The Carolina Inn

The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Excited to share a travel diary + guide after my recent stay at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. 

A little less than two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to stay at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. Even though I lived only 25-30 minutes from Chapel Hill growing up, I never really explored the area. Therefore, I was extremely excited for our stay and check out the town where the University of North Carolina is located. Even if you aren’t a fan of the Tarheels {Joshua is probably the biggest anti-fan} the college town is a must visit in my opinion. And the Carolina Inn is the perfect place to stay for a night or two! 

So let’s dive into the trip + my recommendations for those visiting the area.  

The Accommodations 

As mentioned above, we had the opportunity to stay at the Carolina Inn. This historic Inn was built in 1924 and gifted to the university in 1935 {what an incredible gift, right?}. The North Carolina landmark is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. And, has earned the AAA Four Diamond Award since 1997. Needless to say, it is a pretty spectacular place to stay! 

Guest Rooms: The Carolina Inn offers a variety of guest rooms including traditional, deluxe, superior, and premier options. All of which have the options of double, queen, or king size beds. We stayed in a traditional queen room and it was the perfect size. With an absolutely gorgeous bathroom! 

Suites: There are three suite options. Premier Junior Queen Suite, Premier Junior King Suite, and Premier King Suite. All of which are wonderful options if you need additional space {they all have a separate living area} or if you’re celebrating a special occasion. The decor of these are so fun, the Premier Junior King Suite has my favorite living area.

The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

THE DECOR 

This beautiful inn is covered in historical charm. Throughout the inn there is a great mix of southern plantation home style, Georgian and neoclassical touches. The combination of these three styles is so beautifully done and will inspire you to make a few updates around your home! Additionally, the inn is also rich UNC history. As you walk the halls, you will find photographs of UNC alumni and faculty. You’ll be amazed by some of the famous people you may never have realized graduated from the Carolina university. I certainly was! 

The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

WHERE TO EAT

We all know food is most important and can truly make or break you trip! Well just like their decor, the Carolina Inn does not disappoint when it comes to food! My mom and I both agreed the dinner we had at their restaurant was one of the best meals we’ve ever had! 

Crossroads Chapel Hill: This is the restaurant on property that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sundays.  Their menu items are regionally  sourced. Which you can quickly taste, as everything tastes so fresh! 

We enjoyed…
Rum-cured House Smoked Salmon – so light, perfectly done! 
Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi – absolutely delicious! Easily one of my new favorite dishes. Unique and so satisfying! 
Seared Diver Scallops – my mom had these and said they were incredible! She almost never finishes her meal and there was not a drop left!
Ice Cream Trio – if one of the flavors included is blueberry, you have to get this! The blueberry was truly one of the best ice creams I have ever had. Still dreaming of it!

Pittsboro Street Provisions: This is the Carolina Inn’s grab and go market. A great option for breakfast or an afternoon snack. We grabbed smoothies here one morning and were both blown away by them! We tried their peanut butter one with oats, incredible! Very different tasting {in a good way} and super filling! They also serve coffee and tea here. 

Top of the Hill

Sutton’s

Merritt’s Grill

Crossroads Chapel Hill, Where to Eat in Chapel Hill
Crossroads Chapel Hill, Where to Eat in Chapel Hill
Crossroads Chapel Hill, Where to Eat in Chapel Hill
Crossroads Chapel Hill, Where to Eat in Chapel Hill

WHAT TO DO 

Explore the Campus: We did this both days! We lucked out and the weather was incredible, making it perfect for an hour or two of walking around campus. The University of North Carolina’s campus is truly beautiful. There are so many historic buildings and gorgeous green areas. Not to mention, some magical gardens throughout. Take just a few steps from the Carolina Inn’s front door and you’re right on campus. It is easy and truly a must do! 

Afternoon Tea: The Carolina Inn offers traditional Afternoon Tea which can be served in their cozy hotel lobby, the elegant Piedmont Dining Room or garden terrace. Their tea offerings change with the season as does the house-made accompaniments. Although you can look forward to savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, and fresh baked scones served with fresh lemon curd, English Devonshire cream, jams and preserves. 

Afternoon Tea is from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Thursday – Sunday. This is something I absolutely want to do on during our next stay! 

The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill Inn | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Overall, The Carolina Inn is a magical place that takes you back in time! If you haven’t previously visited the inn, I recommend planning an overnight {or weekend} there soon. It is sure to be one you won’t forget! Perfect for a little get away with your significant other or a mother daughter trip. Mother’s Day is right around the corner after all! A night there would make for a great gift! 

If you’re interested in checking out more travel reviews and guides you can find those here

I was gifted an evening at The Carolina Inn + meals in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are of course my own! 

28 Comments

  1. hannahcstark
    April 30, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Now this is a place I would love to stay! It looks so relaxing and such a sight to see:) Hope you enjoyed!

    xoxo, Hannah

  2. Rach DiMare
    April 30, 2018 / 9:06 am

    This is such a cute place to stay! I love that they have afternoon tea! I always enjoy a good tea time!

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    • April 30, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      It really is the sweetest. Right there with you gal! It is such a fun experience every time.

      xo Laura Leigh

    • April 30, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      Isn’t it amazing? I was truly blown away by every little detail. You will definitely have to plan a stay there.

      xo Laura Leigh

  3. Shira
    April 30, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Wow this is beautiful! I need to add to my list!

  4. joevans29
    April 30, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    Looks like such a lovely getaway! Beautiful decor!

    • April 30, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Really is! We definitely were. You know me, give me all the southern charm haha.

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. April 30, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    This is so picturesque! I can’t believe we lived in NC for three years & never visited that area!

  6. April 30, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Wow this post is giving me MAJOR wanderlust! I would LOVE to visit this place sometime!!!

    • May 1, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Ah yay! You’ll have to plan a trip gal! I am positive you would absolutely love it.

      xo Laura Leigh

    • May 1, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Truly is such a charming inn! The food, oh goodness!!! Could not say enough good things about it.

      xo Laura Leigh

  7. April 30, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    The Carolina Inn is such a beautiful place! It looks like you had a great time.

  8. May 1, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    It’s so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Chapel Hill!

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