Weekend getaways are my fave! I love when Alonzo and I can hit the road with the pups and explore the south. My favorite and most convenient weekend getaway is Raliegh, NC.

Prior to moving to North Carolina, I knew close to nothing about the cities in the south. I had been to Atlanta, Miami Fort Lauderdale, and a few other places but I had never done much traveling along the southern part of the east coast.

When Alonzo and I moved to the Fort Bragg area our first venture outside of the area was to Raleigh. Raleigh is only an hour from our home, so every chance I get I try to convince Alonzo we should make a trip.

Alonzo is really good about doing research before we go anywhere. He will ask his co-workers and search the web to find the most interesting places. So for the most part we always have some sort of idea of where we're going first.

I'm a creature of habit. My mom and dad both love to go to the same bars and restaurants because it's what they know and like. I have it honest. Alonzo loves to try to new things. In Raleigh there's so many amazing places to eat and drink so I try my best to change it up! 

We always stay at Aloft Hotel across the street from NC State. It's less than 10 minutes from downtown, they allow dogs (even in their bar), and the accommodations are great for a weekend stay.

Let's drive into the great places we have been to in Raleigh!

Source: Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine

Source: Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine

Clouds Brewing
Alonzo and I went to Clouds for Valentine's Day about two years ago. He asked if I wanted to go somewhere fun or fancy and I said fun of course! At Clouds they have a wall called "The Downpour." This wall is full of local beers to try! When you are seated at your table you are given a wristband. Once you make your selection you hold your wristband up to the sensor and pour your own beer! Your wristband will keep a rolling tally of all the beer you've tried and how many ounces you've poured. Aside from the awesome beer pouring experience they have great apps to choose from! I'm not a big pork skins fan but I would recommend that you try them! 

The Raleigh Times
Raleigh Times is usually our first stop when we arrive in Raleigh. We can take our dogs and get a quick bite to eat and drink some great local beer. Raleigh Times has a great beer selection, a rooftop deck (with an awesome view) and seating outside in front of the bar. Their menu is stacked with great meal choices but I love their street tacos!

Source: Triangle Business Journal

Source: Triangle Business Journal

Tasty 8's

Alonzo is somewhat of a hot dog connoisseur. With his grassroots being in Chicago he takes hot dog (and pizza) tasting pretty serious. So of course when we went he had to try the "Windy City Weenie." My personal favorite is the "Southern Comfort," it's topped with blue cheese slaw, carolina chili, red onion, and scallions! Yum!

Source: Boxcar Bar & Arcade

Source: Boxcar Bar & Arcade

Boxcar Bar & Arcade
This is super fun place to go during the day or night. Boxcar arcade is home to over 100 of your favorite old school video games and tons of local beers on tap. The competition is real in there so be sure to bring your A-game! What makes it even better? It's dog friendly!


The first time we went to Raleigh we discovered who Ashley Christensen (aka Queen of Raleigh) was. I heard she is called the Queen of Raleigh because she owns 6 restaurants in Raleigh, 3 of which she opened in one year! I don't see her stopping here. We have only been to 3 of the 6 places (Beasley's Chicken and Honey, Poole's Diner, and Chuck's) but let me tell you each of them has unique characteristics that will have you dreaming of the dishes late at night!

Source: Kaper Design 

Source: Kaper Design 

Beasley's Chicken & Honey literally changed my whole perspective on fried chicken. It is hands down thee best fried chicken I've ever had. You have to try the creamed collard, and the pecan smoked chicken wings as well! They also make a great Moscow Mule with homemade ginger beer.  

Chuck's is her gourmet burger joint. The burgers are the perfect size, although if you want to pack on the pounds make it a double! When I read the description of the burgers I thought to myself, " I don't know how this goes together but hey I'll try it!" With hand cut french fries and handmade dipping sauces it's a burger lovers dream. My favorite is the High and Valley (crushed avocado, bacon onion jam and blistered red peppers)!

Poole's Diner I just absolutely loved. The atmosphere is laid back like a diner would be but it has a hipster feel. We sat at the counter and had a great conversation with a couple that are regulars. I love mac and cheese so I had to try it. It was so good that I literally wanted to put the leftovers in my purse! I still regret having to leave that mac & cheese there.

Be sure to check out her other 3 hot spots, Death & Taxes, Fox Liquor Bar and Bridge Club (for your event needs)!

There's a lot of things we love about Raleigh and we have barely scraped the surface! So until next time...

Marcy MARZ