Raleigh Tag

9 Oct 2018

The 9 best haunted houses near Raleigh-Durham to scare you this Halloween

North Carolina Haunted Houses near Raleigh Durham
Halloween is the holiday of haunts and North Carolina’s historic farms and backwoods are the perfect setting to transform your nightmares into real scares. The cities, farms and woods around Raleigh-Durham, in particular, are home to everything from haunted forest trails and monster-filled corn mazes to immersive theatrical experiences and even one terrifying Halloween escape room. So, if you’re looking for scares this season, you’ve come to the right place. Explore the haunted houses and experiences below and see if you can make it through the more than 40 attractions available at these bone-chilling destinations.   Haunted Forest at Panic Point Get directions | Buy tickets Labeled North Carolina’s best haunted house, Haunted Forest at Panic Point offers six individual haunted attractions which...
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19 Jul 2013

On-the-Road for a Burger

burgerI am a carnivore. I’m not proud of it. But I do love a good burger. And while Summertime is the right time to burn some ground beef on the George Foreman,  I still prefer seeking out my burgers somewhere on-the-road in the Carolinas. Here are my 5 picks:

In Charlotte and Raleigh, I am a fan of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Their Classic Southern Burger, topped with chili, American cheese, relish, mustard, and slaw, is a winner … but be sure to ask for plenty of napkins. I also enjoy the basic (and I mean basic) cheeseburger at O’Malley’s Pub in Raleigh. Basic…cheddar cheese…lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard (no mayo) … and a side of onion rings. Oh, and a pint of Guinness. Perfection.

30 May 2012

5 Things Every Carolinian Should Do In June

June is a big month for weddings. According to one etymology, the month was named after the Roman goddess Juno…the goddess of marriage and a married couple’s home. Did juno that?

With so many gods and goddesses with specific areas of expertise, I wonder when I’ll learn the name of the goddess of N.C. barbeque. Perhaps I’ll be introduced to goddess “Barbie” at the Hog Happenin’ in Lincolnton June 1-2.  I can only hope.

Then there are the gods of beer…Yeastus and Hops. North Carolinians have been brewing beer since the 18th century, and N.C. is now the top craft beer brewing state in the South. I’m very proud of that distinction. One Raleigh brewery, Roth Brewing Company, will be hosting its 2nd Anniversary Party on June 2 and featuring their plum honey hefeweizen (a wheat beer), two bands, three food trucks and casked ales. All hail Yeastus and Hops!

23 Jan 2012

Have You Heard?

Not too long ago, two of our outstanding leaders, were each recognized for their tremendous accomplishments.

On December 9, Allen Tate President/COO Pat Riley was named Realtor of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Realtor AssociationCan you believe that this is the third time in his career that he has received this honor? Pat is a truly remarkable man and I am honored to have him work beside me. Then, not one month later, on January 6, Allen Tate Senior Vice President Phyllis Brookshire was honored by the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors with the same distinction.

What an honor this is for our company! And it is enhanced by the fact that the Realtor of the Year is selected by past winners.

4 Jan 2012

5 Things Every North Carolinian Should Do in January

Did you know that the month of January, what I refer to as the month of empty pockets, is named for Janus…the God of the Doorway? (Who knew there were doorway gods?) So, let’s walk through the door to 2012 and 5 things every North Carolinian should try to do in January. (Sorry about the conflicting event dates…they didn’t check with me first.)

  • This former DJ is intrigued by a musical coming to Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte January 3-8.Memphis” is about the forbidden romance between a white radio DJ and a black club singer in the 1950s. It features music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and choreography by Sergio Trujillo of “Jersey Boys” fame. It promises to be hot…something we need in January.
28 Dec 2011

Feel’n Good in Bad Times!

In these times, it’s rare to find positive news about housing, but I found something good in an earlier edition of  Builder Magazine.

In an article on the health of the country’s top housing markets, the Raleigh-Cary market was ranked No. 1 with a score of 86.9; Durham-Chapel Hill was No. 3 at 81.5 and in 9th position with a score of 76.6 was the Charlotte metro area. Now, after reading this, I must admit I was feeling pretty good that we are selling homes in three of the top 10 markets in the entire country…wow!

28 Nov 2011

Amusement Gets an Update in Raleigh

On Nov. 19, Pullen Park in Raleigh reopened after a two-year, $6 million renovation. Pullen Park was opened 124 years ago, making it the oldest amusement park in North Carolina, the fifth oldest in the United States and the 16th oldest in the world.

I have so many wonderful memories, as many who grew up in Raleigh do, of trips to Pullen Park as a child.  My favorite part was the 1911 Dentzel Carousel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  I would ride ‘round and ‘round for hours (or as long as my Mom could stand it) on one of the beautiful horses. The Carousel is now housed in a spacious, climate-controlled building that will protect it for years to come. My brother’s favorite ride was the miniature train. We loved riding around the entire park on the one-third-size replica of the C.P. Huntington locomotive. I remember thinking how funny it was to watch the adults try to fold themselves up so they could enjoy the ride with their kids.

10 Nov 2011

The Carolinas: Home of Great Sports Rivalries

What is your favorite time of the year?  The months of November and December are mine. In the Triangle area we have so many great things to enjoy.

Even though college football season begins to wind down in November, things are only just starting to get exciting!

  • Last Saturday, one of our state’s greatest football rivalries played out in Raleigh between North Carolina State and University of North Carolina. In 101 meetings, UNC holds the series lead with 63 wins but the Wolfpack has dominated for the past five years. Saturday’s score: N.C. State beat the Tar Heels, 13-0.
  • Duke and UNC have the Victory Bell rivalry. The Victory Bell, for those who don’t know, is the traveling trophy given to the winner of the annual football game which will take place Nov. 26 at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. With its win in the 2010 game, UNC leads the series 40–20, with one game tied and two wins vacated by UNC.  Will this be the Blue Devils’ year to recapture the bell?
3 Nov 2011

Marathon Anyone?

I so admire anyone that has the discipline, commitment and stamina to complete a marathon.  It is not something on my bucket list, but it is either growing in popularity in North Carolina or I have just been paying more attention.

Just a few weeks ago I learned that Genevieve Jooste (our social media coordinator) is about to run her third half marathon this weekend! Wow. Her third, can you believe it? I asked her how long she had been running and what got her started. She told me that she had always wanted to complete a half-marathon (13.1 miles!) but never had the courage to commit to running in one.

21 Oct 2011

Have You Visited the North Carolina State Fair?

October is my favorite month for a number of reasons. First of all, I love fall. Second, it is my birthday month and I LOVE my birthday. Last but certainly not least, October is also the month of the North Carolina State Fair.

Growing up, I attended the fair every year. My best friend and I ate our way through the church booths and then ate candy apples and cotton candy for dessert. Of course we rode the rides (I will never forget the first time I rode the Tilt a Wheel and how my best friend had to talk me out of getting sick…). We also made “spin art” every trip. Those are memories I will carry with me forever.