Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bull City Jazz

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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.  Daniel and Monica offer their 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:
Hosts Daniel and Monica Edwards invite guests to to Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast. In addition to all that the city of Durham provides, this friendly couple offers delicious homemade gourmet breakfasts sure to satisfy the hungriest of people! Reserve one of Morehead Manor's comfortable rooms today!

Blog post written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

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

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