Places to Stay in Cary, N.C.

Cary, N.C., has a lot to offer when it comes to finding a comfortable place to make your temporary home away from home. And the amenities of a stay in Cary go beyond just the convenience to downtown Raleigh (a 15-minute drive from one downtown to the other) and sense of security (Cary is consistently ranked one of the safest towns in America). Cary has a wide range of full-service, limited-service, extended-stay and bed-and-breakfast options that include major meeting hotels and luxurious spas, plus hotels with quick access to outdoor recreation opportunities, RDU International Airport and more.

Tucked away not far from William B. Umstead State Park, surrounded by pine trees and bordering a three-acre lake, is the 150-room Umstead Hotel and Spa—recipient of a Five-Diamond Award from Forbes Travel Guide and a Five-Diamond rating from AAA. Consistently ranked not just as one of the best places to stay in the state or region, The Umstead is often recognized for offering one of the best accommodation experiences in the country. A 16,000-square-foot spa and a Five-Star restaurant, Herons, plus incredible service make The Umstead Hotel and Spa a trip-worthy destination in and of itself.

In downtown Cary, The Mayton Inn is equally impressive. The locally-owned and -operated, Georgian-style, boutique property has 44 guest rooms, each of them with a completely unique design. A gorgeous lounge area, full bar and restaurant, spa and gym make The Mayton a perfect “treat yourself” getaway just steps away from popular eating, drinking and shopping spots in fast-growing downtown Cary.  

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RDU/Brier Creek

Aptly named for its proximity to RDU International Airport, the area is home to hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, breweries and an array of family fun.

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South Raleigh

Located just south of downtown, this area is one of the city’s most rapidly growing. With multiple parks, eateries and entertainment options, it's a great place to spend a day or stay.

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West Raleigh

Boasts two-dozen live performance venues and visual art galleries, including the North Carolina Museum of Art! This hip, college-town drag also includes the N.C. State Fairgrounds and PNC Arena.

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Apex

Celebrating its turn-of-the-century railroad heritage, the charming town of Apex features more than 60 commercial and residential structures dating from 1870 to 1940.

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Cary

One of the fastest-growing cities in the South, the Town of Cary is home to renowned restaurants, world-class shopping, top-tier entertainment, culture and arts and a range of outdoor experiences.

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Fuquay-Varina

Originally, visitors traveled to the quaint town seeking the healing powers of its mineral spring. Today the town remains a rewarding place for day-trip adventures or weekend getaways.

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Garner

Venture just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh and check out Garner, an All-America City with unique amenities and a genuine, hometown authenticity.

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Holly Springs

At its beginnings, travelers stopped by the area's springs to quench their thirst, and while that bit of history doesn’t continue today, visitors do stop to indulge in breweries and dining spots.

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Knightdale

Perfect for those seeking a welcoming, youthful culture, Knightdale boasts lots of parks and trails for the active-minded, a distillery plus a local-hangout, nano brewery.

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Morrisville/RTP

A growing enclave known for its diversity, educated populace and cultural vibrancy. Includes excellent global dining, plus the local-favorite, indoor climbing spot Triangle Rock Club.

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Rolesville

As the second-oldest town in the Raleigh area, Rolesville’s roots run deep. Established in 1837, the town has held fast to its engaging, Southern charm.

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Wake Forest

A beautiful small town with enough history, culture and activities to keep travelers entertained for days on end. Stroll through the charming, historic downtown district!

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Wendell

Along Main St. and throughout historic downtown Wendell—on the National Register of Historic Places—vintage shops, dining spots and buildings display the architecture of our American heritage.

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Zebulon

Just 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh, Zebulon is a vibrant, welcoming community with activities ranging from sporting events (Carolina Mudcats baseball!) to down-home Southern dining.

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