Marie McAden



The Inn at Table Rock offers picture-perfect setting

Posted 10/1/2012 11:38:00 AM

You’ve put away your bathing suit and pulled out your favorite old sweater. That means just one thing: time to plan your fall vacation to the mountains.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be offering tips on where to stay and what to do on your Upstate road trip. And you won’t have to pack your hiking boots to enjoy these outdoor activities.

First order of business: pick your accommodations. During fall foliage season, the Upstate’s cottages, cabins and campsites fill up quickly, so don’t delay in making your reservations.

If you don’t want to rough it, you won’t find a sweeter spot to enjoy the fall colors than The Inn at Table Rock, a Victorian-style bed and breakfast tucked away on four wooded acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This place will check all your boxes — location, ambiance and a postcard vista of its famed granite namesake.

Framed by lush forestland, the snapshot view of the dome can be enjoyed from the comfort of the inn’s front porch swing and rocking chairs. If you stay in either the Table Rock or Saluda rooms, you’ll wake up to the view from your bay window.

The beautiful setting is surpassed only by the extraordinarily convenient location. Not only is it right off the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, it’s not five minutes from the entrance to Table Rock State Park. A trail from the inn will take you to the park’s visitor center and Lake Oolenoy.

Innkeeper Karen Barton has taken her 28 years of experience in the hospitality industry and created a cozy retreat where you’ll feel right at home. I was impressed with all the small touches, from the heart-shaped handmade soaps in the bathroom to the flavored ice water in the parlor.

My husband was taken by the assortment of freshly-baked goodies available 24 hours a day in the dining room. During our stay, the snack selection included chocolate chip cookies, cranberry muffins and lemon cookies.

And then there’s the complimentary breakfast featuring a rotating menu of gourmet fare from soufflés and frittatas to crème brûlée French toast with brandied peach syrup. It was enough to wake me from my deliciously decadent slumber every morning.

The inn features five guest rooms, each with its own private bathroom. Rates range from $119 to $179 a night.

For more information on The Inn at Table Rock, click here or call (877) 226-3210.