Southern hospitality is a point of pride in South Carolina, especially for the local hospitality industry. Bed-and-breakfasts throughout the state are known for their warm welcomes and charming styles. From the quaint quarters and relaxing gardens to the homemade breakfasts, South Carolina bed-and-breakfasts can make anyone feel right at home.
The accommodations in this itinerary include:
Clevedale Historic Inn and Gardens
1050 Willis Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301
Four Oaks Inn
104 Union Street, Camden, SC 29020
Arrive at the Clevedale Inn in Spartanburg
This 1913 colonial homestead is nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Situated on nearly four acres, it boasts six garden areas that are perfect for everything from special events to romantic evening strolls.
Owners Paul and Pontheolla go above and beyond when it comes to making guests feel right at home. Be sure to spend some time with them and hear about the history of the inn before heading out to explore Spartanburg and grab dinner.
Once you make your way into downtown Spartanburg, stop by RJ Rockers to enjoy a brew before heading next door to Cribbs Kitchen for dinner. Cribbs Kitchen, a South Carolina Chef Ambassador restaurant, is known for its delicious food, good wine and rich discussion. After dinner, make your way back to the Clevedale for a night of restful sleep.
Planning a group getaway? The Clevedale Inn offers several packages to choose from, including In Vino Veritas, a two-night getaway that includes a six-hour chauffeured wine tour and tastings for a minimum of eight guests.
Explore Downtown Spartanburg
Set against the beautiful and serene mountains of the Upstate, downtown Spartanburg is home to a thriving arts community and vibrant culinary scene sure to indulge your taste buds. Designated a cultural district by the South Carolina Arts Commission, visitors can find art galleries, street art and live music on every corner most of the year.
There’s also plenty of shopping. Browse the shelves at Blue Moon Specialty Foods for homemade spices, sauces, marinades and seasonings or stop at The Art Lounge, an award-winning gallery, for one-of-a-kind pieces from local artists.
Little River Coffee Bar, a local favorite, is the perfect spot to grab a coffee and quick lunch before heading next door to Hub City Bookshop. Located in a historic Masonic Temple, this independent bookstore is a cornerstone of the city’s vibrant culture.
No visit to Spartanburg would be complete without a visit to one of the city's classic drive-ins. The Beacon Drive-In and Sugar-n-Spice are both storied diners known for their heaping portions of classic American fare.
Looking to spend some time in the great outdoors? Nearby Croft State Park has more than 20 miles of hiking trails and sports for fishing and boating.
Sightseeing in the Capital City
After enjoying another delicious breakfast at the Clevedale, it's time to pack up and head out. But before making your way to your next bed-and-breakfast in Camden, stop in Columbia for some lunch and a little sightseeing. The largest city in South Carolina, Columbia has a rich and varied history that can be discovered at its museums and historic sites.
Five Points, known as Columbia's "Original Village Neighborhood," offers an eclectic mix of shopping and dining. After exploring the shops, make your way to another South Carolina Chef Ambassador restaurant, Kiki's Chicken & Waffles for—you guessed it—some of Kiki Cyrus' famous chicken & waffles. This popular eatery now has two locations—7001 Parklane Road and 1260 Bower Parkway, Suite 8A.
Once you've had your fill of the Capital City, make your way to the quaint city of Camden. One of South Carolina’s oldest inland cities, Camden was the site of two Revolutionary War battles. If you have time, be sure to stop by the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, where the British military held a supply post for the better part of a year.
After checking out the local sites, make your way to the Four Oaks Inn. Originally built in the 1860s, the inn is set back on a quiet, tree-lined street. The sprawling, two-acre grounds feature a sparkling pool and provide many alcoves to relax with a good book or enjoy a glass of wine.
For dinner Saturday night, head to Broad Street in downtown Camden for an exceptional dining experience at Sam Kendall's. Offering classic and contemporary American cuisine, Sam Kendall’s mouthwatering menu includes crab and shrimp stuffed mushrooms, a variety of USDA Choice steaks, a Lobster pot, seared scallops and more. They also have an extensive wine list and a full-service bar.
A Classically Carolina Getaway
Before heading home, enjoy a delicious breakfast of freshly ground coffee, homemade pastries, seasonal fruit and the chef’s entree of the day. If you have more time to spend in Camden, this small town has plenty of shopping, outdoor recreation and hidden gems to keep you busy.
The charm of South Carolina’s bed-and-breakfasts is exactly what Southern hospitality is all about. No matter what brings you to the Palmetto State, the people, food and places you discover are what will make you want to come back.