"We're a destination for some in a lot of ways that are very unexpected," said Loren Gold, with the Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
People visit a city or town for specific things.
"Shopping, dining, sports, fashion, museum, performing arts," Gold said.
So if you have 36 hours in Raleigh, check out the locally made jewelry at Moon and Lola. The writer also sniffed out the latest food hot spot, Stanbury, and Escazu Chocolate Shop next door.
She also found longtime lunch spot Clyde Cooper's Barbeque, the new Southern and Mexican mix at Jose and Sons, and Joule Coffee for brunch or an afternoon pick me up.
"This was really kind of a mash up of all the things that are really great to see and do in Raleigh," Gold said.
The Warehouse District showcases local artists galore at Flanders Gallery and the contemporary art museum. In addition, the North Carolina Museum of Art is not far away.
Trophy Brewing Company is one of many local breweries she recommended, and for live music and dancing, there is Kings and Neptunes Parlour.
There is so much more in the ?New York Times article? you can squeeze in 36 hours, and this weekend you might even want to get out and try some of the spots.