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 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 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 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; a bathing suit for our seasonal heated pool and steam and sauna in the spa; a laptop or tablet device to use our mobile application Umstead Connect; a book to read while relaxing by our pond or pool; and sunglasses because it is always sunny in Cary, N.C.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What five words would you use to describe the style of The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The style of The Umstead can be described best as:

    Elegant: The décor and ambience is elegant in nature.

    Soothing: Form the artwork to the spa to the attentive nature of our staff, the environment is soothing.

    Artful: The art-adorned walls and artfully presented cuisine make for a feast for the eyes.

    Natural: From the color scheme of the property to the outdoor surroundings, you are immersed in the natural world during your time here.

    Calming: The Umstead Spa’s peaceful and calming atmosphere is felt throughout the property. From the bath products in the your guest rooms to the attentive service of our staff, every detail is taken care of to the final degree.
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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. Chef de Cuisine Steven Greene presents artful, flavorful dishes created from and inspired by the best of local farms.
  • On May 24, 2012
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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 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.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What is the Triangle’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, Fearrington House 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.
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    What are the five best Triangle 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 barbeque 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.
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    Which five Triangle 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.
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    What are the five best romantic restaurants in the Triangle?

    We would highly recommend Herons, at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, particularly a table on the terrace overlooking the beautiful lake, if the weather is nice. A few other suggestions are Second Empire or Bloomsbury Bistro in Raleigh, Nanas or Magnolia Grill in Durham, Fearrington House in Carrboro and Lantern or Elaine’s in Chapel Hill.
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    What are the five best kid-friendly restaurants in the Triangle?

    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 the Triangle, 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 May 24, 2012
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    Where can I go to watch sports in the Triangle?

    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 the Triangle 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 May 24, 2012
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    Where are the best places to hear live music in the Triangle?

    Try going to Lincoln Theater in downtown Raleigh, the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill or the Local 506 also in Chapel Hill.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What is the best Triangle nightlife?

    Glenwood South, near downtown Raleigh, is alive and happening most nights and includes several nice restaurants and bars. We recommend Solas, Red Room, 42nd Street Oyster Bar, Zely and Ritz, Sushi Blues and Sullivan’s Steak House.
  • On May 24, 2012
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    What are the best places to stay in the Triangle?

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, the Fearrington Inn in Carrboro, the Washington Duke Hotel in Durham and the Sienna Hotel in Chapel Hill.