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Stay Here: The Cypress Inn in Conway

The Cypress Inn bed & breakfast peacefully rests along one of the banks of Conway's cypress-lined Waccamaw River. Views from any of the rocking chairs on the Victorian-style inn's back porch include boats bobbing in the nearby Conway Marina and the Riverwalk winding across the river to follow the opposite bank.

Turns out that, unbeknownst to most, as a member of the Select Registry of Distinguished Inns, the AAA 4-Diamond Luxury Cypress Inn is one of the Grand Strand's premiere addresses, named Best B&B on the Grand Strand by The Travel Channel. "The most common thing we hear from guests is, 'I had no idea there was something like this in Conway,'" says co-owner Hugh Archer. "We endeavor to make the experience uniquely different from the beach."

Priding themselves on the mantra "nourishing body and soul," Archer and wife Carol Archer, along with husband and wife George Bullock and Anne Bullock, are dedicated to ensuring guests will have a pampered visit on-premise, as well as a unique experience at the many boutiques, cafes and theatre within walking distance. "One visit to downtown historic Conway and people are just awed by what's been done here over the past 15 to 20 years," says Hugh. "We have tremendous repeat business and make every effort to personally get to know our guests so we can provide for their individual needs and that effort shows every time they return for another visit."

The Rooms

Eleven finely appointed rooms located on three floors are comfortably elegant, personable and serve as your home away from home. Maximum occupancy per room is two, with bed sizes ranging from king to two twins. Features include a TV/VCR unit, private baths with Jacuzzi tubs, plush robes, Wi-Fi, phones equipped with voice mail and wake-up, and complimentary refreshments. A bouquet of fresh flowers ($50) or tray of fresh strawberries and chocolates ($20) can be an added room element to your brighten your visit.

The Amenities

Breakfast: A full, hot breakfast is included in your B&B stay. According to Hugh Archer, Anne Bullock and Carol Archer always cook up a "crowd-pleaser" - from eggs (prepared to order) with all the usual sides, including fresh fruit and pastries, to a French toast casserole, blueberry pancakes or a frittata. He assures that a guest could stay at The Cypress Inn for a week and not have the same breakfast twice. (The owners also do catering for any inn events and prepare private luncheons, dinners and teas by request.)

Day spa: A full menu of pampering spa services - from therapeutic massages to pedicures to facials - is available for guests in The Magnolia Room.

Meeting Facility

A newly-built annex next to the inn houses a 20-by-40-foot banquet room that can accommodate up to 60 people on the first floor (perfect for weddings or business and church retreats). "With that room, the porch and the patio tented, we have already accommodated a wedding reception for 100," explains Hugh Archer. "The room is also used for off-site business meetings, parties of all types and plays."

The popular one-act play and teas by local playwright Kathryn Martin will resume here in the fall - usually on the first week of the month to coincide with downtown Conway's Artwalk series. The entertainment involves three one-act plays, with hors hors d'oeuvres served between each act and dessert as a finale.

Rates:

Regular room rates range from $140-$225 per night. Customized honeymoon and wedding packages, as well as Relaxation Massage packages are available for two- or three-night stays. The Cypress Inn is at 16 Elm St., Conway. For additional info and reservations, call 248-8199 or visit www.acypressinn.com.

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