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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traveling with pets

You’ve given it a lot of thought, acclimated your dog to the motorcycle, and decided you want to take your dog riding. Now what?

It’s time to decide which accessories and safety items your dog needs. Keeping your dog safe and secure while you’re able to ride safely isn’t always easy. Depending on your dog and your riding style, you’ll need to outfit him or her comfortably with the following items.


Typically made from the same ABS plastic used in hard hats, dog helmets guard from sun, wind, and injury, and they’re perfect for any time you take your dog with you, not just on the bike. Just as human helmets do, dog helmets come in a variety of shapes, styles, and colors, so you’ll be able to find the perfect one for Rover. You can also buy doggie doo rags, soft hats, and bandanas for when you’re taking a break from the road.


These combination sunglasses and goggles protect your dog’s eyes from sunlight, wind, and flying objects. Doggles are widely available and come in several styles and colors.

Leather jackets and vests

For protection and fashion, leather accessories come in a wide variety of styles and colors, ranging from hooded jackets to raincoats. Make sure that leather doesn’t make your dog too hot, especially if he or she is dark colored or has a double coat.


The carrier choice you make will depend on several factors: your dog’s size, how well he or she rides, where you prefer him or her to ride, and how well your dog will be protected. Carriers range from rear-mounted duffel bags to backpacks and from saddlebags to doggie seats.

No matter which carrier you choose, it needs to mount securely on your bike, and it needs to be durable enough to protect your pup in case of accident. While riding, your dog should have plenty of fresh air and enough wiggle room to be comfortable, and there should be nothing inside the carrier that pokes.

As South Carolina motorcycle and auto accident attorneys, we’ve seen a few sad cases where dogs were hurt or killed due to improper gear. If you ride with your dog, how do you dress him or her, and what type of carrier do you use?

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Get the Facts on Motorcycle Insurance

On February 15, 2011, in Motorcyclist Rights, by admin

motorcycle accident compensationReceiving compensation after a motorcycle accident can be a challenge for many individuals who do not fully understand their insurance coverage. This can cause even more stress on an individual’s life, in addition to their previous accident.

When you don’t know the facts about your insurance policy, you run the risk of your insurance provider taking advantage of your situation and benefiting from your lack in understanding your insurance policy. This can result in low compensation for your motorcycle accident.

You’ll find some of the highest accident compensation with your uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage ensures that you receive compensation for accidents where you were not at fault and the at-fault driver is underinsured or uninsured. This may also involve hit-and-run accidents.

Whether you’re driving a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or are involved in a pedestrian accident, South Carolina law ensures uninsured / underinsured coverage is applied. In order to receive the compensation you and your family are entitled to, it’s important to be educated on your policy and uninsured / underinsured motorist policies. In cases where you are unsure of your rights and the compensation you are entitled to, contact a local South Carolina motorcycle accident attorney or personal injury lawyer.

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Another Biker at The Uricchio Law Firm

On October 12, 2010, in Motorcycle Care, by admin

I’m not the only biker at the Uricchio Law Firm. Our invaluable legal assistant, Mandi, also enjoys a ride on the open road on her 1999 Harley Davidson Sportster.  She has always loved motorcycles and was overjoyed when she met her husband, Stu, who rides a 2008 Harley Davidson Street Bob. He taught her to ride a little over a year ago.  Stu has spent the last 6 months serving in Afghanistan, but will be back state-side in a couple of weeks, and then the two of them can hit the road together again.

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