The King's Daughters Inn
Innkeeper(s): Colin & Deanna Crossman
Valentines Ideas from the KDI Staff 8 Feb 2015, 7:16 pm
|Courtesy of JPG Photography|
We are so thrilled to be hosting a Valentine’s Day wedding this year at the Inn! Love is in the air and Durham is the perfect place to celebrate it. Every person has a different definition of “romantic” so I asked some of our staff members what there ideal Valentine’s date would be to get their perspectives.
Our phenomenal cook Faustine enjoys a cozy romantic evening with Chinese takeout and video games. For dessert she chose French press coffee and chocolate biscotti.
|The KDI Sister Dream Team: Candis (left) and Faustine (right)!|
Her sister, Candis, our housekeeper/maintenance extraordinaire is proving that the couple that learns together stays together by having her ideal Valentine’s date be a trip the Museum of Life and Science. After that, she would cook a simple but decadent meal of Spaghetti Bolognese with her valentine.
The Inn’s owner Deanna, loves a simple movie night in were her Valentine is cooking for her. She also stated that bourbon cocktails and a chocolate dessert are also two of her favorite things about Valentine’s Day.
This is a great holiday for spreading joy to all of your loved ones. What I have learned from our amazing and unique staff is that you should celebrate the day in the way that makes you most happy!
The 2015 KDI Open House 30 Jan 2015, 10:15 am
We also take this opportunity to thank the wonderful people from a variety of Duke departments that use the Inn to put their guests, hold many events and share with everyone they know how much they appreciate the care and handling we offer to all their guests!
And as a special thanks, some of our vendors graciously provided spectacular hors d'oeuvres and tasty nibbles (by Durham Catering), mind-blowing cookies and to die for chocolate desserts (by Details Cake Design), stunning floral arrangements and uniquely beautiful centerpieces (crafted by Tre Bella) and linens that set our tables magnificently (by CE Rentals). And as a very special first, we had lighting in all our event spaces by Island Sound and Video. To say it totally changed the ambiance is an understatement! They have been added to our Recommended Vendors List!
And as a special thanks to everyone that attended, we had a drawing for a gift certificate for a one night stay at The King's Daughters Inn, a free event space rental, and 2 dozen cupcakes from Details Cake Design. The winners will be notified by email in the next few days!
Annual Sparkling Wine Tasting! 16 Jan 2015, 4:51 pm
The Season of Love is upon us! Here at KDI we are lucky enough to be hosting one of the most romantic things possible this Valentine’s Day: A Wedding! Whether it’s a stroll through Duke Gardens or a night out at one of Durham’s many amazing restaurants, this city is a great place to spread the love!
Are you looking for something fun and romantic to do this February with your Valentine? Put some sparkle in your life! We’d love to see you at our Annual Sparkling Wine Tasting on Thursday February 12thfrom 5:30-7:30! The event includes five sparkling wines paired with delicious canapés. It’s a great way to kick off your Valentine’s Day celebration with a friend, relative, or significant other! Tickets are $25.00/person or $45.00/couple. Get your tickets by clicking here!
Fun Ways to Beat Holiday Stress! 21 Dec 2014, 5:32 pm
|Our KDI Sun Porch Christmas Tree|
It has been a fun and busy holiday season here at The King's Daughters Inn. However with all the holiday shopping, parties, and planning its easy to stress yourself into a tizzy! Luckily, there are lots of fun and easy ways to de-stress here in Durham. We made a list of a few of our personal favorites:
1. Walk it out- One of the fastest ways to clear your head is to step away for a moment and take a walk in the crisp winter air! The Inn is right across from Duke stunning East Campus which has a beautiful 1.7 mile path along it's brick wall.
2. Sip away the Stress- Durham was recently topped the list as "The Most Caffeinated City in the U.S.", so it's no surprise that tea and coffee are big parts of our holiday stress therapy here at KDI. We are lucky enough to be just a short walk to Respite which is always serving up some of our favorite brews.
3. Try something new- Beat the holiday blues by doing trying out a new activity! For those who like to work out there stress try the Mid-South Fencer's Club! They has classes for kids and adults who are interested in learning the art of fencing. For our Science the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a great place to unwind with the whole family while learning something new.
4. Just Breathe- Take a moment to yourself to relax and remember that while the holidays can be busy, they are the time to enjoy family and friends and be merry.
From our King's Daughters Inn family to yours- Have a Wonderful Holiday Season this year! We can't wait to show you everything we have planned for 2015 so stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for specials and announcements!
Durham Holiday Gift Guide 28 Nov 2014, 12:08 pm
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!
Giving Thanks! 23 Nov 2014, 5:44 pmWith 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!):
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.
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!
Thanksgiving at The Inn 9 Nov 2014, 2:23 pmIt 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|
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!
Behind the Scenes: Eric & Denise's Wedding 30 Oct 2014, 4:22 pmGingham & 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.
Wayne's Perfect Day in Durham 16 Oct 2014, 11:48 am
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.
Fall Flavors in Durham! 1 Oct 2014, 7:03 pm
We have also started making Pumpkin Waffles for breakfast here at the Inn so it’s safe to say that we have a case of pumpkin fever. Lots of local restaurants are getting into the spirit as well! If you are looking some amazing seasonal baked goods look no further than Guglhupf Bakery has officially started their Pumpkin Muffin season!
Geer St. Gardens : Pumpkin Soup with Sage Creme Fraiche & Chile Oil. Hungry yet?
From shopping at the Durham Farmer's Market to apple picking, we hope you get a chance to stay with us this fall and experience all of the great seasonal food and activities we have in Durham!