Category Archives: Triangle Outdoors

Our Own Little Rockefeller Plaza Right Here In Raleigh – First Annual Winterfest!

Our Own Little Rockefeller Plaza Right Here In Raleigh

I will never forget when my husband took me to New York City one holiday season and we went to Rockefeller Plaza and watched the skaters skate around under the world famous Christmas tree. It was such a fun and memorable scene that I will never forget. Well when I read the below story I was so excited that I had to share it!

Our Own Little Rockefeller Plaza Right Here In Raleigh

Our Own Little Rockefeller Plaza Right Here In Raleigh

What Raleigh has done with Downtown and Fayetteville Street is very exciting. They have done a great job making a fun destination for the entire family and that will definitly be the case this holiday season. Below is information from the article that gives more details about the Raleigh Winterfest and of course the most exciting part – the outdoor ice rink! Our own little piece of New York City right here in Raleigh. I can’t wait to take the family down there. I probably won’t be skating but I sure will take it all in and enjoy the atmosphere. I hope to see you down there. Feel free to contact me with any more needed information about this event or Downtown Raleigh or visit the Winterfest website for more details.


The start of a new holiday tradition in Raleigh

The kickoff for the First Annual AT&T Raleigh Winterfest, a two-month long holiday event, will be combined with Mayor Meeker’s Tree Lighting on the evening of Friday, December 4, 2009 in City Plaza located in the 400 block of Fayetteville Street. Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker announces, Winterfest is sure to be a treasured Raleigh tradition.  Opening night will run from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, December 4 and will feature an outdoor ice rink, performances by local choirs and bands, talented figure skaters and a multitude of other entertainers, a visit by Santa Claus, a reading by Ira David Wood III (star of Theatre in the Park’s A Christmas Carol), delicious food and drinks, a dazzling holiday tree lighting and a country music headliner that will soon be announced. This FREE community-wide kickoff event will be followed by two months of additional programming at the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink.

President and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, David Diaz, says, “We are thrilled to be producing the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest. This will be an event like no other in our region because of the variety of entertainment, the scenic location of the ice rink that uses natural ice, and the duration of the event. For the kickoff event on Friday, December 4 we are bringing a national headliner and an impressive and diverse collection of local and regional talent.”  The location City Plaza is situated in the center of downtown Raleigh. Though the City Plaza was not modeled after Rockefeller Plaza, the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest will bear a strong resemblance to it not only because of the outdoor ice rink but also because it is located in the heart of our central business district. AT&T Raleigh Winterfest consists of the kickoff event on Friday, December 4 as well as activities and performances scheduled throughout the two months to follow a major milestone for the Triangle.

Fall Is Here and So Are Many Great Triangle Events This Month

Fall is upon us and although I am sad to see summer go I am excited for some cooler weather and all the fun Fall events around the Triangle.  There is so much to do and see this month that I just don’t know how I will find enough hours in the day.  Maybe all my friends, family and clients can hit some of these events and report back on what they did, saw and heard so!

Thanks to the many websites, emails and newsletters that have helped me make some suggestions on events you and the family should consider this month!  And please feel free to give me your feedback on how the event was because it always helps to give my friends and clients new to the area the scoop on what events are a must for next year and beyond!

Triangle September Festivals and Event Ideas

  • Reptiles, birds and mammals will be on display at the Exposition Center for The Carolina Reptile and Exotic Animal Show on 9/5-9/6.
  • The 68th Annual Gourd Arts and Craft Festival is 9/12 through 9/14.
  • The first annual ItaliaFest is 9/12 celebration will be held at Festival Park in Wake Forest with traditional Italian music, free activities for kids, great tasting Italian food and beer with an Italian flair.
  • Heroes, Villains and Special Effects – Saturday, September 12  between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Hollywood is coming to the Museum of Life and Science.  This is your chance to meet some of the finest in the film and entertainment industry and to interact with Star Wars characters from Carolina 501st Garrison.  Cost: Free with a Museum admission: Adult $12.50, Child (3-12) $9.50  Check out other things going on at the Life and Science Museum website.
  • BUGFEST  Location – North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  Date – Saturday, September 12  between 9 am-9 pm.  Jones Street, The Bicentennial Plaza, Edenton Street, the Capitol Grounds, and all four floors of the Museum will be filled with buggy fun!  Enjoy the entertaining displays, exhibits and activities—both inside and outside the Museum.  Learn about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth, during fascinating presentations.  Taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient at Café Insecta.  Join the moths, fireflies and katydids for an exhilarating evening of nocturnal activities at the Evening Insectival.  This year’s theme bugs are butterflies and moths!
  • Delicious Greek food, authentic dancing, live music and much more, happen at the 28th Greek Festival  from 9/18 through 9/20.
  • Bring your family to the first annual Cary Caribbean Festival on 9/19 and enjoy the music and food of the Caribbean and learn about different island cultures.
  • Consider yourself a wine snob? Taste hundreds of different wines at Triangle Uncorked on 9/26 at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

The Triangle offers so many different opportunities for the entire family every weekend.  I mean how great is to go from talking about the great college football the Triangle has to offer to Bugfest in the same month!  I hope you get out, enjoy the events and all the great things that the Triangle has to offer.  Hopefully I will see you at some of the events and remember to please offer any feedback you have.

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Explore Falls River in Raleigh, NC!

Falls Lake Offers Lots of Fun Activities

If you live in Bedford Falls River, Wakefield Plantation or Heritage Wake Forest then you are lucky to have Falls Lake in your backyard.  Consider it your own personal playground because there is so much to do and see!  Falls Lake stretches 22 miles through Raleigh and Durham.  Falls Lake offers many fun things to do including:

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Water Sports
  • Public Beaches
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Picnicking
  • Hunting

Regardless of the season or where you live in the Triangle Falls Lake has lots to offer outdoor enthusiasts of all ages!  For more information on Falls Lake check out these 2 helpful websites.  

North Carolina Parks

Army Corp

If you are interested in houses or neighborhoods close to Falls River please contact me because I would love to show you all the great opportunities!

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

 Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Kerr Family YMCA Is Right Up The Street From Great Neighborhoods

Kerr Banks YMCA Right Up The Street From Heritage, Bedford and Wakefield 

If you live or are thinking about living in Heritage Wake Forest, Bedford Falls River or Wakefield Plantation then you are lucky to have the Kerr Family YMCA right up the street.  The Kerr YMCA is not your grandfather’s YMCA!  The Kerr Banks YMCA is a wonderful start of the art facility.  You name it and they have it:


  • 58,000 sq. ft. Facility
  • Indoor 8-lane, 25-yard pool
  • Indoor Play-Pool with “splash features”
  • Outdoor Toddler Pool (during summer season)
  • Outdoor Pool & Waterslide (during summer season)
  • 2 Racquetball Courts
  • 2 Basketball Courts
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Equipment check-out (basketball/racquetball)
  • Men’s & Women’s Locker Rooms
  • Steam Room – (men’s & women’s)
  • Preschool and elementary age playgrounds
  • Nationally Certified Personal Trainers

State of the Art Wellness Center with…

  • Cybex equipment
  • Full Cybex Circuit
  • Arc Trainer
  • Stair climbers
  • Treadmills
  • Free weights
  • Stationary bikes
  • Cross conditioning machine
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Star Trac spin bikes
  • Rowing machines
  • Stretching Equipment
  • Indoor walking/jogging track
  • 2 Aerobics Studios
  • And MORE!!

Childcare on site:
(children 5 – 12 yrs old) 
(children 6 wks – 5 yrs old fee applies per visit)

Your house is obviously very important, the neighborhood you live in is very important but also what is right up the street is also very important and with the Kerr Bank YMCA up the street from these 3 great neighborhoods then you will be very happy to have this great facility that the entire family can enjoy so close!  Visit their website to learn more about all the programs they offer and membership details.   

See you at the Y…

Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Love Those Carolina Blue Skies at Avalon Springs!

There are so many things I love about North Carolina.  No disrespect to my birth state of Maryland or my husbands birth state of New Jersey but no state for us beats North Carolina.  Many of the things we love are the obvious things like the people, climate, beaches, mountains, cost of living, Colleges and Universities, etc but then other things are the little things!  Well yesterday I was reminded of one of the little things I love about living in North Carolina – The beautiful Carolina Blue Skies!

Yesterday I was working in my new home community of Avalon Springs in Fuquay Varina and the sky looked even more amazing, more vivid and more Carolina Blue then normal.  And the few clouds that did float by looked to be the biggest, puffiest, most comfortable clouds I had ever seen.  Okay so call me cheesy but I literally stopped in my tracks, got my camera out and took a bunch of photos – lucky for you I quickly put them into a iMovie (love my Mac) so that I could share with you.  The movie probably won’t do the sky and clouds justice but you will get the “picture”.

The whole scene and day just reminded me of how much I love North Carolina and those perfect Carolina Blue Sky days!  I really enjoy sharing these type of moments and North Carolina tidbits.  If you have something you love about North Carolina – big or small – then please share it with me as I would love to hear it and I bet so would the folks who live in other parts of the country and are thinking about relocating to North Carolina!

Walking (and sharing) With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR/Broker

Looking To Live In A Golf Community – Look No Further Then Heritage Wake Forest!

Many of my clHeritage Golf Courseients want to see homes in a Triangle golf course community and Heritage Wake Forest many times ends up at the top of the list!  I am very familiar with and love Heritage Wake Forest as I spent two years doing on site new home sales at the award winning master planned golf community located in Wake Forest, NC.  Along with the great amenities, location (only minutes from downtown Raleigh and Research Triangle Park) and home choices from many of the Triangle’s finest builders, the #1 draw many times is the Heritage Wake Forest golf club.

Heritage Pro Shop

The semi private Heritage Wake Forest golf club is very well nestled into the framework of the homes that line the fairways and the entire community.  The Heritage Golf Course is very challenging yet fair with the design by world class architect Bob Moore of JMP Golf Design Group.  The Heritage Golf Club website states “the rolling terrain embraces the natural  characteristics of the land, winding through the Carolina pines with elevation changes, natural creeks, lakes and carefully placed pot bunkers.”  Along with the amazing course there also is a golf pro shop for all your apparel and equipment needs and a bar/resteraunt that features great food and atmosphere.

The course awards include:

  • North Carolina Magazine’s  “North Carolina’s Best New Course” in 2002
  • Rated it 4-1/2 Stars in 2004
  • Recently ranked in the Top 25 North Carolina Golf Courses
  • Top 5 in North Carolina for Leisure, Business by The North Carolina Golf Panel
  • Favorite Course in the Triangle by Executive Golf Guide

The website describes Heritage Wake Forest this way:  “Heritage Wake Forest is one of the Triangle’s premier golf and modern lifestyle communities. Located near vibrant downtown Wake Forest, with its historic homes on tree-lined streets, is Heritage Wake Forest. What was once the Marshall-Stroud Dairy Farm is now a golfer’s heaven. The Award winning par-72, 6,929-yard Heritage Golf Course spreads out over 200 acres of beautiful rolling hills and features more than 100 strategically placed pot bunkers, three holes that play along winding creeks, and six holes where natural lakes come into play.”

To learn more about the Heritage Wake Forest community please visit my detailed Heritage neighborhood page and you can also see all the current available listings in Heritage Wake Forest.

I would enjoy the opportunity to personally show you around Heritage Wake Forest as it is a place I have had many new homeowners fall in love with!  Contact me today for your Heritage Wake Forest neighborhood package or to set up a time to look around – and be sure to bring those golf clubs!

Walking (and maybe even golfing) With You Every Step Of The Way!

– Jenn Nowalk – Raleigh REALTOR

A Great Place To Hike and Camp – Right Down The Street In Raleigh!

I love the outdoors and especially the outdoors close to water – lakes, river, ocean, you name it!  Some of my greatest childhood memories are when my entire family would load up the family roadster and go camping for the weekend.  When I look back on it now I realize how great the bonding time was with my brother and sister as we would play for hours and not complain once – okay well maybe when the bugs would attack but that was about it.

With all that said I want to make sure that when my girls are old enough we take them camping so they get to experience the great outdoors, camping and that all important bonding time.  All this leads me to a great “find” I made Monday afternoon.  I was driving from Durham to Wake Forest on HWY 98 (a drive I do numerous times on my neighborhood research stops) and it was a perfect spring day.  I had passed a sign on the side of the road about 100 times that says fishing access area turn right and I always wondered what that was….so today I decided to stop and I was sure glad I did.

What I stumbled across only 15 minutes from my house in Bedford at Falls River was the Hollypoint camp site along Falls Lake.  It was awesome as I am only sorry I did not have my flip camera (I learned my lesson but never again) with me so that I could of shared the views with you but I will be sure to go back, snap some pictures, take some video and share it with all of you outdoor enthusiasts.  Hollypoint on Falls Lake features over 80 campsites with many of them overlooking Falls Lake through the tree line.  When I got out to roam about I found many great hiking trails, campsites, play areas, bathroom facilities and of course awesome views and access to Falls Lake.  I could not believe that 15 minutes from my house was this beautiful spot and camping area.  I immediately thought of how much fun it will be to pack up the entire family, call the cousins to join us and go camping along Falls Lake.  It will be a great time to bond not only with the outdoors but with each other without the interruption of cell phones, lap tops, television and video games.  I know my girls will love it and I hope someday they look back and remember the family camping trips much like I did.  The best part about the entire thing – we literally would make a 15 minute drive from our house and instantly be lost in the wilderness!

I wanted to share this experience because it is another reason I love living where I do.  The Triangle is so lucky to have great culture, shopping, dining 15 minutes in 1 direction but then 15 minutes in the other direction and you can be hiking and camping the many trails and areas of Falls Lake.  If you love the outdoors then there are many many great spots for you to explore right down the street from where you live here in the Triangle.

Stay tuned as I can’t wait to report back on my camping adventures – who knew…15 minutes down the street….well now I know and you do too!

“Walking (or hiking) With You Every Step Of The Way”

– Jenn Nowalk Raleigh Realtor/Broker

Great News For Those Of You Who Love To Hike Outdoors

I love spring time as I espcially love spending times outdoors with my husband, 2 girls and our 2 dogs – I think the dogs love it the best.  Living in North Raleigh is a great place to play outdoors as we have easy access to all the trails and open areas of Falls Lake and the Neuse River.  I recently read an article and was excited to hear that a new 8 mile section of green way in North Raleigh will be open in the future thanks to the new stimulus package.  Whether you agree with the stimulus package or not we can all enjoy improvements like this.  My 2 dogs Jeter and Brady are especially thankful.  See below for some more information on the green way expansion from the News & Observer article.  Click here to read the entire article.

Hope to see you on the trails – current or new!

– Walking With You Every Step Of The Way!

Jenn Nowalk Raleigh REATOR.Broker
RALEIGH — A new section of the popular Neuse River Greenway will soon grow by nearly eight miles, from the Falls Lake dam to the WRAL soccer fields off Perry Creek Road, becoming a link in the emerging Mountains-to-Sea Trail — and the American taxpayers are helping to pay for it.
Raleigh expects to receive about $3.25 million in federal economic stimulus money to help pay for the project, which city bond voters approved two years ago. The greenway eventually will meander south 28 miles to the Johnston County line.  A group called Friends of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail hopes some of the state’s share of federal stimulus funds can be used to expand parts of that statewide trail and others across North Carolina.