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Old 01-16-2010, 04:52 PM
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Hi all! I'm a Memphian who's going to be in Raleigh for a conference at NC State in February. I haven't ever been to the area, and was wondering if anyone had suggestions on good hotels (for a reasonable, grad student budget) and/or things to do by myself the couple of days I'm going to be there. As far as I know, I'll be traveling by myself and be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.

Any "must-sees"? Or "must-eats"? Or, cause I'm a cynic from Memphis, "must-avoids"?

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Old 01-16-2010, 06:35 PM
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You can stay at the Ramada Blue Ridge Rd, maybe a mile from the school? You could walk over to Cameron Village from State and have coffee, breakfast or lunch at Cafe Carolina and ppl watch. Ck out the cool stores over there.
You could tour downtown, drive around Oakwood historic homes district and drop in for a Krispy Kreme donut See the governor's mansion, it's a lovely victoria home, tour historic Mordecai, and see the state capitol bldg at one end of Fayetteville St. Then walk the length and stop along the way for a cocktail.
You could have dinner in the warehouse district a few blocks away. If you like flea markets there's one at the fairgrounds, down the street from State each Sat and Sun, start maybe 7am?

Here's more info Raleigh Attractions - Things To Do in Raleigh :: I'm sure some other posters will have some good ideas for you. Have fun!
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:30 PM
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If you like museums, I would suggest the NC Museum of Art which is right on Blue Ridge Rd. In addition to the other things suggested downtown there is a history and science museum.

If you like to shop Crabtree Valley Mall & Cary Towne Center aren't far away.

I think BBQ is big in Memphis, you may like to try our NC style of BBQ. I don't eat pork anymore, so I don't want to make any suggestions. There are some places that have turkey and chicken BBQ around here.

I guess it depends on whether you have a rental car as to where you would like to go and stay. I may be able to suggest if I know more about what you like.

There are some hotels directly on Hillsborough St if you don't have a rental. There is a new Sheraton Downtown. There are some hotels on Glenwood Ave. which is a few exits down. There is also a Comfort Inn @ 1200 Hurricane Alley Way about 2 miles from NCSU.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by caesarsgirl79 View Post
If you like museums, I would suggest the NC Museum of Art which is right on Blue Ridge Rd. .
Good ideas, but the NC Museum of Art is closed for 3 more months as they add the new building - so hit that the next time you're in town.

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Old 01-18-2010, 08:10 PM
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Thanks for all the advice! I'll be driving, so I'll be able to drive around some. I'll definitely check some of these out.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:33 PM
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Have breakfast at Big Ed's, in downtown Raleigh, on Saturday between 7 am and 12 noon. (It's closed on Sundays.) A Raleigh institution, you'll enjoy a high-calorie traditional Southern breakfast and have fun looking at assorted junk hanging from the ceiling.

Go to the NC Flea Market held on the NC Fairgrounds. It's fun to walk around. There's always some kind of event there, too. Here's a calendar of events: http://www.ncstatefair.org/events/calendar.htm
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:49 PM
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Andy Warhol Polaroids are on display at the Nasher Museum of Art on Duke Campus through February 21st. Might be neat to check out and walk around Duke Campus. While you are over that way you could grab a bite to eat at Elmo's Diner.

The Nasher Museum of Art
Elmo's Diner
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:21 AM
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I moved here from Collierville 6 months ago. Don't waste your time or money on the BBQ. You will NOT like it. I've tried 2 highly recommended places in Durham and didn't care for either of them. My impression of the BBQ was of boiled pork slathered in vinegar. YUK!

Stick with the Memphis Q.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:32 AM
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I highly recommend Big Ed's as well! It is sooooo gooood!! Fattening but good. As for BBQ (I am from MS originally and while I love Rendezvous for ribs, nothing beats The Pit. I love good BBQ from all parts and this is just plain good eats!!). We rented a house in Oakwood before selling our home and buying one in Apex, so Oakwood is a great area to explore. There is the Oakwood Inn if you like B&Bs and go down the street on Bloodworth to Side Street for a great lunch (they only take cash). You can drive down Glenwood and go to Five Points and see some cute and funky shops. There is a lot to do downtown as well. Raleigh is a lot of fun. Enjoy your visit!
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