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. The historic Lowry House Inn, another charming bed and breakfast, features a private garden that makes for a wonderful place to play croquet.
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, the Victorian Elegance B&B in small town Ridgeway is not to be missed. A 200-acre private estate, this inn feels more like a resort where you can achieve ultimate relaxation. Here, you can live like royalty from a bygone era; the bedchambers have even been regally named.
Experience the pleasure of an English country hotel with Abingdon Manor out of Latta, a small luxurious inn and restaurant made in the resplendent Greek revival style. Besides top-notch hospitality, Abingdon is known for its award-winning culinary arts. Nearby, Florence offers a little known retreat, the Ambrias Garden Manor. Amid the fragrant blooms of camellias and dogwoods, spend a morning sipping coffee on the porch of this 1920's Victorian manor house.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend your holiday on the quiet, peaceful beaches of Edisto Island. With unlimited natural attractions to enjoy, you won't regret bringing your entire (yes, entire!) family to stay at one of the beach front houses. Rentals like Tropical Breeze and Beach Music can sleep up to 10-16 people, and all have incredible views!
For a shorter stay, try nearby Summerville. There's plenty to see and do in this historic little town. Come stay at the fairytale cottage of Tudor Oaks B&B, or try the Linwood Historical House and Garden, a quintessential Victorian manor on two acres of landscaped gardens. Price House Cottage B&B is another great retreat. A restored 200-year-old servants' quarters, this luxurious cottage is for servants no more! Separate from the main house with your own kitchen and living space, it's perfect for a secluded weekend.