Friday, November 28, 2014

Durham Holiday Gift Guide

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over it’s tome to start thinking about holiday gift shopping. Luckily, with so many fantastic local businesses in Durham holiday shopping is a breeze! We got a chance to visit some of our favorite businesses within walking distance of The King’s Daughters Inn and see what great things they have to offer this holiday season:

Holiday Storefront at Jack 
Ties, Jewelry & more! 

 Jack: Jack has gifts for everyone on your list! They have an expansive selection of men’s products in particular, ideal for all the stylish guys in your life.  They have sophisticated Lee Allison silk ties, cuff links, shaving kits, and barware plus a helpful staff to help you pick out the perfect gift.

Smitten Window Display 

Bourbon and Boweties at Smitten!
Smitten Boutique: There are so many great things about the Smitten Boutique that make it holiday shopping central for the ladies on your list. They have gift-wrapping services, personal shopping, in-store shipping and more! We love the Bourbon and Boweties Bracelets- beautifully crafted and wonderfully unique, they are the perfect accessories for any occasion.

Chilly Dogs Display at Other End of the Leash
Bones, Bowls, & More!

Other End of the Leash: We can’t forget our furry friends this holiday season! For the pets and pet lovers in your life Other End of the Leash has it all. Some of our favorite items are: pet treats baked in store and adorable pet sweaters and scarves made by Chilly Dogs. Make no bones about it- they have everything pets need for a warm and happy holidays.

A Look inside the wonderful James Kennedy Galleries

Black Mountain Studio Pottery

James Kennedy Galleries: For your favorite art lover or historian, the James Kennedy Gallery has a stunning array of hand crafted clay pots, jewelry, antiques, blown glass and so much more! Some of our favorites include the Black Mountain Studio Pottery handmade North Carolina Stoneware including: bowls, mugs, platters, and even a microwave bacon cooker.

These are just a few amazing local businesses to check out this holiday season! Stay tuned to The King's Daughters Inn blog as we visit more great local businesses and keep you up to date on all the holiday happenings in Durham! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving Thanks!

With Thanksgiving drawing near, it gives us reason to think of all the things we have to be thankful for at The King's Daughters Inn. Here are a few of our favorites (and hopefully yours too!):

1. Granola Day- There is nothing better than coming into the Inn and smelling our fresh Granola baking! Today our amazing chef Faustine made a batch of our P-Nut and Pig Granola. The smoky & sweet scent of maple, peanuts, and candied bacon is enough to wish that it was breakfast time again.

2. Our Brides and Grooms- We are so fortunate to be able to be a part of so many beautiful weddings every year! From rehearsal dinner all the way to the reception we love making our bride and groom's day as magical as possible.

3. Our Amazing Staff!: From arrival to check out, our team is there to make your stay at the Inn special. Whether it's our kitchen staff making you fresh breakfast every morning, or our amazing housekeepers keeping the Inn sparkling and beautiful, we want to make your stay with us as relaxing, fun, and memorable as possible! We could not do it without all the hardworking people here at KDI.

4. The Return of the Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies: Our amazing winter cookie is back! This KDI tradition made with fresh local ginger and dark chocolate chunks is baked fresh every day and will be here at the front desk when you arrive till spring. How sweet it is!

5. YOU! : We are thankful for you for staying with us- past, present and future- at The King's Daughter's Inn. Thank you for choosing us for your vacations, special events, and business trips. We have so much fun meeting people from all over the world and doing our best to go above and beyond to meet your needs during your stay.  We hope you come back and see us again soon!

Don't forget: if you are still looking for a place to stay this Thanksgiving weekend we are having a 10% off Special! If you stay with us three or more nights this Thanksgiving you will receive a bottle of wine for your holiday! It's our way of saying thanks to you!

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!