Monya MJ

Monya MJ

A Renaissance Woman

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Food: La Farm Bakery Tour

Food: La Farm Bakery Tour

Disclaimer: This event was sponsored by La Farm Bakery in collaboration with NC Blogger Network. Views expressed here are my own. La Farm Bakery: New Production Facility Tour Recently, I took a delightful tour of La Farm Bakery’s new production facility in downtown Cary, NC.  […]

Food: True Flavors

Food: True Flavors

True Flavors Diner and Catering Durham, NC True Flavors Diner is a charming black-owned restaurant in Durham, NC.  I discovered this neat little diner a few years ago.  One weekend my family was headed out to eat when my son mentioned he was craving chicken and […]

Graylyn International Conference Center

Graylyn International Conference Center

Friday Flashback: Graylyn in the Fall

A few years ago I discovered the Graylyn in Winston-Salem, NC.  I learned national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid was speaking at an evening event, hosted by professor and political commentator Melissa Harris Perry, at Wake Forest University.  She would be discussing the myth of objectivity in media coverage at the Anna Julia Cooper Center; yes, I would be there! 

With Winston-Salem being a little over a two-hour drive from my home, I decided I’d spend a night or two and tour the area.  Having only learned of this media event about a day or two before it was scheduled, I immediately started browsing hotels in the area.

Admittedly, I am very selective when it comes to my lodging.  But I was trying to be economical since this was an impromptu trip.  As I searched for lodging, I came across the Graylyn International Conference Center.  However, after looking at the nightly rates, I promptly moved on to another hotel.

Once I arrived at the hotel I reserved, I could not bring myself to even go in.  I was not comfortable with the location and the outside just did not appeal to me.  Honestly, it may have been lovely inside but I never got out of my car.  I canceled my reservations from the car. 

With the Graylyn still on my mind, I reasoned you only live once. I called them to check their availability.  I then called my husband to update him on my change of lodging and the additional cost involved.  I have no regrets!

Graylyn’s grounds were beautiful. The property was elegant with tons of character.  Their customer service was outstanding.  There were also continental and made-to-order breakfast options available.

I did have a minor issue with a noise in my room but the staff immediately attempted to address it.  Within a day or so, after I’d returned home, a member of management called offering to credit a portion of my bill and offered their apologies.  In today’s world, it’s hard to find customer service like that anymore!

Needless to say, between the beautiful property, the tasty food and the excellent customer service, I will definitely choose the Graylyn again! 

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My room was located in this cottage. One of several cottages, bungalows or lodging locations on the property.

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~Monya MJ~

Inquire. Inform. Inspire.
*These pictures were taken October 2015
*This is NOT a sponsored post.

 

Welcome to Monya’s Lens

Welcome to Monya’s Lens

Welcome! I’m what some might call a Modern-Day Renaissance Woman!  I am interested in and know a little about a lot of things.  I have a very curious and investigative mind.  I lose track of time when researching information.  I’ve also been accused of asking […]


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