South Carolina is a true American jewel. From gorgeous coastline to historic cities to down-home hospitality, this state is sure to bring you and your loved one warmth and comfort at every turn.
This Southern Belle has been welcoming visitors for decades. But with Travel + Leisure recently honing in on Charleston as the best city in North America for several years and now as the best city in the world in 2016, there’s more reason than ever to travel to this wonderful state.
Find out our 15 best picks for the best weekend romantic getaways in South Carolina:
1. French Quarter Inn – Charleston
Charleston is a mecca of beautifully restored architecture, world-famous restaurants, friendly Southern charm, breathtaking coastal views and beaches, and rich history. What more could you ask for in a romantic weekend away?
At the French Quarter Inn, all there is to love about Charleston is at your fingertips. Located in the heart of downtown, you and your loved one will have direct access to the boutique shops, romantic restaurants, and more.
And when you come back to the Inn, the sheer royalty of the place will astound you. Gaze up through the enormous atrium lined with marble and wrought iron. Relax on the rooftop terrace with your loved one and a bottle of wine. And then rest in a cozy room adorned in elegance.
2. Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast
In Greenville, South Carolina, charm is king. This small city along the Appalachian Mountains is chock-full of down-home comfort. At the Pettigru Place, nothing is different. This inviting Federal style home built in the early 20th century has now been converted into the relaxing B&B that it is today.
When you and your loved one stay at the Pettigru, you’re welcomed with a glass of wine and a cheese board, or, in typical Southern fashion, a glass of sweet peach tea, delivered straight to your room. The beautiful English garden surrounding the B&B also gives guests the opportunity to relax among the blooming flowers and the budding pink cherry tree on a warm, South Carolina day.
3. Wentworth Mansion
Another gem in Charleston, the Wentworth Mansion boasts chic style with a historically regal character. Nestled in the Holy City’s historic district, this destination is a member of the elite Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Draped with Italian crystal chandeliers, dotted with hand-carved marble fireplaces, and offering the highest class of amenities, the Wentworth will carry you into an idyllic dream.
In addition to the luxurious accommodations, the Wentworth provides guests with a delicious, complimentary breakfast and nightly turndown service with homemade chocolates, both from their gourmet restaurant, Circa 1886.
4. The Pelican Inn
About halfway down South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, Pawleys Island invites you and your sweetheart to soak up the romance on a beach off the beaten path. And with the laid-back environment of Pawleys, the Pelican Inn fits right in.
Take advantage of the Pelican’s direct beach access and private dock over the salt marsh, perfect for watching the sunset and throwing out crab traps. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and dinner each day, made with local ingredients inspired by low-country cuisine.
This simplistic beachfront B&B, always smelling of warm biscuits baking, makes sure that its guests have a relaxing getaway filled with comfort and coziness.
5. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
Myrtle Beach is a classic destination for East Coasters everywhere. You’ve got a warm beach, exciting entertainment, and a fun boardwalk for all ages. And when you stay in Myrtle Beach, the Marina Inn is the place to be.
This premier luxury hotel right on the water is a wonderful mixture of elegance and casual ambiance. With Mediterranean-inspired décor, 200 oversized guestrooms, and full access to the Grande Dunes Resort’s amenities, you’ll feel pampered the entire time you walk into the Marina Inn.
6. Sheraton – Columbia
South Carolina’s capital is at the heart of the state. Filled with art, nature, and history, Columbia makes for a great weekend getaway for you and your loved one.
During the day, explore anything from Columbia’s historic district to the Riverfront Park. And at the Sheraton, you can swing at the golf courses, take in the sights and the cocktails on the hotel’s rooftop lounge, and relax in your chic guest room all night long.
7. Harmony House Bed & Breakfast
At the tippy top of South Carolina, right on the edge of North Carolina, stands the quaint Harmony House B&B. Innkeepers Mike and Janice do everything they can to ensure guests a peaceful haven at the Harmony where they’ll feel at home.
Wake up to the crackling sound of bacon, where you’ll find a full, hot breakfast served in the dining room. And once you’ve regained your energy, head out for a day horseback riding at the neighbor’s ranch, or strolling through the 68-acre Cherry Park.
8. The Cottages on Charleston Harbor
Off the mainland of Charleston, even more beauty awaits. One of the neighboring boroughs, Mt. Pleasant, is where all the locals go to soak up the sand and the sun on the pristine beaches.
When you bring your loved one to The Cottages on Charleston Harbor, the enchantment will completely consume you.
Snuggle up with your significant other in your own private, luxurious cottage on the water. Each cottage includes a screened-in porch complete with rocking chairs, a hammock, and table and chairs, so you can drink some ice-cold sweet tea while gazing out onto the Atlantic.
If you don’t want to stray too far from the resort idea, these Cottages also offer a clubhouse lounge, complimentary continental breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool and heated spa overlooking the Charleston Harbor, and convenient transportation to downtown Charleston.
9. The Red Horse Inn
A romantic escape nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Red Horse Inn awaits to delight you and your loved one with natural beauty, modern amenities, and all the comforts of home.
This AAA Four-Diamond hotel in Landrum, South Carolina, was ranked “One of America’s Most Romantic Inns” by Travel + Leisure. And with the mountain backdrop, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and luxurious furnishings in every guest room, it’s easy to see why.
Visit the Red Horse for a blissful retreat with your loved one away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And to make the trip even more romantic, add on one of the Inn’s special packages with roses, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, candles, and gourmet breakfast in bed for two.
10. The Beaufort Inn
Beaufort, South Carolina: a real down-home, genuinely Southern destination where the sweet tea never stops flowing, the smiles are constant, and the hospitality is endless.
When you and your loved one visit the Beaufort Inn, you’ll discover the charm of the Old South. But this isn’t any B&B. With added touches like romantic gardens with divine fountains and a fire pit, and wrap-around porches throughout, you’ll feel all the endearment of home.
Come to the Beaufort Inn for a charming and relaxing stay with your significant other.
11. Zero George Street
There are just too many Charleston favorites to limit down the list. Another gem in the Holy City is Zero George Street. This authentically Charleston boutique hotel combines urban chic with traditional Southern charm to make an exquisite and memorable stay for all guests.
Tucked in to a quiet side street, Zero George Street has been transformed from an original 1804 home and carriage house into the glory that it is today. Admire the historical beauty of the structure and its surroundings, but enjoy the contemporary guestrooms that define ultimate comfort.
And the staff at Zero George doesn’t let the experience stop there. Sign up for a cooking class from renowned chefs of the hotel. You’ll learn hands-on how to create traditional and contemporary multi-course meals with wine pairings.
12. Lookaway Inn
At the Lookaway Inn in North Augusta, South Carolina, you’ll feel like a wealthy plantation owner yourself. This historic mansion was built between 1895 and 1898 as a symbol of “the good life” that North Augusta provided for the community. Now, you can bring your special someone to the Lookaway for some real R&R and intimacy.
The grand white pillars welcome you to the Inn on a regal scale. The elegant décor and lavish furnishings invite you to dine, stay, and enjoy like members of the confederate elite. The Lookaway is the perfect getaway for any couple looking for royal accommodations in a low-key environment.
13. Anderson Ocean Club & Spa
In the heart of Myrtle Beach, the Anderson Ocean Club & Spa provides guests with a whimsical Moroccan and Spanish Colonial-inspired retreat.
This refined hotel on the water has it all: a rejuvenating spa, two outdoor pools and fitness center, dining at the gourmet Magnolias restaurant, and premier access to the Atlantic Ocean.
And that’s not it; the Anderson also has an oceanfront sundeck, indoor heated pool, one indoor and one outdoor oversized hot tub, an oceanfront pool bar, and an outdoor lazy river.
14. The Columns
In Dillon, South Carolina, The Columns invite guests to stay at a romantic oasis full of grace and elegance. As the owners say themselves, this turn-of-the-century mansion “elicits true southern hospitality in a romantic blend of spectacular beauty and majestic artistry.”
Admire the upscale interiors with opulent parlors, period details, crystal chandeliers, and many fireplaces to bring your back into the pampered lifestyle of the late 19th century. Relax in your sophisticated guest room, and let yourself travel back to a bygone era of ultimate class.
15. Water’s Edge Inn – Folly Beach
Another one of Charleston’s beaches, Folly Beach, is the younger, hipper, and more exciting cousin of Mt. Pleasant. The Water’s Edge Inn on Folly Beach brings that youthful spirit to its hospitality, and also promises a homey and intimate place to stay right on the beach.
For added privacy on your romantic getaway, opt for the Water’s Edge’s villas. Each villa features a king-size bed, Jacuzzi tub, a screened porch, and gourmet kitchen. And when you are ready to socialize again, the Inn hosts a complimentary breakfast and happy hour every day.