Monday, December 14, 2009

The Carolina Inn Named Top Holiday Retreat by

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Carolina Inn has been named among the nation’s Top 8 Holiday Retreats by

According to the web site, “a holiday away from home can become a magical and memorable excursion. Learn about special spots that do Christmas right; see our list of traditional and historic hotels and inns, large and small, located throughout the nation. These eight holiday retreats go all out, with Christmas trees everywhere, gingerbread galore, carols, and of course, Santa.”

Others on the list were The Berry Manor Inn in Maine, Homestead Resort in Utah, Inn at Christmas Place in Tennessee, Jekyll Island Club in Georgia, Rittenhouse Inn in Wisconsin, Skytop Lodge Resort in Pennsylvania and View Point Inn in Oregon.

The Carolina Inn’s 12th Annual “12 Days of Christmas” celebration runs through January 3, 2010 and features some new treats (An Afternoon with Nicholas Nickleby on December 19 and Antiques Roadshow on December 29), many old favorites (luncheon with the voice of the Tar Heels Woody Durham on December 16, Zuber wallpaper history tour and luncheon on December 22 and New Orleans Style Twelfth Night Banquet and January 2), plus six value-stuffed hotel packages starting at $117 per night.

Complete information about all of the Twelve Days of Christmas events at The Carolina Inn including dates, times and cost, if any, is online at Reservations are required for many of the events and may be made online or by calling 888-878-1823.

About the Carolina Inn

Recognized as one of America’s “cultural resources worthy of preservation,” The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Forbes (Mobil) Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. As one of only four hotels in North Carolina built before 1925 to remain in continuous operation, it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon. The Carolina Inn is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country.

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