Every year, more than three million visitors come to Greater Raleigh for business. The area has so much to see and do that we’re sure these business visitors are adding some pleasure to the mix, but where do they go when it’s time to buckle down and get productive? Around here, getting work done doesn’t mean solitary confinement in a hotel room.

Co-working spaces are great for local freelancers and remote workers who are looking for a collaborative and professional place to work outside of the home, but the spaces are also great for visiting workers who need a spot for the day. The Raleigh Forum offers day passes for only $25, and includes free wireless internet, refreshments, copy and printing services and daily brainstorming or networking events. This is the type of place where you can get things done while enjoying the company of other professionals.

The Morning Times has been referred to as the epicenter of Raleigh’s creative class. Professionals, artists and writers flock to this popular café to use its upstairs room that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the counter. Choose from a lounge chair or a table and chair to work from, and settle in with the free Wi-Fi. Don’t forget to grab a delicious cup of coffee and a pastry on your way in.

If the weather’s nice and you want some sun, bring your laptop outside and connect to one of downtown Raleigh’s free Wi-Fi hot spots. Post up outdoors in Moore Square or City Plaza, or connect during your conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. Check out this map to see all of downtown Raleigh’s free Wi-Fi coverage.

For a comprehensive list of coffee houses that can serve as your office-away-from-office, visit this site.