“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.