City Living: Plan The Ultimate Spring Weekend In Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC skyline

Home to more than 400,000 residents, Raleigh is the second-largest municipality in North Carolina. Despite its size, the city radiates a sense of closeness that is typically found in small towns. A hub of culture, cuisine and college athletics in the heart of the Tar Heel State, Raleigh is the perfect place to embrace the cosmopolitan without sacrificing good old-fashioned Southern charm.

Whether you’ve signed a lease at The Gramercy, Elan City Center, The Devon Four25 or any other Greystar apartment community in the Raleigh area, you’ll be close to renowned restaurants, thrilling nightlife, state-of-the-art entertainment venues and beautiful green spaces. Invite friends or family to come check out your new place, then spend the weekend devouring everything The City of Oaks has to offer.

Here’s a sample itinerary to get you started!


5 p.m.

Leave work a few minutes early and snag a table at The Pit, serving up authentic whole-hog barbecue in the lively Raleigh Warehouse District. The skillet cornbread, fried green tomatoes and Carolina-style ribs can’t be beat.

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7 p.m.

Sign up for some side-splitting laughter at Goodnights Comedy Club, or cheer on the NC State Wolfpack at PNC Arena. The Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels also play close by.

10 p.m.

Toss back a nightcap or two at Fox Liquor Bar, famous for its delectable charcuterie boards and laundry list of artisanal cocktails. A modest – but meticulously curated – selection of beer and wine is also available.

Anywhere Beyond the Midnight Hour

Retire to your well-appointed Greystar apartment. You’ll need the rest for tomorrow.


10 a.m.

Grab your reusable bags and make your way to the Raleigh Farmers Market, featuring a bounty of colorful produce as well as meats, cheeses and bakery items. Head home and cook up a farm-fresh breakfast, lunch or brunch to fuel the rest of the day’s fun.

raleigh farmers market


1 p.m.

Wander through the acclaimed North Carolina Museum of Art, home to a collection that spans more than 5,000 years. The museum also offers an amphitheater that plays host to a number of public events throughout the year.

3 p.m.

Stroll through scenic Pullen Park, known for its historic carousel, pedal boats and multiple playgrounds. Bonus: Four-legged friends are more than welcome — as long as they’re on a leash.

Raleigh Pullen Park


6 p.m.

Treat your taste buds to flavorful international fare at Buku, specializing in upscale street food from around the globe. Start off with the edamame or empanadas before moving on to a piping hot bowl of ramen or pho.

8 p.m.

Catch a Broadway show or dance performance at Duke Energy Center, the city’s top performing arts venue for nearly 90 years. The center boasts stunning architecture and five distinct theaters, each of which is custom-built for a specific type of performance.

11 p.m.

End the night with a bang at Boxcar Bar + Arcade, which offers vintage and contemporary arcade games as well as impressive beer and bourbon lists. The hangout is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.



Sleep in a bit before heading to Beasley’s Chicken + Honey for brunch. Indulge in a savory feast of fried chicken and flaky buttermilk biscuits, or sweeten things up with a fluffy Belgian waffle topped with seasonal fruit, fresh cream and Virginia maple syrup.

2 p.m.

Pick up some new wardrobe pieces at Cameron Village and North Hills, the city’s premier outdoor shopping plazas. In addition to one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques, you’ll will find an array of trendy spas, coffee shops and full-service restaurants.

Raleigh Cameron Village Shopping


5 p.m.

Raise your glass to an unforgettable weekend at the Raleigh Beer Garden, featuring a laid-back atmosphere and more than 350 brews on tap. Up the bliss factor when you score a table on the picturesque back patio.

7 p.m.

Return home to your gorgeous Greystar apartment in the heart of Raleigh, NC. Throw on your comfiest PJs, put up your feet and relax for a while before planning your next adventure in one of the South’s most exquisite cities!

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