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 30, 2013
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    Does The Umstead Hotel and Spa host a New Year’s Eve party?

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa rang in 2013 with its annual New Year’s Eve celebration. This formal evening (jacket and tie required) featured delicious cuisine, drinks and entertainment. The Deanna Jones Orchestra, a 14-piece ensemble, played a variety of Motown and big band productions as well as modern hits and classic party songs. The grand event lasted from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and guests enjoyed an open bar of premium liquors, wine and beer to accompany an elaborate menu of small plates, followed by a Chocolate Bar featuring a variety of our signature desserts. It was truly an affair to remember.

    For those who wanted a more low-key but still festive evening, Herons served an exquisitely prepared four-course, wine-paired New Year's Eve dinner. The menu celebrated the winter harvests and the warmth and flavors of the season.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What are the popular attractions near The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The Umstead is located in the culturally rich Triangle region of North Carolina, formed by the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Attractions include the beautiful Umstead State Park, for which the hotel was named, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum, Marbles Children’s Museum, Duke University Campus and Gardens, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Morehead Planetarium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and much more.
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    What are the five best things to do near The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) offers a tremendous variety of attractions. We would highly recommend two neighboring sites, Umstead State Park for woodland hikes and picnics, and the stunning North Carolina Museum of Art, featuring over 30 works by Auguste Rodin (and a 164-acre Museum Park, dotted with sculptures). Other points of interest in the area include the 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 named the small-city Foodie Capital of the U.S. by Bon Appetit magazine. From the locally sourced menus at award-winning restaurants such as Herons, Magnolia Grill, and Poole’s Diner, to the roving gourmet food trucks, a good meal is never far away.
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    What is the best time of the year to visit The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    Our area is truly beautiful year-round. All four seasons are temperate, although summer 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 crisp with only an occasional snow. Spring perhaps is the most vibrant season, 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 30, 2013
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    What five things do we love most about The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The five things we love most about The Umstead are: the wonderfully sincere service; the artful and delicious food at Herons; the jewel box of a gift shop, which is inspired by art and nature; the beautiful artwork, particularly the striking glass sculpture in the lobby by Dale Chihuly; and the natural tranquility of The Umstead Spa.
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    Where is The Umstead Hotel and Spa located?

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa is located in Cary, N.C., situated between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Our address is 100 Woodland Pond Dr., Cary, NC 27513.
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    What five things should I be sure to pack for a stay at The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The five items you should bring to The Umstead are: walking shoes for nature activities such as exploring the nearby Umstead State Park by foot or complimentary bike to borrow; a bathing suit for our seasonal heated outdoor pool and steam and sauna in The Umstead Spa; comfortable clothing for enjoying the serene environment; a book for relaxing by our pond or pool; and sunglasses because it is always sunny in Cary, N.C.
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    What is the nearest golf course to The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    Guests of The Umstead enjoy the facilities of Prestonwood Country Club. Offering 54 holes of championship-caliber golf, the spectacular course takes full advantage of the area’s gently rolling land. It boasts an uncompromising vision and impeccable execution and is located minutes away from The Umstead.
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    What is the average cost per plate at a wedding at The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The average per person cost for a wedding is $185. This includes: premium brand open bar for four hours; an array of gourmet cheeses accented with fresh berries and a selection of specialty crackers and freshly baked baguettes; a variety of five butler passed hors d’oeuvres, a glass of champagne to toast the bride and groom; wine service with dinner; a first course to include salad or tableside poured soup; entrée selections to include up to three entrées or one duo entrée; a specially designed wedding cake served with a strawberry hand-dipped in chocolate; select coffee and assorted specialty hot teas offered with dessert; floor-length white or ivory table linens, ballroom chairs, decorative charger plates and votive candles; all local sales tax and service charge; and complimentary accommodations for the bride and groom on their wedding night.
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    Which shops are located near The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The Umstead Spa features its own retail area, filled with the very best in skin and body care. Products by Sothys, Skinceuticals, K. Hall, Ecoya, Elizabeth W, and De La Terre are chicly presented and perfect to take home as a gift for a loved one or yourself. 

    Also within the hotel is our Umstead Gift Shop, an award-winning boutique offering a selection of artwork, home accessories, clothing and gifts. Beautiful glass birds by Iittala, modern porcelain vessels by Jonathan Adler, elegant home furnishings by Michael Aram, chic candles by Dayna Decker, and a wide array of artwork from local artisans and jewelers make for a wonderful and inspiring shopping experience. A custom gift basket service is available, as is complimentary giftwrapping inspired by nature.

    We also highly recommend two shopping centers in Raleigh: North Hills and Cameron Village. Both shopping areas offer a variety of small, locally-owned boutiques and restaurants that are a refreshing change from traditional chain malls. They are both outdoor, pedestrian-friendly centers featuring fashion-forward clothing retailers, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.
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    Does The Umstead Hotel and Spa have a guest loyalty program?

    Our loyalty program is not a formal process, but rather a personalized recognition of our repeat guests. The hotel’s guest relations manager keeps extensive records of guests’ stays and utilizes this information to better serve returning guests upon their arrival.
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    What are some locations for weddings at The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    Image credit (optional) Our immaculate 6,000-square-foot outdoor lawn overlooking our shimmering three-acre lake is ideal for ceremonies.  One of our more exquisitely decorated event venues is the Salon, an elegant room filled with natural light pouring in from lakefront windows. Brocade-lined walls, a modern Italian chandelier and fixtures, and a muted palette create an ideal setting for an intimate reception or dance.  The Umstead Ballroom is an impressive, spacious venue for events as well. It has soaring ceilings, intricate custom carpeting, breathtaking lighting and space to create the ultimate party of your design. Smaller events will find our lovely Cedar and Sycamore rooms to be most warm and inviting.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    Which museums are located near The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    There are a bevy of museums nearby, including: North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh; North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh; North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh; North Carolina Museum of Life and Sciences in Durham; Nasher Museum, Duke University Campus in Durham; and the UNC Basketball Museum in Chapel Hill.
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    How do I get to The Umstead Hotel and Spa from the airport?

    From Raleigh/Durham International Airport, take I-40 East toward Raleigh. Take Exit 287; then turn right onto North Harrison Avenue. At your first traffic light, turn left onto SAS Campus Drive. The Umstead Hotel and Spa, at 100 Woodland Pond Dr., is the first road on your left. If using a GPS Navigation System, please use the following address: 5 SAS Campus Dr., Cary, N.C. 27513.
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