Cozy Up in the Carolinas for a Winter Holiday
Ducks and geese know what they are doing by flying south for the winter. The Carolinas offer a diversity of activities and plenty of southern hospitality during the winter.
Choose a nearby bed and breakfast then relive childhood memories aboard the Polar Express departing from the Bryson City Train Depot or drive through 100 acres of light sculptures at Hollywild Animal Park or see the locally decorated Festival of Trees in Sparta.
Bring in the New Year at Balsam Mountain Inn in Balsam, NC where a full evening of fun is planned with a songwriters-in-the-round performance, buffet dinner, and champagne. Be sure to ask about the hat contest. You’ll enjoy a celebration with friends old and new at this century-old railroad hotel.
Culture and Cuisine
Live music and tasty morsels will keep everyone entertained at Thee Matriarch Bed and Breakfast in Orangeburg, SC and this is where local chefs and caterers appear every Tuesday of each month to showcase their creations. Ask about the Live Smooth Jazz concerts with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Feel the warmth and tradition of southern hospitality in Lyman, SC, at the Walnut Lane Inn then spend the rest of a romantic evening in front of the candle lit fireplace in The Wisteria room. This stately inn on six acres is close to antique shops, universities, and cultural centers. You receive 50% off your third night in January or February.
Antiques and Columns
Eclectic antiques are around every corner at the Langdon House in Beaufort, NC. Privacy and romance can be found in the second floor Master Guest Room with a four by six foot jetted tub. Knowing that not everyone likes the same thing for breakfast, four different options are available including a two-course extravaganza and a convenient continental fare.
The century-old Columns Bed and Breakfast in Dillon, SC, is a stunning Greek revival inn. Crystal chandeliers, fireplaces, and an elegant décor give a sense of old-world romance. Breakfast is served on china and silver in the formal dining room and you are welcome to play the grand piano in the music hall or retreat to a guest room with a private fireplace.
Many of the historic features of Harmony Hill Bed and Breakfast in Sparta, NC, remain the same with the exception of its location. The innkeepers moved the inn up the hill to maximize the panoramic views. If the weather turns chilly, you can cuddle up to a private gas fireplace in your guest room.
A Scottish immigrant built the Meadowsweet Gardens Inn using American chestnut and oak. Browse through the many books and curl up next to the locally mined soapstone hearth in the parlor. All rooms have double beds, sitting areas, and private baths.
Log Cabin Connection
Snuggle in a 100-year-old log cabin at West Oak Bed and Breakfast and Cabins in Bryson City, NC. The history continues with more cabins on site that were relocated from the Fontana Dam Village. Enjoy views of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains from the sunny deck of the bed and breakfast.
Enjoy the calm of the French Broad River in winter outside River Spirit Bed and Breakfast in North Carolina. Hike along the Appalachian Trail, then warm up in the corner Jacuzzi tub in The Outlook room. Travel to Hot Springs to see why it was voted the 2012 Best Small Mountain Town by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.
The Carolinas offer scenery to revive the body and heartfelt hospitality to soothe the soul. Be sure to enjoy the finer Carolina by strolling each morning with your songs.