The King's Daughters Inn

204 N Buchanan Boulevard, Durham, North Carolina 27701
Innkeeper(s): Colin & Deanna Crossman

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

 Autumn has officially arrived! It is the perfect time to put on those sweaters, watch the leaves change, and enjoy the harvests of fall. There are so many culinary treats to look forward to during fall: Oyster Season, OctoberFest, Apple Cider Donuts, and anything to do with pumpkin! Usually around this time we start making our delicious Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies. This year, we are trying out a new fall cookie--Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Spiced Glaze! Chocolate Gingerbread devotees, don't fret! They will be back in a few weeks as well.


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!

On the savory side of things we have found the perfect way to warm up after a cool fall day at 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!

A Special Thank You to Our Vendors and Colleagues! 30 Jan 2014, 1:18 pm

What a harmonious relationship the bee and the flower share.
Without nectar, how would our buzzing buddies eat?
And without pollination, how else could a single flower become a field? 

It is easy to view the world as large, an obvious perception. It is far more difficult to remember the minute intricacies that truly churn our daily lives. What if the bee could thank the flower, or the flower thank a bee?  How does one show gratitude for the mutual continuation of life...?

Well, of course, A PARTY!!!

We had incredible vendors flying around our beloved Durham fields this week. The King's Daughters Inn likes to take the opportunity to thank you for your services, your people, your work, and our collaborative effort in creating a beautiful Triangle. We had an incredibly fun evening, with all luxurious amenities accounted for, of course.

We dressed up the hotel for the occasion with linens provided by CE RentalsRocky Top Catering prepared a bevy of delicious morsels. Durham's own Tre Bella arranged our elegant dining room with fresh bouquets. And the icing on the cake? Desserts were by Cary's Details Cake Design (baking out of The Cookery).

Last, but not least, what's an event to do without a little spirit?

The King's Daughters Inn poured Colin’s new cocktail, a fabulous hot toddy made with Maker's Mark, honey, lemon and black tea - the buzz for our beloved bees! It was the perfect way to knock off the chill from outdoors.

Thanks to all who came to eat, drink and be merry.  Here’s to a marvelous 2014 for all!

Here at The King's Daughters Inn, We Love to Love 21 Jan 2014, 3:10 pm

We love to eat.
We love to drink.
We love to laugh.
And we love to share.

This Valentine's day, we would love to have you to join us for a beautiful, romantic evening filled with some of our favorite activities. We have a sumptuous menu planned, overflowing with bubbly fun and deliciously paired canapes. The details, proverbial meat and potatoes, are forthcoming as you excitedly read on and your mouth begins to water...

Fun Fact:

On average, the mouth contains 10,000 tastebuds. (Give or take, perhaps your coffee was too hot this morning and you knocked a couple out of commision for a little while.) Valentine's Day notoriously accomodates the sweet buds, but we here at KDI prefer a little well-rounded hedonism. We aim to please all 10,000 of those flavor recepticles to kick off your tongue – in whatever way necessary for this evening!

Champagne Anyone?

Our Annual Sparkling Wine Tasting is our favorite event of the year, quite simply because it is delicious. No need to stay the night (but don’t you want to?!); we simply want you to indulge in love this February 14th. Be it your beloved, your best friend, your daughter, your collegue – all roles of love are happily invited to come celebrate. Love your company, love your evening, and get ready to love this line up of lavish pairings we have selected just for you:

To awaken our pallets, we begin with the bright Domaine Louvetrie Atmospheres and continue on a bubbly and savory journey with Sokol Blosser Sparkling Brut (Colin and Deanna’s wedding wine, turned bubbles! Magnificent!), Franck Besson Rose Granit Beaujolais, Berlucchi Brut Rose Cuvee 61 (wouldn’t be complete with out pink bubbles!), and Nicolas Feuillaitte Brut Reserve Champagne.

By this portion of the evening, we hope your mouth is well at work. Perhaps around the 9,000 taste bud range. Drinks and words flow. Mouths and minds in harmony. This is where we introduce our dazzling nightcap, the Montevina Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port.

Festivities will be held in our elegant dining room from 5:30-7:30PM. We aim to make your evening delightful. Reserve your spot *here*, at only $25 a person or $45 a couple, to ensure your beautiful Valentine's Day this year!

For The Uber Romantics...

There are only a few rooms left for Friday the 14th, but we love a little romance any time of year. Wine lists are located in each room, available to you with a quick dial to the front desk. As the occassion calls, we may suggest the lovely Moet Imperial for a radiant bubbly at to enjoy at your own leisure, or perhaps an upgrade to the Moet et Chandon Imperial Rose. Reduced to $50 a bottle in light of a little love and romance, Moet & Chandon is an industry leader of luxury, fine champagnes, wines, and spirits. Are you salivating yet?  We will even add in some fresh chocolate covered strawberries!

As February draws nearer, our holiday dust settles and we begin to enjoy the new year. There is a good air about 2014, don't you think? Come celebrate with one of the most magnificent, beautiful, and universal symbols – CHAMPAGNE!

Just kidding.
(But the bubbly doesn't hurt either!)

Updates from the Inn - It's Been A BIG Summer! 6 Oct 2013, 12:12 pm

The summer has been a time of weddings, beautiful weather and change here at the King's Daughters Inn. We know that when the Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies come back it's time for fall. We've had a few people who were dear to us head on to other endeavors and we couldn't be happier for them. Luckily for us, we've been able to find amazing people to step in and we're going on stronger than ever!

New Members to the Team

Maite Vigil - General Manager

Maite joins us after more than decade at Rocky Top Hospitality where she was their Director of Operations. She was recognized for her accomplishments at Rocky Top in 2012 by The Triangle Business Journal when she received one of the 2012 Women in Business Awards! Her vast experience in management and her attention to detail make us stronger than ever. And, all her talents will also be going to the Mayton Inn project as well! So, as we move forward, Maite will be an integral part to the daily operations of the Inn.

Renée Pelton - Marketing Director

Renée has joined our team to take on our marketing efforts. As a Strategic Marketing Consultant over the past 7 years in the San Francisco Bay Area she has been exposed to the cutting edge of the social media and marketing worlds. A serial entrepreneur, she brings years of experience in start-up and business development, branding and marketing to the team which will be very helpful with the Mayton Inn project too! She has been our graphic designer since the Inn's beginning and we know that bringing her into the role of Marketing Director will only strengthen and develop our connection with our community and guests.

The Mayton Inn Moves Forward!

We're happy to announce that he Cary Town Council has unanimously approved us moving forward with The Mayton Inn! The groundbreaking will be this fall, date to be announced soon.

We want to say a big thank you to all our partners in the project, starting with the Town of Cary. You've been welcoming and supportive of our goal and we're proud to be part of the downtown revitalization efforts. We look forward to being your neighbors!

Also, a big thank you to all the awesome people at Bridgepoint General Contracting, Center Studio Architecture, Triangle Electrical Services, Newcomb and Company, Hillsborough Plumbing, Lysaught & Associates, Pabst & Hillburn, and Emerson Land Planning for all the hard work they've put in to make this project happen.

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Patrick & Whitney's Wedding 10 Sep 2013, 5:00 am

Patrick & Whitney's wedding was beautiful and Carol Hedspeth of
Conway Photo Shop captured some amazing moments at the Inn.
Take a look and see a little glimpse of their big day!


Welcome Maite!! 2 Sep 2013, 4:58 pm

Big changes are happening at the King's Daughters Inn! We say goodbye to Lora, who is moving on to launch Soigné Special Events, LLC - her new catering adventure. With Lora leaving we have added a new General Manager to our staff that brings with her a decades worth of experience in a variety of aspects in the hospitality industry and has been recognized by the Triangle Business Journal's 2012 Women in Business Awards.

Everyone here is thrilled to welcome her aboard, especially at a time where her experience in organizing and launching businesses can help with both the King's Daughters as well as The Mayton Inn project which is coming along nicely.

When you swing by the Inn be sure to welcome her to the team!

From all of us here at KDI, WELCOME TO THE TEAM MAITE!

The Ãn Pop-Up Dinner 17 Jul 2013, 11:42 am

The Pop-Up Dinner series is continuing along fantastically with the amazing culinary art that Chef Steven Greene brought to The King's Daughters Inn.  He brought quality ingredients, exquisite display and some spectacular service that befit everything we knew about the luxury of the Ãn experience.

The night started with Cañapés and Cocktails in The Parlor. The Chef's cocktail was a rye whiskey concoction with gingerbeer and hints of citrus. Along with it were fresh spring rolls and a hybrid of a dumpling and a mini taco, both which complemented the drink superbly.

Chef Steven D. Greene's Specialty Cocktail:
Ginger Lemonade with Rye Whiskey
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Duck Dumplings

Once we were given this lovely hint of the meal to come we were ushered into the dining room where the first course of Hamachi Tartare was expertly crafted onto a beautiful plate.

Hamachi Tartare
Yuzu, Cucumber, Coriander, Barley, Aged White Soy

The second course was an artfully crafted Scallop dish. The presentation was fantastic as the dish arrived and another server came to pour something amazingly tasty coconut milk-like liquid over it.

Sea Scallops
Tapioca, Asian Pear Salad, Ginger Purée, Thai Coconut

The third course looked like a three-dimensional painting with the use of bright green vegetables, the intense yellow preserved lemon and the 7-spiced honey as paint. 

Sea Border Springs Lamb
Marbled Potatoes, Preserved Lemon, 7-Spiced Honey

The last course, the amazing dessert, was a Goat Cheese masterpiece.
Goat Cheese Cheesecake
Pickled Strawberries, Szechuan Dust, Moscoto Sherbet

Chef Greene then surprised everyone with chocolate covered fortune cookies...

and take home cookies too!

Overall, this meal was magical. From the beautiful room decorations, the amazing food, the superb service, the delicious food and artistic detail of each piece you could feel the luxury and elegance of the Ãn experience. 

Here are a few more of our favorite shots:

Pop Up Dinner with Salted Pig Recap! 30 Apr 2013, 7:20 pm

Our Pop Up Dinner with Salted Pig was an incredible success!
With Johnny Cash crooning in the background, a SOLD OUT crowd of guests enjoyed a five course meal infused with pork and a LOT of love. 

The Dining Room was Buzzing!
Due to rainy weather the greeting Course was in the Sun Porch & Parlor, but the Crispy Chicharron Slider certainly was a bright spot on the dreary day! The crisp, the crunch!

Three Cheers for Chicarron

Guests were greeted by Chef Justin Rakes in the Main Dining Room. He introduced the concept behind Salted Pig as a fun and interactive restaurant that encourages shared plates and experimentation with fun flavors and delicious dishes.

After the delectable Deep Fried Brussel Sprouts with Red Eye Aioli, Adam from Mutual Distributing discussed the wine and beer pairings while Chef Martin plated the Sunset Ridge Bison Tartare with Kewpei Mayo, Spiced Cucumber & Nasturtium.

 Colin from The King's Daughters Inn introduced the venue and discussed plans for their new project, The Mayton Inn, over family style plates of Cut Pork Chops with Charred Ramp and Shallot Gravy accompanied by a Herb Salad.

Pre-Plated Delicious CHOPS!
The Dessert Course was a Roasted Banana Budino, salted NC peanuts, candied bacon served in a mason jar served with a Sauternes.

Sweet Sauternes to Finish
We were so pleased to host Salted Pig and can not wait to join them at their brick and mortar restaurant in Fall of 2013!

Stay tuned for our next Pop Up dinner in early June!! 
Chef Martin Celebrating!

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Four Years Fly (When We're Havin' Fun)! 16 Apr 2013, 10:18 am

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As I reflect on the 4th anniversary of the Inn coming up on April 18th, the staff often jokes that the Inn is Deanna and Colin's baby. It took exactly 9 months to renovate and it seems to be a living and breathing at every moment. Sometimes it behaves and every once in awhile there is an occasional outburst - a broken piece of furniture or a small leak.  As the Inn has grown and developed, we've watched it crawl, walk and now run at full speed. In fact, Colin and Deanna are able to leave the Inn with a qualified babysitter (front desk). They have the ability to go on an occasional date night or meet with friends to relax.

While the Inn may never be on its own, Colin and Deanna have kept their passion for inn keeping. Deanna wakes up early to cook an amazing hot breakfast. She can be found clanking around the kitchen preparing raspberry pancakes or pumpkin French toast. Colin takes the evening shift, taking care of cocktail hour. He will share his mixology secrets with some of his favorite guests.

Life will get hectic again when the Crossmans break ground for their new construction 45-room boutique hotel in Cary, NC.  The King’s Daughters Inn has gained so much momentum that the town of Cary approached the couple to aid in developing the downtown area. The plans are in progress and the hotel will boast over 13,000 sq. ft. of public space with a library, full bar & restaurant as well as event spaces including meeting rooms and an outdoor terrace that will be open to the public. A high tech gym facility and spa will be on the ground floor and available for guest use. Check out updates on the Mayton Inn here.

Our staff is proud of all the accomplishments that our small, independent business has conquered and we look forward to continue growing the NEXT 4 years.The Inn is a reflection of the many wonderful small businesses that have kept North Carolina's economy thriving and The Mayton Inn will be an extension of the Crossmans' entrepreneurial spirit and drive.  New challenges await them as a new hotel looms in the future, but the Inn will always be their first baby.