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Sneak Peek: Hotel Domestique, Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Jennifer Ashton Ryan

In South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Hotel Domestique opened in August among miles of scenic country roads mapped with bicycle routes for the riders the inn caters to.

Why Go: This American take on a French château overlooks rolling countryside and acres of vineyards from its hilltop setting in the Palmetto State. A stable of BMC road and mountain bikes and Restaurant 17, named for the number of times one of the hotel’s co-owners competed in the Tour de France, set the 13-room property apart from other small country inns. Triathlon and cycling training camps will be held here throughout the year, and for non-cyclists, outdoor activities include hiking in nearby state parks, fishing, golfing, and horseback riding.

What to Expect: Opened in the 1990s as La Bastide, the hotel was built to look like a Provençal villa. New ownership and 2 years of restoration work have enhanced the original aesthetic with timber beams, stonework, French doors, and distressed hardwood floors. Wrought-iron bed frames, cowhide-covered barstools, and distinctive orange high-back chairs contemporize the cozy spaces. Fireplaces remain in the library and several accommodations. Among the clean, approachable cuisine are hearty proteins like elk carpaccio and rabbit meatballs.

How to Get There: Find the hotel 100 miles west of Charlotte, in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the border between the Carolinas. The drive from Greenville International Airport takes 40 minutes (or 2.5 hours by bike). (864.516.1715, www.hoteldomestique.com)

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Photo by Janos Grapow