The King's Daughters Inn

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

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 pm

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!

Thanksgiving at The Inn 9 Nov 2014, 2:23 pm

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!

Behind the Scenes: Eric & Denise's Wedding 30 Oct 2014, 4:22 pm

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.

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!