Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

914 Vickers Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27701
Innkeeper(s): Monica and Daniel Edwards
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So Much to Explore in Durham 21 Oct 2014, 1:48 pm


This autumn, as the leaves change colors here in Durham, North Carolina, we invite you to become guests at our 5 star (according to Hotelz.tv) bed and breakfast. Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is in Bull City, where there is so much to see and do when you visit.

In 2013, Southern Living magazine named Durham, "The Tastiest Town of the South." With many award winning restaurants, guests are sure to dine well here in the Triangle. Food trucks are also popular here in Durham. Our guests start their mornings off right here in Morehead Manor with our delicious gourmet homemade breakfasts.

We also have excellent shopping venues, including The Streets at Southpoint, Brightleaf Square, and Northgate Mall.  Those looking for retail therapy, will find our city to be full of great finds.  The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market kicks off holiday shopping and happens the weekend of November 22nd and 23rd.

In the mood for an entertaining performance?  The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is within walking distance from our manor.  DPAC has regular Broadway theater productions as well as stellar music concerts and hilarious comedians.  For example, Friday October 25, Bill Cosby and Comedy Central's, "Far From Finished Tour" sold out shortly after tickets started selling.

Those who like sports will be pleased to find out that "The City of Champions" is home to two major universities.  Both North Carolina Central University as well as Duke University.  It is football season right now so be sure to "catch" one of our home games.  On October 18 of this year, Duke University won their Homecoming Game with a score of 20-13 over Virginia.

Speaking of Duke University, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens (pictured at the top) are especially lovely this time of year.  Take a walk with that special someone to see incredible landscaping and more of Mother Nature's beauty.

To take a look back at the history of our city, try going on a Historic Tour of Durham. Preservation Durham has saved and restored more than fifty historic properties.

Monica and Edward invite you to be their guests at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. Being located in Durham, there is so much for their guests to explore in this great city!  For those wanting an inside peak of the manor, please watch the video below.  This video was produced by: 


 
This blog post is by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

Durham Theatre and Art 14 Oct 2014, 9:44 am

When guests stay at the lovely Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham, NC, they have easy access to entertaining Durham Theatre and Art.  Hosts Monica and Daniel want Durham visitors to know about the community's exciting upcoming theatre and art events.

The Durham Performing Arts Center (within walking distance from the manor) offers eight entertaining performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella from November 18 to 23.  This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical delights audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.  This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and memorable moments with the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more.


The Durham Arts Council building is home to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. and several other local arts organizations. Originally constructed in 1906, the three-story 52,000+ square foot building was renovated in 1988 adding much needed structural and facility enhancements. Now offering three galleries and two theatres with support spaces, meeting rooms, offices, rehearsal spaces, studios for digital arts, dance, photography, clay, fiber arts, visual arts, and children’s art. The Durham Arts Council building is part of the City of Durham Historic District and the Historic Preservation Society of Durham.


Durham Arts Council Building

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a celebration of visual arts and fine crafts held in downtown Durham each November, featuring the work of numerous talented artists in a few central locations.  This event kicks off the holiday shopping season by bringing thousands of art lovers for a weekend of shopping and exploration of all that Durham has to offer including world-class restaurants, great shopping, innovative businesses, and fascinating historic sites. The places are within easy walking distance around downtown. On Saturday November 22nd from 10 am to 5 pm visitors can take the Bull City Connector, Durham's fare-free bus that travels downtown.  The Connector does not run on Sundays when the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is also open Sunday November 23rd from 1 pm to 5 pm.


Daniel and Monica, the friendly innkeepers, invite guests to stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. Their guests love waking up each morning to their delightful and delicious homemade gourmet breakfasts. Their manor offers the comforts of home with the amenities of hotels.  Located in the Tastiest Town of the South (according to Southern Living magazine)!  

Durham Historic Tours 8 Oct 2014, 4:00 pm

Ever wonder how Durham keeps its historic charm?  The Historic Preservation Society of Durham (also known as Preservation Durham) was founded in 1974 to preserve Durham's architectural heritage.  People began buying old houses in various Durham neighborhoods. In the years since many of the tobacco warehouse, factories, and mills have been converted into shopping centers, condominiums, restaurants, and offices.  The society's mission is to protect Durham's historic assets through action, advocacy, and education. Preservation Durham has saved more than fifty properties. Currently, the property below is listed for sale on their website:


  

Preservation Durham's enthusiastic and well-informed volunteer tour guides will lead you through the history of the tobacco industry as they tell many tales from Durham's past, using oral histories and photographs to illustrate the history of tobacco and the people who supplied tobacco products known through the world. The tour includes descriptions of life in the factories and at home for the thousands of workers who made the Bull City one of the biggest industrial cities in the South as well as those who, like guitarist John Dee Holeman, trekked to Durham's tobacco auctions to play the blues.



Preservation Durham presents free walking tours on the second, third, and fourth Saturday of each month, April through November.  No reservations are required.  Simply meet your guide at 10 am on Saturday morning at Preservation Durham's sign at the Durham Farmers' Market in Central Park, on Foster Street just north of Downtown.  Tours last about ninety minutes and return back to the Farmer's Market.  Tours can be arranged at other times by appointment. 


The Duke family, including patriarch Washington Duke, who started out as a struggling tobacco farmer with his two sons, made quite a fortune in the tobacco industry.  They had long supported Trinity College which traced its roots to 1838 when local Methodists and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. Following a $40 million dollar donation by Washington's son, James Buchanan Duke, Trinity College was renamed Duke University in 1924.   The Sarah P. Duke Gardens are named after Washington Duke's daughter Sarah. Read the amazing story and watch a video about how how the gardens grew in beauty over the years. People all over the world visit the gardens every year. 



Alternatively, you can enjoy a self-guided Downtown Durham walking tour with this print-friendly map from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau. Durham is a city full of rich history and culture.



Discover Historic Durham and hear about the rise of the great Tobacco Empire on one of the comfortable, motorized vehicles to experience the Tobacco Road Tours. This 2½ hour tour will include sights such as:


·         American Tobacco Campus
·       The Downtown Business District, Ninth StreetBrightleaf SquareWarehouse District, and Parish Street (Black Wall Street)
·        Bennett Place, where the Civil War surrender was negotiated
·        Historic neighborhoods like Hayti, Watts-Hillandale, Old West Durham, West Club Boulevard and Trinity Park 
·        Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Maplewood Cemetery, Old Durham County Courthouse (Neo-Classical Revival), Duke’s East Campus
·        Durham Bulls Ballpark (old and new)
·        Duke University CampusNorth Carolina Central UniversityDuke Forest and Sarah P. Duke Gardens
·         DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center)
·         Duke Homestead National Historic Site (real tobacco heritage)

This fall, decide to visit Durham, North Carolina.  Whether coming for our history, gardens, universities, athletics, medicine, culture, shopping, music, theatre, art, or another great reason, we feel honored when guests choose to stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast.  We have all the comforts of home with the amenities of hotels. Each morning a full and delicious breakfast awaits our guests. Hosts Monica and Edward show true Southern hospitality and charm.  

     
Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging 

Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham 30 Sep 2014, 9:00 am



Durham, North Carolina is a place filled with the beauty of nature.  With the cool Autumn air and annual changing of the leaves, it is a great time of year to explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University in Durham.  When you visit the gardens, be sure to stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. Innkeepers Monica and Daniel show true Southern hospitality and provide a gourmet home-made breakfast each morning.

At the bottom of this blog post, we invite you to watch a video about the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, "Crown Jewel of Duke University."  This video was written by Robert Durdey, Alice Le Ducks, and Stepheny Houghtlin.  It highlights the amazing history of how it came to be the beautiful gardens it is today.  The video was produced and directed by Claiborne M. Clark with videographers Kennard Blake, Greg Hobbs, Mick Stewart, and Tom Wilson. This blog post summarizes the content of this video.

Every day the gates to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens are open free of charge.  Over the course of an average year over 300,000 people visit from all over the world.
  • Hospital patients and their families
  • University students, faculty, and staff
  • The public young and old
  • From throughout the Triangle and beyond
There are a variety of reasons why people think this is a special place:
  • Amateur gardeners looking to steal ideas
  • Viewing the colors and varieties of the rose garden
  • Parents of university students taking their kids here for a break
  • Feeding the ducks at the pond
  • Seeing the beautiful flowers
  • Bringing kids at an early age and carries on for generations
The momentum began with the Duke family and the establishment of the University.  Washington Duke and his two sons, Benjamin Newton Duke and James Buchanan Duke had an inherit love of plants as did the entire Duke family.  They all loved horticulture, plants, and flowers.  Even though the Dukes became business people they continued to have an interest in gardens.  The garden is named after his daughter Sarah P. Duke. Mr. Washington Duke had a great affection for Durham and was the originator of all of this. Sarah's granddaughter, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, explains that part of it had to do with the fact that they were farmers who grew up in beautiful Durham county.  

Washington Duke was always interested in bringing in the very best in design in landscaping.  He brought in Olmstead Associates, a continuation from the Olmstead brothers who had established their reputation after designing Central Park in New York City.  They did the initial landscaping for the university.  James Duke particularly like moving water and waterfalls.  In all of his homes, he had fountains, ponds, and even lakes. The original drawings have a lake where the gardens are located.  Duke envisioned great fountains up in the main quad in front of the chapel.  He said he wanted a big fountain up in the traffic circle and for them both to flow down into a lake in the ravine. After Washington Duke died, there simply was not enough money to carry out his plan for lakes and fountains.  

The ravine eventually filled with debris and became unsightly mess instead of  a beautiful lake that Mr. Duke pictured.  Dr. Frederick Hanes, a member of the founding faculty of Duke University Medical School, walked by it every day on his way to work.  Hanes came up with the idea of an iris garden.  He outlined the plans for the Duke iris garden and naturally the Duke family wished to be involved.  Dr. Hanes was a hero to Sarah P. Duke, the namesake of the garden.  She loved his idea and wanted the patients and students to enjoy it.

John C. Wister, a noted horticulturalist from Philadelphia, studied the site.  His plan was what got the garden started.  Larry T. Daniel, a former associate director for the Duke Gardens, said that iris did not grow well in the south lawn.  It was vulnerable to flooding.  They decided to relocate the garden more north to a hillside with a gentle slope for better drainage.  Sarah P. Duke died in 1936. The terrace garden had already taken shape and was beginning to attract many visitors.  The terrace is one of the most popular and signature areas of the garden.  In the spring, there is a show of tulips and pansies.  Followed by a summer filled with brightly colored annuals.  In the fall, there are the rich hues of chrysanthemums.  In recent years, an increasing number of perennial plants complement the bright annuals floral display.  

In order to create a contrast to the ornate terraces, Frederick Lubisher created a rock garden.  Lubisher imported stone from New Jersey.  When Lubisher returned to the garden fifty years after the work finished, he revealed that since there was no more money to work with, he literally had to stretch the stone.  He embedded it so naturally with plants in key places that it looks like it has always been here. The terraces and rock gardens have become the sight of many special events including weddings.  Its beauty was an indisputable great beginning.  

Distinguished Duke botanist Dr. Paul J. Kramer took over leadership of the gardens.  He served as Director of the Gardens for the next thirty years.  He tried to add an educational dimension to the garden in order to make an important connection with the academic side of the university.  Support came from the faculty who also felt the need for the beauty to surround the garden.  Horticulturalist Richard Fillmore set up various points of interest in addition to the terraces and the rock garden.  The gardens grew to fifty-five acres when the university trustees allocated the additional surrounding woodlands to protect the terraces and rock garden from campus encroachment. The boundaries are still considered sacred.  

Fillmore engaged William B.S. Leong, a noted landscape architect planner and city planner in Boston. Leong developed a new plan to incorporate the additional new acres and the results are experienced today by every visitor.  The main Anderson Street entrance was the first stage in Leong's plan that was implemented in the early 1960's.  The ornate iron gate, made by Joseph G. Barnes, created a contemporary gothic look. Past the gate, Leong designed a new tree line pathway with a European design to it.  It leads to the circular rose garden with stonewalls in the middle with seasonal plantings reflecting the design of the terraces.  

The Blomquist Nature Plant Garden was established in 1968 in memory of Hugo L. Blomquist, the first professor of botany at Duke University.  A handsome gatehouse marks the beginning to this area, which is a natural setting among mature trees.  Dr. Blomquist worked with ferns and wild gingers so they are abundant in this area.  Blomquist had an interest in native plants.  The area includes almost seven acres with a charming pavilion that serves as a focal point and cool retreat during summer days.

A small pond fed by a natural spring provides an ideal habitat for mosses, water lilies, and carnivorous plants that live in the bog alongside the pond.  More recently, a sunny pond has been added in the corner of the Blomquist gardens near Duke's Admissions Office.  This site makes it even easier to grow native and aquatic plants.  A shelter for bird watching stands in the middle of the Blomquist gardens and fauna are an integral part of the Duke Garden experience.  Many animals call the Sarah P. Duke Gardens home, including squirrels, birds, fish, bees, and frogs.  

Eighty-year-old millstones in the native plant gardens serve as stairs, bridges, steps, and even a table.  Near the Blomquist garden, in the general direction of the chapel on the southwest lawn,  Richard Fillmore constructed a great spot for picnics and other gatherings.  

In 1968, there was a problem of drainage when Larry Daniels joined the staff.  The fish literally were washed out of the pool because of the extensive flooding.  They found fish on the South Lawn gasping for breath, gathered them up, and put them back in the pool.  They knew they needed to do something to prevent the flooding.  There are 55 acres in gardens and 155 acres in watershed.  Naturally, during heaven rains, water would rush down into a concentrated area.  

William L. Culberson was appointed director of the garden in 1978 and served as director for the next twenty years.  He began to look at how they would solve the problem of the flooding in the gardens.  He had an engineering professor and his students study how the water flowed.  They determined that they needed a way to capture the water and release it slowly.  Architect Linda Jewel proposed a design using a wide earthen dam to form a lake in the Northern end of the gardens.  This pond will hold 200,000 cubic feet of water and release it slowly.  Since its construction, they have had no problems whatsoever with flooding. Not only does this serve as a water retention facility, it is a beautiful embellishment.  A gravel roadway across the top of the dam provides a route for pedestrians.  This fulfills part of James Buchanan Duke's original vision for a lake.


There is an Asiatic footbridge as well as exotic waterfowl and native birds that draw children to this favorite place.  The lake has become the centerpiece of the Duke Gardens.  In 1998, they renamed the arboretum after the retiring garden director.  The Culberson Asiatic Arboretum features plants that are native to the southeast which are more similar to the plants of Eastern Asia than any other part of the world.  The closely related groups of plants may be the result of plate tectonics, flooding, and mountain building.  Many of the plants grown in this garden came from seeds collected by Duke faculty from the remote interior of China.  

By definition, Asian gardens must have rocks.  The nearby quarry provided the stones and dramatic rock formations were both beautiful and educational.  Asian gardens symbolize spiritual harmony and quiet contemplation.  Dr. Laura Dorsey in naming the Gardens for Peace cited the mission of Duke Gardens as "to revere the garden as a work of art and to educated visitors who wish to learn some of the lessons that only a garden can teach."  Volunteer programs began to flourish in the 1990's.  There are plant sales, educational school programs, a gift shop, and a coffee shop.  They realized they needed an indoor space for lectures, meetings, educational activities, and other learning.  The gardens had outgrown their 1930's vintage greenhouses. 

The Doris Duke Center (named for Washington Duke's granddaughter Doris) opened in November of 2001. Director Richard A. White says it allows the university to bring in classes and professional horticulturalists use it for educational purposes.  The community comes in for recreation and it serves as a place for calmness and for community recreation.  This is around two hundred yards from the campus.  

With support from private donors as well as the University, the outlook for the future of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens looks as bright as its flowers and leaves in Autumn.  It is enhanced by Duke campus with its great chapel, vast research library, and world-class medical center.  It truly is the university's crown jewel.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Durham Shopping 23 Sep 2014, 6:10 pm

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Durham, NC. Did you know that more than half of the United States population lives within one day's drive or an hour's flight of our bed and breakfast? RDU (Raleigh-Durham) International Airport, an East Coast hub, ranks as one of the nation's fastest-growing airports.  Durham is also home to one of the best shopping areas in the country.  Shoppers looking for art, clothing, jewelry, and much more feel right at home.

Wondering how you will get around?  The city of Durham provides free transportation through the Bull City Connector.  Durham has an Interactive Route and Feature Map as well as Real-Time Locations of the Connector Buses.  Download Free Visitors Maps and Guides to Durham or contact the Visitor Information Center. Innkeepers Monica and Daniel are also available to answer any questions you may have about your visit to Durham.

So where are the amazing places to shop in Durham?  The Official Information Site for Durham provided links to these lovely places for retail therapy:
  • Antique Shops and Collectibles with furniture, art, rugs, carpets, pottery, memorabilia, glassware, and china
  • Art Galleries with original paintings, art prints, framing, photo restoration, photography, sculpture, exhibits, workshops, talks, and preservation of African-American heritage
  • Authentic Country Stores with garden supplies and equipment, household goods and accessories, local crafts, homemade foods, and artifacts
  • Book and Music Stores (Independent) with some buy/sell/trade options for CDs, LPs, and vinyl records, videos, vintage and funky clothing
  • Boutiques (Specialty) offering clothing, jewelry, soaps, lotions, gifts, shoes, handbags, and accessories
Brightleaf Shopping Square
  • Brightleaf Shopping Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, located in the west end of Downtown Durham, and anchored by two tobacco warehouses renovated to house shops, restaurants, and nightlife; tenants include luxury clothiers and jewelers, a record store, Durham apparel, antique bookstore, art and frame company, and antiques
  • Children's Stores with re-sale shops for maternity, nursery, and children's gently-used clothing and equipment, children's apparel, educational toys, and traditional toys
  • Craft, Frame, and Photo Restoration with custom framing, custom archival and needlework framing; Durham-area artisans displaying original jewelry, woodworking, glass, pottery, metal, photography, fiber arts, and more; full-service bead shop offering free classes and hundreds of types of beads and gemstones  
  • Flea Markets with shops featuring used and new clothing, fruit and vegetable markets, $1 store, authentic western wear, incense and scented oils, African attire, furniture, and thrift items  
  • Food and Beverage (Specialty) with food from India, Poland, Central and South America, West African, Caribbean, and Korea as well as beer and wine 
  • Garden (Specialty) with lawn care, perennials, shrubs, trees, seasonal plant materials, ground covers, water-garden supplies, bark, mulch, ornamental trees, ornamental grasses, pots, planters, fountains, birdbaths
  • Memorabilia with university-related memorabilia, sports cards, souvenirs, Civil War books and reproduction items, and African-American cultural items
  • Ninth Street Shopping District is situated between Duke University's East and West Campuses, a slice of Durham with a college feel that features unique and independent stores selling books, clothes, memorabilia, records, and more  
  • Northgate Mall is a family-owned shopping center located along Interstate 85, just north of Downtown Durham, includes anchor department stores like Macy's and Sears, along with dozens of smaller apparel, jewelry, electronics, sports, and beauty stores; home to Stadium 10 at Northgate Theaters, a movie theater with stadium-style seating; full-size carousel in the middle of the mall for children to ride 
  • Outdoor Outfitters has boats, sports and fitness for athletes as well as outdoor enthusiasts, outdoor gear for sale or for rent, and a dive shop with scuba training and trips
The Streets at Southpoint
  • The Streets at Southpoint is known as one of the nation's "ten great places to spend it all in one place", one of our country's top super-regional malls, including over one-hundred different stores including luxury stores, more than twenty restaurants, and a cinema complete with an IMAX theater  
  • Unique Gifts and Jewelry with international designer jewelry, custom hand-painted furniture and gifts, fine crafts from artists all over the world, international clothing, authentic dyed African batiks as well as accessories and one-of-a-kind gifts  
  • Vintage, Thrift, and Repurposed with vintage clothing, up-cycled items, used clothing and furniture, and materials re-used for art
Come to Durham, NC for a beautiful vacation.  Be sure to stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in one of its lovely bedrooms or suites.
The Tiger Room at Morehead Manor
The Magnolia Suite at Morehead Manor

Monica and Daniel are happy to recommend the hot shopping spots based upon their guests' particular interests.  To learn more about the Durham, North Carolina area, enjoy watching the YouTube video below. 

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Durham Athletics 15 Sep 2014, 7:06 pm

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is located in Durham, North Carolina.  With multiple world-renowned sports teams, it is no wonder that Durham is called the "City of Champions." Experience the smell of victory whether you are on the court, in the field, on the bleachers, or in the stands.

      

In 1988, the movie called Bull Durham, starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, was filmed on location at the Historic Durham Athletic Park (the former home of the Durham Bulls Baseball team). Considered one of the greatest sports movies of all time, by sources like ESPN and The American Film Institute, it shows off the historic site built as El Toro Park in 1926. The Historic Durham Athletic Park is now home to festivals, special events, and amateur baseball games each year. Situated in the Central Park district, it's only a short walk from the heart of downtown to the site of Durham and cinema history.



After the Durham Bulls Athletic Park underwent a $20 million facelift in the 2013 off-season, the freshly removed park now seats 10,000 fans.  The Durham Bulls Athletic Park welcomed more fans in 2014 than any other season in franchise's 112-year history.  "This record is first and foremost a testament to the most amazing fans in Minor League Baseball," said General Manager Mike Birling. "To be able to continue to grow the Durham Bulls brand over a century into our existence says so much about our fans. We are also incredibly proud of our staff, sponsors, and community partners, for helping to make 2014 a historic season that none of us will forget."



Duke University Football started their season 3-0 for the first time in twenty years!  Head Coach David Cutcliffe was named the 2013 National Coach of the Year by The Walter Camp Foundation after guiding the Blue Devils to a  10-2 record including the ACC's Coastal Division Championship.  This is Coach Cutliffe's seventh year at Duke in his distinguished football coaching career he mentored Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.

 2014 Scheduled Durham Home Games Still To Play This Fall:
 Sat. Sept. 20    Duke vs. Tulane
 Sat. Oct. 18     Duke vs. Virginia
 Sat. Nov. 15    Duke vs. Virginia Tech
 Thurs.Nov. 20  Duke vs. North Carolina
 Sat. Nov. 29    Duke vs. Wake Forest

Freshman Rookie Shaun Wilson Carries Duke to 41-3 Victory over Kansas Sat. Sept. 13, 2014


Legendary Coach "K" or Mike Krzyzewski (pronounced Sha-Shef-Skee) will begin his 34th year at Duke as Head Basketball Coach.  This Hall of Fame Coach and 12-Time National Coach of the Year, has built a dynasty that few programs in the history of the game can match (just to name a few of his achievements):


  • Four National Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010)
  • Four Gold Medals as Head Coach of the USA Men's National Team
  • 957 Career Wins (the most in NCAA history)
  • 884 Victories at Duke, including 402 ACC wins
  • 82 NCAA Tournament Victories (first all-time)
November Duke Basketball Home Games:
Fri. Nov. 14    Duke vs. Presbyterian (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)
Sat. Nov. 15   Duke vs. Fairfield (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)
Wed. Nov. 26 Duke vs. Furman
Sun. Nov. 30   Duke vs. Army

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge kicks off the following Duke Basketball Home Games:
Mon. Dec. 15  Duke vs. Elon  (home)
Mon. Dec. 29  Duke vs. Toledo (home)
Wed. Dec. 31  Duke vs. Wofford (home)
Sat. Jan. 03      Duke vs. Boston College (home)
Sun. Jan. 11     Duke vs. NC State (away, but in nearby Raleigh)
Tues. Jan. 13   Duke vs. Miami (home)
Mon. Jan. 19   Duke vs. Pitt (home)
Wed. Feb. 04  Duke vs. Georgia Tech (home)
Sat. Feb. 07    Duke vs. Notre Dame (home)
Wed. Feb. 18  Duke vs. North Carolina (home)
Sat. Feb. 21    Duke vs. Clemson (home)
Sat. Feb. 28    Duke vs. Syracuse (home)
Wed. Mar. 04 Duke vs. Wake Forest (home)

The last Duke game before the ACC tournament is against North Carolina at their campus in Chapel Hill.  


North Carolina Central University is also located in Durham, NC.  Innkeeper Monica Edwards earned her MBA degree at this major university.  NCCU has a new football coach this year. Their home game win on September 6 against Elizabeth City State University (34-7), inside O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, is the first in the coaching era of new NCCU head coach Jerry Mack. He was presented with the game ball and was drenched with the contents of a water cooler during a post-game celebration.  Player Andre Clark bulled his way to three rushing touchdowns and a hard-hitting Eagle defense held back their opponents. 

NCCU College Football Home Games:
Sat. Oct. 04  NCCU vs. Howard University
Sat. Oct. 25 NCCU vs. Savannah State University
Sat. Nov. 08 NCCU vs. Hampton University
Sat. Nov. 22 NCCU vs. North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Central University's McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium 
Home to the NCCU Eagles--2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Champions

If you are looking for exciting sports games, then Durham, NC is the place to be. Innkeepers Monica and Daniel Edwards look forward to hosting you in their lovely Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast home. Click for online reservations.  Monica and Daniel enjoy meeting new people and being ambassadors to the great city of Durham.   

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) 3 Sep 2014, 11:01 am

Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
Morehead Manor of Durham, NC, a premier bed and breakfast, is pleased to be near such wonderful entertainment venues.  We are within walking distance to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC).  We are a Colonial Revival Style home with luxurious linens and bedding, plush microfiber robes, and free wireless high-speed internet.  Our guests delight in our tasty full home-cooked breakfasts.   We are conveniently located near the Raleigh-Durham airport (RDU), Research Triangle Park (RTP), and Downtown Raleigh. 

We would like to promote some of the upcoming performances at the DPAC: 
Dirty Dancing Sept. 16-21, 2014
The Record-Breaking Phenomenon Seen by Millions Around the Globe

The classic story (originally a movie starring Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze) has been adapted into an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."

Act I: 58 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes
Act 2: 60 minutes

Phantom of the Opera Oct. 8-19, 2014

Phenomenal New Production and Brand New North American Tour

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to DPAC as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

The Temptations and The Four Tops on Sept. 26, 2014

***SOLD OUT—perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who got tickets!***
Two Legendary Motown Hit-Makers
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Temptations and The Four Tops return to DPAC Friday, September 26, 2014. 
The Temptations
For more than forty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It was not until 1964, however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced "The Way You Do the Things You Do" turned the guys into stars.  An avalanche of hits followed, many of which ("My Girl," for instance) have attained immortality. "

The Four Tops
The Four Tops were constantly producing songs about love, happiness and romantic heartbreak in the quintessential Detroit sound/Motown tradition. No other popular quartet associated with the American 60s sound has succeeded in remaining as fresh, joyful, lively and timely. The Four Tops' list of top 10 hits, many of them gold records and No. 1 chart toppers, include "Baby, I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," "It's the Same Old Song," and  "Reach Out I'll Be There." They have recorded 35 albums during their illustrious career.

Bill Cosby and Comedy Central Present “Far From Finished” on Oct. 25, 2014
***SOLD OUT—maybe you were able to get some tickets in time!***
America's Favorite Comedian Returns
One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby is making a rare appearance at DPAC on Saturday, October 25 in his new Comedy Central “Far From Finished Tour.” Among his many awards for his stand-up comedy albums are five Grammy Awards®, eight Gold and five Platinum records.  Perhaps Cosby’s greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture is The Cosby Show, about a close-knit, upper class black family. Cosby said his intent was to portray an American family. The Cosby Show dominated the No. 1 spot for years, earning nearly unanimous critical praise. 

Owners and Innkeepers Daniel and Monica Edwards extend the warmest hospitality to their guests.  In fact, they host guests from all over the world.  Their bed and breakfast guests become their friends and return as visitors as well as recommend Morehead Manor to their own friends and family. Daniel and Monica encourage guests to enjoy the Durham community while they visit and watch a live performance at DPAC.  Event tickets (that are not sold out) can be purchased by visiting the Durham Performing Arts Center website.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

Taste the Event 2014 - April 23-27, 2014 8 Apr 2014, 7:00 am




Ever wondered what it would be like to be in "Foodie" Heaven?  This inaugural event presented by The Durham Magazine promises to grant you that pleasure.  Taste The Event 2014 is a five day festival that will include food and beverage events showcasing local food culture and culinary traditions which distinguish Durham and Chapel Hill as a center of culinary excellence.

The festival kicks off in Chapel Hill on Wednesday evening with a Reception event at TOPO, the south's only certified organic fully local distillery.  Here you will not only get to sample local spirits and small plates, you'll also get to tour the state-of-the-art distillery and meet local food writers.  Next up is the Grand TASTE Experience at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) on Thursday evening, continuing through Sunday the festival has various scheduled events in Durham and Chapel Hill.

The Taste festival will highlight area chefs, restaurants, bakers, food artisans, wine vendors, brewers, and farmers.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  This will be an annual event that you don't want to miss.

Festival Events:

Date:           April 23, 5-7 p.m.
Event:         Opening Cocktail and Hors D'oeuvres Reception
Location:     TOPO Distillery
                    505 W Franklin Street
                    Chapel Hill, NC

Date:           April 24, 6-9 p.m.
Event:         The TASTE Experience
Location:    Durham Performing Art Center
                    123 Vivian Street
                    Durham, NC    

Date:          April 25, 9:30-11 p.m.
Event:         Drink & Dessert Reception
Location:    The Piedmont Restaurant
                    401 Foster Street
                    Durham, NC

Date:           April 25, 6:30-9 p.m.
Event:         Taste of Italy Wine Dinner
Location:     Il Palio Ristorante at the Sienna Hotel
                     1505 E. Franklin Street
                     Chapel Hill, NC  27514

Date:           April 26, 6:30-09 p.m.
Event:         Master vs. Master Wine Dinner
Location:    The Black House
                    5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
                    Durham, NC

Date:           April 26, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Event:         Shop,  Cook & Taste
Location:    The Durham Farmer's Market
                    501 Foster Street
                    Durham, NC

Date:           April 27, 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
Event:         Gospel Brunch
Location:    Old Well Room at The Carolina Inn
                    211 Pittsboro Street
                    Chapel Hill, NC

Date:           April 27, 4-7 p.m.
Event:         Bluegrass, Blues and BBQ Dinner
Location:    The Weathervane Restaurant at Southern Seasons
                    201 S Estes Dr
                    Chapel Hill, NC

For tickets and more information about the individual events listed above please click here.

Guests staying at Morehead Manor can walk to the events at the DPAC, The Piedmont Restaurant and the Durham Farmer's Market.  Other events in southern Durham & Chapel Hill are no more than 6-12 miles from the inn.

Memoir Writing a Workshop at Morehead Manor 7 Dec 2012, 12:17 pm

Memoir:Writing

Sharing, Growing, Healing, Changing 

This interactive memoir workshop will focus on using the creative form of writing as a method to share, grow, heal, and change.  This workshop will help you identify the best structure of your project and give you various techniques to tell your story; it is open to all writers regardless of writing experience, who are wrestling with how to get the project started or dealing with wanting better ways to voice your life story through writing.

Author Patrice Gaines will lead this workshop.  Ms. Gaines’s memoir “Laughing in the Dark”has sold thousands of copies and made her a popular motivational speaker, coach and advocate.  Ms. Gaines spent 16 years working for the Washington Post.

The cost of the workshop is $225.  This price includes:                                         
  •  Friday (evening) – Welcome Reception, Book Reading  and Signing with Ms. Gaines
  • Saturday  (all day) – The Workshop – Memoir: Writing to Heal, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner
  •  Sunday (morning) – Breakfast

As an option, participants may bring any journaling or works in progress. 
If available, these will be used in exercises throughout the workshop. 

Ms. Gaines will be available on Sunday afternoon to critique any works.  These works must be typed and double spaced, limited to 10 pages and submitted NO later than noon on January 14, 2013.  The fee for critique session is $25 per piece.  Ms. Gaines will meet with you to handle your consultations in half hour increments beginning at noon on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

For out of town participants requiring accommodations, a limited number of rooms are available.  The total cost based on single occupancy for above and accommodations on Friday and Saturday is $535.  For double occupancy, please add $50 nightly.

Payment arrangements are available.  A deposit of one half is due at the time of booking.  This fee is non-refundable after December 31, 2012.

For further information or to book your spot, please call 919 687 4366 or e-Mail bmyguest@moreheadmanor.com.

Reserve your place in this workshop today as space is limited.