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 five South Carolina inns where you can feast on a lovely breakfast, then end your day by sitting down to a sumptuous meal.
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.
The charming town of Abbeville makes a fitting backdrop for the Belmont Inn and its onsite restaurant. The buttermilk fried chicken breast is all the rage as well as the cooked-to-order ribeye. 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.
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. Antonia Krenza, Executive Chef, 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.
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 shrimp and grits, Jagerschnitzel and red snapper, 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.