Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Duke Mansion Opens for Weddings

The Duke Mansion, a grand historic estate and bed-and-breakfast inn,
is now available to brides as one of the most luxurious and memorable
wedding venues in Charlotte.

For years, Charlotte brides and their families asked proprietors of
The Duke Mansion if weddings or wedding receptions could be hosted
there. And for years, the answer was no.

But thanks to support from its neighbors in Myers Park, The Duke
Mansion is now open for Charlotte weddings and wedding receptions.
Brides can make their entrance down the elegant spiral staircase, over
the marble hallways where the famed Duke family once walked, and into
classic, picture-perfect gardens or stately, sun-filled great rooms.

The historic non-profit inn and meeting place is now accepting
reservations for weddings and wedding receptions of up to 150 guests.
"This has been one of our most requested services," says Cyndee
Patterson, president of The Lynnwood Foundation, which operates the
mansion. "We are so happy to be able to accommodate brides with this
wonderful facility. We're very grateful to our neighbors who have
permitted this expansion of the mansion's services."

Along with a stunning venue, The Duke Mansion provides on-site
culinary services from Executive Chef Harrison Booth and his team.
Booth is former executive chef for Bank of America Executive Dining,
as well as former chef for the well-loved Lotus Bar and Eatery.

With 20 guest rooms individually decorated with antiques, The Mansion
offers everything the bride, groom, and their families need under one
roof. The bridal party and guests can spend the night in The Mansion
before the festivities begin and use our facilities to help prepare
the bride in grandeur.

Built in 1915 and tripled in size by its most famous owner, James
Buchanan Duke, The Duke Mansion has been home and host to leaders of
the 20th century. Duke's most lasting legacies including Duke
University, Duke Energy, and the Duke Endowment took shape at the
home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Mansion
is now operated as a nonprofit with all proceeds being used to
preserve and protect this community treasure.

To book The Duke Mansion for your Charlotte wedding or wedding
reception, call 704-714-4400. To see photos of The Mansion, visit