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 hotel for you.
For the best accommodations, stay at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Umstead Hotel and Spa and Four-Star The Fearrington House Inn. The Umstead 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 32 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 Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, 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.
Another golf destination is The Carolina at the Pinehurst Resort. Take a swing at eight 18-hole courses designed by the sport’s leading names, including Fazio, Jones, Maples and Ross. Afterward, retire to one of the traditional rooms in the grand century-old hotel.