From down-home cozy to grandiose Victorian, there's a generous measure of hospitality and atmosphere at South Carolina bed and breakfast inns that make a stay at these small establishments worth seeking out.
While a dreamy night's sleep is practically a given, morning is when the stars come out. Here are a sampling of inns that shine exceptionally bright at breakfast, offering a start to your day that's unforgettable and delicious.
Pettigru Place, Greenville
Cajun eggs with cornbread, avocado relish and andouille hollandaise.
Cinnamon roll pancakes with cream cheese glaze.
Tomato pie with eggs and bacon.
Gingerbread pancakes with pumpkin ice cream, sausage and apples.
The mouthwatering list goes on and on ...
It's safe to say it would behoove you to awaken in a ravenous state when you stay at Pettigru Place, located in Greenville in the historic Pettigru District. This is gourmet breakfast done right and then some, thanks to the creative culinary talents of innkeeper Lori Donaldson. Don't worry about calories.
You'll need all that deliciousness to fuel a full day of shopping, a leisurely walk through Falls Park or a trip to Greenville Zoo.
Banana split waffle with bacon - just had to throw one more in there.
Sunrise Farm Bed and Breakfast, Salem
Smell that refreshing mountain air tinged with coffee - this is the stuff great mornings are made of.
Sunrise Farm, located in Salem near the Blue Ridge foothills of South Carolina, offers a lovely -- and hearty -- breakfast to get your day going. It begins with coffee or tea and juice of your choice complemented by warm, made-from-scratch pastries and fresh seasonal fruit.
The scrumptious starter is followed up with one of their unique entrees like pecan whole wheat waffles with homemade applesauce and crispy bacon.
Served in the dining room of the restored 1890s Victorian farmhouse, it's a breakfast worthy of a relaxing getaway in the South Carolina Upstate. After your meal, you can help feed the farm's goats, llama, sheep and miniature horses.
East Main Guest House, Rock Hill
A memorable breakfast begins with a comfortable chair. It should also include fresh-cut flowers from the garden and pretty vintage plates. Delicious Southern food to dress the plates is the finishing touch.
At East Main Guest House, located in a historic neighborhood in Rock Hill's Old Town district, ambiance is second-to-none. Melba Peterson, who oversees operations at this family-run inn, says the breakfast table should invite guests to sit and chat, so she sees to it that you'll want to linger.
Yogurt laced with honey and a dish of fresh fruit are served up first, as it is "good for digestion," according to Melba. It might be followed up with a savory egg and cheese dish or one of her scrumptious French toast recipes.
The grits and sausage casserole is a repeat guest-pleaser and is usually paired with baked tomatoes and basil fresh from her garden. When the garden is brimming, a scramble of eggs with fresh peppers, mushrooms, asparagus and zucchini incites plenty of "oohs" and "aahs."
Your pleasure is the point of all that early-morning kitchen work. "People who seek out bed and breakfasts are the nicest of people," Melba says. "So, we just try to be nice, too."
Four Oaks Inn, Camden
Built in the 1860s, Four Oaks Inn offers classic elegance and serves as a peaceful retreat in beautiful, historic Camden.
Situated on a sprawling two acres, the inn features a sparkling pool and many quiet alcoves to sit and read a book, sip a glass of wine or take a nap.
Rich in history both on the property and in the surrounding historic Camden district in which is located, the luxury property is the perfect spot from which to explore all that Camden has to offer.
Breakfasts are prepared from scratch each morning. Begin with freshly ground, piping hot coffee and homemade muffins or scones. Then savor delicious frittatas, french toast, soufflés and other inspired dishes for a memorable start to your day.
Choose from three cozy rooms featuring vintage furnishings, comfy quilts and beachy appointments. With lovely grounds, including a gazebo and garden areas, close proximity to the beach, and sumptuous breakfasts, this bed and breakfast is a true hidden gem.
Wake up to morning treats like warm blueberry oven pancakes, flaky biscuits and crispy bac,n French toast with fresh fruit compote, and savory breakfast casseroles.