Travel Insight: A Capital Christmas in Raleigh, NC

December 23, 2012 Leigh Powell Hines

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here.I have buckeye brownies to make, and gifts to wrap, but I didn’t want Santa to arrive without giving you a glimpse of my hometown.  This month, I’ve taken you to Asheville, and Charlotte, but Raleigh, N.C. has a special place in my heart.  I’ve lived in North Carolina’s capital city for 12 years.  Downtown Raleigh is beautiful during the holidays. The State Capitol anchors the city’s decoration with a 24-feet tree from Ashe County.

Raleigh, NC Capitol Christmas

This year, the governor of my state opened the Executive Mansion for a special holiday tour.  This Gothic-style mansion is located in Raleigh’s Oakwood neighborhood.

Gothic-Style Mansion in State Capitol, Raleigh NC

The Executive Mansion was completed in 1891 and is just over 34,000 square feet.

Personally, I believe this home is most beautiful during the holidays.

Raleigh, NC Executive Mansion

One of my favorite holiday events in Raleigh is an inside look at the homes in our Governor’s neighborhood. The 41st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes in Historic Oakwood is something that I never  miss. The candlelight tour, held on the second weekend of December, opens about a dozen homes to the public.

Oakwood Neighborhood of Raleigh, NC

Raleigh is certainly beautiful during the holiday season. All month, I’ve been gawking at homes dressed up for the holidays, and have shared a photo each day on my Instagram feed. I’m going to end today’s post at a look inside my southern Colonial-style home for the holiday.  It’s definitely not the Executive Mansion, but we call it home.

Hines-Sight Blog's House at Christmas, Raleigh, NC

I wish everyone joy, laughter, love, and peace this holiday. I also want to thank Skimbaco Owner, Katja Presnal, for allowing me to share this space with you weekly. I look forward to more luxury travel talk in 2013. Happy New Year!

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Leigh Powell Hines

Leigh Powell Hines, a former TV Journalist/Communications Executive, combined motherhood and her journalism experience and started The Hines-Sight Blog to inspire parents to pack their bags for family travels in and around North Carolina, where she resides. Leigh knows the best in family travel, but as a parent in her mid-forties, she seeks out restaurants and hotels that adults can enjoy, too. Luxury hotels are Leigh’s passion, and she is ready to travel the world, one luxury hotel at a time. Connect with Leigh on Twitter @Hinessightblog, Facebook and check out Hines-Sight Blog on Pinterest.

Comments (4)

  1. Southern belle !
    We just drive down to Florida from Toronto and we passed Raleigh and had a peek in Charleston. It is so pretty in the South, love the houses and the street.

    Merry Christmas

  2. Enjoy Life Oils

    Merry Christmas Leigh!! I feel so blessed to have you in our team. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pictures from your home and from Raleigh, they are so welcoming, and I would love to spend a Christmas in any of them :)

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