Jim Beley

General Manager

Jim Beley brings 28 years of experience in hotel and restaurant management to his position as general manager of The Umstead Hotel and Spa. A native of New York state, Beley now calls Raleigh home with his wife of 23 years and his four children.

  • On May 24, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are the best Triangle museums?

    In Raleigh, there is the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina Museum of History. In Durham, you’ll find the North Carolina Museum of Life and Sciences, Nasher Museum and Duke University Campus. And there the UNC Basketball Museum is in Chapel Hill.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What should I pack for a trip to the Triangle?

    North Carolina has four distinct seasons, with spring and fall being temperate and nice, summer being rather warm and winter being chilly. We would suggest to pack for the weather and also for what you are coming to the area for. Hiking or walking shoes are a good idea if you would like to enjoy Umstead State Park and our other nearby natural resources.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What is the best way to see the Triangle in two days?

    We would encourage having a car, since our area is spread between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Must-sees in Raleigh include the North Carolina Museum of Art and Museum Park, Contemporary Art Museum, North Hills shopping center, Umstead State Park, downtown Raleigh trolley tour, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Marbles Children’s Museum. In Durham, you might want to visit the Duke University campus and Duke Gardens, a Durham Bulls baseball game, Streets of Southpoint shopping center, downtown Durham’s farmers market and the American Tobacco entertainment complex. In Chapel Hill, try the Morehead Planetarium, Franklin Street shopping, ASouthern Season gourmet food shop and the Carrboro farmer’s market.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What is the best way to see the Triangle in one day?

    There are several unique ways to see the towns in our area. Downtown Raleigh offers tours via trolley or Segway to see sites like the gingerbread-style governor’s mansion, Moore Square, the state capitol building, and the historic Oakwood district. To have a taste of our foodie culture, try Triangle Food Tours. This organization offers six delicious food tasting and walking tours throughout Downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Downtown Durham and Downtown Cary.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What’s the best time to visit the Triangle?

    Our area is truly beautiful year-round. All four seasons are temperate, save for summer, which can sometimes get a little warm! Fall brings a gorgeous show of color and lots of outdoor activities, including the North Carolina State Fair. Winter is chilly with only an occasional snow. Spring perhaps is the most vibrant, with budding dogwoods and azaleas - the perfect time for a stroll in nearby Umstead State Park or the Duke Gardens. Summer invites you to enjoy the local lakes, including the expansive Lake Jordan and Falls Lake.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What is the Triangle’s cultural scene like?

    The arts flourish throughout the Triangle area. The esteemed Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Symphony and North Carolina Opera hold regular performances throughout the year. Broadway Series South at DPAC in Durham, the North Carolina Theater, Theater in the Park and Raleigh Little Theater offer a variety of musical and dramatic shows

    As far as visual arts, the North Carolina Museum of Art is a national treasure, featuring a large collection of classical Greek, Roman, Egyptian and European art from across the centuries. Most notable are a large collection of works by Auguste Rodin and an outdoors Museum Park that’s dotted with sculptures. The newly opened Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh offers the Art of our Time exhibit, meant to inspire and delight. The Nasher Museum on the Duke University campus presents thought-provoking works in a modern setting. And throughout the Triangle, art galleries and studios abound.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What are the five best free things to do in the Triangle?

    Since we are blessed with such nice weather much of the year, there are many outdoor activities that can be enjoyed complimentary. The extensive Greenway Trail System consists of scenic, woodland paths that meander throughout the area, even connecting to Umstead State Park and the American Tobacco Trail in Durham. These trails are the perfect way to explore the area by foot, bike or horseback. Another way to enjoy the flora and fauna of the area is a visit to the JC Raulston Botanical Garden, which is adjacent to the North Carolina State University campus. A wide variety of native and exotic plants and flowers make for a wonderful experience in nature.

    The permanent collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) is open to the public at no charge as well. With over 30 works by famed sculptor Auguste Rodin, European paintings from the Renaissance to the 19th century, Egyptian art, ancient Greek and Roman work, and an impressive collection of contemporary works, the NCMA is an amazing free cultural outing. The museum expanded in April 2010 to a modern, light-filled 127,000-square-foot space, designed by New York-based architects Thomas Phifer and Partners.

    On the first Friday of each month, Raleigh also holds “First Friday,” a chance to explore all the art galleries and museums in the downtown and Glenwood South areas at no charge. Galleries are open late during this self-guided walking tour and often offer complimentary food and drink.

    We are also very fortunate to have the Southeast’s largest natural history museum in downtown Raleigh, which is open to the public at no charge. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences features four floors of exhibits, live animals, a nature-oriented shop and Acro Caf_. Highlights include the world’s most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur, a two-story waterfall and the Living Conservatory, which is buzzing with hummingbirds and butterflies.
  • On May 24, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are the five best things to do on a romantic trip to the Triangle?

    What are the best five things to do on a romantic trip to the Triangle? We would recommend a refreshing morning hike in Umstead State Park, including a gourmet picnic lunch by the beautiful babbling brook on the Company Mill Trail - you’ll feel miles away! Another seasonal option outdoors is a North Carolina Symphony “Summerfest” concert in the scenic Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary. Indoors, a trip to the Morehead Planetarium on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus followed by dinner outside at Top of the Hill Brewery could have you both seeing stars. The Fearrington Inn in nearby Pittsboro is a wonderful Five-Star bed-and-breakfast type venue with an outstanding restaurant and pastoral setting, with their own Belted Galloway cows grazing nearby. Finally, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) hosts a variety of Broadway shows, acclaimed musical acts and other cultural experiences that are perfect for two.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    Where is the best Triangle shopping?

    We highly recommend two shopping centers in Raleigh: North Hills and Cameron Village. Both areas offer a variety of small, locally owned boutiques and restaurants that are a refreshing change from the chain-heavy malls in the area. They are both pedestrian-friendly, outdoor centers that feature fashion-forward clothing retailers, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What are the five best things to do with kids in the Triangle?

    Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are all wonderful playgrounds for families. Raleigh offers a unique, interactive museum for kids called Marbles, which encourages them to learn through experimentation and play. A connecting IMAX theater shows fascinating documentary films in a large-scale, often 3D, format. Close to downtown Raleigh is the historic Pullen Park, a delightful place to enjoy an old-fashioned carrousel or train ride, take a picnic or paddleboat with the swans. The Triangle also is home to a beautiful Greenway system, with lush walkways perfect for a family bike ride or walking the dog.

    Durham is home to the Museum of Life and Sciences, a state-of-the-art, engaging indoor/outdoor science-technology center that’s ranked as one of the top four family-friendly museums in the Southeast. The museum includes Magic Wings Butterfly House, an impressive display of NASA history, weather learning labs and a small outdoor zoo.

    Finally, children love the wonder of the Morehead Planetarium, located on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill, which has programming for all ages.
  • On May 24, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are the five best things to see and do in the Triangle?

    The Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) offers a tremendous variety of attractions. We would highly recommend two neighboring sites, William B. Umstead State Park for woodland hikes and picnics, and the stunning new North Carolina Museum of Art, which features over 30 works by Auguste Rodin and an expansive 164-acre Museum Park that’s dotted with sculptures. Other points of interest in the area include the new Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, and the beautiful campus and gardens of Duke University. Finally, our area’s food scene is getting national attention, with Durham recently being named the small-city foodie capital of the United States by Bon Appetit magazine. From the locally sourced menus at award-winning restaurants like Herons, Magnolia Grill and Poole’s Diner to the roving gourmet food trucks and good ol’ North Carolina barbeque, a good meal is never far away.