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June 18, 2014 | 09:38 AM

North Carolina Moonshine Tasting in Chapel Hill

This past Saturday, 6/14th we held our first-ever moonshine tasting. Well received by the Chapel Hill, N.C. community, 65 attendees rallied on the Front Porch of The Carolina Inn. The day was ideal for this sold out event. The weather was absolutely perfect – gentle breeze, lots of shade, and stunning Carolina blue skies.

With bluegrass music playing in the background, you could hear the sounds of mason jars (filled with moonshine of course) clinking as guests made their toasts. Made available to the attendees included a variety of moonshine. TOPO Organic Carolina Moonshine, Troy & Sons Moonshine, Broadslab Legacy Shine, Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon, Howling Moon Moonshine and Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine were all available for sampling.

Also served was Crossroads’ delicious culinary delights paired perfectly with the North Carolinian moonshine that was offered. Guests enjoyed Southern favorites such as Seared Pork Belly, BBQ Beef Short Rib on a Biscuit, and Braised Pork Cheeks just to name a few.

Our celebrity guest, Moonshiner Wayne, from the Discovery Channel’s TV Show “Moonshiners” was on-site meeting his fans, and answering their questions. Also known as “Hill Billy,” Wayne brought his very own still and an oversized backdrop of his still located in the backwoods of North Carolina. Guests had big smiles as they posed for pictures in front of it with the Moonshiner. Even the Chapel Hill Fire Department made a surprise visit to the tasting as they, too, wanted their picture taken with Wayne.

Here’s to another fun and unique event held in downtown Chapel Hill at The Carolina Inn.


May 28, 2014 | 01:58 PM

Moonshine Tasting in Chapel Hill, NC

Intrigued by moonshine? Join us on Saturday, June 14th from 5 PM until 7 PM for our first ever moonshine tasting. Sample a variety of North Carolina made moonshine while endulging on our culinary delights. Moonshiner Wayne Nix (a.k.a. "Hill Billy") will be our featured guest at the event. One of his very own stills will be on display for you to view.

Call for reservations at 919.918.2735. Seating is Limited.

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November 18, 2013 | 02:50 PM

Fundraiser in Chapel Hill for Typhoon Haiyan Victims - Thursday, November 21st

The Philippines is on the road to recovery after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country's islands recently, but there's a tremendous need for humanitarian aid. In support of relief efforts, this Thursday, November 21st The Carolina Inn will donate 10% of sales generated at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar directly to the American Red Cross.

We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner so pick your favorite mealtime at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar and help support the American Red Cross.

If you are unable to join us on Thursday, you may make a donation to support the typhoon victims through our E-Store.

We thank you for your support!

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April 25, 2011 | 01:29 PM

Wonderful wedding weekend

My wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Carolina Inn in March. The Inn is known for being a popular wedding spot -- and now I know exactly why. First, the hotel and grounds are gorgeous. You will have no trouble getting beautiful photos and video here. Secondly, the staff and event planners are wonderful to work with. Every single detail was taken care of and I didn?t have to worry about a thing. I planned my wedding by myself, but felt like I had the benefit of a wedding planner when working with Devon at the Inn. I enjoyed every experience, from the menu tasting, January wedding show, and details meeting, to the entire wedding weekend. Many of our guests stayed at the Inn and everyone was thrilled with the beautiful and luxurious accommodations. My ceremony was held in the Bryan Courtyard and it was a romantic, intimate setting. The reception was in the Old Well Room, which is a gorgeous, elegant room. I can?t compliment the Inn enough on its customer service, attention to detail, beautiful accommodations and delicious food. Take a look at my video and you?ll see how fabulous it was!

April 19, 2011 | 11:12 AM

Wedding Weekend

The Carolina Inn staff were awesome this past weekend during the events of my daughter's wedding. The weather was less than cooperative but the staff made adjustments seamlessly. Devon was absolutely wonderful in helping us plan the event and Sarah made sure the reception went smoothly. Sarah was very helpful in making sure items from the reception were taken to the appropriate rooms. The food was excellent as well. I would highly recommend the Carolina Inn for any event.

February 02, 2011 | 03:10 PM

Scenes from The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase

With this weekend's delightful winter heat wave came a welcomed reminder that spring is just around the corner. And with spring will come wedding season -- a fact that was very evident at yesterday's Bridal Showcase at The Carolina Inn.

Chapel Hill Magazine 

January 27, 2011 | 04:10 PM

The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase 2011

I have planned weddings for many years now and it is an incredible task to scribe every detail into existence.  I have spent hours imagining where each table should be placed, how each napkin should be folded, and how each bride will feel when they enter the magic of their wonderland.  There is always that one moment when I can see the black and white notes that are buried somewhere in my office burst into life.   I felt that way yesterday as I watched Classic Party Rentals constructing our tent for the Bridal Showcase on Sunday.   It was cold, it was raining, and it was certainly muddy… but the masterpiece that awaits the brides on Sunday is outstanding.  I couldn’t help but track my muddy feet into the middle of the courtyard underneath the glass chandeliers and the strands of mini lights and look up through the clear ceiling to watch the rain pour down.  I was left with feeling sheer anticipation  about the most elegant event that we have planned for our brides.  We are joined by the finest vendors in the area and together we can’t wait for you to see all we have put together for you to enjoy.    The Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase is just waiting to burst into life.  Don’t miss the party.


December 24, 2010 | 11:25 AM

2010 Gingerbread House Competition Winners

The Carolina Inn would like to thank all of the participants in this year's Gingerbread House Competition. The artistic talent shown in this year's contest made for another exciting display of gingerbread houses at the Inn. 

First Place winners received a $100 South Point Mall gift cerificate and Dinner for Four at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. Second Place winners received a $50 South Point Mall gift certificate and Brunch for Two at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. 

The winners of this year's contest are:

Adult: 1st Place Winner - Amalia Bolivar
Adult: 2nd Place Winner - Francesca Monachino

Youth: 1st Place Winner - Lynalese Kindy
Youth: 2nd Place Winner - Margret Conrad Troop #378

Congratulations to all our winners! Information regarding the 2011 Twelve Days of Christmas and Gingerbread House Competition will be posted online next fall.

November 05, 2010 | 04:39 PM

The Carolina Inn's 8th Annual Gingerbread House Competition

The Carolina Inn welcomes all talents to enter in our 2010 Gingerbread House Competition!

Download Entry Form

The competition is open to everyone, professionals and amateurs alike, except employees of The Carolina Inn and their immediate family and/or household members. The contest includes a separate adult and youth category. Entries are accepted from individuals or groups of up to 5 members.

Deadline for entry forms is Friday, December 3, 2010
Via Fax: 919-918-2795
Via Email:
Via Mail: 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 Re: 12 Days of Christmas, Attn: Heidi Werner
Drop Off: Drop off your form at the front desk of the hotel at any time. Clearly mark envelope, Attn: Heidi Werner.

• To be eligible for the competition, a signed and completed entry form must be received by fax or mail prior to 5PM Friday, December 3, 2010. Entries that are not pre-registered will not be accepted. 
• Only one entry per entry form is permitted.  
• The 2010 Gingerbread House Competition Entry Form must be signed by the individual entering the competition. If the individual is younger than age eighteen by the date of the competition, a signature from a parent or legal guardian is required along with the minor’s signature.
• Entry numbers will be assigned upon receipt of completed entry forms, and competitors will receive a letter or email with entry number confirming their entry into the 2010 competition. 
• Team entries are allowed under the following guidelines:
o Complete one entry form for the team that only includes the team captain’s contact information. In the case of school groups or girls or boys scout troops entering the competition, the classroom teacher or troop supervisor should be listed as the team captain and provide his or her contact information.
o A separate typed list of each team members’ first and last names, along with ages, should be included with the team’s entry form.
o A signature from a parent or legal guardian will be required for each team member under eighteen years of age.
o In the event a Team Entry places in the competition, the team captain will be the recipient of any prizes. Distribution or splitting of any prize will be left to the team captain to determine. 
o A Team should consist of two to five individuals working on a single entry. No more than five individuals are allowed to work on a single entry.

Note:  Due to limited display space, we can only accept 20 entries 10 Adult and 10 Youth by order received. Only one entry is allowed per household.

In the event you are no longer able to compete in our Gingerbread House Competition, please call our Twelve Days of Christmas concierge at 919.918.2755.

Adult (15 and older)  
Youth (15 and under)

Note: Teen and Child competitors may be supervised while baking, for safety precautions, by a parent or guardian. However, all gingerbread house construction, design and decoration must be done by the individual(s) entering the competition.

Competitors are not limited to the structure of a house. We welcome and encourage competitors to uniquely design their entry for this years’ competition, as long as the entry is in keeping with the competition Rules & Procedures.

Entries will be judged by the general public and our Pastry Chef. The entry with the highest number of points in its category will be the winner. Entries will be judged on each of the following criteria on a scale of 1-5: Overall Appearance, Originality & Creativity, Difficulty, Precision, and Consistency of Theme (theme should be competitor’s own and consistent throughout entry). Winners will be announced on Monday, December 20, 2010 and will be posted on our website.


  • Entries must not exceed 1.5 feet in height, 1.5 feet in width, or 1.5 feet in depth, including the board used as a base. We suggest using ½” or ¾” plywood as a base for your entry.
  • Write your name, entry number, address, and phone number on the underside of your base.
  • Entries must be made primarily of gingerbread and entirely of edible products (except for the base). Candies must be unwrapped. Edible materials are not limited to sweets.
  • No artificial display materials, such as styrofoam or interior lighting, are to be used in the construction of the house.


  • Entries accepted Friday, December 10, from 9:00 am 12:00pm. Entries that are not pre-registered will not be accepted.
  • Please check-in with our front-desk agents the day of delivery and they will direct you to one of our ballrooms where we will store all our entries by category and in order of entry number.
  • The competitor’s name, entry number, address, and phone number must be labeled underneath the base.

Note: We reserve the right to refuse any entries deemed inappropriate for display at the hotel.


  • Entries will remain on display in The Carolina Inn lobby starting Saturday, December 11 through Monday, December 27, 2010.
  • Entries may be picked up Tuesday, December 28th from 9:00 am to 12:00pm.
  • Entries will be discarded on Wednesday, December 29th. No exceptions.

Category Place Prize
ADULT-First Place: $100 South Point Mall Gift Certificate and "Dinner for Four" at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant.
ADULT-Second Place: $50 South Point Mall Gift Certificate and “Dinner for Two” at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant.
YOUTH-First Place: $100 South Point Mall Gift Certificate and "Brunch for Four" at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant.
YOUTH Second Place: $50 South Point Mall Gift Certificate and “Brunch for Two” at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant.

How to Enter
Deadline for entry forms has been extended to Friday, December 3, 2010
Via Fax: 919-918-2795 Attn Heidi Werner
Via E-mail:
Via Mail: 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516 (Re: 12 Days of Christmas, Attn: Heidi Werner) 
Or, you may drop forms off at the front desk of the hotel at any time. Clearly mark envelope “Attn: Heidi Werner”

Note: Due to limited display space, we can only accept 20 entries (10 Adult and 10 Youth), by order received.

Group or Business Name: (If applicable)  
Competitor’s  or Group Captain’s Name:  
Street Address:
City, State and Zip:

Daytime Phone:  
Evening Phone: 
E-mail Address: 
Preferred method of contact: 
Category for Entry: (Check one)   Adult   Youth                             
Type of Entry: (Check one)   Individual   Group
Type of Entry:  (Check one)   Professional   Amateur

I understand that to be eligible for the contest, I must complete and return this entry form by December 3, 2010 and be accepted into the contest by The Carolina Inn. In addition, I must deliver my completed entry Friday, December 10, 2010, between 9:00am and 12:00pm with competitor name, category, address and phone number on the base on I have read all requirements and understand that my entry must be completely edible and primarily made of gingerbread. I understand that my entry will be on display at The Carolina Inn from December 11 – December 28, 2010 and relinquish all responsibility from The Carolina Inn for any damage to my gingerbread house caused by public display. Winners of the competition will be announced Monday, December 20, 2010 and posted at as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Signature of Applicant:_____________________________________Date: __________________
If the applicant is younger than the age of eighteen (18) by the date of the competition, please complete the section below.

I affirm that the applicant listed above is ______ years of age and will independently design, construct and decorate the entry to be submitted.

Applicant’s date of birth (required for Applicants under the age of 18):_______________
Signature of Parent or Guardian:___________________Date: ________________

*NOTE: Group entries should only include the group captain’s information. A secondary list of each group members’ name and signature should be included along with date of birth and signature from a parent or legal guardian if under 18 years old.

September 10, 2010 | 02:38 PM

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding and Reception Venue

Our very own, Social Catering Manager Devon Schwartz was featured on The Green Kangaroo blog. The Green Kangaroo specializes in unique wedding invitations and stationery. Her expertise in the wedding planning field was sought after to learn about her insider tips when choosing a wedding and reception venue.

Here is an excerpt from The Green Kangaroo’s blog:
Devon, what are the top things couples should consider when looking at wedding and reception venues? There are so many things to consider! The biggest key is to do your research on your venue and vendors before committing to them. Check those references!

Read the rest of Devon’s recommendations.

July 23, 2010 | 09:46 AM

Vice President Joe Biden Visits The Carolina Inn

Vice President Joe Biden was at The Carolina Inn last night for a Democratic party fundraiser. Secret Service agents and local Chapel Hill police worked steadily to ensure that the Inn was ready for Biden's 6:30pm arrival.

200 guests were in attendance for Vice President Biden's speech which included a welcome by Gov. Beverly Purdue and covered topics from the economic recession, to the Gulf Oil crisis and the growth coming from our RTP area.

July 02, 2010 | 04:26 PM

Hot New July Specials at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant & Bar

Looking for a great way to beat the heat this July? Check out our new menu specials at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant & Bar. Each day brings a different summertime special:

Mondays- Chef's Summer Tasting Menu: Buy One, Get One Free.
Choose a Three, Four or Five Course Menu

Sip & Slide Tuesdays- Three House Made Sliders & a Draft Beer for $10

No Whining Wednesdays- Half Priced Wines by the Glass

Thursdays on Tap- $3 Drafts All Day

Fridays on the Front Porch- Live Bluegrass Music, Cool Drinks & a Summer Picnic Menu. Starts at 5:00pm

Saturdays- Double Reward Points for our Culinary Rewards Members. Join Today!

Bloody Good Sundays- Half Priced Bloody Marys & Small Plates

*Don't miss our July specials running all month long:

Locals Rule- Show us your driver's license with your Chapel Hill/Carrboro address and we'll take 10% off your dinner bill in July

Dinner at Dusk- Three Course Menu for $39 available Tuesday through Sunday for diners seated before 6:00pm

Click here for a printable calendar. Keep one on your fridge, in your office or in your car so you always know what's happening at Carolina Crossroads!

June 26, 2010 | 09:49 AM

Uncle Sam Visits The Carolina Inn

The hot weather didn’t keep people away from last night’s Fridays on the Front Porch. The crowd was entertained by live music from The Gravy Boys and a special appearance by Uncle Sam! Uncle Sam worked the crowd while juggling from atop stilts.

He visited The Carolina Inn to spread the word about the special holiday edition of Fridays on the Front Porch taking place on Sunday, July 4th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Stop by and enjoy live bluegrass music from Big Fat Gap, cool drink specials and a summer picnic menu. Fireworks and entertainment at UNC’s Kenan Stadium begins at 7:00pm so stop by the Inn before walking over to the stadium.

Even if you will be at the beach for the 4th of July, start the weekend off right at Fridays on the Front Porch on July 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The Gravy Boys will be back to perform their popular Acoustic Americana music.

 A special thanks to our juggling/stilt walking Uncle Sam – Duane Deardorff!

June 26, 2010 | 03:39 AM

May Wedding

My husband and I are both Active Duty military and once we had decided on The Carolina Inn for our wedding and reception, we designated my mother as coordinator while we attempted to overcome the time difference to communicate with the wedding planners at the beautiful inn. Not only was the staff more than flexible and accommodating, they were exceptionally helpful and calming on the day of our wedding! We couldn't thank them more for dealing with our crazy families & wedding day with ease and professionalism!

May 18, 2010 | 02:29 PM

Summer Visits to Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill: just the name – like San Francisco, New York, and Chicago – elicits in the American mind its own particular personality, a vaunted history, even a mood.  Hillsborough: a town where time hasn’t stopped, but where history has been preserved.  And Carrboro: North Carolina’s progressive, idealistic mecca for artists of every kind.  Orange County.  To call it a national treasure, while not inaccurate, undermines its importance in the contemporary life of this country.  What’s truly remarkable is that cities like New York and Chicago count there populations in the millions, while our towns are still just that:  towns.  And it’s no exaggeration to say that there are no other towns like them in America. 

History, that sepia patina, plays a part in all this.  The first state university is here, founded in 1789, which means it was the first institution of higher learning where all a young man or woman had to do was get here to take a class, and the only state university to graduate students in the 18th century.  Over two hundred years later it’s the doing the same thing, but better, changing as the world around it changes.  It’s constantly innovating and remains a model for universities everywhere.  Thomas Wolfe, one of the greatest writers America has produced, came here in 1915, when he was only fifteen years old.  He predicted that that his portrait would one day hang in Old West near that of North Carolina governor Zebulon Vance, and he was right: it still does today.  Other literary luminaries soon followed, and many of them have changed the face of contemporary American literature: Russell Banks, Taylor Branch, Shelby Foote, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Armistead Maupin, to name a very, very few.

What’s harder to see is how a similar history is being made right now.  There are more world famous writers in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, per capita, than in any other place in the world.  You can see them everywhere, meet them in the produce section of the grocery store, sitting at the table next to yours in a restaurant: you can even say hello, and tell them how much you love their writing (rumor to the contrary, they can’t hear that enough).  Do something particularly outrageous and who knows: you could end up in their next book.  Give it a shot. 

Chapel Hill, to this day, is sustained by the arts, and it sustains everybody with its art.  This is a community where art is practiced and perfected, and where professionals from around the world come to play, dance and sing.  Memorial Hall, on campus, hosts everybody from Yo-Yo Ma to Earl Scruggs, dance and drama from all over the world, one-stop shopping for the sort of culture that teaches while it entertains. 

On the other side of campus is Playmakers Repertory Company, whose productions are staged in Paul Green Theater.  Playmakers is considered the leading theater in the Carolinas, and has been honored by the Drama League of New York as one of the best regional theaters in the country.  Recent offerings include The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, an ambitious eight hour stage play, Romeo and Juliet, and The Glass Menagerie

And, as almost everybody knows, the Art of Basketball is performed here September through April, and more often than not it’s performed at the highest level, an exemplar of what human beings can do with a round orange ball.  You can see them rise like dancers, turn and spin, elegant and powerful, smart and fast as lightening.  Not unlike our literary tradition, famous practitioners of the art have lived and played here, including the greatest man to have ever played the game, Michael Jordan.  In this last decade alone two national championship banners have been hung from the rafters of the Dean Smith Center.  And yes: you can see our artists there as well, cheering along with half the population of the entire town. 

But this decidedly world-class offering of cultural happenings doesn’t end on campus: it radiates through the entire county like a ripple on the surface of a pond.  Carrboro hosts so many festivals you might think there’s one happening there every single day of the year: there are film, poetry, comedy, dance and music festivals.  In Hillsborough, there’s the annual Handmade Parade, featuring giant puppets the likes of which you’ve never seen before (trust us).  Just to maintain an appropriate balance between the arts and . . . everything else, Hillsborough also hosts Hog Day, now in its 28th year, a down-home traditional pig-picking and barbeque contest, and the largest classic auto show in the state.

No, you will not go hungry in Orange County.  World-class cooks – two James Beard finalists – live and work here.   On Franklin Street alone – Franklin Street being Chapel Hill’s one and only drag – there are over fifty restaurants, from the elegant to the ridiculously informal.  And many of these establishments serve the freshest produce you’ll ever eat, because local farmers drive into town from their farms, dozens of which surround us like a great wall of organic goodness.  

It sounds like a polyester promise, but there’s something for everybody here.  The Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro is the only significant music club between Washington D.C. and Atlanta, so for a little town we get the biggest bands.  About a mile away, The Ackland Museum in Chapel Hill hosts over a dozen of shows every year . . . Oh, it’s tempting to continue, because once you start thinking about what’s happening here you realize that there’s very little that isn’t.  Even the weather is perfect.  Come at your own risk, because after coming you may not want to leave.  Even our buildings are adorned with murals.

Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Orange County: It’s not one thing: it’s everything.

-Written by David Wallace for the Orange County Visitors Bureau

May 10, 2010 | 12:58 PM

Making History at The Carolina Inn

A graduation ceremony was held on Friday, May 7thfor the Sales & Catering Team of The Carolina Inn. Each staff member completed a seven-week training class on the history of The Carolina Inn and was treated to a program by the Inn’s historian – Kenneth J. Zogry, Ph.D.

The unique history of the Inn and the important relationship between the Inn and The University of North Carolina was described as each employee read The University’s Living Room by Kenneth Zogry. From the Inn’s beginning in 1924 through the New Deal Era, Civil Rights movement and into present-day, The Carolina Inn has remained a fixture on the campus of UNC and truly is the University’s living room.

Click here to view an interactive timeline of the Inn’s history. Also, on your next visit to the Inn be sure to view our new historical photo display.

Front row – Jim Phelan, Tracie Panko, Beverly Ingram, Alison D’Agostino, Elizabeth Rubio, Ashleigh Collins

Back row – Terri Nier, Elizabeth Bischoff, Kenneth Zogry (Inn’s Historian), Margaret Oppegard, Julie McCay, Mark Nelson






May 03, 2010 | 08:52 AM

Best Dish of North Carolina Contest

The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant has been chosen as a fine dining finalist in the 2010 Best Dish in NC Contest. The contest, held annually by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, aims to determine who serves the best food in the state using ingredients that are grown or produced in North Carolina. Click here to read more about the contest and other participating restaurants.

Executive Chef Jimmy Reale and his culinary team will be showcasing the following dishes during the month of May as part of the contest:

Appetizer - Grilled Local Asparagus, Arugula, Prosciutto di Parma, Hillsborough Cheese Company Ricotta, Crispy Latta Farm Poached Egg, Aged Sherry Vinegar, Za’atar Oil

Salad – Organic Arugula Salad, Red & Golden Beets, Hillsborough Cheese Company Feta, Toasted Hazelnuts, Blood Orange Vanilla Vinaigrette

Entrée– Roasted Chatham County Poulet Rouge, NC Fingerling Sweet Potatoes, Local Asparagus, Caramelized Cippolini Onions, Zucchini, Roasted Chicken Jus

Our featured dishes showcase local produce and North Carolina products from Latta’s Egg Ranch, Hillsborough Cheese Company, Red Farms, Sonny’s Pride Scott Farms and local area farmers markets.

A team of mystery judges will be sampling our featured dishes and a contest winner will be announced later this summer. Stop by our restaurant to try these featured dishes and earn double points toward our new Culinary Rewards Program.

Check back on our blog to see photos of our featured dishes, recipes and chef tips on making the most of local produce.

April 27, 2010 | 09:20 AM

Carolina Crossroads Culinary Rewards Program

As a guest of the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar, you have experienced our graceful dining atmosphere, enjoyed our impeccable service and savored our unparalleled menu. As a way of saying thanks for being our valued customer, we have created a new loyalty program that rewards you just for dining with us.

With our Culinary Rewards Program, you'll earn points every time you dine at the Carolina Crossoads, so you can enjoy more great food and good times on us. As a member, you'll earn one point for every dollar you spend at the restaurant and bar. Once you have accumulated 300 points, we'll give you a $20 Carolina Crossroads gift card that can be redeemed any time at our restaurant - it's that easy! Additionally, rewards members will receive special invitations to Members Only events and offers, as well as preferred reservations on high demand dates.

Enrollment in the program is simple - and free! Enroll now or register in person during your next meal with us. And just for signing up, you'll receive 25 bonus points to get started.



April 21, 2010 | 09:45 AM

UNC and The Carolina Inn Celebrate Earth Week

On Monday, April 19th the UNC Sustainability Office held its first annual “Farm to Fork” event in Gerrard Hall to celebrate Earth Week. The event featured guest speakers and local food tastings provided by the Lantern Restaurant, Green Planet Catering, Vimala's Curry Blossom Café, Carolina Dining Services, Neal’s Deli and our very own Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. Executive Chef Jimmy Reale and his teamed served a delicious Greek Salad with local hydroponic Bibb Lettuce, radishes, Sunburst tomatoes and fresh goat cheese.

Below is a listing of the local vendors and farmers the Carolina Crossroads used for their Greek Salad:

Bibb Lettuce - Green Haven Farms

Red Radishes - Cottle Farms

English Cucumbers - Barham’s Farms

Sunburst Tomatoes - Sunburst Tomato Company

Feta Cheese - Hillsborough Cheese Company

The Earth Day celebration continues on April 22nd at The Carolina Inn with a prix fixe menu at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant designed to showcase local and organic ingredients. Stop by to try our three course menu for $55 person, four course menu for $65 per person, and five course menu for $75 per person. Call 919-918-2735 or visit the Carolina Crossroads for reservations.  




April 16, 2010 | 10:18 AM

To Right These Wrongs Publication & Film Event

History was re-visited last night in The Carolina Inn’s historic Old Well Room. The Inn was host to the publication event of To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America. The book, written by Duke Professor Robert Korstad and UNC-CH Professor James Leloudis, focuses on the North Carolina Fund’s efforts to end economic and racial inequality in the state.

The event highlighted an eight minute film of Governor  Terry Sanford calling for racial equality in a 1963 speech in The Carolina Inn’s Old Well Room. Click here to view and download the speech.

Guests were also treated to a discussion with the authors moderated by William Friday followed by a book signing with the authors. Historical 1960s photography by North Carolina photographer Billy Barnes was displayed in the Alumni Room.


March 30, 2010 | 08:34 AM

Chef Reale Celebrates Earth Day at Briar Chapel

On Sunday, April 18th Briar Chapel will host a Celebrity Chef Charity Event featuring several Triangle Chefs demonstrating their favorite recipes using locally and healthfully grown foods in each of their model homes.

Executive Chef Jimmy Reale will participate as a Celebrity Chef for this event. Check out this interview where he talks about his job as a chef, using fresh local ingredients, and his participation in Briar Chapel's Earth Day event.

February 27, 2010 | 08:22 AM

Wedding Trends at The Carolina Inn

On Sunday, February 7, 2010 The Carolina Inn hosted its annual Bridal Fair showcasing the area’s hottest wedding trends. While touring the inn and sampling delicious hors d’oeuvres, brides were treated to a display of local wedding vendors including cake bakers, florists, photographers, rental companies, and much more. Candy buffets, unique linen, table-top design, and musical entertainment options were all on display. Check out our photo album to get some ideas for your own wedding!

January 06, 2010 | 08:44 AM

Winner for Most Creative Gingerbread House Entry

Contestants in our 2009 Gingerbread House Competition had the liberty to choose their own gingerbread house theme and design.  The possibilities were endless and our bakers were very inventive! 

We are happy to announce the Holland Family's Fairy House as the winner of our "Most Creative" category.  Susan and Chandler Holland carefully researched the material going into their house for 100% prior use in European and Native American cuisine to create a very unique and enchanting display.

Some of the materials they used included: Tail, a fungi used in stew, and Reindeer Moss, also stewed as a thickener and cabbage substitute for sweetness. The little fairy placed next to their house was made from Marzipan and sat on a gingerbread bench at the back of a rock-wall made of edible chocolate stones bordered with candied parsley. The fairy was surrounded by edible, candied flowers in blue, and had an almond sliver path at her feet. The gingerbread wall of her house was made dark from molasses and covered in colored sugar crystals.

Congratulations to the Holland Family!  Thank you for participating in our 7th Annual Gingerbread House Competition.  We look forward to seeing next years' entries. 


December 30, 2009 | 09:22 AM

"New Years Eve for Procrastinators"

Still haven't made your plans or reservations for New Years?  You're in luck!  News and Observer's Restaurant Critic, Greg Cox, comes to the rescue with his hot list of local restaurants that most people probably have not thought of for their end of the year celebration.  So if you hurry, you might be able to get your name on the books.  Click here to view Greg Cox's New Years Eve Hot List. 

The Carolina Inn wishes Chapel Hill community members and out-of-town guests a safe and happy new year!      

December 23, 2009 | 02:49 PM

Two Little Princesses Attending Children's Etiquette Luncheon

My daughter Hayley and her friend from next door Mason went to the Children’s Etiquette Luncheon with Cecilia Grimes at the Carolina Inn yesterday, which is just lovely during the holidays.

I grew up going to breakfast every Sunday morning at the Carolina Inn for many years with my parents and grandparents, which is why I was just as thrilled as the girls to be going to The Carolina Inn.

So the two little princesses got all dressed up and had just a fabulous time. Five course luncheon at a four star hotel for kids 8 to 12 years old to learn from an etiquette expert, so adorable! They felt like it was princess school and raved about it. They wandered all over the Inn looking at their 12 days of Christmas exhibits – even two live turtle doves in the lobby. Then I took them to the grounds at Gimghoul Castle to run around because all princesses have to visit the castle right?

~ Michelle Hillison ~ (12/22/09)

December 22, 2009 | 03:20 PM

Fun @ Breakfast with Santa

Every year I bring my niece and nephew to the Breakfast with Santa event at the Inn. The food is always delicious, but this year was especially fun with all of the extra entertainment. The face painters were very talented and the magician was lots of fun for the adults, as well as the kids. Who doesn't love the look on a kids face when candy magically appears? This year we were even lucky enough to hear Santa read "The Night Before Christmas"! Thank you Carolina Inn for providing the community with such a great event the whole family can enjoy. Liz

December 22, 2009 | 02:52 PM

7th Annual Gingerbread House Competition - And the Winners Are...

Every year, amateur and professional bakers from Chapel Hill and surrounding areas showcase their creativity and imagination with their edible masterpieces in the lobby of The Carolina Inn.  This year we had 16 contestants enter elaborate and unique gingerbread houses, which will be on display through Sunday, December 27th.  For one week, Carolina Inn guests and community members were encouraged to vote for their favorite entry in the adult and youth categories.  The gingerbread houses are everyone's favorite part of our Twelve Days of Christmas display and we received an overwhelming amount of votes.  Today, we are happy to announce the winners.      

Adult Category
First Place
: Laura Makay-Gondek and Paige Gondek, Stone Cottage
Second Place: Christina Perry, Pastel Summer Cottage
Runner-Up: Amalia Boliner, Traditional Gingerbread House

Youth Category                                                   
First Place: Brendan & Richard Haygood, Church & Parson Brown House
Second Place: Patrick Noonan, Chicken Coup
Runner-Up: Kendall & Kimberly Clark

Thank you to all our contestants for participating in this year's Gingerbread House Competition.  We hope to see you again next year! 

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December 16, 2009 | 01:42 PM

The Carolina Inn Named Top Holiday Retreat

The Carolina Inn was recently named one of the nation’s Top 8 Holiday Retreats by  We do in fact "go all out, with Christmas trees everywhere, gingerbread galore, carols, and of course, Santa" during our "Twelve Days of Christmas" annual celebration.  To view the full listing of the Top 8 Holiday Retreats click here.  

UNC-TV recently aired a story on our Twelve Days of Christmas celebration on North Carolina Weekend.  View the video here and see what our month of festivities is all about.  The Daily Tar Heel describes it well in the article "The Carolian Inn exhalts Christmas."

If you have not had a chance to visit us this season, it's not too late!  Our decorations will be up and holiday events in full swing through January 3rd.  For more information and reservations visit our Twelve Days of Christmas page. 

We also invite you to share your holiday pictures and videos on this blog.  Tell us why you think Chapel Hill and The Carolina Inn are magical places to see during this time of year.   

December 15, 2009 | 09:19 AM

Santa is Ready to Ride!

Santa gets a clean bill of health for his trip around the world to see all boys and girls on Christmas eve. From his heart to his risk of diabetes, hear it from his own UNC physicians in Chapel Hill whether he's in shape and ready to ride.  This video was produced by Courtney Potter with UNC Medical News Center Office. 

Do you have a video or picture of your visit with Santa?  Post it on our blog.  We're looking for pictures depicting the holiday season in Chapel Hill.   

It's not too late to schedule a visit with Santa before Christmas.  Make your reservations today for Breakfast or Brunch with Santa at The Carolina Inn.  Click here or call 919.918.2711 for more information and to reserve your seats.  Don't forget to bring your wish list!     

November 13, 2009 | 11:17 AM

Why I am The Biggest FOFP Fan!

Mary Norton submitted this great video for our #1 FOFP Fan Contest.  See why she's our biggest Fridays on the Front Porch Fan.  Deadline for contest entries is today, Friday, November 13th at 5PM.  Post your entry on this blog or our facebook wall.  The Grand Prize winner will be announced tomorrow afternoon, between 12:30 - 3:30 pm, during our last Tailgate Party on the Front Porch of the season prior to the UNC vs. Miami home football game.   

Mary owns "everything that's ever been made with the Front Porch logo" and all the CDs of our FOFP bands.  She makes sure she doesn't miss any of our Friday celebrations.  Her family has three generations of biggest FOFP fans and everyone knows their table on the porch! Thank you for your entry Mary.  The Carolia Inn staff really enjoyed hearing your story!

November 02, 2009 | 04:55 PM

Thanks Carolina Inn team!

We traveled to North Carolina for a wedding in Durham and stayed one night at Chapel Hill's Carolina Inn. We had a wonderful time! The staff was very friendly and the Inn was charming with a historic feel. We arrived on Friday afternoon just in time for Fridays On the Front Porch. We loved sitting outside listening to the live bluegrass band while our 2-year-old son ran around and danced to the music. We then enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Crossroads Bar. Even though the bar was crowded with a special event, the staff was friendly and the service was very prompt. The next day was a football game day, and the Inn had a tailgate party with more live music and an appearance from the UNC Cheerleaders to get everyone into the Tar Heels spirit. We're not UNC alumni, but our stay at The Carolina Inn made us wish we were!

-Isaac Gerstenzang, Corporate Director of eCommerce, Destination Hotels & Resorts

September 18, 2009 | 01:52 PM

Our music enjoyment!

After we moved to Durham 2 years ago, I was searching for bluegrass music in the area. "Fridays on the Front Porch" was listed and we ventured to sample. We love it. The music isn't always bluegrass but we enjoy all of it. We are there almost every week. The buffet is also nice and I look forward to taking my daughter to a tea in the parlor. She lives in Illinois. Mike and I are true fans. We love the music and the atmosphere which is very relaxing. We also enjoy watching the dancers. The Carolina Inn is the best we have found for a southern atmosphere.

September 11, 2009 | 02:38 PM

Fridays on the Front Porch Fan Contest

Are you a Carolina Inn Fridays on the Front Porch Fan? Prove it!  Tell us why you love FOFP and you could win a two month FOFP season package for you and four friends valued at over $1,000.  Click "Read more..." for more information.

How To Post Your Entry

All you have to do to enter is tell us through photo, video, essay, haiku, etc. why YOU are #1 Fan of Fridays on the Front Porch. Post your stuff on this blog and use the title: "#1 FOFP FAN - Your Name".

What's the Grand Prize?

The Carolina Inn is awarding the #1 FOFP FAN:

- 2 months (8 Fridays) of FOFP buffet and drink tickets for you and four guest $1,040 value).  Each Friday, you will receive: 10 drink tickets and 5 southern picnic buffet tickets

- Reserved, front row table seating for 5 (priceless!)

- Valet parking for 1 car for all 8 Fridays ($80 value)

- 5 FOFP t-shirts ($100 value)

How We Will Select the Lucky Winner

Our executive team will select the winner based on the creativity, originality and quality of the entry.

When Is The Deadline?

Deadline for entry is Monday, November 2, 2009 at 12PM.
The grand prize winner will be officially announced November 7, 2009 at the Tailgate Party on the Front Porch 3 hours prior to the UNC vs. Duke homecoming game.

Good luck Everyone, and Happy Uploading!

More Details:

- To enter, users need to be Facebook FANS of The Carolina Inn.

- If you are a Carolina Inn employee, you may not participate in this competition.

- Winner will be contacted via a facebook message within 7 days after the competition end-date.

- Should the winner not respond to their Facebook communication within 3 days, the prize will be forfeited and given to the next runner-up.

- Winners should allow 30 days for prize delivery after winner announcement.

- FOFP tickets must be used by November 30, 2010.

- Prize is valid for 1 year! Tickets may be used for FOFP or Tailgate Party on the Front Porch.

- The Carolina Inn shall have the right to terminate the competition immediately and without notice. In the event of such termination, all participants agree to waive any rights that they may have in terms of this promotion and acknowledge that they will have no recourse against The Carolina Inn.

- Submissions must not contain material which is violent, pornographic or otherwise obscene, illegal or racially or otherwise morally offensive.

Entering this competition indicates acceptance of all the above rules.

For more information on our special events click here

View our FOFP 2009 Season Band Line-Up

September 10, 2009 | 03:44 PM

Chapel Hill Starts Football-Centric Economic Campaign - The Carolina Inn

The Carolina Inn's Tailgate Party on the Front Porch was featured on WRAL's coverage of UNC's first football weekend celebration. Click here to read the story on the WRAL site and watch the full video.  Don't forget to capture your own experience at our FOFP or Tailgate Party on the Front Porch and post on our blog to be entered in our new #1 FOFP Fan contest.  Click here to find more information about our contest.

Business organizers in Chapel Hill have started a campaign to bolster the community with economic activity and Tar Heel spirit on game-day weekends.

The goal of “Touch Downtown Chapel Hill” is to encourage football fans – locals and visitors – to come early and stay late after the games to enjoy local restaurants, specialty stores and other cultural attractions.

According to a recent economic impact study conducted by Dr. Nathan Tomasini of the VCU Center for Sports Leadership, the 2008 North Carolina-Notre Dame football game generated $6.4 million for the Chapel Hill and Orange County economies plus $325,000 in local and state tax revenue.

Chapel Hill hopes football will boost economy

With seven home games on the schedule for this year, the total economic impact could be more than $40 million and more than $2 million in local and state tax revenue, according to officials.

Managers said the campaign helped encourage people to stop by their business downtown on Saturday for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s season opener against The Citadel.

As part of the effort, local merchants and restaurants were encouraged to have employees where clothing with UNC logos and put UNC and Citadel flags in front of their businesses.

For the second year, the Carolina Inn hosted a tailgate party on its front porch.

“UNC football…it’s huge,” said Allal Kartaoui, assistant food beverage director for the Carolina Inn.

For the entire Labor Day weekend, managers at Carolina Inn say they're fully booked.

Peggy Fitzgerald traveled from Florida to join the party in Chapel Hill. Fitzgerald said there is a family rivalry – her cousin, Stokes Fishburne, is a graduate of Citadel.

“They rag on me all the time. I’m used to it,” Fishburne said.

Managers at restaurant and bar Top of the Hill hope the city’s marketing campaign attracts people days before the big games.

While the restaurant and bar has long played host to the game day crowd, manager Steven Torchio said they have felt the effects of the economy.

“Nobody is immune. I don’t think there’s any business or any place in this town,” Torchio said.

Reporter: Beau Minnick
Photographer: Geof Levine
Web Editor: Kathy Hanrahan

September 04, 2009 | 09:13 AM

Live Bluegrass Music at The Carolina Inn - Ya'll Ought to Stop By

An article by Lucie Shelly in the Daily Tar Heel nicely highlights our popular front porch events: Fridays on the Front Porch and our new Tailgate Party on the Front Porch.   Click "Read More" to view the full article.

Fellow FOFP fans make sure to check out our #1 FOFP Fan Contest on our facebook page.  Post your entry by November 2nd and you'll get a chance to win a 2 month FOFP package for you and four friends valued at over $1,000.

View our FOFP and Tailgate Party band line-up on our event calendar page. 

Bluegrass Comes to Carolina Inn on Fridays
by Lucie Shelly
Friday, September 4, 2009 

When Fridays on the Front Porch began at the Carolina Inn in 2003, the free event quickly garnered popularity among bluegrass enthusiasts and those looking for outdoor summer music.

This season looks to be no exception, as the crowd is bigger than ever, said Laurence Bézy, marketing manager for the Carolina Inn.

With the advent of the 2009 football season, organizers have decided to continue Tailgate Party on the Front Porch, an event they began last year.

The tailgate program also features live music just as Fridays on the Front Porch does. But it takes place on home game days and begins three hours prior to each football game.

Both events offer food and beverages for purchase from the bar.

“If you like Fridays on the Front Porch, you will definitely like it,” Bezy said of the tailgate series.

The performances this season will feature mostly recognizable local bands, such as Big Fat Gap and the Gravy Boys.

The organizers also are looking to introduce a few new groups.

“Most of the bands are local, but we have two new bands from the Asheville area,” Bézy said.

But for regulars of the event who have picked their favorites, don’t fear: they will return.

“The ones that come back every year are the local bands, and they will be back again for this season,” she said.

Local favorites the Gravy Boys will perform at Saturday’s tailgate.

The band has been a staple at the Carolina Inn for the past two years.

Steve Celestini, the lead vocalist, said the series is one of the group’s absolute favorite events to play.

“From the three-year-olds kickin’ up dirt and dancing to college kids and local folks with a few years on them — it’s a great atmosphere,” he said.

Celestini described the music of the Gravy Boys as “acoustic Americana.”

With bluegrass infusions, twangs of country and covers of musicians such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, the Gravy Boys cater to a variety of tastes.

“We take a lot of pride in our crowd rapport and engaging in what the fans call shenanigans,” he said.

Today’s show will feature event-regulars Big Fat Gap, who play strictly Carolina bluegrass.

Lead singer Miles Andrews said that in recent years the concerts have become packed events.

“It’s such a great venue with a large lawn where you can sit up close for the music or hang around the back for socializing and soak it in,” he said.

If you go:

Fridays on the Front Porch: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays through Oct. 9.

Tailgate Party on the Front Porch: Saturdays of home football games, 3 hours before kickoff.

Click here for a link to the article.

August 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM

Triangle Chapter of NACE Celebrates Chapter of the Year Award

Angela Ray of The Herald Sun, writes about the recent August NACE gathering at The Carolina Inn.  It was a special and happy occasion for The Triangle Chapter of NACE as they recently won the Chapter of the Year Award.  The Carolina Inn's four Catering Managers and Catering Director, Terri Nier, are proud members of this professional organization. 

The Triangle Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives, NACE, held its monthly gathering at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill Tuesday. This was a particularly special occasion as the Triangle chapter members recently returned from the national meeting of the organization, bringing home the Chapter of the Year Award.

NACE is the oldest and largest professional organization that encompasses all aspects of the catering industry. The NACE gathering on Tuesday was centered in the Old Wing of the hotel.

"Summertime at the Carolina Inn" was made up of four rooms styled and presented by members of the organization. One room featured a seven-layer wedding cake at its center anchored by decorations in each corner. The second room was designed more like a social gathering and featured a popcorn maker, a pool table and Dave Brown of Coastal Cigars making fresh cigars on the spot.

The main ballroom, where the meeting was held, prominently displayed colorful daybeds, a stage, two food stations and two bars. The final room, called the Ice Room, was put together by Sugarland bakery, and featured a gelato bar and a martini bar. Doc and Katrina Ryan, owners of Sugarland, served up samples of the chilled desserts.

The event was not all about food and style, though. Amy Greene, the special events coordinator for Spice Street Restaurant and active NACE member, was busy selling raffle tickets to benefit the organization's fundraising efforts. Suzanne Pesta stopped by the table to support the effort.

Each year, the Triangle chapter sponsors a community service fundraiser to benefit the Interfaith Food Shuttle's Backpack Buddies. Proceeds from the raffle, which included two tickets to see David Copperfield at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and a hot air balloon ride for two, will benefit the Backpack Buddies program. The drawing will be held next month.

At the beginning of the program, Triangle NACE President Mark Day addressed the crowd briefly before other members of the group made remarks. The program was short and then it was on to the music, provided by Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos.

Brooke Fork and Alli Eidenmiller took in the music and fun together. Eidenmiller, who owns Sweet Memories Bakery, came to the event as a guest. Fork, on the other hand, is a new member of the organization, joining just two weeks earlier. Fork spoke highly of the group, stating it was a great organization.

Next up for the Triangle Chapter of NACE is its annual Top of the Table Design Challenge, which will be held Sept. 22 at Bay 7 on the campus of the American Tobacco Historic District.

August 06, 2009 | 04:08 PM

Got Sushi?

Crossroads Bar does! I am very excited to announce the debut of Sushi Wednesdays starting this August 19th from 5 to 9 PM. Celebrate the middle of the work week in our cozy bar and try out my new sushi creations with a southern flair. Let me know what you think of The Carolina Inn Roll with Southern Shrimp, Fried Green Tomatoes and Spicy Buttermilk Dipping Sauce and the Down South Wontons with Shredded Pork. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Click here to view our sushi menu. 

See you on Wednesday,
Chef Jimmy 

June 12, 2009 | 07:28 AM

Bolshoi Ballet Performs in Chapel Hill

The Bolshoi Ballet, one of the worlds' most renowned dance companies, is in town performing Swan Lake and Don Quixote with the NC Symphony June 10th-14th at Memorial Hall.  This ballet company rarely tours: in the past two years they've appeared only in London, Paris and Amsterdam and their tour this summer only includes three stops in the United States: Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and UC Berkeley in California. 

Memorial Hall is only steps away from the Carolina Inn and has hosted world-class performers since its opening in 1931.  Emil Kang, Executive Director of the Arts, explains what it means to Carolina to have the Bolshoi Ballet performing in Chapel Hill for the first time.  It is evident that Chapel Hill is part of a vibrant, cultural area and has become a leading place in the state to showcase international and national cultural events. 

May 14, 2009 | 02:08 PM

Supporting Local Farmers

I've always felt strongly about the use of local organic and sustainable products and we're lucky to be surrounded by a wide variety of dedicated local farmers. I fully support buying local not just because it's the right thing to do but because it tastes better.

If anyone wants to experience the strong connection between Orange County's local cooks and farmers first hand, I strongly recommend attending Farm to Fork 2009 Picnic, coming up this June 14.

It will be Carolina Crossroads Restaurant's second time participating in this annual celebration. Some of the regions' best cooks, including our very own Chef de Cuisine, Jeremy Blankenship, and Sous Chef, Beth Littlejohn, and Piedmont farmers will be paired together to prepare a picnic-style feast sourced almost entirely from the partner's farm.

This all in support of growing new farms and farmers in North Carolina. We hope to see you there!

For more information on Farm to Fork Picnic visit

April 23, 2009 | 08:58 AM

See You At the Front Porch This Friday

80 degree weather is finally here and so is Fridays on the Front Porch!  The first event of the season is always the most fun - spring and warmer weather have arrived and everyone is eager to enjoy the outdoors and relax after a long work-week.  The crowd-pleasing and my favorite, Big Fat Gap will kick off our FOFP 2009 Season, With the end of school year come all the concerts, bbq's and moat parties at our neighboring fraternity houses, turning Columbia Street into a battle of the bands.  The energy is great and it is something I think all Chapel Hillers and visitors need to experience.  Hope to see you all there!

April 23, 2009 | 08:47 AM

Thank You NC Artists!

I'd like to thank the 16 local North Carolina artists who participated in our 8th Annual Birdhouses on Parade. We had a total of 84 beautiful and unique birdhouses on display in our lobby this March and April. It was great to hear nice comments about the artwork coming from guests strolling through our hallways, impressed with the spring decor.  I was glad to be able to mark "sold" on a handful of the birdhouses, one of which I bought for my mother as a mothers' day gift.  Thank you for being a part of our spring celebration.

March 24, 2009 | 09:58 AM

Fridays on the Front Porch

While in Chapel Hill on business, I was lucky enough to stay at the Inn and even luckier in that my college best friend had moved to the area. While we did not attend UNC, it was so much fun to have her (and her 4 year old son) come stay at the Inn with me one night and "re-live" our college days (a bit more grown-up) first with the festivities on the Inn's Front Porch and then along Franklin Street. Great memories I can't wait to return.

March 09, 2009 | 11:26 AM

A Fun Night at Crossroads Restaurant

The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant recently hosted a March Madness Beer Dinner, the first in an ongoing seasonal series, in collaboration with Carolina Brewery. Everyone had a great time and raved about the food and beer pairings. Kathy and Fletcher Newbern, prolific freelancers, joined us for the event and would like to share their memorable experience.

Read what Fletcher and Kathy have to say by clicking Read More.

"What a fun night.We've been to a ton of wine dinners, but never a beer dinner. What a surprise.

The food and beer were great, the pairings delightful, and our table guests a blast. And Executive Chef Jimmy Reale had it all right on target.His food is wonderful.

The Inn was also a treat - from the wine and cookies upon check in to the suite itself. We were so happy not to have to worry about driving home to Raleigh. I can't remember the last time I had so much beer."

"What a fab dinner - really teriffic. A smashing success we thought. We had a wonderful stay. The junior suite was perfect for post dinner crashing."

Don't miss our next dining event. To learn more about our events at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant, visit our Event Calendar. For more information about our wonderful food, explore our menus.

Laurence Bezy,
Marketing Manager, The Carolina Inn


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