Discover the charm and hospitality of Southern Historic Inns
Winter isn’t always a wonderland. For some, the turn from the crisp air of autumn to the sometimes arctic breezes of winter can send chills up their spine for months on end. Gone are the days of just throwing on a sweater and a light jacket and heading out the door. The coming season requires heavy duty gear including a parka paired with a hat, scarf and gloves. It’s enough to make you want to pack up your shorts, sandals and bathing suit and head down south!
If you do decide a warm weather escape is in order, you may want to think about staying at a historical inn. You’ll not only get a chance to bask in the soothing rays of sunshine but also under the shadow of stunning Victorian, Georgian and Greek Revival architecture. It’s postcard perfect. Consider these charming options:
Fort Conde Inn, Mobile, AL
Mobile’s second oldest house is situated on the outer grounds of Fort Conde, a French fort built to protect the city from attacks by the British and Spanish. It was built by Edward Hall of Philadelphia, PA, who came to Mobile to make his fortune in the cotton trade. He bought the land for $800 and completed the house in 1836. The Fort Conde Inn became part of a restoration project in 1998 and many of Hall’s original specifications have been brought back. Features original heart pine flooring and custom-milled stairways, moldings and window and door trim to marble fireplace mantles, plaster walls, 12-foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers.
Bocage Plantation, Darrow, LA
Located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, this 110 acre plantation was a wedding gift from Marius Pons Bringier to his eldest daughter, Francoise “Franny” Bringier, who married Christophe Colomb in 1801. Upon their deaths the plantation was inherited by their son Luis Arthur and his wife, Mathilde. It’s believed the original 1801 structure burnt down (charred remains were found on the property) and the current house was built to replace it. After decades of being vacant, the plantation was purchased by Dr. Anita Crozat Kohlsdorf, who saw a massive renovation of what became a weekend home. In 2008, it was sold to the present owner, Dr. Marion M. Rundell. The glorious Greek Revival is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four rooms: Ashland Gold, Bringier Red, Colomb Blue and The Venetian.
The Governor’s House, Charleston, SC
This house was built by James Laurens in 1769 and was designed as a traditional Georgian double house with a center stairway and two large rooms on either side. Edward Rutledge, who at 27 was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, occupied the home beginning in 1776. He was elected governor of South Carolina in 1798 and lived in the house until his death. Located in historic downtown Charleston, The Governor’s House features 11 boudoir staterooms, large southern front porches and gourmet breakfasts.
Island City House Hotel, Key West, FL
Three historic buildings – Arch House, Island City House, Cigar House – comprise this Old Town Key West getaway. The Arch House was built as a carriage house in 1880 and features 6 suites. The 3-story Island City House, which offers 12 parlor suites, was built as a private home for a wealthy Charleston merchant family in 1880 and then converted into the Island City House Hotel in anticipation of the arrival of the railroad in 1912. The Cigar House was built to replicate the Alfonso Cigar Factory that once stood in the same location 100 years ago and offers 6 spacious parlor suite furnished in tropical plantation style.
Winter is fun but it also can bring the blues. Either way, an escape to a warm weather destination would be a welcome relief. Combine it with a stay at a historical inn and you can enjoy some much-needed sunshine while taking in its rich legacy and admiring the architectural splendor.
About The Author: Rich Rodriguez is the PR & Marketing Coordinator for BnBFinder.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive B&B directories. You can read more about B&Bs and travel at the BnBFinder blog. Follow along on Twitter at @BnBFinder and Facebook.