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Woodlands Inn

Summerville, South Carolina

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Why Stay At Woodlands Inn

Woodlands Inn is escapism at its best: a former golden-age retreat in a still-bucolic low-country setting that's a perfect foil for the adult playground of Charleston, just 24 miles away.

The Scoop

If the walls at Woodlands weren't so discreet, they'd tell a tale of antebellum grandeur, party-giving as civic duty, and romantic skullduggery. This 1906 neo-Georgian mansion with a whiff of Tara was commissioned by Pennsylvania railroad baron Robert Parsons as a winter getaway in Summerville, 24 miles outside Charleston. In Parsons's time, Summerville was a destination for people who had a deep desire to be considered fashionable. One hundred years later, it remains a hot spot, thanks to Woodlands's second act as a 19-room hotel in a setting of forests and formal gardens. At check-in, the tack-sharp concierge serves guests peach-infused iced tea, with orange slices and simple syrup on the side. And every time you turn around, someone is offering you a biscuit.

Insider Tips

Woodlands hosts many on-site culinary events that spotlight local farmers, chefs, and artisans, such as painting demonstrations by local artists that culminate with a champagne brunch.

Kids and pets are well-loved here: the concierge can call on a roster of professional nannies for in-room sitting, and the property furnishes custom pet beds and made-to-order pet meals.

Awards and Recognitions

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Four-Diamond Award

Five-Star Award

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Charleston AFB/International Airport (CHS), which is approximately 20 miles (30 minutes) from the hotel.

125 Parsons Road, Summerville, South Carolina, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Meeting Rooms
In-Room Amenities
  • Flat-Panel Televisions
  • BOSE Speakers
  • Gas Fireplaces
  • Whirlpool Tubs
  • Heated Towel Racks
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Room Service
Updating Results
Rates Include:
  • 2-person occupancy in Superior Room
  • 3-person occupancy in Junior Suite and Executive Suite
  • Afternoon tea each day
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Don't Miss

Foodie Tour: Culinary Tours of Charleston. Go behind the scenes to taste low-country culinary treasures (grits, benne wafers, pralines, barbecue). The 2½ hour Chef's Kitchen Tour on Friday mornings takes travelers into the kitchens of some of Charleston's best restaurants. $42. 843/722-8687.

Top Shopping: Filigree. Heather Key Tiller sells her natural gemstone jewelry here, in the fashionable Upper King Design District. 843/722-6189.Read More

Delicious Dishes: FIG (Food Is Good). A coddled Sea Island Farm egg, frothy with stone crab and parsnip cream, is perfectly representative of this favorite neighborhood restaurant that serves simple, honest, and elegant dishes by staunch local-ingredient advocate chef Mike Lata. Dinner for two $100. 843/805-5900.Read More

Local Scene: Husk. Chef Sean Brock reinterprets heirloom ingredients (including resurrected pre-Civil War crops) at his restaurant in a 19th-century Queen Anne complex. Classic cocktails (hand-cut ice cubes, small-batch boutique liquors) are served in the crowded, rough-hewn bar downstairs. Drinks for two $25. 843/577-2500. Read More
The Arthur Ravenal bridge illuminates the night sky.

The Arthur Ravenal bridge illuminates the night sky.

Why Go Now

April 2, 2011
Cooper River Bridge Run

April 12, 2011 through 2014
Civil War Sesquicentennial

May 12-15, 2011
Charleston Harbor Fest

May 27, 2011 - June 12, 2011
Spoleto Festival USA

Woodlands Inn

Summerville, South Carolina

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