When it comes to old-fashioned comfort and luxury with a historic and beautiful backdrop, nobody does it better than North Carolina. And for the best in antebellum charm, look no further than Durham and Greensboro, in the heart of Tobacco Road.
Whether you’re here to explore the plantation economy that built much of the American South, learn more about the pivotal role the region played in the Civil War, visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum — where the Greensboro Four staged the most famous sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement — or you’re just in town to catch a basketball game featuring one of North Carolina’s legendary collegiate teams, consider making one of these four high-class resorts your base of operations.
For those looking to see the sights in downtown Greensboro while enjoying the finer things in life overnight, the Proximity Hotel fits the bill. Take the free shuttle service from the airport and check into your comfy room — maybe enjoying dinner and a bottle of wine from their award-winning restaurant after your arrival. During the day, take a quick hop downtown to soak in this bustling and historic city — or just kick back in your room with HD TV and free Wi-Fi. Cap your visit with an evening walk (with a signature cocktail in hand, of course) through their bluebell garden.
Brimming with history
While decidedly not pre-war, the O. Henry Hotel isn’t lacking in old-school luxury and charm. Try to arrive in time for the hotel’s daily afternoon tea or before-dinner cocktails, served in the elegant, wood-paneled Social Lobby. If you’re lucky, you might be in town to catch a visiting jazz artist perform with your evening drinks. In your room, enjoy a great night’s sleep in their custom-designed (and cleverly named) Magi beds and bedding. In the morning, ask about the hotel’s self-guided tour of the museums and attractions of the city.
In the heart of campus
Each year, the walls of Cameron Indoor Stadium rock with the sound of thousands of screaming fans cheering on the basketball teams of their beloved Duke University. If your bucket list includes a field trip to see one of the most storied college sports programs in America, then consider making it a long weekend at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Check into your comfortable room, don your fan gear, and don’t worry about busy game-day parking; the Washington Duke is just a few minutes’ walk (or a quick, free shuttle ride) from the arena and the rest of the Duke University campus.
Luxury on a budget
If you’d rather spend more of your trip budget on better seats for the game, check out the Millennium Hotel Durham. This frugal favorite has all the amenities for the business or recreational traveler, and its location just off campus will save you money on your booking. The day after the game, enjoy a scenic walk from the Millennium through the Duke campus, visiting the world-famous University Chapel and finishing with a stroll through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Whether it be business, pleasure, or basketball that brings you to North Carolina, be sure not to miss out on some authentic Southern hospitality with a comfortable room and a mint julep at one of these top-notch hotels.
Cory Hanson is an American travel writer specializing in American and European travel. This is part of a series of American destination posts brought to you by the awesome travel search engine and booking service Hipmunk. Find more Hipmunk posts here, and a full sponsored content disclosure here.