They say there’s no place like home, but a good bed and breakfast is probably the next best thing.
In and around Spartanburg, you’ll find plenty of bed and breakfasts with luxurious and thoughtful service, from game rooms, libraries, and high-thread-count sheets to spa treatments and fine dining. These inns and their knowledgeable owners are the ideal starting point for travelers and locals looking to relax and explore the towns and cities of northern and western North Carolina.
Whether you’re looking for a solo trip or a beautiful place to enjoy out-of-town family and friends, these four bed and breakfasts are always ready to welcome you.
Cleavedale Historic Inn and Gardens in Spartanburg
The Cleavedale Historic Inn and Gardens (1050 Willis Road) has a long history of ties to one of Spartanburg’s oldest families. Although the property’s history dates back to 1798, the house that became the Cleavedale Inn was built in his 1913 by Conrad Cleveland Sr.
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Ponteora Mack Abernathy and Paul Roberts Abernathy purchased the property in 2012 and opened the inn in 2013. Mack Abernathy grew up surrounded by examples of hospitality from his mother and grandmother. Mothers and grandmothers welcomed many members of the community to dinner at the boutique hotel every Sunday. It was a temporary home for her when she traveled around the world as a member of her Carolina Alive in college.
“It was a part of me,” she said of hosting. “And I always said, ‘One day I’m going to own a bed and breakfast.’ When I decided to do it, I thought, ‘This is my chance. “
The inn has three rooms in the main house, and the Westmoreland Bridal Suite with a king bed and an East Lake bed in the adjacent trunk room, the Ohana Suite with a queen bed, and the Zaren twin room that can accommodate two people. bed or remodeled king. All rooms have a sitting area and a private bathroom. The inn also has his fourth lodging in the garden. A 1947 Southern Rail X654 caboose has been converted into a suite with a queen size bed, sitting area and bathroom.
From stone ground garlic cheese grits topped with bell peppers, onions, ponteola cajun shrimp, and crumbled bacon to red velvet waffles and fried chicken, every morning you’ll be spoiled for choice. Getting classic and creative is a breakfast staple at the Cleavedale Inn.
“People love eggs Benedict, but I add crab cakes to make it different,” Mac Abernathy said.
If you are looking for entertainment, you can stroll through the inn’s garden. The four-acre property is planted with a variety of trees, including roses, azaleas, and southern magnolia, tulip magnolia, star magnolia trees, and dogwoods from the Carl Sandberg estate.
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And when guests want to explore, Avana Seas isn’t too far. We recommend The Kennedy, Heirloom, Hatcher Gardens and UnderPin Lanes & Lounge.
“I think we have a lot to offer, so we try to make sure people have a really good experience at Spartanburg,” Mac Abernathy said.
Whole Hearts Bed & Breakfast in Welford
Whole Hearts Bed & Breakfast (695 Main St., Wellford) is a work-in-progress property where owner Sheila Lovekamp moved into a 5,400-square-foot 1850s home in 2017 and opened an inn the following year.
While there are many antiques to admire throughout the home, Lovekamp encourages guests to relax and feel at home.
“If you want to take off your shoes, be sure to prop it up on the couch. It’s a couch like any other,” Lovekamp said. “Feel free to pick up a book or game, sit back and relax.”
About half of the home’s available square feet have been restored and built to meet modern safety regulations. It has a TV with channels, WiFi, earplugs and a sound machine.
Lovekamp offers a classic breakfast menu featuring scrambled eggs with the B&B’s most popular breakfast items, such as waffles, pancakes, and berry-stuffed French toast. Guests are most likely served two eggs, either bacon or sausage, toast, or one of the inn’s signature dishes, the Leaning Tower of Health, a parfait with granola, Greek yogurt and seasonal fruit. You can also choose to have a classic Southern style breakfast served. .
“I got the idea when I went to Costa Rica,” Lovekamp said of the parfait. I have peaches, pears, and figs, so when they are in season, I pick them from the garden.”
When guests are ready to explore, Lovekamp will take them to some of the most picturesque spots in Northern and Western North Carolina, including Landrum, Asheville, North Carolina, and the mountains of Greenville County.
The Orchard Inn in Saluda, North Carolina
Built in 1926 as a retreat for Southern Railroad clerks, the Orchard Inn in Saluda, North Carolina (100 Orchard Inn Lane) has been a mountain getaway for many ever since.
Marianne and Marc Brazzar purchased the inn 12 years ago and added many luxurious amenities, including suite-style cabins and a spa.
The Orchard Inn has nine rooms in the main house, two luxurious cabin-style suites with mountain views, and five cottages. Boxwood Cottage, Twin Poplar Cottage, and Paulownia Cottage are all originals of the property built in 1926. All cottages and suites have gas fireplaces and porches or decks where guests can comfortably enjoy the woodland surroundings.
Breakfasts are complementary and include a first course of oatmeal with caramelised apples and walnuts, or Mark’s homemade granola with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt, followed by eggs and bacon or sausage.
“One of our signature dishes is Spanish-style fried eggs. These are fried eggs covered in a special sauce that we make that is slightly spicy but not too spicy, and topped with spinach and cheese. I love our German pancakes,” said Marianne Brazzar.
The Orchard Inn also features Newman’s Restaurant. His four-course set meal menu at the restaurant changes monthly, and the cuisine has French and Italian influences.
Newman’s Executive Chef Tory Bogin, who returned this September to head the restaurant he learned about as a student, said beef tenderloin and duck confit are two of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. The pork chop with sweet potato veloute, roasted sunchoke, seared chipollini onions and dukkah that he served in November is one of his favorites due to his association with Vandel Farms in Lake Lure, North Carolina, which provided the pork. became. His goal is to keep the menu as local and seasonal as possible.
“I think western North Carolina is a great region. [and] I have a lot of friends and family who are farmers, so I’m just trying to show them the hard work they do,” Boguin said.
The surrounding area has something for everyone, from adventurous ziplines and hikes to trips to the Flat Rock Playhouse and Saluda art galleries for those who want to enjoy Western North Carolina’s rich arts scene. there is. Blazar says the trails around Saluda are particularly good for cyclists and are often used to train for races.
James House Inn in Greer
Located within walking distance of the heart of downtown Greer, The James House Inn (401 W. Poinsett St.) is a home away from home for those looking for an upstate vacation.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home was built by the James family in 1921 and completed in 1923. Inn owner Erin Williams purchased the home with her husband in 1991, and the couple raised their children at home. Williams opened her bed and breakfast in 2017.
“Our children are grown up and have all moved out. My husband is still working and traveling so we decided to start a bed and breakfast. Our first night was a total eclipse. We were in the sun, the whole road,” Williams said.
The inn has two floor suites, a Queen Charlotte Room and a King Charles Room, two rooms with full size beds, an Indigo Room and a Honey Bee Room with two twin beds, book any suite .
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Williams serves guests a hearty Southern-style breakfast that starts with your choice of grits or potatoes, chunks of Applewood-smoked bacon, and eggs. Meals are often accompanied by classics such as eggs Benedict and Southern classics such as fried green tomatoes. During the warmer months, Williams offers several signature dishes featuring fresh fruit.
“I serve a lot of my favorite dishes in the summer. I call it Hollywood,” Williams said. “It’s layered. Start with rectangular slices of seedless watermelon. , red, then a slice of feta, white, and tomato, usually orange if I can get it. topped with a balsamic glaze reduction garnished with raspberries.
The mealtime environment is as thoughtful as the menu itself. The ceiling in the dining room is adorned with murals, and additional paint has been applied throughout the room, depicting angels and ribbon motifs inspired by the ceramic patterns of the inn.
While guests have a lot to enjoy at the inn, including a game room with a pool table and retro pengo machines, Williams encourages guests to explore nearby shops and restaurants, including Shops Off Trade across the street. recommended to