// Destination Dix //

Hope everyone’s been staying cool this week. I know the Notorious RED is ready for this heat to break so he is no longer melting during his walks.

Speaking of heat…

/ Destination Dix / 

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Last weekend we headed to Dorothea Dix park for the first ever Destination Dix. Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the day Raleigh bought the park from the State of North Carolina (with the State’s new hideous logo, I truly don’t think they deserved to own this park). Raleighites celebrated the purchase with food, drinks, rides, and music that covered the 308-acre property.

If you went, you know that the heat was nearly unbearable. Despite that, the event was near perfect. Check it.

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I love that the City made full use of the space with art exhibits and wandering entertainment. You could find aerialists, magicians, and painters dispersed throughout the grounds.

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Everything Gypsy Jule touches creates a perfect photo op.

Tons of vendors, including local stores like Gypsy Jule and Unleashed, were set up, giving everyone a chance to shop local.

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Bark Bar & Dog Park

Want to give a quick shout to this new business. Talked to the guys from Bark and they are raising funds to build a bar and dog park. Super cool idea. They’ll be serving beer, wine, and coffee, all while your pup hangs with his besties. I would be so into this if the Notorious RED wasn’t an actual maniac when it comes to other dogs. Guess I’ll have to tag along with another dog-owning pal. Throw them a bone (I’m hilarious) here.

Ya’ll the beer tent gave us life. Exhibit A: a covering that provided shade for my extremely pale skin. Exhibit B: beer. For a mere $10 you could snag eight tastings from breweries like Wicked Week, Crank Arm, DuClaw, Foothills, and Lagunitas.

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Shaded areas like this were a must.

Truly, I can’t believe this was the first time we had this event since it went so smoothly. Buses ran almost nonstop from Capital, downtown, and State, food trucks were everywhere, and there was plenty of space and entertainment. Can’t wait to see what’s next in store for the park. I’m hoping we can make it a “Central Park” like location where there is always something going on. Tip: head over there anytime for a cool view of downtown.

/ Tidbits / 

/ Brunch at Remedy Diner /

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The Remedy is definitely the prescription for a solid Saturday brunch. A few weekends back I went with the quiche of the day + cheesy grits. Topped it all off with a delicious Bloody Mary. Tip: If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, this place is for you. They have tons of options and can make almost anything vegetarian or vegan friendly. Blood Marys are $5 on Saturdays.

/ Peppertrain / 

As you know from my Instagram feed, I’m obsessed with Peppertrain. It’s bad you guys. I can’t stop. Peppertrain is a local jewelry company that I would describe as handmade beads with an industrial flair. I wear my necklaces with everything. Literally. Snag your own here.

 

// Freakin’ Weekend //

All weekend /

  • Check out Mary Poppin at the Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center. I’ve heard it’s a great show and kids will love it!

/ Saturday /

  • Get downtown for the Raleigh Typhoon, an urban scavenger hunt complete with games and brain teasers. This event it supposed to be incredibly fun and hilarious. Get more info here.

/ Sunday /

  • Head over to Person Street on Sunday for the Person Street Plaza All Persons Party.  This event is being held by our fave Person Street businesses: Edge of Urge, Lumina, Wine Authorities, etc. This is a good opportunity to get the festival-like setting we get in City Plaza over on the Person Street side of downtown. You’re sure to find vendors and food. Get more info here. Tip: Make a day of it. The event is from 12-5. Have an early lunch at Person Street Pharmacy and round out your evening with a cocktail from William & Co.
  • Neuse River Brewing Company’s One year birthday party is on Sunday. Time flies when you’re having beer. They’ll have food trucks, music, and, of course, beer. Festivities are happening from 12-10 p.m. Enjoy.

Unfortunately, I’ll miss out the Raleighing this weekend. I’m heading to Charlotte for a bachelorette party with my law school gal pals. Hoping to make some of the later Sunday festivities though. Hold down the City while I’m gone ya’ll!

Cheers.

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