Boutique hotel meets bed-and-breakfast at this elegant, Duke-adjacent property.
Built in 1903, the King’s Daughter Inn carries quite a history. Formerly a subsidized, dormitory-style residence for single local women, the property expanded through several additions in the decades that followed before ultimately closing its doors in 2006 due to declining business. Colin and Deanna Crossman bought the property with a dream of developing it into a modern B&B, and following a grand-scale refurbishment that merged preservation with eco-friendly practices, reopened the doors to their new establishment in 2009. Each of the 17 room and suite accommodations highlights its own 1920s-era theme and design, and all are elegantly furnished with triple-sheeted beds, natural bath products, Wi-Fi and views of either the historic Trinity Park neighborhood or Duke University’s tree-lined east campus. A gourmet hot breakfast starts the day off on a delicious note; the innkeepers also spoil guests with afternoon tea, nightly wine and cocktails, and turn-down service that includes complimentary tawny port and chocolate truffles. Sweet dreams, indeed.