13 Unique Places to Catch ZZZs in Thoroughbred Country
From boutique to bed & breakfasts, and darling to daring, Thoroughbred Country has lodging options to enhance a weekend away
Step away from ordinary and into refreshingly extraordinary places to catch true R&R in Thoroughbred Country South Carolina. Situated along I-20, between Atlanta and Charleston–just east of Augusta, Georgia, Thoroughbred Country is comprised of several cities with rolling countryside, parks, charming downtown squares and Civil War Sites. Ditch the chains when it comes to lodging and indulge in rooms nestled in historic antebellum homes, cozy cottages and unique boutiques that assure a getaway where the accommodations promise to leave you recharged.
1.) Wisteria Cottage – Learn about Mennonite life at Wisteria Cottage where you can immerse yourself in country living. This Blackville, South Carolina bed and breakfast is the perfect place to unplug and escape from it all. It sits on 25 stunning acres of picturesque land, complete with trails, bird-watching opportunities and a small garden. The 1940s rustic hideaway sleeps four, with two bedrooms, one bath with a claw foot tub and a small kitchen. While you’re there, learn how to utilize the plethora of herbs in Ms. Lill’s garden. Book here.
2.) The Inn at Houndslake–Make your vacation a hole-in-one with a stay at The Inn at Houndslake. This cozy South Carolina inn holds 30 distinctive rooms, each with a golf course view. Houndslake Country Club features a 27-hole championship course designed by Joe Lee, who also designed courses at La Costa and Disney World. In addition to hitting the links, enjoy the bright azaleas, an elegant dining room and invigorating pool. Book here.
3.) Magnolia Shadows–European elegance meets Southern charm at Magnolia Shadows. This Ridge Spring bed and breakfast is for traveling horseman and travelers, alike. The 1895 historical plantation home offers horse boarding and is pet-friendly. Pack up Fido and enjoy the manicured pastures, magnolia trees, pool and gardens that epitomize South Carolina living. Book here.
4.) Barnwell State Park–Pack for adventure with a stay at South Carolina’s Barnwell State Park. This striking park is located on the coastal plain and includes three lakes. Take advantage of nature trails, picnic shelters, fishing opportunities and boat rentals. Pitch a tent under the stars or snuggle up in one of the five cozy cabins on site. Book here.
5.) The Willcox–Step back in time at The Willcox. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this white-columned Southern hotel offers elegant suites and rooms adorned with period antiques, cloud soft beds and deep soaking tubs. Get pampered inside a serene intimate spa or take a dive in the landscaped pool. Situated in historic downtown Aiken, South Carolina, enjoy a full Southern breakfast buffet each morning, then step out and explore this treasured downtown. Book here.
6.) Rose Hill Estate–Enjoy the simple, but finer things at Rose Hill Estate in historic downtown Aiken, South Carolina. This Winter Colony garden manor encompasses an entire city block. At Rose Hill Estate, you’ll experience over a century’s worth of natural beauty, woven together with understated elegant elements, which give the property its serene feel and timeless charm. Enjoy rooms with private baths or group accommodations that fit up to 21 people. While you’re there, partake in the continental breakfast, then sit and sip in the evening at Sheffield’s Bar and Clubroom. Book here.
7.) Miss Alda’s Inn–Come, relax and be part of the family at Miss Alda’s Inn. This quaint 1925 home near Barnwell, South Carolina, serves as a bed and breakfast and is complete with four bedrooms, each with private baths. Sip on sweet tea while lounging on the porch or relaxing in one of the peaceful interior rooms. Tour the many nearby historical sites, take advantage of golf and hunting packages or just sit back and cherish the still of the country. Book here.
8.) Carriage House Inn–Indulge in comfortably elegant surroundings at the Carriage House Inn. This boutique hotel sits on Aiken’s Main Street and epitomizes its hometown by exquisitely combining chic surroundings in its historic Southern frame. The Carriage House Inn boasts 37 rooms, outdoor porches, a delicious complimentary breakfast and more amenities for guests to enjoy. Book here.
9.) Rosemary Inn Bed & Breakfast–Grab your sweetheart and escape for a romantic getaway for two at Rosemary Inn Bed & Breakfast in North Augusta, South Carolina. This show-stopping 1902 mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the home of James U. Jackson, the founder of North Augusta. The estate echoes with elegance with its six guest rooms, period furnishings and hospitality center. ILoveInns.com listed the Rosemary Inn Bed & Breakfast as one of the “Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels of 2012.” Book here.
10.) Lookaway Inn–For over a century, Lookaway has nobly stood overlooking the historic town center of North Augusta, South Carolina. This historic Southern mansion is a classic Beaux-Arts jewel from the 1800s. Guests enjoy large, elegant bedrooms, private bathrooms and landscaped courtyard and gardens. Book here.
11.) Claridge House–Feel right at home at the Claridge House in Wagener, South Carolina. This bed and breakfast boasts three lovely porches and four bedrooms, each with its own fireplace. Savor a hot breakfast each morning, then grab a book from the cozy library and curl up with a hot cup of tea. Book here.
12.) 419Hayne – Feel right at home at 419Hayne in downtown Aiken, South Carolina. These luxurious accommodations feature unique art, cozy furnishings and top of the line decor handpicked by one of Aiken's local interior designers. Offering four individual suites, with the main entrance hallway being the only shared space, 419Hayne is the perfect place for your next getaway. Rooms are available for short-term rentals or extended stays. Book here.
13.) Lakeview Plantation – Reconnect with nature at Lakeview Plantation in Fairfax, South Carolina. Offering camping experiences that provide access to outdoor-related activities in a quiet, peaceful place. From tent sites to full RV hookups, you can count on finding the perfect place to set up. There is even equestrian camping and rentals for people with a love of all things equine. With more than 60 miles of wildlife-filled trails, you and your horse will enjoy this spot. Book here.
If You Go
Soak in the scenes of rural America by visiting The Jim Harrison Gallery in Denmark, South Carolina. The gallery celebrates the renowned late artist and writer, Jim Harrison, whose work is known for chronicling early twentieth century rural life. His strong feelings for rural America touch on every aspect of earlier ways of living, and his subjects - railroad stations, churches, one room schoolhouses, country stores, covered bridges, and farm buildings - represent the spirit of an agrarian society. Get a glimpse into the life and work of the beloved Southern artist who preserved small town America throughout his career.
For more information, visit www.JimHarrison.com, 1-800-793-5796.