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Old 10-06-2007, 03:03 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Hi I would love to explore the state fair grounds via amtrak train but the arrival and departure time doesnt leave much time to spend at the fair.

Is there hotels/ motels within walking distance of the fairgrounds and are they in a decent safe location?

Also what about the hotel that it looks remind me of the capital records builidng in L.A. Who owns and runs that building now?
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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The Ramada Inn on Blue Ridge Road is across the street (walking distance) from the Fair Grounds. It's fine, safe, clean (as far as I remember) and the area is fine. It's used by a lot of people who are affiliated with the vet school at NCSU and frequently by out of state college fans in town for ball games.
I'm not sure about thee other one you are talking about. Is it the one downtown that looks like the hot curler?

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Old 10-06-2007, 03:14 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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LOL yeah the hot curler lol. thanks for ramada info Ill look into it.

Base on the bytrain website it only gives me 6 hours to enjoy the fair if I did it all in one day even on a weekday will that be enough time to check the fair out?
Take the Train to the State Fair (broken link)
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Old 10-06-2007, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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It depends really. I know plenty of people who come from out of town and are there from the time the fair opens until it closes. On the other hand, six hours would be plenty of time for ME to see what I needed to see. It depends on if you are trying to catch shows, see all the animal stuff, etc or if you want to just walk around, ride the rides, see some exhibits, eat, that kind of stuff.
The hot curler hotel (the Clarion I think?) is right in downtown Raleigh and is in a nice part of downtown, close to the capitol and the museums but you couldn't walk to the fair from there. I think you can catch a bus to the fair from downtown Raleigh though.
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Old 10-06-2007, 04:13 PM
 
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Interesting about the train. Especially nice that it drops you off right across the street. Between the traffic/parking and then the actual crowds at the fair, I usually skip it. But if I didn't have to worry about parking and the traffic jams, I'd probably do it (I've done a park and ride bus before. That was terrible. Sat in traffic on an overcrowded bus). I think 6 hours is plenty of time to be at the fair itself, especially during the times listed and during the week.
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:03 PM
 
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Hopefully the Ramada has improved since my wife worked as a housekeeper there a few years ago.

Was terrible at that time and the manager was a male chauvinist pig that called his staff "maids". One time the whole housekeeping staff quit en masse.
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I worked there for 5 years (although this iwas when I was in college and it's been a while ), and it was just fine. I just drove past it tonight too and it looks they've added on some stuff like an outdoor patio on the side with the restaurant and bar.
I will admit that the owner could be a major jerk though.
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:12 PM
 
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He was a true "north end of a southbound horse".
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:24 PM
 
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I was going to suggest the Ramada on Blue Ridge as well. It has the best location that I can think of. I stayed during the hurricane in 96 and it was nice, but anything could have changed in 10 years..

There is also a Hampton Inn and Suites off HWY 54 near RBC. It is very close as well.
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