By Torie Robinette
Whether you’re here for work, to visit family or to play, Charlotte’s cozy accommodations never cease to elevate your stay.
A perfect morning at The Duke Mansion begins by soaking up the early sunlight while strolling—a cup of tea in hand—the 4.5 acres of vivid gardens and grounds or enjoying the view from an old rocker along the shaded front porch.
Along with the signature lush gardens, it’s the striking Colonial Revival architecture and stunning early 20th-century interior that have drawn in visitors since its debut as a bed-and-breakfast in 1998. Complete with Southern splendor and historical charm, the storied respite was built by Zeb Taylor in 1915 to serve as his private home. Through the years, noted owners, like James B. Duke, have enhanced and renovated the mansion. It has held a well-deserved spot on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977 and now operates as a nonprofit; all proceeds are fueled back into its preservation.
Despite the mansion’s grandeur, a collection of just 20 guest rooms built into the quarters creates a culture of intimacy and hospitality. Meanwhile, around-the-clock desk service and an on-site executive chef ensure constant guest comfort. Thanks to its beauty and unique feel, the inn is an exceptionally popular location for events and weddings.
This article ran in the July 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.