If you're looking for a sumptuous bed and breakfast, a historic grand hotel or an outdoorsy cabin, there's something for you off the beaten path in South Carolina.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Seneca, "the City of Smiles," offers a range of delightful inns. With grand scenic landscapes across a nine-acre property, Magnolia Manor B&B presents an opportunity to step back to a time when Southern hospitality was at its best. A beautiful wedding venue, the manor also makes for the perfect romantic weekend away.
For something a little different, check out Wildwater Rafting's Cabins and Cottages in nearby Walhalla. Whether "glamping" in the Corkscrew and Jawbone Cabins or opting for the cottages, these are fantastic weekend stays for the nature-loving family. Mountain Rest Cabins also provide great spots to stay in the woods, with 18 themed chalets off the beaten path.
For total relaxation with modern amenities, don't miss the Red Horse Inn in Landrum. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this romantic, award-winning bed and breakfast is the place to escape for a weekend away.
In Aiken, equestrians of all sorts find their haven. This lively town known as the "polo capital of the South" features unique accommodations such as Stable View Farms, a private, gated horse farm with eight apartments for guests. For a more traditional experience that still maintains its equine roots, try the Carriage House Inn, a comfortably elegant bed and breakfast that made National Geographic's "Places to Stay" in 2009.
Another grand choice in Aiken is The Willcox, which started welcoming well-heeled travelers in search of a winter retreat 100 years ago. The hotel has a rich history with horse racing, fox hunting and high society, and is as graceful now as ever.
If you're looking for a true escape from the everyday, though, Songbird Manor in the small town of Winnsboro is not to be missed. Located in the heart of the historic district, Songbird Manor is surrounded by gracious homes dating back to the 1800s. Awaken each morning to the melodies of the songbirds for which the manor was named. Sit a spell and enjoy the hummingbirds, wrens, cardinals, robins and finches - just a few of the birds that nest on the property.