Finding Romance at The Red Horse Inn
Check out of the rat-race and experience true solitude, rekindled romance and a pace of your choosing.
Sitting west of Landrum, South Carolina, is the Red Horse Inn, also considered by many who visit to be a little serving of heaven. A winding country road leads to the house on the hill where you're greeted by Mary and Roger Wolters, innkeepers, and creators of this 200-acre retreat.
"Our vision was to create the perfect romantic getaway," said Mary. In 1995, the family literally dreamed and then hammered, constructing the main inn and six cottages assembling the perfect complement to the sweeping vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Named for their red horse Winston, the Inn became as unique as he, specializing in the small details that set this paradise apart from others. Welcome notes, rose petals, and nighty-night wishes are all part of the charm.
I experienced the Aviary room in the main house, warmed by Waverly fabrics, nostalgic heirlooms, and a roaring fireplace, which became the perfect setting for an intimate breakfast the next morning. The bath featured warm pine board flooring, heavenly rose toiletries and even a yellow rubber ducky for the whirlpool tub soak. Each guest room included a kitchen closet stocked with a gourmet breakfast, possibly homemade muffins, a cheesy quiche or fresh fruit. The 12-cup coffee pot was perfect for multiple second cups.
“Very early on, our guests showed us that they liked to have breakfast in their rooms. Some couples check-in, and we don’t see them again until they check-out,” stated Mary.
Cottages rest one-quarter mile from the inn on a secluded 20-acre knoll. Warm beige tones invite the mountains to be the focal point. Have a seat on the front porch in your over-sized rocker and experience magnificent views no matter what time of year you visit. Cottage guests also have the option of a candlelit dinner delivered to a table set for two.
A favorite package for many is the leisurely afternoon stroll through the marked trails that lead to a hillside view with a picnic waiting at the top. The Wolters also provide self-guided tour information - waterfalls, wineries, historical bridges - of the South Carolina Upcountry and the quaint town of Landrum. The nearby restaurant Hare and the Hound offers a little Irish mingled with their Southern hospitality.
Voted one of America's Most Romantic Hotels by TravelandLeisure.com, The Red Horse Inn provides the ambiance to celebrate the most romantic occasions or simply to withdraw into the arms of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Cottages starting at $210/night; Inn Rooms start at $175/night.
Wine tastings are held through the fall and winter for locals and guests. Visit the website for details.
The third annual Beagle Tea featuring the sounds of the Old Tryon Foot Beagles roaming the acreage of Red Horse on Sunday, January 3. 2013. Beagling begins at 3 p.m. followed by the Tea. Package includes Beagle Tea, daily breakfast and chance to experience the sport of Beagling.
Experience South Carolina foxhunting on January 16. The Hunt takes place at The Meadows. Guests will be escorted to the event and enjoy a Hunt Brunch at noon. Requires a two consecutive night stay.
For more information on the Inn and all its packages and offerings, visit www.redhorseinn.com.
1. The Dovecoat Room in the Main House. Photo by The Red Horse Inn.
3. A champagne toast to end the day. Photo by The Red Horse Inn.
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