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The Carolina Inn Voted a Top Wedding Venue in North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (January 24, 2012) – As the region’s weddings capital offering Classic Southern Elegance since 1924, The Carolina Inn has been honored as a “Best of Weddings 2012” locale by The Knot magazine.

“We are thrilled to receive such an honor,” said Heidi Werner, director of catering at The Carolina Inn. “We love our beautifully appointed and one-of-a-kind space, but we are also motivated by new ideas on how we can make a wedding more intimate, more creative, exceptionally serviced, exquisitely decorated and unequivocally unique.

“We are committed and passionate about helping others navigate through once-in-a-lifetime experiences. It means something to us to see happy faces, excited faces and contented faces. We hope to see more of these in 2012. Thank you to our wonderful family of brides and guests who have given us such an accolade.”

Founded in 1996 and written for to-be-weds, The Knot offers real-life advice and sensibility to weddings through its national/regional publications and comprehensive website. It provides original editorial and access to local/regional vendors plus a large gallery of bridal fashions. Regular sections include: proposals, tips on wedding planning, wedding party fashions, beauty, newlywed advice and travel suggestions. Announced Jan. 23, its “Best of Weddings 2012” celebrates premier nuptial destinations and recognizes the top 4 percent of local vendors on The Knot Wedding Network.

The historic hotel on the UNC Chapel Hill campus hosts more than 125 weddings annually and has a long-standing tradition of helping brides fulfill their most cherished wedding dreams. From the exquisitely beautiful to the elegant and romantic, The Carolina Inn has been transforming wedding fantasies into memories that live forever for almost nine decades. Providing an atmosphere of warmth and grace, the Inn’s intimate parlors, secluded courtyards and expansive ballrooms are perfect for wedding receptions or the exchanging of vows.

From the stylish Old Well Room, with its evocative Art Deco décor, especially popular for weddings, to the elegant John Sprunt Hill Ballroom, neoclassical in design, The Carolina Inn has been making wedding dreams come true for 87 years. With a tradition of hosting memorable bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, champagne brunches, wedding receptions and banquets, it devotes equal care to events for ten guests or 500 guests.

For more information, call 919-918-2749, email or visit

About the Carolina Inn
Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 8,970 guest rooms, 15 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit