Triangle Christmas Parades & Tree Lighting Events ~ 2015

The Angus Barn at Christmas ~ Raleigh, NC

Christmas events like the 2015 Raleigh Christmas Parade and the North Hills tree lighting are set to kick off this Saturday (Nov. 21st). So once again I’d share my annual list of events in the Triangle for the 2015 holiday season. If you have any to add to the list please leave a comment below or shoot me and email and I will do my best to add it to the list. Happy Holidays!!


Tree Lightings

Holiday Concerts & Historic Home Tours

There are several other  events like Christmas concerts, performances of classics like ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ and historic home tours scheduled throughout the month December. Here are a few of my favorites:

I also recommend a visit to the Angus Barn in Raleigh. Even if you don’t go to eat a trip to the Wild Turkey Lounge upstairs is worth the trip. The restaurant has beautiful Christmas decorations and if your lucky you might catch a piano player on Friday and Saturday nights playing holiday songs by the bar.

One other event I want to mention is making the trip to Wilmington to visit the Enchanted Airlie Gardens. It’s a nice day trip from the Triangle. Visitors enjoy a 1/2 milestroll through the gardens, on a self-guided walking tour while enjoying spectacular array of lights and holiday displays. Tour dates are November 27th & 28th and December: 4th-6th, 10th-13th, 16th-22nd. Purchase tickets here.



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North Raleigh Rise Biscuits & Donuts Opens Saturday Nov. 14th!

Rise Biscuits & Donuts

Rise in North Raleigh

If you are a donut lover like me you probably already knew that Rise is planning to open several locations across the Triangle over the next year. Their new North Raleigh location is set to open this Saturday, November 14th at 7am. In case you didn’t know, the North Raleigh shop is located in the Sutton Square Shopping Center at the intersection of Falls of Neuse & Spring Forest Road (the one with a Fresh Market). They will be open daily from 7am to 2pm.


Rise Raspberry Jelly Donut

The great thing about Rise is that they are well known for both their daily rotating donut menu AND creative breakfast biscuits. So even if you don’t like donuts there are great breakfast options for you to try. They also feature locally roasted coffee from Bean Traders in Durham. Chances are this location will be busy on weekend mornings much like the original so I would suggest checking them out on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Either way, I’m glad to see this new addition to North Raleigh and will be visiting very soon!

Rise Sutton Square – Grand Opening November 14, 2015
6325 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC 27609 (map)
twitter: @RiseNRaleigh
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Oakwood House of Horrors ~ 2015


Today I took a quick walk on my lunch break to visit the scariest Halloween House in Raleigh, located in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood of downtown Raleigh on the corner of Oakwood Avenue and N East Street. This is definitely one of the best places to visit to see some crazy decorations. I got got a kick out the latest addition of life size Velociraptor munching on a zombie.


There is a great story by the N&O from 2013 with more info about the owner, Jesse Jones, and his inspiration for the the haunted house. I swung by during the day to check out all the detail and grab some decent photos, but it is even spookier to stop by at night when it is lit up.


If you want to check out the decorations this week I recommend heading over before the night of the 31st. As you can imagine it gets VERY busy at that intersection on Halloween. Here is a map to the exact location. Hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Compass Rose Brewery Grand Opening Celebration This Saturday


Compass Rose Brewery opened this past May in North Raleigh. Now that they have been up and running for a few months and have their brewing operation underway they plan to celebrate with a Grand Opening party this Saturday, October 24th. To mark the occasion they’ll have live music, food trucks, and of course plenty of their own beers and guest brews on tap.


I’ve been to the brewery several times over the summer and it has quickly become one of my favorite places to hang out and enjoy a pint or two. Part of the reason is it is located very close to my house in North Raleigh. The brewery and taproom is just off Gresham Road in an industrial park situated between Litchford Road and Capital Boulevard. But convenience is only one aspect of Compass Rose that makes it a great spot.


Another big draw for me is that the taproom is very impressive. It’s around 5500 sq ft of open space with high ceilings, and reclaimed wood finishes with an industrial design look. There’s a ton of room with lots of seating including large picnic tables and long high-top tables making it the perfect spot to meet with groups of friends. There are several strategiaclly placed tvs including a large screen projector making it a nice option for watch games. They also host weekly events include Trivia, Open Mic Night, live music and a rotation of local food trucks. There are also board games and a large chalkboard wall for kids giving the space a family friendly vibe – and yes they are dog friendly too!


Of course, the main attraction is the beer, Compass Rose is 10 BBL brewery offering a rotating selection of their own craft beers along with guest beers from other breweries from NC and beyond. They typically have around 16 beers on tap in addition to wine by the glass. There is large glass wall which provides a nice view of their brewing tanks from the taproom. This Saturday at the Grand Opening Compass Rose will have six of their own beers on tap Saturday including their Oktoberfest, Saison, Pale Ale, Pumpkin Hefeweizen, IPA and Agave Cream Ale.


The party this weekend will also include live music and food trucks. “Fontaine”, a pop and rock band that recently moved to Raleigh from Boston, plays from from 1 to 4 pm followed by 80-90s rock band “Dispense As Written”  playing from 7:30 pm until 11pm. Food trucks scheduled Saturday include Kat-n-Around (German Food) serving from noon to 6 pm along with Not Just Icing (Cupcakes) and Arepa Culture (awesome Arepas!) serving from 6 pm on.

Whether you plan to check out the Grand Opening Party this weekend or visit on another day I highly recommend a visit to Compass Rose. North Raleigh desperately needed its own brewery and with their great selection of beers and beautiful space Compass Rose has delivered a wonderful brewery and taproom to fill the need.

Compass Rose Brewery ~ Grand Opening Celebration Saturday October 24th
3201 Northside Dr #101
Raleigh, NC 27615 (map)
twitter: @CompassRoseBrew
instagram: @CompassRoseBrewery


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Picture of the Week: Bull Durham Beer Garden at CAM Raleigh


I’ve been wondering what happened to the WanderBox since it first appeared downtown last summer. This past week I learned it has been reincarnated as the Bull Durham Beer Company Beer Garden at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in downtown Raleigh. Beer will be served from the shipping container turned wandering beer dispensary Thursdays and Fridays from 5-11 pm and Sundays from 12-5 pm through November.

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