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New River Gorge Earth Day Celebration – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can celebrate the 10th Annual New River Gorge Earth Day Celebration in downtown Fayetteville on April 25. The festival will be replete with beautification projects, live music, food and workshops for the entire family.

Event coordinator April Storm said the Fayette County Green Advisory Team and Plateau Action Network are teaming up to make this year's celebration the biggest and best yet.

The celebration kicks off with a Stream Cleanup at 8:30 a.m. Those wishing to participate should meet at the corner of Gatewood and Cunard roads in Fayetteville. The cleanup will last until noon.

"Keeping a community cleaned up and keeping it looking attractive shows the community is involved and interested in their surroundings and the place they live," said Sally Kiner, executive director of the Historic Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Main festivities start at noon on the courthouse lawn and run until 4 p.m.

Attendees can see educational exhibits on recycling, alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, agriculture and reducing our ecological footprint.

There will also be live music, local farmers, artisans, conservation activities, food and more.

A Kid's Zone will be set up with games and hands-on activities.

Lastly, wind down with a free yoga class for all levels and abilities on the courthouse lawn at 4:30 p.m.


NC Beer Month Events Happening in Raleigh This Weekend

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NC Beer Month is still going strong. If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC here are just a few beer month events that are taking place this weekend:

North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival

  • Noon-6pm
  • The Pit - Address: 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Admission: $5 at the gate

The North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival 2015: The Pit's 7th Annual 'Cuegrass Festival returns to the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh Saturday, Apr. 18, at noon, with a jam-packed day full of great 'cue, local brews and toe-tappin' bluegrass music!

Brewery Tour

  • 2:30-3:05pm
  • Bombshell Beer Company - Address: 120 Quantum St., Holly Springs
  • Free

The Bombshell Beer Tasting Tour gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at our working production brewery. A small tour group of up to 20 people, will get an overview of our production process. Visit website to register for tours; space is limited.

Deep River Tap Takeover

  • 3-6pm
  • Triangle Wine Company - Cary
  • Cary

N.C. Beer Month event featuring a Deep River Brewing Company Tap Takeover!

Food Truck at White Street Brewing Company

  • 1-5pm
  • White Street Brewing Company
  • Wake Forest

Have fun at the White Street Brewing Company Tap Room for food truck goodness, by Amigosan!

Raleigh City Farm 3rd bEARTHday & BrewHaHa

  • 9am-10pm
  • Raleigh City Farm - 800 N. Blount St., Raleigh

Raleigh City Farm is excited to celebrate its third birthday this month and to share the Farm's progress with our community of supporters. Saturday, Apr. 18 is bEARTHday and BrewHaha. There will be a whole lot of digging and biking and paddling and eating and toasting going on, plus a bEARTHday Bazaar featuring a locavore Farm Food Court and vendor booths, bEARTHday cake, family activities, farm tours and sustainability talks and comedy and local bands on the Raleigh City Farm Stage. Free and ticketed events all day long - check out the event calendar!

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Try 50 Types of Beer at the World Beer Festival in Raleigh

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 08, 2015

April is North Carolina Beer Month, and for the third year in a row we have an exciting array of activities lined up. More than 90 are participating, ranging from decades-old, award-winning brew houses to the newer breweries eager to make a name for their batches. It’s a month-long celebration offering dozens of beer-inspired festivals, tastings, dinners, special discounts, travel deals, giveaways and more. You can be certain that by the time April comes to a close, you’ll have an even better appreciation for North Carolina’s thriving beer scenes.

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you should know that one of the highlights of N.C. Beer Month is the World Beer Festival Raleigh. This festival on April 11th will showcase 30 North Carolina breweries presenting 50 beers made in the state. The World Beer Festival Raleigh happens at Moore Square in Raleigh on April 11.

Two sessions to choose from to fit your schedule: 12-4pm & 6-10pm

General admission includes:

  • Tasting glass with unlimited 4 oz tastings!
  • Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini-commercial brewery, and more!

VIP Admission includes:

  • Tasting glass with unlimited 4 oz tastings!
  • Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini-commercial brewery, and more!
  • Enjoy a private lounge complete with private bathrooms, food and live music!
  • Three-issue subscription to All About Beer Magazine!

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Lebanese Festival This Weekend in Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can enjoy the 17th annual Lebanese Festival this weekend. This is a celebration of authentic Lebanese food, non-stop performances, fortune teller, belly dancers, Lebanese coffee and sweets, Hooka, games, and tournaments, Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunt and more fun activities. Everyone is welcome.

The annual Lebanese festival is here! Lots of authentic Lebanese food, Lebanese beer and wine, variety of sweets, fortune teller, Belly dancers, dabke performances, Tabouli contest, Easter bunny and egg hunt.

Last year's attendance estimated at 5000. Come see what the buzz is about. Best of all, it is free to attend.


Beer & Bacon Festival Comes to Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can enjoy the Beer & Bacon Festival on March 28th from 12-6pm. This is the second annual festival, and last year’s fest was a huge hit but it was just the beginning.


  • Guests enjoy a souvenir glass plus 75+ of their favorite international beers and wines.
  • T-Shirts! The first 100 Guests in line for EACH SESSION receive a FREE “COLLECTIBLE Bacon” T-Shirt to celebrate the show.
  • VIP Beer and Bacon Admission will host over 15 restaurant tasting stations featuring the BEST restaurants in the Triangle. They will be on-hand vying for the $500 Best Bacon Dish Prize. (VIP Beer & Bacon Session food tastings included, regular beer tasting session food is ala carte.)
  • 2 tons of gourmet bacons  will be griddled on-site (until 3pm).
  • The Main Stage will host live music all day.
  • A Whole Hog Butchering 101 Class will be hosted on the Main Stage at approximately 3:00 by The Butchers Market! Your neighborhood butcher shop and specialty grocer.
  • All of this plus fun foodie exhibits and so much more!

What’s NEW:

  • More Bacon. We’ve increased our samples from all the participating restaurants.
  • We’ve doubled the Griddled Bacon Stations
  • The VIP Beer and Bacon Session will host more specialty beers and drinks than last year.


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Keep Celebrating St. Patty’s Day at the Irish Festival this Weekend – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC and are not done celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, no problem! Don't miss the St. Patrick's Day Irish Festival at Lafayette Village on Saturday March 21, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Show your green for a total immersion into an Irish experience. Far different than other rowdy “Wearing of the Green” celebrations, this Irish Festival is an unforgettable event for the entire family, offering an entertaining, fun-filled peek into Irish culture. Activities abound for children and adults alike, all revolving around Irish traditions, myths, legends and historical characters.

Scriptorium: Learn to write with a quill pen, color an illuminated letter, and help teach about manuscripts and how the Irish helped to save civilization.

Brass Rubbings: Young guests can create their own brass rubbings at our crafts tent.

Irish Myths & Legends: Characters from Irish mythology take some time to share legends and stories with young attendees. St. Patrick himself will even make the rounds throughout the day.

Irish Quest: Young adventurers will journey throughout Lafayette Village to gather clues and treasure to complete the quest and earn a token and certificate!

The Tavern at the Sign of the Oak and Acorn: Visit our recreated British tavern where you can learn all about pastimes in the days when iPhones and PSP’s didn’t yet exist. Games of chance and skills are taught, and outdoor historic games on the lawn are also available for family play. Here guests will also hear Irish folktales and stories. Housed in our replica 20’ x 20’ medieval pavilion.

Music and Dance: Our music and dance groups will combine to present 30 minute presentations of traditional Irish folk music and dance at designated times throughout the day (in between music sets on the main stage). The demonstrations will include audience participatory folk dances.


St. Patrick's Day Parade & Wearin' O' the Green Festival – Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you can enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Wearin' 'O the Green Festival on March 14, 2015. The festival has lots of food and drink, activities for kids on Leprechaun Lane. The Irish Village will have Celtic inspired jewelry and arts and crafts. Live music will be on the Shamrock 'n Roll Stage and Pipers and Dancers will be at the Celtic Street Stage all afternoon!

Line the streets for the 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade as it winds its way down Wilmington Street to Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh beginning at 10 a.m. Look for dancers, pipers and community groups – likely in a sea of green.

When the Parade is over the Festival begins!

The Wearin' 'O the Green Festival is held on City Plaza at the south end of Fayetteville Street in downtown, along with some of the neighboring streets.  There will be lots of live music and dancing, food and children’s activities.  There is lots of fun along Leprechaun Lane with a bounce house and kiddie rides.  Shop the various vendor and craft booths and there will be also lots of food and refreshments!

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Raleigh is a Best Place in NC to Grow Old

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

If you are considering renting an apartment in Raleigh, NC now there is an even better reason to move here.

The Raleigh metro is just shy of the top 50 large metros in the U.S. for "successful aging" – and the highest in N.C. – according to a new report by the Milken Institute.

Raleigh (which presumably includes Cary) is No. 56, Charlotte is No. 78, Winston-Salem is No. 79 and Greensboro-High Point is No. 88 on the list.

The rankings are based on multiple factors: Cost of living, crime rate, employment growth, unemployment rate, income distribution, weather and the percentage of binge drinkers.

On the Milken Institute's list of the best small metros, Durham-Chapel is No. 41, Greenville is No. 52, Wilmington is No. 155 and Asheville is No 175. (Note: The percentage of binge drinkers was not factored into the small metro rankings.)

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Reasons To Rent Instead of Buy - Raleigh, NC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 26, 2015

With any major decision in life, there are pros and cons to consider, and the right decision depends on what your particular priorities in life are. Deciding whether or not to buy a house definitely fits that bill.

If you plan on being in the same city for the next several decades, want to customize your home in any way, want to be able to have any pets you want, and don't mind the commitment of a mortgage, owning is probably the best way to go. However, there are some perks that renters enjoy; here's a list of a few of them.

1. Smaller time commitment

One of the biggest perks of renting as opposed to owning a home is the relatively small time commitment involved. The longest lease for an apartment is two years.

In contrast, most mortgages are either 15 or 30-year commitments, making renting an excellent choice for those who anticipate some instability in their lives. Is it possible you could get transferred to another city? Considering a family? Going back to school? These are all good reasons to give yourself the flexibility of a shorter time commitment.

That way, if you need to leave, it's simply a matter of waiting out the rest of your lease. In most cases, even if you need to break a lease, it can be done for a penalty of a month's rent.

2. Maintenance

The amount of maintenance that goes along with home ownership is one of the least favorite thing about owning for most people. This is especially true if the home you own is more than a few years old.

In an apartment or rented home, the landlord generally takes care of all maintenance issues, eliminating the possibility of massive unforeseen expenses that can come with ownership. It is nice to know that if your home needs maintenance, it won't cost you a dime.

3. Limited financial risk

Aside from the absence of any maintenance expenses, renting your home eliminates other types of risk as well.  You are generally protected from massive swings in the mortgage market.

4. One bill to pay

Home ownership has a lot of extra expenses, such as property taxes, homeowner's insurance, and closing costs that don't contribute to paying down the principal. In some locations, these can get very pricy.

5. The freedom to leave

The biggest perk of renting is the freedom to move around.  Selling a home right now is extremely difficult in many areas of the country.

In a rental situation, as long as your lease is up, you can go somewhere else for any reason, and not just when you're moving a long distance. Having another baby? Rent a bigger home. Don't like your landlord? Go find a new one. Did you get a higher-paying job? Get a nicer place to live!

For more information on apartments in Raleigh, NC contact Auston Grove Apartment Homes.

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Raleigh is One of the Best Cities for Valentine's Day

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC then you might just have a great Valentine's Day.

Is Raleigh a great place for romance? Maybe so, according to a new study.

Valentine's Day can be an expensive day for some, and so WalletHub ranked the top American metropolitan areas for Valentine's Day. The website scored the cities based on budget, activities, gift accessibility and weather forecast.

The overall winner – no surprise – was San Francisco, which ranked first for activities and accessibility. Seattle was second overall and Orlando third.

But Raleigh ranked No. 30 overall, ahead of Los Angeles (34) and Charlotte (36). That's in the top half folks!

Raleigh ranked 20th for budget, 37th for activities, 43rd for accessibility and 82nd for weather forecast.

Ranked No. 100? Hmmm – Detroit.


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