My fiancee and I are driving to Raleigh (from DC) this Monday/Tuesday to check out the area prior to relocating there next year. We'd like to look at Cary, Apex, Wake Forest and North Raleigh as areas to possibly live in when we move. I'll be working at RTP (he'll be retired).
We'd like to stay in a B&B (ideally) one-two nights and scout the various neighborhoods, enjoy some moderate walks/scenic areas and generally just get a feel for the area. We're not ready for actual house hunting yet but we'd like to get a feel for which neighborhoods we'd like best. Ideally places where we can walk/bike to stores and not have to drive to get everywhere. We don't have children so we won't need to care about proximity to schools.
Any thoughts for 1) where we could stay next week, 2) best neighborhoods to check out, 3) nice restaurants to visit to get a local vibe, 4) walking paths we'd enjoy?