Been there, drank that: Raleigh, N.C.
Traveling the world in search of a cold, delicious pint isn’t an easy challenge, but it is one I will gladly take on. With the explosion of microbrews in the United States, there are ample opportunities to find great cities with equally great beer. While most people don’t plan vacations around beer, there are many U.S. cities that offer a strong microbrew scene, culture and entertainment.
The Triangle region of North Carolina (Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh), has slowly become a hotbed for pretty much everything, including beer. The Triangle has more than 22 breweries, each with its own distinct personality.
A great time to visit is in April. The weather is in the 70s, trees are starting to bloom, and most important, it is beer month in Raleigh. The month long celebration features festivals, beer dinners and special events.
A few highlights from this year’s beer month:
- Swine & Dine – Five courses, each featuring a different part of the hog, paired with a local microbrew. This year’s beer comes from Crank Arm Brewing.
- NC Cueglass Festival – The Pit (barbecue restaurant) shuts down the street for an afternoon of live bluegrass music, barbecue and beer.
- Brewgaloo – Street party featuring local craft beer, food trucks and live music.
- Beer & Bacon Fest (Do I need to say anything more.) – More than 75 beers, 15 restaurants and 10 types of bacon come together for “awesomeness”.
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A few noteworthy events that run throughout the year:
- Raleigh Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour.
- Beltway Brew Tour.
- Taste of Raleigh Gourmet Food Tour.
- First Friday Art Walk.
If you are looking for something other than beer-inspired activities, Raleigh has a vibrant arts scene; many museums, earning it the nickname “Smithsonian of the South; and excellent shopping, featuring everything from world renowned brands to locally designed products.
From outlaws (Lone Rider Brewing) to biking enthusiast (Crank Arm Brewing), the Triangle has something for everybody.
Interested in planning a vacation or weekend getaway, call BTI Travel at 315-472-7737 and ask to speak to an agent. BTI is more than a travel agent for complicated vacations; we are perfect solution for a weekend getaway.
Our hotel prices are on par or better than online sites and we don’t charge an agent service fee for hotel-only bookings. Call BTI Travel to book your next room.
A few of our favorite hotels in the Triangle include Raleigh Marriott City Center, Carolina Inn, or for a more upscale stay, the Umstead Hotel and Spa.