for valentines and sweethearts…we’re falling more in love with the City of Oaks and all it has to offer!

Did you know that there are six districts that make up Downtown Raleigh? Each one has its own individual style and offers unique experiences and establishments. Going with the theme of love, we are giving you our personal favorite date spots in each district for both an intimate date night out, as well as a fun family day date option. So, grab your Valentines or Galentines, learn a little more about each district, and get some date ideas in our beloved Downtown Raleigh!

Since we can’t pick a favorite…we’re going in alphabetical order! Let’s Go! 

Capital District

The Capital District is the city center of North Carolina and home to some of the state’s biggest tourist attractions, not to mention where BIG state decisions are made! Besides being home to the Governor’s Mansion and 3.5 million square feet of government office space….what really makes the Capital District stand out from the other 5 is the architecture. Next time you are walking around, notice the classic architecture as well as several Greek revival style buildings lining the streets. The district is also home to the NC History Museum and NC Museum of Natural Sciences: two incredible museums that are free to the public.

Favorite Date Night Spot: The Longleaf Hotel
Favorite Family Day Date: NC Museum of Natural Sciences

 

Fayetteville Street

Running North to South in the heart of Downtown is Fayetteville Street, and this district has something for everyone. Skyscrapers, historic buildings, contemporary office space, and luxury condos line this gorgeous street. Mixed in are award-winning restaurants, a major performing arts center, an amphitheater, independent retailers, galleries, the convention center, and exciting nightlife. This district is where history and modern trends meet and create a vibe that is palpable!

Favorite Date Night Spot: Oro Restaurant and Lounge
Favorite Family Day Date: Picnic at Nash Square Park

Glenwood South

Old meets new! With an eclectic mix of restaurants, art galleries, stores, nightlife, and residences…in this district new restaurants blend in with established favorites. The anchor of this district is Glenwood Avenue; what was once lined with warehouses is now bustling with young executives who work, live and play in this walkable district. Often referred to as Glenwood South, this district also features fun salons, fitness studios, and trendy retailers. In 2013 the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative was formed with a goal to empower residents, merchants and community-based organizations to work together to maximize the vitality and appeal of this district.

Favorite Date Night Spot: The Willard Rooftop Lounge
Favorite Family Day Date: Nerd Escape Room

Moore Square

Named after the newly renovated historic Moore Square Park, which is home to so many of the city’s community events. If you haven’t been recently, you’re in for a treat…the park underwent a $12.6 million renovation, reopening in the fall 2019 with has four acres of green space, water features, dining options and more! Plus, it's right across from City Market, a Raleigh staple filled with cobblestone streets and lined with local establishments. Residential developments such as SkyHouse, Edison, and The Lincoln help make this district the highest populated neighborhood in Downtown. You will not run out of entertainment in this area with multiple art galleries, intimate entertainment venues and plenty of delicious cuisine options.

Favorite Date Night Spot: St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar
Favorite Family Day Date: Marbles Kids Museum

Warehouse District

Characterized by its red brick warehouses, the Warehouse District has transformed into a vibrant mix of retail, restaurants, art museums, and innovative technology firms. This transit-oriented district welcomes hundreds of visitors every day since the opening of Raleigh Union Station and The Dillon, a mixed-use tower and residential development.

Favorite Date Night Spot: Oak Steakhouse Raleigh
Favorite Family Day Date: Videri Chocolate Factory Tour

Seaboard + Person Street

Downtown’s newest and Northernmost district has a neighborhood feel with locally owned businesses such as bakeries, clothing boutiques, hardware and garden stores, and some of downtown’s best restaurants. Being surrounded by historic homes and containing the commercial centers of Seaboard Station and Person Street has increased the demand for retail and services the past 5 years.  More residential developments are being added to the district, which is now home to Blount Street Commons, Elan City Center Apartments, and Peace Street Townes, bringing more residents than ever to this area.

Favorite Date Night Spot: Stanbury
Favorite Family Day Date: Oakwood Pizza Box
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Sherry Case

Sherry relocated from Maine in 2005 and has called North Carolina home ever since. Raleigh's tight knit feel was exactly what she needed when moving from small­town Maine and attending North Carolina....

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