Craig Makepeace

Craig Makepeace is the co-founder and publisher of This Is Raleigh. Originally from Australia, he first moved to Raleigh in 2004 and fell in love with the city of oaks. He's a travel addict, sports fanatic, beach lover, and passionate craft beer drinker!

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1 Day Itinerary for a Raleigh to Wrightsville Beach Trip

Now that we live in Raleigh permanently, a Raleigh to Wrightsville Beach road trip is ...
Hamburger and tator tots at Parkside Restaurants, one of the best places to eat in Raleigh NC

50+ Essential Places To Eat In Raleigh, NC (inside the beltline)

Looking for the best places to eat in Raleigh? Look no further. Whether you're currently ...
Best neighborhoods in Raleigh

10 Neighborhoods in Raleigh to Call Home (inside the beltline)

Thinking of moving to Raleigh? As a couple who have lived in 5 countries and ...
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Locals Guide To Downtown Raleigh (See, Eat, Drink, Shop)

Downtown Raleigh is our favorite area of the seven areas that make up the municipality ...
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Why Lake Johnson Is Our Favorite Lake In Raleigh (walk, kayak, relax)

When we first moved to Raleigh in 2004 we lived right on Lake Johnson Park ...
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10 Coffee Shops in Downtown Raleigh The Locals Love!

Looking for great local coffee shops in downtown Raleigh to get your fix, catch up ...
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37 Free Things To Do In Raleigh, NC (or on the cheap)

Looking for tips on free things to do in Raleigh? Or things to do on ...
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15 Fun Day Trips from Raleigh NC (within a 2-hour drive)

Looking for ideas about cool day trips from Raleigh? One of the things we love ...
Best downtown Raleigh Hotels to stay at

7 of the Best Downtown Raleigh Hotels (business or pleasure)

Looking for the best downtown Raleigh Hotels for your stay in the city of oaks? ...
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Getting Around Raleigh (by car, bus, bike, or walking)

Raleigh is predominantly a driving city. You won’t find a train system here like in ...
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