The Columns Bed and Breakfast Inn

601 East Main Street, Dillon, South Carolina 29536
Innkeeper(s): Michael Real








  • Introduction

    The Columns Bed and Breakfast Inn, a stunning 1903 Greek Revival home, is located in the historic district of Dillon, South Carolina, and exudes refined Southern hospitality. The impressive columned facade with expansive wraparound veranda sits on a estate landscaped with magnolias, azaleas, dogwood, and jasmine trees. The captivating interior showcases the home's opulent parlors and music hall. Period details including ornate crown molding, crystal chadeleirs, and vintage pocket doors are found troughout.

    The Inn features five restored guest rooms with original architectural details such as fireplaces, hardwood floors, and baywindows. Each room is decorated with antique armoires, beds, chairs, and light fixtures. The ensuite bathrooms are appointed with tile floors, beadboard wainscoting, and clawfoot tubs. All have been restored to create the pampered lifestyle of the late 19th century.

    Delicious gourmet breakfast is served in the mansion's formal dining room on a table set with fine linens, china, and silver- just one of the many elegant experiences enjoyed by guests.

    This painstakingly restored historic home is reminiscent of Antebellum architecture, - a breathtaking study in the grace and elegance of a bygone era. The interior is captivating with its lavish and opulent parlors, music hall, and many period details, including sliding pocket doors, fireplaces and crystal chandeliers.

    The expansively columned veranda is graced with comfortable rocking chairs.


    • Relaxed comfort and Service in a Century-old Bed & Breakfast Inn.
    • Full gourmet breakfast served at the Formal Dinning Room and fresh-brewed coffee served outside your room, or perhaps a simple green tea.
    • Five luxury guest rooms with private bath, three of which have old-fashioned claw-foot tubs with showers and stocked with convenience amenities and hair dryers.
    • Central Heat & Air Conditioning.
    • Complementary wireless internet access
    • HDTV, DVD, Cable TV, Netflix, Movies,
    • Pandora Internet Radio.
    • Large wraparound porch with rocking chairs.
    • Off street parking.
  • Weddings and Special Events




    The Columns is also an ideal site for:

    • Small Weddings
    • Wedding Photograph
    • Film Shoots
    • Family Reunions
    • Romantic surprises
    • And Other Special Occasions
  • Guest Comments

    “just perfect”
    September 2012

    This is a beautiful mansion and the innkeeper is the most gracious you can imagine. Everything in the house is spotless and sparkling. The rooms are all large and very beautifully decorated. If a guest has a wish, the innkeeper will do his best to accomodate. My husband and I agree that the only mistake we made at The Columns was not to take a picture of the breakfast because it truely was a work of art. We will return to this B&B every chance we get.

    “Beautiful B&B”
    September 2012

    We were welcomed at the door by Michael, one of the owners. He was gracious enough to give us a tour and the history behind the many beautiful items in the home. What a lovely home it was and is. The renovations they had done to the home were amazing and outstanding! (They shared before pictures with us.) The accomodations were perfect....didn't want to leave as soon as we did but we were headed on to Parris Island for our son's Marine graduation. We had a delicious breakfast served to us in the beautiful dining room...quiche and fresh fruit...perfect. We had some great conversations with the owners and it felt like we were saying goodbye to longtime friends upon our departure. We miss you and hope to see you again. We highly recommend you stay here and it is only minutes off the I-95. A place not to be missed!

    “Couldn't Have Been More Pleased With Our Stay!”
    September 2012

    My husband and I regularly travel from Florida to Virginia to see our grandchildren, and the drive is always too long to comfortably do in one day, but we hadn't found a good alternative to pushing on through. Finally, we have a reason to make the trip at a more leisurely pace - - The Columns in Dillon, SC. Our mood after an 8-hour drive immediately lifted when we walked in the front door. The innkeeper Michael welcomed us, showed us few of the beautiful antiques in the home, and then invited us to enjoy a bottle of wine on the balcony. What a way to unwind! Our room was big and beautiful, and there were books everywhere! As my husband and I are both book lovers, we had fun looking through the books and settlng on one to enjoy during our stay. Michael served us a delicious gourmet breakfast the next morning, and the we rode our bicycles through the downtown area. There are many beautiful homes and churches in this little town - just charming. We thoroughly enjoyed the accomodations and getting to know this most impressive innkeeper. Well done, Michael Real! We are destined to be among your regular visitors!!

    “A Lovely Relaxing Respite”
    April 2012

    My husband and I stopped at The Columns during a trip from Florida to Virginia. The property is in a small quiet town convenient on and off to the interstate. The decor was lovely with spacious comfortable rooms. The Innkeeper was very hospitable and a good cook too! We had wine provided upon our arrival and a lovely breakfast in the morning before continuing on our trip home. We plan to stay at The Columns again during our future trips. I would highly recommend this beautiful getaway!

  • About Dillon

    The city of Dillon, in South Carolina, Dillon County,was established in 1888 and founded in 1910, carved from Marion County, and named for James W. Dillon (1826-1913), an Irishman who settled there, prospered and headed a local movement to bring in the railroad, which resulted in construction of the Wilson Short Cut Railroad ( later part of the Atlantic Coastline RR). The county seat was also named for him. The construction of a railroad in the nineteenth century brought increased development.  The residents primarily engaged in cotton and tobacco farming and timber harvesting. Although Dillon County recently celebrated its 100th year anniversary, it’s one of the youngest counties in South Carolina.

    The County seat for Dillon is the city of Dillon,Famous for its No-Wait wedding chapel (thousands of folks have been married there!)

    Dillon, just 30 miles north of Florence and five miles South of the NC Border, and conveniently located halfway between New York and Florida on I-95, Dillon is a convenient stop for travelers to pause and Refresh. Just a few minutes from the Columns B&B Inn A train station welcome Amtrak travelers to downtown Dillon.

    The following sites and organizations attract visitors to the area for a variety of activities and events:

    Dillon County Courthouse - This beautiful example of Beaux Arts Style, which incorporates the Classical French and American Styles of architecture, was completed in 1911.  This is a must-see historical building.

    • Dillon celebrate Main Street
    • Dillon Sports Complex
    • Dillon Theater
    • Dillon Wellness Center
    • JW Dillon House Museum
    • Dillon County City Complex
    • South Plaza Fountain
    • Train Station and Clock Tower
    • Little Pee Dee State Park
  • Location and Directions


    Take Interstate 95 South to SC Exit 193 in South Carolina. DO NOT TAKE NC EXIT 1/ DILLON. Proceed to the next exit, which is SC Exit 193. Follow US-301/US-501 toward Dillon. Turn right on US-301/US-501. Turn left at east main street /SC57/SC9. Continue 0.3 miles to 601 E. Main Street, on your left.


    Take Interstate 95 North, exit 190 in South Carolina toward Dillon. Merge onto highway 34 West/SC-34W, continue for 2.2 miles. Continue on Main Street, SC-57/SC-9 for 0.3 miles to 601 E. Main Street, on your left.


    The Palmetto is an 829-mile (1334 km) passenger train service operated by Amtrak from New York City south to Savannah, Georgia via the Northeast Corridor to Washington, DC, then via Richmond, Virginia, Fayetteville, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina. The Palmetto is a shorter version of the Silver Meteor, which continues south to Miami, Florida.