Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Durham Bed and Breakfast in December

We (Daniel and Monica Edwards) invite you to experience the December holidays at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast of Durham, North Carolina.  Indeed, this is "the most wonderful time of year" to visit and take in all that the Bull City has to offer!

In 2013, Southern Living magazine named Durham, "The Tastiest Town in the South." Backed by the votes of thousands of dedicated fans, our town's food really is that good. Durham has more than fifty restaurants receiving attention and press from the national media, lauding them as exceptional and tops in their craft.  Speaking of tasty, try Morehead Manor's delicious homemade breakfasts that are completely pleasing to the palate. Wake up to warm, just out-of-the-oven, fantastic fresh food!

In addition to superb cuisine at local restaurants and at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast, the town of Durham has so much to offer:

While staying at Morehead Manor, guests will notice our little touches of Christmas are all over the our bed and breakfast inn right now.  From darling miniature Christmas trees (like the one above) to the large festive Christmas tree (below).  We like to "deck the halls!"

Within walking distance from our manor is the Durham Performing Arts Center.  Since opening six years ago, DPAC is the center for live entertainment in the Triangle.  DPAC is consistently recognized with top national ranking and local awards.  More than two million guests have come through the doors for the wide variety of Broadway, concerts, comedy, and family shows.


The hit musical comedy adaptation, A Christmas Carol, is celebrating its 40th anniversary!  One of the Triangle's most beloved Christmas traditions will once again be featured at Durham Performing Arts Center for five shows only from December 18 to 21. Did you know that 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.


The Summit Church is back at the Durham Performing Arts Center for Christmas Eve. They are hosting five services for the whole community to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ. Services are on Tuesday Dec. 23 and Wednesday Dec. 24.  They are partnering with Urban Ministries of Durham and the Salvation Army of Wake County to host a supply drive at all Christmas Eve services.  When you attend Christmas at DPAC, please bring an item with you to support homeless ministries.

Happy Holidays Royalty Free Stock Photos

We wish you Happy Holidays!  From the very moment of your arrival, Daniel and I welcome our honored guests at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit with us even more special!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Durham Where Great Things Happen

According to Black Enterprise magazine, we are the number one black-owned bed and breakfast in America! They even quote me (Co-Owner and Innkeeper Monica) from Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast as saying, "Out of the 30,000 or more bed and breakfasts in the country, only about one percent are black owned." We are thankful that we are rated as the best in the bed and breakfast industry.  We thank all of the wonderful guests we have had a privilege to extend our hospitality.

Morehead Manor's Tiger Room
Image courtesy Fortuitous Capture

Daniel and I opened Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in 1997.  The Black Enterprise goes on to state, "since then it has been a staple of African American excellence in hospitality." They quote me telling them, "We are going into our seventeenth year.  I've seen lots of changes and I've embraced them.  I enjoy what I do.  It's a labor of love.  I tell everybody that if I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't be doing it this long."

Morehead Manor foyer and stairs
Image courtesy of Fortuitous Capture

When asked about my experience with bed and breakfasts, I shared that, "I can honestly say my first experience at a bed and breakfast was in 1995 and I fell in love with it and said to myself this is a very good concept.  Over the next year and a half, every time my husband and I traveled, we stayed at a bed and breakfast and talked to people there. Remember, at the time, there was very limited information about bed and breakfasts and, unlike hotels that have a lot of money to spend on advertising, most bed and breakfasts have a very limited budget."

The local Durham area residents as well as Morehead Manor guests are all thankful that this bed and breakfast is in the community.  Close to Downtown Durham, the manor is ideally located near:

Whether returning for a visit to Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast, or coming for the very first time, we welcome you to enjoy your stay. There is so much to do, see, hear, and taste!  Speaking of, enjoy our out-of-this-world delicious, fresh, and homemade gourmet breakfasts each morning. Mmmm.....good! 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Durham Libraries

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is located in Durham which is part of the greater Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill).  Both Duke University and North Carolina Central University are located in the Bull City.  We are going to feature those two Durham universities and their libraries as well as our local Durham public libraries.

We (Monica and Daniel Edwards) welcome you to explore all the rich learning opportunities the Durham area has to offer!  Each morning guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast wake up to a delicious gourmet home-cooked breakfast.  Those interested in the universities or taking advantage of our area's libraries are welcome to visit.

The Durham area offers many exciting adventures:
Durham Art
Durham Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Durham History
Durham Holiday Performances
Durham Jazz
Durham Performing Arts Center
Durham Restaurants
Durham Shopping
Durham Sports

Search and Find at Duke University Libraries
Directions, Maps, and Parking at Duke University Libraries

Duke University Libraries Professional Schools 
Duke Divinity School Library
Ford Library, Fuqua School of Business
Goodson Law Library
Duke Medical Center Library

North Carolina Central University and their Libraries
James E. Shepard Memorial Library
NCCU School of Law Library
School of Library and Information Science Library

The Durham County Library was the first free, tax-supported library in North Carolina.  After more than a century of service, Durham County Library is now a regional system.  With the opening of the renovated Southwest and South Regional Libraries in 2010, Durham County now has a full-service library within five miles of nearly every Durham citizen.  The library offers more than 200 public access computers and free WiFi in all library locations.  In addition to traditional library books and magazines, the library offers CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, downloadable ebooks, and online databases  for research.  With more than 2 million visitors annually to a library location, an additional 2 million visitors to the library website, as well as 5,000-plus programs for children, teens, and adults, the Durham County Library system remains vitally relevant to the Durham Community at all stages of life.

Durham County Libraries  
 Main Library
Durham County Main Library

Regular Hours
Monday 9 am to 9 pm
Tuesday 9 am to 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am to 6 pm
Thursday 9 am to 9 pm
Friday 2 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 9 pm
Sunday 2 pm to 6 pm

North Carolina Collection
North Carolina Collection (3rd floor Main Library)

Regular Hours
Monday 12:30 pm to 9 pm
Tuesday 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday 10 am to 5 pm
Friday 2 pm to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday closed

Map to the Main Durham County Library location from Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Durham Holiday Performances

    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.

    Red Holly Berry Stock Images

    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 Site 2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705
    Doors open at 6:45 pm Family: 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.

    Joy Candy Cane Stock Images

    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, conductor Holcombe

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

      Photo: Purchase your tickets today for our annual Holiday Pops Concert--Friday, December 5, 7pm at the Durham Armory! http://www.durhamsymphony.org/buy-tickets/

    Kenny G 2014 Holiday Show
    December 7, 2014 at 7 pm Durham Performing Arts Center
    123 Vivian St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701 Tickets $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.

    Christmas card Stock Photos

    Nnenna Freelon and John Brown Big Band Christmas
    Dec. 7, 2014 at 7 pm
    Carolina Theatre 309 W Morgan St, Downtown Durham, I-85 Exit 177, Durham, NC 27701
    Tickets  (919) 560-3030

    Nnenna Freelon & John Brown Big Band | Christmas

    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 Center 123 Vivian St, Downtown Durham, Durham, NC 27701 Thursday 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.

    Christmas Label with Happy Holidays Royalty Free Stock Photography

    We (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.

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Bull City Jazz

    Jazz Sign Royalty Free Stock Photography

    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.  We (Daniel and Monica) offer our 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!

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Durham Sports Achievements

    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:
    We (Hosts Daniel and Monica Edwards) invite guests to experience the joy of visiting Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. In addition to all that the city of Durham provides, we offer delicious homemade gourmet breakfasts sure to satisfy the hungriest of people! Reserve one of Morehead Manor's comfortable rooms today!

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Durham Performing Arts Center in November


    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 us (Monica and Daniel Edwards) are fresh and delicious every morning! Make your reservations today!