The Pink Dolphin Bed & Breakfast

301 E. Richardson Ave., Summerville, South Carolina 29483
Innkeeper(s): Dianne and Ken Thomas
  • Introduction

    The Pink Dolphin Bed and Breakfast in South Carolina

    The Pink Dolphin Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful historic home with exceptional lodging in Summerville, South Carolina.

    The Inn was built in 1881 and originally called the Tyler-Rhames House. It hasn't always been pink, but this historic color of the deep South is the heart and warmth of its charm.

    We invite you to enjoy the cozy fireplaces, heart of pine floors, antique furnishings and double jacuzzis, infused with our personal passion for health, healing, marine wildlife and the sea. Dolphins are intuitive healers, with a joy for life that openly reaches out to others. Pink is the color of the Heart. And so, the Pink Dolphin brings this sense of love and joy to all who choose to enter. We were drawn to this beautiful historic home to open and heal our own hearts, and open its doors to others. From the full Southern Breakfast served each morning, to the Tiptoe Turndown Service in the evening, we strive to make you feel pampered and at home.

    Your Hosts, Ken and Dianne Thomas

    Innkeepers, Ken and Dianne, invite you to share their interests in a variety of adventures. Watch for the upcoming packages including scuba diving, sailing and/or sailing instruction, and healing weekends, as well as a yearly trip to the Caribbean to swim with Humpback whales. In addition to the Bed & Breakfast, we offer the alternative healing therapy of Reiki. Reiki is an energy healing technique which balances a person's bio-energy field and strengthens the body's ability to heal itself.

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  • Amenities

    • Complimentary beverage on arrival
    • Luxurious robes
    • Turn down service
    • Free wireless high-speed internet
    • Coffee/tea service to the room
    • Traditional Southern breakfast
    • In-House Massage Therapy, Reiki Therapy, and spa packages
    • Private Meditation Room
    • Private room available for small classes or gatherings
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hair dryer and makeup mirror

    The Pink Dolphin offers three guest rooms. The Carolina Room and the Blue Mini-Suite are on the main floor and the Pink Room is on the 2nd floor. The Pink Dolphin is also the home of our therapy center, The Dolphin Heart for private meditation, massages, special gatherings and a variety of healing therapies.

    Just two blocks from Summerville's quaint Main Street, guests have an easy stroll to the Historic district, which is lined with specialty shops, antique stores and a variety of restaurants. Azalea Park, the home of the "Sculpture in the South" collection and the famous Flowertown Festival, is also only a short walk away.

  • Upon arrival you'll first be greeted by our loving Labs, Ella and Annie. We welcome pet owners but reserve the right to evaluate each situation, as we have a breedable female dog and birds. Please email us if you are traveling with pets. Pets fees will be applicable.

  • Area Information

    Summerville, and nearby Charleston, offer an exciting variety of activities including fabulous golf courses, beaches, plantations and gardens, historic tours, open market, antique shops and art galleries, as well as kayaking, horseback riding, scuba diving, bicycling, harbor tours, and dolphin watches.

    Summerville, South Carolina

    About Summerville

    Summerville, South Carolina is just 24 miles outside of Charleston, making it the perfect day trip location to add to your itinerary. Great shopping and dining establishments add to Summerville's character, but we believe it's our Southern charm and historic flavor that makes Summerville and Dorchester County a 'must-see' destination.

    Summerville is host to several unique events, like Sculpture in the South, and the Flowertown Festival – all held in beautiful Azalea Park, a 12-acre oasis in the heart of town with peaceful ponds, paths, fountains, tennis courts, and an amazing collection of permanent sculpture.

    With over 700 homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, Summerville is well-known for its historic character. We invite you to experience the kind of charm and hospitality one expects from an idyllic, small Southern town with "big" charm -- a town like Summerville, South Carolina.

    Visitor Center Hours of Operation*

    Monday –Friday 9am to 5pm

    Saturday - 10am to 3pm

    Sunday - 1pm to 4pm

    *Please call 843-873-8535 for holiday hours

    Dorchester County and the entire Summerville area has much to offer for entertainment including shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques, specialty stores and antique shops. Antebellum plantations, intricate gardens and historic homes and museums will satisfy history buffs.

    For the outdoor adventurer, try kayaking and canoeing down one of the rivers that pass through the county on the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Visit a state park for a combination of history and adventure. And golfers of all levels will find a definite challenge on the many golf courses in the Summerville area.

    Charleston River Dogs Baseball Club

    360 Fishburne St., Charleston, SC 29403

    (843) 577-DOGS

    (843) 723-7241

    Games played April-September, $4-$8 admission

    Zany promotions & minor league baseball fun at beautiful Riley Park along the banks of the Ashley River, historic downtown Charleston.

    Summerville Miracle League

    Laurel Street Park

    (843) 566-5027

    The goal of the Miracle League is to give every child the chance to play baseball. It is a simple mantra but not a simple task for some kids that have physical or mental challenges. The special field in Summerville will allow anyone, even those using wheelchairs or walkers, to round the bases with ease. The smiles on the kids faces when the umpire yells, "Safe!" reinforces the Miracle League name.

    Coosaw Creek Country Club

    Coosaw Creek Country Club

    4210 Club Course Dr., N. Charleston, SC 29420

    (888) 4-COOSAW

    Open Daily 8am-5pm.

    Private, gated country club community featuring a full-service clubhouse and outstanding Arthur Hills golf. Memberships are available and the clubhouse is a favorite spot for meetings, banquets and receptions.

    Legend Oaks Golf Club

    118 Legend Oaks Way, Summerville, SC 29485


    (888) 821-4077

    Mon-Sun 7am-8pm.

    Legend Oaks Golf Club, voted among the best in the Low Country, offers a challenge to all levels of golfers. A must-play adventure surrounded by 250-year-old oak trees.

    Country Club of Summerville/Miler

    400 Country Club Blvd., Summerville, SC 29483

    (843) 873-2210

    Open 7 days a week 7am-6pm.

    For 75 years golfers have played the “old course” at this popular Summerville venue. Affordable rates, practice green, grill/lounge, tennis courts, 18 holes, golf pro shop, friendly atmosphere.

    Pine Forest Country Club

    1000 Congressional Blvd., Summerville, SC 29483

    (843) 851-1193

    Pine Forest Country Club, Summerville’s most family-oriented country club. Golf course rated four stars by Golf Digest. Also offers the finest tennis, swimming and social activities. Memberships available. Call for info or tour.

    The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation

    5000 Wescott Club Drive, Summerville, SC 29485

    (843) 871-2135

    Double D Arena

    1256 Rodeo Drive, Walterboro, SC 29488

    (843) 893-2588

    All horse-related activities including boarding, breaking, training, farrier; presents a very large professional rodeo each year during first week of May.

    Middleton Place Outdoor Program

    4290 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414


    (800) 543-4774

    View wading birds, alligators, bald eagles and deer on guided kayak tours of the Ashley River or horseback riding and nature hikes. Black Water Cypress Swamp tours available Dec.-April.

    Timothy Creek Riding Center

    1596 Highway 78, Ridgeville, SC 29472

    (843) 873-0847

    Open Sat & Sun.

    We offer the finest trail riding and boarding facilities in the tri-county area. With 800 acres of woodlands and swamp, the scenery is ever changing. Beginner and advanced riders welcome.

    Drayton Hall

    3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414

    (843) 769-2600

    Fax: 766-0878

    Open daily except major holidays.

    Encounter America's heritage in a house that survived the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house (circa 1738) in America that is open to the public. It is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a National Historic Landmark. Scenic marsh and river walks, African-American programs, picnic areas, and a museum gift shop are just some of the many offerings.

    Summerville Dorchester Museum

    100 East Doty Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483

    (843) 875-9666

    Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    This museum features exhibits on the cultural and natural history of Summerville and Dorchester County. Displays cover diverse topics including prehistoric fossils, the Grand Inns of Summerville, the Great Earthquake of 1886 and America’s first tea plantation.

    The Henry Timrod Library

    217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483

    (843) 871-4600

    Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon-Sat

    An important fixture in the community since its 1897 beginning and now housed in a charming 1915 building in the historic district, the library now has more than 40,000 volumes. (Audio/video tapes) Visitors are welcome to browse. A small fee for membership.

    Summerville Community Orchestra

    128 South Main Street, Ste. 2A, Summerville, SC 29483

    (843) 873-5339

    The Summerville Community Orchestra is made up of musicians from Summerville and other Lowcountry areas. Some have been professional musicians for over 30 years and others are intermediate players.

    The Summerville Farmer's Market

    The Summerville Farmer's Market

    Behind First Citizen's Bank off Main Street

    The Summerville Farmer's Market is open to the public every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. mid-April through October. The market is located behind the First Citizen's Bank, just off Main Street. Although the farmer's market is small compared to larger city markets, its wonderful variety of fresh produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, and craft items, attracts many local residents and visitors each Saturday.

    Audubon Centert Francis Beidler Forest

    336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville, SC 29448

    (843) 462-2150

    E-mail: [email protected]">[email protected]

    Open Tues.- Sun. 9-5

    The Lowcountry's premier natural experience. Tour the 1.75 mile boardwalk trail through an ancient virgin cypress swamp forest with 1,000+ year-old trees. Native wildlife abounds. Nature Center and gift shop. $7/Adult, $6/Audubon Member, $3.50/Child (6-18), FREE/Under 6.

    Azalea Park

    Azalea Park

    Main St. at W. 5th South St.

    Summerville, SC 29483

    (843) 871-6000

    Beautiful Azalea Park is a 12-acre oasis in the heart of Summerville. Peaceful paths, statuary, ponds, fountains and tennis courts are just a stroll away. Site of the annual YMCA Flowertown Festival and Sculpture in the South events.

    Charleston Tea Plantation

    6617 Maybank Hwy., Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

    (843) 559-0383

    Experience the beauty and charm of America’s tea garden….view acres of tea plants, learn how tea is made during an informative factory tour, take a trolley ride through the tea fields, and drink fresh brewed American Classic Tea as you browse our unique Shoppe.

    Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

    300 State Park Rd., Summerville, SC 29485

    (843) 873-1740

    Open 7 days a week, 9am-6pm

    [email protected]

    Open daily 9am-6pm. Colonial Dorchester is a nationally significant archaeological site on the Ashley River containing the remains of a colonial era village. Interpretive kiosk and trail are available as are scheduled tours and excavations.

    Cypress Gardens

    3030 Cypress Gardens Rd., Moncks Corner, SC 29461

    (843) 553-0515

    Open Sun-Sat

    Admission Adults $10, Seniors $9, Children (6-12) $5, M, V.

    Cypress Gardens is a 170-acre swamp-garden rich in natural beauty and fascinating history. There are trails, boat rides, a butterfly house, aquarium and reptile house and much more.

    Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

    3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414

    (843) 571-1266

    Open 365 days a year

    Hours: 8-5:30 from Feb. to Nov., 9 to 5 from Nov. to Feb. Visitors can stay until dusk all year.

    Seventeenth-century estate featuring year-round bloom of America’s oldest gardens, pre-revolutionary war plantation house, biblical garden, antebellum cabin, nature train, nature boat, wildlife observation tower, snack shop, canoe & bike rentals.

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  • Directions

    From I-26

    1. You take exit 199A -"Summerville - 17A which will also merge off to the right onto 17A
    2. You go about two miles into Summerville which is mainstreet
    3. When you cross the railroad tracks, go to the next stoplight and turn left onto Richardson Ave- east
    4. The next block is a 4-way stop that you go straight thru and we will be one more block down on the left
    5. You can't miss the historic two-story pink and white house with two pink dolphins in the fountain in front

    From I-95

    1. Exit I-95n. at exit 53 (Walterboro/Lodge) turn left and follow the signs
    2. toward the hospital (left at the first light)
    3. Continue past the hospital through the light at hwy 15 (Jeffries blvd), to the next light (hwy 17alt.) where you turn left toward Summerville
    4. Walterboro to Summerville is roughly 25miles
    5. Take extreme care to watch your speed passing through Cottageville
    6. Hwy. 17A becomes S. Main street as you approach the Historic heart of Summerville
    7. The traffic light at Richardson Ave. is the first light as you enter the town square, turn right onto E. Richardson Ave. and The Pink Dolphin is on the left at the corner of Gum street, just two blocks from Main Street
    8. You'll recognize the house - 2 story PINK colonial with a dolphin fountain out front
    9. Just pull to the back of the house for parking, and most guests just come to the side entrance

    From the Charleston Airport: 

    1. The road leaving the airport takes you to I-526
    2. Go under the underpass and turn left onto I-526
    3. Stay in the right lane as you will quickly come to the ramp for I-26.m where you will go left on the ramp Follow the signs to Columbia (not Charleston) going NW on I-26. You will travel several miles, then take exit 199A (Summerville 17A)
    4. This road will go straight into Summerville, about 2 miles
    5. When you cross the railroad tracks, you will take a left at the next stoplight
    6. That is East Richardson Ave
    7. Go through the 4-way stop, and we are about a block beyond that on the left
    8. You'll recognize the house - 2 story PINK colonial with a dolphin fountain out front
    9. Just pull to the back of the house for parking, and most guests just come to the side entrance