Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Durham is the "Tastiest Town in the South"

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In 2013, Southern Living Magazine announced that Durham, over competitors like New Orleans and Charleston, had earned the title "Tastiest Town in the South," a distinction driven by the votes of thousands of dedicated fans.  From fine dining to innovative food trucks to ethnic establishments, over fifty of Durham's more than seven hundred restaurants receive attention and praise from national media.  

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The Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau compiled local "Best of" lists from Durham's daily newspaper, The Herald-Sun, and the weekly newspaper, Indy Week, to put together a list of local restaurant favorites.

Best African Cuisine: The Palace International


Best Bakery: Guglhupf Artisan Bakery
Featured in The Daily Meal and The New York Times for its local, seasonal, and German cuisine.

Bean Traders Coffee

Best Barista: Bean Traders

Best BBQ: The Original Q-Shack or The Pit Authentic BBQ

Best Beer & Draft Selection: Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom and The SpeakEasy
"Tyler's Taproom is a must," raved Metro News Canada.  Tyler's serves traditional pub fare like burgers and sandwiches and offer sixty craft and specialty beers on tap.

Rise Biscuits and Donuts

Best Biscuits: Rise Biscuits and Donuts
Tasting Table called the doughnuts a "worthy indulgence," and Food & Wine named Rise's biscuits among the "Best Biscuits in the US."

Best Burger: Bull City Burger and Brewery
Southern Living knows that "Bull City takes its locally sourced agenda seriously."  Almost everything is locally grown and made in house.

Mez Durham Contemporary Mexican

Best Business Lunch: Mez Contemporary Mexican


Best Caribbean or Cuban: Old Havana Sandwich Shop

Durham Catering Co.

Best Catering: Durham Catering Company

Neo-China Durham

Best Chinese: Neo-China Restaurant

Chirba Chirba Dumpling

Best Food Truck: Chirba Chirba Dumpling
In Mandarin Chinese, Chirba Chirba means "eat eat!"  This truck was the subject of the television show, My Family Recipe, and customers love to chow down on the dumplings, bun, and dim sum they offer.
Vin Rouge Restaurant

Best French: Vin Rouge
A French bistro with provincial cooking and an extensive wine selection with Wine Spector's Award of Excellence as well as a nod in The Wall Street Journal.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Best Fries: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

The Parlour

Best Frozen Dessert: The Parlour

Spartacus Restaurant

Best Greek: Spartacus Restaurant

Best Grilled Cheese: American Meltdown
Cosmopolitan dubbed it, "a meal [they'll] drool over" and Food Republic said, "Whoever believes that there is no such thing as a gourmet grilled cheese needs to take a trip to American Meltdown."  Melted cheese sandwiches are served on fresh, locally baked breads.

Sitar Indian Cuisine

Best Indian Cuisine: Sitar Indian Cuisine


Best Italian: Pop's Backdoor Pizza and Calzones South

The Pinhook

Best Karaoke/Open Mic: The Pinhook


Best Kept Secret: Monuts Donuts
According to The New York Times, Monuts Donuts makes "sublime" hand-crafted, seasonally and locally inspired donuts.

Best Known: Nana's
Nana's serves Southern regional cuisine with Italian and French influences.  Winner of an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Best Local Brewery and Neighborhood Bar: Fullsteam Brewery

Best Mexican/Latin American: Dos Perros

Bennett Pointe Grill

Best Mom and Pop: Bennett Point Grill and Bar

Best New Restaurant: Pompieri Pizza

Mellow Mushroom

Best Outdoor Dining: Mellow Mushroom

Pizzeria Toro

Best Pizza: Pizzeria Toro
Tasting Table loved the thin crust pizza made in a wood-fired oven in an open kitchen.


Best Place to Hear Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, or Blues: The Blue Note Grill

Best Salad: Saladelia Cafe


Best Sandwich: Toast at Five Points
Italian sandwich shop featuring, "prompt, friendly service" (The New York Times) and "inventive crostini" (Food and Wine).

Cuban Revolution Restaurant

Best Place to Salsa Dance: Cuban Revolution Restaurant and Bar

Saltbox Seafood Joint

Best Seafood: Saltbox Seafood Joint
With daily-caught fish that "bristles with freshness," Saveur Magazine raved that it "fulfills our wildest fantasies of what a takeout fish shack can be."

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

Best Sports Bar: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

Shiki Sushi Asian Bistro

Best Sushi: Shiki Sushi Asian Bistro

Thai Cafe

Best Thai: Thai Cafe

Bull McCabes

Best Trivia Night: Bull McCabe's Irish Pub

Six Plates Wine Bar

Best Wine: Six Plates Wine Bar

Buffalo Wild Wings

Best Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is proud to be part of the Durham, North Carolina community. The wonderful people of Durham voted these as some of the best local restaurants around.  Remember, Morehead Manor guests enjoy a delicious full gourmet breakfast each morning.

There is so much to see and do as well as explore and taste!  From art to theater, sports to shopping, and gardens to historic tours.  Fortunately, Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is open all year round. Monica and Edward enjoy extending their friendly Southern hospitality to each one of their guests.  Visitors are always welcome at Morehead Manor.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging
The YouTube video below was produced by DukeSanford School

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

So Much to Explore in Durham

This autumn, as the leaves change colors here in Durham, North Carolina, we invite you to become guests at our 5 star (according to Hotelz.tv) bed and breakfast. Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is in Bull City, where there is so much to see and do when you visit.

In 2013, Southern Living magazine named Durham, "The Tastiest Town of the South." With many award winning restaurants, guests are sure to dine well here in the Triangle. Food trucks are also popular here in Durham. Our guests start their mornings off right here in Morehead Manor with our delicious gourmet homemade breakfasts.

We also have excellent shopping venues, including The Streets at Southpoint, Brightleaf Square, and Northgate Mall.  Those looking for retail therapy, will find our city to be full of great finds.  The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market kicks off holiday shopping and happens the weekend of November 22nd and 23rd.

In the mood for an entertaining performance?  The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is within walking distance from our manor.  DPAC has regular Broadway theater productions as well as stellar music concerts and hilarious comedians.  For example, Friday October 25, Bill Cosby and Comedy Central's, "Far From Finished Tour" sold out shortly after tickets started selling.

Those who like sports will be pleased to find out that "The City of Champions" is home to two major universities.  Both North Carolina Central University as well as Duke University.  It is football season right now so be sure to "catch" one of our home games.  On October 18 of this year, Duke University won their Homecoming Game with a score of 20-13 over Virginia.

Speaking of Duke University, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens (pictured at the top) are especially lovely this time of year.  Take a walk with that special someone to see incredible landscaping and more of Mother Nature's beauty.

To take a look back at the history of our city, try going on a Historic Tour of Durham. Preservation Durham has saved and restored more than fifty historic properties.

Monica and Edward invite you to be their guests at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. Being located in Durham, there is so much for their guests to explore in this great city!  For those wanting an inside peak of the manor, please watch the video below.  This video was produced by: Home

This blog post is by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Durham Theatre and Art

When guests stay at the lovely Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast in Durham, NC, they have easy access to entertaining Durham Theatre and Art.  Hosts Monica and Daniel want Durham visitors to know about the community's exciting upcoming theatre and art events.

The Durham Performing Arts Center (within walking distance from the manor) offers eight entertaining performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella from November 18 to 23.  This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical delights audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.  This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and memorable moments with the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more.

The Durham Arts Council building is home to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. and several other local arts organizations. Originally constructed in 1906, the three-story 52,000+ square foot building was renovated in 1988 adding much needed structural and facility enhancements. Now offering three galleries and two theatres with support spaces, meeting rooms, offices, rehearsal spaces, studios for digital arts, dance, photography, clay, fiber arts, visual arts, and children’s art. The Durham Arts Council building is part of the City of Durham Historic District and the Historic Preservation Society of Durham.

Durham Arts Council Building

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a celebration of visual arts and fine crafts held in downtown Durham each November, featuring the work of numerous talented artists in a few central locations.  This event kicks off the holiday shopping season by bringing thousands of art lovers for a weekend of shopping and exploration of all that Durham has to offer including world-class restaurants, great shopping, innovative businesses, and fascinating historic sites. The places are within easy walking distance around downtown. On Saturday November 22nd from 10 am to 5 pm visitors can take the Bull City Connector, Durham's fare-free bus that travels downtown.  The Connector does not run on Sundays when the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is also open Sunday November 23rd from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Daniel and Monica, the friendly innkeepers, invite guests to stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. Their guests love waking up each morning to their delightful and delicious homemade gourmet breakfasts. Their manor offers the comforts of home with the amenities of hotels.  Located in the Tastiest Town of the South (according to Southern Living magazine)!  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Durham Historic Tours

Ever wonder how Durham keeps its historic charm?  The Historic Preservation Society of Durham (also known as Preservation Durham) was founded in 1974 to preserve Durham's architectural heritage.  People began buying old houses in various Durham neighborhoods. In the years since many of the tobacco warehouse, factories, and mills have been converted into shopping centers, condominiums, restaurants, and offices.  The society's mission is to protect Durham's historic assets through action, advocacy, and education. Preservation Durham has saved more than fifty properties. Currently, the property below is listed for sale on their website:

Fendol Bevers- 19th Century Farmhouse Near Briar Creek  

Preservation Durham's enthusiastic and well-informed volunteer tour guides will lead you through the history of the tobacco industry as they tell many tales from Durham's past, using oral histories and photographs to illustrate the history of tobacco and the people who supplied tobacco products known through the world. The tour includes descriptions of life in the factories and at home for the thousands of workers who made the Bull City one of the biggest industrial cities in the South as well as those who, like guitarist John Dee Holeman, trekked to Durham's tobacco auctions to play the blues.


Preservation Durham presents free walking tours on the second, third, and fourth Saturday of each month, April through November.  No reservations are required.  Simply meet your guide at 10 am on Saturday morning at Preservation Durham's sign at the Durham Farmers' Market in Central Park, on Foster Street just north of Downtown.  Tours last about ninety minutes and return back to the Farmer's Market.  Tours can be arranged at other times by appointment. 

The Duke family, including patriarch Washington Duke, who started out as a struggling tobacco farmer with his two sons, made quite a fortune in the tobacco industry.  They had long supported Trinity College which traced its roots to 1838 when local Methodists and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. Following a $40 million dollar donation by Washington's son, James Buchanan Duke, Trinity College was renamed Duke University in 1924.   The Sarah P. Duke Gardens are named after Washington Duke's daughter Sarah. Read the amazing story and watch a video about how how the gardens grew in beauty over the years. People all over the world visit the gardens every year. 

Durham Farmers’ Market

Alternatively, you can enjoy a self-guided Downtown Durham walking tour with this print-friendly map from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau. Durham is a city full of rich history and culture.

Tobacco Road Tours
Discover Historic Durham and hear about the rise of the great Tobacco Empire on one of the comfortable, motorized vehicles to experience the Tobacco Road Tours. This 2½ hour tour will include sights such as:

·         American Tobacco Campus
·       The Downtown Business District, Ninth StreetBrightleaf SquareWarehouse District, and Parish Street (Black Wall Street)
·        Bennett Place, where the Civil War surrender was negotiated
·        Historic neighborhoods like Hayti, Watts-Hillandale, Old West Durham, West Club Boulevard and Trinity Park 
·        Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Maplewood Cemetery, Old Durham County Courthouse (Neo-Classical Revival), Duke’s East Campus
·        Durham Bulls Ballpark (old and new)
·        Duke University CampusNorth Carolina Central UniversityDuke Forest and Sarah P. Duke Gardens
·         DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center)
·         Duke Homestead National Historic Site (real tobacco heritage)

This fall, decide to visit Durham, North Carolina.  Whether coming for our history, gardens, universities, athletics, medicine, culture, shopping, music, theatre, art, or another great reason, we feel honored when guests choose to stay at Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast.  We have all the comforts of home with the amenities of hotels. Each morning a full and delicious breakfast awaits our guests. Hosts Monica and Edward show true Southern hospitality and charm.  

     Harvest Time in Durham
Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging