A look inside one of Hotel Domestique's rooms. (Apr. 11, 2013/FOX Carolina)
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The Swamp Rabbit Trail leads cyclists through Greenville to Travelers Rest and near the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
And now that cyclist George Hincapie is retired, he and his brother Rich Hincapie are rolling into a new venture.
"It makes us proud and we'd like to show off our little part of the world to the whole world," Rich Hincapie said.
Tucked away in the hills of Travelers Rest near vineyards and bike trails sits Hotel Domestique.
"The vineyards and the scenery are hard to beat," Rich Hincapie said.
The Hincapies are now the new owners, and while workers are restoring the outside, the inside is being renovated too.
"The restaurant is being expanded," Rich Hincapie said. "We're adding two bars, we're adding a 25-meter pool to swim."
There are 13 rooms at the boutique getaway, including a lounge area, views of vineyards and contemporary bathrooms.
"There will be dedicated event space for weddings and corporate events," Rich Hincapie said.
And that could mean more traction for business owners and the city of Travelers Rest.
"It will have an impact on area hotels, area restaurants - everybody should feel the benefit from the Hincapies coming to town," said Brady Gilbert, president of the Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce.
"It's really again helping solidify Travelers Rest as an outdoor Mecca," Gilbert said.
He said Travelers Rest is becoming a hot attraction and the Hincapies will help bring others along for the ride.
The hotel is formerly La Bastide at the Cliffs and is expected to open in August. It will have special attractions for cyclists like a storage room for mountain bikes and information on routes for cyclists and runners. There's no word yet on room rates.
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