Picture this: Durham NC is suffering under the throes of one of its worst snow storms in history; the governor has declared a "state of emergency." Cars litter the roadsides. The icy wintry mix, barreling in from the South, has hit three hours earlier than expected. En route from Virginia back home to Johnston County, NC, I am caught driving in the mess, with my disabled husband by my side. "Get off the main roads!" my daughter shrieks via phone. "Stay to the side roads--those are better." And so I follow the direction, headed into parts unknown. We pass by several large hotels. No rooms. With cellphone towers overwhelmed, my Android hiccups and goes silent--along with it goes my voice-activated GPS, my roadmap for salvation. We are lost in what by now has become an almost blinding downpour of snow. In desperation, I pull off in front of someone's house and fumble for my cumbersome, antiquated Garmin. Nearby? How about "All Lodging." What's this? One-half mile away--something called The King's Daughters Inn. Worth a shot. I grab my husband's non-Android, jitterbug-style phone on the off-chance that it might work--and IT DOES. Kindly voice answers the phone; frantic voice (mine) asks about a room. "Sure, we have one here waiting for you--drive safe!" In 41 years of traveling, we have never received a more warm reception, more gracious accommodations, more helpful service. Thanks to a weather-related fluke, the establishment is largely empty this night. Those who had booked rooms for the highly-anticipated Duke-North Carolina basketball game were snowed in elsewhere. We lucked into one of those dear, sweet unoccupied rooms. And how's this for service: Upon learning that the nearby restaurants had closed and that his guests would have no place to dine, one of the owners donned his best Southern-style snowsuit and soldiered off, walking several blocks up the road to grab the last boxes of pizza from the last remaining restaurant. The few guests there--along with the owners and staff--enjoyed pizza, homemade chili, wine, and beer--all on house. I'm not entirely sure when my travels might bring me to Durham again to stay in this blessed place--but I will tell you this: NEVER will I miss a chance to recommend THE KING'S DAUGHTERS INN to anyone headed in that direction. I will treasure that sweet memory as long as I live.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Providing boutique luxury in an intimate urban setting, the King's Daughters Inn is Durham's premiere Inn. Relax in one of the seventeen graciously appointed one- and two- room suites, or host an event in one of three elegant meeting spaces. Located across the street from Duke University, only minutes to the Durham Performing Arts Center, the King's Daughters Inn is an excellent choice for luxury hospitality in Durham. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The King`s Daughters Hotel Durham