Breakfast at The Alluvian Hotel, in contrast, is an experience that many guests remember fondly for a long time. The buffet menu includes just about all the made-from-scratch breakfast favorites you can imagine including biscuits and gravy, bagels, scones, home fries, cheese grits, fruit, egg dishes, oatmeal, granola, yogurt and more.
The breakfast — free for guests at the hotel — is also open to visitors who can enjoy a full breakfast for $12. The fourth-floor room that houses the breakfast area is warm and comforting with fireplaces and couches. When the weather is favorable, the most popular spot is outside on the fourth-floor terrace overlooking downtown Greenwood.
“A lot of guests like to sit outside and drink coffee, read the paper and relax,” said Lyndsey Wade, marketing coordinator, The Alluvian Hotel. “The food is wonderful, and we get a lot of compliments about it. The cooking staff is one of the greatest assets to Breakfast at The Alluvian. They are so friendly. We have a lot of people talk about how accommodating the staff members are. They are just a joy to see. They enjoy what they are doing, and the guests get that feeling, as well.”
While often hotel guests are those who are attending the famous Viking Cooking School, Breakfast at the Alluvian is not associated with the school. However, it isn’t unusual to meet other guests at breakfast who are very interested in the culinary arts.
“A lot of people do come here for the cooking classes and other events at The Alluvian,” Wade said.
Both the breakfast and amenities at the historic hotel, which has 45 rooms and five suites, get rave reviews from visitors.
“I stayed here for one night and as usual, did not want to leave,” a recent visitor said in a Trip Advisor review. “This hotel gets it — first-class amenities and outstanding service. The rooms are well-appointed and very quiet. I always look forward to the fantastic breakfast and was not disappointed this time. The frittata was delicious, as well as the cheese grits. I walked through the Viking Spa and wish I had time to spend there. I have stayed in some very nice hotels in my life including Ritz Carlton’s, but this is top of my list. I highly recommend staying here if you are in the area.”
The Viking Cooking School has been called “the most enjoyable cooking school on earth.” In addition to the school in Greenwood, the school is held in a dozen other locations throughout the U.S. There are also Culinary Weekends scheduled this summer with chef Ashley Christensen and chef Stephen Stryjewski, and other similar weekends planned later in the year.