Carolina B&Bs Scoop Up Awards
The 6th Annual BedandBreakfast.com awards reveal North Carolina and South Carolina are top notch destinations for Bed and Breakfast travelers.
Winner of 1 of 10 Best Overall Bed & Breakfasts for 2011-2012:
The Bloomsbury Inn, Camden, SC
Postcard worthy and serene, step into the old South, to this B&B beauty, just a short getaway from most major Carolina cities. The Bloomsbury Inn in Camden, SC, has been in the Top 10 of B&Bs since 2007. Built in 1849, its Innkeepers, Bruce and Katherine Brown, and resident cat, Miss Kitty Stray, offer southern hospitality, peaceful surroundings, and Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy you can’t find anywhere else.
Wake up to the smell of fresh baked bread, enjoy a bath in Rosemary-Thyme or French-milled oatmeal bath soap, and enjoy afternoon tea on the veranda overlooking 2-acres of manicured grounds. In addition to the historical attractions of Camden, local activities include horseback riding, hiking, golfing, bird watching, boating, and antique shopping. For more information, visit www.bloomsburyinn.com.
Winner of the Best Innkeepers Award:
Sobotta Manor B&B, Mount Airy, NC
Innkeepers of this Tudor Revival mansion, Thurman and Robin Hester, received one of nine Best Innkeepers awards given for 2011. The Sobotta Manor B&B, located just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, was also a 2010 winner in the Top 10 B&B’s of America. Famously known as “Mayberry” from the Andy Griffith show, Mount Airy is also known as a popular North Carolina wine country destination. Tour the local wineries and vineyards, soak in the mountain air, or enjoy billiards, chess or cards in the gentlemen’s parlor. The Sobotta Manor is the perfect place to be pampered. For more information, visit www.sobottamanor.com.
Best of the South Awards:
The Inn of the Patriots, Grover, NC
Also the winner of Best Place to Enjoy History in 2010, the Inn of the Patriots is known for their White House chef, Chef Marti, and his fabulous cuisine. Enjoy a presidential-style dinner in a colonial dining setting, and visit their onsite Presidential Culinary Museum. The Inn of the Patriots, built in 1879, is local to the Kings Mountain and Cowpens Revolutionary War National Military Parks, and outdoor activities such as rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and skiing. For more information, visit www.theinnofthepatriots.com.
Pilot Knob Inn Bed & Breakfast, Pilot Mountain, NC
Enjoy a stay in your own rustic log cabin, nestled in the mountains on this 100-acre resort. Complete with wood burning fireplaces and private hot tubs, the Pilot Knob Inn is located along the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail, just a few miles from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, clear mountain lakes, waterfalls, and state parks. Venture out of your warm, cozy cabin to go horseback riding, fishing, hiking, wine tasting, antique shopping, or catch a local bluegrass or clog dancing performance. The Pilot Knob Inn B&B was also a winner in the Top 10 Overall B&Bs in 2010. For more information, visit www.pilotknobinn.com.
Scenic Overlook Bed and Breakfast, Pilot Mountain, NC
Also a winner of The Best View award in 2010, the Scenic Overlook B&B is a romantic escape to wine country. Stay in a private estate with a view of their 10-acre lake and mountain property, in Victorian style rooms with mahogany furnishings and canopy beds. Fireplaces, whirlpools, and full hot breakfast brought to your room, the Scenic Overlook B&B is a great honeymoon destination or a wonderful secluded getaway. For more information, visit www.scenicoverlook.com.
Taylor House Inn, Valle Crucis, NC
Enjoy a winter vacation at this award-winning B&B nestled in the Watauga River Valley, just minutes from four skiing stations, where you can go snow skiing, snowboarding, tubing or ice skating. The Taylor House Inn is a beautiful place to stay for families or corporate retreats, and it also received the Best for Weddings award in 2009. Area attractions include the Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and fun, family entertainment at the Horn in the West theater. For more information, visit www.taylorhouseinn.com.
Three Pines View, Salem, SC
Recently opened in 2009, this peaceful, scenic, boutique mountain lodge boasts a healthy, green, living environment, offering organic produce grown on site, purified water, and an exercise cottage. Perfect for the health conscious, Three Pines View is built with hardwood floors and zero VOC Harmony paint, has anti-allergen pillows and comforters and central humidifiers. Every room has a stunning mountain view, fireplace and private porch. Located an hour west of Greenville, SC, local activities include boating, skiing, golfing, kayaking, or simply enjoying the inspiring lake and mountain surroundings. For more information, visit www.threepinesview.com.