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 September 13, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What refreshments are provided at The Umstead Spa?

    The Umstead Spa offers a variety of hot teas, fruit infused waters, vegetable chips, dried mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, cherries, bananas, yogurt covered raisins, mixed nuts and housemade spicy pecans.
  • On August 24, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are the five best things to do with kids in Raleigh-Durham?

    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. Raleigh-Durham 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 June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What is Raleigh-Durham’s restaurant scene like?

    The farm-to-fork movement is definitely in full swing here, with talented chefs like those at Herons, Poole’s Diner, Lantern, The Fearrington House Restaurant and the Magnolia Grill forging lasting relationships with local organic farmers and meat, fish and poultry purveyors. North Carolina is rich with farmland, and heirloom tomatoes, winter kale, baby bok choy, purple basil and white peaches are at our doorstep, depending on the season.
  • On June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are the five best Raleigh-Durham food experiences?

    Of course, we highly recommend Herons restaurant, particularly the exquisite Chef’s Tasting Menu that’s served nightly or our lunchtime Market Menu. Both feature the best local produce of the season. Other suggestions include a taste of eastern North Carolina barbecue at Coopers in Raleigh, buttermilk fried chicken and Southern veggies at Mama Dips in Chapel Hill, fried green tomatoes at NoFo in Raleigh, or a walking food tour with the company Triangle Food Tours. These tours are offered in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary and include the best of our talented local chefs, pastry artists and farmers.
  • On June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    Which five Raleigh-Durham restaurants are best for brunch?

    Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa features a beautiful brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other recommendations include the Weathervane in Chapel Hill and Vivace (Italian), Coquette (French) and NOFO (Southern) in Raleigh.
  • On June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are the five best kid-friendly restaurants in Raleigh-Durham?

    We would recommend Mellow Mushroom Pizza, with locations in Raleigh and Chapel Hill; Café Luna (Italian) in downtown Raleigh; the Flying Biscuit (American breakfast and grill) in Raleigh; and Buffalo Brothers (sports bar) in Raleigh. Char-Grill, with several locations throughout Raleigh-Durham, offers excellent '50s drive-in style hamburgers and milkshakes. For dessert, Loco Pops has Mexican-style popsicles in a variety of interesting flavors for children, with locations in Raleigh and Durham.
  • On June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    Where can I go to watch sports in Raleigh-Durham?

    Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are all superb sporting event destinations. The area has a well-earned national reputation as a collegiate sports capital. Not only do six colleges, including North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina play exciting home schedules in a myriad of sports, but Raleigh-Durham is also a regular host of the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference championship events, especially in basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and tennis. In addition, the RBC Center in Raleigh is home to the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Team and Durham’s minor-league baseball team, the Durham Bulls.
  • On June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are the best places to stay in Raleigh-Durham?

    The best places to stay in Raleigh-Durham are The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, the Washington Duke Hotel in Durham and the Sienna Hotel in Chapel Hill.
  • On June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What is the best way to see Raleigh-Durham 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 June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What is the best way to see Raleigh-Durham 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 June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What’s the best time to visit Raleigh-Durham?

    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 June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What is Raleigh-Durham’s cultural scene like?

    The arts flourish throughout Raleigh-Durham. 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 Raleigh-Durham, art galleries and studios abound.
  • On June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are the five best things to do on a romantic trip to Raleigh-Durham?

    What are the best five things to do on a romantic trip to Raleigh-Durham? 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 House Inn
     in nearby Pittsboro is a wonderful Five-Star bed-and-breakfast type venue with an outstanding restaurant and pastoral setting, with its 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 June 25, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What are the five best things to see and do in Raleigh-Durham?

    The Raleigh-Durham 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 more than 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, the 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 barbecue, a good meal is never far away.
  • On June 21, 2012
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    Which restaurants are located near The Umstead Spa?

    Herons, the signature restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, is located just upstairs from The Umstead Spa. Any meal at Herons is sure to be an unforgettable one. Chef de cuisine Steven D. Greene has a prestigious reputation for weaving locally sourced ingredients into refined American cuisine. Herons is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as weekend brunch. Spa receptionists are pleased to assist with reservations at Herons.

    We also recommend nearby An Restaurant. “An” means “to dine” in Vietnamese, sans it showcases chef Michael Chuong’s signature New World cuisine, an elegant blend of Southeast Asian flavors and European influences. Chuong has artfully combined the elegance of a fine French restaurant with the sensational flavors of a Southeast Asian market.