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Visit South Carolina: Top Vacation Spots & Where to Stay

From City to Coast: The Best Places to Stay in South Carolina

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South Carolina is a fantastic destination to consider if you're into history, sandy beaches, and a healthy dose of southern charm. We have a few ideas when it comes to finding the best places to stay in South Carolina!  There are several excellent Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts in South Carolina worth visiting, each of which is in an interesting - and sometimes off the beaten path - destination. 

South Carolina is a state known for its deep historical roots, delicious cuisine, boundless opportunities to tee up a round of golf, relaxing and beautiful beaches, and warm, welcoming southern hospitality. It's a wonderful place to spend a few romantic days with your sweetheart, plan a solo adventure, or reconnect with friends and family. Whatever your reason for visiting, we know you'll love your time spent in the Palmetto State - especially when you pair your getaway with Select Registry, home to some of the best places to stay in South Carolina.  

First, we'll take a look at South Carolina's most popular City, Charleston, and break down why it's one of the best places to stay in South Carolina. Then, we'll move north to a different kind of "city" getaway in two of South Carolina's small towns before finally rounding out our summer road trip with a few days on the coast near Myrtle Beach. Ultimately, you'll have a fun and exciting road trip that includes four of the best places to stay in South Carolina!

Whether you have a few short days to explore or an entire week or more, we have plenty of great destinations to consider, offering an extraordinary commitment to hospitality. Why just book lodging when you can choose to Stay Select instead? Keep reading below to learn more about the best places to stay in South Carolina!

The historic downtown of Charleston, SC, one of the best places to stay in South Carolina

Visit Charleston, SC

We've written about the incredible city of Charleston before, but it's arguably one of the best places to stay in South Carolina - especially if you're looking for the perfect blend of city attractions, great dining, history, and charm. It's one of the oldest cities in America and, accordingly, is a delightful part of the American fabric worth exploring.

Things to Do in Charleston

Charleston is home to many attractions, ranging from the colorful "rainbow row" and the Charleston Battery to foodie favorites like the Charleston City Market. Add a wonderful collection of museums and cultural centers, and you have an enjoyable getaway in the making.

The romantic ambiance of the city, with its cobblestoned streets, horse-drawn carriage rides, and elegant surroundings, set the perfect stage for some one-on-one time with your sweetheart, too. You can read more about what makes Charleston one of the best places to stay in South Carolina, but as impressive as this city is, it's not the only worthy getaway destination in the state.

Where to Stay in Charleston

John Rutledge House Inn

Home to 19 elegant rooms and suites—each unique in both size and architectural details, the John Rutledge House Inn® offers luxurious amenities that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Whether you join us in the main house or one of our two charming carriage houses, you are sure to revel in the grand comfort of our historic Charleston inn.

From 12-foot high ceilings to Italian marble gas fireplaces, the ethereal guest rooms and suites of the historic John Rutledge House Inn® emanate an elegance of an era bygone, and the experience is just as enticing. After a day of exploring Charleston, there’s nothing quite like returning home to your cozy Broad Street accommodations and joining fellow guests for a complimentary evening drink of port, sherry, or brandy before retiring to your suite for nightly chocolates.

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Visit Camden, SC

To the northwest of Charleston, South Carolina, is the quaint town of Camden - a town worth putting on your radar as one of the best places to stay in South Carolina. It's located just outside of the Capital city of Columbia and nestled right in the heart of South Carolina's horse country. Camden is South Carolina's oldest inland city, and it positively oozes southern charm you have to experience to believe.

Things to Do in Camden

Top attractions in the area include Revolutionary War Battlefields like the Battle of Camden, the National Steeplechase Museum, and South Carolina Equine Park. There's also a fantastic array of shops, eateries, museums, national landmarks, and events to enjoy. In short, it's a truly delightful place to get away, relax, and enjoy the best of South Carolina!

Where to Stay in Camden

The Cypress Inn

Overlooking the Waccamaw River in the historic town of Conway, this luxury Inn is near, but distinctly apart from the golf mecca of Myrtle Beach. Twelve unique guest rooms, each with its own personality, offer charm and comforts such as private en-suite bathrooms, plush robes and bed linens.

The Inn offers the privacy of a hotel with the personal service of a bed and breakfast. You can enjoy the pristine beaches of the South Carolina coast or the peacefulness of a black-water river; an outstanding sculpture garden, or fun shows. Sample the many extras such as massages, a day at the spa.

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Four Oaks Inn

Situated in a quiet neighborhood of Camden, SC's Historic District, on 2-acres of green lawns and wooded property, this graceful, stately, old, white plantation-style house welcomes guests with all the modern amenities they could want, artfully worked into a historic setting.

"The living is easy" with three freshly renovated, beautiful suites complete with attached bathrooms, A/C Zone controls, Wi-Fi, and king-size beds. Luxurious 1000tc, crisp, cotton sheets complete the beds and the bathrooms are outfitted with thick, comfy Turkish towels. A secluded, garden-like backyard offers a conversation area, fire pit, and saltwater swimming pool. In the morning a sit-down, 3-course, candlelight breakfast is served featuring seasonal, locally sourced fruit, farm-fresh eggs, and from-scratch baked goods. Easy access to restaurants and historic sites.

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Visit Latta, SC

The final town worth visiting - before we hit the coastal town of Conway, that is, is Latta. Latta is east of Camden on your way towards the Myrtle Beach area and the perfect destination to relax and unwind.

Things to Do in Latta

The quaint downtown of Latta offers visitors a glimpse into the past. A vast majority of structures in downtown Latta are on the National Historic Registry and include places like the last Carnegie-funded Library in the country. Several historic Victorian Homes in the area add a sense of old-world elegance to this historic destination. 

Aside from embracing the historic charm of Latta, there are plenty of wonderful things to do in the area. There are multiple championship golf courses nearby, top-notch antique shops to browse, and great parks and gardens worth exploring. In short, it's easy to see why this town makes our list of the best places to stay in South Carolina. 

Where to Stay in Latta

Abingdon Manor Country Inn & Restaurant

Abingdon Manor is the overnight destination on the east coast for upscale, discerning travelers and it is the only luxury property close to I-95 in the Carolinas or Georgia. This South Carolina Inn is located halfway between New York City and Palm Beach. Both the Inn and Restaurant have been consistently rated 4 Diamonds annually by AAA.

In the quiet turn-of-the-century town of Latta, experience the grandeur of Abingdon Manor, an opulent mansion reminiscent of an English Country Estate and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The beach and boardwalk in Myrtle Beach near Conway SC, one of the best places to stay in South Carolina


Spend Some Time at the Beach

The three cities we've covered, Charleston, Camden, and Latta, all make for a unique and fascinating trip. Each of them are distinct, but it's easy to see why we think they're among the best places to stay in South Carolina. However, no discussion of the best places to stay in South Carolina would be complete without mentioning one of the biggest draws to the state:  the beaches surrounding Myrtle Beach.  

Though Myrtle Beach is a sought-after destination often found at the top of any list of best places to stay in South Carolina - and it's a destination where families return year after year - a lesser-known town just a few minutes away makes for a far better - and quieter - getaway destination. 

The charm-filled town of Conway is just 15 miles from Myrtle Beach. Spend your days exploring Conway’s picturesque historic district and walking along the

Conway Riverwalk, visiting local museums, and shopping your way through town. You might even have so much fun enjoying all of the best things to do in Conway, SC, that you forget about the Beach - at least for a day or two!

When you surface from the charm-infused haze brought on by Conway, you" the="" this="" to="" why="" you="">In Myrtle Beach, you'll find 60 miles of pristine, sandy beaches stretching out before you. Pack your sunscreen and umbrellas, bring along your favorite book, and get ready to enjoy a beautiful day on the Atlantic Coast. Of course, when you need a break from the sun, the nearby towns and boardwalks are lovely places to eat, shop, and bike - and during the summer, there are always fun events and festivals to partake in. 

Each of these wonderful communities in South Carolina has one common thread uniting them - the presence of a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast. Though each of these communities unveils a different part of South Carolina's character, these luxe accommodations - with their unique dedication to service and hospitality - make them the best places to stay in South Carolina. 

Visit Beaufort

Discover this low-country destination. Famous for its gorgeous South Carolina coast and sea islands, antebellum mansions, and 19th-century architecture, as well as delicious seafood and stunning beaches, this coastal town offers visitors plenty to see and do. 

Where to stay in Beaufort 

Cuthbert House Inn

Located on Beaufort Bay, with its gentle breezes off the water, the Cuthbert House Inn exudes peace and hospitality. This gracious historic mansion, located near beaches and surrounded by Lowcountry salt marshes, is a short walk from a vibrant downtown, with restaurants, boutiques, museums, and galleries.

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Best Places to Stay in Beaufort

front exterior of Cuthbert House with spanish moss and live oak trees
Dining Room at Cuthbert House
Mariner Suite at Cuthbert House
waterfront views of the Beaufort River from the front porch at Cuthbert House
Parlor at Cuthbert House
Front exterior of Cuthbert House and neighboring house along Bay Street in downtown Beaufort
historic district downtown Beaufort row of local shops and restaurants
Beaufort History Museum
view of the Beaufort River marsh, boats, and ocean in front of Cuthbert House
Bar of Cuthbert House
Sunroom at Cuthbert House
Oaks Room at Cuthbert House
Garden Room at Cuthbert House
Bathroom at Cuthbert House

Cuthbert House

Beaufort, SC

Best Places to Stay in Camden

Four Oaks Inn
Four Oaks Inn at Dusk
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Steeplechase Bathroom
Strawberry Roses
Civil War Suite
Complimentary Champagne & Flowers
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Steeplechase Suite
Eggs Benedict
Mint Julep Suite
Living Room

Four Oaks Inn

Camden, SC

Best Places to Stay in Charleston

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John Rutledge House Inn

Charleston, SC

Best Places to Stay in Conway

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Cypress Inn exterior on the waterway
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The Cypress Inn

Conway, SC

Best Places to Stay in Latta

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Abingdon Manor dining room
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Abingdon Manor Country Inn & Restaurant

Latta, SC

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