SB&G’s Top 8 Picks for a Luxurious Triangle Hotel Wedding – from B&B’s to Five Star Resorts
1- 21c Museum Hotel Durham
For modern brides seeking a truly unique and artsy wedding location, this Durham boutique hotel is the spot. Located in a renovated bank building, 21c Durham retains elements of original mid 20th century charm, like a real bank vault turned into a lounge. The property’s signature attribute is the 24-hour art gallery inside, which is open to guests and to the public for free, but also available for private events.
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The hotel can accommodate a large-scale wedding ceremony and reception in its grand ballroom, or an intimate cocktail party in the airy gallery spaces. The stylish restaurant Counting House, where Chef Josh Munchel presents a menu that incorporates fresh local ingredients from North Carolina, is perfect for rehearsal dinners, showers, or a farewell brunch.
The large honeymoon suite, with large windows, modern amenities and an outdoor balcony, offers a birds-eye-view of Bull City and luxury room blocks are available for out-of-town guests, with special rates available for groups of 10 or more. The hotel has a large number of suites, so your out-of-town guests will have the option to upgrade their stay. Custom welcome gifts can be arranged for guests through the 21c Museum Shop. You’ll also enjoy pre-wedding pampering with a massage at the in-house spa.
2- The Siena Hotel
The Siena Hotel is a longstanding favorite boutique hotel in Chapel Hill, but if you haven’t visited recently, you might not know that they’ve renovated the lobby, event space and all guest rooms in the past couple of years. The property is still reminiscent of Old World Europe with majestic Tuscan décor, accented with antiques, fireplaces, and rich colorful furnishings; however, there is now a fresh modern simplicity that flows through the hotel.
The onsite restaurant, Il Palio, debuted a new look last summer as well. It continues to be recognized as North Carolina’s only AAA Four Diamond Italian restaurant and Chef Teddy Diggs creates comforting yet elegant dishes that can be customized for your intimate wedding party. Chef Teddy cooks in the classic Italian style: simple and fresh are always the driving forces and inspiration behind each dish. The homemade focaccia bread that he lovingly prepares each day will blow your mind!
3- The Durham Hotel
In another converted bank building, The Durham Hotel is bursting with mid-century modern style. The curators of this property did an amazing job of meshing modern amenities with local touches, such as the custom bedspreads from Raleigh Denim and the coffee bar from local brewer Counter Culture.
The Durham’s food service including the lobby restaurant (which is open for Sunday brunch including a monthly Moogfest-produced “Disco Brunch”), and rooftop dining featuring a raw oyster bar, are spearheaded by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing (of Lantern in Chapel Hill).
The rooftop provides unbeatable views of the city and the perfect backdrop for a wedding weekend gathering. If you prefer privacy, the rooftop penthouse suite with its own patio space overlooking the city will sweep you off your feet. The Durham is also now offering bookings for daytime rooftop weddings!
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4- The Umstead Hotel & Spa
The Umstead is a true NC destination for travelers and engaged couples alike looking for a spectacular experience. Hosting weddings was apparently in the minds of the owners when designing the retreat-like luxury hotel. Both ballrooms face an outdoor lakeside terrace that overlooks the verdant ceremony garden below. The expansive patio is graced by an outdoor gas fire pit at one end and a massive fireplace on the other side. The Umstead Spa offers an unmatched tranquil atmosphere and all imaginable spa services. It provides the perfect getting- ready services for the bride and her wedding party. The couple and all their guests will enjoy the outdoor pool retreat. The award-winning Herons restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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5- Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
In the picturesque setting on the Duke University campus, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is the ideal location for romantic, classic weddings in Durham. The Presidents Ballroom of this elegant hotel has an stately entry and French-styled glass doors along one side opening to a large garden-surrounded terrace that boasts a wedding arbor and magnificent outdoor fireplace. Other outdoor venues offer expansive views of the golf course and wooded acres while the hotel offers all-sized interior locations as weather back-up for intimate or large ceremonies and receptions. Hotel wedding guests can enjoy free time dining at the Inn’s two acclaimed restaurants or the popular Bull Durham Bar, spa services, pool, fitness center or a round of golf throughout the wedding weekend!
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6- The King’s Daughters Inn
The King’s Daughters Inn is nestled in the heart of Durham’s historic Trinity Park and offers a charming intimate bed and breakfast experience for you and your guests. It is fitted with eclectic and lavish furniture. The downstairs offers comfortable lounge areas that are flooded with natural light. And, for the eco-conscious bride, it’s nice to know the Inn is recognized for incorporating green technology into its renovation, design and daily functions.
When you rent the Inn for your wedding, you’ll enjoy exclusive use of the property, including three event spaces and 17 luxury rooms and suites. Each room has its own vibrant color palette and funky furniture.
Gourmet breakfast is included for all overnight guests and there is a full commercial kitchen available to your choice of licensed caterers. Complimentary use of tables, chairs, linens, glassware and setup is included. Photo: Alexanders Studios
7- The Mayton Inn
The Mayton Inn is a new boutique hotel in downtown Cary under the same local ownership and fine attention to service and care as The King’s Daughters Inn. This Georgian-style hotel encompasses a luxury atmosphere along with green technologies in all aspects of the new construction building. The 44 rooms and public spaces are dressed with custom features and furniture that was made in High Point, NC, just for the Inn. Green technology, such as solar panels on the roof and a rainwater cistern to keep the landscape lush during a drought, make it a great choice for the environmentally aware bride.
By 2017, the lovely outdoor terrace that adjoins the reception room, will overlook the completed Cary Park for a green and flowering view.
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The hotel also features a lounge, full bar and restaurant, event spaces, a spa and an outdoor terrace. The Inn offers afternoon tea, as well as turndown service for guests with port and chocolates. And of course, breakfast is included in the gorgeous dining room shown above.
8- The Carolina Inn
Located on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus, this classic Southern Inn is known for hosting a wide range of wedding events from bridal shower teas to magnificent weddings and receptions in the elegant ballrooms and outdoor ceremony courtyards. There is the enchanting Old Well ballroom with its black and white theme, and two elegant ballrooms for larger receptions. Brides most often give outstanding accolades for their all-star team of catering consultants, the food, and the ease and beauty of a Carolina Inn event.
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The Carolina Inn is within easy walking distance of UNC campus and Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street array of restaurants and entertainments. Or, guests can comfortably stay at the beautiful Inn and dine at their newly renovated AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Four-Star rated Crossroads Chapel Hill & Bar. Here one has everything needed for the fanciest occasions all in one beautiful location.
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