Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall Findings at The Inn!

We are constantly learning about what adds to the experience of a luxury hotel. Through trial and error, we have discovered a few things that guests adore. 

Here is our list of items that we have gathered this Fall through our observations:

1) Veggie vs. Meat Omelettes - It seems that most prefer a veggie omelette, but with normal veggies (i.e. tomato, onions, peppers & mushrooms). Note to us: NO baby bok choy, broccoli or squash in the omelette.
2) Cork vs. Screw Cap Wine - The ease of a screw cap is a miracle. After a long day, no one wants to fiddle with a wine opener. Pinot Noir + Screw Cap + Comfy Room = Relaxation. 

3) Cookies ARE ALWAYS consumed - Gingerbread Chocolate Chip, Coconut Sugar, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip or Pecan Brown Butter. If we bake them, they will come.

4) People feel awkward ringing the big bell at the front desk - BUT we WANT you to RING THE BELL! It is our job to help you, so go ahead and we can help you with anything you would like!

5) iPad vs. MacMini - We replaced all our MacMinis to iPads. Guests love it (you can get all the newspapers right at your finger tips), we love it because it is much more user friendly for the guests.

Anything you love at the Inn? Let us know via Facebook!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

December 2nd: Welcome to The Wine List Event!

We have been busy bees this autumn! It has been difficult for us to host any events in the past several months, but we have finally carved out some time to play with our wine list and create a lovely list for our guests and events. So we found it appropriate to introduce the new list with a soiree! Come join us for a tasting with some delicious food pairings as well! To reserve a space, register at:

Here are a couple of our wines off our list:

Piccini Chianti

Elements Red Blend

Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Umberto Fiore Muscato

Acacia Carneros Chardonnay 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Winner, Winner...Chicken Dinner on November 14th


We are thrilled to be hosting a Rose's Meat Market & Sweet Shop dinner in conjunction with Edible Earthscapes and Fickle Creek Farm!

See below for a bit more information: 

When:  Wednesday November 14 at  6:15 pm

Where: The King’s Daughters Inn, 204 N Buchanan Blvd, Durham

The Event: A five course meal with all the vegetables sourced from Edible Earthscapes and chickens from Fickle Creek Farm.  The menu will reflect all the different parts of the chicken in an effort to show our philosophy of whole animal utilization. The menu will draw influence from Jason and Haruka’s Japanese inspired crops at Edible Earthscapes and our own love of Japanese cooking. 

Tickets for the dinner are $50 and with the beer pairing $60 (this does not include gratuity)

To purchase tickets for the dinner go to:

For dinner plus beer pairing:
Menu (with Major Traslation!):
The Skin
Torikawa no Pari Pari Yaki to Mizuna Salada
(Crispy Chicken Skin and Mizuna Salad with Radishes,
 Scallions and Yuzu Viniagrette)

The Breast
Tori Mune Niku no Shio Kouji to Takana to Gudakusan Rayu
(Salt Koji Marinated Breast with Mustard Greens and Sesame Chili Relish)

The Thigh
Nukazuke no Tori Momo Niku no Sote
(Thigh Sauteed with Rice Bran Pickles and Sake)

The Bones
Tori Nanban Soba, Mitsuba to Nori Ae
(Chicken Soba with Mitsuba and Nori)

The End
Shoga Iri no Cake to Shiro Miso no Ice Cream
(Fresh Ginger Cake with White Miso Ice Cream)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Love Knows No Borders: Beth & Peter

We had the pleasure of hosting Peter & Beth's family over Labor Day weekend to celebrate their vow exchange this past September. Many of Peter's family & friends traveled from Ireland and stayed with us for the week. It was wonderful to have them utilize the parlor and sun porch to catch up after traveling from overseas!

 They thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea with scones, muffins and other delightful goodies!

By the day of the wedding, everyone had settled into their accommodations so they were able to relax and get ready at their leisure. 

Dress: Check. Bouquets: Check.

Veil: Check. Shoes: Check.

Note to Groom: Bow Ties are difficult to tackle!

The dapper groom & groomsmen in the Austin Suite.

The beautiful bride & her bridesmaids on the Trinity Sunporch.

Love the dress's train on the stairs!
Beth is ready to roll to the ceremony and reception at Bay 7! Love the Trinity Park backdrop.

Congrats to Beth & Peter!

Also, thank you to Richard Barlow Photography, A Southern Soiree, Classic Party Rentals (rehearsal dinner linens), Cinda's Creative Cakes (rehearsal dinner cake), Tre Bella (rehearsal dinner decor) and Rocky Top Catering (rehearsal dinner food).