Bed-and-Breakfasts Offer Pampering, Value, History

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Bed-and-breakfasts aren’t just for the old folks anymore, especially in South Carolina.

“We’re seeing a lot of twenty-somethings now,” said Katherine Brown, proprietor of the Bloomsbury Inn in Camden and a board member of the 74-member South Carolina Bed and Breakfast Association. “They’re like anyone else … they appreciate the personal touch. Bed-and-Breakfasts offer a great deal of service at a better price point than people originally think.”

Romantic getaways are a particular specialty. “We’ll get the chocolate, arrange the fine dining, put the rose petals on the bed, that whole host of things that makes a stay with us a total experience,” Brown said.

South Carolina’s bed-and-breakfast community also offers diversity in price points, geography and history. (Brown’s own establishment, for instance, was the home of Civil War diarist Mary Boykin Chestnut.)

As for cost, $100 or a little more a night will get you the front porch mint julep experience in the state’s small towns, on up to a few hundred dollars a night in the high-end B&Bs in Charleston.

Bed-and-breakfasts are an excellent way to get luxury accommodations in communities that don’t have a lot of business-level hotels. For instance, the Oak Manor Inn sits on a shady lot near the picturesque little campus of Coker College in Hartsville. Owner Steve Tinney caters to the typical bed-and-breakfast traveler but also to businessmen in town for meetings with Sonoco Products Co.

And, while they’re known for their breakfasts, of course, bed-and-breakfasts also can provide luxury dining. Abingdon Manor, located in Latta just off Interstate 95 in northeast South Carolina, is a prime example. There, innkeepers Mike and Patty Griffey have added fine dinner cuisine, along with cooking classes and well-received e-newsletters, to the usual morning fare.

And for those with a special appreciation for the fruits of the vine, there’s Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm. Owned by Johannes Tromp, a former general manager of the Windows of the World restaurant atop the World Trade Towers, this bucolic setting near Lancaster has been listed in Wine Spectator magazine for its fine collection.

A great place to start the search is at www.southcarolinabedandbreakfast.com, the association’s Web site. There, potential guests can search by city, check out individual properties and even download favorite recipes.

For more information on cozy places in South Carolina, visit www.DiscoverSouthCarolina.com.

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