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.

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  • On November 19, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

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

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa rings in 2013 with its annual New Year’s Eve celebration. This is a formal evening (jacket and tie required) featuring delicious cuisine, drinks and entertainment. This year the Deanna Jones Orchestra, a 14-piece ensemble, will be playing a variety of Motown and big band productions as well as modern hits and classic party songs. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests can enjoy 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’s truly an affair to remember.

    For those seeking a more low-key but still festive evening, Herons will present an exquisitely prepared four-course, wine-paired New Year's Eve dinner. The menu will celebrate the winter harvests and the warmth and flavors of the season.
  • On November 19, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What Christmas events does The Umstead Hotel and Spa host?

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa welcomes both adults and families with children throughout the holiday season, starting with Tea with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of December. Complete with holiday treats and story time, the annual event is an Umstead guest favorite and so popular, we’re already sold out for 2012! On December 13, we invite local residents and guests to take a break from the bustle of holiday shopping to indulge in our Caviar + Champagne event. This evening event showcases multiple caviar-inspired small plates paired with a variety of Champagne and sparkling wine tastings. Herons’ talented chefs Scott Crawford and John Childers guide guests through the unique flavor profiles of the dishes, describing how they are complemented by each pairing.
  • On October 24, 2012
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    What are the five best amenities for kids at The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    There are plenty of amenities just for kids at The Unstead. These are the five best:

    Children are delighted to receive a plush woodland animal finger puppet upon their arrival to The Umstead Hotel and Spa.

    The nature path around our three-acre pond, including a butterfly garden and informational signage, is also a nice outing with children. The nearby Umstead State Park is also convenient for a more intense family hike.

    XBox 360 and Wii gaming consoles are available upon request in our guestrooms, which is great fun for children when combined with a few thoughtful treats from our in-room dining menu — warm chocolate chip cookies and milk, perhaps?

    In the summer months, our heated pool is certainly a welcome refreshment for families with children.

    Finally, the Umstead Gift Shop has a dedicated area of nature-inspired toys, gifts and games.
  • On October 19, 2012
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    What are five things I should know about The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The Umstead is an independent, locally and privately owned property — completely one-of-a-kind.

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa is named for the nearby William B. Umstead State Park, the historic, visionary land set aside nearly a century ago as The Triangle area’s very own answer to New York’s Central Park — the theme of ‘woodland nature’ is woven throughout the property.

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa was named “Best Place to Work, Large Business Category,” in the 2010 Triangle Business Journal. Our associates treat one another as family, eager to together provide the perfect guest experience.

    We encourage a healthy lifestyle. From our Herons Wellness Menu, to the walking nature trail around our wooded pond, and from our complimentary mountain bikes to in-room Yoga kits (available by request), we hope our guests will take the opportunity to take care of themselves.

    Herons, our signature restaurant, is part of The Umstead experience. The chef presents artful, flavorful dishes created from and inspired by the best of local farms.
  • On October 4, 2012
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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 the following: 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 table side poured soup or salad; 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 sleeping room for bride and groom on their wedding night.
  • On October 4, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are five things I should know about The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The Umstead is an independent, locally and privately owned property — completely one-of-a-kind.

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa is named for the nearby William B. Umstead State Park, the historic, visionary land set aside nearly a century ago as The Triangle area’s very own answer to New York’s Central Park — the theme of ‘woodland nature’ is woven throughout the property.

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa was named “Best Place to Work, Large Business Category,” in the 2010 Triangle Business Journal. Our associates treat one another as family, eager to together provide the perfect guest experience.

    We encourage a healthy lifestyle. From our Herons Wellness Menu, to the walking nature trail around our wooded pond, and from our complimentary mountain bikes to in-room Yoga kits (available by request), we hope our guests will take the opportunity to take care of themselves.

    Herons, our signature restaurant, is part of The Umstead experience. Chef de Cuisine Steven Greene presents artful, flavorful dishes created from and inspired by the best of local farms.
  • On September 13, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    Does The Umstead Spa offer acupressure treatments?

    We have three treatments that offer acupressure. The first is reflexology for 25 minutes which can be a treatment by itself or as an add-on treatment. The second is the Red Flower Japan treatment for either 75 or 90 minutes. This touches on Shiatsu points throughout the massage. The last is the Cherry Blossom Ritual, which features an exfoliation and an extended foot massage that works points along the foot similar to the reflexology.
  • On September 13, 2012
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    What kind of aromatherapy massage is offered at The Umstead Spa?

    Our organic aromatherapy massage oil line is from Absolutely Natural. The base is grape seed oil, which is a great medium. We offer five different aromas. Lavender, which is good for relaxing; Sandalwood, which is good for grounding; Ruby Grapefruit, which is good for energizing and refreshing; Peppermint, which is the most popular will wake your senses and energize; and Arnica, which is good for those muscle aches.
  • On September 13, 2012
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    How old does my child need to be to visit The Umstead Spa?

    Guests must be 18 years or older to enjoy the facilities and receive facials or body treatments at The Umstead Spa. Children under the age of 18 may receive a manicure or pedicure when accompanied by an adult.
  • On September 13, 2012
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    What's the latest treatment offered at The Umstead Spa?

    The latest available appointment for a 50-minute treatment in The Umstead Spa is 7 p.m.
  • On September 13, 2012
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    Does The Umstead Spa have a pool that I can use?

    © The Five Star Travel Corporation Yes. However, The Umstead’s outdoor pool is only available to overnight guests of the hotel. The pool is directly behind the spa on the garden level.
  • On September 13, 2012
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    What kinds of nail services are offered at The Umstead Spa?

    The Umstead Spa offers a classic manicure or pedicure, the luxury manicure or pedicure, the organic manicure or pedicure and the Shellac manicure.
  • On September 13, 2012
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    What training do the therapists have at The Umstead Spa?

    All training is done onsite with each therapist. Training is individually based pertaining to each person’s learning style. Training can be done as quickly as one month. Typically it takes about two months to be fully trained as there are quite a few body treatments on the menu. Most therapists have the basic requirements from their school training on Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and sports massages – they just have to learn our protocols and products.

    The therapists must do on-going continuing education in order to maintain their licenses. For each department, the requirements are different. For massage, therapists must have 24 hours of continuing education along with three hours of ethics training and 100 hours of working as a massage therapist. For esthetics and nail technicians, eight hours of continuing education is needed each year.
  • On September 13, 2012
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    Are there any specialized treatments for men at The Umstead Spa?

    Yes. The Umstead Spa is pleased to offer The Gentlemen’s Facial and the Dogwood Package, which includes the Gentlemen’s Facial and a sports massage.