We've got a block at the Residence Inn Downtown with your name on it! Well, actually, our name is on it, Cox-Whitesides wedding, but it's for you! This is the direct link for the block rate, which expires June 16th, so be sure to go ahead and book your stay. The hotel is reasonable distance (<1 mi) to lots of fun things downtown, including wedding events, and ride shares are always readily available. Don't forget about the Lime bikes and Lime/Bird scooters too!
Rooms are going fast so book now to guarantee a room and at a good rate!
There are lots of fun, walkable spaces downtown available through Air BnB that vary in size, style, and type to meet your needs no matter what your preferences while here in town!
The RDU airport is an easy ride-share away from downtown Raleigh, where all festivities will take place and primary lodging is located. No need to rent a car, everything will be right together!
One of our all time faves, this is where the post-wedding, Sunday brunch will be held, but we highly recommend anytime. Delicious oysters and Cajun-style food.
The site of the proposal! There are a million entrances to the park which is family- and dog- friendly for walks, runs, and biking. Despite the July heat, most of the park is heavily shaded and a nice way to get outdoors without having a heat stroke :). Also note that our favorite "Lollipop" trail is actually called the Loblolly trail, which we did not know for a very long time...
J2 is a bit outside of downtown, across from the belltower on the NCSU campus, but we would be remiss not to include the shop that fed Tucker's specialty coffee obsession for close to a year while applying to medical school. Also walkable from Martha's old apartment in Cameron Village, it was frequented aplenty and obviously has delicious coffee as well as delightful baked goods.
This newly opened food hall is just blocks from all the wedding happenings and boy is it worth the trip. Filled with so many of our favorites, including Jubala's latest foray, a bagel and coffee shop in conjunction with Boulted Bread (yum.), called Benchwarmers Bagels. The space is awesome and its a fun place to hang. Also check out the partnership between Locals Seafood and Person Street Bar, Locals Oyster Bar, as well as Raleigh-based Videri Chocolate, Burial Beer, Che Empanadas, and lots more.
Right on newly-renovated-hopefully-completed-by-July Moore Square, the space is beautiful, the beer is delicious, but we're in it for the bao (steamed buns). Honestly get one of every kind and you will not be disappointed. Make a resi far in advance or plan to hang by the bar, its a popular place... oh and voted a Top 10 New Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit in 2017. Oh and its also a flower shop and book store... Just go, its awesome. But in case Bhavana is full or Laoitian is more your speed, the owners' original restaurant, Bid Manda, is delicious, stunning, and right next door.
The beer is delicious but I come for the 'za. Be prepared to sit outside and sweat (minimal indoor seating), but it's all worth it on a late summer evening. Not quite walkable from downtown unless you want some exercise...
Trophy's other ventures, State of Beer and Trophy Tap and Table, are walkable in downtown. Tap and Table is tacos and roasted chicken paired with Trophy beers (located beside St.Roch's). Then State of Beer is a bottle shop, bar, and serves up tasty sandwiches (Runologie, a neat local running store, is right there too).
This bottle shop 2 blocks from the church was a frequent stop for us, and has a delicious selection!
A childhood staple for the Cox family and a new favorite for the Whitesides (especially for our own Big Ed). It's a classic Saturday breakfast spot with all the knick knacks on the walls (and ceiling) to prove it. Directly across from the reception venue if you want a sneak peak!
Amazing sushi, cool digs. Also in City Market where the reception venue is!
Featuring MANY favorites including: Person Street Bar, Oakwood Pizza Box, Pelagic Bottle Shop, Wine Authorities, Yellow Dog Bakery, Crawford and Sons, Oak City Cycling Project, and most importantly TWO ROOSTERS ICE CREAM! YUM!
A massive open space good for running, walking, pupping, or just hanging out. Likely to be some events or other happenings to take in as well. Its reachable on the Capital Area Greenway network (https://www.raleighnc.gov/park...)
Really cool, small, below ground bar. Speakeasy vibez with delicious craft cocktails (and beer and wine).
Beasley's Chicken + Honey, Chuck's, Death & Taxes, Fox Liquor Bar, and Poole's Diner (get the mac and cheese, you must.) are all downtown walkable and all delicious.
#1 The Cardinal Bar, a dive bar and hot dog spot near Glenwood South just outside downtown. If you're there, be sure to get some VooDoo chips with your dog. #2 The Roast Grill, a classic hole-in-the-wall, weekday-lunch, in-and-out, mom-and-pop, cash-only hot dog house with no ketchup and Coke in a bottle. #3 Gallo Pelon, a Mezcaleria upstairs from Centro down the street from the church. Martha refuses to eat a hot dog from a Mezcaleria but you shouldn't. #4 Snoopy's is a Raleigh staple.
Go buy a bike! This is the shop where Tucker worked before medical school. The Hop Yard is right around the corner and the original Jubala Coffee is down the road, each of which is worth a stop if you're out that way.