Spring is in full bloom right now at the Duke Gardens on the grounds of Duke University. I highly recommend visiting this location in the next couple of weeks if this location is on your checklist - the bloom won't last very long. The gardens are fun to explore just by yourself or with family but pets might not be allowed here in certain locations. There are all kinds of flowers here (and yes Cherry Blossoms too). On the weekends, parking is free before noon. Visiting the garden early during the weekend is recommended - the garden is highly popular with wedding photographers who descend later in the day.
I would personally recommend visiting the garden on dull, cloudy days - the diffused light accentuates the bright colors of the flowers even more and you can capture vivid images. There's a neat little bridge over a small pond/creek in the garden that I haven't yet managed to capture to my liking and that is the most photographed location in this part of town after the Historic Yates Millpond I believe. The garden does have some photography rules especially if you're walking in with lots of equipment to do a professional shoot - I personally have never faced any issues here like having to register or pay a fee or something. But YMMV.
There is also a small cafe near the parking lot at the entrance to the gardens that has some great offerings - I have tried their sandwiches and salads and it's well worth a stop.
Thank you for stopping by.
#colorful #NC #USA #Durham #Duke #weekend #spring #springfun Beautiful Japanese garden at Duke Beautiful Japanese garden at Duke The Sarah Duke Gardens is part of Duke University - one of the best public gardens in the country and a peaceful place to spend the afternoon. This photo was taken at the Japanese Pavilion. Beautiful Japanese garden at Duke Botanical Gardens in Durham, NC Just a cool looking #artdog outside of #guglhupf Bakery in #durham Like this cute coffee shop! Great selection of options (including a cortado!) and some vegan delights to nosh on. It's hard to find a great coffee spot in NC; this is one of them. A little piece of Civil War history in #durham This was taken at the Garden for Peace at the Sarah Duke Gardens. An amazing space with some much to discover. #dukechapel #durham #delicious. Enjoyed going here again. New buffet for lunch and there were plenty of selections. I have to admit I didn't know what some of the dishes were,but they were very good. Great service and prices are affordable . Very cool spot in #durham A lovely walking trail around a small lake. Wonderful day trip if you're in that area! Downtown Durham at the old Tobacco factory View of the lake at the Sarah Duke Gardens. Love having lunch here Brightleaf is part of downtown Durham, NC's renaissance. Old tobacco warehouses have found new life as shops and restaurants. Cool bench built from old industrial gears in #durham The American Tobacco Trail is a 22 mile hiking / biking trail which runs through Durham and Cary, NC. A great place to ride in the city without traffic. The old and the fairly new in #durham A great night for a #baseball game at @durhambulls stadium. Duke Campus with steeple of cathedral in background Duke University Chapel. Beautiful inside and out. #dukechapel #duke #dukeschooloftheology #green #nc Sign of the times in Durham Delish dessert Hit the bull, win a steak. Looking out from the Bird Viewing Shelter at the Sarah Duke Gardens. Agreed! 😍 I fell in love. Northern England or North Carolina? Duke University, amazing architecture Durham NC was a great day love the colors here :) Life's short-- eat dessert first ;) Overlooking the Historic Gardens section at Sarah Duke Gardens. This photo was taken from the Pergola. #delicious. Lunch buffet with all kinds of good food and well prepared. Service is excellent even when it was crowded Duke University. Durham, NC. October 22, 2016. Inside Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke Football. #footballstadiumtour Fun place to grab a lunch a hang out with a good book. Dinning and shopping in Durham at old tobacco factory. 21c hotel in downtown Durham Sunset over American Tobacco Great variety of stuff to do Lilly's Pizza in Durham...simply awesome. Good place for Spanish tapas and variety of drinks with great service. Make sure to get paella and sangria. #Colorful Stunning architecture in this Chapel.
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Popular property highlights

Free self parking
Free WiFi
Pets allowed
Indoor pool
Business center


This family-friendly Durham hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Duke University Golf Club and Duke University. Cameron Indoor Stadium and Wallace Wade Stadium are also within 10 minutes.

Hotel Features

This smoke-free hotel features 3 restaurants, a golf course, and an indoor pool. Free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free area shuttle are also provided. Additionally, a health club, a bar/lounge, and a conference center are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 271 rooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, LCD TVs with cable channels, and comforts like premium bedding and down comforters. Other amenities available to guests include minibars, room service, and coffee makers.

Languages Spoken

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to a golf course, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club features an indoor pool and a health club. Dining is available at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.

Business amenities at this 4-star property consist of a business center, limo/town car service, and meeting rooms. This family-friendly hotel also offers spa services, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance. Guests can use the indoor pool, outdoor pool, and health club at a partner property. For a surcharge, a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is offered to guests. Limited onsite parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis (surcharge).

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is a smoke-free property.

  • Express check-in 
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount) 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply) 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Indoor pool 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Meeting rooms 10 
  • Year Built 1988 
  • Free self parking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Health club 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Terrace 
  • Luggage storage 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Number of restaurants - 3 
  • Concierge services 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Conference center 
  • Designated smoking areas 
  • Parking (limited spaces) 
  • Total number of rooms - 271 
  • Number of floors - 5 
  • Wedding services 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Golf course on site 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish


Free self parking, Valet parking (surcharge), Parking (limited spaces)

Room Amenities

  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Cable TV service 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Desk 
  • Hair dryer 
  • In-room safe 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Microwave (on request) 
  • Minibar 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Refrigerator (on request) 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • LCD TV 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Down comforter 

Where to Eat

Full breakfasts are available for a surcharge and are served each morning between 6:30 AM and 11 AM.

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has 3 restaurants on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Things to Do

Guests can play rounds at the 18-hole golf course and enjoy other recreation facilities including a health club. In addition to an indoor pool, other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Golf driving range on site 
  • Golf lessons on site 
  • Golfing on site 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at midnight

Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Contact the property in advance to get details.


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20.00 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 150.00 per accommodation, per stay, plus a deposit of USD 150.00 per stay
  • Dogs only
  • 2 per room
  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10.00 and USD 25.00 for adults, USD 10.00 and USD 25.00 for children (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 10 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet deposit: USD 150.00 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 150.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • Refrigerator fee: USD 15 per night
  • In-room microwave fee: USD 15 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20.00 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Duke Inn
  • Duke Washington
  • Duke Washington Inn
  • Washington Duke
  • Washington Duke Durham
  • Washington Duke Inn
  • Washington Duke Inn Durham
  • Washington Inn Duke
  • Washington Duke Inn And Golf Club Hotel Durham

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Up to 3 children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

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