Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thanksgiving at The Inn

It is easy to see why autumn has such a special place in so many people's hearts. Crisp weather, the vibrant changing leaves, and so many phenomenal fall foods. Our most recent fall wedding, Christina and Erik, celebrated the season here at The Inn with lots of wonderful fall comfort foods: hot cinnamon apple cider, Q Shack barbecue, and an amazing variety of fall pies!
Adorable Handmade Cake Toppers from Christina and Erik's Wedding

This had the staff at the Inn talking about of favorite Thanksgiving treats and traditions! We naturally couldn't agree on one pie being the favorite. Our Innkeeper's Colin and Deanna couldn't settle the classic fruit vs. custard pie debate with their favorites being Cranberry Apple and Chess Pie respectively. From our fabulous housekeeping staff we had Candis choosing a traditional pecan pie while Julia picked a non-traditional coconut. Our General Manager Wayne loves classic, simple pumpkin pie and Deanna's Mom Denel went decadent with Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. The one thing everyone can agree on is that we are thankful that everyone can have their favorite on Thanksgiving!

Thinking of Pie at KDI
We love celebrating autumn at The King's Daughters Inn. There is so much to be thankful for here in Durham: great people, a wonderful variety of restaurants, shopping, and events nearby the Inn for fall.

This autumn, the Durham Craft Market will be in Central Park on November 26th from 8am to 12pm. This event is showcasing local artisans with a stunning variety of jewelry, glasswork, paintings, pottery, woodwork & so much more!

At the Durham Performing Arts Center, we have two beautiful shows coming up this November! Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella with be enchanting audiences from November 18th to the 23rd. Following that, Carolina Ballet's: The Nutcracker will come to life on stage just after Thanksgiving on November 28th-30th.
Fall Foliage at The King's Daughters Inn

With amenities like full hot breakfast each morning, complementary movies on demand and cozy afternoon teas in our parlor or sun porch, there are lots of reasons to enjoy a relaxing holiday here with us. This year, Bookings made for Thanksgiving weekend will receive 10% off! And, If you book for 3 or more nights, we'll throw in a bottle of wine to make the holiday weekend complete!  your reason for having Thanksgiving in Durham, whether your visiting family and friends or simply a Staycation, we hope that you will celebrate by visiting The King's Daughters Inn!



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Eric & Denise's Wedding

We had an amazing time hosting Eric and Denise's Wedding this October! Guests were greeted with beautiful gift bags in each guest room by Gingham & Posh as well as handcrafted luxury bath salts provided by Truly Aesthetic. Framed family photos were placed around the inn as a fun way to personalize their experience.


The Rehearsal dinner was provided by Crave Catering featuring lots of fun and creative hors d'oeuvres like individually boxed savory eclairs, petite quesadillas, and layered salad in mason jars. 



The amazing reception dinner were also provided by Crave. The Cake was a sophisticated ruffle design adorned with fresh flowers. Elegant navy blue and gold accents were used in the table settings and decor with stunning floral arrangements created by Tres Bella.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wayne's Perfect Day in Durham



We welcome our new General Manager and Events Director, Wayne Hobbs, to The King's Daughter's Inn Family! While is a new resident to Durham he is no stranger to what this city has to offer. He has traveled the world for his opera career and has visited and enjoyed Durham for many years. He is an Excellent resource for all things dining and culture here in Durham. With his extensive knowledge of the Durham area, we decided to ask him what an ideal day in Durham for him would look like: 



Wayne picked Parker and Otis as his perfect breakfast choice. This South Duke Street gem specializes in breakfast and lunch with a gourmet shop attached so you can sample all the best candies, wines, cheeses & snacks North Carolina has to offer. 



For an early afternoon walk, Wayne choose the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. These 55-acre public botanical gardens are perfect for appreciating all the beauty of nature and seeing the colorful autumn leaves.

For lunch, Wayne said that he would make a true southern classic, a Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich. 


Wayne chose Revolution for pre-dinner drinks. This contemporary hotspot is known for creative cocktails and delicious food. Vibrant drinks made with infused liquors, such as the Pink Peppercorn infused gin used in the Pink Salt and Pepper,  are a wonderful start to a night out.




Piedmont was chosen as Wayne’s dinner destination. This innovative take on North Carolina’s regional cuisine is accomplished by working with local farms and using the best produce in the area.  Shown above is Piedmont's fall salad of local vegetables, benne seed crisp, lettuce-tarragon purée, shaved Chapel Hill Creamery "Calvander," dijon vinaigrette
The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is the perfect place to see world class theatre and performers. Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera will be at DPAC till Oct. 19th.  Fun Fact: Wayne took on the role of Piangi in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Wayne is an avid fan of the performing arts so finishing the evening at DPAC completes his perfect Durham day.