Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

914 Vickers Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27701
Innkeeper(s): Monica and Daniel Edwards
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Durham Holiday Performances 25 Nov 2014, 10:23 pm

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is so proud of our local Durham area.  We have so many holiday performances and events available for our guests to see.  We have included just some of the many wonderful concerts and holiday events happening from now until the end of the year.

Anthony Hamilton: Home For The Holidays
Dec 3 at 7:30 pm
$45+ (919) 363-2900 Tickets

Anthony Hamilton returns to the Durham Performing Arts Center in his "Home for the Holidays" tour featuring classics from his new Christmas album (out Oct. 21) and hits. His previous appearance at DPAC in June 2013 sold out.

The Grammy Award®-winner's arresting voice recently provided the perfect accompaniment to Jill Scott's earthy vocals on the captivating duet "So In Love." Their dynamic pairing also set a record:18 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Urban Adult Contemporary chart,tying Maxwell for the most consecutive weeks atop the tally. The single, in turn, helped propel Scott's album “The Light of the Sun” to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 and Top R and B and Hip-Hop Albums.

American Tobacco Tower Lighting
American Tobacco Amphitheatre Dec. 5 at 6 pm
300 Blackwell Street, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham, NC 27701
Free to attend (919) 433-1566

Christmas by Candlelight
Friday Dec. 5 and Dec. 12
Duke Homestead State Historic Site2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Doors open at 6:45 pmFamily: Tickets $6.00 Adults and $3.00 Kids (10 and under)
(919) 477-5498

Experience a historical North Carolina holiday season with Duke Homestead! Take an evening and join us as we celebrate Christmas by Candlelight. Costumed interpreters will lead you on a candlelit tour through the historic area festooned with period decorations as we celebrate Christmas in the 1870's.

Enjoy the live music and historic dancing in the Third Factory, then move through to the Duke's Historic Home where you will be welcomed with Christmas carols, storytelling, hot apple cider, and other holiday goodies.

Durham Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops
December 05, 2014 at 7 pm at the Durham Armory
212 Foster St, Downtown Durham, I-85 Exit 177, Durham, NC 27701
Tickets (919) 491-6576
William Henry Curry, Conductor
Special Guest:  Hillandale Children’s Chorus, Dena Byers, conductorHolcombe

Join them for one of Durham’s most honored traditions celebrating friendship, goodwill, and holiday sounds of the season!


Kenny G 2014 Holiday Show
December 7, 2014 at 7 pmDurham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701Tickets $39+  (919) 680-2787

In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has solidified his reputation as a premier artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.

Kenny G has worked with other big-name stars, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole. During his long career, he has also performed with Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach and Frank Sinatra.

His 1992 release, Breathless, sold more than 8 million copies in the United States alone and became the top-selling instrumental album in history. Two years later, Kenny G hit stores with his first holiday album, Miracles, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

In 1993, Kenny G was awarded a Grammy® for Best Instrumental Composition for the single "Forever in Love”. In 2010, Kenny G teamed up with Robin Thicke and Babyface for the R&B–driven album Heart and Soul and his most recent Namaste (2012) with Rahul Sharma.

Nnenna Freelon and John Brown Big Band Christmas
Dec. 7, 2014 at 7 pm
Carolina Theatre309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham, I-85 Exit 177, Durham, NC 27701
Tickets  (919) 560-3030

Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon is hailed as the "international voice of Jazz." She received a standing ovation from 20,000 in her star-making a cappella appearance on the Grammy Awards telecast! She has shared the stage or recordings with Jessye Norman, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Take 6, Al Jarreau, the Count Basie Orchestra and more!

Bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and currently resides in Durham, NC. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John currently serves as Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University.

He has been performing professionally since his teens and has performed with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, and Nell Carter as well as giving regular performances as a substitute with the North Carolina Symphony since 1992.

A Christmas Carol
From December 18, 2014 - December 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
Durham Performing Arts Center123 Vivian St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm.Tickets $25+ (919) 680-2787

This hit musical comedy adaptation is now celebrating its 40th anniversary and has been has been cited as “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history” and voted one of “the top 20 events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society!

One of the Triangle’s most beloved Christmas traditions will once again be featured at the Durham Performing Arts Center this December for five shows only. Ira David Wood III’s hit musical comedy adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.  Theatre In The Park's original musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol, based on the book by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage by Ira David Wood III.

Daniel and Monica Edwards look forward to hosting you as guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. With an ideal location in Durham, Morehead Manor is close to all of these fantastic and fun holiday performances and events.  Enjoy a deluxe gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay.  Out-of-town guests visiting with local family members for the holidays can lodge with us.  We have enough space! Make your December a memorable one when stay at the lovely Morehead Manor.

Bull City Jazz 18 Nov 2014, 7:00 am

Durham has a growing local music scene and is an up and coming destination for jazz music.  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is proud to be located in The Bull City where there is so much great live jazz music.

In 2011, Merge Records added a Grammy to their illustrious list of music when one of their artists, Arcade Fire, won album of the year, sealing a legacy of critically adored music from the Durham label, which turns twenty-five this year.

But Merge, including their Durham-based artists like the Mountain Goats and Mount Moriah, is only one part of a musically inclined culture that permeates Durham.  Perhaps the most famous Durham jazz musican is the legendary Branford Marsalis (see his YouTube video below).

Other local Durham musicians include:
  • Shirley Caesar, a Gospel singer with eleven Grammy awards to her name
  • Rapper 9th Wonder, another Grammy winner who has produced songs for Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, and Mary J. Blige
  • The six-time Grammy-nominated Nnenna Freelon.  In her Lowdown Interview (with Tracey and Matthew shown below) published on YouTube October 6, 2014, Nnenna revealed that, "I bloomed right here in Durham" and "I found here in Durham everything I needed to develop the skill set."

One of the most exciting Durham jazz developments is The Art of Cool Project, an organization that has been key in hosting frequent concerts and educational programs around The Bull City.  The group also teamed up with North Carolina Central University to revamp the annual jazz festival hosted by the school since 1990.  The new Art of Cool Festival took place this past year on April 25-26, with twenty performances at eight indoor and outdoor locations.  

North Carolina Central University also has a choir, a Jazz Ensemble, and a Jazz Vocal Ensemble that delight audiences with jazz arrangements.  Both ensembles have performed at the White House.

To see live jazz music right here in Durham check out The Blue Note Grill  which was voted "Best Place to See Jazz or Blues" in the Triangle area by local readers of the Indy Week.  Finalists included other Durham venues like Beyu Caffe and Papa Mojo's Roadhouse.

Other great Durham music locations include MotorcoPinhook, and Duke Coffeehouse to see live music when you stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. When asked, hosts Daniel and Monica Edwards gladly let their guests know all the hot spots in the city.  The city of Durham has it all:

Not to mention, guests will enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning.  Daniel and Monica offer their charming and friendly Southern hospitality.  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast has plush accommodations and is located in the heart of Durham--the ideal place for a vacation!

Durham Sports Achievements 11 Nov 2014, 12:00 am

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is proud to be located in Durham, NC.  Otherwise known as the Bull City, Durham has excellent sports teams.  Did you know that our Durham Bulls are the recipients of the 41st annual John H. Johnson President's Award? They will receive Minor League Baseball's top honor in the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet on Sunday, December 8 in San Diego, CA.

The Durham Bulls oversaw a $20 million renovation to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park prior to the 2014 baseball season. The 2014 season may have been the most historic campaign in the 112-year history of the Durham Bulls as the organization witnessed a single-season paid attendance record (one game drew a record-setting 533,033 fans), newly renovated ball park, All-Star Game, and an International League South Division Championship. Congratulations Durham Bulls!

The Duke University Blue Devils Football team recently learned that it is Bowl Eligible. With only one loss so far, they have three home games left to play in the regular season.
8/30   vs. Elon            (W) 52-13
9/6     vs. Troy            (W) 34-17
9/13   vs. Kansas        (W) 41-3
9/20   vs. Tulane         (W) 47-13
9/27   vs. Miami          (L)  22-10
10/11 vs. GA Tech     (W) 31-25
10/18 vs. Univ.of VA   (W) 20-13
11/1   vs. Pitt.             (W) 51-48 (double OT)
11/8   vs. Syracuse     (W) 27-10

Upcoming Duke Football Home Games:
11/15 vs. VA Tech 
11/20 vs. UNC
11/29 vs. Wake Forest

Duke Basketball Beats Missouri 87 to 47 in Exhibition Game Nov. 8, 2014

North Carolina Central University Eagles Football team has huge win over Hampton University (47-13) to cap off November's Homecoming 2014 on a high note.  Highlights shown in the video below.

Guests who stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast can relax and enjoy our amenities as well as get out and participate in a variety of activities:
Hosts Daniel and Monica Edwards invite guests to to Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. In addition to all that the city of Durham provides, this friendly couple offers delicious homemade gourmet breakfasts sure to satisfy the hungriest of people! Reserve one of Morehead Manor's comfortable rooms today!

Blog post written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Durham Performing Arts Center in November 4 Nov 2014, 5:42 pm

The city of Durham, North Carolina is known for attracting top performers.  Especially with the great talent presented on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center (pictured above). Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is pleased to let our guests know that we are within walking distance from this popular entertainment destination.

Her only stop in the Carolinas, Academy Award and Grammy winning artist Melissa Etheridge will be performing her greatest hits like "Come to My Window", "I'm The Only One", and "I Want To Come Over" as well as music from her new album, This is M.E.  As one of the biggest Heartland Rockers of All Time, concert goers should be prepared for a high voltage show with nonstop energy.

Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics, and riveting stage presence, Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs.  She performs on November 11 at 7:30 pm at the Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian Street, in Durham, NC.

So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2014 is in its ninth season and the Top 10 finalists are making their way across North American as part of the live tour.  Their thrilling performance happens on November 12 at 7:30 pm at the Durham Performing Arts Center. So You Think You Can Dance, the eleven-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning show that sparked America's fascination with dance, will captivate its live Durham audience on November 12 at 7:30 pm.

The Country for Kids Show at DPAC on November 15 at 7 pm features 4 Country Superstar Acts.  1 Night for the Kids, benefiting the North Carolina Children's Hospital. Featuring local favorite Jason Michael Carroll, hot new stars The Cadillac Three, Grammy and ACM Album of the Year Winner Kacey Musgraves, and platinum-selling duo Montgomery Gentry.  With a brief intermission between each act, its estimated length is 3.5 hours.  

7:00 pm Jason Michael Carroll
7:40 pm The Cadillac Three
8:25 pm Kacey Musgraves
9:30 pm Montgomery Gentry

Presented by 94.7 QDR, the proceeds will benefit the North Carolina Children's Hospital in the celebratory culmination of the thirteenth North Carolina Children's Promise Radiothon. The annual Radiothon is UNC Health Care's largest fundraising event each year, a day full of miraculous stories being broadcast live from the N.C. Children's Hospital by Curtis Media Group radio stations.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that's delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.  This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love--the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more.  Plus it has some surprising new twists!

Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved songs in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who's ever had a wish, a dream, or a really great pair of shoes! Performances happen from Tuesday November 18 through Sunday November 23.

Carolina Ballet's The Nutcracker had a great review from The News and Observer which stated the "gasps after each eye-popping illusion, the applause for the handsome new sets, and the rapt attention from all the children confirmed that the changes were worth it."  A total of five different performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center on the weekend of Friday November 28 through Sunday November 30.  

Imagine sitting inside The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) for one or more of these amazing performances. Even locals who live close to the DPAC, enjoy taking a relaxing getaway for two at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast.  Durham has everything, from art to theatre, sports to shopping, and history to gardens

In 2013, Southern Living Magazine named Durham, "The Tastiest Town of the South" with so many award-winning restaurants and food trucks in The Bull City.  Speaking of food, the gourmet homemade breakfasts served by Monica and Daniel Edwards are fresh and delicious every morning! Make your reservations today!

Durham is the "Tastiest Town in the South" 28 Oct 2014, 10:46 am

In 2013, Southern Living Magazine announced that Durham, over competitors like New Orleans and Charleston, had earned the title "Tastiest Town in the South," a distinction driven by the votes of thousands of dedicated fans.  From fine dining to innovative food trucks to ethnic establishments, over fifty of Durham's more than seven hundred restaurants receive attention and praise from national media.  

The Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau compiled local "Best of" lists from Durham's daily newspaper, The Herald-Sun, and the weekly newspaper, Indy Week, to put together a list of local restaurant favorites.

Best African Cuisine: The Palace International

Best Bakery: Guglhupf Artisan Bakery
Featured in The Daily Meal and The New York Times for its local, seasonal, and German cuisine.

Best Barista: Bean Traders

Best BBQ: The Original Q-Shack or The Pit Authentic BBQ

Best Beer & Draft Selection: Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom and The SpeakEasy
"Tyler's Taproom is a must," raved Metro News Canada.  Tyler's serves traditional pub fare like burgers and sandwiches and offer sixty craft and specialty beers on tap.

Best Biscuits: Rise Biscuits and Donuts
Tasting Table called the doughnuts a "worthy indulgence," and Food & Wine named Rise's biscuits among the "Best Biscuits in the US."

Best Burger: Bull City Burger and Brewery
Southern Living knows that "Bull City takes its locally sourced agenda seriously."  Almost everything is locally grown and made in house.

Best Business Lunch: Mez Contemporary Mexican

Best Caribbean or Cuban: Old Havana Sandwich Shop

Best Catering: Durham Catering Company

Best Chinese: Neo-China Restaurant

Best Food Truck: Chirba Chirba Dumpling
In Mandarin Chinese, Chirba Chirba means "eat eat!"  This truck was the subject of the television show, My Family Recipe, and customers love to chow down on the dumplings, bun, and dim sum they offer.

Best French: Vin Rouge
A French bistro with provincial cooking and an extensive wine selection with Wine Spector's Award of Excellence as well as a nod in The Wall Street Journal.

Best Fries: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Best Frozen Dessert: The Parlour

Best Greek: Spartacus Restaurant

Best Grilled Cheese: American Meltdown
Cosmopolitan dubbed it, "a meal [they'll] drool over" and Food Republic said, "Whoever believes that there is no such thing as a gourmet grilled cheese needs to take a trip to American Meltdown."  Melted cheese sandwiches are served on fresh, locally baked breads.

Best Indian Cuisine: Sitar Indian Cuisine

Best Italian: Pop's Backdoor Pizza and Calzones South

Best Karaoke/Open Mic: The Pinhook

Best Kept Secret: Monuts Donuts
According to The New York Times, Monuts Donuts makes "sublime" hand-crafted, seasonally and locally inspired donuts.

Best Known: Nana's
Nana's serves Southern regional cuisine with Italian and French influences.  Winner of an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Best Local Brewery and Neighborhood Bar: Fullsteam Brewery

Best Mexican/Latin American: Dos Perros

Best Mom and Pop: Bennett Point Grill and Bar

Best New Restaurant: Pompieri Pizza

Best Outdoor Dining: Mellow Mushroom

Best Pizza: Pizzeria Toro
Tasting Table loved the thin crust pizza made in a wood-fired oven in an open kitchen.

Best Place to Hear Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, or Blues: The Blue Note Grill

Best Salad: Saladelia Cafe

Best Sandwich: Toast at Five Points
Italian sandwich shop featuring, "prompt, friendly service" (The New York Times) and "inventive crostini" (Food and Wine).

Best Place to Salsa Dance: Cuban Revolution Restaurant and Bar

Best Seafood: Saltbox Seafood Joint
With daily-caught fish that "bristles with freshness," Saveur Magazine raved that it "fulfills our wildest fantasies of what a takeout fish shack can be."

Best Sports Bar: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

Best Sushi: Shiki Sushi Asian Bistro

Best Thai: Thai Cafe

Best Trivia Night: Bull McCabe's Irish Pub

Best Wine: Six Plates Wine Bar

Best Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is proud to be part of the Durham, North Carolina community. The wonderful people of Durham voted these as some of the best local restaurants around.  Remember, Morehead Manor guests enjoy a delicious full gourmet breakfast each morning.

There is so much to see and do as well as explore and taste!  From art to theater, sports to shopping, and gardens to historic tours.  Fortunately, Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is open all year round. Monica and Edward enjoy extending their friendly Southern hospitality to each one of their guests.  Visitors are always welcome at Morehead Manor.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging
The YouTube video below was produced by DukeSanford School

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 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