What’s the Pee Dee? It’s a question raised a lot by visitors traveling through the state. Simply put, it’s a seven-county region in northeastern South Carolina named for the Native American Pee Dee tribe that once lived there. Known for its natural beauty, the area is a network of lush waterways, state parks and other natural areas. It’s also home to several dynamic small towns, some of which are destinations in and of themselves. Planning a Pee Dee visit? Here are three boutique hotels where you’ll find a warm welcome, pampering appointments and easy accessibility to downtown happenings.
Downtown revitalization has breathed new life into Florence, and the addition of this hotel has helped drive the effort. The bustling railroad town, home of the South Carolina Pecan Festival, is the county seat and has long served as the Pee Dee’s hot spot for shopping, dining and entertainment. You can now find all three just steps from this hotel’s front door.
If you want an upscale lodging experience along with a Southern welcome, this is your place. Whether you stay for one day or several, chances are you’ll be on a first-name basis with staff members before check-out. Exposed brick hearkens back to the building’s 1920s hardware-store roots. Guest rooms are designed for pure comfort with fine bedding, nightly turndown service and room service. The experience is all luxury, but without the stuffiness prevalent in some metropolitan hotels.
Notable features: On-site day spa, penthouse suite with rooftop terrace, business center; within walking distance of art galleries, restaurants, wine bar, brewery, coffee houses, shopping and the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.
Dining: Victor’s is the on-site fine dining restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The bar is a popular spot for socializing or grabbing a casual bite to eat. Treat yourself to the Bloody Mary bar during Sunday brunch.
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