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Durham Inns Are Booming

Posted May 12, 2001

— Carol and Steve Barden's house is a refreshing break from the hectic pace of downtown Durham.

"It feels like country. It's quiet and peaceful," says Carol Barden.

The Bardens are innkeepers, and their inn is the Bull City's newest bed and breakfast.

"They're all different," says Barden. "It's kind of like an adventure when you go to one."

Believe it or not, Durham is home to seven B&Bs--that is more than any other town in the Triangle.

It is pretty easy to see why these inns are so popular. One reason is the relaxed atmosphere. The other reason is that you feel like you are right at home in your own comfortable bed.

"Weekends are filled up with Duke people, Duke parents, people visiting the hospital, visiting professors," says inkeeper Debbie Vickery. "During the week, we get a lot of business travelers."

Vickery opened her door to guests more than a decade ago, and her business is booming. She says personal touches like homemade cookies are the biggest draw.

"You hear that cookie jar jingling 24 hours a day. People come down at 3 in the morning, saying I need a cookie," she laughs.

The Bardens say their inn's appeal is the peaceful setting. And with a view like this, you may just want to pull up a chair and stay awhile--at least that is what they're hoping.

Rates range anywhere from $85 to $185 a night. Breakfast, of course, is included.

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