When an Innkeeper Takes a Vacation – Lyman, SC

The first night of our trip south took us to Lyman, South Carolina. Why there, you might ask? Two reasons – it is about 8 hours from our place (and that is the limit of my back’s ability to stay in the car seat at a single stretch) and because I am friendly with the innkeeper of the Walnut Lane Inn through B&B conferences. Hoyt is the current president of the South Carolina B&B Association, and I was excited to see him again as he is one of the sweetest folks I know and has the most delightful soft Southern accent! Lyman is just about 15 minutes from Spartanburg, SC and 90 miles south of Charlotte, NC.

The Walnut Lane Inn is a beautiful Federal-style building with a grand porch entrance on six landscaped acres on the edge of Lyman. The rooms are spacious and nicely furnished and the parlor and dining room are beautifully decorated in an upscale southern style. In our room the four poster bed was decorated with sheers, there were reading lamps on both side (very important to me) and the bed was very comfortable (very important to my back). The house has an interesting history – it was inherited by two sisters who literally split the house down the middle rather than let each other have the property intact. There are two side-by-side staircases and hallways still left as a reminder.

Hoyt is a gracious host, making sure we had directions to any of our options for dinner – three were within a short drive – and which ones served beer (very important to my spouse after a long day in the car). We chose Don Juan’s for a delicious Mexican meal – way too much food and a great value! We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the Walnut Lane Inn’s setting after our return for a much-needed good night’s sleep.

The smell of coffee woke us in the morning, and Hoyt put out a nice selection of teas for me. We sat down to a breakfast of peach-stuffed French toast, sausage patties and fruit – a wonderful way to start the day. Hoyt uses his own canned peaches, from a tree in the yard; he also sells them in the small gift shop at the front of the Inn, along with jams jellies and vegetable soup.

The Walnut Lane Inn is the setting for 30 or so weddings each year, and I can see why you would want to get married here – the grounds and rooms are beautiful, the food is delicious, and Hoyt would be a calm island in an ocean of stress.

Of course, we recommend staying at the Thomas Shepherd Inn if you choose to visit West Virginia but if your travels take you near to Lyman, South Carolina, choose the Walnut Lane Inn – you will love the hospitality.

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