north carolinaAs motorcycle accident lawyers who ride, we’ve stayed in many B&Bs along the way and enjoy finding exceptional accommodations. inspects and reviews luxury inns and invites the best to become part of its Diamond Collection. Each of these inns undergoes an annual inspection and offers high-quality amenities to their guests, including flexible check-in, online reservations, and 24-hour service. The following inns are Diamond Collection properties in North Carolina.

1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage in Asheville:

The closest bed and breakfast to downtown Asheville, WhiteGate Inn offers 11 luxurious rooms named after famous poets, such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Maya Angelou. Each elegantly decorated room holds books by its poet. For example, the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Suite features an 18-foot ceiling with stone fireplace and a wood and iron canopy bed, while the Carl Sandburg Suite has a king-size sleigh bed, separate sitting room, and European style shower.

Breakfast is three courses and consists of peaches, pears, and pineapple baked in sherry sauce, mushroom tarragon soufflé, and homemade cinnamon maple caramel pecan rolls. WhiteGate Inn’s dining room is an elegant reminder of the 17th and 18th century, with antiques and a pine settle. The parlor and living room are cozy and comfortable, with cozy fireplaces and collectibles. If you prefer plenty of brightness and light, the solarium features an antique jukebox and mountain views. Relax with onsite spa and romance packages designed to make your stay memorable.

The King’s Daughters Inn in Durham:

Located near Duke University, downtown Durham, and Brightleaf Square, the King’s Daughters Inn was formerly a dormitory for single women before its current owners renovated it into a bed and breakfast. During renovation of the inn, the owners focused on maintaining its original architecture and saving natural resources when possible. The King’s Daughters Inn is an excellent example of sustainable lodging with its state-of-the-art energy management system.

From the Howerton Room’s deep, rich colors and textures to the Tyree Room with its silks and velvets, each room has a unique layout and a different style. All rooms offer luxurious amenities such as private baths, plush robes, elegant linens, and locally manufactured, tea-olive scented toiletries. Breakfast is served at your request and at your preferred location—in bed, on the go, or in the parlor. The in-house massage therapist will come to your room if you choose, or if you’d like to see more of Durham, hop on one of the complimentary bicycles.

Graystone Inn in Wilmington:

Known as “Wilmington’s Most Luxurious Inn,” the Graystone Inn was built in the early 1900s as The Bridgers Mansion. The most recent renovation has restored its original luxury and charm, and visitors enjoy an airy parlor and sitting room full of antiques, as well as a music room with a baby grand piano. The library features Honduran mahogany and a game table—the perfect place to enjoy a fire and a glass of wine.

Period architecture and decorations grace the rooms, which are furnished with antiques and fine linens. Most of the rooms have a fireplace, and all have private bathrooms, wireless Internet access, and cable television. The Burgwin Wright Jr. Suite is a spacious 700 square feet and has window seats, a Victorian clawed tub and shower, and two walk-in cedar closets. The Oleander Room has 18-foot ceilings, a writing desk under a beautiful window, and a walk-in shower for two with a tumbled stone and granite floor.

For more information about and the Diamond Collection, click here.

Which B&B would you like to visit?

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Here’s What You Need to Know

Have you been reading this blog because you’re new to biking and not sure if it’s right for you? If so, we have a few ideas to help you get off the fence about buying a motorcycle and joining us in the exciting world of biking.

Talk to other bikers.

Don’t be afraid to walk up to bikers and ask them about their experiences. Most of them love to talk motorcycles, especially to anyone who is curious and thinking about becoming bikers themselves. Buy them a beer and ask away, and don’t forget to find out what they wish they had known about motorcycles and what they would have done differently. You want to hear the positive and the negative.

If possible, talk to someone who is approximately your height and weight and find out what kind of bike they ride and why, so you can get started on the next step.

Research different types of bikes.

If you don’t buy the right bike, you won’t want to ride it. There are several different types of bikes, and it’s well worth your time to do your research. Go to websites like Cycle Trader and to get a feel for what’s out there. Go to a dealership and sit on a few bikes to decide which handlebars you like. You can also read this post for more ideas to determine your perfect bike.

Know the traffic laws.

As motorcycle accident lawyers, we regularly talk with people who weren’t as knowledgeable as they could have been about traffic laws. Our website has a link to South Carolina motor vehicle law, and we always advise new riders to familiarize themselves with the law before riding.

Put safety first.

Do you plan to wear a helmet? How about leather? The more you can protect yourself in case of accident, the better. Remember that when you’re riding, you’ll be much smaller than a car and not easily seen. You want to assume you’re invisible to drivers, so you’ll always need to leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. For some, this can be very stressful and cut down on the enjoyment they expected to have while riding.

Taking a motorcycle safety course is a good way to become knowledgeable about ways to help drivers see you and to keep yourself safe in traffic.

Try before you buy.

If you have a friend that’s a biker, perhaps he or she could give you a little taste of what riding is like. You could ride on the back of a bike, or maybe get a riding lesson. Try biking to see if you like it before you jump into it.

Find out how much everything will cost.

Once you’ve determined which bike you’ll need, find out how much everything will cost. Add the cost of insurance, licensing, safety equipment, clothing, and safety courses.

And finally, go with your gut. What is it telling you to do? Are you ready to ride?

Do you have any ideas for those new to motorcycles?

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Spotlight on the 8th Annual PAW-Ker Run

On August 18, 2011, in Biker Events, by admin

paw-ker runAs motorcycle accident lawyers who also love animals, we’re looking forward to the 8th Annual PAW-ker Run to benefit the Frances R. Willis SPCA in Dorchester County, SC. The event will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Dorchester Shrine Club, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. The first bike will leave at 11 a.m., and the 100-mile run features 10 stops.

The SPCA relies entirely on grants, donations, and fundraisers, and 100% of the proceeds go to the organization. Last year, this run raised $14,000 for the SPCA and had almost 600 bikers in attendance. This year, the estimated number of bikers is 650, and the fundraising goal is $17,000. Previous PAW-ker Runs have helped over 4,000 lost, abandoned, and abused animals in Dorchester County, and the need continues to grow.

The entry fee is $20 per person, and includes a t-shirt, meal, koozie, and goody bag. For each extra hand played, the cost is $5. All major credit cards are accepted. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, third, and worst hands. A DJ will provide music, and Dorchester Shrine Club and Junior Service League of Summerville will provide a BBQ meal with dessert. Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the ride.

The Dorchester Shrine Club is located at 2150 Beech Hill Road in Summerville, and in addition to the Shrine Club and the SPCA, the stops include:

  • Main Street Bar & Grill
  • Fat Boys
  • Sapphires Bar & Grill
  • Happy Ours Bar & Grill
  • Skynyrds Grill & Sports Bar
  • Minky’s Social Club
  • Market Street Saloon
  • Shooter’s

Sponsors and support are always needed and are greatly appreciated. The SPCA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization, and if you have questions or would like to help, contact Bob Jones by phone at 843-871-3820, extension 205, or by email at The SPCA website is

Let’s Ride for the PAWS!

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