Press Release

Holiday Reservations Now Open

DURHAM, N.C., December 11, 2023 – The family of properties owned by Duke University, which include the AAA Four Diamond Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and JB Duke Hotel, as well as The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, are accepting reservations for winter stays and seasonally inspired gourmet dining experiences to ring in the holiday season.

Known for its warm ambiance and signature décor that includes more than 20 stunning Christmas trees, the Inn is a beloved holiday destination for local families and their guests. Favorite seasonal activities include capturing family portraits in the Inn's beautifully decorated lobby, sipping hot chocolate or handcrafted cocktails by the cozy fireplace in Bull Durham Bar, and savoring thoughtfully crafted meals prepared by Area Executive Chef Troy Stauffer in the award-winning Fairview Dining Room.

Adding to the excitement of the season, the Inn and the JB Duke Hotel recently welcomed talented singers from the Durham Children’s Choir to experience the holiday décor and film a video to extend warm holiday wishes to guests and the local community. The video greeting is available to watch on the Washington Duke Inn’s YouTube channel here.

The Inn will host special events on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Reservations for the following events are available via OpenTable or by calling 919-493-6699:

  • Afternoon Tea: Now through January 1, 2024, expanded teatime reservations are available Wednesday through Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve: Fairview Dining Room is serving a Sugar Blum Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a prix fixe dinner from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Day: Fairview Dining Room is serving a four-course prix fixe menu from 1 to 8 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve: Fairview Dining Room is serving a four-course prix fixe dinner from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Bull Durham Bar will remain open until 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

“We have created beautiful winter wonderlands here at the Inn and at the JB Duke Hotel, and our calendar of festive holiday events create perfect opportunities for guests to spend quality time with loved ones and get into the spirit of the season,” said Randy Kolls, co-managing partner and managing director of the family of hotels owned by Duke University. “The community looks forward to returning to our hotels each year, and we are proud to play a part in their treasured holiday traditions.”

This year, one lucky guest will win a special winter staycation package that includes dinner for four at the JB Duke Hotel Lobby Lounge, a one-night stay at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and a VIP ticket package to see “Ain’t Too Proud,” which runs from Feb. 6 - 11 at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) in Durham. Visit the Washington Duke Inn’s Instagram page to view the full details.

The family of properties owned by Duke University, which includes Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, JB Duke Hotel and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, are all accepting reservations. To learn more or book a stay, please call 919-490-0999 or (800) 443-3853, or visit, and