Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Longleaf Hotel: Turning Over a New Leaf in Raleigh's Downtown Accommodations

The Longleaf Hotel is quite the mid century modern gem Raleigh needed. We have often commented on: 1. Raleigh needs boutique hotels in downtown. 2. we always come into Raleigh from the North and the broken down Days Inn was a sad way to arrive in downtown Raleigh. Now, we are so excited to be greeted by the newly renovated hotel, The Longleaf Hotel...welcoming us warmly from the northern gateway as we make our way from North Raleigh to downtown. The hotel is so ideally located with easy walks to many of Raleigh's great restaurants, shops and museums.

Originally a travelodge in the 1960's many of the hotel’s mid-century details have been rediscovered and restored and along with the mid century modern decor makes it very appealing and a fun space to relax. When we visited the lounge, we were greeted with friendly staff, great music vibes in the background and tasty drinks and bar snacks. The lounge is cozy and well lit with windows that peer out to the surprisingly large outside patio. The patio includes plenty of seating along with a couple of fire pits to keep warm on cooler days/nights.

We got a peek at the rooms and accommodations while we were there for a media event recently. They are cute and comfortable with very nice touches like gorgeous hand-dyed robes and throw pillows from local company Rise & Ramble. Bluetooth speakers, luxury bedding, Malin+Goetz bath products, stocked fridge, local snacks and coffee from amazing Counter Culture and Slingshot Coffee Co. Also spotted Videri Chocolate and Big Spoon Roaster products as well. There are a variety of room sizes to choose from as well from the two level hotel.

So many of Raleigh's best spots are close by and easy walking distance or a short ride. Take a look.

Perfect spot for a Staycation if you are from Raleigh or the general Triangle area or a great place to suggest to family/friends from out of town.

(parking is available for hotel and lounge guests)














Wednesday, December 11, 2019

HOLIDAYS | Give the Gift of Membership at the NCMA

One of my favorite places to spend time is the NCMA. There are always new things to see and do there. We love summer concerts and movies, the amazing exhibits that the museum hosts, their wonderful museum store and gift shop, dining at Iris or just wandering around the galleries or the nature park.

I am super excited to partner with the museum to give away a membership this holiday season! Enter and get the details on my Instagram post @RaleighWhatsUp.

Giving a friend or family the gift of membership is giving them a gift that gives all year long!
The gift of membership includes an exclusive set of magnets with member-favorite works of art, a free cup of coffee at Sip, and of course, membership.

Below is all of the info of what membership includes! If you would like to order a membership as a gift orders must be made by Friday, December 13 for mail delivery, or picked up at NCMA by Sunday, December 22.

Gift will arrive 7-10 days after order is placed.
  • Membership for two adults living at the same address, including children 18 and under
  • Two free admissions for all ticketed exhibitions
  • 50% discount on admission for additional visits to ticketed exhibitions for the cardholders
  • Two free admissions to all summer movies
  • Two discounted admission to all summer concerts, music-movie combos, indoor film series, and chamber music series
  • 10% discount on purchases in the Museum Store and the online store
  • 10% discount on cardholders’ meals in Iris restaurant
  • Preview, the Museum’s quarterly member calendar, mailed to your home
  • Invitations and discounted tickets to exhibition preview parties
  • Member price for special events
  • Advance sale of select exhibition and event tickets
  • Free or discounted admission to children’s programs, events, activities
  • Notices and announcements of Museum events, programs, and activities
  • Member e-newsletter
  • Member-only preview days and Member Mondays during large special exhibitions
  • Two personalized membership cards
  • Fully tax deductible
A Dual/Family (senior discount) is available for ages 65 and over (subtract $10 from Dual/Family membership).

For more info and to get details on the current exhibits, go to
Click here to order your membership gift.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Cameron Village: Power Through the Holidays at CorePower Yoga

The holiday season is literally on us starting this week as Thanksgiving arrives a little later this year and Christmas will arrive a little earlier. With all the holiday crazy, it's important to make sure you are carving (no pun intended) out time for yourself, to take a moment for you...body + spirit.

CorePower Yoga located in Cameron Village is a cozy local yoga studio in the heart of Cameron Village shopping center. They believe in the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga—and provide a safe and judgment-free space to make yoga comfortable and accessible to everyone. CorePower instructors teach a variety of yoga styles for all levels—from beginners to more advanced yoga students. They teach meditation tips, posture alignment, and nutrition, and advocate for the yoga community at large.

Gift yourself a yoga membership.

Currently CorePower Yoga is offering a special holiday deal, making it a great time to gift yourself a membership. When you join CorePower Yoga you can use your membership at any location in the country. This includes all their local locations such as Cary, the brand new North Raleigh studio and soon to open, Chapel Hill.

Black Tag Membership is $49 for your first month - $89 every month after that. This sale ends in January and the prices will go back up. Black Tag Membership includes:
  • Unlimited Yoga
  • Special First Month Rate *
  • Free Workshops
  • Exclusive Retail Discounts
  • 20% Off Teacher Training

Be sure to stop in and check out their great selection of yoga clothing and accessories and shop their Black Friday special from 11/29 - 12/2 where you can get 20% off full price retail and 50% off sale merchandise! I highlighted below a few favorite clothing and gift ideas. Also, grab some gift cards while they are 20% off (any amount can be applied). AND Dec 8th is the CorePower studio in Cameron Village 4th ANNIVERSARY and ALL classes will be FREE to all that day!

LOCATION: 435 Woodburn Road Raleigh, NC 27605 | HOURS: Mon - Sun: 6am - 8:30pm

This season do something for yourself. I'm learning that it's easy to literally give all your energy and time to others, especially in the busy holiday season, but unless you are doing something to refuel yourself, you can't give your best and we run ourselves down. I've personally found yoga to be one of the best all around ways to not just focus on fitness but to mentally recharge, set positive intentions + focus on being thankful and grateful which is really what the season is about. Happy Holidays, Raleigh!

"You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside."

~ Wayne Dyer

Monthly Activities

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Specials!

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this FALL to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Fall trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Happy 70th birthday this Fall to the Shops at Cameron Village!