Gray's Journal

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chef Rollins' Feature Recipe: Corn & Avocado Salsa

This summertime classic can be eaten with almost anything. Serve it as a snack with tortilla chips or with grilled chicken or fish as a refreshing summertime meal.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Tribute To Dr. Maya Angelou

This weekend our community and friends around the globe joined Dr. Maya Angelou’s family to celebrate her life. Graylyn was privileged to host the luncheon that followed the memorial service held on campus where she invested 32 years of her life.

"The Graylyn Estate, a place where Dr. Angelou and her friends have gathered on many special occasions, provided a fitting location to honor and celebrate her life.  It was our privilege to serve the family and friends that gathered in Winston-Salem,” stated John Wise, General Manager of Graylyn.

Many thanks to Dr. Angelou and her inspirational wisdom. Her legacy is strong and will offer valuable insight to everyone for years to come.

"My mission is life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, with some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Dr. Maya Angelou

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Monday, June 2, 2014

What's Father's Day Without Brunch?!

father's day necktie


11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
*$34.95 per person
*$15.95 children 12 and under
Children 4 and under are free.
June 15, 2014

**$139 Overnight Rate
Available Friday, June 13, 2014 to Sunday, June 15, 2014 Reservations are required.
To reserve your table contact Graylyn Reservations
800-472-9596 or visit for further information.

Reservations are required. Subject to tax and gratuity

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Congratulations Class of 2014: Now Show The World What You Are Made Of!

Today marks the end of a chapter and a new life beginning for the Wake Forest University Class of 2014. As more than 1,000 students sat in the quad on this chilly May morning decked out in their black caps and gowns I'm sure there were thoughts of "where am I going from here?"

But this morning's commencement address speaker and former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson was able to put herself in their shoes. Abramson was recently fired from the one of nation's most revered news publications, the New York Times, and while she said the uncertainty of ending a chapter is scary, the thought of opening a new one is "kind of exciting."

"What's next for me?  I don't know. So I'm in exactly the same boat as many of you," Abramson told Wake Forest University's Class of 2014.

While Abramson said that losing a job that you love hurts, her passion of the industry is enough to propel her forward.

Abramson's takeaway for the graduates: go onto the next chapter with resilience; take risks, find the job you love, and show the world what you are made of.

Congratulations Class of 2014, you have set sail for an amazing new journey!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Graylyn's Promise To You

"We promise to create an environment that enriches the soul, stimulates your senses and awakens a feeling of home.”

Graylyn is undeniably an amazing facility with many features that will augment and enhance our guests' stay. That is our promise to you.

We are hopeful that this 2 ½ minute video will give you the sense of our passion, depth of our commitment and the PROMISE we make to each of you!

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Assistant Food & Beverage Manager Jeffrey Sykes Travels to South American Wine Country

Recently TGIC Importers sponsored an educational tour of South American wine country. Jeffrey Sykes, Assistant Manager of Food & Beverage, was selected from a pool of competitive wine professionals to experience, “The Best of Both Sides of the Andes." The winery visits in both Argentina and Chile afforded him a firm understanding of fine wines produced from a perfect combination of the exceptional conditions given in each area of viticulture, along with the work of talented professionals. The wineries remained faithful to their
principles: Tradition, Authenticity and Innovation.

The group voyage began in Buenos Aires where they dived into the culture with a tango dancing evening and delicious Argentinean meats. From there the group flew to Mendoza, Argentina’s biggest and most important wine region, which included Lujan de Cuyo, Perdriel and Barrancas. The Chilean wine regions awaited the group on the other side of the Andes. The exploration began in Isla de Maipo and continued to Leyda Valley and Colchagua Valley and concluded with the district of Casablanca. The last leg of this most engaging wine culture and food experience concluded in Santiago, Chile.

Sykes learned much from his trip to South America and hopes to bring his knowledge back to Graylyn where he can continue to work toward keeping some of the best wines stocked at all times while providing that knowledge to Graylyn's guests.

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Graylyn Named In "The Elite 50" By ConventionSouth Magazine

Graylyn International Conference Center has been selected as one of “The Elite 50 Conference Centers in the South” by the editors of ConventionSouth magazine.  Out of hundreds of conference centers in the South and Caribbean, only 50 were selected for being among the “coolest” and “most meetings friendly.              

ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events that are held within the South and Caribbean Seas region, extensively researched to find the top 50 conference centers in the South. Conference facilities were assessed based on various factors such as meetings technology and amenities; facility aesthetics, décor and appearance; and meeting planner reviews and recommendations. From there, editors asked a list of 80 to fill out a detailed qualification form, noting their offerings and best attributes such as videoconferencing capabilities, ergonomic seating, catering, recreation options and outdoor gathering areas. After a careful review of the forms, editors hand-selected 50 elite conference centers to place on the list be featured in its June issue.

Graylyn and the 49 other elite meeting and event sites will be featured in the June issue of ConventionSouth. A full list of “The Elite 50 Conference Centers in the South” can be found at: and on Pinterest at

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