Why Raleigh? (Part 1)

So you might already be convinced that you want to live at the Ware, but maybe you want to know why Raleigh? Raleigh is the capital, sure, but what kind of place is it? Expect to see a few posts about what makes life amazing in the capital city as a whole. But for now, what would you be up to this weekend?

  Photo by CLB Images

Photo by CLB Images

North Carolina State Fair

You’d probably want to catch the last weekend of the State Fair, ranked #5 by Business Insider on their list of the best state fairs in the country. Raleigh hosts it every year, and this particular year is big: 150th! From the rides to the games, going to the fair is a quintessential American experience, and in Raleigh, even the local foodies—who are never at a loss for nationally-recognized restaurants—make a point to go the fair. If not to stop by the historic Old Grist Mill and sample hot hush puppies, it’s to share a giant turkey leg or try one of the new fried creations that are invented every year for the more adventurous among us. For those who enjoy a more quiet scene, the gardens are in full fall bloom and the Village of Yesteryear offers unique crafts and handmade goods from over 75 artisans. You’ll find weavers, master wood carvers, honey from local beekeepers, hand-thrown pottery, and the like.

international festival of raleigh

32nd International Festival of Raleigh

You may instead decide to attend the ever-growing International Festival, now in its 32nd consecutive year. People come for the dancing, the live music, shopping at a world’s bazaar, the beers, but most of all the food. Pakistani, Nigerian, Lebanese, Thai, Greek, Dutch, the list goes on. With 71 different cultures represented, this festival offers something for everyone. And once you’ve tried, say, the Brazilian cheese bread, you’ll probably want to make time for one of the cooking demos led by a local Brazilian chef. What’s truly great about the festival? It’s Raleigh’s International Festival, so the participants and attendees show up because they live in Raleigh, and they come out to celebrate the diversity that is Raleigh.

Not feeling the call for festival atmosphere this weekend? Raleigh’s got you covered. The weather is sunny and in the 70s. The NC Symphony plays Beethoven and Mendelssohn, the Carolina Ballet is presenting Sleepy Hollow, and the 2017 Southeastern Open for table tennis is happening. Yep, even ping pong tournaments.

Raleigh offers the kind of dynamic variety that visitors would expect from a much bigger city: events, concerts, cultural diversity, excitement, refinement, and amazing eats. But it enchantsthem to stay when they come to find the welcoming atmosphere, the natural beauty, and the small town charm. Maybe that’s why they chose Raleigh to build the Ware.