Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

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

Local Durham, NC Favorites 22 Jul 2015, 3:50 pm

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is pleased to promote the best of what Durham offers.  The Durham Visitors Bureau compiled a local "best of" list from sources like Durham's daily newspaper, The Herald-Sun, and the weekly newspaper, Indy Week.

Best After Work Scene and Outdoor Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
  • Durham Bulls Athletic Park is located at 409 Blackwell Street in Durham
  • The Durham Bulls are the #1 Minor League Team in America
  • Baseball season is April through September 
  • Best Minor League Ball Park in America 
Best Cocktail and Bartender in Durham County: Shannon Healy from Alley 26
  • Alley 26 is located at 320 East Chapel Hill Street in Downtown Durham
  • Open daily from 4 pm to 2 am
  • Also serves premium wines and beers, artisan cheeses, and cured meats 

Best Draft Beer Selection: Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom
  • Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom located at 324 Blackwell Street in Durham
  • Open daily 11 am to 2 am
  • Food includes appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and much more!

Best Live Entertainment and Bloody Mary: Motorco Music Hall
  • Motorco Music Hall is located at 723 Rigsbee Ave in Durham, NC
  • Parts & Labor serves food every night until midnight or until 2 am on weekends
  • GarageBar and Rigsbee Patio always open to the public
  • Variety of shows including live music, comedy, and films
  • Some private events like meetings, parties, and weddings

Best Live Theater Venue: Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
  • DPAC is located at 123 Vivian Street in Durham (within walking distance from Morehead Manor)
  • DPAC Events and Tickets
  • Rated the second best Theater Venue in the United States  
  • Award-winning performers and Broadway performances

Best Local Brewery and Neighborhood Bar in Durham County: Fullsteam Brewery
  • Fullstream Brewery is located at 726 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham
  • Plow-to-pint beer from the South
  • All are welcome; dog friendly

Best Margarita: Dos Perros
  • Dos Perros is located at 200 N. Mangum Street in Durham
  • Dinner Sun. through Thurs. 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Dinner Fri. and Sat. 5 pm to 11 pm
  • Full menu including desserts like Tres Leches (a Mexican-style three milk cake with fresh mango puree)
Best Open Mic: The Pinhook
  • The Pinhook is located at 117 W. Main Street in Durham
  • Hours: Mon. through Sat. 5 pm to 2 am
  • Hours: Sunday 5 pm to 12 pm
  • You are welcome to bring in food and your dog 
Best Place to Hear Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, or Blues: The Blue Note Grill
  • The Blue Note Grill is located at 709 Washington Street in Durham
  • Full menu Tues. to Sat. until 10 pm
  • Live music every night
Best Place to Shoot Pool: The Green Room
  • The Green Room is located at 1108 Broad Street in Durham
  • Open daily 5 pm to 2 am
  • Offers pool, shuffleboard, and darts
  • Serves over 100 varieties of micro-brews, domestics, and imports
Best Sports Bar: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
  • The Tobacco Road Sports Cafe is located at 280 S. Mangum Street in Durham
  • Open Sun. through Thurs. 11 am to 12 am
  • Open Fri. and Sat. 11 am to 2 am
  • Goal to deliver fresh, local, and delicious food; exceptional service; and infinite sports viewing 
 Best Theatre to See a Blockbuster Movie: AMC Southpoint 17
  • AMC Southpoint 17 is located at The Streets at Southpoint on 8030 Renaissance Parkway in Durham, NC
  •  17 theatre screens with stadium seating; disabled seating available 
Best Theatre to See an Independent Film: Carolina Theatre
  • Carolina Theatre is located at 309 West Morgan Street in Durham
  • Each year presents over 60 concerts, daily film and film festivals 
Best Trivia Night: Bull McCabe's Irish Pub
  • Bull McCabe's Irish Pub is located at 427 W Main Street in Durham
  • Open 11 am to 2 am, 7 days a week
Daniel and Monica Edwards welcome you to stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast while you enjoy visiting "the best" of Durham!

Durham Dining Delights 5 Jul 2015, 1:33 pm

Durham dining delights! Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is proud to be located in Durham, "The Tastiest Town in the South" according to Southern Living in 2013.  Guests of our local bed and breakfast can savor farm fresh and delicious local cuisine near to our award-winning inn.
Basan has a menu which features modern Japanese appetizers, entrees, and a wide variety of specialty rolls as well as an extensive sake selection that are all inspired by the West Coast style of modern Japanese cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere.

According to Southern Living Magazine, Bull City Burger and Brewery, "takes its locally sourced agenda seriously."  Almost everything served here comes from within a 75-mile radius.  Beef is pasture-raised with no added hormones or anitbiotics.  The brewery part takes place right on the premises with the brew tanks visible from the dining room.  Eight of the resulting brews are available on tap, and rotate seasonally.

Dame's Chicken and Waffles is Southern comfort food.  According to Oxford American, Dames does it with, "perfectly fried chicken."  Southern Living loves their "tender fluffy waffles."  Dame's uses various kinds of waffles (from classic to gingerbread to blueberry) and a flavored shmear (a kind of buttery spread).

Mateo Bar de Tapas was opened by Chef Matthew Kelly who is also the executive chef at local Durham French Bistro, Vin Rouge.  This restaurant blends Spanish flavors with traditional Southern ingredients and dishes into a rotating menu of marvelous food.

The Parlour opened originally as a modifed, pink-painted mini-school bus and they added their brick and mortar location in 2013.  Serves handmade ice cream sourced from local farmers whenever possible and often what they serve is related to what is in season. Guests enjoy unique flavors like orange spice cake and girl scout mint.  The New York Times praised them saying, "Their ice cream sandwiches made with soft chocolate chip cookies and hand-made salted butter caramel ice cream are superb."

Revolution serves seasonal contemporary global cuisine to Downtown Durham.  Chef Jim Arise's menu features both small plates and entree-sized portions, offers a special tasting menu, allows diners to create their own dining experience, and offers fifty bar options under fifty dollars.

Toast is a paninoteca, which is an authentic Italian sandwich shop modeled after those found in the towns and cities of Italy.  Inspired by the Italian tradition of simple cooking using seasonal, local ingredients paired with cured meats and cheeses from Italy.  Toast creates sandwiches, soups, and salads.  The New York Times raved about Toast for its, "cheerful turquoise walls and prompt, friendly service."  While Food and Wine celebrated its, "inventive crostini."

Metro magazine noted that Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, "serves more than your standard bar food. Menu includes crab cakes, lettuce wraps, Cajun po'boy, and more."  Thrillist named this a must hit sports bar before a Duke-UNC game.  They recommend having their fried catfish while sitting on their patio which overlooks the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the iconic left field bull.

Each morning, guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham receive a delicious, complimentary gourmet breakfast.   We (Monica and Daniel) look forward to your Bull City visit and your stay at our luxurious bed and breakfast.

The Durham Farmers Market 23 Jun 2015, 10:41 am


The Durham Farmers' Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, artisanal cheeses and breads, home-baked pies, honey, handmade chocolates, preserves, local wines, hand-made soaps, pottery, jewelry and artwork of all sorts.

The Durham Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday morning at Durham Central Park located at 501 Foster Street in Durham.  The Durham Farmers Market is a producer-only market featuring the produce and wares of more than 50 vendors, all of whom are located within 70 miles of the market. Call 919-667-3099  for any questions.

Durham Farmers' Market Hours:
From April to November, Saturdays from 8am to Noon.
From December to March, Saturdays from 10am to Noon.
From May to September, Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.

There are a few local Durham farms that offer small tours.  Guests can select some of their delicious farm fresh food.

Directions to the Durham Farmers' Market from Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast:
Start out going SOUTH on VICKERS AVE toward MOREHEAD AVE (.02 miles)
Take the FIRST LEFT onto S DUKE STREET (.8 miles)

Elodie Farms, owned and operated by Dave Artigues, is located on 21 acres in the Carolina Piedmont.   The farm is named after Dave's mother Elodie. Dave started building the dairy in 2002, converting a tobacco barn. The farms sells goat cheese to the public at the Durham Farmers Market.

Many local restaurants and specialty stores serve the cheese, which is known for its quality and variety. In 2006, Elodie Farms introduced Dinners on the Porch, inviting local chefs to create meals that feature their cheeses.

Elodie Farms is located at 9522 Hampton Road in Rougemont, NC.  
Call (919) 479-4606 for questions.

Directions to the Farm from I-85:
Take the DUKE ST / US-501 N exit- EXIT 176B- toward ROXBORO.
Stay STRAIGHT on US-501 N / N DUKE ST for 9.3 miles
Turn RIGHT onto BAHAMA RD. for 4.2 miles. You will cross over Lake Michie.
Turn RIGHT onto HALL RD. for 1.4 miles
End at 9522 Hampton Rd.
Elodie Farms is across the street from the stop sign.

Directions to the Farm from Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast:
Start out going SOUTH on VICKERS AVE toward MOREHEAD AVE (.02 miles)
Take the FIRST LEFT onto MOREHEAD AVE (.2 miles)
Take the  FIRST LEFT onto S DUKE STREET (4.5 miles)
S DUKE STREET becomes US-501 N (6.9 miles)
Turn RIGHT onto BAHAMA ROAD (4.2 miles)
Turn RIGHT onto HALL ROAD (portions unpaved) (1.5 miles)
Turn RIGHT onto HAMPTON ROAD (portions unpaved) (.05 miles)

Herndon Hills Farm is a small, sustainable family farm growing blueberries and blackberries
as well as ten varieties of muscadine and scuppernong grapes in September.
They are just a few miles from the Research Triangle Park.
All their crops are pick-your-own.

In the summer they are open for picking delicious blueberries and blackberries!
Their berries are grown using only natural methods. They are in transition to certified organic.

Their hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays 7 a.m. - 12 noon.
Blueberries are $3/lb. Blackberries are $4/lb.
There is a minimum charge of $3 per person or $5 per family.

Their farm is their home so they can only accommodate individuals and families, not groups.
For a daily update, please call (919) 544-3313 or their Facebook page.

Directions to the Herndon Hills Farm from I-40:
Take the Fayetteville Road exit (Exit 276) and go south.
Take the first left on Herndon Road. Go 1/2 mile.
Take a right on Barbee Road.
Go 1/4 mile to farm on right.

In addition to having fresh blueberries, Snikroc Farm offers soft-serve ice cream on summer
evenings.  They are located at 5220 Wake Forest Road in Durham, NC.

Directions from Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast:
Start out going SOUTH on VICKERS AVE toward MOREHEAD AVE. (.02 miles)
Take the FIRST LEFT onto MOREHEAD AVE. (.2 miles)
MOREHEAD AVE becomes S SERVICE ROAD W (.4 miles)
TURN LEFT onto S ROXBORO STREET/US-15 BUS N/US 501 Business (.5 miles)
TURN RIGHT ontoo HOLLOWAY STREET/US 70 BUS E/NC-98 (6.2 miles)
Continue to FOLLOW NC-98.
5220 WAKE FOREST ROAD is on the RIGHT.

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast uses only the freshest of ingredients when we prepare
our yummy gourmet breakfasts.  Durham is also home to award-winning restaurants as well as
food trucks.  In fact, Southern Living magazine named Durham the Tastiest Town in the South!

Morehead Manor of Durham on UNC TV 11 Jun 2015, 2:20 pm

Morehead Manor of Durham was featured on UNC TV with NC Weekend host Deborah Holt Noel. We are situated in the Historic Morehead Hill which was founded by people who worked at the tobacco companies. The Morehead Manor house was originally built by James Cobbs who was one of Durham's founding tobacco leaders.

The downstairs area of Morehead Manor is around 3500 square feet of mostly common area. There is a large collection of art throughout the bed and breakfast (including paintings and sculptures) that feature backs. Following a critical accident, Innkeeper Daniel Edwards gained a new appreciation for this body part that often holds everything together.

In addition to the indoor spaces, guests are welcome to stroll outside this late nineteenth century Colonial Revivalist Mansion. As part of the relaxation provided at Morehead Manor, we have a hammock out in the back garden as well as swings so our guests can come and relax with their lemonade, or if they bring their own wine, they are welcome to come and hang out.

In the rear garden we have a mannequin by the name of Crystal who is our staff psychologist. We tell our guests that she handles all the guest problems that we can't handle, and if you need to speak with someone in the highest of confidence, you can come out and speak to Crystal because she is guaranteed not to repeat what you say to her.

We enjoy providing a respite for our guests that come to Durham. In the video, guest Maxie Lee who resides in Norfolk, Virginia says that he is a North Carolinian. He has gotten to know the city of Durham much better since he has been traveling in and out of Morehead Manor. There is the universities, the arts, the great entertainment at DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center), and sports.

All of our guest rooms are located on the second floor. We do have five bedrooms with five baths. The Magnolia Suite is actually the largest guest room. It has a king size wooden canopy bed with lights in the headboard. There is also a separate sitting area.

The Jasmine Room is another room which faces the front. It was recently redone with nice turquoise and purple coloring. In the back side of Morehead Manor, we have the Tiger Room.  Being on the Western part of the house, this room gets the most afternoon sun and is a very bright room.

The Eagle's Inn Room was named after the North Carolina Central University mascot since of us are NCCU alumni. The feature of that room, other than the two queen size beds, is the sestarhower head which is the original seven-head shower that guests call the "human carwash." We joke that we hope this does not make our guests late for breakfast.

We (Monica and Daniel) enjoy being partners in crime and Daniel also is a crime fighter. Daniel says it is his duty to protect and serve the Durham community. He says that baking is fun and helps keep him balanced. One of the delicious things he bakes is his carrot coconut crush bars.

One of our signature breakfast dishes is our pecan stuffed croissants with homemade raspberry sauce. Breakfast is served in the Pecan Dining Room, a space that enjoys another of Daniel's artistic touches. We wanted an eating scene, so we were inspired by another picture that was of Café Du Monde in New Orleans. If you look real close you will read, "Innkeepers Daniel and Monica, established 1997" and our pledge to be "a place where elegance, excitement, and hospitality meet."

After breakfast, to help visitors get out and enjoy what Durham has to offer, taxi via bicycle cab is available. Guest Emma Scott from London, England says that what has been so interesting and enjoyable is the welcome reception and the hospitality which she thinks of as being Southern hospitality. She said that it has been absolutely delightful.

We bring you the comfort of home with special treatment and access to big-city attractions. The Morehead Manor is the getaway that's not too far away. Special thanks to host Deborah Holt Noel and the whole UNC TV team. Thank you for featuring us!

Durham Summer Entertainment 2015 6 Jun 2015, 8:37 am

Durhamsummer entertainment in 2015 means that our local Durham area is providing free entertainment in three different locations in the Bull City. This includes talented musicians, amazing performances, and even a romantic date night movie.


2015 City of Durham Rock the Park Movie and Concert Series
Durham Parks and Recreation is offering a summer series that includes concerts and movies in a beautiful setting - Durham's parks.

Sit back, relax and enjoy family and friends while grooving to music or watching a movie on a big screen. Activities are free and open to the public. Food vendors will be available.

Rain or Shine
In case of severe inclement weather, call the Special Events weather line at (919) 560-4636 and press #8 for the status of the event.

Concert Dates and Times

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Reggae Concert
Mickey Mills and Steel Band
Southern Boundaries Park, 100 Third Fork Dr.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 11, 2015            

Dwayne Jordan and Trio
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Date Night Movie

Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St.
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Blues Concert
Cool John Ferguson
Forrest Hill Park, 1639 University Dr.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Brightleaf SquareSummer Concert Line-Up

(Fridays 7 to 9 pm)


June 12 – D-Tour

June 19 – Will McBride Group

June 26 – Smile

July 10 – Jazziando

July 24 – Lester Fricks

July 31 – The Lids

August 7 – Craicdown

August 14 – Double Shot

August 21 – Capital Transit

August 28 – Infinity Road

September 4 – Johnny White & The Elite

September 11 – Crush

September 18 – Captain & The Keels

September 25 – Little Windows

905 West Main Street, Suite #24
Durham, NC 27701
(919)682-9229 phone
(919)688-1953 fax

Brightleaf Square is located at the corner of Main and Gregson Streets in Downtown Durham.

The Streets at Southpoint

Music on Main Concert Series

Follow your favorite performers on our Cinema Circle stage just outside Southpoint Cinema.

June 13 - Casablanca Orchestra

June 20 - Big Ron Hunter

June 27 - Emily Minor

July 4 - Bigtime Band

July 18 - Grasscats

July 25 - Party Nuts

6910 Fayetteville Road
Durham, North Carolina 27713
(919) 572-8808

The Tiger Room

Durhamvisitors are welcome to stay at our award-winning bed and breakfast called Morehead Manor.  We (Monica and Daniel) provide luxurious accommodations and a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning.  Enjoy Durham's summer entertainment while you visit The Bull City. 

Duke Lemur Center in Durham 26 May 2015, 7:57 pm

The Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs.  Did you know that, outside of Madagascar, lemurs are Earth’s most threatened group of mammals?

The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation, and public outreach. By engaging scientists, students, and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery.

Lemurs are native only to Madagascar, where they evolved in isolation from other primates. But luckily for Durham locals and visitors, you don’t have to travel to the Indian Ocean to find a lemur: just head to the Duke Lemur Center where there are 250 individuals from 21 different species.  

A non-invasive research, education, and conservation facility, Duke Lemur Center studies behavior, genomics, physiology, paleontology, and more. That means that not only can you tour the center to see lemurs up close in one of the tours offered by appointment, but you can also join a research session to see how the scientists teach lemurs, shadow a lemur keeper for a day, or even paint with lemurs!                           


WHAT: Lemurpalooza
WHEN: 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday, June 20th, 2015.
WHERE: Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Rd in Durham
Bring a blanket, join us for a picnic, and meet the lemurs in the Adopt-a-Lemur Program at the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) in Durham, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th. Your sponsorship will help us care for the lemurs at DLC and support the conservation work we do around the world.
NOSH, a wonderful supporter of the Duke Lemur Center, will be selling picnic style dinner at Lemurpalooza. They will be offering burgers, their famous brisket and portabella mushroom burgers for vegetarians or bring your own picnic basket. Come meet unique primates you can’t see anywhere else in the United States. 
This will be a special evening experience that allows families to stroll and view the animals at their own pace (usually a visit to the center must be a guided tour.) Keepers and education staff will be on hand to answer all questions about each animal up for adoption. Engaging educational activities will be provided for kids and kids at heart.
Community fun, gorgeous lemurs, and an opportunity to conserve the environment and endangered animals all add up to a perfect summer evening. With your tax-deductible donation, you’ll receive regular updates and photos on the animals of your choice. In 2012, lemurs were named the most endangered mammals on the planet.
The Duke Lemur Center has been caring and learning from lemurs for nearly 50 years. It is the world’s largest sanctuary for these animals outside of their native Madagascar. When you adopt a lemur, you not only help cover the $7,400 per year cost it takes to care for each animal, but also support our work in the United States, Madagascar, and around the world to study and save these endangered animals.
If you cannot attend their Lemurpalooza, you must make a reservation for a regularly scheduled tour to visit the Duke Lemur Center.  Call (919) 489-3364 ext.0 or (919) 401-7240 to make your reservation today! You must schedule a tour in order to visit, meaning they do not allow self-guided visits. You must be with a tour guide at all times.

All tours are by appointment only. Tours are conducted seven days a week.  Tours are paid for the day of by cash, check or any major credit card. Tours tend to book up 1-2 weeks in advance, longer for weekends during the spring and summer months. If you leave a voice message, please give our staff up to 48 hours to return your call.  According to the Duke Lemur Center, as of 4/1/15 weekday tours are booking 3 weeks in advance, weekends, one-two months. 

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is the perfect choice for your Durham lodging.  We (Monica and Edward) love hosting visitors from all over the world.  Our guests love our delicious gourmet breakfasts prepared fresh each morning.  No matter how near (or far) guests are to our luxurious Durham accommodations, they are always glad they visited Morehead Manor. 

American Dance Festival 2015 19 May 2015, 5:41 pm

The American Dance Festival of 2015 is happening near our Durham, North Carolina bed and breakfast.  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is pleased to be within walking distance to an award-winning performance venue like the Durham Performing Arts Center

Shen Wei Dance Arts is celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of producing dazzling works that draw on influences as varied as traditional Chinese culture and arts, European surrealism, American high modernism, and the ritual power of ancient drama. Map, restaged in 2014, now includes a stunning set design with seven immense balloons. Set to selections from Steve Reich’s The Desert MusicMap is a glorious exploration of movement possibilities.

UNTITLED #12-2 began in Miami at Art Basel where Shen Wei’s paintings provided the inspiration and environment for a dance piece for 12 dancers. The dancers’ movements brought them into abstract compositions that mirrored the paintings surrounding the dance. For The American Dance Festival, Shen Wei transfers this piece to the stage and expands it beyond the original Miami presentation. With lighting co-designed by Shen Wei and Christina Watanabe and video by Rocco DiSanti, UNTITLED #12-2 promises to be an extraordinary addition to his repertory.

Making its annual summer pilgrimage to The American Dance Festival, Pilobolus presents the ADF-commissioned world premiere of Thresh|Hold (2015). Created in collaboration with the Olivier Award-winning Venezuelan choreographer Javier de Frutos, Thresh|Hold is a physically daring quintet that takes us through the labyrinthine mind of a young woman as she confronts lost love. Fragmented memories burst back and forth through a moving door, catching us in an experience at once raging and tender, desolate and intimate. Fantasy, athleticism, strength, confinement, fetters, and escape are all at play in this tantalizing work.

Day Two (1981) evokes a tribal atmosphere on the second day of the creation of the world, from its earliest forms of life to the moment at which creatures of the earth take flight into the air. Set to a soundtrack from Brian Eno and Talking Heads, Day Two captures the awe of evolution and the wonder of existence.   Note: This performance contains nudity.

Acclaimed by critics for its exceptionally emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is one of the most authentic flamenco companies performing today, and Soledad Barrio is its star. Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca bring Antigona (2014), an evening-length flamenco interpretation of the text and themes in Sophocles’ tragedy, Antigone. The themes in the work include catharsis, issues of dictatorship, repression, loss, the strength of family, and female empowerment. Combining live music, song, and dance, the work promises to be both gripping and intensely moving for audiences.

Paul Taylor Dance Company will be back to present the classic work Esplanade (1975). Set to Bach and based on everyday movement: walking, running, jumping, and sliding, the dance remains as daringly exuberant and eloquent today as the day it premiered. Syzgy (1987), set to Donald York's abstract, pulsating score, is a virtuosic work that explodes with cartwheels, leaps, and meteoric spins.

Bill T. Jones with Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong and his company present Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, the first of three new evening-length works from Analogy: A Trilogy. The trilogy brings into light the different types of war we fight and, in particular, the war within ourselves.

Analogy/Dora: Tramontane is based on an oral history Jones conducted with 94-year old Dora Amelan, a French Jewish nurse and social worker. Amelan’s harrowing, touching, and inspirational story is broken into approximately twenty-five episodes that become the basis for choreography and songs. These episodes chronicle her early life in Belgium, her mother’s death as the Germans were marching into Belgium, and her experiences working at an underground Jewish organization in Vichy France’s internment camps, Gurs and Rivesaltes. This is a portrait of the ability to persevere and survive.

This American Life host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes and Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that, as Glass puts it, “have no business being together—dance and radio.” One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively, and very talky evening of dance and stories. “What makes it work,” says Glass, is a shared sensibility. As dancers, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words. This special event is for one night only.

Since its founding in 1986, Doug Varone and Dancers has commanded attention for its expansive vision, versatility, and technical prowess. From the smallest gesture to full-throttle bursts of movement, Varone’s work can take your breath away. In ReComposed (2015), co-commissioned by The American Dance Festival and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, he creates a dance inspired by American abstract artist Joan Mitchell’s pastel drawings. Mitchell used gestural, sometimes violent brush-work, and described her paintings as “an organism that turns in space.” With lighting design by Robert Wierzel, Varone’s work hauntingly echoes Mitchell’s explosions on canvas. “In each of us is a storyteller, creating tales filled with the memories of our lives,” said Varone of his solo, The Fabulist, commissioned by ADF and premiered to great acclaim in 2014.

Our luxurious Durham bed and breakfast is the perfect place to stay when you see these amazing American Dance Festival live performances at the nearby Durham Performing Arts Center. We (Monica and Daniel) love hosting guests from all over the world and each morning treating them to our delicious gourmet breakfasts. 

Durham Biking, Golfing, and Riding 26 Apr 2015, 3:13 pm

In Durham, North Carolina, this is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities like biking the Bull City, relaxing on the green, and horseback riding in style.  Many people go on vacation to actively pursue their hobbies. Whether you want to go biking, golfing, or horseback riding, Durham is a beautiful place to do it in.

Did you know that many areas of Durham are easily accessible by bike?  Given the tight urban core of the city and the compact nature of the county, sometimes two wheels are greater than four. 
  • Get from Duke University's West Campus to the Golden Belt arts complex on the east side of Downtown Durham in less than thirty minutes at a leisurely pace
  • Cruise around Downtown Durham, Duke, and North Carolina Central University campuses as well as Ninth Street District and the historic Forest Hills neighborhood to get a glimpse of Durham's architecture and enjoy the shade of hundred-year-old oaks that line many city streets
Do you want to take a swing at one of Durham's three public golf courses? 
Are you ready to get back in the saddle?  Have an equine adventure in Durham.  There are a half-dozen farms that offer lessons, trail rides, and competitions for both novice riders and horse enthusiasts.  The places are all within a thirty-minute drive of Downtown Durham:
Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is a great haven for relaxation, especially after participating in these fun local Durham activities. Each morning we fuel our guests with a delicious, hearty, gourmet breakfast. 

As the number one black-owned bed and breakfast in America, according to Black Enterprise Magazine, we (Monica and Daniel) love visiting with guests from all different backgrounds and from all over the world.  With so many things to do and see in Durham, we look forward to hosting you as our guests. 

20th Anniversary Durham Bulls Athletic Park 19 Apr 2015, 8:09 am

Thanks to the hit movie Bull Durham, the Durham Bulls are the most recognized name in minor league baseball.  Since 1902, the Durham Bulls have helped to develop the Triangle community.  Playing 144 games each season, the team is a member of the International League and the Triple-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.  Overlooking historic Downtown Durham, the Bulls play in a stadium designed by the architects of Camden Yards.

The Bulls have provided affordable sports entertainment in Durham for over a century and continue to do so. Winning its first championship in 1917 as a member of the North Carolina State League, the team has since won twelve more, including four League Championships and a National Title since its transition to Triple-A in 1998.  Many famous Major League players have worn the Bulls jersey, including Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, Andrew Jones, Bob Boone, Carl Crawford, Chipper Jones, David Justice, David Price, Evan Longoria, Greg Luzinski, Ron Grant, and Wil Myers. 

In addition to its significant baseball achievements on the field, the minor-league Durham Bulls play a major role in the community with programs like the Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League and Bully Busters Anti-Bullying school assemblies.  Civic organizations volunteer at ballpark concession stands to raise money for their organizations.  Team mascot, Wool E. Bull, makes over 2500 appearances in the community each year.  The team donates thousands of tickets each season to charitable events. 

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park celebrates its twentieth anniversary and its ten thousand seat stadium in Downtown Durham is known for sporting a grand-slam ballpark experience.  With twenty million dollars spent in renovations like added improved seating areas, more comfortable seats, and new video signs.  The Bulls have also created a new hospitality group manage the food and beverage options in the stadium.   The goal is to focus on giving visitors a taste of Durham during the game. 

The Durham Bulls' schedule starts with 10 home games in April and continues into early September, giving eager fans plenty of time to see them in action. Throughout the season, promotional events add to the excitement. The special events include:

  • April 23: Game of Thrones night
  • May 16: Star Wars night with themed jerseys and costumed characters
  • May 31: Birthday party for Wool E. Bull
  • June 18: ‘90s night
  • May 6, June 3, August 12: Bark in the Park, when you can bring your dog to the game
  • $1 concessions nights throughout season

Guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast like to attend the local games of the Durham Bulls baseball team.  Whether you are a sports fan or not, we (Monica and Daniel) love stepping in to our kitchen and serving up plates full of gourmet breakfast deliciousness. We have many common areas for our guests to enjoy and our luxurious rooms give our guests a restful night's sleep.  We look forward to your Durham, North Carolina visit!

Durham Live: Swan Lake, Pippin, and Newsies 10 Apr 2015, 4:17 pm

The Durham Performing Arts Center consistently features a variety of talented performers.  On May 2nd and 3rd, this award-winning venue features the famous ballet production called Swan Lake. Throughout the centuries of classical ballet, no work more completely defines the art form than Swan Lake.

It tells the story of a princess who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse, the prince who falls in love with her, and the evil sorcerer’s daughter who lures the prince into being unfaithful. This epic story of love and longing soars to ethereal heights with Tchaikovsky’s immortal score. Artistic Director Robert Weiss uses the beautifully illustrated version of this story by Austrian artist and writer Lisbeth Zwerger as the template for his ballet.

Lilyan Vigo in Swan Lake, The Right Image Photography

Pippin is Broadway's high-flying, death-defying hit musical. Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats, and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. The Durham Performing Arts Center shows are from Tuesday May 12 though Sunday May 17.

This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza”, it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience Pippin, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.  Direct from an acclaimed run at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, this captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess).

Pippin features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces. Pippin is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”  Experience a magical, musical, and unforgettable new Pippin.

The CBS Morning Show shares the transformational changes as well as returning characters!

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “A musical worth singing about!” (The New York Times) Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.

Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are.

Newsies was brought to the stage by an award-winning creative team. It features a score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Big River).

Newsies live performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center happen Tuesday June 2 through Sunday June 7.  Musical theatre at its best.  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance to all three of these live productions.  We (Monica and Daniel) are pleased to host guests by providing a place where elegance, excitement, and hospitality meet.