Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cameron Village "Joy Ride" + 8 NC State Hidden Gems

Last weekend I had the thrill of taking a "joy ride" around Cameron Village and NC State University in a beautiful red 2017 Jaguar XE! Truly a dream car, I couldn't believe I was actually getting this car to test drive for 24 hours! I've partnered again with Cameron Village this Fall along with the great folks at Jaguar Land Rover Cary and they were kind enough to provide me with this stunning and sporty red Jaguar XE for the day and I decided with the perfect weather to take this beautiful car out for a "joy ride" and explore some amazing places around NC State.

As you know I love all things local to Raleigh and since I am not originally from Raleigh, I really have not spent much time on NC State campus other than a few visits to the amazing James B Hunt Library and Pullen Park. I was excited about getting out and exploring NC State more in depth. We were pleased to find several "hidden gems" on campus!

We swung by Cameron Village Friday night in the Jag for a quick bite at Cameron Bar and Grill. By the way in case you have not heard about their Thursday Night Brunch, you can read more about it on a blog post I shared last month. Its fantastic!

Driving the Jaguar was a dream for me...I loved the get up and go power of the engine, beautiful interior, back up cameras, moon roof, and its actually a good starter opton for getting into the Jaguar brand with a more affordable price then I thought! Check out the exact details of the car here.

Saturday morning we got up and headed to NC State Campus to explore some of the cool places around campus on Hillsborough Street and just minutes a way from Cameron Village Shopping Center.


1. Gregg Museum of Art & Design on Hillsborough Street.
Admission is free to the brand new (just opened in August!) Gregg Museum of Art + Design and there is free parking. It's located at 1903 Hillsborough Street. Be sure to check out the current exhibits in both buildings as well as the gardens in the back. They are beautiful and educational. The museum are closed on Mondays but have hours the rest of the week.

2. Theatre in the Park.
Theatre In The Park, located in the northern end of Raleigh’s scenic Pullen Park, is internationally acclaimed for its outstanding theatrical achievements, with more than 40,000 people attending shows last year! Beautiful gardens surround the venue. You can click here for a full list of what shows are coming up.

3. Family friendly Pullen Park.
Another "hidden gem" of Raleigh is Pullen Park. We used to bring our kids here when they were little. It's a dream day out for families with young children. They've completed some recent park  renovations and there is a lot to explore here.  Big park and great playgrounds, perfect for picnics, a fantastic train to ride, kiddie boats, paddle boats and their restored indoor carousel is stunning! There's good parking and food options available.

4. James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
The NC State James B. Hunt Jr. Library is the library of the future and probably one of my favorite places to hide out and explore! Stunning design, amazing selection of fantastic chairs, and don't miss the sunset on the fifth floor terrace! Definitely a "hidden gem" on campus! We just recently checked out Hunt after Dark on First Friday featuring Brewery Bhavana and it was an AMAZING evening out!

Terrace views.

Hunt After Dark with special guest Brewery Bhavana

5. Lake Raleigh.
How did I not know there was a lake in the middle of NC State? And you can fish and you can walk the trails around the lake! We will be back to hike the path for sure when the temps cool down. Stunning and peaceful respite from the city!

6. State View Hotel. Marriott / Autograph Hotel.
This brand new luxury hotel is just opening this week! Located on the Centennial Campus, this stunning location is the ideal event space for social gatherings, meetings, weddings and more. Check out the new Flask + Beaker restaurant and bar, as well as an outdoor pool and patios.

7. The Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center.
Located near Lake Raleigh, this building is the on-campus destination for reunions, post-game gatherings, weddings, receptions, parties and seminars. It’s located on Centennial Campus near the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Snap a picture here with the wolf sculpture in front of the NC State University Park Alumni Center. It's also next to the new State View Hotel.

8. Talley Student Union.
Worth a stroll through this building to enjoy vibrant art, natural light, comfortable furniture and amazing views, Tally Student Union is such a great place for students. It's reminiscent of some of the same style as the James Hunt Library. There's coffee, ice cream and more dining opportunities and plenty of spaces to sit, work and relax.

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village and Jaguar Land Rover over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Late Summer/Early Fall Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

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