Tour the South

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The French have a phrase – “la route du bonheur” or ‘the road of happiness’ and it means a touring route of exceptional inns offering wonderful food, hospitality and insight into the region. Such a magical trip would make anyone happy.

Planters Inn

Fearrington House has partnered with other Southern members of Relais & Chateaux to create a Southern ‘Route du Bonheur’, spanning from near our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., to the South’s historic crown jewel, Charleston, SC. Travelers can experience the finest of the South’s cuisine, tour some of its most scenic byways and stay at three of its finest independently owned properties.

The Inn at Little Washington

This self-guided tour allows you to experience three distinct Southern regions and three properties each with a unique character, offering you a wealth of rich experiences for you to treasure. Learn more:

  • The Inn at Little Washington. Only an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 18-suite hideaway in the country was created by Patrick O’Connell. Centered in the charming colonial village of Little Washington, the Inn offers lovely accommodations and American gourmet cuisine locally sourced from the Virginia countryside.
  • The Fearrington House. Five hours south by car lies The Fearrington House, in a tranquil farm setting just outside of Chapel Hill in the cultural and academic center of the state. Guests at the 32-room inn enjoy expansive gardens, boutique shops, a spa, and gourmet restaurants. The Fearrington House, recently voted one of America’s top 50 best restaurants on OpenTable, is located in the former farm homestead, serving sophisticated contemporary American cuisine.
  • Planters Inn. Five hours south is Planters Inn in Charleston, SC, one of America’s most historically significant and romantic cities. Expect to find upscale period-style furnishings and four poster beds in each of the inn’s 64 luxurious rooms. Antique shops, art galleries and the theatre district are just outside the door. The Peninsula Grill, consistently named Charleston’s best restaurant, offers award-winning gourmet dining.

How to Reserve?
Reserve online through Relais & Chateaux or contact each property directly. Online reservations are easy on each property’s website, or if you’d prefer calling, telephone numbers are noted below:

The Inn at Little Washington
Middle and Main Street
Washington, VA 22747
Reservations: (540) 675–3800

The Fearrington House
2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Reservations: (919) 542-2121

Planters Inn
112 North Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Reservations: (843) 722-2345 or

What Is the Route du Bonheur?

In 1954, five unique small properties in France banded together to create a touring route from Paris to Nice called the “Route du Bonheur.” As guests experienced the quality and service these properties offered, the Relais & Chateaux association began to grow.

Today, Relais & Châteaux is a collection of over 500 of the finest hotels and restaurants in 60 countries – including The Fearrington House.

Relais & Châteaux is a family of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in the world who share a passion for ensuring their guests experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses.