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Updated plans for The Gables Lodge.

Keeping the soul of Raleigh alive in lieu of another teardown are singer Tift Merritt and Durham hotelier Daniel Robinson, whose plans for the storied Yellow Gables Inn in Mordecai will lean into a sort of deja vu midcentury moment in Raleigh history.

The once-popular rest stop on the hip thoroughfare from Florida to New York a la 1920s to ’50s is one of only two popular remaining stays that hasn’t been destroyed. Now, Merritt and Robinson have resumed plans for reno and restoration. “The goal is to highlight the property’s historic and architectural references without kitsch,” says Robinson, “and with emphasis on the more casual side of Raleigh’s emerging culture: artistic, playful, accessible, informal.”

With construction set to begin on The Gables Lodge in Q1 2023 and a newly signed hospitality agreement with Early Bird Night Owl (projects include The Willard, The Durham Hotel, and The Mayton and Peck & Plume), the hoteliers are primed to keep the soul of the 1925 inn built by William and Ella Johnson in a moment where residents are desperate to cling to some of our significant structures. 

The property’s stone garage, rich finishes and 17 cozy rooms will harken back to memories of family road trips and impromptu rest stops at less-than-fancy motels. At Gables, travelers—and Raleighites—will also be able to enjoy a drink from the lodge’s neighborhood bar. Get ready to make those staycation plans.

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