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Vol. 4, No. 5
New Carolyn Rivers Interviewed in Victoria Magazine
Silver Tray Breakfast Service at Phoebe Pember House
Name Your Bliss
Frequently on the road as a business traveler, Carolyn Rivers dreamed of creating a small inn for others like herself looking for the ambience and amenities of home. Here's how she pursued her passion.
"Wherever I travel, I'm always looking for a feeling of home," says South Carolina native Carolyn Rivers. "I used to pack candles and framed photos in my suitcase to make my hotel room feel more personal."
Now that Carolyn owns and operates Charleston's delightful Phoebe Pember House(formerly East Bay Bed and Breakfast), her packing habits have changed. Neither she -- nor her guests -- feel the need to bring any of their Southern hospitality. "I've tried to create a gracious place for travelers like me hoping to find the essence of home away form home."
As a former teacher and currently in the field of education publishing, Carolyn has always known the value of the three Rs. Now that she has added innkeeper to her list of professional accomplishments, she has reworked the three Rs slightly to include relaxation, refocusing, restoring. "No matter what you do, it's important to have a calm, quiet place to go at the end of the day," Carolyn says.
After several years restoring this historic property (main house, carriage house, kitchen house, and private gardens), that's just what Carolyn has created: a place where travelers can enjoy breakfast delivered on a silver tray, weekend wine and cheese gatherings, and tea on the porch every weekday afternoon.
Located in an area convenient to shopping, restaurants, and galleries, Carolyn knew there was great potential for creating a refined retreat here, but not until she returned the property to its former glory.
The interior space, formerly divided into apartments, features exquisite details, such as original carved moldings and other restored remnants of the past.
of the inn's furnishing were found locally. The shops on nearby King
and Queen Streets are some of Carolyn's favorites, including Jack Patla
Company, Gaillard Antiques, Petterson Antiques, Architrave of Charleston,
and Charleston Gardens (March/April 1999)