Adults-oriented bed & breakfast in Durham, North Carolina.
By Hope S. Philbrick
I like dogs, but love cats. So when I entered this bed and breakfast and was greeted by a cat, I automatically reached out to pet him (or her?). I’d been traveling for nearly three weeks and this cat, as it purred and weaved around my legs, instantly made me feel at ease and at home.
More B&Bs should have cats, I thought, as the cat tagged along on the home tour that Innkeeper Monica Edwards provided as orientation.
I stashed my stuff in my assigned guestroom then headed out to shop at the nearby Brightleaf Square.
After dinner, I returned and met Innkeeper Daniel Edwards, who was helping his wife clean up the kitchen and was already bundled up in what looked to be warm pajamas and robe.
That was all the inspiration I needed to head upstairs and get comfortable, too. Now, I am the sort of traveler who generally hides in my bedroom. Typically, I would never put on a robe and head downstairs to join the hosts. But here I felt perfectly welcome to do so and there was a robe hanging in the closet for my use. So, when I had a question about the Internet access, I uncharacteristically did just that. And it didn’t feel weird at all; neither the cat nor its owners seemed to notice what felt to me like a great leap outside my comfort zone.
Originally built for the CEO of Liggett and Meyers, this 8,000 square-foot Colonial Revival Style home is now a bed and breakfast with four spacious guestrooms, each with a private bathroom. All the guestrooms are upstairs; common areas are on the main level. If you want to hang out in the main part of the house, feel free to listen to music, watch a movie, savor a sweet treat and coffee, play board games, chat with fellow guests, or spend time with a cat. If you want to retreat to the privacy of your room, that’s perfectly fine, too. Tailor your stay to suit your needs and mood.
Over breakfast the next morning, Monica and I enjoyed a leisurely conversation (I was the sole guest). Daniel stopped by on a work break to join us briefly.
I left knowing I had new friends in Durham. And elegantly cozy accommodations worth recommending.
- Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet
- Complimentary parking
- Complimentary breakfast, snacks and beverages
- Complimentary coffee available 24-hours a day
- 4 spacious guestrooms with private baths (all located up a flight of stairs)
- Some rooms have electric fireboxes that add warmth and a romantic ambiance
- Located within walking distance of Downtown Durham
- Odds of Encountering Children: Very low. Children under 12 are not permitted (unless part of a group renting all four guestrooms).
914 Vickers Avenue
Durham, North Carolina 27701
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