Historic King's Daughters Inn

Friday, April 22, 2011

My cousin and I were born a month apart and have always been very close, more like sisters than cousins.  From time to time we get away for a girls weekend and recently met in Durham, NC to spend the weekend in a historic bed and breakfast.  This weekend was planned to get my mind off of turning the BIG "50", I've been dreading this one!


The King's Daughter's Inn faces the Trinity College of Duke University.  Brodie Duke owned the land that is now Trinity Park and he donated some land and $500 to build the early 1900's residence that accommodated 16 residents to live in what was for a while referred to as "The Old Ladies' Home."  The Kings Daughter's Inn was a place for single older women who were alone, never married, or widowed having noone to take care of them.

Much has happened from then to now.  The Inn was was purchased by Colin and Deanna Crossman in 2007 with a vision to restore the lovely Inn and reopen it as a Bed and Breakfast.  They made restoration plans that took a year or so and then completely renovated the property within 36 weeks! 

 Deanna, with her remarkable smile, greets you as you check in and will also prepare a scrumptious breakfast made special for you!  Such a kind and warm person, and she's really fun to talk to.  Being that she was also the general contractor for the entire renovation, if you have any questions about decor or paint colors, just ask.  Deanna is happy to help with anything you'd like to know!

Lets get to it, I can't wait to share this place with you.

All the lower windows you see are in the Sunroom which is located on the right side of the Inn.

As you enter the double front door is this cute umbrella holder.

Just couldn't resist showing you that, now back to the tour.

Just inside the front doors you step up into the main hall.

To the left is the grand staircase with a beautiful chandelier.

Beside the staircase is the dining area.

For breakfast you'll find an offering of coffee, juice and tea along with a delightful array of fresh fruit, yogurt, and secret recipe homemade muffins and scones.  But don't get too full, because once you take your seat you'll be asked, "What's your pleasure"?  Waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, and the list goes on.  It's all yummy!

Pretty vignettes as we head to the sitting room.

The sitting room is beautiful.
Deanna has decorated in a way that pays tribute to the historic charm of the Inn, and has added a little modern touch too!

There are game tables along the front windows.

Just outside the sitting room is this little nook.

This is the sunroom.
My pictures don't do any of these rooms any justice!  The sun room is quaint, cozy and RELAXING!  Notice the hot tea on the table?

Hot tea is another sweet thing Deanna loves to do for her guests.
What's your flavor, she asks?  Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Through these windows you can see Trinity College and the walking trail that surrounds it.  Twice around makes for a 3 mile stroll or jog.

I could sit all day in this sun room, but I guess it's time to head down the hall to the guest rooms.

This pretty planter was at the entrance to our room.

Hope you enjoyed touring this part of the Inn, more coming soon!


  1. Wow! Just wow! Love B & Bs! This one looks spectacular - so much beauty - thanks for sharing,
    Happy Easter,

  2. What a beautiful place and are Happy Birthday's in order or did I not understand...lol....I love to see historic places.

  3. What a lovely treat to get to stay in this pretty inn for your birthday! I enjoyed the tour.

  4. Happy Birthday! Good for you for celebrating. When my mom turned 50, she was so depressed she did not get out of bed all day. Looking back, se says that was silly, but it bothered her back then.

    Lovely pictures, especially that foyer. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

  5. Absolutely splendid but most importantly,... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! :D Hope you're going to party hard! ;) Wonderful pictures, you must have felt so great over there! Have a most wonderful Easter!


  6. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. This is a gorgeous inn.

  7. Happy Bday, beautiful place thanks for sharing,
    Happy Easter

  8. HI Cindy! Oh, that is one gorgeous B & B! I would love to stay there for sure. Like you, I love that pretty sun porch! Can't wait to see more.
    Thank you for popping in to see my Little Tiny and I wish you a wonderful blessed Easter,
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. This is such a beautiful restoration. I spent many years in NC and would love to go back to visit again. I love how the entire Inn is decorated. It is the perfect mix of old and new.

  10. Happy Birthday Cindy !
    Spectacular place ...
    Thank you for sharing it and Thank you for visiting my blog !
    I wish you and yours a blessed Easter !

  11. Gorgeous place to have your birthday Cindy!!!

    Wish you a very blessed Easter!

    Pamela ox

  12. Cindy!!!! Happy Birthday, my friend! {AND} What a fun and beautiful place to celebrate, too. It's nice to get away to B&B's...especially when there is something gorgeous to see at every turn.

    Have a blessed Easter!
    Ricki Jill

  13. Cindy, The B&B is gorgeous! I would spend my free time just sitting in the beautiful sunroom.

    Relax and enjoy turning 50.. these years could end up being the best time of your life. They have for me! Happy Birthday.

  14. HI Cindy,
    what a fun tour, what a beautiful place, just a great place for spending a quiet birthday, and
    50....oh honey, your still a spring chicken!! lo
    It's just a number, your as young as you feel, most days anyway!! lol

    Hope you have a Wonderful Easter Celebration,
    blessings, Nellie
    Happy Easter and Happy Birthday too!!

  15. What a beautiful place! I would love to stay there!
    Happy birthday and I also wanted to wish you a blessed Easter.
    I saw some lambs resting in a field today and smiled and said a little prayer. I love the symbol of a lamb, don't you?

  16. Happy birthday and what a gorgeous place to CELEBRATE it!! I adore B&B's and yours looks especially charming:) Everything is so beautiful, it's hard to pick what I liked best, but that bouquet of white hydrangeas and tulips was exquisite. Can't wait to see more) Blessings~~Shine

  17. Happy Birthday! Thanks for stopping by my blog and allowing me to find your beautiful one. And thank you for this post. I am always looking for beautiful places to stay in the Triangle when I need to get out of Fayetteville to regain my sanity :) This place just fits the bill.

    Linen & Verbena

  18. What a beautiful place. I enjoyed the tour!

  19. Cindy this was beautiful!
    Do you even know how much I adore b & bs? :)
    We have been to more than a few through the past 10 years..and we loved them all.
    In the summer when we travel south we always go to b & bs and are spoiled for them now.
    Ill have to share some of them with you xo

    Deborah xoxo


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