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    Artspace
    Mixed media artist and clothing designer Marie Cordella is just one of the 40 artists whose work can be viewed at ArtSpace, a visual art center that features 23 open studios, three exhibition galleries, lectures, classes and many other stimulating art events.
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    North Carolina State Capitol
    The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.
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    Blount Street was once home to rich industrialists and prominent civic leaders, as evidenced by these beautiful, historic homes. Nearby Blount Street Commons, currently under construction, will soon add even more residences, retail shops and parks.
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    Catch 22
    Catch 22 is a modern baroque aesthetic clothing boutique that offers bold designs, funky accessories, and evening essentials, handpicked from the hottest designers at notably affordable prices.
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    Dos TaQuitos Centro
    Dos TaQuitos Centro restaurant reflects the music, art and food of Mexico. Voted Indy's “Best of the Triangle 2008,” the owner refers to the decor as “an organized mess,” while the menu features some of the Triangle's favorite Mexican fare.
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    Father and Son Antiques
    Father and Son Antiques is home to a bounty of collectables and oddities, from mid-century designs and vintage threads to '50s kitch, tiki, mod, and much more.
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    Wachovia IMAX Theater
    This architectural sculpture marks the entrance of the Wachovia IMAX Theater at Marbles Kids Museum, which provides a larger-than-life movie experience for kids of all ages.
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    Knockabout
    Knockabout is a unique gift shop for the creative class featuring items you won't find in any mall. Many of the crafts are made by talented North Carolina artisans. Be sure to visit the bakery and try one of their freshly made cookies.
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    Raleigh Times Bar
    The Raleigh Times Bar is located in the beautifully restored 100-year-old former home of the city's evening newspaper. Featuring creative takes on classic bar fare, and an amazing beer selection.

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Accolades

 
2015
  • #2 Among Best Large Cities to Live in (Raleigh) - WalletHub, August 2015
  • #2 Among Top 10 Music Cities Other Than Nashville (Raleigh) - Music From The Row, July 2015
  • Among the 20 Best State Fairs in America (N.C. State Fair, Raleigh) - Vacations Made Easy, July 2015
  • Among the Best Steakhouses in all 50 States (Angus Barn, Raleigh) - Business Insider, July 2015
  • #2 Among the Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs (Raleigh) - Fast Company, July 2015
  • #4 Among Most Innovative, Pioneering Digital Counties: 500,000 or More Population Category (Wake County) - Center for Digital Government, July 2015
  • Among 17 Most Underrated American Cities (Raleigh) - Urban Insider, July 2015
  • Among Grand Award Winners (Angus Barn, Raleigh) - Wine Spectator, July 2015
  • Among Best Sandwiches in America (Banh Mi at The Station, Raleigh) - Restaurant Hospitality, June 2015
  • #4 Among the Best Places to Drink Coffee in 2015 (Joule Coffee & Table, Raleigh) - GQ, June 2015
  • 2015 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Small Business of the Year (Triangle Rock Club, Morrisville) - June 2015
  • Among Top 100 Cities on Twitter (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Encore Alert, June 2015
  • #3 Among 12 Music Festivals You Should Actually Attend This Summer (Hopscotch, Raleigh) - The Huffington Post, May 2015
  • #3 Among Best Cities to Work - Economic Environment (Raleigh MSA) - WalletHub, May 2015
  • #10 Among Best Cities to Work - Small Business Environment (Raleigh MSA) - WalletHub, May 2015
  • Sports Tourism Organization of the Year (Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance) - National Association of Sports Commissions, April 2015
  • #1 Among Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future (Raleigh) - The Financial Times, April 2015
  • Among 2015 Award of Excellence Winners (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Corporate & Incentive Travel, April 2015
  • #2 Among the Cities Creating The Most Tech Jobs (Raleigh) - Forbes, April 2015
  • Among Five LGBT Travel Picks for 2015 (Raleigh) - Metro Weekly, March 2015
  • Among 29 Cities All Twentysomethings Should Pick Up and Move To (Raleigh) - BuzzFeed, March 2015
  • #1 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • #6 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • #11 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • #15 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • Second place in the U.S. Brewers Cup Championship (Slingshot Coffee Co., Raleigh) - February 2015
  • Among 2015 Most Romantic Restaurants in America (Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern, Raleigh) - OpenTable, February 2015
  • Among Five American Cities You Should Visit in 2015 (Raleigh) - The Huffington Post, February 2015
  • Among 2015 Best Hotels in the U.S.A. Winners (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - U.S. News & World Report, January 2015
  • Among World's 300 Largest Metropolitan Economies in 2014 (Raleigh) - Brookings Institution, January 2015
  • #3 Among Best Metro Areas for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Professionals (Raleigh MSA) - WalletHub, January 2015
  • Among America's 100 Best Beer Bars 2015 (Busy Bee Cafe, Raleigh) - Draft, January 2015
  • Among America's 100 Best Beer Bars 2015 (Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh) - Draft, January 2015
  • Among Cities to Watch in 2015 (Raleigh) - Urbanful, January 2015
  • #2 Among The Fastest-Growing Minority Cities in America for Hispanics (Raleigh) - Brookings Institution, January 2015
  • #2 Among The Fastest-Growing Minority Cities in America for Asians (Raleigh) - Brookings Institution, January 2015
  • #6 Among The Fastest-Growing Minority Cities in America for Blacks (Raleigh) - Brookings Institution, January 2015
 
2014
  • #10 Best City in America for 2014 (Movoto) December 2014
  • #2 Most Affordable Market with Good Schools (RealtyTrac) November 2014
  • #7 Smartest City in America (Forbes) November 2014
  • #2 Easiest Place to Find a Job (Forbes) November 2014
  • #4 Best Midsize City to Raise Children (Cary, NC) MyLife | August 2014
  • #3 Best Place for Entrepreneurs to Start a Business (Raleigh, NC) U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • #10 Best City for Women in Business (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Bizjournals.com | July 2014
  • #4 City for Finding a Great Tech Job (Raleigh, NC) TechRepublic | July 2014
  • #5 Most Stable Housing Market (Raleigh, NC) Zillow and Bloomberg | July 2014
  • #2 Fastest Growth in U.S. Patents Received (Raleigh-Cary, NC) U.S. Patents and Trademark Office |June 2014
  • #1 Best Place for Business in 2014 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes | July 2014
  • #7 Best City for Future Job Growth in 2014 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes | July 2014
  • #8 Best Place for STEM Graduates (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Nerd Wallet | July 2014
  • Raleigh ranks #3 among top 5 places for business success - Business Review USA
  • #4 Life Science Cluster in the U.S. (Raleigh-Durham, NC) - Jones Lang LaSalle | June 2014
  • #3 Least Stressed Out City, (Raleigh, NC) -CNN Money | June 2014
  • #8 City for Technology Careers, (Raleigh, NC) - CIO.com | June 2014
  • #8 City for Female Entrepreneurs, (Raleigh, NC) - Intuit | May 2014
  • #8 City Creating the Most, Information Jobs (Raleigh, NC) - Forbes | May 2014
  • #4 Fastest Growing City for Renters, (Raleigh, NC) - Rent.com | May 2014
  • #3 Best Regulatory Climate, (Raleigh, NC) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce | May 2014
  • Top 10 Best City Art District, (Raleigh, NC) - USA Today | May 2014
  • #4 Best City to Start a Business, (Raleigh, NC) - Nerd Wallet | May 2014
  • #7 Best City for Recent College Graduates, (Raleigh, NC) - Nerd Wallet | April 2014
  • #4 Best Big City for Jobs in 2014, (Raleigh, NC) - Forbes | April 2014
  • #6 Most Affordable Housing Market for 2014, (Raleigh, NC), ZipRealty | April 2014
  • #10 City Gaining the Most College Graduates, (Raleigh, NC) - Forbes | April 2014
  • #8 Top U.S. Biopharma Cluster, (Raleigh-Durham, NC) Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | March 2014
  • #10 City for Biotech Investing, (Raleigh-Durham, NC), Fierce Biotech | March 2014
  • #10 Least Expensive City for Beer Drinkers, (Raleigh, NC) - Nerd Wallet | March 2014
  • #11 Best City to Find a Job, (Raleigh, NC) - Wallet Hub | March 2014
  • #8 Major Market for Brainpower, (Raleigh, NC) - Bizjournals.com | February 2014
  • #3 Best City for Young Entrepreneurs, (Raleigh, NC) - Credit Donkey | February 2014
  • #5 Emerging Tech Hub in the World, (Raleigh, NC) - TransferWise | February 2014

 

2013

  • Raleigh-Cary ranks among top U.S. metros for highest-paying jobs - Money Magazine, October 2013
  • #1 Dog-Friendly City in America - Pet-Care.com, October 2013
  • #3 Among Best Places for Business and Careers 2013 (Raleigh) - Forbes, August 2013
  • #5 Among America's 10 Most Hospitable Cities (Raleigh) - Airbnb, July 2013
  • #9 Among The 10 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America (Raleigh) - Movoto, July 2013
  • #15 Among World's Most Inventive Cities (Raleigh) - Forbes, July 2013
  • Among Best Hotels by Region in N.C. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Travel + Leisure, July 2013
  • Among 10 Wacky U.S. Summer Events (BugFest at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) - TripAdvisor, July 2013
  • #3 Among The U.S.A.'s Most Patriotic Cities (Raleigh) - USA Today, July 2013
  • Named as an "All-America City" in the National Civic League All-America City Awards (Garner) - National Civic League, June 2013
  • #9 Among Best Cities to Get Rich (Raleigh) - CreditDonkey, June 2013
  • #9 Among Airports Where the Architecture Soars (RDU International Airport) - CNN, June 2013
  • #15 Among The Fittest Cities in America (Raleigh) - American College of Sports Medicine, June 2013
  • Among Top 10 Best Cities for Newlyweds (Raleigh) - Rent.com, June 2013
  • #9 Among Top 10 Airport Restaurants in the U.S. (42nd Street Oyster Bar, RDU International Airport) - Frommer's, May 2013
  • #3 Among The Top 12 American Boomtowns (Raleigh) - Bloomberg, April 2013
  • #7 Among Best Regional Airports in North America (RDU International Airport) - SKYTRAX World Airport Awards, April 2013
  • Winner of a 2013 Pinnacle Award (GRCVB) - Successful Meetings, April 2013
  • #4 Among Ten Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs (Raleigh) - Forbes, April 2013
  • The U.S.A.'s Best Regional Desserts (Chess pie at Angus Barn, Raleigh) - Lonely Planet, March 2013
  • #1 Among Fastest-Growing Cities In The U.S. (Raleigh) - Forbes, March 2013
  • #6 Among Top 10 U.S. Value Destinations for 2013 (Raleigh) - Hotwire, March 2013
  • #1 Among Ten Best Cities for Car Drivers (Raleigh) - NerdWallet, March 2013
  • #8 Among Best Cities for Women Entrepreneurs (Raleigh) - NerdWallet, March 2013
  • #11 Best Patenting Rate (Raleigh) - Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, February 2013
  • #4 Among Best Cities in America for Small Business (Raleigh) - The Business Journals, February 2013
  • #2 Among Next Biggest Boom Towns in the U.S. (Raleigh) - Forbes, February 2013
  • #8 Among Top 10 Cities for Women Entrepreneurs (Raleigh) - NerdWallet, February 2013
  • Winner of 2013 Five Star Rating Award in hotel category (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
  • Winner of 2013 Five Star Rating Award in restaurant category (Heron's at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
  • Winner of 2013 Four Star Rating Award in spa category (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
  • #2 Among 2013 Best Hotels in N.C. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - U.S. News Travel, January 2013
  • #16 Among 2013 Best Hotels in N.C. (Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills, Raleigh) - U.S. News Travel, January 2013
  • #41 Among 2013 Best Hotels in the U.S.A. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - U.S. News Travel, January 2013
  • Winner of 2013 Five Diamond Award in hotel category (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - AAA, January 2013
  • Winner of 2013 Four Diamond Award in hotel category (Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills, Raleigh) - AAA, January 2013
  • Winner of 2013 Five Diamond Award in restaurant category (Heron's at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - AAA, January 2013
  • #1 Among Best Places to Raise Kids in N.C. (Holly Springs) - Bloomberg Businessweek, January 2013
  • #14 Among Best Cities for Men (Raleigh-Cary) - Men's Health, January 2013
  • #7 Among Best Run Cities in America (Raleigh-Cary) - 24/7 Wall St., January 2013
  • #4 Among Fastest Growing Cities for Population and the Economy in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes, January 2013
  • #3 Among Best Performing Large Cities in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary) - Milken Institute, January 2013
  • #1 Among Family-Friendly Cities in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary) - Human Life Project, January 2013
  • #1 Among Large Metros with the Largest Share of College Grads in the Center City (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) - The Atlantic Cities, January 2013
  • #11 Among Healthiest Cities for Women (Raleigh) - Women's Health, January 2013
  • #5 Among America's New Tech Hot Spots (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes, January 2013