Tuesday, July 21, 2015

There were plenty of
reasons Durham, North Carolina, was on our list of best places to travel in
2015. One of those reasons: the opening of The Durham, a 53-room hotel set in
a mid-century Home Savings Bank building. James Beard Award winner Andrea
Reusing (of Chapel Hill's Lantern) runs the food and beverage programs, and
the design firm Commune handled the aesthetic vision. What we love about
it: free high-speed Wi-Fi, rooftop yoga classes, and bicycles with which to
explore the city. But if there's one thing that impressed us the most,
it's the hotel's commitment to all things North Carolina. Here, a few
local highlights. Uniforms Matt Dick of Small Trade Company uses denim
from Cone Denim, a mill in Greensboro, North Carolina, to create the stylish
uniforms. Flour Carolina Ground flour from Asheville—stone ground in
a gristmill, made from grains only farmed in the South—is what you'll find
in the hotel's kitchen. Chocolate Used in the hotel's baked goods,
specialty coffee drinks, and turndown service, Escazu Artisan Chocolates
creates small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate in Raleigh. Blankets Raleigh
Denim custom designed the blankets you'll find in the guestrooms (shown
above). Like it enough to buy it? They're available in the hotel's store.
Skincare Durham's own Burt's Bees supplies some of the bath
amenities, including Beeswax Lip Balm and Hand Salve.
The Durham Music The hotel newsstand will
carry new releases and classic albums from another hometown favorite, Merge
Records—co-founded by Mac McCaughan, who's married to The Durham's chef
Andrea Reusing. McCaughan himself created the playlist you hear in the
restaurant lobby; expect hits from North Carolina and beyond. Decorative
items Guestrooms are outfitted with ceramic trays by Haand, a small company
located near the city of Graham. In the restaurant, the porcelain
eggcups—each individually printed—are made by Mimi Logothetis from Cedar
Grove. Minibars The in-room fridges are stocked with goodies made only
in North Carolina, including cocktail mixers from White Whale and nut butters
from Big Spoon Roasters, both based in Durham. More good reads from T+L:
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