We stayed overnight in the historic Duke Mansion B & B for Valentine’s Day. It’s located in the gorgeous Myers Park area of Charlotte, NC. For us, that was an easy drive. If you’re coming through town for a visit, to shop IKEA, or just passing through the airport, you might want to consider staying over for this unique experience. The Greek Revival mansion was built in 1915 by Doris Duke’s father and they only lived in it 4 years before it was sold to other prominent families until eventually it was turned into a non-profit B & B by the local historical society. The entry hall is black and white marble tile, with fire lit seating rooms for guests to linger and take part in coffee and cookies. Other seating areas took advantage of the garden view where huge magnolia trees embraced this architectural marvel.
We stayed in a “king porch room” that was very large, tastefully decorated, and furnished with a flat screen wall mounted TV, two cotton robes, and French doors leading out to the screened in porch on the second floor. The inn has 20 rooms, 3 floors, and a wonderful breakfast room with original lead crystal chandelier. Breakfast is served by the friendly wait staff and you have your choice of any of 8 gourmet selections. This touch of luxury was unexpected as the price for the room was very affordable.
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BTW, I asked one of the staff if the mansion had any ghosts. She seemed surprised I would ask but confirmed that there had been sightings. Her husband, a former employee at the B & B, said he had seen what appeared to be a barefoot slave in burlap pants down in the basement (this would predate the mansion which was built in 1915). Some of the maids have seen a woman on the upper 3rd floor. Still others have witnessed odd goings on in the kitchen, most notably a fry pan that lifted itself off the counter and an ice scoop that kicks itself across the floor! Stay on the second floor. I can vouch that Room 205 has no ghosts. 🙂