The Duke MansionLocation: Charlotte, NC • 10 Aug
Outfit Details: green embroidered off the shoulder dress // white Jimmy Choo flatform sandals (sold out in white), same pair in blue here // Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Bandoulière // black Hermes H bracelet // David Yurman bracelet // Gucci sunglasses
I just returned from a short trip to Charlotte, NC. I finally got to explore the Queen City–named after Queen Charlotte! Even though it rained while we were there, I didn’t let it rain on my parade. We explored The Duke Mansion gardens and did some shopping at a few boutique stores in Uptown. I wore the cutest green embroidered off the shoulder dress along with my Jimmy Choo flatform sandals and Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Bandoulière bag to explore the city.
I originally wanted to stay at The Duke Mansion because I saw that this charming B&B was ranked #5 by Southern Living on their Hotel Collection List. Surprisingly, Blackberry Farm is only #3 on their 2016 hotel list! I was ecstatic when I found out that this hotel is also a Four Diamond AAA hotel.
The location could not have been more fabulous, since the hotel was a little over a mile from city center and was located in Uptown. The Duke Mansion was surrounded by charming Southern mansions of various exterior decors with large canopy trees hovering over the sidewalks.
The Duke Mansion was originally owned by the Duke family, who’s attributed to the founding of Duke Power and Duke University in North Carolina. Since the house was originally built in 1915, the interior decor was traditional to reflect the era from which the hotel was built. The black and white tile floors and chandeliers in the lobby were an absolute dream. I couldn’t help but think what The Duke Mansion was like under the Duke family’s ownership of the house as well as the other owners.
The room went above and beyond my expectations. We stayed in one of the King Porch Rooms, which was a King Bedroom that had a shared screened in porch with another room. The room was absolutely fabulous with 14 foot ceilings and ornate drapery. I felt as if I was in the roaring 20s. The bathroom was a little modern with a seamless glass shower door and a tub with stainless steel fixtures. The all white bathroom with black marble counters felt clean and fresh.
The dining room was beautiful with nice table clothes, flowers, gold banquet chairs, and a haint blue ceiling. Haint blue is a very popular ceiling color in Southern homes (particularly in the Carolinas) and is typically used on porch ceilings. In terms of the food selection, there was a buffet with both hot and cold items. However, you could also order one of the two options for eggs that were cooked to order. While we were there, we had the option of either ordering eggs benedict or an omelette with goat cheese, artichoke hearts, red pepper, onion, and cheddar cheese. I selected the omelette, which was delicious! In terms of amenities, there is a fitness center in the hotel and 12 fabulous gardens on the property. I wish we had one more day in Charlotte, so we could have had a picnic lunch in one of the gardens.
Since we were in Charlotte on Sunday, a lot of restaurants and boutiques were closed. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful in suggesting great restaurants and cute boutiques that were open on Sunday. They even let us borrow an umbrella to take with us, so we could explore the city.
I highly recommend staying at The Duke Mansion. The location, decor, room, food, amenities, and service was absolutely fabulous. Plus, this hotel was so charming both inside and out. If you’re ever in Charlotte, this Southern mansion B&B is not to be missed.