Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bull City Souvenirs



Bring souvenirs from the Bull City home with you! Durham, North Carolina has several places to find unique gifts and keepsakes to remember your trip.


Durham Bulls Ballpark Corner Store: represent America's favorite Triple-A baseball team with Bulls' t-shirts, jerseys, ball caps, and more!
  • Hours: Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm  
  • Contact: (919) 687-6555

The Duck Shop is located at 737 Ninth Street (Suite #230) just off of the East Campus of Duke University in Durham, NC. They are a retailer of officially licensed merchandise all bearing the logos of Duke University and have been proudly serving the Duke community since 1989.  You can also make purchase their merchandise online.
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Contact: (919) 416-3348 

Duke University Stores is comprehensive, with 26 different computer, retail, book, and office service operations serving the University community for more than 50 years. Ranked as the ninth largest independently operated college store operation in the US, Duke Stores ranks first in sales per student.  Recently, a Duke University Store moved to a new location at Brown Residence Hall in Room 122 on the East Side of Campus.

EagleLand is located at 2501 Fayetteville Street in Durham, NC.  Students, faculty, alumni, and other fans who love North Carolina Central University can get their maroon on!  Merchandise can also be ordered online.
  • Hours: 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday
  • Contact: (919) 956-5393 

Durham City Goods' is home to the famous DurHAM tee and Bull and Tower Icon tees that started the Durham t-shirt explosion!  Some of their shirts, stickers, mugs, and more are sold at these Durham, NC locations:

The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau Information Center has a variety of postcards if you like sending snail mail or want to keep them to remember your experiences in The Bull City. They are located at 101 E. Morgan Street.
  • Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Contact: (919) 687-0288 or (800) 446-8604

We (Monica and Daniel) invite you to choose our luxurious bed and breakfast accommodations when you visit Durham, NC.  Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance to world class entertainment at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  Each morning our guests enjoy a full gourmet breakfast to get their day started off right!  We look forward to seeing you! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Local Durham, NC Favorites


Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is pleased to promote the best of what Durham offers.  The Durham Visitors Bureau compiled a local "best of" list from sources like Durham's daily newspaper, The Herald-Sun, and the weekly newspaper, Indy Week.



Best After Work Scene and Outdoor Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
  • Durham Bulls Athletic Park is located at 409 Blackwell Street in Durham
  • The Durham Bulls are the #1 Minor League Team in America
  • Baseball season is April through September 
  • Best Minor League Ball Park in America 
Best Cocktail and Bartender in Durham County: Shannon Healy from Alley 26
  • Alley 26 is located at 320 East Chapel Hill Street in Downtown Durham
  • Open daily from 4 pm to 2 am
  • Also serves premium wines and beers, artisan cheeses, and cured meats 

Best Draft Beer Selection: Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom
  • Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom located at 324 Blackwell Street in Durham
  • Open daily 11 am to 2 am
  • Food includes appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and much more!


Best Live Entertainment and Bloody Mary: Motorco Music Hall
  • Motorco Music Hall is located at 723 Rigsbee Ave in Durham, NC
  • Parts & Labor serves food every night until midnight or until 2 am on weekends
  • GarageBar and Rigsbee Patio always open to the public
  • Variety of shows including live music, comedy, and films
  • Some private events like meetings, parties, and weddings

Best Live Theater Venue: Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
  • DPAC is located at 123 Vivian Street in Durham (within walking distance from Morehead Manor)
  • DPAC Events and Tickets
  • Rated the second best Theater Venue in the United States  
  • Award-winning performers and Broadway performances

Best Local Brewery and Neighborhood Bar in Durham County: Fullsteam Brewery
  • Fullstream Brewery is located at 726 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham
  • Plow-to-pint beer from the South
  • All are welcome; dog friendly

Best Margarita: Dos Perros
  • Dos Perros is located at 200 N. Mangum Street in Durham
  • Dinner Sun. through Thurs. 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Dinner Fri. and Sat. 5 pm to 11 pm
  • Full menu including desserts like Tres Leches (a Mexican-style three milk cake with fresh mango puree)
Best Open Mic: The Pinhook
  • The Pinhook is located at 117 W. Main Street in Durham
  • Hours: Mon. through Sat. 5 pm to 2 am
  • Hours: Sunday 5 pm to 12 pm
  • You are welcome to bring in food and your dog 
Best Place to Hear Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, or Blues: The Blue Note Grill
  • The Blue Note Grill is located at 709 Washington Street in Durham
  • Full menu Tues. to Sat. until 10 pm
  • Live music every night
Best Place to Shoot Pool: The Green Room
  • The Green Room is located at 1108 Broad Street in Durham
  • Open daily 5 pm to 2 am
  • Offers pool, shuffleboard, and darts
  • Serves over 100 varieties of micro-brews, domestics, and imports
Best Sports Bar: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
  • The Tobacco Road Sports Cafe is located at 280 S. Mangum Street in Durham
  • Open Sun. through Thurs. 11 am to 12 am
  • Open Fri. and Sat. 11 am to 2 am
  • Goal to deliver fresh, local, and delicious food; exceptional service; and infinite sports viewing 
 Best Theatre to See a Blockbuster Movie: AMC Southpoint 17
  • AMC Southpoint 17 is located at The Streets at Southpoint on 8030 Renaissance Parkway in Durham, NC
  •  17 theatre screens with stadium seating; disabled seating available 
Best Theatre to See an Independent Film: Carolina Theatre
  • Carolina Theatre is located at 309 West Morgan Street in Durham
  • Each year presents over 60 concerts, daily film and film festivals 
Best Trivia Night: Bull McCabe's Irish Pub
  • Bull McCabe's Irish Pub is located at 427 W Main Street in Durham
  • Open 11 am to 2 am, 7 days a week
Daniel and Monica Edwards welcome you to stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast while you enjoy visiting "the best" of Durham!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Durham Dining Delights

Durham dining delights! Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is proud to be located in Durham, "The Tastiest Town in the South" according to Southern Living in 2013.  Guests of our local bed and breakfast can savor farm fresh and delicious local cuisine near to our award-winning inn.
Basan 
Basan has a menu which features modern Japanese appetizers, entrees, and a wide variety of specialty rolls as well as an extensive sake selection that are all inspired by the West Coast style of modern Japanese cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere.


According to Southern Living Magazine, Bull City Burger and Brewery, "takes its locally sourced agenda seriously."  Almost everything served here comes from within a 75-mile radius.  Beef is pasture-raised with no added hormones or anitbiotics.  The brewery part takes place right on the premises with the brew tanks visible from the dining room.  Eight of the resulting brews are available on tap, and rotate seasonally.

Dame's Chicken and Waffles
Dame's Chicken and Waffles is Southern comfort food.  According to Oxford American, Dames does it with, "perfectly fried chicken."  Southern Living loves their "tender fluffy waffles."  Dame's uses various kinds of waffles (from classic to gingerbread to blueberry) and a flavored shmear (a kind of buttery spread).

Mateo Tapas
Mateo Bar de Tapas was opened by Chef Matthew Kelly who is also the executive chef at local Durham French Bistro, Vin Rouge.  This restaurant blends Spanish flavors with traditional Southern ingredients and dishes into a rotating menu of marvelous food.



The Parlour opened originally as a modifed, pink-painted mini-school bus and they added their brick and mortar location in 2013.  Serves handmade ice cream sourced from local farmers whenever possible and often what they serve is related to what is in season. Guests enjoy unique flavors like orange spice cake and girl scout mint.  The New York Times praised them saying, "Their ice cream sandwiches made with soft chocolate chip cookies and hand-made salted butter caramel ice cream are superb."

Revolution Durham
Revolution serves seasonal contemporary global cuisine to Downtown Durham.  Chef Jim Arise's menu features both small plates and entree-sized portions, offers a special tasting menu, allows diners to create their own dining experience, and offers fifty bar options under fifty dollars.

Toast
Toast is a paninoteca, which is an authentic Italian sandwich shop modeled after those found in the towns and cities of Italy.  Inspired by the Italian tradition of simple cooking using seasonal, local ingredients paired with cured meats and cheeses from Italy.  Toast creates sandwiches, soups, and salads.  The New York Times raved about Toast for its, "cheerful turquoise walls and prompt, friendly service."  While Food and Wine celebrated its, "inventive crostini."

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
Metro magazine noted that Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, "serves more than your standard bar food. Menu includes crab cakes, lettuce wraps, Cajun po'boy, and more."  Thrillist named this a must hit sports bar before a Duke-UNC game.  They recommend having their fried catfish while sitting on their patio which overlooks the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the iconic left field bull.

Each morning, guests of Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham receive a delicious, complimentary gourmet breakfast.   We (Monica and Daniel) look forward to your Bull City visit and your stay at our luxurious bed and breakfast.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Durham Farmers Market


Farmers Market Sign 

The Durham Farmers' Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cut flowers, potted plants, artisanal cheeses and breads, home-baked pies, honey, handmade chocolates, preserves, local wines, hand-made soaps, pottery, jewelry and artwork of all sorts.

The Durham Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday morning at Durham Central Park located at 501 Foster Street in Durham.  The Durham Farmers Market is a producer-only market featuring the produce and wares of more than 50 vendors, all of whom are located within 70 miles of the market. Call 919-667-3099  for any questions.

Durham Farmers' Market Hours:
From April to November, Saturdays from 8am to Noon.
From December to March, Saturdays from 10am to Noon.
From May to September, Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.

There are a few local Durham farms that offer small tours.  Guests can select some of their delicious farm fresh food.

Directions to the Durham Farmers' Market from Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast:
Start out going SOUTH on VICKERS AVE toward MOREHEAD AVE (.02 miles)
Take the FIRST LEFT onto S DUKE STREET (.8 miles)
TURN RIGHT onto W CORPORATION STREET (.3 miles)
TURN RIGHT onto FOSTER STREET (.1 mile)
501 FOSTER STREET is on the RIGHT

entrance

Elodie Farms, owned and operated by Dave Artigues, is located on 21 acres in the Carolina Piedmont.   The farm is named after Dave's mother Elodie. Dave started building the dairy in 2002, converting a tobacco barn. The farms sells goat cheese to the public at the Durham Farmers Market.

Many local restaurants and specialty stores serve the cheese, which is known for its quality and variety. In 2006, Elodie Farms introduced Dinners on the Porch, inviting local chefs to create meals that feature their cheeses.

Elodie Farms is located at 9522 Hampton Road in Rougemont, NC.  
Call (919) 479-4606 for questions.

Directions to the Farm from I-85:
Take the DUKE ST / US-501 N exit- EXIT 176B- toward ROXBORO.
Stay STRAIGHT on US-501 N / N DUKE ST for 9.3 miles
Turn RIGHT onto BAHAMA RD. for 4.2 miles. You will cross over Lake Michie.
Turn RIGHT onto HALL RD. for 1.4 miles
End at 9522 Hampton Rd.
Elodie Farms is across the street from the stop sign.

Directions to the Farm from Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast:
Start out going SOUTH on VICKERS AVE toward MOREHEAD AVE (.02 miles)
Take the FIRST LEFT onto MOREHEAD AVE (.2 miles)
Take the  FIRST LEFT onto S DUKE STREET (4.5 miles)
S DUKE STREET becomes US-501 N (6.9 miles)
Turn RIGHT onto BAHAMA ROAD (4.2 miles)
Turn RIGHT onto HALL ROAD (portions unpaved) (1.5 miles)
Turn RIGHT onto HAMPTON ROAD (portions unpaved) (.05 miles)
9522 HAMPTON ROAD is ON THE LEFT.

Herndon Hills Farm

Herndon Hills Farm is a small, sustainable family farm growing blueberries and blackberries
as well as ten varieties of muscadine and scuppernong grapes in September.
They are just a few miles from the Research Triangle Park.
All their crops are pick-your-own.

In the summer they are open for picking delicious blueberries and blackberries!
Their berries are grown using only natural methods. They are in transition to certified organic.

Their hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays 7 a.m. - 12 noon.
Blueberries are $3/lb. Blackberries are $4/lb.
There is a minimum charge of $3 per person or $5 per family.


Their farm is their home so they can only accommodate individuals and families, not groups.
For a daily update, please call (919) 544-3313 or their Facebook page.

Directions to the Herndon Hills Farm from I-40:
Take the Fayetteville Road exit (Exit 276) and go south.
Take the first left on Herndon Road. Go 1/2 mile.
Take a right on Barbee Road.
Go 1/4 mile to farm on right.



In addition to having fresh blueberries, Snikroc Farm offers soft-serve ice cream on summer
evenings.  They are located at 5220 Wake Forest Road in Durham, NC.

Directions from Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast:
Start out going SOUTH on VICKERS AVE toward MOREHEAD AVE. (.02 miles)
Take the FIRST LEFT onto MOREHEAD AVE. (.2 miles)
MOREHEAD AVE becomes S SERVICE ROAD W (.4 miles)
TURN LEFT onto S ROXBORO STREET/US-15 BUS N/US 501 Business (.5 miles)
TURN RIGHT ontoo HOLLOWAY STREET/US 70 BUS E/NC-98 (6.2 miles)
Continue to FOLLOW NC-98.
5220 WAKE FOREST ROAD is on the RIGHT.

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast uses only the freshest of ingredients when we prepare
our yummy gourmet breakfasts.  Durham is also home to award-winning restaurants as well as
food trucks.  In fact, Southern Living magazine named Durham the Tastiest Town in the South!