Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another fabulous GNO idea in Raleigh!

This past Monday night I joined a group of fun ladies to try my hand at painting my very own "masterpiece". I attended the evening class at Wine & Design located at 231 Bickett Blvd in Raleigh. It took a little venturing out from North Raleigh to find this little gem hidden just behind Underwood Elementary inside the Beltline. As soon as I walked in (with my bottle of vino), I was greeted immediately by Christy, one of the talented and friendly instructors. She immediately got my wine opened, poured and seated me at my own blank canvas. While we listened to some fun tunes, chatted, and sipped our wine, Christy proceeded to guide us step-by-step to creating our very own Georgia O'Keefe-inspired paintings. She made it easy and relaxing and it was cool to walk out with my very own canvas to hang back home.

Our finished artwork!
I got to thinking while I was there how fun this would be to bring some  girlfriends, or a mom/sister evening out. I know the kids would love to do it, but I might have to save this one just for the ladies (they do have kid classes on school holidays). I plan to go back and try out some holiday painting. Such a fun and different twist on hanging out with friends. Thanks Wine & Design for a lovely night out!

If you are interested in booking a class go to Wine and Design's website at:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Saturday Market, CAM and Boylan Bridge

Looking to get out and do something different and enjoy this great Autumn weather? Check out The Saturday Market, happening this Saturday, October 22 · 9:00am - 2:00pm. The market is located at 301 Kinsey Street in downtown Raleigh.  Located near the Boylan Heights neighborhood, this local market brings together  farmers, bakers, crafters, designers, etc. Get your drink on with coffee vendors, food trucks and even local brewers are featured. While you are there, take advantage of lunch at Boylan Bridge Brew Pub and a stroll through the new Art gallery CAM! Sounds like the perfect Saturday to me!

Main gallery

Checking out one of the exhibits

Heading in to check out Raleigh's new CAM.

Lunch and drinks at Boylan Bridge Brew Pub

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Another Local Brewery Score to the Raleigh Area

Word is out that there is more local beer "brewing" in....Wake Forest! Opening date set for Spring 2012. Just when you thought we couldn't get any cooler...;-)
White Street Brewing Company locating in historic downtown Wake Forest.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Channeling My Inner Architect

I just came across a pretty cool event that is going on this weekend in Raleigh's Cameron Village. Cameron Village has joined with Triangle Builders Guild, and other designers, architects, businesses and individuals to help raise money for the Sassafras All Children’s playground. This seems like a really fun thing to check out with big kids as well as young children. My inner architect is totally fascinated by these unique mini-structures! They look amazing! There is quite a variety of designs, with twelve houses to explore. They will all be auctioned off later for the fundraiser. With the weather looking amazing this weekend, could be a great afternoon out with the kids. The band Sandbox is playing and there are FREE tours from 11-5pm on Saturday. Not to mention the choice of restaurants and shops to explore! With company coming in, I am going to put this on our "things to do" this weekend! Click here for more info and to preview the houses.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Raleigh GNO!

Anyone looking for a fun day and/or night out with girlfriends in Raleigh? How about drinks, shopping and quality time with your BFF's (you know who you are!)....The 27th Annual Shopping SPREE! is coming  up the weekend of November 3-6 at the Raleigh Convention Center presented by the Junior League of Raleigh. Conveniently located downtown where there are lots of great restaurants and pubs within walking distance. (I will suggest some later this month.)

We've done this for a few years now and its always proven to be a good time out. Get some good girlfriend time and holiday shopping done while supporting the Junior League of Raleigh! This would also be a good outing for mom and daughters or guests from out of town!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Friday Fullsteam Ahead!

Samantha walking into Fullsteam
Friday night we had company in town so we decided to head over to Durham for a drink at Fullsteam Brewery. Located near the corner of Geer and Rigsbee Street, its a family friendly spot that is always a pretty crowded mix of young and old. We have spent the last couple times there, teaching the girls tricks of the trade of mastering the pinball machine. They also have a ping pong table in the outside (covered) beer garden. While we were there we stood in awe as a 10 year old girl dominated the ping pong table! She was beating everyone she played. Even Matt couldn't resist and stepped up for the challenge. He's pretty good and she was hanging there right with him!  Very fun to watch. As usual, the beer was awesome and we enjoyed hanging out for a bit before heading over to Geer Street Garden for dinner.

If you are looking for a fun night out, these two places are a great pairing because you can park at Geer Street and then walk around the corner to Fullsteam. You can also check out Motorco Music Hall which is a great venue for checking out the local music scene. Plus, there is almost always a food truck or two hanging out between all these places. No lack of food, drink, music and fun here!!