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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Graylyn Gets Medieval In a Lowes Hardware Commercial Shoot

Have you ever daydreamt about being the King of your lawn? That your yard is a beast only to be tamed by a true gladiator with the appropriate tools? Don't feel bad, we've all had the same daydream.

Lowes Hardware knows what it's like to fall victim to that typical daydream, which is why they set the stage at Graylyn for their recent Kobalt power tools commercial.

After several days of shooting, a few truck loads of props, and a one tired gladiator (Graylyn has a pretty grand lawn to conquer!) Lowes wrapped production and released a comical commercial featuring an utmost medieval Graylyn.

Have and look and enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9CR_hEszMo&list=UUqd2hbtE2N9fb0D2nTrLT1w

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Trader Joe's Portrays Sense of Community With Graylyn Mural

When Winston-Salem introduced Trader Joe's last year many thought it was a step toward big city life - as most large cities in the nation have a TJ's. However, Frank Kirkland, general manger of the Winston-Salem Trader Joe's, had another idea. His idea? To create a grocery store in Winston-Salem that portrays a sense of community.
Mr. Kirkland approached Graylyn several months ago with hopes of painting a large mural of Graylyn on the walls of his store. His vision was to have murals of prominent and historic sites found within Winston-Salem, and what a vision it was! 
This mural would be around 8ft wide by 3ft tall and display all the main features of the Graylyn Estate, including the stone and ironwork. 
The mural was completed recently and is an amazing sight to see. Be sure to stop by and take a look for  yourself! 
A special thanks to our friends at Trader Joe's for this wonderful opportunity. 

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sims Patrick Studio Wins IIDA Award For Mews Redesign

The 9th annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Georgia Chapter Best of the Best Forum Design Awards took place February 27, 2014 at 200 Peachtree Street, in Atlanta, GA. Taking home an Award of Merit for Small Hospitality was Sims Patrick Studio.

Sims Patrick Studio redesigned the Mews at Graylyn International Conference Center in 2012. Once a private stable for the Bowman Gray family at the estate, the Mews has found much more purpose these days boasting 35 guest rooms, conference meeting space, a private dining area, and fitness facilities.

In the spirit of the Gray family's attention to finer things in life, the Mews renovation was a combination of "old world" charm and the modern amenities required by a conference center affiliated with a research university. All guest rooms were updated with luxurious bedding and academic level working spaces, yet eclectic furniture plans and nostalgic artwork and 3D accessories made each room feel like home. 

IIDA was founded in 1994 as the result of a merger of the Institute of Business Designers (IBD); the International Society of Interior Designers (ISID); and the Council of Federal Interior Designers (CFID). The goal of the merger was to create an international association with a united mission that would represent Interior Designers worldwide. Since that date, IIDA has worked to convene communities of Interior Designers across regions and specialties representing the interests for the entire community.

Congratulations to our friends at Sim Patrick Studios on this great achievement! We wish you the best and look forward to working with you all in the future!



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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Our State Sweepstakes Winner!

Congratulations to Brenda Brookbank of Julian, N.C., the winner of Graylyn's online Our State Sweepstakes. Ms. Brookbank entered to win a weekend stay for two with a full gourment buffet breakfast each morning.

The contest was posted on www.ourstate.com/sweepstakes during the month of February and generated many contestants. A special thanks to all those that entered!

Again, congratulations Ms. Brookbank, we look forward to having you and hope you enjoy your stay at Graylyn!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Save the Date: Murder Mystery Is Coming Back To Graylyn!

Murder Mystery is back! The most exciting and realistic murder mystery will be coming back to Graylyn Friday, July 11 to July 13, 2014. Mark your calendars, as it's going to be another fun-filled, thrilling adventure.

Can you solve the mystery before it's too late?

The murder mystery weekend will include accommodations Friday and Saturday night, a welcome cocktail reception on Friday evening with Hors d’Oeuvres, three exquisite meals (including a cocktail reception) on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday as the mystery wraps up.

Keith O’Leary and Margo Morrison, creators of Murder at Graylyn, are award winning writers, producers, and directors with extensive backgrounds in motion picture, television, and theatrical production. Since 1985 they have been responsible for over 7,000 live mystery productions worldwide and have been featured in the print and television media in 37 different countries.

Labeled as “The Masterminds of the genre” by the Los Angeles Times, their mystery weekends and events have been co-hosted by such luminaries as Mary Higgins Clark, Peter Falk, and Dr. Henry Lee, and have been featured on Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous as well as all major television networks. Now, they bring their handiwork to Winston-Salem, NC.

For more information or to make room reservations, please call 800-972-9596 or click here.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winston-Salem Monthly Features Graylyn

Graylyn International Conference Center
Photo by J. Sinclair
If you haven't already, pick up this month's copy of Winston-Salem Monthly. Editor Michael Breedlove and his writers and staff are at it again delivering a wonderfully informative magazine featuring Winston-Salem's best treasures.

This month you may notice that Graylyn has taken the cover of the magazine. Not only featured on the front, but open to the middle and you'll find a creatively written story from journalist Nancy Oakley about the hidden treasure of Graylyn - its boastful accommodations, luxurious ammenities and breathtaking landscape. Jay Sinclair provides artful images to go along with the story and really showplace Graylyn's luster.

If you don't receive Winston-Salem Monthly Magazine you can find the online article here.

We'd like to thank the staff at Winston-Salem Monthly for their continued loyalty to Winston-Salem and its historic beauty!

-From all of us at Graylyn


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Friday, January 17, 2014

Graylyn's Very Own Murder Mystery (A Night You'll Die For!)

January 24th marks the commencement of one of Graylyn's spookiest weekends of the year, the Murder Mystery. A bone-chilling, real life game of Clue, Graylyn's Murder Mystery weekend is packed with frightful excitement and suspicion. Channel your inner sleuth and get ready for the challenge. We'll need to solve the mystery before it's too late!

Keith O’Leary and Margo Morrison, creators of Murder at Graylyn, are award winning writers, producers, and directors with extensive backgrounds in motion picture, television, and theatrical production. Since 1985 they have been responsible for over 7,000 live mystery productions worldwide and have been featured in the print and television media in 37 different countries.

Labeled as “The Masterminds of the genre” by the Los Angeles Times, their mystery weekends and events have been co-hosted by such luminaries as Mary Higgins Clark, Peter Falk, and Dr. Henry Lee, and have been featured on Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous as well as all major television networks. Now, they bring their handiwork to Winston-Salem, NC.

The Murder Mystery Weekend includes:
Accommodations - Friday and Saturday night
Friday evening Welcome Cocktail Reception (cash bar) with Hors d’oeuvres
Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktail Reception (cash bar) and Dinner
Sunday Breakfast wrap up and solution to the mystery
Interactive mystery adventure by the producers of the world's most famous Murder Mystery Weekend

Unfortunately there are no more spots available for this Murder Mystery, but check back with us, as we'll be posting a schedule of upcoming dates (if you dare!).

For more information please call 800-972-9596, or visit us online at www.graylyn.com.

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