We all have different ideas of what a vacation is. Some picture sun bathing on white sandy beaches, sipping on a fruity drink with an umbrella. I think of a bed so soft that even Sleeping Beauty’s prince could not wake me. My vision of a perfect break from real life is scrumptious home cooked meals, made by someone other than myself. I want to cozy up next to a warm fire after a long walk through the forest or a quaint main street. Basically, my idea of the perfect vacation is going to Old 96 District and staying in a bed & breakfast or inn. There are eight home-away-from-home-but-better establishments offering guests southern hospitality, gorgeous views and cozy amenities.
In Abbeville, The Belmont Inn recently celebrated its 113th birthday and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located on the historic town square; close to shopping and restaurants. Owners, Edie New and Renee Smith renovated the 25 room Inn to it’s beautiful 1903 glory. You won’t miss any modern conveniences in this Inn. Each room has its own private bathroom. While staying at the Belmont Inn, enjoy Tinker’s Alley for an intimate dinner or late night snack, or Abbeville Opera House, which has provided 108 seasons of entertainment to theatre goers.
Bernibrooks Inn is another Abbeville gem. If you love large cozy beds, soaking in a Jacuzzi or napping on a private veranda, then Bernibrooks Inn is the place for you. Bernibrooks Inn was built as a private home in 1860, shortly before the Civil War. This Inn is a short distance from the square, City Hall, several boutique shops and restaurants including The Village Grill. Inn Keeper, Karen Berni treats every visitor like family. The farm to table breakfast she serves is a favorite amenity among the guests. Those who stay at Bernibrooks Inn become permanent fans, staying at the inn during each visit to Abbeville.
Johnston, South Carolina is not only the peach capital of the world, it’s the home of Isabella’s Bed & Breakfast. Isabella’s is a 135 year- old Victorian home. The inn has had many lives over the years; Boarding house, dormitory, antique shop and private residence. Current owners, Del and Jesse Chavis, restored the inn in 2009 and added their own special touches. The inn is filled with antiques reminiscent of the era. Each room has its own electric fireplace. Cozy up to the fire in the luxurious bathrobes provided for you. Throughout the inn, you will find hidden treasures for your enjoyment; board games, grill and washer and dryer. The smell of fresh bread lingers throughout the establishment; luring you to rethink that low carb diet. Isabella’s is a short distance to Augusta, Georgia. So, it’s a great place to stay when going to The Masters Golf Tournament. Isabella’s is also close to the Edgefield County Peach Museum and the National Wild Turkey Museum.
Pleasant Lane Acres in Edgefield was built in the 1860’s, but has the comforts of home. Barbara and Don Rupert spent 10 years renovating the property before opening it in 1998. When you come upon Pleasant Acres, you will notice the exquisite tree-lined drive way. This first experience with the inn will have you feeling like you have walked through time to the old south. When you enter the inn, you will see beautiful antiques that were handed down through the Rupert family. Each room has a private bath, antique bed and working brick fireplace. Each of the four bedrooms has its own unique charm. In addition to the beauty of this bed and breakfast, hospitality is in abundance. Breakfast is served at your leisure. Dine in various rooms throughout the property. Enjoy a walk to the pond or have a drink at the bar. Pleasant Lane Acres is close to wonderful nearby attractions such as Ten Governors Trail, Phoenix Factory’s Old Edgefield Pottery and Carnoosie’s Antiques.
These four bed and breakfasts and inns offer the beauty of the old south, the comforts of home and welcoming inn keepers. They are the perfect for a weekend getaway or a week of bliss; close to restaurants, shopping and attractions. Learn about our other Old 96 District bed & breakfasts and inns in our next blog post.