Travelers looking for an intimate lodging experience should consider one of Durham's bed and breakfast inns. Combining history and comfort, the following properties highlight the city's unique character.
Take a step back in time at the Arrowhead Inn, located north of Downtown Durham. Built in the 1700s and surrounded by six acres of gardens and lawns, the Arrowhead Inn has all the charm and tranquility of a colonial estate, with the modern amenities of a contemporary hotel. If you can bear to leave the in-room spa whirlpool tubs, steam showers, and toasty fireplaces, indulge in a personalized five-course tasting dinner at the Inn made with fresh, local ingredients. A gourmet breakfast is also served every morning, complete with homemade scones, fresh fruit, and a hot entrée - a great way to fuel up before exploring downtown Durham, only 20 minutes away by car.
At the Blooming Garden Inn, it's hard not to be drawn to the bright yellow, Queen-Anne style home with the wraparound porch. Each of the four guestrooms is uniquely decorated with rare antiques and all boast high ceilings, private baths, and Southern pine flooring. A stroll through the peaceful floral gardens will make even the most observant traveler forget that they are within walking distance from the heart of Downtown Durham.
The King's Daughters Inn was built during the roaring 1920s and the spirit of opulence continues today with modern luxuries. The 17-room inn is elegant with a spacious parlor for relaxing and sipping afternoon tea. The inn's services and amenities also include charming touches like port and artisan chocolate turndown service and plush bathrobes. No room design is the same, with styles ranging from traditional to art deco. Sleep late and enjoy breakfast in bed, or take in the views of Duke University's East Campus over breakfast in the bright and airy dining room.
The 8,000-square-foot Colonial-style Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast is close to the heart of Downtown Durham. The manor has four guestrooms, each with a private bath, sitting areas perfect for diving into a good book, luxurious linens, and microfiber bathrobes. A full breakfast is served daily, as well as complimentary snacks and beverages, and there is 24-hour coffee service in the Butler's Pantry. Perfect for the business traveler as well as the leisure traveler, there is a business center, as well as private meeting spaces to entertain clients and associates.
Previously a boarding house, the renovated Old North Durham Inn is a historic home where the cast and crew of Bull Durham stayed during filming. Located in one of Durham's oldest residential neighborhoods, the three-room inn is just a mile from major attractions like DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, the Carolina Theatre, and Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Breakfast is served daily in the dining room, featuring entrees that alternate between sweet and savory, along with fresh fruit, muffins, juice, and coffee.
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