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THE LONGLEAF HOTEL sits one block from state museums, three blocks from Glenwood South, a ten minute walk from both Fayetteville Street and the Warehouse District. For fresh air, we boast some of the best public parks and greenways in the country. A short 20-minute drive gets you to state parks filled with soaring longleaf pines and endless hiking. Consider us your guide.



Downtown Raleigh is a vibrant city of culture, food, and fun. There are many options, so please allow our staff to personalize your tour. In the meantime, here’s a quick breakdown of downtown districts:

STATE COMPLEX Museums of Natural Science and History, the NC State Legislature, and the historic NC State Capitol are all free and just a couple blocks away from your bed

GLENWOOD SOUTH A few blocks to the west you can find the entertainment district of Glenwood South boasting restaurants, bars, and night clubs to suit all tastes. The Rockford for American fare, The Cortez for seafood, and C. Grace for craft cocktails and live music, plus the massive Raleigh Beer Garden. Finish the night off with burgers at Chargrill or MoJoe's

PERSON STREET A renewed neighborhood hangout just a few blocks north, including Scott Crawford’s acclaimed Crawford & Son and newly opened Jolie, Oakwood Pizza Box, Yellow Dog Bakery, Two Roosters Ice Cream, Edge of Urge women’s boutique, Person Street Bar, and the crew at Oak City Cycling

FAYETTEVILLE STREET Downtown’s central corridor where art, music, and cultural festivals occur seemingly every month is where the Raleigh revival began with establishments like Foundation liquor bar, continuing on with the wood-fired Death & Taxes, the ever ecclectic Garland/Kings/Neptune's Parlour for food/shows/drinks respectively, and the timeless Capital Club 16 for Bavarian American fare. Check out Deco for home goods, Apex Outfitters for outdoor meets urban gear and The Art of Style boutique for modern mens + womens fashion

CONVENTION CENTER There’s a constant stream of activity at the Convention Center and adjacent Red Hat Amphitheater, with award-winning chef Ashley Christensen's flagship restaurant Poole's Diner and just opened Poole'side Pies, local healthy eats Happy + Hale, vegetarian haven Fiction Kitchen, and modern home goods store Port of Raleigh all a stone’s throw away


NC STATE UNIVERSITY Home of the Wolfpack, the futuristic James Hunt Library, timeless treasures Player's Retreat and Mitch's Tavern to catch a game, as well as modern additions like Jubala Coffee and Gonza Tacos

DOROTHEA DIX AND PULLEN PARKS The best views of downtown are found at Dorothea Dix Park which is currently being reimagined as a 300+ acre oasis, while just across the street is Pullen Park with a playground, restored carousel, kid’s train, paddle boats, and indoor pool

CAPITAL CITY GREENWAYS 112 miles of winding paved greenways ideal for biking encircle our city

CAMERON VILLAGE Lots of independent boutiques and food in one of the south’s first ‘outdoor malls’

NORTH HILLS More independent boutiques mixed with larger national retailers

LAKE JOHNSON A local favorite of longleaf pines, paved and unpaved trails, paddle boats and canoes for rent plus a picturesque boathouse for just rocking in a chair

NC MUSEUM OF ART Nestled in rolling meadows you’ll find world class art, outdoor sculptures and trails, not to mention coffee and food at the stunning Iris


DURHAM Home of Duke University, the Durham Bulls, and a burgeoning food and beer scene, it’s hard to go wrong here but try any of Matt Kelly's jaunts and Fullsteam and Ponysaurus for craft brews

CHAPEL HILL The quintessential college town built around The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with can’t miss food and drink at Lantern and Weaver Street Market. In Carrboro visit southern food classic, Crook's Corner and enjoy live music at the Cat’s Cradle

STATE PARKS Twenty minutes west lies Umstead State Park, our hiking and biking favorite. If water is more your vibe check out the Eno River in Durham, Falls Lake in Raleigh or Lake Jordan in southern Wake County

BEACHES Two hours away you’ll find the Carolina coast, just close enough for beach day trips