Today we welcome Lauren to the blog, an optometric photographer (i.e. takes medical images of patient’s eyes) from Raleigh, North Carolina! Lauren shares with us how she stays inspired by using her city, every single day.
How would you describe Raleigh to someone who has never been?
It is a little big city. Whether it’s live music, a theatre production or festival there is always something going on. Just pick up a free Indy (Independent) Weekly at most any establishment and you’ll be overloaded with options. Or check out their website.
Something for Everyone.
What makes someone a tried-and-true-bleed-blue person from Raleigh?
You like a side of Art with your wine.
What is the one Raleigh clothing essential?
Boat shoes, wallabies or sandals.
City Market and the North Carolina Museum of Art.
What’s the best way to get around the city? Bike, bus, car…
If you’re downtown catch the R line. Anywhere else by car. Raleigh has cabs and Uber!
What is your city’s philosophy?
Good Food. Good Drinks. Great Friends.
A morning run and good cup of coffee. An afternoon with your friends perusing a festival, flea market or fair. Dinner and drinks downtown with friends and a night full of live music and/or dancing.
What is your favorite place for…
A date night: Drinks and tapas at Buku, a fusion style restaurant and bar – then catch a show at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. Maybe followed by a liquor drink at C. Grace, a 1920’s style bar that frequently has live jazz music and you can get a fabulous, fancy drink for around $10.
A dinner with friends: Natty Greene’s. Good beer, good food. Check out their thirsty Thursday specials.
Working: Cameron Village Library
People watching: Park yourself somewhere in Lafayette Village. They have lots of shops and great things to eat. It mimics France, Eiffel Tower and all!
Shopping (boutique, vintage, chain store): Cameron Village – lots of good places to eat and great shopping! City market is downtown – lots of cute independent shops. And good food all around!
Your coffee shop: Cup – A- Joe on Hillsborough street. Very local.
Your local bar: The Raleigh Times. If you live here you’ll run into at least three people you know. A local favorite and a great way to meet people in the area, or to start off your night.
Your park: Lake Johnson if you’re up for a run or want to rent a kayak or paddle boat for the afternoon. For kids check out Pullen Park–they have a train, paddle boats, and a carousel!
What is one souvenir to bring back from Raleigh?
A few stamps on your hand from the night before.
Mountains or ocean?
You get the best of both. If you’re adventurous, a camp on Carolina Beach is a fun way to spend the weekend and meet new people. A few faves are Topsail Island, Wrightsville beach, and the Outer banks (they still have wild horses…!) And yet…The Appalachian mountains – full of outdoor fun. White water rafting, camping, hiking, rock climbing. Asheville is a gorgeous town to visit, and if you make it that way check out the Biltmore Estate and winery!
Well there is a question.
Cook out or Cookout?
Cookout. Milkshakes. Open late.
Bojangles or Chick-fil-a?
Bojangles Cajun Filet biscuit combo with French fries and honey mustard please! Don’t forget my Iced tea 🙂
The Fall in Raleigh is gorgeous. If you’re going to stay in town I would definitely recommend coming when the leaves are turning. But bring a pair of shorts because the weather is unpredictable!
Thanks so much for sharing your city with us, Lauren! For more travel inspiration on folks making the most from their city, join us on the following linkups:
-Travel Photo Thursday on Budget Travelers Sandbox
-Friday Postcards at Walking On Travels
p.s. in case you missed it, here’s Kristen’s City Guide to Fort Collins, Colorado!