Aptly named for its proximity to RDU International Airport, the RDU/Brier Creek area is home to hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, breweries and an array of family fun. Two of the largest concentrations, Brier Creek Commons and Alexander Place Promenade, offer a premium collection of national names in shopping, dining and entertainment.
RDU International Airport, a recently expanded, world-class air travel facility, is located about 15 miles from downtown Raleigh. Nine major airlines serve 50 nonstop destinations (some international, including London and Paris), and RDU was recently ranked #3 in a North America Airport Satisfaction Study by J.D. Power and Associates.
Popular with kids of all ages, RDU Observation Park provides sweeping views of the airport’s 10,000-foot runways and is located near the Air Traffic Control Tower. Watch take-offs and landings while listening to pilot-to-tower communications on the audio speakers located on the elevated observation platform.
To escape the noise and find serenity in the outdoors, William B. Umstead State Park allows you to explore nature paths or walk along 22 miles of hiking trails meandering through the forest. Also offered are camping, picnicking, canoe rentals, fishing, a visitor center nature study and 13 miles of horseback-riding and mountain-biking trails.
Not far down the road is the acclaimed Angus Barn restaurant. A family-owned institution for more than 50 years, Angus Barn serves Certified Angus Beef, aged in-house. This award-winning steakhouse has one of the largest wine cellars in the country and also includes the lively Wild Turkey Lounge, which is open daily with a light menu and full bar selection of beer, wine and fine spirits.
Three of the area's several dozen craft breweries call the Brier Creek area home, including Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Sumit Vohra’s Lonerider Brewing Company and Gizmo Brew Works. Lynnwood Brewing Concern is located within Lynnwood Grill, featuring one of Raleigh’s most popular rooftop decks, while Lonerider has become one of Raleigh’s fastest-growing craft beer producers, offering weekly tours and tastings. Gizmo is a small brewery and tap house with a welcoming, neighborhood feel.
Lonerider Brewing Company
Ten years ago, Sumit Vohra quit his day job and started doing what he was passionate about: crafting high-quality, great tasting ales. Today, Lonerider Brewing Company is hailed as one of the country's best beer makers.