The Inn

Raleigh's luxury B&B, Cameron Park Inn offers Victorian charm, modern comforts, and a convenient in-town location.
Nestled along a tree-lined street in the secluded elegance of historic Cameron Park, you'll discover the most delightful place to stop and spend the night, take a mid-week break or settle in for a weekend's relaxation. In fact, guests like it so much that their reviews helped earn the Inn a BedandBreakfast.com award for 2008-2009! In 2012 & 2013 the inn was awarded a prestigious Four Diamond AAA rating. In 2013 the inn was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

Located just off Hillsborough Street at the N.C. State University Bell Tower, the Cameron Park Inn is within easy walking distance of N.C. State University, Cameron Village, and the Raleigh Little Theater and Rose Garden. It's a 5 minute trip to Downtown Raleigh, City Market, Mordecai Historic Park, Historic Oakwood, the State Fairgrounds, RBC Sports Arena and Glenwood South's restaurants and shops.
This "heart of Raleigh" location is a real plus for business, shopping, and touring the capital city's museums, gardens, restaurants and historical sites!


The Innkeepers

Jon and Nikki met over a decade ago at an animal hospital just down the road from the Inn. Jon was a new veterinarian and Nikki was a receptionist. A few years later they married and discovered that they both had a passion for big projects. Only a month before their wedding, they opened Magnolia Animal Hospital on Capital Blvd.

Their latest "big project" is becoming Bed and Breakfast owners. It had been in their plans for years. They intended to retire from their animal hospital after 10 years and purchase a B&B. Until then, Nikki researched the subject and the two even attended a conference in Cape May, N.J. for B&B owners. Jon and Nikki had imagined opening up a B&B in Savannah but as plans tend to do, this one took a bit of a detour. When Cameron Park Inn became available, everything fell into place. Nikki fell in love with the beautiful old home and, almost instantly, the couple became B&B owners!

Beanie, our dog, loves to meet our guests. For those of you with allergies, she is only allowed in the main areas of the inn. She is NEVER allowed in guest rooms.

Through the work of a local rescue group, Jon performed surgery on Beanie's front legs to correct a deformity. The surgery went very well but as she was recovering, her heart stopped. Thankfully, Jon and the staff were able to revive her. Jon really fell in love with her. He and Nikki were concerned that she would be hard to place in a home because of her health problems. They decided to foster her for a while. After only one day this sweet, happy girl had made a permanent place for herself in their home and in their hearts. Her leg problems have not held her back at all. She loves to run around and play with her toys.

Jon and Nikki invite you to step into the charming world they have created at Cameron Park Inn and take advantage of their dream-come-true!


A Brief History

The inn was built in 1912 on a prominent corner lot in Cameron Park, a National Register historic district. Developed in 1910, Cameron Park was marketed as Raleigh’s first planned “sub-division”. It quickly became the most exclusive of Raleigh’s three major early 20th century neighborhoods and was designed to attract the upper middle class. Lots sold for $1,000 to $2,500. The restrictive covenants on the lots at the time specified that a home within the neighborhood must cost at least $3,000 to build. Our home at 211 Groveland Ave. was one of the first 150 homes to be constructed in Cameron Park.

As a neighborhood, Cameron Park remained stable until the 1950s and 60s when many of the homes lost their original owners to age and were subsequently subdivided and turned into apartment style units for students of the surrounding colleges. The larger houses, of which this was one, suffered various abuses to both exterior and interior design. Prior to its present use, 211 Groveland had been divided into as many as six living units with four kitchens and as many entrances.

When Al and Catherine Blalock, the home's first B&B owners, bought the property to convert into a Bed and Breakfast, their task was enormous. Their vision was perfect, however, and their energy and determination carried the project through to completion. We are grateful for so many of the marvelous features they added (like the stair landing's huge English leaded glass window, which Catherine found in a local antique store) as well as for the defining features they restored including the expansive, railed front porch and two gable-end gothic diamond arched windows. They restored the structural and architectural integrity of the building and took it a step further, making it a bright, contemporary environment with charm its original owners would have approved of.

Pam and Dan Boney took over when the Blalock's retired. They turned the Inn into a delightful island experience, reminiscent of their periodic trips to the Bahamas. In fact, it was their love of sailing the islands that took them away from the Inn and gave us, Jon and Nikki D'Ambrose-Dick, a chance to make one of our dreams come true.

As the present owners of the Cameron Park Inn, we have steered this charming old home into a new direction. We have decorated the spacious rooms with the best of Victorian elements while keeping the decor simple and clean. We hope you'll enjoy the charm and atmosphere of this delightful home and the personal touches we've added. In June of 2011, our special home was unfortunately struck by lightning. Subsequent fire and water damaged forced us to do an almost full restoration to the home. Our contractor, Greg Paul and his associates, performed the restoration in a miracle six months. During the restoration, we took the opportunity to add even more historical features to the home to make it even more special. We hope you will take advantage of the passion and hard work it took to restore this one of a kind home.


Going Green

Cameron Park Inn goes the extra mile when it comes to the environment. We've installed spray foam insulation, radiant heated floors, high efficiency toilets, and energy star appliances.

We recycle paper, aluminum, and glass waste.

We utilize solar water heating panels to help heat our water.

We even take unused portions of our guests' soaps, shampoos, and conditioners, and give them to Clean the World, a company which disinfects them and distributes them to people who are less fortunate and cannot afford these items.

Recently we decided to cover the yard with artificial turf instead of grass. Using turf allows us to water less and avoid the use of chemicals such as weed control and fertilizer. One other major benefit, artificial turf is made from recycled materials.

Exterior

Nestled under large, stately oak trees, the Inn sits comfortably on its expansive, shaded lot — literally, atop the highest point in the Cameron Park neighborhood. A natural rock wall frames the front of the house. The lovely native plants and shrubs help to surround the house with nature. Every bird in North America seems to live on our grounds!

Front Porch
Our wide, welcoming front porch is a clue to the delightful experience you're about to have at the Cameron Park Inn. Rock yourself into a relaxed state as you enjoy the breeze from ceiling fans at both ends of this 42' wide veranda. The porch is a popular evening gathering spot for guests. Step onto this gracious space and you just know a friendly greeting will follow.


Foyer and Stairway
This bright, uplifting view is a guaranteed mood booster! The central staircase features stunning turn–of–the–century leaded glass windows, originally from England. The redesigned interior captures the afternoon sunlight through the 3rd floor rear dormer and sends it gleaming all the way down to the first floor. Absolutely beautiful!



Dining Room

You'll know breakfast is served when you awaken to the aroma of our signature coffee! In this spacious formal Dining Room, you'll on feast on some of our special recipes such as Ginger Berry Crumble, Swiss Yogurt Parfait, Vanilla Cream French Toast and many, many more. Soft sunlight from tall windows offers a warm, inviting atmosphere to start the day off. 



Parlor

Beyond the original pocket doors on the left side of the foyer, the parlor offers a special atmosphere. Settle down in one our antique club chairs or the inviting loveseat. Bring a good book with you or just discover what thoughts you can have when you're uninterrupted by the hustle and bustle of everyday life.



Guest Lounge

The sunny 2nd floor guest lounge opens out onto a balcony above Groveland Avenue. You'll feel as though you're in a tree house looking down through the limbs of the huge, old oaks. Have an early cup of coffee or make yourself an evening snack. It's easy with a Keurig coffee maker, microwave oven, small refrigerator and an icemaker which is conveniently located here.



English Garden

This English Garden is a secluded spot for a quiet stroll. It also provides a lush landscape for the private balcony of our Hydrangea Suite. The weathered brick walk, wrought iron gate and breezy latticework invite you to enjoy the blossoms and many shades of green.


Cameron Park Inn
211 Groveland Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27605
919-835-2171 or 1-888-257-2171

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