Three Reasons for the Three Percent

Three Percent

Less than 3% of the population has stayed at a bed and breakfast!  WOW…are they missing out.

Yet, almost everyone has an opinion about bed and breakfasts. I am amazed at the reasons why people don’t stay at B&Bs:

  • Think they will have to share a bathroom.
  • Will have no privacy.
  • They claim they are not a “people” person.
  • To many horror stories.
  • They need an on-site bar where they stay.

Three Reasons

Reason #1:  Enjoy an Experience       Bloomsbury Inn, the perfect place to enjoy a getaway.     At Bloomsbury Inn, a guest relaxes in the hammock and sips a glass of red wine.     A Russian china tea set offers tea for two at Bloomsbury.

A true bed and breakfast or inn is far more than a room.  When you are at Bloomsbury Inn, Camden SC, you have a private room with a private bath and all the privacy you desire.  Plus, there are no “horror stories” circulating about the top rated Bloomsbury.  Granted we don’t have an on-site bar, but you don’t want to miss the Owners’ Hour Social.

You are addressed by your name.  We are interested in your experience at Bloomsbury and your enjoyment of the many wonders of Camden, South Carolina.

Camden is a historic city: The oldest inland city, the second to be incorporated, and the sixth to be colonized in the state.  While here, you should visit:

  • Historic Camden and learn of our revolutionary war past.
  • Our many antique markets.
  • The Camden Archives and Museum that houses the best gun collection in the south and offers research for your genealogy.
  • The largest Tack Room on the east coast with 30,000 square feet of not just saddles and bridles, but clothes, hats, boots, gift items, furniture, and carpets associated with horses.

Exhausted from visiting these three…we have three more options and three more and … We can keep you busy for several days with the many things to see and enjoy in our town.  We know and love our town.  Most importantly, you will too.

Reason #2:  Be a Personal Guest   Fresh baked cookies await your arrival at Bloomsbury     Owner of Bloomsbury Inn welcomes guests to the front porch for a glass of wine.

You will be greeted by either Katherine or Bruce, the owners of Bloomsbury.  You will be shown to your room and briefed on the amenities in the room.  Whether you need starch or static guard to prepare your clothes for the evening, a hot bath with signature bath grains, or to just to lay down on a great mattress with soft bed linens, it awaits you at Bloomsbury.

At 5:30 each evening, you are invited for Owners’ Hour.  All are invited for wine/tea and hors d’ oeuvres on the porch (weather permitting) or in the front parlor.  It is a great gathering of guests.  Fascinating stories are exchanged about others ‘ backgrounds and where they have been or where they are going.  We have said it before, no one in Camden has a better social life than Bruce and Katherine, the owners of Bloomsbury.  Every night, they and their guests travel the world.  This week alone, they welcomed a British and an Australian couple along with guests from North Carolina, Alabama, California and Nevada.    You never know who will cross the threshold of Bloomsbury.

Following the Owners’ Hour, most are off to one of several great restaurants.
  • Uniquely, Camden has one of the top Mexican restaurants in the south…Salud.   Not your typical Tex-Mex eatery, but rather a true Mexican restaurant serving freshly prepared meals.  There is no No. 23 with beans and rice. It also has the best Tequila bar east of the Mississippi with over 200 Tequilas on the shelf.  All drinks are handcrafted with no mixes.  Besides that, it is just one mile from Bloomsbury
  • Or another local favorite is Sam Kendall’s. An upscale bar and grill, locally owned and operated with some of the best American fare you can find.  We hear it over and over again, the best crab cakes in the south.  I guess we should ask Maryland to move over. Also, Sam Kendall’s is just one mile.
  • A short drive will reveal the Boykin Mill Pond Steakhouse. Approximately nine miles south of Bloomsbury are the best steaks in the southeast according to our guests.  They host a great wine list and full bar. No one should end a meal without finishing the evening with their cobbler.  It is made from scratch when you place your dinner order.  It could be peach, cherry, or mixed berry.  And, then they add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to top off the evening.

Great eating — Great evening!  After that, then you are back to Bloomsbury for a wonderful night of sleep!

Reason #3:  The Bloomsbury Breakfast   Fill the center of a tomato with an egg and bake it.     Katherine serves biscuits from Grandmother's iron skillet at Bloomsbury Inn

Ah…breakfast.  That second word in Bed and Breakfast.  Depending on the day it could be;

  • Signature coffee or Charleston Tea
  • Strawberry soup or fresh fruit parfaits
  • Hot biscuits or homemade butter buttons, with homemade jam
  • Bloomsbury Benedict or Dutch Babies

Every day is different.  And every day is an experience!

After breakfast, those that have an interest can listen to Bruce talk about the history of Bloomsbury and its association with Mary Boykin Chesnut, the famous civil war diarist.  Relive those days before, during, and after the Civil War. Some find it enlightening, some informative, but all think it is great storytelling.

Come to Bloomsbury, an award-winning bed and breakfast,  and visit the historic town of Camden.  So, come have an experience, and depart wishing you could stay longer.  A complete experience from arrival to departure.

A sunset photo of the Bloomsbury porch highlights the beauty of the rain porch.