Sunday, January 31, 2016

World's #1 Musical The Lion King in Durham


The world's #1 musical The Lion King is coming to Durham.  Performances will be at the award-winning venue, the Durham Performing Arts Center, located at 123 Vivian Street. It is within walking distance to Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast of Durham, the #1 black-owned bed and breakfast in America.

More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.



Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, The Lion King brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway.  Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals.

The Lion King also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.  There is simply nothing else like The Lion King.


Giraffes strut.  Birds swoop.  Gazelles leap.  The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before.  And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s The Lion King, making its triumphant return to the Durham Performing Arts Center!  Get a glimpse of what to expect from the video below.



Live performances of the The Lion King Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center begin on Tuesday February 16 and the last performance is on Sunday March 20 of 2016.  Many of the scheduled performances have been sold out, but there are still many other performance times available.  See the video below to learn some incredible facts you probably didn't know about The Lion King Musical.


We (Daniel and Monica) invite you to stay at our luxurious Durham bed and breakfast, Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. Just as The Lion King has been performed all over the world, we have welcomed guests from all over the world.  Find out why Durham, North Carolina is such an amazing place to visit!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Annual Durham MLK Black History Month Parade




The Annual Durham MLK Black History Month Parade happens on February 6 from noon through 2 pm at W.G. Pearson Elementary School at 3501 Fayetteville Street in Durham, North Carolina.  The parade will end at North Carolina Central University campus.
3501 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707
3501 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

This annual Durham community event honoring black history will feature marching bands, step teams, dance groups, school and church groups, cars, trucks, businesses, civic organization and much more.  

The Parade's theme is "Give Us The Ballot!" which was the title of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s address delivered at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, a non-violent demonstration in Washington, DC on May 17, 1957. 

One of King's major deliveries, his call for the ballot eventually led to the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The organizers gained experience and the march laid the foundation for further larger demonstrations in Washington for the Civil Rights Movement.

During Black History Month, the Annual NC MLK Black History Month Parade will afford us the opportunity to shine a light on the fact that voting rights for African-Americans is not only morally right but will lead to change for the better for all of America.  


Do you know these important dates in black history?
  • 1896: Supreme Court validates separate-but-equal principle in Plessy v. Ferguson
  • 1909: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) formed
  • 1942: Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) founded
  • 1944: Clyde Cox and Allen Samuel become Durham's first black police officers
  • 1948: United States military desegregated
  • 1949: Ebony magazine features Durham's Parrish Street as "Negro Wall Street of America"
  • 1953: Rencher N. Harris becomes first black elected to Durham City Council
  • 1954: Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision overturns separate-but-equal principle
  • 1955: Montgomery Bus Boycott brings Martin Luther King, Jr., to prominence
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made five public appearances in Durham during 1956 through 1964 
  • 1956: Martin Luther King, Jr., attended Durham Business and Professional Chain Trade Week and spoke at Hillside High School
  • 1957: Durham Bulls have first black players; demonstrators attempted to integrate Durham Athletic Park seating on opening night
  • 1960: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ralph Abernathy visit, speak at White Rock Baptist Church
  • 1963: March on Washington draws 200,000; Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech
  • 1963: Mayor Wense Grabarek meets protest rally, forms Durham Interim Committee on race relations; integration begins in hotels, restaurants, libraries, public schools
  • 1964: Civil Rights Act outlaws discrimination in public accommodations and by employers
  • 1965: Voting Rights Act abolishes literacy tests and other practices to obstruct minority voting
  • 1967: Asa Spaulding becomes first black on Durham Board of County Commissioners
  • 1968: Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated in Memphis, TN April 4
  • 1968: Civil Rights Act outlaws discrimination in the sale or rental of housing
  • 1970: Federal court orders immediate racial balancing in Durham city schools
  • 1989: Chester Jenkins becomes first black mayor of Durham 

Black Enterprise magazine named Morehead Manor the #1 black-owned bed and breakfast in America.  We (Daniel and Monica) are honored to host people from all over the world of all different nationalities and cultures. 

We welcome you to stay with us during the Annual Durham MLK Black History Month ParadeMorehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is open to guests all year round.  We would love to have you visit anytime!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner at Morehead Manor in Durham




Have a romantic Valentine's Day Dinner at Morehead Manor in Durham.  To make your Valentine's Day even more special, Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is adding an intimate Valentine's dinner at the Inn.  This romantic opportunity will take place on Valentine's Day Sunday, February 14.

We are featuring the talented Chef Harry Monds of Bull City Street Food.  This past December, Chef Harry Monds was the featured Chef in Florence, Kentucky for a holiday party for the Vice President of Enrollment and Degree Management of Northern Kentucky University. He earned such rave reviews that he will be returning to Kentucky for the VP's Kentucky Derby Party in May. 

You and your special someone do not have to wait that long, you both can enjoy his delicious food this Valentine's Day weekend.  Join us in the Pecan Dining room and partake of a delightful 4-course meal including wine pairings for you and your sweetheart. Reserve your favorite room and add dinner to your stay for an additional $105/couple.




Get a closer look at our menu (shown above).  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast will have seating at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis and seating is limited.  Call 919-687-4366 or click here to reserve your room & dinner today.

We (Monica and Daniel) enjoy extending our friendly Southern hospitality and welcome you Morehead Manor in Durham, North Carolina.  Our Bull City was named the South's Tastiest Town by Southern Living Magazine. 

In addition to our fantastic food, we have an award-winning performing arts venue within walking distance (the Durham Performing Arts Center) from us as well as the most famous professional minor league baseball team (the Durham Bulls). 

With two major universities (Duke University and North Carolina Central University), world-renown healthcare, superb shopping, and so much more, this is the place to be.   

We are conveniently located near RDU International Airport and regularly have international guests.  Carving out time to kindle (or rekindle) your romance and passion is a great way to strengthen the bond of your relationship as a couple.  Make time to getaway for this special reason.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Durham Restaurants Opening in 2016


Durham Chef Matthew Kelly
New Durham Restaurants Opening in 2016!  In 2013, Southern Living Magazine named Durham, "The Tastiest Town in the South."  Durham continues to live up to that title with several new restaurants coming.

Durham Chef Matt Kelly (from Mateo and Vin Rouge restaurants), partnering with Josh DeCarolis, will open Mothers and Sons, an Italian trattoria next to Mateo bar de Tapas.  The same building will also house Lucky's Deli, a delicatessen with Jewish and Italian influences.

Popular biscuit and donut shop, Rise Biscuits and Donuts, will be opening up a new location in downtown Durham on Foster Street.  Their donut menu features an assortment of old school, new school, and specialty donuts with interesting and unusual flavors that change monthly.

Chef/Owner Gary Brooks of Pizzeria Toro will open two new restaurants in 2016.  The first will be a diner in the Jack Tar Hotel and the second will be a dinner-only restaurant on Parrish Street.

In early 2016, Cocoa Cinnamon will open the doors of its second Durham location at Hillsborough Road and Trent Drive.  The popular coffee shop is known for its unique flavor combinations using coffees, teas, spices, and chocolates.

Tyler Huntington, the founder of Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom, plans to open Two Doors Distilling Company inside of The Rickhouse, an event space that overlooks the Historic Durham Athletic Park.  It will be a 4,000-square-foot distillery that will make various distilled spirits.  The distillery joins Barrister & Brewer, Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company, Durham Distillery, and Pebble Brooks Spirits in representing Durham on the North Carolina Craft Distillers Trail.

If you want to enjoy Downtown Durham on a food walking tours, Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours, will tell you about Durham's history and architecture while you experience our city's cutting edge culinary scene.  Home to renovated tobacco warehouses, the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls, and Historic Parrish Street, downtown Durham is about cutting edge culture and fantastic food.   

Let Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours show you our vibrant city and introduce you to the restaurants, shops and people that are making Durham one of the nation’s cultural hotspots. With a farm-to-table focus and artisan preparation of innovative cuisine, you will discover all of Durham’s flavors!

Guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast of Durham will start each morning out with an incredibly delicious gourmet breakfast.  We (hosts Monica and Daniel) can make recommendations based on your interests and tastes!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The South's Tastiest Town: Durham, NC



The South's Tastiest Town just might be Durham, North Carolina.  The Bull City is full of award-winning restaurants offering original cuisine made from fresh local Durham fare.  Out of Durham's more than 700 restaurants, more than 50 have been recognized by regional or national media, many of them repeatedly.
out of Durham's 700+ restaurants, more than 50 have been recognized by regional or national media, many of them repeatedly. - See more at: http://www.durham-nc.com/restaurants/tastiest-town/#sthash.43t6jrDt.dpuf
out of Durham's 700+ restaurants, more than 50 have been recognized by regional or national media, many of them repeatedly. - See more at: http://www.durham-nc.com/restaurants/tastiest-town/#sthash.43t6jrDt.dpuf
  • Artisan Phoebe Lawless left fine-dining restaurants to make deliciously divine pies for Scratch Bakery
  • Counter Culture Coffee is an acclaimed roaster that schools baristas across the country
  • Fullsteam Brewery and Tavern uses locally sourced ingredients to produce distinctly Southern brews
  • Chef Matt Kelly of Mateos Tapas skillfully creates Spanish tapas with a Southern influence
  • Durham-native Gray Brooks composes wood-fried pies with house-made sausage, artisan cheese, and delicacies such as Hog Island Bay Clams at Pizzeria Toro
Bon Appetit magazine, in their article "America's Foodiest Small Town" the writer quoted long-time farmer Ken Dawson of Maple Spring Gardens, “I see a real change in the way people are eating...they care about where their food comes from, who is growing it, and how it is being grown. I think folks could learn a lot from the synergy between farmers, farmers’ markets, restaurants, and the community that we have in Durham and Chapel Hill. It’s a model for the rest of the country.”

The most-suggested "hidden-gem restaurants" from a Facebook poll of Durham's biggest fans:
  • Bahn's Cuisine - This cozy restaurant on Ninth Street offers fresh flavors from Vietnam.
  • The Blue Note Grill - Hidden in a strip mall off of a main thoroughfare, the Blue Note Grill serves NC-style smoked BBQ and ribs and features live blues music on Fridays and Saturdays. 
  • Cosmic Cantina- Serving "the best Mexican food on the planet," according to the sign on the wall, Cosmic is a crowd favorite for its inexpensive menu, late-night hours, and hidden second-floor location. 
  • Full Lotus Juice Bar and Cafe - Located inside Blue Corn Café, this juice and smoothie bar also offers delicious and nutritious organic fare. 
  • Home Plate Restaurant - Cafeteria-style Southern cooking with a variety of entrees and sides. 
  • Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken - Best known for its Peruvian rotisserie chicken, cooked over wood charcoal and served from a bright red and yellow storefront. 
  • Meelo's Ristorante and Tapas - Italian cuisine with Spanish influences tucked away in a strip mall. 
  • Saltbox Seafood Joint - Freshly caught fish delivered daily from the NC coast from a small food stand. Takeout only.
In addition to a delicious variety of dining choices, guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning.  We (Monica and Daniel) look forward to extending our Southern hospitality to you and yours.











  • Bahn's Cuisine - This cozy restaurant on Ninth Street offers fresh flavors from Vietnam.
  • Bella's Cuisine - A mixture of classic Southern and modern food, with a hint of Hispanic flavor and spice. 
  • The Blue Note Grill - Hidden in a strip mall off of a main thoroughfare, the Blue Note Grill serves NC-style smoked BBQ and ribs and features live blues music on Fridays and Saturdays. 
  • Cosmic Cantina - Serving "the best Mexican food on the planet," according to the sign on the wall, Cosmic is a crowd favorite for its inexpensive menu, late-night hours, and hidden second-floor location. 
  • Full Lotus Juice Bar & Cafe - Located inside Blue Corn Café, this juice and smoothie bar also offers delicious and nutritious organic fare. 
  • Home Plate Restaurant - Cafeteria-style Southern cooking with a variety of entrees and sides. 
  • Mami-Nora's Rotisserie - Best known for its Peruvian rotisserie chicken, cooked over wood charcoal and served from a bright red and yellow storefront. 
  • Meelo's Ristorante & Tapas - Italian cuisine with Spanish influences tucked away in a strip mall. 
  • Saltbox Seafood Joint - Freshly caught fish delivered daily from the NC coast from a small food stand. Takeout onl
  • - See more at: http://www.durham-nc.com/restaurants/features/hidden-gems/#sthash.vkysU2F9.dpuf
    Durham is rich with culinary delights. Go ahead, get out and explore all the culinary treasures that Durham has to offer. Discover firsthand why so many agree that Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South! - See more at: http://www.durham-nc.com/restaurants/tastiest-town/#sthash.2tkvNx8v.dpuf

    Durham is rich with culinary delights. Go ahead, get out and explore all the culinary treasures that Durham has to offer. Discover firsthand why so many agree that Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South! - See more at: http://www.durham-nc.com/restaurants/tastiest-town/#sthash.2tkvNx8v.dpuf

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

    Museum of Durham History December 2015


    What better way to usher in the season than with a little singing? Third Friday festivities in Durham don’t stop just because the weather turns chilly. It is the perfect time for one of the most cherished holiday traditions: caroling!  

    The Museum of Durham History welcomes anyone who enjoys huddling up with their family, friends, neighbors, and strangers to sing the songs of the season beneath their holiday-decked gazebo on this very special Third Friday, Dec. 18, 6-8PM.

    No prior choir experience is necessary (though a hat and mittens might come in handy). They will provide lyric sheets for about 20 various carols, so feel free bring some suggestions. If you are shy about your singing voice, have no fear. The talented brother and sister violin duo Elena and Oskar Schulmeister-Antona will accompany carolers with their repertoire of holiday songs.  All are welcome to join in and sing the songs of the season.

    Enjoy FREE hot cider and homemade cookies every day of December during the holiday season including after the caroling. Some cookies use vintage recipes; all are baked with love by volunteers.

    Cookie in hand, you can wander the current exhibits including Durham A-Z: H is for Hayti and Durham Beginnings | 1865-1885. It will also be the last chance to see Historic Russell School exhibit.


    Durham A-Z: H is for Hayti
    Dates: October 16, 2015-Spring 2016

    The exhibit Durham A-Z: H is for Hayti focuses on the history of the Hayti neighborhood, including its vibrant businesses, schools, cultural activities, social institutions, and churches. The exhibit also discusses the loss of many of Hayti’s businesses and homes in the late 1950s to urban renewal and the Durham freeway, as well as how current residents preserve and carry forward Hayti’s legacy.

    Durham Beginnings 1865-1885
    Dates: March 18, 2015-March 1, 2016

    An exhibit featuring five dramatic but little-known personal stories evoking the spirit of Durham’s formative years.


    Our Bull City: Historic Russell School, Durham's Last Rosenwald Schoolhouse
    Dates: June 8-December 31

    The exhibit tells the story of the Rosenwald schools, with particular focus on Historic Russell School. Rosenwald Schools were created by Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and local communities to provide education for African-Americans in the rural South during the Jim Crow Era.



    Explore Durham Through Time
    Dates: Ongoing

    Visitors can use a touchscreen to explore key moments in Durham’s past. A post-it note wall allows viewers to tell us what moments from Durham’s past are most important to them. They may see their feedback incorporated later with a photo and caption.

    Look Beyond the Windows
    Dates: Ongoing

    Take in the Hub’s almost-360-degree view of downtown and consider the changes over time. To begin, we’ll focus on the Hill Building, Arts Council (formerly City Hall and Central High School), Liggett and Myers buildings, and NC Mutual tower.

    Story Room

    Visitors can step into the Story Room to record a personal memory about Durham’s past. They can also explore memories others have shared or browse through old, local yearbooks. Stories recorded in the Story Room will be archived by the Durham County Library.


    The Story Room is a recording booth at the Durham History Hub where Durhamites can record their own memories and experiences of Durham. Stories recorded in the Story Room are archived by the Museum and by the Durham County Library.

    Anyone with a Durham story to share can visit the Story Room! Your Durham story can be long or short (their shortest story to date is 2 min and the longest is 98 min.) You can share a Durham story that is very recent or very old. Both are valuable to the community.

    The Museum of Durham History encourages family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones to interview one another. We have seen that both the interviewer and the interviewee find the experience to be deeply rewarding. 

    Stories recorded in the Story Room are saved by the Museum of Durham History and archived at the Durham County Library. Together, we are building a collection of stories that will help us gain a more personal understanding of the past.


    Speaking of stories, we (Monica and Daniel) invite you to our local Durham bed and breakfast called Morehead Manor.  Black Enterprise magazine named us the #1 black-owned bed and breakfast in America.

    We welcome everyone to experience a luxurious stay and a gourmet breakfast each morning.  Our guests, and all those who visit Durham, will make meaningful memories and have wonderful stories to share with loved ones.

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    Durham Holiday Events December 2015




    Count down the start of the Durham holiday events December 2015 with the 11th Annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting celebration on December 4 at 6 pm at the American Tobacco Ampitheater. Enjoy sensational community choral groups and a special visit from the man in red himself...SANTA!

    • Cast from the Sound of Music
    • Club Boulevard Elementary Chorus 
    • Barriskill Dance 
    • Lucas Middle School Chorus 
    • Duke Rhythm & Blue 
    • Elevate

    Be one of the first 750 people and site and receive a Light Wand sponsored by Living: American Tobacco. At the conclusion of the event the holiday fun continues over at Diamond View Park on Dec. 4 at 7 pm as the Triangle Tree Challenge comes back for holly, jolly prize awarding fun for nonprofits and the companies that support them.

    • View the trees in person or online before Dec. 18
    • Text your vote to 313131 and enter TREE plus the two digit tree number (ex. Tree 14)
    • Or, vote online by logging on to http://www.triangletreechallenge.com and entering your email address plus the two digit tree number.
    • Trees on display at Diamond View Park through January 3, 2016. 

    The Durham Performing Arts Center has several entertaining performances lined up this holiday season.

    Tues. Dec. 1 through Sun. Dec. 6 The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winning Director Jack O’Brien, is coming to DPAC. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do- Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.  2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.


    The number one selling duo in music history, Daryl Hall and John Oates, come to the DPAC for one fantastic SOLD OUT live performance on Dec. 8 at 8 pm. Daryl Hall and John Oates are at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.


    With the addition of a fantastic new illusion last season, Carolina Ballet's The Nutcracker is more exciting than ever. Marvel as characters levitate, disappear, and reappear from thin air. A family favorite for more than a decade, The Nutcracker will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering, "How did they do that?!"

    This full-company productions features Carolina Ballet's world-class dancers bringing Tchaikovsky's enchanting score to life. Carolina Ballet is sure to put a little extra wonder in your holiday season with this magical production.  Sat. Dec. 12 at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sun. Dec. 13 at 2 pm.




    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, now in its 41st year, was voted best in the Triangle by readers of Triangle Arts and Entertainment. A Christmas Carol has become a holiday tradition in the Southeast, and has also enjoyed critically acclaimed tours to England and France.

    A Christmas Carol was the first full scale theatrical event staged at DPAC during its opening week in December of 2008. Approximately 30,000 people attend the local production runs in Raleigh and Durham each year.  Only 5 Shows on Thurs. Dec 17 through Sun. Dec 20, 2015.

    Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is close to all of this Durham December holiday fun! We (Monica and Daniel) invite you to be our guests.  We are located alongside award-winning restaurants, fun holiday shopping, and much more!