Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hotel Domestique looks more like a chateau found in France than an inn located in the South Carolina upstate. With thirteen guest rooms and one unique restaurant, the staff at Hotel Domestique pride themselves in offering an individualized experience for every guest.
Each guest room at Hotel Domestique is designed to exude luxurious, rustic charm. With the options of fireplaces, soaking tubs, mountain views and balconies, no two rooms are exactly the same. To emphasize the theme of the French countryside, each room is named for a mountain pass or region that cyclist George Hincapie traveled to during the Tour de France. With the beautiful scenery and decor, it is easy to forget that you are not actually vacationing at the base of the French Alps overlooking the Col du Galibier.
Restaurant 17 is truly a farm-to-table establishment. They source their ingredients from a gamut of local farms littered across South Carolina and the south east. They even serve local coffee roasted by the Paradox Coffee Co. Restaurant 17’s creative team is lead by South Carolina native, Executive Chef Nick Graves.
What makes Restaurant 17 special? The friendly and attentive staff, the flexibility surrounding dietary restrictions, and the changing lunch menu based on seasonal availability and innovative ideas. The view isn’t bad either.
Cafe 17 is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 am to 3 pm. In the morning hours stop by for coffee and fresh pastries. After 11, stop in for a delicious lunch. Dinner is available Tuesday-Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm and Friday & Saturday from 5 pm to 9:30 pm.
Hotel Domestique is a cyclist’s paradise. The hotel offers bike rentals, in house bike mechanics and free parking to cyclists exploring the area. However, if you are not a cyclist there is still plenty for you to experience. In the summer months enjoy laying by the pool overlooking the mountains. Year round, schedule an in house massage or yoga class.
There is also a wealth of activities in the surrounding area. Both Greenville, SC and Hendersonville, NC are within 30 minutes drive from the hotel, while the quaint Traveler’s Rest is a mere 15 minutes away. Check out my post here to find out why Greenville, SC should be on your list of U.S. travel destinations. If you love the outdoors, Jones Gap State Park, Table Rock State Park, Pearson’s Falls and Caesar’s Head State Park are in close proximity.
When should you visit Hotel Domestique? Basically any time. From snow covered mountains to summer days spent relaxing by the pool, the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains is always spectacular. I would consider visiting for your next special occasion as there is no doubt that the staff will help to make it memorable.