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Bob Gillespie Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.
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You’re vacationing in the South Carolina Lowcountry but prices in historic downtown Charleston are too pricey for your budget. Or maybe you’re looking for a less-traveled destination.

So, what’s your preference? If you want a hotel experience with all the traditional amenities, Summerville has a wide selection of places to lay your head to rest.

The Hilton Garden/Homewood Suites/Summerville and Lowcountry Conference Center (now there’s a mouthful), is slated to set the bar for hotel accommodations in Summerville when it opens in July 2019. The 250-room facility will be the city’s tallest and largest hotel, with the accompanying event and conference center also set to be the biggest of its kind in Summerville.

Other hotels in the area include Wyndham Garden Inn, Home2 Suites, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn, Country Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Sleep Inn, Economy Inn and Econo Lodge. If you’ve traveled around the U.S. and stayed in any of these chain hotels, you know what you like and what to expect.

For those looking for something with a link to the Summerville community, you may want to consider one of the area’s many outstanding B&B options.

The Inn at Woodlands Mansion, a former five-star property, was sold in 2012, with the new owners promising to maintain the property’s high standards. The Inn has available corporate meeting space, luxury accommodations and multiple venues, including a wedding lawn, pavilion, grand dining room and winter garden/courtyard.

Other good options include Bed & Breakfast of Summerville, another older residence with a small cottage, yard and gardens; and Caroline’s Bed & Breakfast, located in the heart of the historic downtown with three luxury bedrooms and several chef-prepared breakfast choices.

Linwood Inn & Gardens was voted Summerville’s favorite B&B four straight years and, in addition to three rooms and furnished rentals, offers a history and horticulture tour of the Linwood Gardens (by arrangement). The three suites include queen beds and private baths, and one also has twin beds to accommodate up to four.

Flowertown Bed & Breakfast was built in 1889 and opened as a B&B in 1997 with four rooms featuring queen beds, private baths and fireplaces, plus Wi-Fi and in-room coffee makers. Magnolia Suites, located in downtown Summerville, is a grand historical home that has been updated with modern amenities.

For larger families or groups, Price House Cottage is a historical plantation cottage that accommodates up to four guests. It features a large sitting room with fireplace, four-poster queen bed, full bath and full kitchen. Weekly rates are available and three-night stays receive complimentary admission to one of Summerville’s historic mansions.

Whether you're staying in a hotel or sampling the pleasures of a B&B, Summerville has plenty of ways to welcome visitors.

Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.