You’ve probably never heard this before, but Raleigh is GROWING. Just kidding. We’ve all heard this by now!
And since Raleigh is growing, the demand for short term housing in Raleigh is growing. This is for a ton of reasons - regular tourism reasons, folks coming to check out the town for a potential job or transfer, and of course, getting a feel for the local vibe.
Regardless of the reason, check out my top five list of local AirBnBs to on for your next Raleigh trip:
A Charming Wake Forest Bungalow
If you’ve done any research about the suburbs of Raleigh, you know that Wake Forest is the apple of the people’s eye here in North Carolina. And what’s not to love to be honest? Wake Forest has painstakingly preserved a small downtown feel that is not short on dining, drinking and shopping, and busting with character. Anyone you stop on the street is happy to tell you why they love Wake Forest, and that is the embodiment of southern hospitality.
This bungalow is right in the middle of all that makes Wake Forest charming. It is abundant with a cozy, boho charm of its own. Plus, it has a hot tub - and there is NOTHING better than a nice soak after a night exploring Wake Forest’s breweries, wine bars, and tapas joints. It sleeps 8, so it’s perfect for everyone to stay in comfort.
A Designer Townhome in Raleigh
Looking for something cozy, but oozing with designer modern touches? Look no further than this townhome, nestled in the North Raleigh. I particularly think that digital nomads would thrive in this place - there is so much detail put into your comfort during your stay! The coffee selection is premium, the memory foam mattresses are indeed luxurious, and the ambiance of the living area makes you want to stay and hang out.
This space is great for traveling to the area for fun, though, as it sleeps 8! Shelley Lake is accessible on foot, and this AirBnB is less than 10 minutes away from some of the best dining districts in Raleigh: North Hills, Glenwood South, and the Warehouse district!
This Fresh Downtown Raleigh Home
This home is truly downtown, with views of the skyline right from the bedroom window! It is brand new, completely designed, and has multiple great outdoor spaces. Plus, you can walk or bike to any of the downtown districts, skipping ride share costs altogether. This one stays booked, but is well worth the stay if you can snag it!
I personally LOVE when AirBnBs have outdoor spaces to spend time. My favorite vacation ritual is a morning coffee just listening to the sounds of the places I’m exploring. My second favorite vacation ritual is a nightcap outside after a fun day of adventuring. Both are easily accommodated here.
A Contemporary Escape in the Bull City
What? A Durham listing on a Raleigh blog? What’s this?!
I will admit it- I am biased towards Raleigh. I grew up here and went to college in Raleigh (go pack!). Because someone thought of the name RDU for the airport, people are increasingly thinking of both cities when they come to this area, so one mention to Durham does fit on this list.
Durham has an industrial city charm that Raleigh doesn’t quite have - it has a rawer artist feel, there are more club music scenes in Durham that have survived, and even I can admit it - the food scene is better. I’m looking at you, Dashi.
I was oozing compliments over these contemporary new builds when I saw them. There are actually two here! One is the main house, and the other is a studio that sleeps one or two. Personally, I think this a great strategy for folks traveling in large groups. I love traveling with friends, but having a place to retreat to is increasingly necessary for me to recharge. These two lovely modern charmers can be booked together or separately, depending on what you need. They both have full kitchens and laundry, which makes for a great longer-term stay if you need it. It’s also super convenient to athletics in Durham - if you have never been to a Durham Bulls game, you simply must!
Well, there you have it. Whether you’re staycationing, traveling for a bachelor’s or bachelorette party, coming for sports, or whatever draws you to Raleigh - from a local, I hope you have a great stay 🙂