Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill named to one of the travel industry’s most coveted lists

Raleigh, N.C. (Dec. 18, 2020) Travel + Leisure magazine unveiled their annual list of the “50 Best Places to Travel in 2021” and The Triangle region was included.

Individual places, businesses recognized by the magazine as trip worthy include:

Umstead State Park
Guest House Raleigh
Longleaf Hotel
Origin Hotel Raleigh
Garland Restaurant
Brewery Bhavana
Chef Ashley Christensen’s stable of restaurants
La Farm Bakery
Krispy Kreme in downtown Raleigh

Durham’s Main Street
Duke Forest
The Durham Hotel
Saltbox Seafood Joint

Chapel Hill
Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
Crook’s Corner

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Below is a link to the online version of the article as well as the complete write-up on The Triangle from Travel + Leisure

For starters, let’s get one thing straight: Raleigh-Durham is an airport, not a city. But, okay, it’s handy to have a catchall term for this buzzy part of the Southeast, so go with local parlance: The Triangle, shorthand for the Research Triangle, a cluster in the North Carolina Piedmont anchored by the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Even as the area saw through-the-roof growth in recent decades, leisure travelers have overlooked the Triangle in favor of N.C. getaway spots like Asheville or the Outer Banks. That’s finally changing as new hotel stock has made it more inviting to linger. Boutique properties like the 53-room Durham Hotel and the tiny, stylish Guest House Raleigh have opened in the past few years, raising the bar for local accommodations and kicking off a wave of new spots with a design-forward sensibility. January 2020 saw the opening of the Longleaf Hotel, a downtown Raleigh motor lodge revamped with a fittingly midcentury-inspired aesthetic, and the sleek Origin Hotel — the upstart brand’s fourth location — made its debut this summer. While you’re in town, make time to explore the trails of Duke Forest or Umstead Park, wander down Durham’s Main Street or Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, and hit up the many incredible restaurants in the area. Much talked-about spots like Saltbox Seafood JointBrewery Bhavana, and Garland — not to mention chef Ashley Christensen’s stable of restaurants —  live up to the hype. But don’t overlook the Triangle’s longstanding gems: You can’t go wrong with La Farm Bakery in Cary for artisan bread and a signature white chocolate baguette, Char-Grill for unfussy burgers, or Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill for the platonic ideal of shrimp and grits. Cap it off with a visit to the downtown Raleigh Krispy Kreme right when the HOT light goes on and you’re practically a native. —Lila Battis 

About the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh):
As the official destination marketing organization for Wake County, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh), is responsible for promoting Wake County as an attractive travel destination and enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, the organization strengthens the economic position of and provide opportunity for people throughout Wake County. Raleigh, N.C./Wake County welcomes nearly 18 million visitors annually whose spending tops $2.9 billion. The visitor economy supports more than 28,000 local jobs in Wake County and generates $284 million in state and local tax revenues, saving each Wake County household $727 in taxes annually. visitRaleigh.com

Media Contact:
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh)
Jessica Holt, Public Relations Manager

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