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When planning a trip to Raleigh-Durham, lodging options will clearly play a large part in your stay. Whether you want to stay in Durham, Chapel Hill or on the farm, there’s a place for you. These are the places we think you’ll love to stay:
For the best accommodations, stay at one of North Carolina's only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotels, The Umstead Hotel and Spa and The Fearrington House Inn. The Umstead Hotel and Spa is the larger of the two, with 150 rooms. The gorgeous luxury hotel offers a warm, nature-inspired space filled with paintings and sculptures. Escape the city with the miles of nearby trails; follow it up with a relaxing treatment at Four-Star The Umstead Spa and a romantic dinner at Five-Star Herons, a Southern-influenced American restaurant. The Fearrington House Inn, a meticulously restored, 1920s farmhouse eight miles south of Chapel Hill in Chatham County provides a different setting. Each of its 35 rooms is breathtakingly appointed with antiques, artwork, fresh flowers and winning touches like the handwritten note awaiting your arrival. It's also home to Five-Star The Fearrington House Restaurant.
If you want to venture back a few years to your college days — but a bit more luxurious — book a room at the Washington Duke Inn, located on the campus of Duke University. This hotel is a favorite of Blue Devil parents and tourists alike; make sure to bring your golf clubs to hit the hotel’s terrific links. King’s Daughters Inn is directly across from the sprawling emerald grounds of Duke University. The historic 1920s structure has recently been polished up and turned into a 17-room boutique bed-and-breakfast.
At Chapel Hill’s stately Carolina Inn, rooms are large enough to comfortably accommodate two queen beds and a pullout couch. On Fridays on the Front Porch, the outdoor concerts on the grounds, offer the best of both worlds — parents can sip on cool drinks while the kids dance under the warm Southern sun.
The best places to stay in Raleigh-Durham are The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, The Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill and The Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill.