Nothing is as well known in the Deep South as hospitality. Guests are taken care of to the highest standards, just as they have been for over one hundred of years.
Taking a leisurely weekend to relax in a Southern bed and breakfast is a great way to forget about the kids for a few days while sharing romantic moments with your sweetheart.
Only one question remains. Which of these beautiful guesthouses should I visit? Each has it’s own unique benefits and perks. How does one make a decision?
Though the best advice (perhaps for those with the deepest pockets) would be to visit every location at some point, this perhaps is not the most useful advice for you.
Below is a list of seven of the best guesthouses in the Deep South. Whichever one you pick, you’re sure to have an amazing weekend.
The Swag – Waynesville, NC
Located just an hour away from Asheville, The Swag is both rustic and refined. A gateway opens at the bottom of a mountain and you must drive up 1,000 feet to the stunning house location. Hiking is a must while staying here, and all food is provided for the duration of your stay! Read more.
Two Meeting Street Inn – Charleston, SC
Want beautiful guest rooms challenged only by the stunning river views from your window? If so, this may be the guesthouse for you. Enjoy a book while resting in the window seats built into the turrets of this bed and breakfast. Then, take a long walk down the waterfront for a relaxing afternoon. Spend your evenings resting on the front porch enjoying the cool breeze after a delicious dinner. Read more.
St. Francis Inn – St. Augustine, FL
Enjoy a moment looking out from your private balcony. Sink into a deep whirlpool tub provided in your private suite. Feeling chatty? Head to the afternoon social hour and make friends with the other guests while spending a weekend in one of Florida’s oldest cities. This is a perfect location for a romantic weekend getaway!
Inn Above Onion Creek – Kyle, TX
Remember the scene of the couple sitting on the porch resting in old rocking chairs; idly waiting and watching the busy world pass by? Relax into this idyllic Texan scene from your private balcony overlooking the beautiful Hill Country. Want to relax in a warm shower or bath? The view comes with you! Many of their bathrooms (‘loos with a view’) provide sunset views while you bathe. With Austin just 35 minutes away, its no wonder this location has become so popular.
The Twelve Oaks – Covington, GA
Recently named one of the Top 10 Luxury Inns in the world, you will love your stay at this beautiful southern bed and breakfast. Built in 1836, this house contains 8 guest rooms equipped with luxury bathing and linens. Without losing its old southern appeal, this guesthouse has been renovated with Wi-Fi, iPhone docks, television, and air conditioning for your comfort and convenience.
For the full antique experience, try their ‘ribbed’ shower from the late 1800’s. You’ll be hard pressed to find this unique opportunity (once the highest luxury of it’s time) anywhere else.
Mountain Harbor Inn – Dandridge, TN
Every suite has a beautiful view of the lake at this idyllic bed and breakfast and behind the scenic Douglas Lake lie the Great Smoky Mountains. A stay here will allow you access to a romantic sunset cruise and a beautiful breakfast spread in the morning. A candlelight desert experience is also provided in the evening, perfect for those summer nights with a cool breeze.
Devereaux Shields House – Natchez, MS
Featuring Queen Anne Victorian design, this bed and breakfast delights guests with turrets, elaborate sash and bay windows, and a beautiful wrap around front porch. Surrounded by carefully tended gardens, this location offers six guestrooms. Wake up to delicious, award winning, locally harvested breakfast. Ask for directions from the friendly staff and take a tour into Natchez for a day of shopping, dining, and touring antique plantation homes.
Southern hospitality is alive and well!
Southern hosts take pride in how they treat their guests, and you can expect only the best from a visit to any one of the locations mentioned above.
When it comes to delicious food, you will find only the most enjoyable. When considering the staff, you will find only the most friendly and attentive individuals waiting on your every need. Care for a scenic stroll or hike, the South will offer you the best you can imagine.
A quick online search will help you decide which guesthouse you would like to experience first. Be careful though; after a short weekend visit at one of these locations, (leaving the kids and your worries behind) you may find it challenging to return home!
B and B not for you? Check out our other tips for finding accommodation in the Deep South with kids.