It’s been 38 years since the last Total Solar Eclipse blanketed portions of the continental U.S. in darkness. This August, the meterological phenomenon is coming back. A belt of cities and towns from Oregon to South Carolina will experience two to three minutes of total eclipse, the period when the sun is entirely blocked by the orbiting moon. Stargazers call this “totality,” an awe-inspiring mid-day pageant of vanishing light and unimaginable darkness.
Eclipse junkies have made a cottage industry around chasing natural spectacle—splurging on international travel to remote corners of the globe. On August 21, Americans will witness the phenomenon in their own backyards: Travel to the eclipse path has never been easier. We’ve mapped a group of Select Registry properties with front-row seats to this once-or-twice-in-a-lifetime experience.
The eclipse will move east-to-west across the country: Follow its path through the Select Registry portfolio using this interactive map:
Whale Cove Inn: Depoe Bay, Oregon
A mile south of Depoe Bay, on magical Coast Highway, a new refuge of romance on the rugged Oregon Coast has been born: The Whale Cove Inn, one of Central Oregon Coast’s most memorable and exclusive luxury boutique inns. Perched high above the serene Whale Cove, a pristine marine refuge, the Whale Cove Inn cocoons its guests in luxury—from king-sized beds to outdoor Jacuzzis on private decks. A spectacular venue for eclipse watching, the inn sets a new standard of opulence for stargazers.
Learn more about Whale Cove Inn here.
Youngberg Hill: McMinnville, Oregon
Youngberg Hill sits on a 50-acre hilltop surrounded by an organic vineyard. The beautiful 28-year-old vineyard is family farmed and produces award-winning Pinot wines. The proprietors are passionate farmers and winemakers who are thrilled to share, educate and talk wine. The Inn is centrally located in the Willamette Valley—sip Oregon's finest bouquets while you watch the solar eclipse.
Learn more about Youngberg Hill here.
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The Bentwood Inn, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, is a luxury bed and breakfast nestled on 3.5 acres of Jackson Hole solitude. The inn is constructed from massive 200-year-old logs brought in from Yellowstone National Park, salvaged from the great fire of 1988. The Great Room boasts a 3-story river rock fireplace and baby grand piano. Most rooms have a fireplace and personal deck or porch, and a jetted spa tub—surround your eclipse party with unparalleled natural splendor.
Learn more about Bentwood Inn here.
Yates House Bed and Breakfast
Everything you’ll need for luxurious and relaxing lodging is provided at this Rocheport, Missouri bed and breakfast. All guest rooms are large, beautifully furnished and well equipped. Best of all, the Yates House sits a block from the most scenic section of Katy Trail State Park. Explore photogenic trails, bluffs, tunnels, and the Missouri River within short walking distance—the perfect backdrop for eclipse viewing in the Midwest.
Learn more about the Yates House Bed and Breakfast here.
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Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast
The Foxtrot’s goal is to provide a quiet, peaceful setting to unwind from the stress of everyday living. As a mountaintop retreat, the B&B provides the perfect place to watch the sun rise over Mt. Leconte, the hawks glide on wind currents, and the sun play over the mountains as it sets. The location sets the stage for the food that follows: The executive chef strives for a memorable, gourmet dining experience with unique recipes. The showstopping vistas will make for awesome eclipse viewing.
Learn more about The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast here.
Richmont Inn of the Great Smokies
Hidden high atop an 11-acre ridge, surrounded by the quiet beauty of a forest a fresh mountain air is the Richmont Inn. Watch the morning mists and sunshine reveal the glory of the Smoky Mountains. A décor of English antiques and French paintings, wood-burning fireplaces, plush canopy beds and sitting areas with splendid mountain views. It’s little wonder why the Richmont Inn calls home the peaceful side of the Smokies—and guests are sure to enjoy the show on Eclipse Day.
Learn more about the Richmont Inn of the Great Smokies here.
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Snowbird Mountain Lodge
High up in Santeelah Gap, on the southern border of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, lies this secluded, rustic yet elegant historic lodge built of stone and huge chestnut logs. The view from the porch is one of the best in the mountains. Enjoy an excellent library, huge stone fireplaces and award-winning gourmet cuisine. Picture-perfect for taking in the eclipse.
Learn more about Snowbird Mountain Lodge here.
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The Beechwood Inn offers rustic elegance in a romantic setting overlooking the historic town of Clayton. Food and wine enthusiasts can enjoy wine weekend packages and culinary events that draw celebrated winemakers and chefs from around the world—expanding guests' epicurean horizons. Speaking of horizons, this inn is perfectly situated for experiencing the eclipse.
Learn more about Beechwood Inn here.
Glenn-Ella Springs Inn
Located between Tallulah Falls and Clarkesville, GA, this Northeast Georgia inn features a fine dining restaurant and all the modern amenities expected by the discriminating traveler. Best of all, it's surrounded by 17 acres and the Chattahoochee National Forest. You'll find a welcome respite for a romantic getaway or the ideal home base for exploring local antique and art galleries—and fantastic eclipse views.
Learn more about Glen-Ella Springs Inn here.
Bloomsbury Inn is known for its Southern hospitality, gourmet breakfasts and complimentary socials—which include a walk through history with the innkeepers. Inside the lovingly restored antebellum home, with uncompromising attention to detail, the Browns have created a warm and welcoming environment for all who traverse the leaded glass doorway. With luxurious amenities and thoughtful touches, Bloomsbury will surpass your expectations and ensure that your visit to historic Camden, South Carolina is unmatched.
Learn more about Bloomsbury Inn here.
Two Meeting Street Inn
No other place is like Charleston, and in Charleston, no place is quite like Two Meeting Street Inn—the jewel in the crown of the city’s bed and breakfasts. Overlooking Battery Park at Charleston Harbor, the inn showcases white curved piazzas, Tiffany windows and lush Southern gardens. Guests indulge in a gracious Southern Breakfast, Lowcountry afternoon tea on the veranda and evening sherry in the parlor. Originally an exquisite wedding gift, the inn continues its legacy of luxury accommodations and genuine Southern hospitality. Enjoy the eclipse from the heart of historic Charleston.
Learn more about Two Meeting Street Inn here.
John Rutledge House Inn
Built by Charleston’s first governor and signer of the U.S. Constitution, this Colonial home is steps away from Charleston’s battery, streets and alleys of the historic district, shopping and restaurants. Experience an antebellum afternoon tea, wine and sherry in the ballroom where patriots and presidents met, and end your day with chocolates at turn-down. Guests can experience boutique hotel pampering while taking in the eclipse.
Learn more about the John Rutledge House Inn here.