Beyond Breakfast: Six Inns That Serve a Great Dinner, Too

By:Libby Wiersema


Nobody does breakfast better than the dedicated proprietors of small inns. So it only stands to reason they’d do themselves equally proud at the dinner table. While the “bed and breakfast” concept is as popular as ever, some South Carolina innkeepers take their amenities to the next level by offering a dinner option, sometimes just for overnight guests and sometimes for the public, too. Here are six South Carolina inns where you can feast on a lovely breakfast, then end your day by sitting down to a sumptuous meal.

Abingdon Manor, Latta

The Restaurant at Abingdon, overseen by co-proprietor and Chef Patty Griffey, is the on-site dining room of one of South Carolina's loveliest country inns. This Greek Revival-style manor house is a South Carolina jewel, offering AAA four-diamond dining as well as lodging. An elegant prix-fixe dinner is served daily for overnight guests, and Monday through Saturday for the public if there’s availability. Check the online menu and inquire about reservations if there’s a particular dinner you wish to attend. Your six-course dinner may include expertly prepared entrees such as steak au poivre, coq a vin, lump fin crab cakes and individual beef Wellington. Choose a vintage from the thoughtfully selected wine list and plan to linger in the romantic setting. For the ultimate dining experience, reserve a room and stay the night, or enroll in one of Chef Patty’s day-long cooking classes.

Belmont Inn, Abbeville

The charming town of Abbeville makes a fitting backdrop for the Belmont Inn, home of Trudy’s Restaurant. The buttermilk fried chicken is all the rage, though Chef Erica McCier-Rayford serves up a mean shrimp and grits with goat cheese and succulent cooked-to-order steaks. After your dinner, take in a show at the Abbeville Opera House, stroll the town’s historic square, have a cocktail in the on-site pub or simply soak in the ambiance of this turn-of-the-century inn where guests eat right and sleep tight.

Lady Amelia Bed and Breakfast, Cross Hill

Enjoy an evening meal Wednesday through Saturday in the dining room of Lady Amelia Bed and Breakfast Inn. The French-inspired menu is brimming with authentic, time-honored dishes prepared by proprietors Marc-Andre and Manon Fortin, both French Canadians. Begin with homemade French onion soup and baked Brie or dig in to a dish of garlic snails. Tarragon chicken salad, quiche and crepes are guest favorites. In addition to seafood and steaks, create an intimate dining experience by sharing fondue or a raclette for two with your choice of filet mignon or chicken with additions of shrimp or scallops, if you please. The staff will be happy to suggest a wine to complement your special dinner.

Old Village Post House, Mount Pleasant

Guests of the Old Village Post House Inn might have convenient access to Charleston’s best restaurants, but they often choose to dine on-site. That’s because this inn, located in Mount Pleasant’s historic Old Village, is also home to one of the finest dining establishments in the area. Chef Forrest Parker, named a 2016 SC Chef Ambassador by Gov. Nikki Haley, helms the kitchen where a talented group of culinarians turn out Lowcountry-inspired dishes built around local seafood, heirloom produce and other hand-picked ingredients.

Rose Hill Estate, Aiken

Come to experience the luxury accommodations of the Inn at Rose Hill, but plan to make a dining memory at The Stables, an on-site fine dining restaurant housed in a repurposed horse stable. Heart pine paneling and original appointments make this a unique venue for wining and dining Tuesday through Thursday. Begin in the pub with your favorite cocktail, then move to the dining room where you can feast on such diverse offerings as ratatouille, shrimp and grits, lobster ravioli, wienerschnitzel and filet mignon, each offering built around certified South Carolina grown fresh produce and other agricultural products. An after-dinner stroll on the grounds of this lush garden estate is highly recommended for winding down your evening.

Three Pines View, Salem

Stunning mountain sunsets come with the evening meal at Three Pines View. Proprietor and Chef Sharon Conkey offers lunch and dinner options for guests staying at the inn. After a day of hiking or kayaking on nearby Lake Joccassee, you'll welcome a thick cut of prime rib, sweet scallops, freshly prepared soups, salads and other dishes, many sourced from the property’s garden. If you’re arriving late, Sharon will even prepare a simple meal and place it in your personal refrigerator for reheating at your convenience. No one goes to bed hungry at Three Pines View, but you'll want to wake up that way so you'll have plenty of room for a decadent breakfast.

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