The cities of central North Carolina tend to cater more to year-round business travelers than to vacationers, with a handful of luxury high-rise hotels downtown complemented by cheaper chain options lining the peripheral highways.


In Durham and Charlotte in particular, rapidly burgeoning restaurant scenes mean their respective downtowns are filled with interesting options. Raleigh is very much up and coming, and Winston-Salem holds some splendidly old-fashioned options.