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June 05, 2014 | 11:33 AM

It's National Martini Day in Chapel Hill, NC

Refreshing cocktail anyone? Try the Mojitotini when you come to Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar at The Carolina Inn. Not planning a Chapel Hill, NC getaway anytime soon, then make this citrusy beverage yourself. 

  • 2 oz. Bacardi Limon
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. Roses Lime Juice
  • 1 Lime Wedge ~ Squeezed and Added to Shaker
  • 3-4 Springs Fresh Mint ~ Torn and Added to Shaker
  • Fresh Mint ~ Garnish

Add all the above ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigoursly and pour martini into a chilled glass. Garnish with fresh mint.



November 07, 2009 | 01:43 PM

Searching for a Home in the Tar Heel State

New York Post recently ran an article about the appeal of living in North Carolina.  Author, Douglas Rogers, and his wife ran into the wonders of North Carolina while trying to find a place to live where they would both feel at home.  During their stay at The Carolina Inn,  the couple discovered that Chapel Hill was exactly what they were looking for.  From the pianist playing jazz tunes and southern guests enjoying a leisurely afternoon tea service in the lobby to the bluegrass band playing music on the front porch of the Inn, the Rogers were "marveled at the easy community of it all". 

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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 15, 2009 | 02:32 PM

Prize-Worthy Evening at The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant

Roxann Larotonda from Raleigh was the lucky winner of a Gift Certificate for Dinner for Two at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant after submitting her secret for the Signature Secret page featured in NC Signature Magazine by Our State Magazine.  She shares her experience of what it's like to be a winner. 

I can count on one hand the number of times I've won anything in my lifetime - and nothing more exciting than the centerpiece at a luncheon I had attended.  But winning a meal at Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn for my Signature Secret submission was the best, by far. 

My husband and I planned our trip to Chapel Hill during an especially hectic time in our lives.  Our daughter was getting married in a month, and a family member was seriously ill. Each day, our emotions ranged from being happy to feeling sad, and dinner at Crossroads Restaurant was the respite we needed. 

The Carolina Inn is located in the heart of the University of North Carolina campus, and, because it was mid-October, the streets bustled with students.  We strolled into the historic Carolina Inn and stopped to admire several antique furnishings before heading to the bar.  We sat in comfortable leather chairs as we sipped our drinks in the glow of the fireplace.  If not for our dinner reservations, we would have stayed in that cozy room for a while longer.  We then proceeded to Crossroads, a charming restaurant with pristine white tablecloths and blue-and-white-fabric-covered cushions on the chairs.

Executive Chef Jimmy Reale changes the menu at Crossroads seasonally.  We made our choices from an autumn menu that included items like butternut squash risotto, broccoli rabe, and sweet potato spoon bread.

We began with the she-crab soup and, while my husband enjoyed a mixed green salad, I couldn't resist trying the port wine poached pear with arugula, spiced walnuts, goat cheese, and cranberry vinaigrette.  With our after-dinner coffee, we shared a tiramisu, served in a crystal goblet that enhanced the surprising lightness of the dessert.  Everything was delicious.

We had made our reservations for an evening during the week and were rewarded with a quiet, relaxing dinner in a cozy yet elegant atmosphere.  The food was top-notch, and the service impeccable.  We left Chapel Hill that Tuesday night, relaxed and ready for what tomorrow might bring our way. 

Thank you, North Carolina Signature, for this memorable break from reality. 

Roxann Larotonda, Raleigh.  March/April Issue 2009.

August 26, 2009 | 09:31 AM

Perfect evening!

Last summer, our daughter was married in Chapel Hill. The rehearsal dinner and "wedding eve celebration" which followed were held in the beautiful Hill Ballroom. We could not have asked for a more magnificent evening.

The entire staff was efficient, accommodating and courteous; and working with Julie McCay, Social Catering Manager, was an absolute joy! The wedding guests who stayed at the Inn were extremely complimentary of the facility and all of the amenities and continue to comment on the delightful staff. Many of our guests traveled from Spain for the wedding festivities and for most it was their first trip to the United States. They loved their time in Chapel Hill and at the Inn and had rave reviews for the friendly, helpful staff who were great ambassadors for our community and country. We sincerely appreciate the true professionalism of Julie McCay and the entire staff as well as the many kindnesses they extended to all of us. We also had the opportunity this spring to host a dinner in the Piedmont Room honoring our son and his fiancee and her family. What a pleasure it was to work with Lauren Joyner, Restaurant Coordinator! As before, the staff at the Inn orchestrated everything to perfection, and we all had a marvelous evening.

July 29, 2009 | 01:24 PM

The best experience I have ever had at a hotel!!!

The staff was super friendly and the maid service very attentive. I very muched enjoyed the Friday night live bands and southern dinner. The bartenders were also very friendly and attentive. One by the name of Phillip knew I was from up north and struck a very pleasant conversation and knew right off the bat the drinks I wanted him to make. Top notch! Thank you, we will be back many times to come!!!

Tripadvisor Review - July 20, 2009

June 23, 2009 | 07:36 AM

Lovely Hotel!

We stayed for two nights while attending new student orientation at UNC - the room was perfect, staff friendly and helpful. The breakfast was wonderful - fresh fruit, yummy oatmeal, as well as eggs, breakfasts meats, etc. This has quickly become my favorite hotel. June 2009 TripAdvisor Review

June 15, 2009 | 03:03 PM

"36 Hours in Research Triangle, NC"

Click here to read a recent article featured in the travel section of The New York Times on Sunday, June 14th.  J.J. Goode highlights fun cultural things to do and a variety of dining and lodging options in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area, including a highlight on The Carolina Inn. Goode refers to RTP as "a place marked by more than college bars and hoops fans."  Visitors aren't just bound to  our universities.

May 26, 2009 | 10:07 AM

The Carolina Inn always delivers more than is expected!

I want to take a moment to thank you for helping us make our annual employee business meeting a resounding success. Not only did the Carolina Inn graciously host our out-of-town employees, but the All-Employee Dinner on Thursday night was the crown event of the two-day meeting. I have worked with you on a number of events over the years, and the Carolina Inn team has consistently proven their dependability, always delivering more than was expected.

Campbell employees, who travel in for the meeting, look forward to their stay at the Carolina Inn. As seasoned business travelers, most of these people stay at countless hotels over the course of a year. Even among these "road-warriors," the Carolina Inn is recognized as being special. After a day of intense business meetings, the quiet ambiance, elegant decor, and many amenities of the Inn help people shift quickly into a relaxed state of mind, setting the stage for the equally important social portion of the meeting.

The dinner itself was a great success. Allison and the restaurant team excelled at making the planning stage of the dinner easy. The food and wine recommendations were exactly as expected, the dining room looked beautiful, and the dinner service was excellent. Your team did all the work, and I got the compliments!

With the increased need to justify the costs associated with meetings, I can say with conviction that our leadership team made a prudent business decision by allowing us to partner with the Carolina Inn for this meeting. We have high performance standards for our employees, and they consistently deliver for us. Providinq them with a great meal in a memorable environment helps us demonstrate our respect and appreciation for all they do. The Carolina Inn team supports our efforts to provide this reward.

Thank you again for your assistance in delivering another great Campbell event. We look forward to working with you again in the near future.

Regards, Jana Fransen
Senior Manager, Human Resources
Campbell Alliance

April 23, 2009 | 06:50 PM

50th Birthday

On July 25, 2008 ,I celebrated my 50th Birthday at the Carolina Inn with my family and a friend who moved to the area. I had not seen this friend for a few years. It was great getting back together with her and her daughters. What better place to spend it having dinner at your wonderful restaurant. It was also during my daughter's orientation weekend at UNC. We plan on visitng Carolina frequently and hope we will be able to secure reservations for our daughter's graduation from UNC in 2012.

April 23, 2009 | 11:15 AM

Delightful in every way

My wife and I brought our 4 young children for a mid-week getaway to Chapel Hill earlier this month. The staff, especially in the restaurant, could not have been more friendly or inviting. The breakfast buffet was fantastic and our dinner equally so. Thank you for making our visit a memorable one. TD

April 14, 2009 | 04:43 AM

Sunday Brunch

Sunday April 5,2009 at 11am brunch will long be remembered as the best food and service I've ever shared in my 64 years. My compliments to all who helped make that sunday a most memoriable one. Thank you!

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

March 04, 2009 | 02:23 PM

Return Visit to The Inn - Sixty Years Later

Dear Mark, We wish to express to to you our genuine heartfelt thanks for your most gracious hospitality extended to us in the celebration of our 60th Wedding Anniversary on September 8th, 2008. The elegant and beautifully appointed King Suite, the great refreshment tray you sent by room service, the delicious dinner prepared by the Executive Chef and the book - The History of The Carolina Inn has made our celebration such a memorable occasion. Thank you for all the details you took care of. What a joy to meet you! You made so much of your time available to us, never hurried, you made us feel like royalty! All the staff made us feel so welcomed and so special. The return to The Carolina Inn for our 60th Anniversary was indeed a highlight of our 60 years together. We shall not soon forget the part you had in making it an Anniversary to remember and we are eternally grateful to you. Our Sincere Appreciation, John and Clara Privott Rocky Mount, NC

March 03, 2009 | 03:16 PM

The Perfect Place

The Carolina Inn has always been a favorite meeting place for my friends and family, whether it is for a long football weekend or just having a few drinks on the porch. With so many fun and happy memories there, my husband and I were so thrilled that it worked out to be the site of our wedding reception. The Inn provided the perfect place for all our guests to stay for a big wedding weekend. We both look forward to many return trips to The Carolina Inn!

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