Press Release

Garden Picnic Package

DURHAM, N.C., April 28, 2022 – Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and JB Duke Hotel, two hotel properties located on the campus of Duke University, today announced their 2022 Garden Picnic Packages, available beginning May 9. The special offers include a luxury two-night stay with breakfast each morning at either property location, as well as a picnic for two to take in the colorful sights and sounds of the nearby Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Located just minutes from the Inn and JB Duke Hotel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens boast 55 acres of gardens in the heart of Duke University’s campus. The hotels’ guest services teams will coordinate schedules to provide a lunch to-go, curated by local catering delivery service Donovan’s Dish. Each package includes a map of Duke Gardens noting the best locations for a picture-perfect picnic.

Equally beautiful as they are delicious, each personal grazing box offers an assortment of quality meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables to enjoy with the garden views. The Donovan’s Meat & Cheese Box includes its signature pimiento cheese and local cheeses, cured meats, seasonal fruits, house-made Guinness grain mustard, Mrs. Ruth’s artisanal jam, gourmet crackers, and other fresh accompaniments. Donovan’s Veggie & Cheese Box includes nearly all the same delicious items but replaces the cured meats with tasty seasonal vegetables paired with Donovan’s “drinkable” ranch dressing and hummus.

Visitors to the Washington Duke Inn are invited to try the latest seasonal menu from Executive Chef Troy Stauffer at AAA Four Diamond award-winning Fairview Dining Room, with dishes featuring bright flavors and locally sourced ingredients. Thoughtfully crafted food and drinks can be enjoyed in the Dining Room or outside on the property’s expansive patio, with views of the 18-hole Duke University Golf Course. Guests can arrange a group or private lesson in advance with an expert team of golf professionals led by General Manager and PGA Director of Golf Ed Ibarguen, who was recently inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame and is one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America.

In addition to deluxe overnight accommodations in a guest room or suite at the Washington Duke Inn, guests that take advantage of the Garden Picnic Package wake each morning to a classic breakfast in the relaxed atmosphere of Vista Restaurant.

Located just across the street from the Inn, the AAA Four Diamond JB Duke Hotel offers 198 guest rooms and suites with modern amenities, ideal for a tranquil retreat. Guests can enjoy delicious meals at MarketPlace Restaurant in the hotel’s beautiful contemporary atmosphere. Light-filled spaces abound throughout the hotel, offering views of the surrounding Duke Forest, landscaped courtyards and terraces, connecting guests with the outdoors. Local décor and furnishings evoke a sense of craftsmanship important to the history and community of North Carolina. Complimentary parking is available for all hotel guests in the adjacent covered deck.

To reserve the exclusive Garden Picnic Package, book online, based on availability, at or