Graystone Inn

100 South Third Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Innkeeper(s): Richard and Marcia Moore
 
  • Introduction

    Graystone Inn, originally "The Bridgers Mansion," was built in 1905-1906 by Elizabeth Haywood Bridgers, widow of Preston L. Bridgers, local merchant and son of Robert Rufus Bridgers, past president of the Atlantic Coast Line Railway, founder of the Wilmington/Weldon Railroad, and two time representative to the Confederate Congress.

    A historic landmark and one of the most elegant structures in Wilmington, the inn has recently undergone extensive renovations and has been returned to its original "turn of the century grandeur". The inn is now under the new ownership of innkeepers Rich and Marcia Moore.

     

    Dining Room

    In this grandly proportioned room, breakfast is served at the 12' x 4' mahogany (Sheraton style) dining table or one of the smaller mahogany tables which make for more intimate settings.

    With seating for twenty, the private dining and adjoining sitting room are decorated in turn of the century style, are graced with furnishings of the period and, by closing the 10 foot French Doors, make the perfect setting for smaller or more private luncheon/dinner parties. The easy access to the kitchen for caterers and staff ensures a high level of service for your function.

    The Library

    The library is the room everyone wishes they could take home with them. Paneled in Honduran mahogany, with built-in cast zinc and glass fronted bookcases, comfortable chairs, sofa and game table, the library is a perfect place to relax, enjoy a good book or a glass of wine. Enjoy complimentary wine each evening and a cozy fire in the winter.

     

     

     

    The Parlor

    The moment you walk into the great hall you know you're in for an unforgettable experience. The architectural detail evident in the Corinthian and Ionic columns, 14" coffered ceilings, plaster moldings and fireplaces is remarkable. The furnishings are a combination of traditional and fine antiques, which are very comfortable and inviting.

     


     

    The Sitting Room

    This room overlooks the front garden and is a very cool and soothing room to enjoy your newspaper and morning coffee. The walls are decorated in a sage green ragged finish and the room includes a beautiful corner fireplace and lovely antiques.

     


     

     

    The Veranda

    The covered veranda is enjoyed anytime of the day or evening. The comfortable tables and chairs, and lighted ceiling fans, make for a very pleasant spot to enjoy the gardens. A lower patio area allows for additional seating.

     

     

     

    Concierge Services

    The warm and welcoming staff at the Graystone Inn will attend to your traveling needs during your getaway in Wilmington. Our front desk staff can provide you with information about the best restaurants in the Historic District, as well as the best places to visit on our picturesque River Walk, only minutes away from our centrally located inn.

     


     

    Luxurious Accommodations

    Guests sleep on sumptuous linens of Egyptian cotton, down-alternative pillows and European Matelassé coverlets. Relax at bath time with Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities and Graystone Inn robes for your comfort. Each room has a television, telephone, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, as well as free Wi-Fi Internet service. Daily newspapers are available in the parlor, and complimentary snacks and beverages are offered for guests 24 hours a day in the inn's beverage center.
     

    Evening Reception

    Each evening, guests are invited to join us for a complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres reception by the fireplace in our handsomely furnished library. Mingle with other guests as you prepare for an evening out on the town, exploring all that Wilmington’s Historic District has to offer.

    Champagne and wines are available for guests to purchase by the bottle. Guests may also purchase Graystone Inn’s custom blend of coffee by the bag, as well as our deluxe robes.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Marcia and Rich for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    People coming to Wilmington NC who want the most elegant and centrally located accommodations in the area invariably stay at the Graystone Inn.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for quiet tasteful lodging within easy walking distance of downtown, fine dining and attractions. We have almost 6000 square feet of common areas for our guests to enjoy.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    People come to Wilmington for any number of reasons including the fine dining, close proximity to the beach, and the wonderfully historic downtown.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The best part of owning the inn are the guests who get married at the inn and come back year in and year out for their anniversary, birthdays, and just to remember and experience again the wonderful time they shared with us.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Wilmington has long been a center for the film industry with Screne Gems Studio located here. That means you will recognize rooms at the Graystone from your favorite movies and TV shows, such as the current hit "Revolution" on NBC or "Sleepy Hollow" on Fox.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    After a four day visit the guest has enjoyed the beach, fine dining, historic homes, the Battleship North Carolina, will want to stay two more days to take in the gardens, river tours, and outdoor activities.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    All of historic Wilmington, antebellum homes, fine dining, theater and music are within walking distance of the inn, so be prepared to just park your car and enjoy your stay.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Within walking distance of the inn we have 5-6 elegant white tablecloth restaurants, and any number of specialty restaurants, many with river views and live music. No matter what you taste in food, budget, or preference you can find something to enjoy in downtown Wilmington.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    http://wilmingtonandbeaches.com,and http://www.insiderinfo.us will provide useful information on Wilmington NC

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Graystone Inn has nine rooms, several with king beds, two person glass enclosed showers and separate champagne tubs.

    Do you accept pets?

    Like almost all of the nicer inns in Wilmington, we do not allow pets.

  • Breakfast

    At the Graystone Inn, every day begins with a delicious breakfast in our English Manor-style dining room. Guests are greeted by soft music and candlelight as they walk down the renaissance staircase to breakfast. The Graystone has its own custom blend of locally roasted coffee, and chilled juices ready for guests to start the day. Homemade breads, muffins, pastries, and fresh fruit and yogurt are available for guests to savor while a full, hot, plated breakfast is freshly prepared. The main dish is chef's choice and varies daily. Local favorites include dishes such as Eggs Benedict, Blueberry Johnny Cakes, the Inn's famous Key Lime Stuffed French Toast, Ginger Pear Pancakes, and assorted frittatas and quiches with savory hams and sausages.

    The Graystone Inn is always glad to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and diabetic diets with at least two days advance notice of such dietary restrictions. Just let us know when you make your reservation, and we will specially prepare a breakfast that will give you the energy to explore Wilmington and the Cape Fear area.

    A Continental breakfast with a sideboard buffet including juice, cereal, milk, fresh fruit and sweets, is served between 8:30 and 10:00 and a full cooked breakfast is served between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Coffee, tea, beverages and snacks are available any time in the inn's beverage center located on the first floor.

  • Weddings & Events

    Located in the historic district of downtown Wilmington, just three short blocks from the River Walk, shops and restaurants, The Graystone Inn historic Bed and Breakfast is a most impressive location for your wedding. Originally built as the Bridgers Mansion in 1905 by Elizabeth Bridgers, widow of prominent local merchant, Preston Haywood Bridgers, The Graystone is now a AAA Four Diamond and a Select Registry property. The grandeur and grace of The Graystone provides the truly elegant setting for your wedding. The architectural details of the inn’s interior, from the majestic Corinthian columns in the Grand Hall to the intricate fireplace carvings, provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony/reception, portraits and photographs.

    The Graystone Inn has an event coordinator on staff who is available to help you plan the perfect wedding and who will be there throughout your rehearsal and wedding ceremony to ensure your special day goes just as planned.

    Wedding and Reception (more than 10 people)

    Weddings and receptions for more than ten people are held on the main floor of the inn, a 4,300-square-foot space, elegantly decorated with period antiques. Also included in the main floor rental are the inn's gardens and verandas. The ground floor has ample space for a dance floor and musicians or DJ, and can accommodate up to 150 people. Evening weddings require rental of all inn guest rooms. Celebrate together with your friends and family on your wedding day at the Graystone Inn.

     

     

    Elopement Package

    Small Wedding Ceremony (up to 10 people)
    Sunday through Thursday.

    The Graystone Inn offers an Elopement Package, Sunday through Thursday. In consideration of other guests in the inn, we require that the ceremony and toast conclude by 5:30 pm. Our Elopement Package continues to be a very popular package and includes:

    • Two nights accommodation for the bride and groom in the Bridgers or Burgwin-Wright rooms (based on availability) and a full breakfast each morning of your stay.
    • One dinner for the bride and groom at one of two popular downtown restaurants. Choose an appetizer, entre, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage (gratuity not included).
    • Ceremony for up to a total of 10 people in either the dining room/parlor or the side garden. The dining room and adjacent parlor are the perfect place for a small wedding ceremony. These rooms can be shut off from the rest of the inn for complete privacy. The garden space consists of a covered veranda and a lower brick patio. In the event of rain, the ceremony can easily be moved to the dining room/parlor. You provide the minister or magistrate.
    • Champagne toast for you and your guests.

    Please note: If you wish to bring a wedding cake, we will provide dishes, silverware, napkins and cake-cutter for a small additional fee.

    Brida Portraits, Rehearsal Dinners, Bridesmaids' Luncheons, and Bridal Showers

    Weddings packages at the Graystone include a two-hour bridal portrait opportunity and use of our changing room with the rental fee. The Graystone Inn can also serve as an elegant backdrop for wedding and bridal portraits for couples that are not planning their ceremony at the Graystone. For a small fee, which includes the use of our changing room, couples may create memories in our picturesque Inn or outside in our romantic gardens.

    With seating for twenty, the private dining and adjoining sitting room make the perfect setting for smaller or more private luncheon/dinner parties, including bridesmaids' luncheons, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners. The easy access to the kitchen for caterers and staff ensures a high level of service for your function. Please contact the inn's event coordinator for more details about planning your special event.

    Overnight Accomodations

    The Graystone has nine elegant rooms for you and your wedding guests. What a great way to have your friends or family together on your wedding weekend. If you rent the main floor of the inn and your event goes beyond 5:30 PM, all of the guest rooms must be rented. There is a two-night minimum stay on the weekends (Friday and Saturday night). If your wedding is on a Sunday there is only a one-night rental requirement for the guest rooms.

    Other Events

    The Graystone also is also available for hosting business luncheons/meetings, cocktail parties, birthday or anniversary parties, and small dinner parties. For details about connecting with friends and family with event at our downtown Wilmington Inn, please contact the inn's event coordinator.

  • Area Information

    Battleship North Carolina

    1 Battleship Rd.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 251-5797
    Visit Website
     

    Without question, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is the centerpiece of the Wilmington Riverfront.

    Cape Fear Museum

    814 Market St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 798-4350
    Visit Website
     

    History, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region, from prehistory to the present, delight all ages at Cape Fear Museum.

    Cape Fear Riverboats- Capt. Maffitt

    Riverfront Park
    Foot of Market St.
    Wilmington, NC 28402
    (910) 343-1611
    Visit Website
     

    Named for Capt. John Newland Maffitt, one of the Confederacy's most successful blockade runners.

    Cape Fear Riverboats- Henrietta III

    101 S. Water St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 343-1611
    Visit Website
     

    This elegant, refurbished riverboat is a large, three-level, paddle-free vessel with capacity for 600 guests.

    Cape Fear Wildlife Expo

    Wilmington Convention Center
    515 Nutt Street
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 795-0292
    Visit Website
     

    March 16-18, 2013 The 5th annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will showcase the state's natural resources, wildlife, conservation, and outdoor recreation.

    Front Street Brewery

    9 N. Front St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 251-1935
    Visit Website
     

    Front Street Brewery's brewmaster Kevin Kozak conducts daily tours of the establishment's brewing area.

    Wilmington Sea Dawgs

    Schwartz Center, 610 N. Front St.
    Wilmington, NC
    (910) 791-6528
    Visit Website
     

    The Wilmington Sea Dawgs "unleash the excitement" of professional basketball in the Port City.


    Wilmington Sharks

    Legion Stadium
    2149 Carolina Beach Rd.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 343-5621
    Visit Website

     

    There's only one place in Wilmington where you can enjoy a high-level, high-energy baseball game during the summer - a Wilmington Sharks game.

    Wilmington Trolley Company

    GPS #15 Water St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 763-4483
    Visit Website
     

    Located on Water Street near the visitor center information booth, the Wilmington Trolley offers a 45-minute, narrated tour of historic downtown Wilmington over about an 8-mile

    Bellamy Mansion Museum

    503 Market St.
    Wilmington, NC 28402
    (910) 251-3700
     

    Situated at the corner of Fifth and Market streets in historic Wilmington, fabulous Bellamy Mansion Museum has been admired by passersby since its completion in early

    Burgwin-Wright House and Garden

    224 Market St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 762-0570

     

    When Lord Charles Cornwallis, still in danger of a Rebel pursuit, fled in 1781 to the coast after the Battle of Guilford Court House

    Cape Fear Serpentarium

    20 Orange St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 762-1669
     

    Featuring more than 100 species of snakes, most of them deadly, the Serpentarium boasts the largest collection of venomous reptiles in the world.

    Chandler's Wharf

    225 S. Water St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 343-9896
     

    More than 100 years ago, Chandler's Wharf was crowded with mercantile warehouses, its sheds filled with naval stores, tools, cotton and turpentine...

    Chestnut Street United Presbyterian Church

    714 Chestnut St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 762-1074
     

    This tiny church, built in 1858 and originally a mission chapel of First Presbyterian Church, is a remarkable example of Stick Style, or Carpenter Gothic, architecture.

    The Children's Museum of Wilmington

    116 Orange St., corner of 2nd Street
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 254-3534
     

    This hands-on, learning-through-play museum offers something for children of all ages and interests. Sail the seas as a pirate in Ahoy, Wilmington!

    First Baptist Church

    411 Market St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 763-2471

     

    The region's first Baptist church makes this sanctuary the mother church of many other Wilmington Baptist churches. It is also the city's tallest.


    Horse-Drawn Trolley & Carriage Tours

    Market St., between Water and Front Sts.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 251-8889
     

    See historic downtown Wilmington the old-fashioned way - by horse-drawn carriage or trolley.

    North Carolina Azalea Festival

    Various locations
    Office at 5725 Oleander Dr.
    Wilmington, NC 28403
    (910) 794-4650
     

    April 10-14, 2013  No matter the weather, spring doesn't begin in Wilmington until the North Carolina Azalea Festival.

    Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts / City Hall

    310 Chestnut St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 632-2241
    (800) 523-2820
     

    Conceived as a combined political and cultural center, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts was built between 1855 and 1858.

    Wilmington Adventure Walking Tour

    Riverfront Park, foot of Market St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 763-1785
     

    Historian and lifelong Cape Fear resident Bob Jenkins, the man with the straw hat and walking cane, leads the Wilmington Adventure Walking Tour.

    Wilmington Convention Center

    10 Convention Center Dr.
    Wilmington, NC 28411
    (910) 251-5101
     

    Inspiring business conferences, grand banquets, intimate meetings and family celebrations find a home at this stunning new convention center that opened in fall 2010.

    Wilmington Railroad Museum

    505 Nutt St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 763-2634
     

    The history and heritage of railroads in Wilmington is clearly borne out by this museum's fine photographs and artifacts.

    Zebulon Latimer House

    126. S. Third St.
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    (910) 762-0492
     

    This magnificent Italianate building, built by a prosperous merchant from Connecticut, dates from 1852 and is remarkable for its original furnishings and artwork.

  • Directions

    The Graystone Inn is located at 100 South Third Street, in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Wilmington is located midway down the Cape Fear Peninsula.  Cape Fear is located on the southeastern most point of North Carolina.

    Directions to Our Location From Wilmington International Airport

    1. Distance: 4 miles
    2. Exit the Airport, and turn left on 23d Street.
    3. Then turn right onto Rt. 74 West.
    4. Stay on Rt. 74 West for 1.8 miles.
    5. At this point 74 W exits to the right and downtown traffic goes straight.
    6. Do not exit.
    7. Stay straight following downtown Wilmington signs.
    8. Go through 8 stoplights.
    9. Inn is one block past 8th light on right hand side at the corner of 3rd and Dock St.

    Directions to Our Location From US HWY 17 South, HWY 74, 76 or HWY 421

    1. Driving north (from Myrtle Beach), cross the Cape Fear River Bridge.
    2. Stay in left lane.
    3. Exit left onto Third Street.
    4. Go seven blocks, then u-turn at Dock Street and park at curb in front of the Inn.

    Directions to Our Location I-40 or US HWY 17 South

    1. From I-40 or US HWY 17 South
    2. I-40 East to Wilmington.
    3. Turn right onto Rt. 74 West.
    4. Stay on Rt. 74 West for 4.5 miles.
    5. At this point 74 W exits to the right and downtown traffic goes straight.
    6. Do not exit.
    7. Stay straight following downtown Wilmington signs.
    8. Go through 8 stoplights.
    9. Inn is one block past 8th light on right hand side at the corner of 3rd and Dock St.