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Rest Easy in One of Anderson’s Many Comfortable Hotels

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Located 30 minutes from Clemson University, Anderson has long been a favorite stayover spot for Tiger fans, parents and alumni visiting the home of the 2018 college football national champions.

Most of the hotels in the city are conveniently located near the intersection of I-85 and Clemson Boulevard (U.S. Hwy 76), the main route to the rural college campus. The wide array of national brand hotels in the area includes higher-end chains like Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites, to more budget-friendly options, such as Microtel Inn & Suites, Country Inn & Suites and Comfort Suites.

Clean and comfortable, the hotels feature all the usual amenities, including pool, fitness center and free Wi-Fi. Many include a complimentary breakfast; some are even pet-friendly.

But Anderson has much more to offer than just proximity to Clemson. These hotels are also located near several boat ramps offering access to Lake Hartwell, one of the top freshwater fishing destinations in the country. Over the past few years, the 56,000-acre reservoir has played host to an impressive list of professional bass tournaments. It also lures boatloads of vacationers hoping to reel in a trophy smallmouth or largemouth bass, striper, bream or catfish.

If you’re in town to attend a sporting event, concert, festival or trade show at the 300-acre Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, you can stay nearby at the InTown Suites, Holiday Inn, Quality Inn, Red Roof Inn & Suites or Super 8 by Wyndham.

Just a short drive away is the downtown district, the historical and cultural center of the city. Here you’ll find an eclectic collection of curated specialty shops, casual and fine dining restaurants, breweries, bars, museums and parks. Downtown Anderson also serves as the venue for more than 100 concerts, festivals and events each year.

Visitors looking to experience the unique flavor of the city will want to stay at Anderson’s famed boutique hotel, The Bleckley Inn, located in the heart of downtown on W. Church Street just off N. Main Street. Housed in century-old buildings, the 14-room inn features original wood flooring and exposed brick walls in an elegant setting that captures the spirit of a bygone era.

For travelers who love the outdoors, Anderson offers two fantastic lodging options. Sadlers Creek State Park features 66 campsites, 14 of them reserved exclusively for tent camping. The family-owned and -operated Tiger Cove Campground has campsites for tents and RVs along with four rental cottages. Both Sadlers State Park and Tiger Cover Campground are on Lake Hartwell.

In Anderson, you’ve got your choice of where to lay your head to rest, whatever your interests or budget.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.