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Bowl game, jazz, elegant dining among Washington Duke Inn New Year's Eve options

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The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, Durham, lets you watch Duke play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl this New Year's Eve in style. Or, choose the inn's elaborate celebration of jazz, dinner and dancing, or a quiet, intimate dinner locale— each topped off with “A Room at the Inn” guest room special.

Jazz up your New Year’s Eve celebration with “New Year’s Jazzin’ EVE: An Enchanted Evening of Dinner and Dancing” with world-renowned jazz vocalist Eve Cornelious and the Chip Crawford Trio. Start with a seasonally inspired four-course menu of soups, salads, entrées and desserts followed by dancing to jazz standards and favorites. A Champagne toast at midnight will help ring in 2014. Reserve, at $135 each, at:

If you prefer to begin an elegant evening at the Inn with a prix-fixe dinner created by Executive Chef Jason Cunningham and his team,“It’s Midnight Somewhere: The Sophisticated Dinner” takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert sampling. Pianist Chris Keller will fill the room with holiday favorites, including “Auld Lang Syne,” played on the hotel’s baby grand. Dinner is $45 per person. Reservations: or call 919.493.6699 as space is limited.

The best part about celebrating New Year’s at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is you don’t have to go home. Retire in comfort after an evening of celebration with our “A Room at the Inn” special. All guests dining at the Inn for either the “New Year’s Jazzin’ EVE” or the “It’s Midnight Somewhere” are eligible for special New Year’s Eve room rates of $109 for King or Double room with a golf view or $169 for the Junior Suite. For hotel reservations, call 919.490.0999.

More focused on college football? Then step into the Bull Durham Bar, which will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve serving its new winter seasonal menu. Plus, the bar will present the Chick-fil-A Bowl showdown between the No. 22 Duke Blue Devils and No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies being played in Atlanta on the big screen. Airing on ESPN, game kickoff is at 8 p.m.

The fun continues on the first day of the new year as the Vista Restaurant serves an enhanced breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. - noon including New Year’s Day favorites like hoppin’ John. The Bull Durham Bar and Fairview restaurant will operate on its normal hours New Year’s Day.

About the Inn

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is located on the campus of Duke University and is the only AAA Four Diamond hotel in Durham. It is included in Southern Living magazine's Hotel Collection: a small, curated group of independent, four- and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 Southern states and offer the best in authentic Southern hospitality.

For more information or reservations, call 919.490.0999 or 1.800.443.3853, or by visiting

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Luxury Travel Examiner Kathy M. Newbern and spouse, J.S. Fletcher, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created and, their personalized romance novel business.



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