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We’re Caroline and Craig, an Australian couple who are madly in love with the vibrancy of life in Raleigh.

After living in 5 countries and traveling to over 50, we chose the City of Oaks as our home.

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Click on the images below for ideas for things to do in Raleigh in Sept. While the weather still spells summer, life in Raleigh shouts FALL! September is one of the best months in Raleigh for outdoor concerts, festivals, and fun things to do! Click the images below for ideas to create a fun month in Raleigh! Don’t miss what’s happening this weekend in Raleigh!

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There is so much to love about living in Raleigh! Here are reasons why we love it and some useful resources for those considering moving to Raleigh.

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Planning on visiting Raleigh? Whether you are looking for things to do in Raleigh, places to stay in Raleigh, and how to get around Raleigh, we’ve got posts and itinerary guides to help you! Click the images below for more.

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We love Raleigh’s central location to so many amazing destinations and easy getaways. From the mountains to the beaches, and fun urban experiences. We can’t wait to keep sharing what we discover. For now, here are a few favorites.

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We love historic downtown Apex. Just updated our blog post with 18 things to do in downtown Apex including places to eat, drink, shop and explore.

See it via the Linktree  link in our bio @ThisIsRaleigh

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Today feels like an Irish Coffee + Pumpkin Creme Brulle kind of day at @bittersweetraleigh. Stay dry and safe out there!



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45+ Things to Do This Weekend in Raleigh - lots of fun events happening again in the area, including music festivals, cultural events, and more! 

See the full list of all the events via the Linktree link in our bio @ThisIsRaleigh



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PROGRESS...I took this drone shot of downtown Raleigh almost 2 years ago. I believe the vacant parking lot on the left is where the new Omni Hotel will rise from. 

One thing I hope, and have read this will be the case, is that the sight line from the Performing Arts Center to the Capitol Building along Fayetteville Street will not be impeded? I think those two buildings acting as bookends to Fayetteville St should not change! 

Thoughts on the new hotel?



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