Woodlands Inn, A Salamander Resort
If the walls at Woodlands weren’t so discreet, they’d tell a tale of antebellum grandeur, party-giving as civic duty, and romantic skullduggery. This 1906 neo-Georgian mansion with a whiff of Tara was commissioned by Pennsylvania railroad baron Robert Parsons as a winter getaway in Summerville, 24 miles outside Charleston. In Parsons’s time, Summerville was a destination for people who had a deep desire to be considered fashionable. One hundred years later, it remains a hot spot, thanks to Woodlands’ second act as a 19-room hotel in a setting of forests and formal gardens. At check-in, the tack-sharp concierge serves guests peach-infused iced tea, with orange slices and simple syrup on the side. And every time you turn around, someone is offering you a biscuit.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.