An Upcountry villa with endless outdoor pursuits in Travelers Rest, SC.

Hotel Domestique
The libary at Hotel Domestique.
| Credit: Photo: Ball and Albanese

Why We Love It
Domestique's rural locale conjures more Provençal luxury than the fruit stand-filled back roads of Upstate South Carolina. But those roads are precisely why it's here. Outdoor purists will be astounded by the pristine trails that offer up turntable views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and acres of undulating vineyards.

Signature Style
As quiet and serene as the surrounding pastoral foothills, the 13-room inn is dramatic and eclectic without a hint of pretension. Rough, yellow pine timber beams, lush natural fibers, and whimsical cowhide accents meet rustic stonework and distressed hardwood floors reclaimed from area tobacco farms. Cultured and refined with honest materials, it's a thoughtful take on grandeur.

On the Menu
At Restaurant 17—named in honor of the number of times the hotel's co-owner George Hincapie rode in the Tour de France—executive chef Adam Cooke, previously of The Barn at Blackberry Farm, highlights the bounty of the Upcountry through polished yet approachable dishes. Rabbit from nearby Bethel Trails Farm sits atop a bed of mushrooms and celery root puree with bacon and cherries scattered throughout. Or try the Ricotta Cavatelli, one of Adam's favorites, with duck confit and rutabaga mostarda and apricots.

Worth the Splurge
The four-night ClimbXD retreat ($5,000) is no bump in the road when it comes to price—it's a mountain. That said, the all-inclusive package comes with morning yoga, afternoon massages, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner at acclaimed Restaurant 17. But the real reason to book? One-on-one cycling instruction from George Hincapie, one of the most decorated cyclists of all time. He's a 3-time U.S. Professional Road Race Champion, 5-time Olympic athlete, and 17-time Tour de France competitor. It's the equivalent of learning to sing like Dolly. From Dolly. On the Grand Ole Opry stage.

Book it!; $295 and up