Upstate Bed and Breakfasts Offer a Taste of History

Lodging options in the Upstate are as varied as the scenery—but there’s something to be said about laying your head to rest at a locally owned bed-and-breakfast after exploring our great region.

In Greenville, the Swamp Rabbit Inn offers an urban experience located in the West End district. The inn is a family-friendly B&B with modern, animal-themed rooms & a fully stocked kitchen for self-serve meals. Additional properties owned by the Inn nearby offer more of a private lodging experience. Guests can rent bicycles onsite and hop on the nearby Swamp Rabbit Trail or take advantage of the shops and restaurants along Main Street.

Also in Greenville, Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast is a 20th century Federal Style home in the historic Pettigru District. Each room is uniquely decorated with its own personality. Wine and cheese is served each afternoon and a bottomless cookie jar ensures guests won’t go hungry.

At the Inn on Main in Spartanburg, the circa 1904 Greek Revival home was Spartanburg’s first Bed and Breakfast and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn features five rooms and offers a full home-cooked, southern-style breakfast each morning.

Voted as a top ten romantic inn by American Historic Inns and one of America’s Most Romantic Hotels by Travel and Leisure, The Red Horse Inn in Landrum is located deep in the heart of equestrian country. The Victorian-inspired bed and breakfast offers six guest cottages and six inn rooms on the 192-acre property made up of rolling hills, green pastures, and spectacular mountain views.

The Cotton Gin bed and breakfast in Anderson is located in—you guessed it—a former cotton gin built in the 1820s. There are only two rooms for rent in this lakeside house and only one is actually in the former cotton gin but if you want a great farm-to-table country breakfast and a night or two in a historic structure—this is your place.

In Oconee County, Three Pines View offers four rooms and is just minutes away from both Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee in the small town of Salem. Each suite is unique but all include long range mountain views, hardwood floors, fireplaces, large private porches, flat screen TVs, morning kitchens, Jacuzzi tubs and separate showers, wifi, and more.

Union County is home to The Inn at Merridun, an antebellum mansion situated on nine acres that make the inn feel secluded, but it is only three or four blocks off of the main section of downtown Union. There are five rooms, and rates include an evening dessert and beverage as well as a three-course breakfast. The property also includes Miss Fanny’s Tea Room, offering Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, and a gift shop.

Lady Amelia Bed & Breakfast Inn in Cross Hill features four rooms and a restaurant in a refurbished red barn behind the inn that is open to the public for lunch and dinner. The menu includes a variety of salads and tasty dishes, but their specialty is the fondue and raclette (table grill). Lake Greenwood is nearby for water sports, and there is horseback riding available in Laurens.

Photo credits: Banner—Three Pines View; Top right—Swamp Rabbit Inn; Middle left—Inn on Main, Spartanburg; Bottom right—Red Horse Inn

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