My 9-year-old daughter and I recently drove (or I should say "I drove") from Tampa to Washington DC, which we've done a few times before, but this time was different because we didn't have our dog with us. So, thought I, no Motel 6 for us this time since we're canine free -- this time we're going to treat ourselves! I went on line and found Abington Manor, which is a located a slightly more than half way between Tampa and DC. It did not disappoint. What an oasis for weary travelers. The innkeepers were very gracious in allowing my daughter to stay, because they typically don't accept children under 10. Fortuantely, my daughter was very well behaved while we were there. We stayed in the Blue Room, which was very well appointed -- beautiful fabrics, comfy robes, Egyptian cotton towels, complimentary champagne and chocolates, etc. We had dinner in the restaurant -- a six course affair for only $50 each (before mom's bar tab -- they have a great wine selection). I had mentioned a food allergy when I called a few weeks earlier to ask them if I could bring my 9-year-old, and a few days before we were due to arrive, the chef called me to discuss my allergy to make sure the pre-fix dinner suited my needs. I don't think the restaurant is a six-course pre-fix menu every night, but they happened to have one the night we were there because the inn hosted a cooking class earlier in the day. I will definitely go back next time I make that Tampa to DC drive. And, I learned that if you have a dog, a couple who live down the street will house your dog during your stay at the inn (for a fee of course).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abingdon Manor provides the only luxury accommodations in the Carolinas or Georgia close to interstate 95. The Inn is listed by AAA as a “Classic Country Inn” and had received the prestigious Four Diamond rating for fifteen consecutive years. The property, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built at the beginning of the 20th century as an opulent private home and, while now an Inn, retains the feel of an opulent private residence. A member of Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North American, Abingdon Manor is ranked among the best Inns in the country. Located in a residential section of the historic district in the charming village of Latta it is just 25 miles north of Florence. The Inn is halfway between New York City and Palm Beach as well as Washington DC and Jacksonville, Florida and it is just 5 miles east of 95. Purchased by Michael and Patty Griffey from Miami, Florida in 1995 to operate as a luxury Inn, extensive renovations, decorating and landscaping have turned this magnificent building into a refined, elegant setting for travelers. The seven guest rooms in the 10,000 square foot building insures privacy, peace and tranquility. The award winning restaurant, The Dining Room at Abingdon Manor, also rated Four Diamonds by AAA, provides fine dining nightly, with full liquor and wine listing. At a fraction of the cost of comparable properties, the Inn offers the discriminating traveler looking for upscale accommodations a particular value. ... more less
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