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

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 35 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.
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Abingdon Manor
Experience upscale dining at Abingdon Manor, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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's inns and 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 is a sampling of South Carolina inns where you can feast on a lovely breakfast, then end your day by sitting down to a sumptuous meal.

Abingdon Manor

An elegant, on-site dining room distinguishes Abingdon Manor one South Carolina's loveliest country inns. This Greek Revival-style manor house is a South Carolina jewel, offering AAA four-diamond lodging. An elegant prix-fixe dinner is served nightly and is open to the public based upon availability; overnight guests get first dibs on tables. Reservations are required.

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. 

Shrimp perlou at Post House Inn
Savor Lowcountry flavor at Post House Inn in Mount Pleasant's Old Village.

Post House Inn

Guests of the 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.

Nick Wilber, 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.

Anchorage 1770

This boutique waterfront inn located in historic Beaufort, was built in 1770. The oldest and largest tabby structure still in use, it features 1500 square feet of front porches overlooking the Beaufort River.

The on-site Ribaut Social Club offers fine dining for guests and discerning locals who wish to mingle over cocktails and impeccable regional cuisine. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Shrimp and grits
The shrimp and grits shine at Tiffany's at The Stables at Rose Hill Estate.

Rose Hill Estate

Come to experience the luxury accommodations of the Inn at Rose Hill, but plan to make a dining memory at Tiffany's at The Stables, an on-site restaurant housed in a repurposed horse stable. Heart pine paneling and original appointments make this a unique venue for wining and dining.

Begin in the pub with your favorite cocktail, then move to the dining room where you can feast on dishes like shrimp and grits, steaks, and hearty sandwiches. An after-dinner stroll on the grounds of this lush garden estate is highly recommended for winding down your evening.

Belmont Inn

The charming town of Abbeville makes a fitting backdrop for the Belmont Inn and its onsite restaurant, JP's Food & Spirits. The chicken fried chicken 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.

Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 35 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.