By Maria Strine
Raleigh
North Carolina
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Raleigh has been the seat of the Tar Heel State since 1792. It is one of three cities that makes up the well known Research Triangle Park, one of the largest planned research development communities in the country. The city offers a wide variety of sites, sounds and activities to appeal every type of traveling personality. Here at EscapeWizard.com, we know that no matter how long your visit, Raleigh has it all for the travelista in you. 

EscapeWizard.com would like you to book your next vacation to North Carolina’s Capital City. Visitors to the Raleigh area will fly in to the Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) located midway between downtown Durham and downtown Raleigh. Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com. For flight arrangements follow (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php), and for hotel accommodations in the Raleigh Triangle area please refer to (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) for the hotel portion of the site.

Not sure what to do when you arrive into Raleigh? EscapeWizard.com recommends a visit to the State Capitol Building in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Learn some of the legends and ghost stories in this self guided tour. The Capitol Building is part of the Raleigh Heritage Trail that visitors can follow for a unique historical experience. From the Capitol Building, you can hop across the street and tour the North Carolina Museum of History or the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. EscapeWizard.com recommends for some family fun, take the kids to see the Animal Grossology exhibit at the Natural Sciences museum. If you are feeling free spirited and don’t mind walking downtown, tour the nearby historic Oakwood area, a Victorian style neighborhood featuring a graveyard with notable Raleigh historic figures entombed there. 

If you are planning a visit to the area in mid-October EscapeWizard.com recommends the North Carolina State Fair as an absolute can’t miss. The fair is the largest state event as well as one of the largest 10 day agricultural fairs in the country. For the food fanatic, this event provides some of the most interesting deep fried foods imaginable. Of course no visit to Raleigh is complete without sampling fine Carolina barbecue. The state is home to two styles of barbecue, North Carolina Eastern Style sauce and Western Style Dip. In Raleigh, you can get a taste of the more vinegar based Eastern Style Sauce. Head west towards Lexington, North Carolina and experience the more tomato based Western Style Dip.  

Raleigh also hosts the World Beer Festival held in downtown Moore Square in April. The city is also home to several microbreweries which offer tours and tastings. If wine is more your liking, North Carolina is home to more than 90 wineries. Here in the Triangle Area, EscapeWizard.com recommends the Chatham Hill Winery tour. The winery is located west of Raleigh and is the state’s first Urban Winery. A listing of these tours can be found http://www.visitraleigh.com/visitors/things_to_do/tours_itineraries/wineries.php.

Raleigh has something for every visitor. Music lovers can enjoy venues large and small. Raleigh ranks as of one the Best Small Concert Venues around. Visitors can tune in on small venues like Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater or more bigger shows at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek.  EscapeWizard.com recommends Raleigh’s Alive After Five or the free all day multi-event Bud Light Raleigh Downtown Live featuring nationally acclaimed artists.

Visiting sports lovers have an all access pass to any of the collegiate sports that are happening in the area. Raleigh is considered the collegiate sports capital of the nation. In addition, Raleigh is also home to the NHL Carolina Hurricanes and the Carolina Mudcats baseball team if you are looking for something more professional.

The greater Raleigh area is part of Wake County’s effort to preserve open space. Raleigh has more than 4300 acres of parkland and about 1400 acres of water offering year round outdoor activities.  EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting places like Pullen Park, Yates Mill Historical Park or the American Tobacco Trail for your recreational pleasure.
   
EscapeWizard.com promises visitors to Raleigh something for everyone. Public transportation is limited and you may need to rent a car in order to see the various sites. Click on the link above to book your next vacation to the Capital City with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Raleigh
By Cassie Belle Mathias
Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh Triangle Town Center
6412 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC
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Welcome to the City of Oaks, and make yourself at home at the Hilton Garden Inn Triangle Town Center!  Located around 20 minutes from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the hotel is also a short walk to the Triangle Town Center mall.  It is also near to Buffalo Lanes, the Raleigh Ice Plex, Adventure Landing and CASL Soccer Field.  Of course, the proximity to the Research Triangle Park may be what brings you to the capital city of The Old North State, so the location is highly convenient.  Please allow the multi-lingual staff to assist you with the amenities of valet service, safety deposit boxes, audio/visual equipment rental and laundry services (fees may apply).  Keep in mind that check in is 3 p.m. and check out is noon, and that accessible options are available for each aspect of your stay to accommodate every guest’s needs. 

Your room options are Guest Room vs. Junior Suite with the choice of either non-smoking or smoking (fee applies).  Also, a Garden Sleep System® King Bed or two Queen Beds are available to you at your preference.  HBO is included, and you may enjoy it on a 32” LCD television.  Also take advantage of complimentary high-speed internet.  Expect a free issue of USA Today at your doorstep every morning on weekdays, and take advantage of the refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, spacious desk, as well as iron & board and room service available to you for your convenience.

Stage your next business meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh Triangle Town Center which offers a meeting space of 900 sq. Ft. with a capacity of 60 individuals as well as a full boardroom- both with catering services upon request.  The 24-hour business center is at your disposal providing secure PrinterOn® printing.  Please feel honored at the guest appreciation gathering which takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays weekly in the lounge and features Hors D’oeuvres complements of the hotel as well as beer and wine specials.  Sneak in a workout at the fitness room followed by a dip in the hot tub or a few strokes at the pool.  Wake up to the Great American Grill offering breakfast make-to-order. 

Rest easy and take care of business at the Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh Triangle Town Center.  Allow EscapeWizard.com to mediate your stay and accommodate your every need (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  
Hotels in Raleigh
By Katelyn Mohney
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh - Cary
500 Caitboo Avenue, Cary, NC
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The DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Raleigh-Cary is located within the Crossroads Shopping Plaza in Cary, North Carolina. From the hotel, Raleigh and Research Triangle Park are easily accessed. The hotel is located near Interstate 40 and there are various shops, restaurants and entertainment opportunities located nearby. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is a 15 minute drive from the hotel and the hotel provides shuttle service to guests for quick and convenient travel. Check in is at 3 in the afternoon.

Choose a guest room with 2 queen beds, one king bed or a king bed and a sofa which can easily be converted into a bed at night. One-bedroom suites featuring a king-sized bed and a convertible sofa bed are also available. The hotel also offers a guest room featuring a king bed and a microwave and refrigerator. All guest rooms are furnished with the Serta Sweet Dreams® Bed dressed with signature bedding and pillows. Each room has a 37" high definition television with standard, cable and premium channels, including HBO® and ESPN® . Guests will have no trouble napping in the afternoon or sleeping in in the morning because all rooms are decorated with black out curtains to assure privacy and allow guests the opportunity to rest no matter what time it is. Complimentary wireless or wired high speed internet access is provided in guest rooms. All rooms have an iron, ironing board, alarm clock, radio, hairdryer, telephones, coffee and tea maker and a workstation. Suites also include a refrigerator and microwave. Check-out ends at 12 p.m.

The DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel in Cary, North Carolina offers guests the comfort of the suburbs with easy access to the city, with many surrounding areas for entertainment opportunities. EscapeWizard.com can help you book a room today; just follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to make reservations.
Hotels in Raleigh
By Lynette Johnson
Homewood Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Crabtree Valley
5400 Homewood Banks Drive, Raleigh, NC
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Located in the heart of Raleigh, NC, Homewood Suites by Hilton® Raleigh-Crabtree Valley brings the best of home for your leisure and business travel experience. Homewood offers spacious studio, one and/or two bedroom sites that have separate living and sleeping areas.  Each room has fully equipped kitchens (full size refrigerator, microwave, burner stove and dishwasher), black-out curtains, sofa bed, hairdryer, thermostat (adjustable) and a 32 LCD/HD inch TV with premium cable channels, just to list a few room amenities.  Upon request, there are accessible rooms available for those travelers needing mobility.  For the traveling family, Homewood offers a fitness room, pool, children’s activities, video rentals, cribs, high chairs and playpens.  The business travel has the convenience of the business center which offers complimentary high speed internet and printing service, meeting rooms, audio/visual equipment rental, video conferencing and business phone service.  Check-in is at 3 p.m. and after the day of your arrival and the check-out is 12 p.m.

Homewood has taken the guest work out of finding breakfast, their Suite Start® hot breakfast is served seven days a week.  For an evening sneak, Welcome Home Reception® a complimentary light meal and beverages is available Monday through Thursday evenings.  If you prefer to venture out, Homewood is just minutes away from Crabtree Valley Mall that has a host of restaurants for your delight.  Explore the area with the hotel’s complimentary transportation.  A few of tourist attractions and recreational activities are:  Walnut Creek Amphitheatre; Capital Area Visitor Center and the North Carolina Museum of History; Carter-Finley Stadium; North Carolina Museum of Art; North Carolina Natural Science Museum; Marble Kids Museum; and William B. Umstead State Park.

The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Raleigh-Crabtree Valley is an excellent choice for your vacation or extended stay accommodations.  EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel experience by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).