The Blooming Garden Inn

513 Holloway Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701
Innkeeper(s): Dolly & Frank Pokrass
  • Introduction

    Blooming Garden Inn Front

    If you like historic restoration and very personal service in your choice of accommodations, please give us a call

    Open for business since 1990, after nearly a 3 year restoration of a significant c. 1890 home, now an inn, we host folks from all over the world, melding the best of the past with the conveniences of the present.  Gardens abound our gated property and now mature plantings in front provide privacy on our huge columned wraparound porch.

    At Blooming Garden Inn you'll find Luxury suites featuring oversize jacuzzis are unique among local Bed and Breakfast.  All rooms have private baths, antique beds with firm mattresses (and down pillows), and a strong wi-fi signal.  Breakfast can be served as late as 10 AM, by arrangement.  No pets please.  Daily rates range from $145 to $225, plus tax. 

    Blooming Garden Inn is a recipiant of the Recognition of Excellence :


    9.0 Rated by Guests
    The inn is conveniently located in Durham's first-designated historic residential area, within walking distance of the American Tobacco Campus, ballpark, and DPAC. Click this link for a short video of us.



  • History

    Blooming Garden Walkway

    The house was built by James N. Umstead around 1890 in the 'Queen Anne' style. The Durham Bed and Breakfast features a huge wraparound porch with 21 Tuscan columns. 

    Dolly and Frank spent nearly three years in intensive restoration of the property and opened for business in the fall of 1990. 

    High curved ceilings, heart-pine wainscotting, raised wood panels, nine original mantels, doors (put together with pegs) with original hardware, and all-original Southern Pine flooring will delight the historical buff. Antiques of the period are abundantly distributed throughout. The Front Porch The yard is fully enclosed with custom front fencing and gate. Mature floral gardens and flowering trees highlight the landscaping. The backyard is suitable for private events. 

    There are four primary guestrooms. Each has its own distinctive character and is highlighted by antiques of the period. For the convenience of our guests we are open year-round, including major holidays, except for occasional short vacations during slower periods.

  • 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 (Innkeeper) for sharing (their) own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Our location is very convenient within walking distance of such popular attractions as the DPAC, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and Golden Belt [wedding venue].  Many are returnees and regard us as their 'home-away-from-home'.  For flight visitors, we are located just 20 minutes' drive from RDU airport.  For cross-state travelers, we are located just about midway time-wise between Wilmington and Asheville.  For folks heading north or south, we are about midway between New York and Florida.  Of course, we'd like to think that people would even go out of their way to stay with us given what we enjoy offering.

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

    The personal service and unexpected 'extras', such as flexible breakfast schedules, afternoon or evening 'happy hour',  and lifts to nearby restaurants. We also accommodate, by arrangement, check-ins as late as midnight.  The inn itself reflects early Durham history and we spent years in the restoration of the 19th century home.  Refinished mantles, stained glass window hangings, and antique furniture abound throughout.  The inn sports one of the largest wraparound columned porches in town.  This is our home and are delighted to provide such a venue to our guests.


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

    To learn more about what Durham is like and discover what makes it so popular.  We try to direct newcomers who have the time to the many attractions such as the famous Duke gardens and historic sites, not to mention some of the best restaurants in the Triangle.


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

    So many to think about as recorded in our guest book and reviews on TripAdvisor and Google.  Most guests feel that they received more than expected during their stay with us.


    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Durham, for a smaller city [pop. approx. 250K], offers so much: major medical center, Duke University, Triple A ballpark, the DPAC, great restaurants, an incredible shopping center ...  Truly, the 'secret' is out!  And we're so close to the Research Triangle Park for easy commute.  People just seem happy being here.


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

    We would help them in any way we could to direct them to things of interest.  We provide directional cards to area attractions.  Being so close to town center, there'd be plenty of time for some good old R&R!


    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Durham Visitors Bureau maintains a great site and offers personal guidance.  See our link to it.  


    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Cafe Parizade [Mediterranean cuisine], Sitar India Palace [offering both northern and southern selections and weekend buffets], Blu Seafood, and Rue Cler [French], all well established.


    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Durham Visitors Bureau maintains a great site and offers personal guidance.  See our link to it.  


    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Four bedrooms including an amazing 3-room suite with big jacuzzi and balcony that spans the whole front of the inn. Each room has its distinctive character. 


    Do you accept pets?

    Sorry, no.  This is mainly in consideration of other guests.  LaQuinta hotel here in Durham is pet-friendly.


  • Weddings, Receptions, and Small Group Events

    Special weekend packages involving exclusive use of the inn, rooms, and common areas including the gated, landscaped grounds may be arranged exclusive of major holidays and major Duke weekends for groups not exceeding 75 persons. Catering, entertainment, and rental options. Event fees as low as $195.00 with full-house occupancy (min. 2 days). Up to thirteen persons can be accommodated at the inn. Site visit encouraged. Deposit required. Call Frank for details.

  • Extended Stay