This beautiful lake is divided in the middle by Avent Ferry Road. The trail on one side is paved and is about three miles, while the other is a dirt path and is about 2 miles. You can do the loop on the 3 mile side without crossing the road, but the 2 mile path is shaped like a U and each end opens to the road. I prefer the shorter one because it's not paved and it's less crowded.
You can bike the trails except for one preserved stretch on the 2 mile path. The lake is accessible from both Avent Ferry Rd. and Jones Franklin Rd, although the only parking available is on Avent Ferry.
Between Memorial Day (in May) and Labor Day (the first Monday in September), you can rent a paddle boat to take on the lake, and you can take a picnic to enjoy anytime. There are fliers at the boathouse for events like yoga and drum circles (yes, drum circles) that are offered at the lake.
Food, folks, and fifteen minutes on the internet
Simple food- danish and breakfast sandwiches for breakfast; sub-type sandwiches and hot fast food for lunch and supper. With each food purpose, you get 15 minutes on the internet in the cyber part of the cafe. It's good for airport food and earns a solid C. I had a ham sub with fritos and a pickle at lunch; a danish and water at breakfast.
Snazzy restaurant on Hillsborough St.
Located in a restored 19th century house, this is about as snazzy as you can get in Raleigh for a restaurant. I came here before my senior prom and man was it nice. Not an every day occasion kind of place but if you're looking for something upscale this place won't let you down. Check out the website below for more info. Filet Mignon. It's all about presentation at a place like this and this dish was exquisite. You don't get a whole lot but it's very pretty when they serve it to you.
andrew jackson monument
this monument honors general and president andrew jackson. jackson was a hero in the battle of new orleans during the war of 1812, the territorial governor of florida, and the 7 th president of the united states. this monument also honors presidents james k. polk and andrew johnson who were also residents of north carolina.
Greenshields pub in the historic City Market disctric with its cobblestone roads, the Wachovia bank high rise towering in the background, a perfect mix of old and new in NC's capital city, Raleigh.
"The City of Oaks, my home for the past 21 years"
Ahh, Raleigh. My parents moved us here to a suburb of Raleigh, called Garner from Stanfordville, NY in 1984 when I was only three years old. So for the most part this is home, though I still consider myself a northerner. I never did get into hush puppies and barbecue, country music or square dancing. My whole family still talks with an accent of sorts and so do I when I'm around them.
Anyway, Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina and in some studies the triangle area, Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh included, has been listed as one of the best places to live in the US. It is a fairly short drive to loads of fun attractions like the beach (2-3 hours) or the mountains (2-3 hours) and it has an international airport with a direct flight to London. We even host the NC State Fair which is fun if you like (and trust) rides that can be taken apart and moved, greasy fatty food, farm animals and hanging out with people who like to fry anything (and that includes twinkies, candy bars and stuff that's already been fried once).
Seriously, there are some fun things about Raleigh and obviously I don't totally hate it because I moved back here after I finished school. I think if I hate it at all it's in that way that you end up hating the place you grew up if you want to see the rest of the world and you can't wait to get out of town.
Downtown has gone through some revitalization in parts especially the Glenwood Ave area. There are lots of quaint areas, lots of good restaurants, a sports arena, lots of good venues for theater and music, and since it is a college town and not far off from two other college towns, there's also everything that comes with that.
There are plenty of off the beaten path type adventures to be had, miles of greenway, plenty of city parks and lakes from the smallest to Falls and Jordan lakes. This photo was taken at Shelley lake, not too far from where I live.