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The Inn At Patrick Square

What a fun weekend!  The Hubs and I traveled to Clemson, South Carolina on Friday afternoon to spend some time in Clemson and to be guests at the darling Inn at Patrick Square.  This was the first visit for him to Clemson and I had only been to town briefly a few years ago, so we were both excited to check out the area, visit the university and to take it all in.  Any time we can squeeze into our schedule to have some time just for the two of us is always a blessing and this weekend could not have come at a better time.  I am starting the week relaxed, refreshed and ready to tackle another week. 

I received an email a few months ago introducing me to this new boutique hotel and I immediately loved everything I saw.  Clemson is situated just two hours from Atlanta and and an easy trip for a day or a weekend.  The inn is located in the center of Patrick Square, a wonderful area with shops, restaurants and, of course, the hotel.  After staying in bed and breakfast locations on our honeymoon we have been partial to boutique hotels.  I love how quaint and charming they are and how it feels more as if you are staying with family or friends instead of something larger.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to stay at the Inn and we set aside the weekend to check it out and to explore all the wonderful town of Clemson has to offer. 

We arrived in the late afternoon just as the afternoon sun was filling the front porch and guiding us in.  I was immediately impressed by the long porch, the wonderful lanterns and the charming haute blue ceiling.  It felt so much like a home instead of an inn and I knew we were in for a lovely treat as we entered the front doors.

We were greeted by a wonderful staff ready to answer any question and to give us the history of the land and the plans for growth, and to give us recommendations for drinks, dinner and what to do and see in the city.  We immediately felt like family instead of guests and I was once again thrilled for the opportunity to check out the Inn and the town.  I have always loved listening to friends share their love for Clemson and the magical city it is and I could tell by the warm and friendly staff we were in for a true treat.

I hope the images we shot will give you a taste of the beauty we saw and experienced.  It was truly such a stunning hotel.

"The Inn at Patrick Square is a conveniently-located, beautifully-refined, modern expression of traditional southern architecture and hospitality. Artfully accented with Clemson history and pride, the Inn is a place to stay, a place to gather, a place to celebrate, and a place to learn. It is a thoughtful reflection of the heart and soul of Patrick Square and the Upstate."

The website shares their vision which I can tell you they have not only met, but exceeded. The walls are filled with photographs, history of the town and the University and the stories are exchanged and shared with all who enter the doors of the Inn.  

We headed upstairs and checked out our room and to relax for a few minutes.  The room was large yet the perfect size with a king bed and a wonderful leather sofa perfect for taking a moment to catch our breath.  We had plans to grab a drink and walk around Patrick Square before heading out to 1826
Bistro for dinner.

I loved the room ... it was warm and charming and the details did not stop.  As soon as we exited the elevator I found a chest which we were told held individual bags of ice to take to our room for the ice bucket.  The Hubs had brought a treat so the individual ice and ice bucket were perfect. I was very impressed by the ice bags and gushed on and on about them in my instastories.  It is a brilliant idea and so useful. You get off the elevator, grab your ice and head to your room.  Truly, so smart!

On recommendation from both followers and the staff at the inn we headed next door to Rick Erwin's for a drink and an appetizer.  It was perfectly located and impressive from the moment we walked in the front door.  We were both just a little hungry and ready to begin our relaxation.  We sat down at the bar, watched a bit of the Clemson vs. Kansas basketball game and began chatting with the wonderful bar staff.  

We were so thrilled with our happy hour choice and stayed a little longer than we had planned.  Both of us were enjoying the game, the wonderful drinks and the delicious food.  We ordered the crab cake appetizer (hands down the best we have ever had) and snacked on it and the wonderful homemade kettle chips (make sure you get a side of blue cheese dressing) until every bite of both were gone.  I ordered a wonderful bourbon cocktail and Lawyer chose his standard Woodford on the rocks.  As we sat and chatted with our wonderful bartender Michael he began to recommend more of the menu and it wasn't long before he had convinced us to move our 1826 Bistro reservation to a lunch date for the next day and to stay for dinner.  It was a combination of the promise of She Crab Soup + mint juleps that pushed Lawyer right over the edge in the decision category.

Although in the beginning I was sad to have to move our reservation at 1826 Bistro in the end it was the perfect decision.  Both of us were tired from the week and the location of Rick Erwin's right next to the inn is ideal.  We walked to dinner and walked home a few hours later filled to the brim with the most delicious meal we have eaten in quite some time.  After ordering mint juleps (thank you Evan for making them so yummy) and starting with soup and a salad (She Crab Soup + Mixed Greens salad) we munched on bread and a delicious oil mixture while waiting for our entrees.  The service was impeccable and more than once Lawyer commented on how it reminded him of C&S Seafood in Vinings.  We love the food and the service can't be beat.  Rick Erwin's is now most definitely just as high on our list for delicious food and incredible service.

I ordered the scallops (perfect recommendation) and Lawyer chose the dinner special which consisted of two 4 oz filets, one with blue cheese and the other Oscar.  He loved them both and could not stop chatting about how delicious his meal was.  We shared the brussel sprouts and I can not tell you how yummy they were.  We fought over who would get the last two in the bowl.  We finished our evening with both the key lime pie and the Creme Brulee and both were so good we made ourselves finish them.

We headed back to our room just before 10 to crawl into bed after a wonderful day of travel, exploring Patrick Square and being spoiled with our accommodations and the wonderful dinner.  The lights greeted us just like a home that was ready to take great care of us for the evening, and that they did.

Saturday was just as magical as we woke well rested, showered and headed down to the Stumphouse Cafe for breakfast and to plan out our day.  I knew I wanted to shop a bit and I had promised Lawyer we could tour Fort Hill and walk the grounds of the Clemson University campus.  So many of you sent us wonderful recommendations and we loved each of them.  Such a wonderful city with so many charming stops and people.  We truly enjoyed our visit.

The cafe was beautiful and a perfect place to begin our day.  I was ready for another cup of coffee and we were excited to try out the Methodical Coffee served by the inn.  I chose the Stumphouse Latte (honey, cinnamon and almond milk) and Lawyer chose a black dark roast.  Both were amazing!   I was starving and had a tough time deciding on breakfast.  I settled on the Oats Jar (it was sooo good) and he chose the Protein Wrap and we shared a Stumphouse muffin, although he snagged most of it.  Each sip and bite was better than the last and I was so happy to sit by the fire and start our day in such a wonderful way.  Lawyer asked a number of questions about the area, the University and recommendations for our day.  He loves history and I truly enjoyed hearing him chat with the staff about so many facts.  

After sitting and enjoying every minute of our morning we headed out to check out the city and our list of must dos and must see.  I can't tell you how much we really enjoyed the knowledgeable staff and the many tips they gave us.  I love exploring but being prepared always makes me feel more comfortable and they gave us so much information about all we could do and needed to see and it was such a wonderful help.  We hit the city feeling like locals. 

I was very sad when it was time for us to leave Clemson.  We had such a wonderful time exploring the area and most of all staying at the inn.  It was quaint yet grand, charming and wonderfully warm and we truly enjoyed every bit of our time.  We felt like a hand shake when we left wasn't enough and most definitely would have hugged each and every person who made our time the special visit it was.  I can not say enough wonderful things about each person we met and who helped make our stay the memory it will be for us.

I highly recommend the Inn at Patrick Square.  It is perfect for a weekend away, for attending a game and most definitely for visiting with your college student.  The location is ideal, just minutes from the campus, and the dining and shopping nearby makes it the perfect weekend location.  Make sure you ask for a tour as the staff is so knowledgeable of things to do, things to see and most definitely all things Clemson.  You will be thankful you took my advice and made the trip.  I can tell you it won't be our last to the area.

Happy Monday!

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