You don't have to sleep in a tent and eat weenies on a stick to enjoy a vacation in South Carolina's backcountry. Not when you can stay at Three Pines View, an elegant mountain lodge hidden away in the pristine Jocassee Gorges wilderness.
With just four guest suites, this boutique B&B offers visitors a quiet and secluded retreat with luxury accommodations, gourmet dining and fantastic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
But it's the setting that makes the Three Pines View such a standout. The lodge sits on eight acres at the edge of the Jocassee Gorges, named by National Geographic as one of "50 of the World's Last Great Places." Within the 43,500 acres of protected forest lands you'll find an amazing array of plants, including the rare Oconee Bell, crystal-clear streams teeming with trout and the highest concentration of waterfalls in the eastern United States.
The lodge offers easy access to some of the state's best hiking trails, including the 77-mile Foothills Trail running along the high Blue Ridge Escarpment. Just a few minutes north is the beautiful Lake Jocassee. Surrounded by mountains with little visible development, the 7,500-acre reservoir is a premier destination for fishing, kayaking, swimming, standup paddle boarding, boating and even scuba diving. Drive south and you'll come to the equally picturesque Lake Keowee.
Built in 2009 specifically to serve as a bed and breakfast, Three Pines View features four unique suites decorated to feel like a mountain lodge. Each suite has hardwood floors and its own gas or electric fireplace, cozy sitting area, morning kitchen, separate whirlpool tub and shower, and private porch or balcony overlooking a breathtaking mountain scene.
Upon arrival, guests will find their ice buckets filled, plush his-and-hers bathrobes hanging in the closet and freshly ironed luxuriant linens on their king size bed. After showing guests their room, innkeepers Andrew and Sharon Conkey will take them on a personal tour of the house with its inviting living room, dining salon and well-equipped guest kitchen.
Sharon, a foodie-turned-chef, prepares a decadent breakfast every morning to fuel you for your day's adventures. The culinary breakfast feast is included in the price of your stay.
She also offers four-course dinners that are every bit as delicious as her morning spread. Couples will enjoy the romantic window-side seating where they can watch the sky over the mountains turn a dusky orange and red with the setting sun. Dinners range from $37.50 to $50 per person, depending on your choice of entrée.
The amiable innkeepers are happy to suggest scenic spots in the area to hike, bike, paddle or enjoy a picnic lunch. If you plan to make a day of it, Sharon can prepare a box lunch you can carry in a backpack or kayak. Cost is $20 per person.
For the convenience of guests, the Conkeys also offer kayak rentals for $40 a day. The cost includes delivery to and pickup from the nearby Lake Jocassee.
To learn more about Three Pines View, click here or call the Conkeys at 864.784.2974.