Find romance, history and more at these unique Upstate B&Bs
Not all B&B’s are created equal and South Carolina’s Upcountry proves it with several unique options. Home to some of the country’s most romantic getaways and storied stays, the Upcountry has something for everyone from honeymooners to history buffs.
“If you want to know what it’s like to live on a farm or in a treehouse, or experience what life may have been like in the late 19th Century, the Upcountry has it all,” said Tim Todd, Executive Director of Discover Upcountry Carolina Association. “Our B&B options go far beyond just having a place to stay.”
If you need a home base while enjoying the lakes, gorges and mountains of Oconee County, the wrap-around porch at Sunrise Farm Bed & Breakfast in Salem is waiting.
Established as a 350-acre cotton farm in 1890, Sunrise Farm opened as a 10-acre bed and breakfast in the 1980s. A gem when it comes to geography, Sunrise Farm is less than 10 miles from Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee and activities that range from waterfalls to wineries.
Guests can stay in one of four upstairs bedrooms of the restored 1906 Victorian farmhouse. Accommodations also include the June Rose Garden Cottage and the Corn Crib Cottage, the farm’s original corn crib also built in 1906. Cottages have full kitchens and outdoor grills.
Sunrise Farm guests are treated to a three-course morning meal in the dining room. Fresh baked cookies are offered at check-in, and the innkeepers will prepare picnic baskets for lunch or dinner with 24-hour advance notice.
Designed with privacy in mind, The Red Horse Inn is a scenic sanctuary with six guest rooms in the inn and six cottages scattered throughout 192 acres of rolling hills and postcard views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Since opening in 1996, The Red Horse Inn has been named “One of America’s Most Romantic Inns” by Travel & Leisure, “Best Honeymoon or Anniversary Getaway” by BedAndBreakfast.com and has received AAA’s Four Diamond Award every year since 2006.
Guest rooms in the inn have private entrances and balconies, with a flora-filled courtyard to complete the scene. All cottages have fireplaces, and some include outdoor hot tubs.
Guests have access to 10 miles of walking and hiking trails, a grand terrace for wine sipping and leaf peeping. Visitors also can interact with the property’s horses and alpacas.
Rather than a communal style morning meal, a breakfast basket is delivered to each room and cottage.
Built in 1913, Clevedale has been restored to its authentic charm offering four distinctive upstairs sleeping rooms. At the rear of the property is The MackRail Cabin Car, a 1947 Southern Rail Caboose that has been transformed into a queen bedroom suite, complete with a private deck and garden.
Clevedale uses fresh local produce, meats and grains to prepare daily breakfasts. It also partners with local chefs to host private dinners, themed parties and special events.
If you’re looking for that one-of-kind experience, South Carolina’s Upstate has you covered. For more information on Upstate accommodations and attractions, visit Upcountry SC.com.