Rest and Relax at One of Thoroughbred Country's Many Charming Bed and Breakfasts
The perfect place to dream and dine awaits in this South Carolina destination
Thoroughbred Country, South Carolina — February 2020 — Whether you need a getaway or a staycation, Thoroughbred Country has you covered. Perfectly placed along I-20 between Atlanta and Charleston, this little slice of heaven is the destination you might not have known you were looking for. Come for the food, the culture, the history or the Southern hospitality—no matter what brings you here, you’re going to want to stay. And while you could choose one of the many wonderful hotels nearby, a charming bed and breakfast provides an immersive local experience that makes any vacation one to remember.
208 Abbeville Bed and Breakfast
Close enough to where you want to go, but with a lovely faraway feel, the 208 Abbeville Bed and Breakfast (208 Abbeville Ave NW, Aiken, South Carolina 29801) is within walking distance of downtown Aiken and one of its best kept secrets. Nestled among lush greenery and over two acres of gardens, you may or may not choose to leave the premises.
The 100-year-old restored home offers three, large guest rooms to choose from, and local chef and proprietor, Bruce Shipman, serves up a delicious breakfast every morning to fuel you for the day ahead. Bruce and his wife, Nancy, may start out as your hosts, but they’ll quickly become friends. For a true home away from home vibe, set your course for 208 Abbeville.
Annie’s Inn Bed and Breakfast
The jewel of Montmorenci, Annie's Inn (3083 Charleston Hwy, Aiken, South Carolina 29801) is more than a bed and breakfast, it’s an oasis for travelers in search of a retreat from the everyday. Built in the early 1800s, this historic Greek revival structure is a welcome sight for couples, families, wedding parties and corporate groups.
The perfect mix of preservation and progress, the main house features four beautiful bedrooms, complete with comfortable bedding, private baths and, of course, a home-style country breakfast. Six cottages are also located on the property and each has a full-size kitchen and the space and privacy you may desire. If you’re in search of lodging steeped with Civil War history, local character, and even its own ghost, this is your stop.
Carolina Oaks Bed & Breakfast
Carolina Oaks Bed & Breakfast (819 Carolina Ave, North Augusta, South Carolina 29841) may be located in North Augusta, but it will always reflect its Southern roots. It’s the type of place where friends, family and tradition stay top of mind and the only regret you’ll have is when you walk out the door to go home.
Built in 1905, this Victorian house boasts made-to-order meals by a certified chef and modern conveniences. There are four rooms to choose from, each of which will tempt you with its own personality and amenities. Even if North Augusta is only a stopover on your way to somewhere else, their wrap-around porch alone is destination-worthy.
Carriage House Inn
Elegant, stately and ideally-placed, the Carriage House Inn (139 Laurens St NW, Aiken, South Carolina 29801) is always a favorite for Aiken residents and visitors. A presence in the community since 1872, this unique property has hosted friends and family, an antique store, Fred Astaire and even a Disney movie production.
What initially began as a single house is now a three-building property with 37 guest rooms and suites tailored to different budgets and tastes. Of course, all guests receive a complimentary hot breakfast, but did you know they also receive chocolate chip cookies? If you want to turn your vacation into an occasion, this is the place for you.
Claridge House Bed & Breakfast
Vintage accommodations and gracious service define the Claridge House Bed & Breakfast (162 Lee St N, Wagener, South Carolina 29164). You’ll find no shabby—only chic—at this Victorian-style treasure in Wagener.
With four, delightful rooms of varying size, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs. And after a good night’s sleep, you’ll wake up to a scrumptious, seasonal breakfast highlighting local flavors and regional favorites. Intimate dinners and custom weekend packages are also an option, so take every opportunity to make this trip all about you.
Go ahead—stare, gawk, ogle and gaze at the Lookaway Inn (103 W Forest Ave, North Augusta, South Carolina 29841) as much as you like. It’s gorgeous from every angle. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1898 beauty was made to be admired.
North Augusta’s iconic Southern mansion was originally built as a private home, but now beckons visitors to come and stay. With five bedrooms in the main house and 10 courtyard garden rooms, the impeccable décor is only matched by top-notch service. Partake in the complimentary continental breakfast before renting a bike to explore the much-loved town. You might just see everything differently after staying here.
Magnolia Shadows Equestrian Resort
Paying homage to our thoroughbred heritage, the Magnolia Shadows Equestrian Resort (595 Engineer Rd, Ridge Spring, South Carolina 29129) is a paradise for horses and the people who love them. With a hefty mix of European hospitality and Southern charm, this plantation home, built in 1895, is nothing short of exquisite.
About as boutique as you can get, only two rooms are available in the main house. However, you’ll be hard-pressed to find two as beautiful as this pair! Two cottages also sit on the 50-acre property for those who want more space. Breakfast is included, as are occasional appetizers and tastings. Owner and Italian winemaker, Andrea Cerefolini, invites you to bring your horse, your dog and your love for the outdoors to his luxurious sanctuary.
Rosemary Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Rosemary Inn Bed & Breakfast (804 Carolina Ave, North Augusta, South Carolina 29841) has the honor and distinction of being the former home of James U. Jackson, the founder of North Augusta. Previously chosen as one of iLoveInns.com’s “Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels,” this restored Beaux Arts mansion is practically a work of art.
Completed in 1902, the inn’s six guestrooms are a picture of the Gilded Age, complete with splendor and every imaginable comfort. As the only AAA Four Diamond rated hotel in North Augusta, you won’t just dine on a gourmet breakfast, you’ll feast on grandeur in all its forms. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this remarkable mansion is less façade and more fairy tale.