What to Expect from The Parlor at Heights House

The Boylan Heights mansion will soon be hosting curated cocktail hours in its lounge that are open to non-hotel guests
by Addie Ladner | photography by Forrest Mason

The Heights House Hotel opened in the spring to much fanfare — but if you haven’t scheduled a staycation or been invited to an event there, you may not have had a chance to visit yet. But starting this month, you can visit the beautifully restored boutique hotel even if you aren’t an overnight guest. 

Come August 22, owners Sarah and Jeff Shepard will host the Raleigh community in The Parlor, their first floor lounge space, for “an intimate cocktail experience,” Guests can order cocktails inspired by the Shepards’ favorite libations, such as the signature Heights House Gin Fizz, which offers hints of jasmine and citrus under a silky foam. In addition to speciality cocktails, they’ll offer a curated selection of wine and beer with charcuterie boards and other small plates like seasonal hummus and pickles. 

“Our goal has always been to share Heights House Hotel with the Raleigh community,” explains co-owner Sarah Shepherd. “With the opening of The Parlor at Heights House Hotel, we’re thrilled to now offer non-hotel guests — and especially our neighbors and Raleigh residents — an opportunity to enjoy this historic property in a casual and relaxed way.”

The Parlor will be open to non-hotel guests Sunday-Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m., with limited seating by reservation only for groups up to four. Once ordering drinks, guests can enjoy them in The Parlor, Drawing Room, Library, Dining Room or the two covered first-floor verandas and fire pit area. 

This is the first step in the Shepherds’ plans to make Heights House a friendly gathering place for the community.  “We are also exploring the idea of offering live music once a month — something jazzy and appropriate for this lovely setting,” she says.