Californians often brag as though they are the only state where you can ski and surf within the same day. Well we’ve got news Cali folk’, you’re not the only ones. North Carolinians can and should boast the same fact. The slopes of Ashville and the waves of Wrightsville Beach are just over 5 hours apart. Something to consider, where during the winter months thrill seekers can hit the early slopes, then drive down to Wilmington, slap on a wetsuit, and surf until the sun sets. While this may not appeal to every Carolinian it still is an interesting point to boast. Even more, Raleighites can boast being nearly smack dab’ in the middle. With the coast just over 2 hours away and Ashville just over 3, dependent upon the time of year, we’ve got the choice to enjoy skiing, hiking, boating, or surfing, and it’s only a short morning drive away.


As summer approaches, most of us can’t wait to head East to one of our many beautiful beaches. One of the most popular and closest beach communities is Wilmington, home of Wrightsville Beach. Also a college town, Wilmington boasts a great food and culture scene. Last year National Geographic declared Wrightsville Beach one of the top ten surf towns in the world! When in town make sure to stop by Tower 7 for homemade Margaritas and Baja fish taco’s or Sweet N’ Savory Bakery for a wide array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items boasting in-house desserts and fresh baked breads. On the weekends catch a show at one of the many theatre houses, supported by the the UNCW School of Filmography and the Screen Gems Studio. Truly an exciting place, all residents new to Raleigh should make the quick trip to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.


Whether Fall, Winter, Summer, or Spring, Ashville and the NC mountains always offer a great time to experience the outdoors. Ashville, a budding brewery town, seems to have a new and tasty restaurant or brewery on every street corner. Nearby Beech Mountain with it’s annual 80 inches of snowfall offers seasonal skiing and snowboarding. During the warmer months visitors can check out almost limitless hiking trails in the Blue Ridge mountains and the NC State Parks system. If hiking isn’t your thing, hop in the river for a tube ride. We recommend bringing a cooler and an easy going attitude.


While central access to the coast and mountains make Raleigh the shining star of North Carolina, let us not forget all that our own Oak City offers. May it be the hiking in Umstead Park, the music of Red Hat and Walnut Creek amphitheaters, the impressive exhibits of the Museum of Natural Sciences, the award winning restaurants, one of our many festivals, or the shopping of North Hills, Raleigh never leaves one wanting or without opportunity for a great time.



Here at Allister North Hills you’ll have direct access to I-440, your entry point to all the best North Carolina offers. In less than a quarter mile or 8 minute walk to North Hills you’ll find over 40 restaurants, 50 shops and boutiques, movie theater, grocery store, summer farmers market, and over 300 hosted events a year. We know you’re gonna love this city and state. Welcome to Raleigh, NC!