Hotel for cyclists to open in South Carolina


(Photos: courtesy of Hotel Domestique)

Yellow jersey dreams after watching the 100th Tour de France (June 29 through July 21) can be realized via South Carolina with a cycling vacation to Hotel Domestique. The 13-room boutique property in Traveler’s Rest will be opened in late August by former professional cyclist George Hincapie and his brother Rich.

George Hincapie, who competed in 17 Tours de France, finished second at the Paris-Roubaix and won three U.S. National Road Race championships, sees opening Hotel Domestique, formerly known as La Bastide, as a way to share his love for cycling. “The roads around the property are great for experts and beginners alike,” he told Yahoo! Travel. “We have a little of everything, including mountain biking.”

The 29-acre grounds, including vineyards, are set at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it ideal for both road cycling and mountain biking. With that in mind, Hotel Domestique will provide a BMC demo/rental program for cyclists not traveling with their bikes. Those who do will have access to both an on-site bike mechanic and special bike storage rooms. A place for cooling down post-ride is the hotel’s 25-meter pool.

Cyclists wanting to work on skills can take advantage of workshops held by Hotel Domestique. “We’ll have organized rides and clinics along with a lot of non-cycling events,” says Hincapie. “Some of my old teammates will take part in the events, along with pro triathlete Anna Cleaver, who’ll be involved with programs for the swim/bike/run crowd.”

Outdoor activity isn’t the only draw at Hotel Domestique, which offers up “new world flair with French, Mediterranean and contemporary influences.” There’s already buzz about the venue’s Restaurant 17, helmed by executive chef Adam Cooke. “Adam has a fantastic background at Mobile Four Star and AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurants,” says Hincapie. “His skill and creativity will enable us to cater to whatever event we’re hosting, be it a wine tasting or training camp.”

Room rates for Hotel Domestique start from $269. For more information visit

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