Raleigh, N.C., Media Accolades and Quotes

Raleigh continues to receive praise from national travel, culinary and meetings-focused media outlets. Below are some highlights of great stories and excerpts!

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Accolades

 

2022 accolades

(August 2022)
One of Airbnb’s Most Popular Destinations for Labor Day Weekend Getaways
Condé Nast Traveler

(August 2022)
Raleigh Beer Garden serves some of the Rarest Beers in the World
CNN Travel

(August 2022)
St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar is one of 20 Delicious Ways to Celebrate National Oyster Day
Forbes

(June 2022)
One of the Best Eastern United States Vacation Spots for Families
TravelingMom

(April 2022)
One of the 9 Best Places to Visit in North Carolina
Lonely Planet

(April 2022)
Boulted Bread’s jam pinwheel is one of the Absolute Best Pastries in the U.S.
Mashed

(April 2022)
Heights House Hotel named one of The Best New Hotels in the World
Travel + Leisure

(March 2022)
Heights House Hotel named one of The Best New Hotels in the South
Atlanta Magazine

(March 2022)
One of the South’s Best Cities on the Rise
Southern Living

 

2021 accolades

(December 2021)
One of the Next Must-Hit Destinations
The Morning Show (Canada)

(November 2021)
One of The Most Affordable Southern Cities for Your 2022 Family Vacation
Southern Living

(August 2021)
One of the Best Places To See Fall Foliage
Real Simple

(July 2021)
Crude Bitters named the Best Bitter for Gin Cocktails
Saveur

(June 2021)
One of the Best Cities for Hockey Fans
WalletHub

(May 2021)
Sam Jones BBQ named one of The American Barbecue Joints You Need To Try Right Now
Thrillist

(March 2021)
Raleigh Beer Garden named the Best Beer Garden in the United States
USA Today

(February 2021)
Heights House Hotel named one of The World's Best Hotel Openings in 2021
Fathom

(January 2021)
One of the Destinations You Should Visit This Year
Tablet Hotels

(January 2021)
One of the Best State Capitals for Safety and More
WalletHub

(January 2021)
Heights House Hotel named one of the 15 New Hotels We Can’t Wait to Visit in 2021
Fodor’s Travel

 

 

2020 accolades

(December 2020)
One of The 50 Best Places To Travel in 2021
Travel + Leisure

(November 2020)
Fayetteville St. named one of The South’s Most Storied Streets
Southern Living

(September 2020)
Morrisville named one of The Best Places To Live in America
Money

(June 2020)
Number one Upcoming IT City in the USA Other Than Silicon Valley
CustomerThink

(June 2020)
One of the Cities with the Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs
Volusion

(June 2020)
One of the Top 10 Global Emerging Ecosystems of Today and Tomorrow
Startup Genome

(June 2020)
Cary named number one City Where Women Are Most Successful
SmartAsset

(May 2020)
One of The 10 US Cities Best Positioned to Recover from Coronavirus
Moody’s Analytics/Forbes

(April 2020)
Named The Hot New Destination for Live Music
Meetings Today

(April 2020)
One of The Best Cities To Be Quarantined in
Zippia

(March 2020)
One of the Most Recession-Resistant Cities
SmartAsset

(March 2020)
The Umstead Hotel and Spa named The North Carolina Resort of Your Five-Star Dreams
Forbes Travel Guide

(March 2020)
Ashley Christensen named one of the Top Female Chefs and Restaurateurs in the U.S.
USA Today 10Best

(March 2020)
One of 50 Budget-Friendly Family Road Trips the Whole Gang Will Love
O, The Oprah Magazine

(February 2020)
One of 13 U.S. Destinations That Are Secretly Hiding Incredible Beer Scenes
Thrillist

(February 2020)
One of The Best American Cities for Live Music (Besides Nashville)
Reader’s Digest

(February 2020)
Named a Hotbed of Independent Music
Rolling Stone

 

 

2019 accolades

(December 2019)
One of 17 Cool Places to Visit in the U.S. for 2020
yTravel Blog

(October 2019)
One of the Best Weekend Getaways Near Atlanta and the Best Food Getaway
Thrillist

(September 2019)
RDU International Airport ranked number five in Passenger Satisfaction Among Large Airports
J.D. Power

(September 2019)
Brewery Bhavana named one of the Most Instagrammable Restaurants in America
Food Network

(September 2019)
Benchwarmers Bagels and Heirloom Brewshop both named one of the 50 Best New Restaurants in America
Bon Appétit

(August 2019)
Clyde Cooper’s BBQ named a Great American Bite
USA Today

(July 2019)
One of Six Incredible U.S. Cities Hiding in Plain Sight
Matador Network

(July 2019)
Two Roosters Ice Cream named one of 10 Best Ice Cream Parlors Across America
USA Today 10Best

(May 2019)
The Cortez named One of America’s Amazing Sustainable Seafood Restaurants
USA Today 10Best

(May 2019)
‘Strahan and Sara’ Loves Raleigh
Good Morning America’s Strahan and Sara

(May 2019)
The Carolina Hurricanes were dubbed The NHL Team That Acts Like a Pro Football Franchise
The Wall Street Journal

(April 2019)
Heron’s at The Umstead Hotel and Spa named one of The 30 Best Restaurants in America
USA Today

(April 2019)
Benchwarmers Bagels was named one of Bon Appetit editor Rachel Karten’s Favorite Things to Eat, Drink and Buy
Bon Appetit

(March 2019)
One of the 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live
Liveability

(March 2019)
CNN Travel Editor Lilit Marcus dubbed Raleigh one of her Top Three Favorite Destinations
Muck Rack

(January 2019)
One of The World’s Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2019
VinePair

(January 2019)
Larry’s Coffee named The Best Mid-Range Coffee Available Right Now
Epicurious

 

 

2018 accolades

(November 2018)
Trophy Tap + Table named one of 13 Brewery Brunches You’ll Love
CraftBeer.com

(October 2018)
Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo named in What To Eat and Drink Around the World This Week
Departures

(August 2018)
Brewery Bhavana named one of The 32 Hottest Breweries in America Right Now
Thrillist

(August 2018)
Cary ranked number one Most Under-the-Radar Cities in America
Expedia Viewfinder

(July 2018)
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours named one of 10 Must-Try Food Tours in North America
USA Today

(July 2018)
Ashley Christensen named one of the 31 People Who Are Changing the South
TIME

(May 2018)
Watts & Ward named one of Nine Great Cocktail Venues for Groups to Network and Unwind
Meetings Today

(April 2018)
Named one of Seven Mouthwatering Destinations for Food Hall Fun
Forbes Travel Guide

(February 2018)
Town of Cary named one of The Most Romantic Weekend Getaways in America
MSN 

(February 2018)
Top 25 Convention Cities in the U.S. for 2018 and Top Convention Cities for Innovation
MeetingSource.com 

(February 2018)
One of The Best Places to Go in April
Town & Country

(February 2018)
"Raleigh, North Carolina, Offers Tasty Cuisine and Modern Art in the Perfect Romantic Getaway"
DatingAdvice.com 

(January 2018)
"Attendees Experience a Confluence of Creativity in Raleigh"
Prevue Meetings

(January 2018)
Brewery Bhavana named one of the Best New Restaurants of 2017
USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

(January 2018)
North Carolina ranked number one for 2018 Travel Destinations
CTV Vancouver (Canada)


 

2017 accolades

(December 2017)
Brewery Bhavana named one of The 10 Coolest Places to Eat in 2018
Forbes

(December 2017)
One of the 30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America 2017
Zagat

(October 2017)
Warehouse District named one of 12 Neighborhoods Across America That Are About to Get Crazy Popular
Thrillist

(September 2017)
One of Five Surprising Southern Food Towns
Garden & Gun

(August 2017)
Brewery Bhavana named one of The Hot 10 Best New Restaurants in America
Bon Appétit

(June 2017)
Sixth Most Adventurous City in America
Men’s Health

(June 2017)
Hopscotch Music Festival named one of Nine Southern Festivals Well Worth Adding to the Calendar
Garden & Gun

(April 2017)
One of Five Underrated Food Cities on the East Coast
USA Today

(January 2017)
One of the 12 Top Destinations of 2017
Forbes Travel Guide

 

 

Quotes

 

2022 Quotes

Coleman Concierge
(July 2022)
“With over 300 miles of paved greenways and bike friendly roads, beautiful accommodations and delicious restaurants, the greater Raleigh area, is a perfect destination in the Mid-South for a biking getaway.”

This is Raleigh
(July 2022)
“One of the things we love about living in Raleigh is the thriving craft beer scene, it’s not just the food scene that has grown in prominence, and I can personally vouch that the Raleigh beer scene is up there with the best in the nation.”

This is My South
(June 2022)
“Raleigh is often cited as one of the South’s best food cities, home to a number of James Beard award nominees like Ashley Christensen, Cheetie Kumar, Oscar Diaz and Sunny Gerhart. Give yourself plenty of time to dine out as much as possible, sampling every range of cuisine type!”

Southern Flavor Magazine
(June 2022)
“Raleigh flies under the radar as a U.S. culinary destination—and it shouldn’t. With James-Beard-nominated chefs expanding their culinary empires, old and new restaurants garnering national accolades and locals enthusiastically promoting the city’s dining riches, Raleigh's restaurant scene will not be a ‘hidden gem’ for long.”

Traveling Mom
(June 2022)
“Raleigh, N.C., offers so many family-friendly things to do, yet it’s also affordable to visit and live.”

Marriott Bonvoy Traveler
(May 2022)
”Raleigh, North Carolina, is a shining star of the South, a gem that blends innovative thinking with down-home hospitality and wildly creative cuisine. The craft-beer scene is thriving, as is the tech startup biz. From top-notch museums that have earned Raleigh the nickname ‘Smithsonian of the South’ to an impressive lineup of musical events and festivals, you’ll find the cultural attractions compelling.”

Travel + Leisure
(April 2022)
“[Heights House Hotel] is an architectural wonder: the veranda looks out on old-growth trees; the foyer rises to a stained-glass cupola; arched windows meet 15-foot ceilings and flood breakfast with sunlight; and the five guestrooms are finished in lime-washed walls and earth-toned furnishings. Four rooms in an addition have an Art Deco vibe.”

Lonely Planet
(April 2022)
“The capital city has an energy that attracts lovers of the arts.”

Meetings Today
(April 2022)
“Raleigh, North Carolina, and its fellow Research Triangle (RT) cities are experiencing a boom that is attracting young tech workers and others to a region that is already flush with top universities and leading health and life sciences companies and organizations.”
“As it’s common knowledge that young tech workers are a thirsty lot, convention-focused cities such as Raleigh are flush with dining and drinking establishments that cater to a demographic mirroring a youthful surge in corporate America."

The New York Times
(April 2022)
“[North Carolina Museum of Art’s] nationally renowned collection is not its only asset. The institution, which sits on the outskirts of Raleigh, has something more, something that even more prominent museums in Northeastern and Midwestern cities with larger collections cannot match: an opportunity to build a new audience from a growing number of people who—whether because of the pandemic, the Great Resignation or the decades-long trend of Americans migrating toward the Sun Belt and the Far West—are moving to cities like Raleigh.”

Travel + Leisure
(March 2022)
“As Raleigh, North Carolina, transforms into a hub for tech and tourism, three innovative hotels are leading the charge…Raleigh is booming.”

Miami Times
(March 2022)
“Raleigh is a cultural hot spot with top-tier museums, earning the nickname ‘Smithsonian of the South.’”

Select Traveler
(March 2022)
“Black Main Street is another must-visit. The area was developed in the 1910s and 1920s as an African American commercial district. Groups can learn about the history, see the sidewalk art and visit some of Raleigh’s thriving modern-day Black 

Southern Living
(March 2022)
“Raleigh may be known for groundbreaking research and fine collegiate institutions, but this bright corner of the state's Research Triangle is more than just brains. The city is situated midway between the Outer Banks and the Appalachian Mountains, but its lively arts scene, breweries and food halls beg you to stay put.”

AFAR
(February 2022)
“[Raleigh is] no sleepy state capital. You’ll find restaurants from celebrity chefs like James Beard Award–winner Ashley Christensen and Top Chef alum Katsuji Tanabe, as well as more than 140 public-art installations and murals and contemporary art museums like CAM Raleigh.”

Smart Meetings Magazine
(February 2022)
“Known as the City of Oaks for its stately tree canopy, Raleigh has all the culture and nightlife you would expect of an area that attracts thinkers, doers and students.”

Sports Destination Management
(January 2022)
“This destination is leveling up in the esports market, as evidenced by the formation of the Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee.” 

GTT Global
(January 2022)
“[Raleigh] is an exciting new destination for our local market, to visit as a tourist or in relation to the world class university community and the strong high-tech industry.”

 

2021 quotes

Sports Destination Management
(December 2021)
“This destination [Raleigh] is leveling up in the esports market.”

American Art Collector
(November 2021)
“Heading slightly to the east is the capital city of Raleigh, which is also home to astounding museums such as the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, both serving up rotating exhibitions.”

Wrightsville Beach Magazine
(October 2021)
“There are several paved trail systems [in North Carolina] that are worth the time and effort in reaching, especially in the Raleigh area.”

Meetings Today
(October 2021)
“The state capital of Raleigh is well known for its attributes as a meetings destination, with a compact, special-event-friendly downtown that features the Raleigh Convention Center. Citywide groups such as the annual IBMA World of Bluegrass can hold conventions at the convention center and block off parts of downtown for performance stages, and also use the state-of-the-art Red Hat Amphitheater for larger shows.” 

“On any given day, you’ll find people from all backgrounds and walks of life gathered over a cold beverage of their choice conversing, catching up with old friends and making new ones. With over 350 beers on tap, a great food menu, onsite catering, views of the downtown skyline and multiple spaces—indoor and outdoor—all within one venue, it truly is a meeting planner’s dream.”

Midtown Magzine
(September 2021)
“You’ll soon understand why this area Wake County is consistently named one of the best places to live in America—most recently climbing to No. 2 on U.S. News & World Report’s ‘150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2021-2022.’”

Cary Living Magazine
(September 2021)
“The MLB Draft Combine is the latest of many high-profile events at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.” 
“Cary is a large part of what our summer is. Every scout has their favorite hotel they stay in, whether it’s in RTP or right down the street. We all have our favorite restaurants.”

Travel to Blank
(September 2021)
“Downtown Raleigh is packed with some of the best free things to do in the city including mural chasing, top notch museums, a free tour of the State Capitol, City Market, the best Raleigh skyline photo view at The Dillon and the giant globe at the Natural Science Museum.”

Pull Magazine
(September 2021)
“The fine folks at Sk8-Cary welcomed us to their world class park, which is located just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. Special thanks to the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance for lining everything up and getting the amazing [town] of Cary hyped on USA BMX Freestyle.”

Lost in the Carolinas
(August 2021)
“As the capital city of North Carolina, this cultural hub has so much to offer… There is plenty of nature to explore here, hence its nickname the City of Oaks. In addition, there are a plethora of museums and unique attractions awaiting an adventurous spirit. Raleigh has a rich history to discover and a thriving arts and culinary scene.”

Sports Planning Guide
(August 2021)
“While the region can certainly attest to these figures as its impressive competitive gaming event resume demonstrates, it’s long been about the community’s research and tech ecosystem that more appropriately valuates and substantiates esports in Greater Raleigh.”

Our State
(July 2021)
“Raleigh shakes a lot of charm from the boughs of its ancient oaks. Another feeling pulses through the city, too—a new, iconic vibe that runs right alongside the old. Braided together, downtown Raleigh charms and delights, revealing unique experiences for folks exploring the City of Oaks.”

Reflector
(July 2021)
“Raleigh provides families with multiple opportunities guaranteed to fit any budget… Known as the Smithsonian of the South, Raleigh has a range of museums, most of which are free to visit. They offer a variety of exhibits showcasing art, historical artifacts and natural sciences.”

HospitalityNet
(July 2021)
“Greater Raleigh is well positioned for a healthy recovery once the pandemic is fully suppressed, vaccines are distributed further and corporate activity resumes.”

Samantha Brown’s Places to Love
(July 2021)
“We [Craig and Caroline Makepeace of y Travel Blog] instantly fell in love with living in Raleigh and have made it our mission since then to permanently stay.”

“You can wander through the historic neighborhood of Boylan Heights and enjoy the historical homes and feel. From there you can capture a view of downtown from Boylan Bridge before wandering down into the more modern Warehouse District. I think that will give you a unique perspective of how this city has evolved into this vibrant, modern city that still maintains its slow paced, historical charm.”

MarQuee Magazine
(May 2021)
“You'll notice that the Umstead has taken full advantage of North Carolina's woodland setting. From organic botanical treatments to the soothing sounds of mountain water and the expansive views, this is a space where all of your senses are engaged, which is why they are consistently listed among the best spas in the Raleigh area.”

Adventures & Ales
(May 2021)
“Raleigh is such a fun beer city to visit nestled in The Research Triangle of North Carolina. It is absolutely booming and one of the fastest growing areas of the country, so there are plenty of things to do and a plethora of breweries to explore!”

Meetings Today
(April 2021)
“While it may be tempting for DMOs to hide their figurative heads in the sand because of the severe impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their destinations and revenue streams, North Carolina’s Visit Raleigh has used this tumultuous time to reinforce its primary mission—to serve its clients in their time of need.”

StyleBlueprint
(April 2021)
“They [Raleigh Denim] have created a collection, a space and a brand that can never be mass-manufactured, and they hold a story just as special as the product itself. To us, their journey defines small-business magic.”

The Local Palate
(March 2021)
“Heights House serves as a pillar of hospitality and inclusion to all, from local community members to the creative traveler.”

Tablet Hotels
(January 2021)
“That mix of tradition and youthful spirit that means a city bursting not just with Southern staples like top-notch barbecue and historic mansions, but the hallmarks of any hip destination—craft breweries and a burgeoning arts scene.”

Sports Destination Management
(January 2021)
“This powerful combination of assets is helping to position Greater Raleigh as a global leader in the esports community.”

The Local Palate
(January 2021)
“Raleigh’s extensive art collection is nearly rivaled by the city’s expanding culinary community.”

 

 

2020 quotes

Midtown Miami Magazine
(December 2020)
“From wellness resorts, art forward hotels and hip new boutique properties Raleigh and Durham are leading the way when it comes to the ultimate sustainable experiences.”

Midtown Miami Magazine
(December 2020)
“Located on the largest museum campus in the United States behind the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Cloud Chamber is a unique work that mixes fairy tale design with medieval technology to create one of the most unique spaces in the world.”

yTravel Blog
(December 2020)
“The annual Wide Open World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, N.C., closes out the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass week. It is one of the most fun and unique things to do in North Carolina.”

Southern Living
(November 2020)
“Much of Fayetteville Street’s historic architecture has been preserved, giving it authentic character as well as plenty to see and do.”

Meetings Today
(November 2020)
“The proof is in the accreditations and certifications: When choosing a destination for their next live meeting, planners can rest assured that Raleigh has taken significant steps to ensure the safety and security of attendees to its city.”

Condé Nast Traveler
(November 2020)
“Black walls, cool decor and lighting and bold artwork makes Garland look like it was decorated by a rock star—wait, it was. Chef and co-owner Cheetie Kumar is the lead guitarist for Birds of Avalon, and the rock n' roll-meets-India vibe is all her—in collaboration with her co-owner, partner in life and fellow musician Paul Siler, that is. The Southern ingredients, sense of hospitality and warm atmosphere are all her, too. There's no place quite like it in Raleigh.”

Condé Nast Traveler
(November 2020)
“[Transfer Co. Food Hall] One of the best bets to grab food in the city, quickly becoming a staple for locals and travelers alike.”

yTravel Blog
(September 2020)
“If an Australian family who have traveled to over 50 countries, lived in 5 countries and could chose almost anywhere in the world to live, chose here [Raleigh], it must be pretty good right?”

“It’s an approachable, walk-able, lovable city that is both cutting-edge and cool filled with a youthful vibrancy and entrepreneurial, welcoming spirit.”

Spa & Beauty Today
(July 2020)
“Wherever you’re coming from, a visit to the South is an invitation to slow down. The Umstead Hotel and Spa takes that to the next level in the most luxurious and relaxing way. Here, harried travelers can brake and take a break in the oasis of wellness and tranquility.”

Connect Sports
(June 2020)
“Not only are cities like Dallas welcoming competitions of the mind when approached by event organizers, some areas are actively seeking to become hotbeds for STEAM-related tournaments. Take Raleigh, where city officials and an esports agency called Big Block created a new coalition called the Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee to measure the impact of esports events in the area and attract future esports tournaments.”

CustomerThink
(June 2020)
“Raleigh is notable for its unique economy that attracts tech professionals who are ready to explore something new. Raleigh is part of the enchanted research triangle and is undoubtedly one of the major tech hubs in the southeast United States.”

ConventionSouth
(May 2020)
“North Carolina’s capital city is home to North Carolina State University, the three-venue Raleigh Convention Campus, the 19,500-seat PNC Arena and numerous high-quality cultural, culinary, recreational and educational assets.”

American Way
(May 2020)
“Raleigh, North Carolina, is a small city with a big footprint. Located in the famed Research Triangle (a hub of education and innovation that also includes Durham and Chapel Hill), Carolina’s capital city is home to numerous James Beard-nominated chefs, award-winning musicians, architectural marvels and more.”

It’s easy to feel like a local in this charming Southern town. Nestled among looming oaks is a vibrant, thriving community of artists and creators building a food-forward, artisan-centric region rooted in Southern hospitality.”

Style at Home
(April 2020)
“[Guest House Raleigh] This beautiful boutique inn will have you dreaming of renovating your own home, too!”

Meetings Today
(April 2020)
“As evidence by recent coverage of a sizzling Research Triangle music scene that meeting planners can leverage for their programs via offsite events and hiring local talent to perform.”

“Diversity, it seems, is the destination’s live music hit.”

“Raleigh, and the greater Research Triangle area, has since become one of the top music festival destinations in the U.S., with genres that appeal to a wide swath of tastes.”

“The ability and willingness of Raleigh to turn its downtown into essentially one huge concert venue speaks to its walkable nature, which is popular with any meetings group.”

“No matter what style of live music gets your group’s feet tapping, Greater Raleigh has got you covered and may just surprise attendees with the vitality and authenticity of its now not-so-secret scene.”

Southern Living
(March 2020)
“During these dark times, many are doing what they can to step up and help these members of our communities. One such figure inspiring us with her kindness is James Beard award-winning Raleigh chef, Ashley Christensen, proprietor of AC Restaurants. Following North Carolina mandating that all restaurants and bars close indefinitely on March 17, Christensen has partnered with the Frankie Lemmon Foundation—which supports a Raleigh school for kids with and without special needs—to launch a relief fund for Research Triangle-area restaurant workers.”

Smart Meetings
(March 2020)
“Raleigh has been the state capital since 1792 and boasts a rich history as well as a cutting-edge coolness. It features a very walkable downtown filled with lively pubs and cafes, shaded parks and 11 universities and colleges.”

“The city’s alternative meeting venues span everything from unique food halls to live-music venues, outdoor parks, amphitheaters and high-end gaming facilities.”

Birmingham Magazine
(March 2020)
“I’ve been in Raleigh for 24 hours and I’ve already eaten dim sum, the famous mac and cheese at Poole’s Diner, Indian-Southern fusion food, handmade bagels and Laotian food. In between, I sipped on local craft beers, tasted small-batch organic chocolates and ordered a smoked cocktail at a speakeasy.”

“Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, has been regarded as a food haven in the last decade, but the world really turned its head when the James Beard Foundation named Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen as the best chef in the country at its 2019 awards. Her win made Raleigh a major player on a national scale, and now, more than ever, people from around the country are traveling to this city of one million to taste the varied cuisine offered at its award-winning restaurants.”

“The restaurant [Garland] also has one of the best and most interesting cocktail menus in town.”

“And then there’s Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar, a hidden gem that’s more than worthy of praise.”

“From Southern to sophisticated, exotic to familiar, it’s evident that Raleigh’s dining scene really is something special.”

The Sunday Times
(March 2020)
“[Raleigh’s] rolling, compact, tree-dotted city centre is a happy-go-lucky, cultured crossword of three-storied, ripened red bricks. Beneath gliding spirals of huge hawks, its switched-on, savvy citizens make great company.”

USA Today 10Best
(March 2020)
“Last year, Ashley Christensen won the 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef for her creative comfort food (including some of the best macaroni and cheese on the planet) at six distinct restaurant concepts in Raleigh.”

TravelPulse Canada
(February 2020)
“Raleigh, the capital, now has three flights a day to Toronto via Air Canada and is a vital part of the so-called Research Triangle, with tons of dot.com businesses and tech firms. It’s a compact city where you don’t need a car, which is great for Canadian urbanites.”

Thrillist
(February 2020)
“Beer fans with an appetite should have Raleigh in their flight plans for 2020: The city’s brewery scene is booming at a rate only surpassed by its restaurant scene.”

Reader’s Digest
(February 2020)
“With more than 80 live music venues, Raleigh is sure to scratch any musical itch you have, from bluegrass and indie rock to rap and Americana.”

Alaska Beyond
(January 2020)
“You can’t come to the South without indulging in some fried chicken, and luckily, a few blocks away is Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, the fried-chicken restaurant owned by the queen of Raleigh cuisine, Ashley Christensen.”

Delta Sky
(January 2020)
“While La Farm might be one of the most established bakeries in the region, the mix of adventurous diners and the availability of local food stuffs (including grains) is helping the culinary scene explode. Raleigh alone has multiple exceptional bakeries, including Boulted Bread Company and its sister spot Benchwarmers Bagels and Coffee in the Transfer Company Food Hall.”

“What baker Lionel Vatinet saw as an opportunity in the Research Triangle area twenty years ago has turned into a full-on bakery boom–one that fortunately doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.”

 

 

2019 quotes

Mommy Poppins
(December 2019)
“There are plenty of fun things to do in Raleigh, North Carolina, with kids whether you're looking for a fun Southern city to explore with younger kids or beginning the college search with teens.”

Foodism Toronto
(December 2019)
“In Raleigh, the state capital, you can sample deep-fried chicken with far east flavours at Mofu, and locally sourced vegetables in north Indian spices at Garland.”
“Imagine slipping into the pages of a sleek interiors magazine. That’s what it’s like checking into Guest House, Raleigh’s original boutique hotel.”

yTravel Blog
(December 2019)
“Out of all the places in the world we could choose to live, we chose Raleigh. Yes. It’s that cool.”
“Over the last few years there has been an explosion of growth, and with that, a cool influx of modern and local restaurants, breweries, bars and retail stores (many of which have received national recognition!)”
“I would say that Bida Manda, the Laotian restaurant next door owned by the same Brewery Bhavana family, has the best food I’ve eaten in the USA.”

Eater
(November 2019)
“Aunty Betty’s Gin and Absinthe Bar is a gin lover’s paradise.”

Forbes
(October 2019)
“Raleigh rallies ‘round Rainbow Six Tournament, sees economic boost as cities, schools jump on esports.”

Thrillist
(October 2019)
“…mounting a serious culinary challenge to the southeast’s usual suspects.”

Reuters
(October 2019)
“North Carolina’s drum-beating, flag-waving NWSL fans became the first to watch their team [North Carolina Courage] claim a championship on their home turf on Sunday, as the city aimed to build on its reputation as a soccer hotbed.”

Travel Trade Gazette (UK)
(October 2019)
“In North Carolina, a whole host of talented female chefs and brewers are causing the critics to take notice. In Raleigh, James Beard Award-winning Ashley Christensen is the chef of the moment.”

Bon Appétit
(September 2019)
“[Benchwarmers Bagels] Every other bagel sandwich just became meaningless.”

Budget Travel
(September 2019)
“Home to North Carolina State University, not to mention world-class cuisine, standout arts organizations and all the fun and games you’d hope to find in a college community, the easternmost point in the state’s famed Triangle deserves a deeper look.”

“It wouldn’t be a proper Southern experience without sampling the local delicacies, and the highly decorated Ashley Christensen is perhaps the city’s best-known chef. Any restaurant in the James Beard winner’s growing empire is worth a visit.”

USA Today
(August 2019)
“You will be hard pressed to beat [Clyde] Cooper’s in terms of Carolina style vinegar scented chopped pork—which they just call chopped BBQ…”

“Yes, this is a key stop on any tour of America’s pantheon of BBQ joints.”

Daily Express
(August 2019)
“Raleigh is by no means a small town but it feels just like one. Everyone you meet seems to know everyone else and nearly everything is within walking distance.”
“Big Ed's diner is the most perfectly American place you can imagine.”
“If I were young again I'd be looking for a job in Raleigh right now.”

Group Tour Magazine
(August 2019)
“With over 25 local craft breweries—one being North Carolina’s first woman-owned brewery—Raleigh’s craft beer scene is unlike any other in the Southeast.”
“Raleigh’s restaurant scene is constantly growing and re-imagining both Southern and global flavors, and groups will want to savor every last bite.”

Nashville Lifestyles
(August 2019)
“If you’re looking for a culture fix, now’s the time to book a weekend getaway to Raleigh.”

Air Canada’s EnRoute
(August 2019)
“In the era of fast fashion, when trends change constantly and mass-market companies put out a new line every week, Raleigh Denim’s slow-is-better ethos feels both like a throwback to the past and a shockingly modern concept.”
“Raleigh Denim’s workroom is a good place to witness maker buzzwords like “handcrafted” and “artisanal” in practice.”

Delta Sky
(July 2019)
“You don’t hear about Raleigh as a trendy tourism destination as much as neighboring Charleston or Asheville, but North Carolina’s oak-lined capital city packs quite the punch.”
“Raleigh surprises by balancing its small-town Southern charm with world-class offerings—including some of the best brewmasters in the country, alluring arts institutions, a booming tech scene and top universities.”

Meetings Today
(July 2019)
“From bluegrass to hip hop, North Carolina’s tuneful traditions run deep. Groups can explore this storied music scene in Raleigh, which has five walkable entertainment districts, 80-plus performance venues and premier events like the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival and Hopscotch Music Festival.”

“For groups with passions for art and culture, Raleigh’s museums make for a welcome activity after meetings. They can also stand in as alternative offsite event venues.”

Matador Network
(July 2019)
“While you’re tasting your way through the Warehouse District, feast your eyes, too. Raleigh’s art scene is so expansive, the city’s been dubbed ‘The Arts Capital of the South.’”

Traveling Mom
(July 2019)
“Raleigh, North Carolina is essentially the polite, southern version of Austin, Texas. If you want almond milk, hipsters and an abundance of 20-somethings, head to Austin. If you want that cool urban feel yet with a more community-driven, southern vibe, choose Raleigh.”

Southern Living
(July 2019)
“North Carolina's urban oasis has transformed into one of the most dynamic corners of the South.”

“Free of the fuss, these towns, known more for their major universities and the international companies headquartered at The Research Triangle Park, have discreetly transformed into a bucolic-urban oasis where the arts and tech synergize and anything homegrown (from businesses to vegetables) is enthusiastically exalted.”

“To see the city's forward-looking, egalitarian attitude manifested, look no further than North Carolina State University's James B. Hunt Library, a futuristic monolith and home to the bookBot, a robotic delivery system that can retrieve any item from more than 18,000 bins within five minutes.”

The Southern Fork
(June 2019)
“Chef Cheetie Kumar has wowed and wooed me from the first bite at her table, her mix of Indian and Asian flavors with North Carolina ingredients at once comforting yet elegant alchemy.”

Condé Nast Traveler
(June 2019)
“Park the car and stroll from shops to bars, restaurants, galleries and more in a downtown that is proving that the spirit of artistic entrepreneurship is alive and well in the heart of the state.”

The Southern Fork
(June 2019)
“The design, the conversation with Van, and well, the vibe all worked together to build an experience that was a space of comfort and calm joy, setting me on a better path out the door.”

National Geographic Traveller India
(June 2019)
“In 2012 he [Van Nolintha] and his sister [Vanvisa Nolintha] opened Bida Manda (Sanskrit for “father mother”) in a revitalised neighbourhood around the corner from the city’s bus station. The mix of Laos and Dixie created a sensation.”

“I’ve travelled more than 14,000 kilometres to Southeast Asia inspired by Van Nolintha, a charismatic 32-year-old Laotian-American restaurateur in Raleigh, North Carolina, whose inventive renditions of his childhood dishes from his native land have earned the acclaim of diners and food critics alike.”

New York Lifestyles Magazine
(May 2019)
“From inventive art galleries and ambitious restaurants to unique craft breweries, Raleigh is an up and coming city worthy of a visit, even if just for the ultimate beer trail.”

Prevue
(May 2019)
“Within this iconic industrial-chic area [the Warehouse District] is a thriving arts and culture scene spread over six blocks where every venue has a storied past that is sure to welcome and inspire meetings groups.”

Bon Appétit
(May 2019)
“I went to Raleigh for four days and ate at Boulted Bread four times.”

“I recently spent four days in Raleigh, N.C., and during my stay, I ate at least one baked good from Boulted Bread on each of those days. (At my most severe, it was four pastries and a loaf in a single 24-hour period.)”

“If you find yourself in Raleigh, I offer this tale as both encouragement and warning. Because ever since I’ve been back in New York—a place, mind you, with no shortage of extremely talented bakers—the sun seems to be shining a little less brightly, and it’s all because I can’t find any gluten that I enjoy as much as I did the spread at Boulted.”

The Wall Street Journal
(May 2019)
“With choreographed dance celebrations and rowdy tailgates, the Carolina Hurricanes have built a loyal fan base using tactics adopted from the gridiron.”

The Local Palate
(May 2019)
“Raleigh has long come off as the buttoned-up older sibling who has her life together. So what is it, then, that draws us to the City of Oaks? In a word, it’s the people. And perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in its culinary community, a deeply diverse group of folks as dedicated to their city as they are their kitchens, who push the Southern food narrative forward by exploring both its deep roots and intersections with other cultures.”

Variety
(May 2019)
“Our team [Big Block] has been involved with esports for over 15 years, and we’re well positioned to establish global relationships for forward-thinking cities like my hometown of Raleigh.”

Diversity Woman
(May 2019)
“The combination of year-round farmers’ markets and a large immigrant population has created fertile ground for innovative cuisine.”

Matador Network
(April 2019)
“A new generation of chefs is bringing real Indian food to the South.”

Bon Appétit
(April 2019)
“At Benchwarmers Bagels, the menu is a study in the number of textures and flavors you can cram in one bite.”

Casual Travelist
(April 2019)
“Downtown Raleigh is compact and walkable making it a perfect city for a weekend getaway… What we found was a relaxed city that’s high on southern charm and some seriously good eats.”

Meetings Today
(April 2019)
“Raleigh’s robust arts scene includes the Southeast’s most impressive Auguste Rodin collection, an exciting calendar of live music ranging from symphony to rock and theater productions that rival those on Broadway.”

CNN Travel
(March 2019)
Lilit Marcus, CNN Travel Editor in an interview with Muck Rack: “The place I always go back to: Raleigh, N.C., which is my hometown and where my parents still live. I can’t believe how much the city has changed—killer restaurants, a cool downtown scene, new hotels—and yet still, at heart, remains the same. It’s where I find my center.”

Livability
(March 2019)
“Raleigh is an imaginative city that celebrates clean energy entrepreneurs and researchers, inventive chefs and artists.”

Columbus Monthly
(March 2019)
“This is the city and its cuisine… a story of cross-cultural exchange, of mixing old and new, of a region experiencing dramatic growth.”

“Whether you enjoy traditional Southern fare, modern Laotian cuisine or a taste of nearly every beer under the sun, Raleigh has something delicious to offer…  it’s no wonder Raleigh is becoming a culinary hot spot”

Toronto Sun
(March 2019)
“Golf stars of tomorrow can be found competing at Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the grounds of North Carolina State University. Designed by Arnold Palmer, this gorgeously groomed championship track offers scenic views of the city from elevated tee decks and greens.”

Food Network
(February 2019)
“Just 30 miles apart, Raleigh and Durham are often mentioned in the same breath. While each has its own distinct identity, both destinations seamlessly meld Southern hospitality and creative cooking, and their restaurants reflect a deep pride in North Carolina's bountiful produce, agriculture and aquaculture.”

New York Amsterdam News
(February 2019)
“This once sleepy southern city is getting a lot of attention for its cuisine and cool vibe.”

The Washington Post
(January 2019)
“Sneaky cool.”

“This progressive point on the Research Triangle is brimming with public spaces full of art and a subtle sense of coolness.”

“As I explored, I found a progressive city in a state that often isn’t, a place full of public art and bike paths and a university-inspired hub of innovation and design… After three days, I wanted more Raleigh.”

 

 

2018 quotes

Successful Meetings
(December 2018)
“Those who visit Raleigh, N.C., during the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass, which takes place each fall, will find not only a city transformed by music, but a festival and a convention transformed by a city.”

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report
(November 2018)
“The region’s 21st-century economy gives residents a hunger for the new that supports sophisticated restaurants by nationally known and up-and-coming chefs alike.”

Traveling Mom
(November 2018)
“Raleigh, North Carolina, is a stately yet vibrant city that’s fun for the whole family. Known to offer a big city feel with Southern charm, Raleigh is a modern-meets-historic destination that definitely succeeds in combining the two vibes.”

BadCredit.org
(October 2018)
“Visitors to the capital of North Carolina will find a number of low- or no-cost options suitable for children and adults, including free museums and an amusement park.”

National Geographic Traveler Online
(August 2018)
“All are welcome in this booming North Carolina city, known as the City of Oaks for the number of majestic oak trees lining its streets. There's a diverse population that's evidenced by the city’s broad demographic of college students who come to study in high-class institutions and savvy local entrepreneurs bursting with creativity who are establishing homegrown brands.

“There's a vibrancy and energy here, mixed with friendly Southern charm.”

“Raleigh, North Carolina, offers big-city energy with a small-town vibe, Southern hospitality mixed with mouthwatering brews, cutting-edge Southern cuisine, history, culture and the great outdoors—all at a price that's easy on the pocketbook.”

Thrillist
(August 2018)
“Raleigh’s beer scene is quickly blossoming as a standout destination city for both craft brew fanatics and gourmands; the stunning Brewery Bhavana is a major reason why.”

Boomer Magazine
(August 2018)
“Though it has burgeoned into a bustling city, part of the Research Triangle with Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh still wields the charm of a hospitable Southern town.”

Forbes
(July 2018)
”The Warehouse District is the hottest neighborhood in Raleigh.”

“Vansana Nolintha and his sister Vanvisa [of Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana], along with Garland's Cheetie Kumar, are shining examples of the robust influx of immigrants, many working in the technology and science industries, who are making Raleigh more exciting and diverse than ever before.”

TIME
(July 2018)
“[Charlie Ibarra and Oscar Diaz] now see themselves as ambassadors for their prismatic view of the South. “I’m repping not just the restaurant; I’m repping Raleigh,” Diaz says. “I’m repping Latino culture and American culture. I’m repping the South.”

“… immigration is not just introducing new cuisines to the South; it’s also redefining how Southern food spreads far beyond the Mason-Dixon line.”

Global Traveler
(May 2018)
“Raleigh boasts a business-friendly environment and culinary treasures.”

“North Carolina’s hospitable, laid-back capital city quietly emerged as one of the country’s most dynamic business cities.”

Tribune News Service
(May 2018)
“An unexpected and remarkably affordable destination choice exists just outside of Raleigh, N.C. With a downtown area featuring a retro theater, subtly shaded street murals and picturesque churches, the town of Cary has a fair amount to offer the traveler searching for a more leisurely escape.”

Metro UK
(May 2018)
“The United States is brimming with travel hotspots but few states can match the diversity, charm and beauty on offer in North Carolina.”

Katie Couric, National Geographic Channel
(April 2018)
“Raleigh is a very progressive, welcoming community in many ways.”

Meetings Today
(April 2018)
“Raleigh, N.C.’s thriving and increasingly popular cuisine scene is as impressive as it is delicious. Groups meeting in this capital city can easily include an auxiliary event incorporating its variety of flavors.”

AAA Carolinas’ GO Magazine
(April 2018)
“The culinary scene in Raleigh is straight up legit, and my restaurant list here reads like a James Beard Foundation advertisement. It’s safe to say that if you visit the Capital City and you eat at a chain restaurant even once while you’re there, you’ve failed.”

Smart Meetings
(March 2018)
“Raleigh has a youthful energy.”

MSN
(February 2018)
“The walkable downtown of Cary, North Carolina, strikes a great balance of small-town charm and bigger city delights.”

Season Magazine
(February 2018)
“Whether you want to dance along to the street’s rhythms, soak up some history or take in some family fun, you’ll find no issue getting it all in here in the City of Oaks.”

Alicia Tenise Blog
(February 2018)
“[The Mayton] has all of the amenities of a five-star hotel, yet has the charm and intimacy of a bed and breakfast.”

DatingAdvice.com
(February 2018)
“The progressive and welcoming city provides the perfect locale for a romantic getaway.”

“Whether you enjoy talking about art or listening to jazzy tunes, you and your date can find an affordable and stimulating date activity in this cultural hub.”

Prevue Meetings
(January 2018)
“Raleigh is thought of as the “Smithsonian of the South” not only due to an abundance of high-quality, free museums, historic attractions and educational institutions, but where they converge with the stories of natural landscapes and the creative and pioneering spirit.”

The Globe and Mail
(January 2018)
“’The more vulnerable we are and the more we share, the more empathy we can create,’ said restauranteur Van Nolintha [of Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana]. From the city's chefs to its thriving art and maker cultures, it's an objective that seems to be prolific here.”

USA Today
(January 2018)
“The word community is used a lot when talking about Raleigh, N.C.’s food and drink scene. From cocktail bars to coffee shops to breweries, there’s a huge sense of people coming together in the city to make business successful.”

“You’ll see this a lot in Raleigh. At restaurants like Brewery Bhavana, employees feel like family, and it’s evident the minute you walk into the stunning space that feels more like a movie set than a brewery. Employees chat while carefully curating a stunning bouquet or peruse a beautifully bound book with a customer. It’s unlike anywhere else in America.”

 

 

2017 quotes

Marriott Traveler
(December 2017)
“The City of Oaks is both steeped in rich history and moving boldly into the future, with a large population of students and scientists drawn to the area’s universities and the tech companies that dot Research Triangle Park.”

“Downtown Raleigh especially has expanded by leaps and bounds in recent years, with forward-thinking startups and co-working spaces opening next to government buildings and local artisans, retail entrepreneurs and award-winning chefs keeping the area buzzing after hours.”

TOWN
(December 2017)
“Raleigh, North Carolina, emerges as a world-class food city with a local focus.”

Forbes
(December 2017)
“Raleigh's transformation from an underachieving food town to a serious eating destination is complete.”

Eater
(December 2017)
“When she [Ashley Christensen] thinks about what makes a restaurant an ‘Ashley Christensen restaurant,’ her answer is the people: Her staff, her guests, and how her restaurants can play a role in the community.”

Food & Wine
(November 2017)
“Blocks from the downtown capitol, a less buttoned-up Raleigh [the Person Street district] is cultivating its entrepreneurial spirit led by an expanding creative class.”

AAA Northeast
(November 2017)
“Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city, is a delight to visit, with a compact downtown, thriving restaurant scene, exploding craft brewery industry and several free museums and green spaces.”

Metro News Canada
(November 2017)
“Yes, there are barbecue joints. That’s a given. But the Raleigh region is about more than finger-licking ribs and corn bread. Restauranteurs are spreading their influence outside of the kitchen, entrepreneurs are embracing authenticity and art institutions are telling new and forgotten stories.”

Food & Wine
(November 2017)
“As North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh has it all: a thriving downtown, several notable music venues, sports teams for days, an exploding arts community and, as of late, a growing culinary scene that rivals its neighboring Southern cities—going way beyond shrimp and grits, biscuits and pimento cheese.”

“Let it be known that Raleigh has a shining personality of its own—and quite frankly, some of the most notable chefs in the South who continue to pave the way.”

Meetings Today
(October 2017)
“Offering five walkable entertainment districts, 80-plus performance venues and a genre-spanning scene that goes from bluegrass to reggae, Raleigh, the state capital, is also a seat of live music.”

Orbitz.com
(October 2017)
“Raleigh isn’t trying to be like any other city; it’s cool with who it is and what it’s becoming. Folks in Raleigh live by the state motto, ‘To be, rather than to seem.’”

Group Tour Southeastern
(September 2017)
“In Raleigh, groups can explore the heritage and history behind North Carolina’s capital city.”

Northern Virginia Magazine
(September 2017)
“Forward-thinking business owners infuse new energy into neighborhoods, and Raleigh’s neglected factories and warehouses are transformed into galleries, restaurants and boutiques.”

Improper Bostonian
(August 2017)
“North Carolina's capital offers a walkable downtown with plenty of diversions.”

Garden & Gun
(June 2017)
“Easily one of the South’s most eclectic music lineups, the Hopscotch roster brings together Americana, hip-hop, electronica, rock and more. But the festival’s real headliner might be its hometown.”

USA TODAY
(April 2017)
“Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital, embraces its southern heritage while continuing to evolve and grow.”

Meetings Today
(April 2017)
“Raleigh impresses with infrastructure and off-sites”

AAA World
(January 2017)
“For a city of its size… North Carolina’s capital is blessed with surprisingly rich cultural opportunities. Foremost among these are three large, state-owed museums that rank among the best in the Southeast.”