Hotel Domestique: Homespun Hospitality for Active Travelers

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Nestled within South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains sits Hotel Domestique, a charming boutique hotel owned by legendary 17-time Tour de France cyclist George Hincapie that’s ideally situated on nearly 30 acres of grounds and vineyards. It’s no wonder this intimate, culturally-styled property attracts active travelers who are not only seeking sophisticated respite away from the hustle-and-bustle-laden tourist traps, but also outdoor adventures that invigorate the mind, body and soul.

Popular with active celebrities, professional athletes, executives and discriminating vacationers, alike, Hotel Domestique is a great option for those who desire a serene and relaxing escape, and certainly for the energetic traveler seeking memorable excursions. Indeed, this unique chateau-like hilltop property is a countryside refuge offering comfortable and well-appointed accommodations, personalized attention and ample activity options—all in pristine surroundings emblematic of the region in which it’s situated.

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Inspired by the international travels and tastes of the adventurous Hincapie, himself, Hotel Domestique excels in convergent interests. The hotel’s rustic architecture and old-style furnishings match the pastoral landscape and outstanding views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As well, the property is replete with luxury: sophisticated décor elements, indulgent linens and uncompromising cuisine reflect just some of the sumptuous amenities that guests enjoy…many after a long and satisfying day outdoors.

While the hotel features much in the way of Old World styling, it also boasts decidedly modern features as well. For its part, technology is utilized to a great extent to enrich the guest experience. For example, GPS systems are used in various ways, from offering statistics like how many feet you’ve rock climbed to suggesting bike routes that fit your comfort level. In every room, an iPad Concierge acts as a guest directory, allowing guests to view recommended activities, information about the property, important points of interest and other interesting facts. Before one even checks into Hotel Domestique, the staff is in touch via email, or telephone if needed, in order to best understand the person who will be staying and begin planning the best possible experience at the location.

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Of course, the fall season is an especially fantastic time of year to visit South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountain region, as the vibrant foliage is in full effect and the heat has moderated. A drive, or refreshing bike ride, through the nearby countryside will reveal magnificent colors and contrasts you’ll not soon forget. Given its ownership, it’s no surprise the hotel offers a selection of high-end bicycle rentals for those wanting to immerse themselves in nature in this way. Trek bikes are among those available, and a bike valet is at-the-ready to provide guests with professionally customized bike routes designed by hotel staff. Sometimes, George Hincapie himself even joins in the fun through the property’s “XD program.”

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If biking is not your activity of choice, fear not! The hotel also has a beautifully designed pool and a studio for Yoga and Pilates for those who prefer to stay on-site. For the adventurers, nearby hiking, rock-climbing, fishing, golf and more can be readily arranged. If adrenaline is your thing, the hotel can set you up with other activities like a whitewater kayaking adventure or a BMW Driving Experience.

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Merilee Kern

Merilee Kern, Executive Editor of “The Luxe List” International News Syndicate, is a lifestyle, leisure and consumer goods expert who reports on exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events and noteworthy products and services at all price points – from the highly affordable to the luxury extreme. She keeps her finger on the pulse of what’s trending across all leisure and lifestyle-related product, service and travel categories to inform, enlighten and entertain. Also owner of a thriving communications agency, Merilee is the very definition of a renaissance woman: a savvy entrepreneur, media personality, radio talk show host, author, journalist, publicist, health advocate and proud mother of two. She may be reached online at www.TheLuxeList.com.

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