Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

914 Vickers Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27701
Innkeeper(s): Monica and Daniel Edwards

Durham Is Home To 5 Famous Films 2 Dec 2016, 10:57 am

Durham is home to five famous films.  Of course, the most famous film is Bull Durham.  This baseball blockbuster movie stars Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins.  Released in 1988, it is usually listed as one of the best sports movies of all times.  In fact, Sports Illustrated magazine named it the most popular sports movie of all time.

The film focuses on a star pitcher and a veteran catcher playing for the Durham Bulls.  The most popular minor league baseball team today. The film was shot at the ballpark that was home to the Durham Bulls at the time as well as various houses and other places throughout The Bull City.

Brainstorm is a 1983 science fiction thriller about a group of researchers who invent a way to record the physical and emotional experiences of others so that others can experience them as well. Problems arise when the potential for abuse is discovered and things get out of control.

This movie starring Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood has scenes shot at Research Triangle Park and Duke University.  Brainstorm also gained notoriety as Wood's last film, as she sadly passed away during its production.

The Handmaid's Tale is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's famous novel.  Starring Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, and Natasha Richardson, this 1990 movie set in a dystopian future, tells the story of a young woman who is able to bear children (an increasingly rare trait) and the fallout she faces from a totalitarian regime.  The novel was set at Harvard, but the movie was shot at Duke University and other locations around Durham including on the streets near Brightleaf Square.

Kiss the Girls is the film adaptation of James Patterson's novel of the same name.  This movie was set and filmed in Durham and the surrounding area.  Morgan Freeman plays a forensic psychologist (Alex Cross) whose niece is kidnapped.  Ashley Judd plays a woman who escaped from the same kidnapper and helps him on the case.  In its first five months in theaters in 1997, this film grossed over $60 million alone.

The movie Arthur Newman starring Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, and Ann Heche, is about a man and woman who leave their pasts by taking on the identities of the owners of the empty homes they break into.  During this process, they begin to explore what it is they ran away from.  Released in 2012, this was filmed in part at Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, along with other locations in the Triangle.

Durham is also home to several popular film festivals including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  Durham is a visually diverse city that can simulate a number of climates and locales.

  • Gothic look of Duke University's West Campus
  • Historic Durham neighborhoods and homes
  • Distinctive, neo-Romanesque brick work of the turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses
  • Pastoral river and lake fed countryside of North Durham
  • 1920s and 1930s look of Downtown Durham
  • Futuristic look of Research Triangle Park's business complexes
Guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham are welcome to visit these iconic locations during their stay with us.  Each morning our guests enjoy a fresh and delicious gourmet breakfast. We look forward to welcoming you.  

The Carolina Theatre in Durham Celebrates 90 Years 18 Nov 2016, 11:32 am

The Carolina Theatre in Durham celebrates 90 years.  Restored to its 1926 decor, this Beaux-Arts building houses live performances by musicians, comics, speakers, and theatre companies.  Its Arts Discovery Educational Series is designed to augment traditional classroom learning with its presentation of dance and classic works of literature like Charlotte's Web.  

Situated in the heart of Downtown Durham, the building contains two adjacent cinemas, Cinema One (229 seats) and Cinema Two (49 seats), screen newly released films and classic works from cinema history in the Retro Film Series. In addition, they host annual film festivals like the nationally renowned Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the NC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Nevermore Film Festival of horror movies.  

The City of Durham has made a noteworthy commitment to the Carolina Theatre of Durham by offering to match any donations made to the 90th Anniversary Campaign, up to $600,000.  The last remaining of Durham's original theaters, the Carolina Theatre has been a cultural standard for the arts-loving people of the region for almost a century.  

Upcoming Performances:

Fri.     Nov. 18    Fourplay 25th Anniversary (at 8 pm)
Sun.    Nov. 20   From Quartet to String Orchestra (at 3 pm)
Mon.   Nov. 21   Steve Vai: Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour (at 8 pm)
Thurs. Dec. 1     Pete the Cat (at 9:50 am and 11:20 am)
Tues.   Dec. 6     Holiday Songs: Music Around the World (at 9:50 am and 11:20 am)
Sat.     Dec. 10   The Nutcracker  (at 11 am and 3:30 pm)
Wed.   Dec. 14   Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (at 7 pm)
Thurs. Dec. 15   Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker (at 7 pm)
Sat.     Dec. 17   A Celestial Christmas (at 8 pm)

Morehead Manor is conveniently located near Downtown Durham.  We welcome guests to visit our luxurious bed and breakfast as well as to attend performances at Carolina Theatre.  

Morehead Manor Best Durham Bed and Breakfast 2016 9 Nov 2016, 5:06 pm

Morehead Manor named "Best Durham Bed and Breakfast" in 2016 by Durham Magazine.  This is such an honor to have earned this recognition from our local Durham community.  We feel the love and extend warm Southern hospitality to our guests.

Durham is a fascinating city that offers so much to its visitors.  The Bull City has earned the following accolades:
  • "Tastiest Town in the South" (according to Southern Living Magazine)
  • Food Network recognized Cocoa Cinnamon as the Best Coffee Shop in North Carolina
  • USA Today recognized Durham Distillery as the #2 gin distillery in the United States
  • Grub Hub named Durham the #1 place to order vegetarian
  • Most famous minor league baseball team (Durham Bulls)
  • Prestigious universities (Duke University and North Carolina Central University)
  • Yahoo! Finance recognized Durham as the most educated city in North Carolina
  • Gorgeous gardens all year round (Sarah P. Duke Gardens)
  • One of the top 3 venues in the country (Durham Performing Arts Center)
  • Take a swing at any of our 3 public golf courses in Durham
  • Expedia recognized Durham as one of the 55 most breathtaking destinations in the world
  • World renown healthcare (Duke University Hospital)
  • Popular shopping destinations (including The Streets at Southpoint, Brightleaf District, and Ninth Street)
  • Famous musicians (like Durham residents Brandon Marsalis and Nnenna Freelon)
  • Convenient to Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill
  • Moments away from Downtown Durham, Duke University, and American Tobacco Campus
  • Near "Magic Wings Butterfly House" located at the Museum of Life and Science
  • 8 thriving Durham bookstores including Regulator (recognized as one of the best book stores in the South by Southern Living Magazine)
  • Smart Asset recognized Durham as one of the top ten cities for creative people
  • The Duke Lemur Center (outside of Madagascar, it has the world's largest and most diverse population of lemurs)
  • JD Power recognized RDU (our Durham airport) as the #3 medium sized airport in the nation
In addition to our awesome location, guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast enjoy luxurious accommodations and wake up to fresh gourmet breakfasts each morning.  We welcome with open arms both new guests as well as returning guests. 

Morehead Manor of Durham Featured in OneGlobe Citizen 31 Oct 2016, 1:19 pm

Monica and Daniel Edwards, Owners and Innkeepers of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

Morehead Manor of Durham was featured in an article by OneGlobe Citizen.  This organization believes that every person and every place has a story to tell.  They seek to share unique stories that highlight the people and places that make our planet more inspiring.  OneGlobe Citizen acknowledges they talk about global travel a lot, but they also believe that "traveling within your own country makes you no less of a traveler than someone who has been to the other side of the planet."

OneGlobe Citizen asks, "What if we could put travelers right in the center of the local experiences so they can experience the culture and meet the people of their destinations in more authentic, respectful and meaningful ways?" We can all support small businesses and local guides and take time to learn, respect, and appreciate destinations, cultures, and people.

Imagine a three-person creative team in one electric car traveling to over 60 cities in just 30 days. When they picked the city of Durham as one of their destinations, we were honored they also chose Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast.

OneGlobe Citizen believes a great reason to stay at a bed and breakfast is because the innkeepers always know where the locals hang out, in addition to knowing all the "touristy spots"!  People can go online and see reviews, but it matters so much to learn the information directly from the people who live in the area.

Their article, written by senior editor Steph Jurusz, told our story of how we got started in the inn-keeping business. After an unexpected downsizing, we decided to take a risk and we bought our 1910 Colonial Revival style mansion once owned by the CEO of Liggett and Myers.

After months of hard work, our manor was finally open for business.  We became the youngest innkeepers in the United States when we opened our doors in 1997.  It is hard to believe that 2017 marks our 20th anniversary as ambassadors for the city of Durham, North Carolina and for the bed and breakfast industry.

Guests tell us they feel so at home here and that they love how we have decorated our inn.  We enjoy getting to know our guests, especially when we host weddings and see couples start their own journey of togetherness as a married couple.

We host guests from North Carolina as well as all over the United States.  We also host guests from all over the world. International guests have come from places like Egypt, Brussels, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Northern Ireland, Argentina, Canada, Belgium, South Africa, Japan, and India.  Make your next travel destination Durham, NC and let us extend our warm Southern hospitality!

Morehead Manor in Durham Hosts Special Events 26 Oct 2016, 1:15 pm

At Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham, North Carolina, guests can rent our lovely Carriage House for their own special events.  Clients can bring their own caterer or hire one of Morehead Manor's preferred caterers.  For this private ladies gathering (pictured above) Morehead Manor provided the tables, chairs, and linens while the guests brought the rest.

Morehead Manor has hosts intimate weddings, wedding receptions, corporate gatherings, and special events like baby showers, bridge luncheons, and book gatherings. We can accommodate between 5 and 25 attendees for a business conference.  Ask about our Corporate Murder Mysteries that is a scavenger hunt and a team-building exercise.

All our Special Events, Wedding, and Meeting Packages can be customized to fit the needs of our guests.  To help plan your special event, we recommend that you contact Morehead Manor directly at 919-687-4366.  Morehead Manor can set up arrangements for small groups to stay overnight for weekend retreats.

The following lists just some of the many possible options for events to host:

  • Anniversary celebrations 
  • Baby showers
  • Birthday parties
  • Book talks
  • Business meetings
  • Church gatherings
  • Class reunions 
  • Engagement parties
  • Family reunions
  • Formal dances
  • Holiday parties
  • Ice cream socials
  • Ladies' events
  • Mens' events
  • Scrapbooking retreats
  • Sweet sixteen parties
  • Tea parties
  • Quilting retreats
  • Weddings
  • Wedding receptions
  • Writing retreats
Our Durham, North Carolina location is convenient to Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill.  Our accommodations are moments away from Downtown Durham, Duke University, the American Tobacco Campus, and the award-winning Durham Performing Arts Theatre.  

Durham is home to several fascinating museums, famous historical sites, fine arts and entertainment centers, professional and college sports games, unique shops, amazing malls, great galleries, large wineries, quiet nature trails, popular music concerts, scenic parks, and we were voted "The Tastiest Town in the South." Choose Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast for your next event or overnight stay.  

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market 2016 13 Oct 2016, 2:47 pm

You do not want to miss the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market (2016) Saturday November 19 from 10 am through 5 pm and Sunday November 20 from 1 pm through 5 pm.  The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive arts and crafts event that celebrates the holiday season in Downtown Durham.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Holiday Market is produced and presented by the Durham Arts Council with support from many generous community sponsors.  Browsing unique local crafts and artwork is even better when it doubles as holiday shopping!

The biannual Durham Art Walk's winter edition provides patrons with the unique chance to buy one-of-a-kind pieces from local artists.   The Holiday Market invites arts lovers for a weekend full of art, including:

  • Dazzling local artistic talent
  • Ongoing live music
  • World-class restaurants
  • Great shopping
  • Innovative new businesses
  • Fascinating historic sites
Visitors can purchase fine arts and crafts at many downtown Durham sites including the Durham Arts Council, Vega Metals, Durham Armory and more!   Visitors will hear live musical performances and enjoy delicious food at many downtown Durham restaurants and food trucks.  

Most places are within easy walking distance around Downtown Durham and on Saturdays visitrs can take the Bull City Connector, a free bus that travels Downtown Durham.  The Connector does not run on Sundays.  

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market Sites (not a complete list):
  • Alliance Architecture
  • Bull City Arts Collaborative
  • Bull City Burger and Brewery
  • Bull City Craft Annex at Room 100 (Golden Belt Arts)
  • Carrack Modern Art
  • Claymakers Arts Community
  • Durham Arts Council
  • Durham Arts Guild
  • Durham Distillery
  • Durham Museum of History
  • Exotique
  • Hamilton Hill Jewelry
  • James Kennedy Galleries
  • Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio
  • Pleiades Gallery
  • Pompieri Pizza
  • Spectre Arts
  • The Blue Note Grill
  • The Scrap Exchange
  • The Shed Jazz Club
  • Through This Lens
  • Urban Durham Realty
  • Vega Metals
  • Wentworth and Leggett Bookshop
This community cultural event not only celebrates the arts, but it also builds our community and continues to revitalize our Downtown Durham.  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast looks forward to hosting guests during this fun-filled weekend.  

10 Naturally Beautiful Places in Durham 23 Sep 2016, 1:12 pm

Durham blossoms with natural beauty all year round.  From state parks and recreation areas to formal gardens and butterfly houses, Durham has some gorgeous places to see. Here are 10 naturally beautiful Durham places.  Whether at our lowest average temperature of 27 degrees Fahrenheit in January or our highest average temperature of 87 degrees Fahrenheit in July, the outdoors can be enjoyed year round here in Durham, North Carolina.

American Tobacco Trail
The American Tobacco Trail is a 23+ mile rails-to-trails project located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina. The route crosses through the City of Durham; Durham, Chatham, and Wake counties; the planning jurisdictions of the Towns of Cary and Apex; and passes through the Lake Jordan project land of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Duke Forest
7,060-acre teaching and research forest of Duke University with a variety of ecosystems represented. Preserved for research and recreation since the 1930s. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and picnics permitted.

Eno River State Park
The Eno River flows through Durham for 33 miles before eventually ending up in Falls Lake on the eastern edge of the county. This park, only 10 miles from downtown Durham, offers terrific access for those who wish to experience the natural beauty the region has to offer. The river winds through hills and bluffs with shrubs and pines that are ready to be hiked and enjoyed through one of five access points.  Day trips can also include canoeing or fishing in the Eno itself.  Experience the peaceful atmosphere of the natural forests.

Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Once part of the original 30,000-acre Stagville Plantation, this 708-acre preserve now spans both sides of Jock Road and is part of the mosaic landscape in northern Durham County linking Lake Michie, Little River Reservoir, Falls Lake, the Flat River and the Little River watersheds. The property is adjacent to the 35,000-acre US Army Corps of Engineers Falls Lake Reservoir. The site has a rich agricultural and forestry history, as demonstrated by the neighboring Division of Cultural History’s Historic Stagville. Structures from the plantation’s time are still on the property, as are stone piles and other signs of its agricultural past. There are 2.7 miles of trails that wind through native prairie grasses and flowers, beside a creek and up a 500-foot elevation with good views. 

Lake Michie Recreation Area
Bird watching, boating/sailing, boat launches, boat rentals, camping, fishing, hiking, marina, picnic shelter, rock hounding. Open daily sunrise to sunset from March 1 through June 30. Park access is free; fee charged for boating and fishing.

Leigh Farm Park
This 82.8-acre property is anchored by a seven-acre historic core listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic area includes the Leigh House (circa 1835), an early 19th century dairy, a mid-19th century slave cabin with notable stick-built chimney, smokehouse, corn crib and a late 19th century well house and carriage house. The property also features a second mid-19th century slave cabin with a 1930 Rustic Revival log addition, an early 20th century tobacco barn and pack house, several mid-20th century residences, and wooded acreage that was historically open agricultural land.

Little River Regional Park and Natural Area
391-acre park and natural area developed from tobacco farmland. Relics like barns, houses, and sheds have been restored and now serve as picnic shelters, information centers, and landmarks accompanying the more than 15 miles of walking, hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback riding trails.  Playground, wildlife, bird-watching, picnicing, and rock hounding. 

Magic Wings Butterfly House
Located on the grounds of the Museum of Life and Science, this is the largest museum butterfly house east of the Mississippi. The three-story tropical conservatory features rare and enchanting species of butterflies from Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. The conservatory includes beds of exotic flowers, a flowering meadow, tropical fruit trees in a rain forest area and a stream garden. The Insectarium features more than 25 live exotic and native species of insects and insect predators and an extensive collection of mounted specimens from around the world.

Rollingview State Recreational Area at Falls Lake
Plenty of fun things to do like bird-watching, boating/sailing, boat launches, recreational activities, swimming, beaches, water skiing, and windsurfing.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
55-acre gardens known as one of the premier public gardens in the U.S., with 200+ colorful plant varieties viewable from more than five miles of walkways and paths. Seasonal plantings ensure that each visit is a new experience. Walking and trolley tours available.

Stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast of Durham while you visit these 10 naturally beautiful places in Durham.  You will savor a fresh gourmet breakfast each morning.  We enjoy extending our warm Southern hospitality to our visitors from all over the world.

North Carolina Central University Named HBCU of the Year 10 Sep 2016, 10:03 am

North Carolina Central University is named the HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest.  During the annual awards contest recognizing achievement among the national's one-hundred and eleven historically black colleges and universities, North Carolina Central University also earned Best Student Newspaper (Campus Echo) and the Best STEM Program called Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprises (known as BRITE).  

Former and current HBCU presidents, alumni, faculty, students, journalists, and former award winners served as a panel of judges. Awards were presented in Washington D.C. at the University of the District of Columbia this past July 15, 2016.

11th Chancellor Debra Saunders-White stated at the award presentation, "This is truly a tremendous honor.  North Carolina Central University strives for a goal of Eagle Excellence.  Now, more than ever, it is vitally important for institutions like ours to continue molding and preparing critical thinkers who challenge, serve, lead, and engage our communities.  We are grateful for this distinguished acknowledgement from our peers and other members of the higher education community."

North Carolina Central University celebrates their Homecoming Week 2016 from October 9 through 15.  Do not miss the Homecoming Parade on Saturday October 15. There will be show-stopping bands, local organizations and businesses, and North Carolina Central University groups. 

The Homecoming Football Game happens at 2 pm later that same day.  North Carolina Central University will play against Savannah State University in the O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium in Durham.  

The following is a one-minute YouTube video showing highlights from NCCU's 2015 Homecoming:

Did you know that one of the rooms at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is called the Eagles Room?  It is named after the North Carolina Central University Mascot the Eagle.  Both Daniel & I graduated from NCCU. We enjoy hosting fans of all our local college teams including Duke University, Shaw University, and North Carolina State University.

Endangered Lemur Population Increased by Triplets Born at The Duke Lemur Center 17 Aug 2016, 12:15 pm

The world's critically endangered lemur population increased by three baby mouse lemurs.  The triplets were born at Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina on July 8.  They each weighed only 7 grams each which is about the same weight only three pennies!  

Each species born at Duke Lemur Center follows a naming convention.  Mouse lemur babies are all named after herbs and spices.  Mama Sriracha gave birth to three boys: Cholula, Barley, and Hops. The Duke Lemur Center houses North America's only breeding colony of grey mouse lemurs with a total of 48 individuals.  

Despite their small size (adult mouse lemurs typically weigh around 50 grams), their births are incredibly important. Lemurs have been classified as the world's most threatened mammal group, so their arrivals help to stabilize the genetic diversity of these fascinating primates.  

Lemurs are native to Madagascar.  In fact, there are more endemic plant and animal families in Madagascar than any other place in the world. Primates in particular have a tremendous amount of diversity. There are over 100 types of lemurs found only in Madagascar.

The Duke Lemur Center Sava Conservation Initiative is a multi-faceted community-based project which brings both conservation and opportunities for Duke students to the SAVA region of northeastern Madagascar.  Watch their YouTube video below.

Conservation activities include, but are not limited to, environmental education with local students, reforestation, fish farming, sustainable agriculture through promotion of yam cultivation, support of fuel efficient stoves, family planning, research, and more.  The ultimate object of all project activities is to protect remaining forest and the unique biota of the SAVA region.  

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is thankful to have the Duke Lemur Center right here in Durham, North Carolina. Our guests can enjoy tours to see these fascinating primates up close in their natural habitat.   

The Top Five Restaurants in Durham, NC 14 Aug 2016, 1:09 pm

Based on the ratings of guests who have dined at restaurants in Durham, NC, TripAdvisor has determined that five restaurants consistently rank above the rest.  However, in a place named "The South's Tastiest Town" by Southern Living Magazine, it really is hard to go wrong when choosing a restaurant in the Bull City.

Nana's Restaurant

The #1 restaurant is none other than Nana's Restaurant. Since the opening of Nana's in December of 1992, through the extensive remodeling and expansion completed in March of 2000, to present day, Nana's remains one of the most popular restaurants in the Triangle area.

Located at 2514 University Avenue, Nana's is open Mondays through Saturdays starting at 5 pm until... Call (919) 493-8545 for reservations. Nana's well known world-class cuisine, an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine, and their friendly, attentive service makes for an unforgettable dining experience.

In the mood for delicious Mexican, Latin, and Southwestern food? Gonza Tacos y Tequila's Durham location is at 608 Fernway Avenue. Call (919) 907-2656.

Guests rave not only about their food (try their guacamole), but also about their friendly service and awesome indoor as well as outdoor dining. Gonza Tacos y Tequila hosts private events and provides exceptional catering.

Mateo Bar de Tapas is the first solo venture from Chef Matthew Kelly of Vin Rouge, housed in the old Book Exchange building in the heart of Downtown Durham. Located at 109 West Chapel Hill Street.  Call 919-530-8700 for reservations.

Featuring a menu that blends the flavors of Spain with beloved ingredients and dishes of the South.  They offer a casual, yet refined, menu of Spanish small plates with a Southern inflection.  Accompanying the food is a robust Spanish wine list as well as one of the largest sherry offerings in the country.

Open for lunch Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Open for dinner Tuesdays through Thursdays 5 pm to 10:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5 pm to 12 am, and Sundays from 5:00 pm to 9 pm.

Ranked by TripAdvisor as the 4th best restaurant in Durham, The Original Q Shack offers "barbeque as tender as a mother's love."

Located at 2510 University Drive, The Q Shack is open Monday through Sunday 11 am to 9 pm. Whether you eat out, take out, or savor their catering, all meats are smoked in house with their perfect blend of hickory and mesquite woods.

Guglhupf Cafe is also an artisan bakery and restaurant in Durham, North Carolina. Established in 1998, Guglhupf features an upscale menu exploring German cuisine with an inventive approach using local, seasonal ingredients.

Located at 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, reservations can be made online or by calling 919-401-2600.  This Top 5 Restaurant in Durham offers different hours for their cafe, bakery, and restaurant. Orders can be placed online.  Guglhupf also hosts private parties.

There you have it, the top five restaurants in Durham, North Carolina.  When you visit any of these restaurants, you can also be a guest at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast.  We love extending our Southern hospitality and each morning our guests wake up to a delicious and fresh gourmet breakfast.