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GREENVILLE, RECONSTRUCTED Entitled “Bird’s Eye View,” this year’s winning cover art was created and submitted by local artist Dwain Skinner of Woodbine Studio. A native of Greenville, Dwain
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and Humanities before earning a degree in Fine Arts from Winthrop University. “The inspiration for the piece came from the fact that Skinner told us. “It just seemed like a natural focal point given its importance to the downtown’s resurgence and its aesthetic appeal.” The cover art is a multimedia piece, synergistically incorporating antique paper and texture collage, hand painting, and digital elements. The unique perspective provides the observer with a dynamic view reaching from the heart of downtown to the nearby foothills, incorporating aspects of the both the city and surrounding Greenville County.
Just a short time after completing the cover art, Dwain Skinner unexpectedly passed away. It is with heartfelt appreciation that we dedicate this year’s guide to his memory.
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YEAH, THAT’S HOT Global Gastronomy...................... 28 The Underground........................ 31 Hangout Spots............................ 32 Public Art................................... 35 Free Things to Do........................ 36
Signature Experiences.................. 47 FreakShakes.............................. 49 Strike a Pose.............................. 50 7 To Savor Burgers...................... 51 Big-City Chefs ............................ 52 Brewery Trail.............................. 54
Quick Hits.................................. 68
Annual Events............................. 92
Tours & Attractions...................... 99 Eat & Drink.............................. 105 The Arts................................... 113
Greenville Triumph Soccer............. 37 Kid-Friendly Fun.......................... 37 Ready, Set, Action....................... 38 Reach New Heights..................... 41 Main Street Mementos................. 42
Performing Arts Trail.................... 57 Visual Arts Trail........................... 59 Boutique Shopping Trail................ 61 Growing Greenville...................... 62 Greenville Food: Then & Now........ 64 Spectator Sports......................... 67
2-Day Escape............................. 70
Weekly Events............................ 96
Retail Therapy.......................... 117 Lodging................................... 122 Other Resources........................ 132
The Prettiest View Around High above South Carolina’s foothills, you can catch this view of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area from the Fred W. Symmes Chapel at YMCA Camp Greenville in Cleveland, SC. The breathtaking view of the valley—from atop Standing Stone Mountain—delights everyone from wedding parties to nature lovers from around the world for its serene surroundings and widespread views. It’s no wonder that this beloved spot is much more commonly known as “Pretty Place.”
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t’s never a question of whether downtown Greenville will captivate the imagination of its visitors. It’s just a question of how. Will an evening horsedrawn carriage ride down a tree-lined Main Street that glistens from the glow of a canopy of twinkling lights bring back thoughts of a favorite childhood fairy tale? Will the scent of a burger and fries wafting from a restaurant’s rooftop patio trigger memories of cookouts with family? Perhaps a piece of art from one of the city’s studio galleries will elicit fond memories of good friends and special moments? Greenville has become one of South Carolina’s fastest growing urban areas because of its perfect blend of cosmopolitan cool and traditional Southern charm, both of which have earned the city rave reviews and countless accolades. Around every corner and down every block, you’ll find new places where real magic happens. So let’s start exploring. 12
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Southerner IS THERE A REASON MY SERVER WAS NAMED NORA JUNE AND MY TOUR GUIDE INTRODUCED HIMSELF AS EVERETT JAMES? Why yes, there was! Double first names are yet another symbol of the South. It’s a longstanding tradition and a way to honor family members, living or not. Using a double name allows new parents to pass on important names (and memories) to the next generation. It’s also a fun way to give a distinctive spin on a name, since there’s two to choose from! And, these names (along with pretty much every other word in the English language) sound incredible when spoken with a sweet Southern accent. 14
E’LL START WITH DOWNTOWN’S crown jewel, Falls Park on the Reedy. The park, considered by TripAdvisor to be one of the “Top 10 Parks in America,” is a 32-acre oasis that ties a modern downtown to an historic West End. (With 20,000 annuals purchased every year and around 7,000 bulbs, rumor has it that the only place buying more flowers than Greenville is Disney®, but that’s just what one of the Mice on Main told us.) The park’s most striking feature—the Liberty Bridge—is also the city’s most recognizable icon. Featuring a design found nowhere else in the U.S., the 345-footlong pedestrian bridge provides unimpeded views of the park’s spectacular waterfalls, Reedy River Falls. The park’s rock-walled gardens offer a captivating tapestry of color while a winding series of pedestrian paths provide access Meg’s Flower Bar to an outdoor amphitheater that hosts both the summer Upstate Shakespeare Festival and Fidelity Investments Moonlight Movies in May and September. Those paths also connect to the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail System and its 22 miles of biking and walking bliss. While enjoying the trail’s downtown stretch, you’ll find yourself
along RiverPlace, a 10-acre development on the west bank of the Reedy River that serves as the perfect place to take it all in—and includes two hotels, several high-end restaurants, Blues Boulevard Jazz club, Art Crossing and other art galleries and studios, office space, and private residences. Look across the river to see another one of downtown’s gems, the Peace Center. With a 2,100-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, the TD Stage, a riverfront amphitheater, and the open-air Wyche Pavilion, the Peace Center is the epicenter of performing arts in Greenville. It has hosted some of the biggest touring shows on Broadway, featured some of the biggest names in music, and serves as the home for several of Greenville’s performing arts companies. Overlook the glide of the Reedy River below from Genevieve’s, the Peace Center’s lounge—a great place to truly let go and let the enchantment of this city take over. After leaving the Peace Center, we find ourselves on Main Street, the thread by which downtown activities are connected. Stretching from the historic West End to the north end of town near NOMA (NOrth MAin) Square, which hosts the Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive and
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SCAVENGER HUNT Nine tiny bronze mice (based on the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon) sit alongside building footprints—or even peek down from above— along the stretch of Main Street between the Hyatt Regency and Westin Poinsett hotels. Use these clues, pick up your own Mice on Main scavenger hunt at Greenville’s Visitor Center, or download them from VisitGreenvilleSC.com/miceonmain. HAPPY HUNTING!
CLUE 1: You’ll find Marvin near
CLUE 2: Maggie is across
CLUE 3: Marvin, Jr. is too young to drink
CLUE 4: Marcley’s cool;
the Roost. He brought his book to give his reading a boost. HINT: Search at the Hyatt and NOMA Square.
the street keeping cars off the sidewalk—a tricky feat! HINT: Look both ways! (Is that a parking barrier?)
morning brew; still he tries to sneak in before he hears “shoo!” HINT: Do you see a coffee shop?
you’ll see that at a glance. ONE City Plaza is where he loves to dance. HINT: Look near the Plaza Square.
CLUE 5: If Millie didn’t have such a
CLUE 6: Mitch gets ready
CLUE 7: Melissa is always a
CLUE 8: Mifflin is on the corner by a bank.
CLUE 9: At an Italian
wonderful view, she might come down and eat chicken with you. HINT: She’s keeping her eyes on your waffle fries!
to run into a “money garden” to have some fun. HINT: Think Wells Fargo inner garden.
happy sight! She likes to keep the “dark corner” bright! HINT: Melissa is fond of crêpes and sushi, too!
(It’s the oldest one downtown, to be quite frank.) HINT: He has a perfect view of a giant boar!
restaurant, right near a rain spout, Uncle Miles is just hanging out. HINT: Uncle Miles loves gardens, and there’s one close by.
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Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays music series, and ONE City Plaza, Main Street boasts an exciting mix of trendy boutiques, unique storefronts, marquee retailers, independent coffee shops, diverse restaurant offerings, art galleries, hotels, and more.
OWNTOWN HOSTS MORE THAN 300 EVENTS A YEAR, from small concerts to the Gallabrae parade (the opener for the Greenville Scottish Games) to Artisphere and euphoria, two of the top arts and culinary festivals in the nation. If you’re in Greenville on a summertime Saturday morning, be sure to visit the TD Saturday Market, which turns Main Street into a buzz of activity by bringing together more than 75 local farmers, vendors, and entertainment. And for those visiting during the fall months, be sure to stop in and savor Fall for Greenville, where the scents of menu offerings from more than 45 restaurants tangle with the sounds rising from six music stages. It truly is a feast for the senses. And don’t forget while you’re enjoying everything Main Street has to offer, be on the lookout for mice—the nine tiny bronze Mice on Main that are part of the city’s extensive public art collection. Here in Greenville, you don’t have to limit yourself to museum walls when it comes to art—there are many pieces of public art scattered around the city, inviting you to sit and contemplate them at your leisure. Whether it’s an abundance of murals along Stone Avenue, bronze sculptures paying homage to Greenville’s most well-known, or even outdoor pieces by artistic greats such as Chihuly, you’ll find the essence of this town—and everyone who has touched it—reflected throughout the downtown area.
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ERITAGE GREEN, LOCATED JUST THREE BLOCKS off North Main Street, is Greenville’s urban and cultural campus, and a hub of activity for UP on several museums and theaters. The the Roof admission-free Greenville County Museum of Art, considered the premier American art museum in the South, is home to the world’s largest collection of works by iconic artist Andrew Wyeth. It also houses impressive collections by contemporary artist Jasper Johns, historic artisan and potter David Drake, and South Carolina native William H. Johnson. The Carolina Music Museum (soon to be The Sigal Music Museum) features the Carolina Clavier Collection and more than 40 harpsichords and pianos dating from 1570 to 1845, including one played by Chopin, along with other instruments. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the 7th-largest children’s museum in the country and 10th largest in the world. This Smithsonian-affiliated museum offers interactive exhibits and activities to enchant and delight even the smallest visitors. Greenville was once known as the “Textile Capital of the World” and the Upcountry History Museum tells the exciting story of the mills that made it so. The Greenville Theatre is the region’s oldest and largest locally producing theater, bringing to the stage a variety of musicals, dramas, mysteries, comedies and tribute concerts yearround. The Greenville County Library System’s Hughes Main Library’s South Carolina Room has one of the state’s most extensive local history and genealogy collections, as well as a gift shop to browse for that special something.
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PORTS FANS ARE IN LUCK, TOO. The Greenville Drive, the Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, play at Fluor Field in the West End, a replica of Boston’s Fenway Park, complete with a 30-foot tall “Green Monster.” The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Greenville’s minor league hockey team and an ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers, play their home games at the Artisphere Bon Secours Wellness Arena, which also hosts concerts by some of the biggest names in the music industry and family events such as Disney on Ice and Monster Jam. Soccer fans, we’ve got you covered, too (though not downtown), with the Greenville Triumph, a professional team that competes in the USL League One. So, come join us-whether it be for an afternoon, a day, a weekend or more. After all, wherever happy people gather, something good must be going on.
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TRAVELING HAS ALWAYS been an integral part of my life. I’m the child of a career Navy, Mexican-American father from San Antonio, TX, and a mother born and raised in Puerto Rico. Growing up, I spent a lot of time getting to know new places—thanks to military moves—or falling back in love with places I’d been before during visits with familia. When the opportunity to visit Greenville came along, I jumped at the chance to explore a new city that has experienced a rejuvenation in recent years, excited for the opportunity to see for myself a city I’d heard so much about. As a Latina and author of contemporary, Latinx romance novels with familia themes, I’m often asked where I get the inspiration for my books. The answer? From the world around me. Everything I experience or encounter is potential fodder for my characters and plots. What kind of inspiration might I find in Greenville, SC? Based on a January 2019 report by the Hispanic Alliance, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greenville and Furman University, I knew that 9% of the city’s population is comprised of people from a mix of countries that fall under the colorful Latin American umbrella. This meant a veritable mix of Latinx flavors. You see, while we share the same basic Spanish language, there are slight differences amongst us based upon our native Latin American country. Variations in language dialects, foods, and even some customs. I usually explain it like this…think of the different regions in the US and the variations we find in something as simple as ordering a carbonated beverage. Is it a soda, a pop, or a Coke? Depends on where we grew up or currently live. In the South, we know tea comes in two options. If you head up north, there’s only one, so you’ll have to add your own sugar if you want sweet tea. Interested in seeing how visitors might encounter a taste of our culture in Greenville, my Mami and I headed off with one overriding mission in mind: Find the Latinx sabor (flavor) in the beautiful city that awaited us. On the way, I spoke with Wilfredo León, founder/editor of the first Spanish-language newspaper in South Carolina, Latino Newspaper. A Greenville resident for over three decades, Wilfredo shared his knowledge of the Latinx 22
community and recommended several restaurants that would help Mami and me achieve our mission. Our first stop was the Visitor Center on Main Street, where we scooped up maps and literature highlighting points of interest, like the postcard detailing the whimsical scavenger hunt Mice on Main. Over the next two days, I couldn’t resist joining the hunt, snapping selfies of some of my books with the cute bronze mice hidden up and down the street. It’s one of the many activities enticing visitors to a downtown teeming with interesting spots, galleries, restaurants, and cafés. Take a stroll and you’ll find nearly 100 enchanting pieces of art sprinkled across the city as part of the Art in Public Places display. Captivating reminders to slow down, soak in your surroundings, and appreciate the journey. Shaded nooks and benches beckon you to sit and relax. Rooftop bars call to you in the evening with mood music, soft lighting, and tempting beverages while gentle breezes cool the night air. Let me say, downtown Greenville is an absolute delight. However, Mami and I had a job to do—identify and share with others our Latinx culture, Greenville-style. By now, we were more than ready to get started. Stomachs rumbling and list in hand, we set off for Papi’s Tacos, a downtown favorite located in RiverPlace. Situated near the Swamp Rabbit Splash Track where kids danced in the cool fountains like Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain, Papi’s greeted us with delectable smells reminiscent of my own Papi’s San Antonio Tex-Mex cuisine. Brightly colored murals Slow down, caught the eye and the softly soak in your trilling music had my hips surroundings, and shaking and feet tapping. And the food? #sabroso #tasty appreciate the The horchata proved a refreshing pick-me-up and the journey. chicken barbacoa soft tacos with fresh corn tortillas and all the works were so deliciosos I polished them off in no time. The mini-fridge packed with a variety of salsas invited us to select at least one, and I couldn’t resist taking home a bag of chips to snack on later. After a bit more mice hunting, Art-in-Public-Places admiring, and a little writing back at our hotel, it was on to Sacha’s Cafe, a Colombian restaurant that’s been a local staple in Greenville for about two decades, located on Pleasantburg Drive. Mami and I met Wilfredo and his wife for dinner, then wound up staying several hours, enjoying the friendly atmosphere and conversation. The plates of Colombian food arrived weighted down with golden fried arepas, crispy patacones (fried, smashed green plantains), carne de res and pollo (shredded beef and chicken) in a savory sauce, with fresh avocado and more. We ate heartily
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and watched familias, some with three generations, come and go. People stopped by tables to say hello. Servers greeted patrons by name. In short, like many of our homes, the welcoming vibe of “mi casa es su casa” was alive and well at Sacha’s. After two yummy meals in one day, I knew I’d be exploring the paved, 22-mile-long Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail at some point, joining walkers, joggers, dogs, kids in strollers, and bikers in an effort to work off the scrumptious food I definitely planned to keep sampling. The next day started with a trip to the city’s West End and one of my favorite places in any city lucky enough to have one…the baseball field. Specifically, Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive, a Boston Red Sox Class-A Affiliate team. The Drive were away that weekend, but fun fact, while this was my first trip to Greenville, Mami actually visited over 50 years ago, in 1969. That spring, her brother (my tío) played his first year of professional baseball with the Red Sox organization, which sent him to Greenville, SC. Funny how life has a way of circling back around sometimes, isn’t it? For many Latinxes, baseball is almost a religion; a national pastime that holds a special place in their hearts. It always has been with mi familia, as it was for Santiago, the old Cuban fisherman in Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. My abuela was the epitome of Santiago. She knew player and team stats, opined about blown saves and key plays. I learned to worship the game of baseball at her knee. In honor of my abuela and tío, Mami and I paid a visit to Shoeless Joe Jackson’s statue, peeked through the ballpark’s gates, and toured the last home Shoeless Joe lived in, now a museum across the street from the park. I pretended I was Joe, or my tío, and took a swing with Joe’s bat—it’s encouraged. If you’re a baseball fan or a history buff, I urge you to visit (and make a donation). There are some big plans for the area surrounding the stadium…plans that have me excited to visit again and catch the Drive in action! Weekends in the summer, you don’t want to miss the TD Saturday Market, which we swung by after leaving Fluor Field. Naturally, I stopped at the Papi’s Tacos booth—when the food is good, seconds are in order. I’d also been told not to miss the grits nearby at Table 301 Catering & Kitchen’s tent…yum! But I was really saving myself for dinner, so after I went for an afternoon run, Mami and I drove to Woodruff Road. There’s a truth universally known (or it should be) that with the perfect mix 24
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of delectable menu options, welcoming ambiance, and first-rate customer service, a restaurant is a winner. And when the owners successfully open three locations in eighteen months, they’ve definitely hit it out of the park. That, mis amigos, is exactly what Hector and Ana Batista have done with Tacos and Mas. For me, it was food heaven. A glorious combination of Mexican and Caribbean (Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban) cuisine. A melding of my Mami and Papi’s Latinx cultures under one roof. The flavors of the pastelon (a Latinx lasagna layered with sweet plantains, Monterey Jack cheese, and ground beef) exploded on my tongue, reminding me of my abuela’s dish. We ordered a variety of tacos because, well, everything sounded incredible. From the lamb with cucumber-cilantro sauce to the jumbo fried shrimp with guava sauce to the braised chicken with eggplant to the shredded beef with black beans and sweet plantains…they were all sensational! Definitely a spot I’d enjoy revisiting. Of course, our trip wouldn’t have been complete without a little salsa dancing at Abanico Tapas Bar—Restaurant & Music downtown, where the crowd was a bit younger, but fun and friendly. We chatted and danced with those around us before eventually calling it a night. On Sunday, we capped off the visit with one last lunch at Cantinflas Mexican and Vegetarian Cuisine on Main Street, another downtown local favorite. Later, as we buckled up and pulled away from our hotel—the brand new SpringHill Suites by Marriott—it was easy to imagine one of the characters from my novels heading to Sacha’s or Tacos and Mas for dinner. Stopping at Papi’s Tacos during a bike ride. Reading a book under the shade of a flowering tree at Falls Park on the Reedy. The images made me smile. To all those enjoying my recap of the weekend Mami and I sampled our way across the beguiling city of Greenville, SC, I hope that, like us, you take the time to appreciate the beauty around you and the rich flavors found at local restaurants that celebrate our Latinx culture. ¡Bienvenidos a Greenville, buen provecho! Welcome to Greenville, enjoy!
Priscilla Oliveras is a USA Today bestselling author and 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. She and her novels have earned recognition in the Washington Post, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Redbook, and Publishers Weekly, amongst others. Her next novel, Island Affair, releases May 2020. Find out more at prisoliveras.com.
“A Greenville Must See.” “The food was just THE BEST. I didn’t want to leave.” – Tokyo, Japan “The food and service is impeccable.” – Charleston, SC “Five Stars!” – NYC
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GLOBAL FLAVORS, RIGHT HERE IN GREENVILLE
Aryana Afghan Cuisine
Thanks in no small part to the numerous international corporations like Michelin and BMW that have made the Upstate region their home, Greenville is now home to people from countries and cultures around the globe. So when you’re sitting down to dinner and hear conversations all around you in French, German, Chinese, Spanish, or Hindi, don’t be surprised!
PREMIER SCOTTISH HERITAGE ON DISPLAY IF YOU’RE VISITING during Memorial Day weekend, grab a kilt and a pint and join us on the pitch for Gallabrae 2020—our annual celebration of all things Scottish! Now celebrating its 15th year, Gallabrae marks a full weekend of music, Highland games, food, and more. Start with the Great Scot! Parade down Main Street in Greenville on Friday, May 22nd, then head to Furman University on Saturday, May
23rd for a Military Salute, car show, and of course—the Greenville Scottish Games. All of this excitement and authentic Scottish heritage is anchored by special guests for the past 10 years—the Royal Highland Fusiliers, who serve as the Honor Guard for the Games, and are the “Best Men in the British Army.” This year is one you won’t want to miss! 27
The Global Gastronomy of Greenville Greenville is known for being culturally diverse, but we don’t have to shout it— we typically just let our local restaurants do the talking for us! With food from five continents and numerous countries from around the globe, you can sample all the flavors of the world before you leave town.
MEXICO There’s no shortage of flavors from our southern neighbors, but for delicious Mexican tastes be sure to visit el Thrifty Social Club or Cantina 76. Street tacos meet their match at Papi’s Tacos, while local favorite Asada always charms with Latin American fusion.
North & Central America EL SALVADOR For traditional El Salvadorian fare, look no further than Papuseria Mister. This hideaway west of downtown Greenville serves a variety of Latin flavors.
CARIBBEAN Get a taste of the islands when you stop by Jamaica Mi Irie for traditional island flavors, grab a quick, flavorful bite at the Mad Cuban Café, or hit the hot spot Tropical Grille for a modern spin on Cuban fare.
South America COLOMBIA If you’re craving Colombian, there’s no better stop than Sacha’s Café for everything from papitas to Colombian-style empanadas.
Ready for a little multicultural-fusion cuisine? Your next stop should be the Golden Llama Peruvian Restaurant. Try the Bistec a lo Pobre for a truly Peruvian flair!
Looking for traditional English pub fare? Visit the Velo Fellow, a Publick House & Brewery, for favorites like fish and chips with a Southern flair.
Greenville’s premier Belgian bistro, The Trappe Door, offers everything from small bites to full meals, as well as a wide selection of Belgian beers.
GERMANY Upstate South Carolina is full of Bavarian options. Try out Hans & Franz Biergarten or Schwaben House, and if you’re in town in autumn, make sure you visit Oktoberfest in NOMA Square!
ITALY There’s more to Italian food than just pasta, and local favorites like Ristorante Bergamo, Limoncello, Trattoria Giorgio, Luna Rosa, and Jianna show just how nuanced the flavors of Italy can be!
GREECE From the super-authentic Greektown Grill to the more modern take at Ji-Roz, Greek flavors can be found all around. And, if you visit in May, don’t miss the 4-day Greek Festival, where you can sample foods from across the Mediterranean.
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FRANCE French food always seems to hit the spot. For a morning pick-me-up, visit Le Petit Croissant or Crêpe du Jour. Ready for dinner? Passerelle Bistro offers flavors of France overlooking a gorgeous view of Reedy River Falls.
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INDIA For spice connoisseurs and vegetarians alike, there’s no better choice than Handi Indian Cuisine. Or, try Saffron Indian Cuisine in the shopping district off of Woodruff Road.
MOROCCO Taking influence from a variety of other cuisines, the flavors of Morocco can be found at restaurants known also for their Mediterranean fare like Habiba and The Lazy Goat.
VIETNAM The engaging flavors of Vietnam are minutes away when you visit Mekong Restaurant, just outside of downtown. Still hungry for more great Vietnamese flavors? Try out Pho Noodleville, near Haywood Road.
MIDDLE EAST While Pomegranate on Main is a hands-down favorite for Persian fare in an elegant setting, LaFor and Pita House offer savory selections in more casual settings.
Truly one of a kind, Aryana Afghan Cuisine boasts authentic Afghan cuisine and culture, right here in South Carolina.
CHINA THAILAND If lively Thai spices are what you crave, be sure to head over to Lemongrass Thai Restaurant or Basil Thai, both delicious Asian escapes worth sampling.
Finding good Japanese has never been easier. Visit Irashiai or SUSHI GO for sushi, or discover a more modern take at Purple International Bistro. If it’s noodles you crave, head over to Menkoi Ramen House for a full variety of fillers and flavors.
KOREA From bulgogi to kimchi, Greenville is home to a growing number of Korean restaurants. Get your fix at Bulgogi Korean Grill, or visit the secret hideaway and aptlynamed Korean BBQ.
When you’re craving Chinese food, head over to Chin Chin for genuine Chinese and Pan-Asian flavors, or check out Lieu’s Chinese Bistro for a traditional meal with an American spin. 29
One beautiful Main Street, three small blocks, eight great restaurants. Table 301 is a group of restaurants run by people who truly love food and are dedicated to the highest standards of hospitality. It’s music to your mouth! Downtown Greenville, SC | 864.232.7007 | www.Table301.com Soby’s | The Lazy Goat | NOSE DIVE | CRAFTED at NOSE DIVE | Passerelle Bistro Highway 301 | Southern Pressed Juicery | Jianna | The Loft at Soby’s | Table 301 Catering & Kitchen
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Deep Down in the
Just when you think that you’ve seen everything Greenville has to offer, you’ll discover there’s a whole other world right beneath your feet! For the best food and drink that you can hide below the surface, here are some of our top spots for going underground in Greenville.
COFFEE UNDERGROUND E. Coffee St.
Unterhausen, a castle cellar pub and restaurant named for the German city, is a gem found right in the heart of downtown Simpsonville. Tucked away in a nondescript building—with a side door embodying that of a secret entrance— Unterhausen is known for its friendly ambiance, rathskellar vibe, Bavarian food, and old-world charm.
On top of boasting some of the best coffees and desserts around, Coffee Underground is almost always brewing up something special. Grab your morning cup and visit with some of the Greenville locals, or check out live poetry on Sundays. Come back for a coffee nightcap, and you might just catch an improv comedy show or open mic night at the Alchemy Comedy Theater to round out your perfect day.
TRAPPE DOOR W. Washington St.
One of Greenville’s most iconic restaurants, Trappe Door is a great escape from the rest of the world outside. Head downstairs and be transported to a place where Belgian goodness is on tap—and on the menu. With 10 taps, over 150 bottled beers, and more flavors of mayonnaise than you can shake a fry at, they call it overheerlijk, but you can just call it delicious.
VAULT & VATOR S. Main St.
Pick up that 1920s vibe with a visit to Vault & Vator, where you’ll discover a modern take on cocktails with a speakeasy-twist. “Dealer’s choice” drinks allow you to select two tasty adjectives (think fizzy and spicy) resulting in one delectable concoction. Mix in small plates; beer, wine, and cider; and a few rules designed to let you (and everyone else) relax in style.
THE VELO FELLOW Augusta St.
If you want a subterranean feel without having to go below ground, make your way over to The Velo Fellow, a publick house and brewery. This British-style pub rests a level underneath Main Street, and provides a true-to-life UK flair, just off of Falls Park on the Reedy and Pedrick’s Garden.
STONE PIN COMPANY E. Stone Ave.
If you’re looking for an underground adventure that’s right up your alley, be sure to check out Stone Pin Company. With its rustic façade, relaxed atmosphere, and six polished lanes, this barturned-bowling alley is the perfect next stop for your crew to grab a brew. Or two.
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Greenville’s Best Hangout Spots ▲
Not your run-of-the-mill shops and eateries, these collectives are the places you’ll want to stay and play for hours
HAMPTON STATION 1320 HAMPTON AVE.
If you’re in need of a night out under the stars, head over to Hampton Station, where you’ll find a growing number of shops surrounded by open courtyards and greenspaces—all under the watchful eye of twinkling lights and a rustic water tower. WHAT’S THERE? Birds Fly South Ale Project, White Duck Taco Shop, Craft Axe Throwing, The Noble Dog Hotel, ArtUp Studios, Lion’s Roar CrossFit, retailers, custom designers, printers and more
WESTONE | 109 W. STONE AVE.
Westone marks the first true collective in the North Main/Stone Avenue area. Grab a beer or coffee, a slice of pizza or pulled pork sandwich, and if you need to spiff up for an evening out, grab a shave and a shoeshine. WHAT’S THERE? Liability Brewing Co., World Piece, V’s Barbershop, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Coffee on Stone, Franny’s Farmacy, Cache & Company, and 9Round Fitness
STONE’S POINT | 215 WADE HAMPTON BLVD.
Stone’s Point has long been home to local entrepreneurs like custom clothiers and artisan baristas. Be sure to bring your appetite when you go; it’s not unusual to see food truck staples like Black Thai and Mobile Meltdown hanging out—if you’re not in the mood for pizza, calzones, or CalJoes (panini sandwiches). WHAT’S THERE? The Community Tap, Urban Digs, Methodical in Landmark, D’Allesandro’s Pizza, Paula Rallis Home, 101 Espresso Bar, and B&C Cleaners
VILLAGE OF WEST GREENVILLE | PENDLETON ST.
One of the first things you’ll notice in the Village of West Greenville is its focus on art, with artists and their galleries scattered among restaurants, coffee houses, old mills, and retail shops. WHAT’S THERE? The Anchorage, Coastal Crust Wood-Fired Pizza, Carol’s Ice Cream, The Village Grind, Golden Brown & Delicious (GB&D), Growler Haus, Kuka Juice, Naked Pasta, Neo Burrito, Van’s Chocolates, Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Art & Light, The Art Bomb, and countless other studios, retailers, and businesses
TAYLORS MILL | 250 MILL ST., TAYLORS
Built in the remnants of the Southern Bleachery and Piedmont Print Works Mill, Taylors Mill is booming by the day—and night. Try a beer, sit down for a nice meal, or visit one of the Mill’s many local artisans. Other options include taking kiddos to see model trains, de-stressing by smashing things, or throwing axes! WHAT’S THERE? 13 Stripes Brewery, The Farehouse, Junto Coffee, Model Trains Station, The Mad Smash, The Blue Ox Hatchet House, retailers, art galleries, photographers, event venues, illustrators, design studios, make-up artists, web developers, and more
The Commons | 147 Welborn St.
Close to the Village of West Greenville, this bustling 12,000-sq-ft food hall also houses retail shops and office space. Visitors to the Commons have direct access to the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail and the future Unity Park. What’s There/Coming? Automatic Taco, Bake Room, The Community Tap, Golden Brown & Delicious (GB&D), Methodical Coffee, Billiam Jeans, Carolina Triathlon, web designers, technology companies, marketing groups, and real estate and construction firms
Gather GVL | 126 Augusta St.
Focused on sustainability and adaptive reuse, Gather GVL is a restaurant collective—built out of retired shipping containers—that fills the gap between fast-food options and high-end restaurants. What’s There/Coming? HenDough Chicken & Donuts, Mercado Cantina, KO Burger, Greenville Beer Exchange, Rocky Moo Handcrafted Ice Cream Sandwiches, Al Taglio Roman Style Pizzeria, Saki Saki, Mike’s Cheesesteaks & Roast Pork, Sweet Sippin’, CocoBowlz, Prost!, The Pasta Addict, and West End Coffee Bar
Markley Station | 116-120 N. Markley St.
Located in a booming downtown outlier, Markley Station is home to office, retail, and restaurant space in Greenville’s West End near Fluor Field. What’s There/Coming? Urban Wren Winery, Todaro Pizza, and Hoppin’ Taproom
Poe West | 556 Perry Ave.
Once home to Poe Hardware & Supply Company, the Poe West Collaborative is anchored by Greenville Technical College’s Center for Culinary and Hospitality Innovation in the Village of West Greenville. What’s There/Coming? Six & Twenty Distillery, LaRue Fine Chocolate, Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery, The Junkyard Gym & Fitness Center, and Unlocked Coffee Roasters
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Southerner WHY IS EVERYTHING THAT I SEE MONOGRAMMED? The correct answer is “Why not?” In the words of a true Southern belle, actress Reese Witherspoon, “If it’s not moving, monogram it.” It’s a way to put a special finishing touch on just about everything from towels and purses to cups and blankets; Southerners are into their monogramming. Personalization makes for a great gift (or souvenir) as well! You may be surprised to find yourself getting into a long conversation about all the different type styles you could use, or if you should use your maiden name, middle name, married name, three initials, just one initial...you get the picture.
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GREENVILLE ARTS About the Metropolitan Arts Council: Since 1973, the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) has served as Greenville County’s only umbrella arts organization, providing funding and other vital services to individual artists, arts organizations and arts education programs. MAC also serves as Greenville County’s visitors center for the arts in its office and gallery at 16 Augusta Street in the historic West End of downtown. It has operated a free and open, public facility for civic and cultural activities throughout its existence. The organization also houses the most comprehensive roster of individual artists, arts organizations and schedule of events at its facility and on its website.
BOGO tickets with the MAC ArtCard: With a donation of $50+ you will receive an ArtCard valid for buy-oneget-one-free tickets to seven local performances for one full year. The ArtCard is the perfect way to sample Greenville’s performing arts at a substantial savings. In just two uses the ArtCard pays for itself.
Metropolitan Arts Council | 16 Augusta Street | Greenville, SC 29601 (864) 467-3132 | mac@greenvilleARTS.com | www.greenvilleARTS.com MAC Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. @macARTScouncil #gvlARTS *Header image: Darby Wilcox by Bonfire Visuals
ART ALL OVER
reenville is big on art, and not just in our museums. In fact, many of our city streets provide blank canvases for artists of every description. You’ll see bronzed citizens from the city’s history occupying park benches and overlooking the everchanging streetscapes. And more than one innocuous brick wall has been transformed, bursting to life in a blaze of color and creativity. From the north side of the city where you can see “Aria” by Michael Neal Jacobson, to the historic West End and Dale Chihuly’s “Rose Crystal Tower,” you’ll find beauty in every nook and cranny of Greenville. And whatever you do, don’t miss “The Spindle” by artist Blessing Hancock, installed in 2019 in the Village of West Greenville as a tribute to the 15th anniversary of Artisphere (Greenville’s own juried art festival considered to be the “#3 Best Art Show in the Country”). To ensure you don’t miss a bit of what Greenville has to offer, the City of Greenville’s Arts in Public Places commission consistently reviews and accepts new art into the fold, compiling them into a formal Public Art Walking Tour. Find it online at bit.ly/GvlPublicArtTour and enjoy your self-paced tour around Greenville’s very own open-air museum.
CAN YOU FIND THE MESSAGE IN “THE SPINDLE?” “The Spindle” is full of meaning. The 10-sided, 18-foottall steel sculpture features nearly 300 words and phrases. When you go, see if you can find some of these words. Accepting of All Anniversary Answer Bold Move Carpenter Coexist Cotton Days Dreamers Education Favorite Place Illuminate Lively Love Mill Many Cultures Market Mountains Movies Resilient Survivors Textile The Key United Village of West Greenville What other words are you able to spot?
12 Free Things to Do in Greenville N O MAT TE R WHAT TH E WEATH E R!
You don’t have to have a big budget to have a great time in Greenville! Here are 12 things to do—indoors and out—to make the most of your trip to the area.
¨ Appreciate artistic genius. Works from renowned artists like Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jasper Johns grace the walls of the Greenville County Museum of Art.
¨ Outdoor fun at Falls Park on the Reedy. Picnic, catch a Moonlight Movie, or watch Shakespeare in the Park. ¨ Go on a mouse scavenger hunt. Nine bronze mice call Main Street their home. Can you find them all? Clues on p. 16. ¨ Check out NOMA Square. From live music to free yoga classes, you can find it here. ¨ Take to the skies. Grab a snack at Runway Cafe, play on the playground at Runway Park, and watch the planes come and go at Greenville Downtown Airport. ¨ Hike around Furman University’s Swan Lake. The 750-acre campus and iconic bell tower are calling your name. ¨ Hitch a ride. Rent a bike and hop onto the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail—riding or walking, it’s a journey that even the youngest member of the family can enjoy! *220 days of sunshine await you in Greenville each year!
A RAINY DAY
¨ Remember a legend. Visit the childhood home (now a museum) of baseball great Shoeless Joe Jackson.
¨ Relive history. For a dose of bygone times, take a docent-led tour of the Kilgore-Lewis House, a treasure from the 1830s and one of Greenville’s oldest homes. ¨ Motor over to the Zentrum. This BMWcentric museum and shop is adjacent to BMW’s only U.S. assembly plant. ¨ Read a good book. There’s no better place to curl up with one than at the Hughes Main Library—which also happens to have a huge children’s section. ¨ Get a lift from our free trolleys. After all, there’s no reason a few raindrops should keep you from exploring downtown!
KID-FRIENDLY FUN 1. JUMP UP, JUMP UP AND GET DOWN!
IS IT SOCCER? OR FÚTBOL? AND DOES IT MATTER?
owever you prefer to say it, Greenville has a pro team that’s turning heads! Greenville’s newest addition, the Greenville Triumph soccer team, only began playing in 2019. But as a founding member of USL League One with a solid opening season of 28 games under their belts, they are truly worth the watch. Coached by former U.S. Men’s National Team player John Harkes (who previously coached for FC Cincinnati), the team’s winning first-season record earned them a trip to the playoffs. If you’re visiting Greenville between April and September, grab a ticket and head to a match at Legacy Early College. Keep an eye out for forward Jake Keegan (#9), the goal frontrunner of the season, and goalkeeper Dallas Jaye (#22) with 52 saves. No matter what you call the game, you’re sure to have a great time! Get schedules, tickets, and more at GreenvilleTriumph.com or download the Greenville Triumph mobile app.
Burn off some of that extra energy—trampolinestyle! From foam pits to dodgeball games and obstacle courses, you’ll flip for any one of these joints. Not ready to trade in your shoes for jump socks? Try out the climbing walls, ride a mechanical bull, joust with a friend, or swing across high and low ropes courses! Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 2465 Laurens Rd., 864.558.2400; DEFY Greenville, 48 Brookfield Oaks Dr., Suite H; 864.412.3434; Big Air Trampoline Park, 36 Park Woodruff Dr.; 864.626.5252; Opening Soon: Urban Air Adventure Park, 1025 Woodruff Rd.; 800.960.4778
2. GET A LITTLE WILD Kids will definitely want to monkey around at the Greenville Zoo! Located downtown in Cleveland Park, this 14-acre, 80-species zoo is as charming as it is wild. Complete with two play areas and a snack bar, it’s sure to be a day your family won’t soon forget! 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300
3. HAVE A PURRFECT AFTERNOON If you thought the big cats at the zoo were impressive, check out Main Street’s eclectic Organic Cat Café & Listening Lounge. Home to 22+ resident kitties (deemed to be quite friendly) as well as some adoptable ones, you’ll be able to snuggle and play with them all while enjoying drinks and pastries or playing games. 928 S. Main St.; 864.729.2450
4. LET US AMUSE YOU It’s fun for all at Frankie’s Fun Park, a 14-acre sprawling complex, which in addition to 100+ arcade games, boasts laser tag, go-karts, several putt-putt courses, bumper boats, batting cages, a Fun House and more—with out-of-this-world burgers and shakes offered at its very own Johnny Rockets! 45 Park Woodruff Dr.; 864.627.9888
5. GIVE YOUR BRAIN A BOOST Kids will have a blast playing, climbing, imagining, exploring, pretending, and discovering at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. This prominent Smithsonian affiliate and the world’s 10th-largest children’s museum offers 3 floors, 19 galleries, and 80,000 sq. ft. of fun for both the young and the young at heart. 300 College St.; 864.233.7755 If you’d prefer some more “adult” time, Greenville boasts two Giggles Drop-In Childcare centers (Augusta Rd. & Pelham Rd. areas) for children ages 2-12 (12-23 months M-F only; closed Sundays) and KidsZone Drop-In Hourly Childcare (Haywood Rd. area) for children ages 1-12 (closed Sundays). Up-to-date vaccination records are required.
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There’s more to visiting Greenville than enjoying good food and well-deserved relaxation. In fact, there’s so much to do around here—so many incredibly engaging, action-packed, and adrenaline-pumping activities—that you may have to schedule another visit just to try them all!
Ready to toss those worries to the side and cut loose? Look no further than Craft Axe Throwing, The Blue Ox Hatchet House, or Axit, where it doesn’t matter if you’re competitive or casual—you’re sure to have a great time.
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There’s no better way to see the sights than in a BMW, and there’s no better place to put one through its paces than at the BMW Performance Center. Slide on the wet track, ascend the off-road route, or circle the speed track alongside a professional driver. It’s the Ultimate Driving Machine® and the ultimate in excitement!
Indulge those secret-agent inclinations in one of many 1-hour escape adventures! Take a group to “The Starlight Motel” at TripAdvisor’s “#1 in Fun & Games”—Escape Artist Greenville—and make every minute count as you solve puzzles, search for clues, and make a plan to bust out of your mystery room! Make new friends in a museum heist at Breakout Games or be your own James Bond in “Operation: Casino.” Either way, you’re sure to love the diversion!
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If you’re wanting an enjoyable evening out with friends, we have a number of options for playtime. Check out Dave & Buster’s for arcadestyle games and a full bar menu, or even catch your favorite sports team on the big screen. Local Cue is the place to connect for beer, BBQ, and board games. Try some lip-smackin’ tasty smoked wings followed up by a game of pool, foosball, or darts.
While you’re being bowled over by all that Greenville has to offer, why not actually go bowling? For a relaxed game with friends, hit up
the colorful ambiance of Bowlero. For something a little more intimate, check out Stone Pin Company, with its six wood-paneled lanes. Or, take your entire group to Spare Time Entertainment, and grab dinner and drinks (and play tons of arcade games) while you roll!
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Feeling the need for speed? With two local fast (as in, not for the faint of heart) and large indoor go-kart tracks—LeMans Karting and The Speed Factory—you can up the pace and put a smile on your face!
Whether you’re an experienced golfer or just looking for a fun outing with friends, head to Topgolf, a recent addition to the Greenville entertainment scene. Dig into fabulous food and a full range of beverages, while you tee off from one of 70 climatecontrolled hitting bays on three levels.
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Take a break from all your travels and release that extra energy…by wrecking the place at The Mad Smash: The Rage Room! Sign up for a time, pick a tool (or a few), and smash anything that gets in your way. Those bottles and TVs won’t ever know what hit them—and you won’t have to clean them up! If that’s not enough, head to Smashit where there’s also a Car Smash room, where you can unleash your inner Thor—and bring down the hammer!
Don’t have time to make a run to the mountains? You can still get your climb on with some indoor rock climbing! Check out Climb @ Blue Ridge for an indoor experience the whole family will love, and be on the lookout for the opening of Rockoon—a 25,000-sq. ft. climbing facility focused primarily on bouldering—which will be one of the largest in the Southeast!
Greenville is well-known as a huge cycling community (Thanks, Mr. George Hincapie!), but you don’t have to hit the road to get in some bike time. Instead, hit up CycleBar for an inspired spin class guaranteed to energize and invigorate!
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Sassafras Mountain Tower
f you’re searching for a truly unique outdoor excursion, this is it! Venture skyward on the Foothills Trail (or by car on Highway 178) to the new Sassafras Mountain Tower, South Carolina’s highest point
at 3,553 feet above sea level. Only about an hour northwest of downtown Greenville, the compass rose on the platform indicates its special place right on top of the state line between the two Carolinas. Here, you’ll not only enjoy views that stretch 30 to 50 miles in all directions and allow sights of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, but you can explore a number of surrounding trails, or even take a break with your picnic lunch at the adjoining shelter.
WANT TO TRAVEL BACK IN TIME? Head over to nearby Table Rock State Park, where you can find a number of petroglyphs (shown above)—ancient rock carvings—right under your own feet! Pinnacle Mountain is home to the bulk of the carvings, but more than 600 can be found within Table Rock State Park itself. Seeing the petroglyphs requires a fairly strenuous and mountainous hike of 4.2 miles each way, but as most carvings are only a few hundred yards from the summit, it’s well worth the journey to see Sassafras Mountain Tower From Above
these iconic inscriptions—and iconic views! 41
You’ll find lots of fun, charming options when it comes to Greenville souvenirs. And finding them is as easy as taking a stroll along downtown’s Main Street!
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MEMORIES & MEMENTOS
1. Local Flavors, All Wrapped Up. For something deliciously unique, try popcorn flavors like Maple Caramel Bacon Cheddar or the Greenville Mix. Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn, 30 S. Main St. 2. Yeah, THAT Greenville Merchandise. Where happy people gather, you’ll find lots of happy hats, coffee mugs, magnets, T-shirts, and more. Available for purchase at the Greenville Visitor Center, 206 S. Main St., or online at VisitGreenvilleSC.com/store. 3. Because You Had a Ball. Make room for that baseball souvenir: a Greenville Drive baseball, T-shirt, or even a mug crafted from a wooden bat! Either way, it’s worth swinging by. Greenville Drive Team Store, 945 S. Main St.
4. Pick Up the Scent. Find aromatic bliss in the fragrances of handcrafted soaps, or grab a custom-made candle in a travel tin. Magnolia Scents by Design, 209 N. Main St. 5. You’ve Seen “Now.” Now, See “Then.” History lovers will appreciate books that tell Greenville’s story. Be sure to grab a bag of vintage candy tastes to go with it! Mast General Store, 111 N. Main St.
6. Greenville-Centric Gifts for All. From coasters and cutting boards to money clips and artwork, you can find those only-inGreenville gifts right here. Samantha Grace Designs, 640 S. Main St., Suite 102. 7. Time to ‘Shine. Locally made moonshine, whiskey, rum, and more—all reminders of the ‘shine that lit up the Dark Corner of South Carolina. Dark Corner Distillery, 14 S. Main St.
Original artwork by Thomas Andrew Findlay, “Blue Heaven”
THE GREEN IN GREENVILLE
A City Oasis
City greenspaces are the growing norm, but did you ever think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d find an oasis like this in the heart of downtown? Greenvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famed Liberty Bridge, which resides in Falls Park on the Reedy, just celebrated its 15th anniversary. Supported on only one side by a single suspension cable and two 90-foot tall masts, this one-ofa-kind bridge spans the Reedy River and provides the perfect viewing platform for the picturesque Reedy River Falls and rolling gardens below.
WISH YOU WERE HERE
FURMAN IS THE PLACE TO BE
FOR CULTURE • Theatre arts series • Thompson Art Gallery • Concert series and music performances FOR LIFELONG LEARNING • OLLI courses with Furman professors • Leadership development programs • The Riley Institute’s public speakers FOR GREAT FOOD • The Paddock restaurant • Barnes & Noble Café (proudly serving Starbucks) • Maru Sushi, Grinder’s, Chick-Fil-A and Moe’s Southwest Grill at the PalaDen Food Court FOR FAMILY FUN • Picnics on Furman Lake • Division I athletics • Dozens of running/walking trails, including the Swamp Rabbit Trail FO R A L I S T I N G O F E V EN T S A N D AC T I V I T I E S V I S I T FURMAN.EDU/EVENTS FO R AT H L E T I C S S CH ED U L E S V I S I T FURMANPALADINS.COM
THE FURMAN ADVANTAGE guarantees every student an unparalleled education that combines classroom learning with real-world experiences and self-discovery. This integrated four-year pathway, guided by a diverse community of mentors, prepares students for lives of purpose and accelerated career and community impact— demonstrating in concrete terms the value of a Furman education.
GREENVILLE’S UNIVERSIT Y FOR MORE THAN 160 YEARS
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EXPERIENCES Greenville’s Signature Experiences are an evolving and dynamic collection of tours, adventures, and experiences designed to provide an up-close and intimate look at some of the distinctive and engaging aspects of Greenville and the surrounding area. From walking and driving tours to culinary adventures to hiking and paddling expeditions and more—all centered around one of the Southeast’s most remarkable destinations and all led by local experts who bring personal passion, topical expertise, and intimate knowledge of the “stories behind the story” to each and every tour.
GREENVILLE HISTORY TOURS 866.246.2099; greenvillehistorytours.com
• WEST END WALKING TOUR ($12) Journey along Greenville’s illustrious timeline as told by a series of iconic landmarks, including the Liberty Bridge and Huguenot Mill. Sat @ 4:30 pm • HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS & ARCHITECTURE TOUR ($20) Explore Greenville’s diverse residential communities on the North and West sides of the Reedy River and learn how each uniquely contributed to the renaissance of this former textile giant. Tue, Thu & Sun @ 3:30 pm
• AT THE CHEF’S TABLE CULINARY TOUR ($49) Share a carefully curated plate—and a history lesson or two—in the company of Greenville’s top culinary artisans. Tue @ 6:00 pm; Sat @ 1:30 pm • GREENVILLE BBQ TRAIL TOUR ($39) Mustard or vinegar? Take a trip to three of the area’s staple smokehouses and settle the great debate for yourself. Sat @ 10:30 am • GREENVILLE BREAKFAST TOUR ($39) Make the day’s most important meal really count with savory samplings at Biscuit Head, Spoonbread Restaurant, and Le Petit Croissant. Wed & Fri @ 7:30 am
THE BREWERY EXPERIENCE 828.216.1343; thebreweryexperience.com
• HUMP DAY GETAWAY ($59) When it’s time for a middle-of-the-week refresh, visit area breweries and get a taste of what they’re currently offering. Wed: 2:30 – 6:00 pm • AFTERNOON DELIGHT TOUR ($54) Have a free Saturday afternoon? Spend it visiting some of Greenville’s breweries—like Quest, Thomas Creek, and Eighth State Brewing—on this three-stop tour. Sat: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm • TWILIGHT TOUR ($59) Spend your Saturday’s early evening on The Brewery Experience van and enjoy this tour of local breweries, including tastings, guided tours, and more. Sat: 3:30 – 7:00 pm
• DOWNTOWN DRIVING TOUR ($15) Go for a spin around our nationally recognized downtown for an all-encompassing narrative on the city’s storied past and dynamic present. Mon & Wed @ 9:30 and 10:45 am; Tue & Thu @ 2:00 and 4:00 pm
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OTHER EXPERIENCES • BLUE RIDGE WANDERER TOUR ($159) Upstate Blue Ridge Tours, 864.712.0509; upstateblueridgetours.com
Be a Blue Ridge Wanderer. A new all-day luxury extravaganza that covers the Blue Ridge Escarpment, as well as other locations like Clemson, Lake Keowee, and local state parks. Every other Thursday: 8:25 am – 5:15 pm
FOOTHILL FOODIE TOURS
• LUNCH WITH THE ARTIST ($49) Meet some of Greenville’s local artists, learn a little history, and savor the tastes at Larkin’s on the River in this three-hour tour. Wed: 1:00–4:00 pm • THIRSTY THURSDAY TOUR ($65) This tour is all about cocktails and small plates! Work your way through some of Greenville’s highlighted libation locales and make Happy Hour really happy! Thu: 5:00–7:00 pm • VINE, STEIN & SHINE TOUR ($55) Each stop on this tour has a different draw—whether it’s a new cocktail, a beer flight, or a sampling of local moonshines. Top it off with dessert crêpes and you’ll have an evening you’ll never forget! Fri: 5:00–7:00 pm • SATURDAY BREAKFAST TOUR ($45) Mimosas, crêpes, art galleries, and more await you on this special tour that’s designed to start your day off on the right foot. Sat: 9:00–11:00 am • JUST DESSERTS TOUR ($45) It’s all in the name! Take your
afternoon to sample some of the sweetest treats in Greenville, with homemade desserts, French pastries, and more. Sat: 1:00–3:00 pm • CRAFT COCKTAIL TOUR ($65) Cocktail creations and unique appetizers are on the menu with this tour. Travel to four hot spots in Greenville’s West End to gear up for a night on the town! Sat: 4:00–6:00 pm
• HISTORIC WEST END & FALLS PARK – 1.5-Hour ($60) and 2-Hour ($70) Segway Tours of Greenville From the West End through Falls Park on the Reedy, learn more about the city as you explore some of the most scenic areas of downtown Greenville by Segway! 1.5-Hour Tour Daily @ 9:00 & 11:00 am; 1:00, 3:30, & 6:00 pm; 2-Hour Tour Daily @ 3:30 pm • HAUNTED SEGWAY TOUR OF GREENVILLE – 1.5-Hour ($70) This 90-minute tour, given through the month of October, offers a look at some of Greenville’s most haunted and spooky locations—even the depths of the Springwood Cemetery. Daily @ 6:00 pm in October
• CANDLE MAKING EXPERIENCE ($25) Magnolia Scents by Design, 864.520.2511; magnoliascents.com
Want to make your own custom candle? With a master Chandler as your guide, choose your own scents and colors to create something one-of-a-kind in this one-hour experience. Thu & Fri @ 6:00 pm; Sat @ 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm; Sun @ 1:00 pm
• GET ACQUAINTED TOUR ($25) Make Greenville Yours, 864.363.8628; makegreenvilleyours.com
Enjoy a 1.5-hour combined walking and driving tour of downtown Greenville. Get a glimpse into the past as well as the future—and learn the best places to eat and things to do and see. Monday through Saturday @ 9:00 am and 1:00 pm
• THE GORGE ZIPLINE CANOPY TOUR ($97) 828.749.2500, thegorgezipline.com
Adrenaline junkies rejoice! This extreme course (which takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete) is America’s fastest and most furious, stretching 1.25 miles with an 1,100-foot plunge. Daily, generally beginning every hour.
• GREEN RIVER ADVENTURES ($30-$159) 828.749.2800; greenriveradventures.com
Whether your thrill is whitewater kayaking, waterfall rappelling, stand up paddleboarding, or hiking to hidden swimming holes, head into the great outdoors for a variety of experiences with Green River Adventures.
• JOCASSEE LAKE TOURS ($45-$75) 864.280.5501; jocasseelaketours.com
Whether by land or sea, there’s something for everyone on Lake Jocassee’s only naturalist-led hiking, kayaking, and boating tours and excursions. *Dates, times, availability, and prices subject to change at any time.
Interested in taking a quick dip? For those on their way to/from Lake Keowee, make sure to stop by The Scoop Ice Cream Shop, only 35 minutes from downtown Greenville. The Mermaid birthday-cake-flavored milkshake is a sparkly delight, topped with a “mermazing” cupcake, lollipops, edible glitter, rock candy, salt water taffy, whipped cream, sprinkles, and possibly even a seashell or mermaid tail! Other fun FreakShake offerings include Unicorn, Batter Up, Hulk, and Chocolate Junk Yard. Be on the lookout for rotating specialties like Candy Crush and Well-I-Éclair. 108 N. Main St., Six Mile
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THE DESSERT BURGER
CINNAMON ROLLER GIRL
This delightful dame, found only on LTO Burger Bar’s “OMG Shake Your Booty Milkshakes” menu, starts off as a simple vanilla milkshake. However, when you add in a dollop of icing, douse it in spicy pecans, layer on the caramel, and infuse the whole thing with hot cinnamon rolls…this baby’s anything but simple. LTO is constantly offering additional limited-run specialty shakes, particularly around the holidays, so don’t miss out on the frozen festivities whenever you’re in town. 2541 N. Pleasantburg Dr. (Cherrydale Crossings)
Found at the 3-concept, farm-to-table restaurant/ grocery store/butcher shop Fork & Plough, this is not your average burger! Two peanut butter cookies serve as the bun; for the patty, a hunk of cheesecake; the “onions” are made out of funnel cake; raspberry compote substitutes for ketchup; chocolate pudding plays the role of mayo. It sounds a little wild, but tastes a lot amazing! The restaurant is always tweaking their recipes, so expect an interesting creation whenever you order. If you’d rather not eat dessert first, ask Chef Shawn Kelly to whip up whatever you’re craving. 1629 E. North St. (Overbrook Historic District)
Nearly as tall as Cookie Monster himself, this kookie cookie-dough-based milkshake from Grill Marks is complemented by chocolate crack, ice cream, a chocolate chip ice cream sandwich, tons of whipped cream, more cookie crumbles, and a crazy amount of chocolate both inside and out—topped off with yet another chocolate chip cookie. Add their holiday specialty FreakShakes into the mix such as “Let Freedom Freak,” “Freak-aBoo,” and “Oh, Holy Freak” and you’ll have a heck of a celebration. 209 S. Main St. (Downtown); 700 Haywood Rd. (Haywood Mall)
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THERE’S A WHOLE LOT MORE TO THESE A M A Z I N G T R E AT S T H A N MILK AND ICE CREAM. When it comes to desserts that will absolutely blow your mind (or at least bug out your eyeballs), Greenville can more than hold its own. Try one of these FreakShakes – or just plain freaky treats – on for size, because who doesn’t need some crazy (yet delicious) concoctions in their life?!
JUNK FOOD SHAKE
Somebody put a candy shop in a milkshake! If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, Molly & Myles Ice Cream does it up right. This milkshake creation starts with ice cream, adds in sprinkles (the more the merrier), whipped cream, Fruity Pebbles® cereal, a rainbow twist lollipop, at least one Twinkie®, and several other candies. This confection wouldn’t be complete if it wasn’t surrounded by additional sprinkles, and an all-time favorite—Ho-Hos®—chopped up to cover the rim of your cup. There’s a reason the TODAY Show recognized this shop as one of the best! 3225 N. Pleasantburg Dr. (Cherrydale Point) 49
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Southerner WHAT IN THE WORLD IS “Y’ALL” AND “ALL Y’ALL”? To appreciate the word, y’all just need to learn the definition. It’s a proper contraction for “you all“ (keep that apostrophe in the right place), is technically plural, and generally refers to two or three people. However, if you think you just heard someone say “all y’all,” you probably heard right. When speaking to a larger group of people (usually 4 or more), “all y’all” makes the plural form...even more plural. And honestly, y’all—it’s just fun to say!
Strike a Pose! Everyone wants to share the highlights from their favorite getaways, and Greenville is as photogenic as they come! From iconic landmarks to some of our most Insta-friendly locales, these are just a few of the prime places to take a memorable snap!
THE ROOT TREE @ FALLS PARK ON THE REEDY – Nickname: The Medusa Tree…cause why not?
CAESARS HEAD OVERLOOK Caesars Head State Park
THE BELL TOWER Furman University
CANCER SURVIVORS PARK Downtown Greenville
RAVEN CLIFF FALLS @ CAESARS HEAD STATE PARK The Cool Factor: It’s the tallest waterfall in South Carolina!
LIBERTY BRIDGE @ FALLS PARK ON THE REEDY Why Here? This is the pride and joy of downtown and the only one of its kind in the U.S.!
AWESOME MURAL @ THE PAULA RALLIS HOME DÉCOR STORE AT STONE’S POINT For more mural love, just scan the city! With 18 (or more) within walking distance, you’ll have many a backdrop to choose from!
t o S av o r Burger aficionados rejoice! Whether it’s your traditional diner counter staple, a gourmet gastronomic creation, or a multi-level masterpiece, you’ll find a burger to fit any mood and appetite in Greenville. STELLA’S SOUTHERN BRASSERIE
IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT
This Southern-meets-European restaurant is known for its more upscale fare, but tucked alongside signature farm-totable dishes is a burger that deserves its place alongside its tasty menu brethren. De-licious.
This regional brewpub makes their beers in-house and serves up a large menu of elevated American fare. Their beerinspired burger recipes offer a delicious take on the standard sandwich that you won’t want to miss.
OUR PICK: Brasserie Burger – with bacon jam, Gruyère cheese, house-made B&B pickles, and special sauce. 340 Rocky Slope Rd. (Hollingsworth Park Verdae)
OUR PICK: Drunk Monk – Wee Heavy Ale-caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, arugula, rosemary truffle aioli, and Brie cheese. 741 Haywood Rd.
Made fresh from a special blend of Angus beef chuck, short ribs, and brisket, Grill Marks makes one mean burger. You’ll find countless curated menu options, or you can create your own work of art. Just make sure you don’t pass on the white truffle parmesan fries. OUR PICK: Hot Mess – A grilled cheese sandwich between two beef patties, with a grilled hot dog, chili, cheddar, Swiss, and American cheeses, Applewood-smoked bacon, onion straws, a fried pickle, lettuce, and tomato. 209 S. Main St. (Downtown); 700 Haywood Rd. (Haywood Mall)
HARE & FIELD
Serving up refined pub fare in downtown Travelers Rest, a substantial chunk of Hare & Field’s menu is dedicated to burgers. Served on a delicious Swamp Rabbit Brioche, you can also substitute a gluten-free or Bavarian pretzel bun. OUR PICK: The Southern Gentleman – with smoked ham, pimento cheese, and a fried green tomato. 327 S. Main St., Travelers Rest
LTO BURGER BAR
LTO (named after the restaurant shorthand for lettuce, tomato, and onion) serves up a menu of inventively named and topped burgers as well as other bar-type fare. Those seeking non-beef options will enjoy a range of choices including chicken, Mahi-Mahi, and vegetarian patties. OUR PICK: Grateful Garcia – with whipped bleu cheese, mushrooms, bacon, and steak sauce. 2541 N. Pleasantburg Dr. (Cherrydale Crossings)
NORTH WEST GRILL
Every town has a local favorite burger dive, and this is one of our best. North West Grill also serves traditional meat ‘n’ three dishes, but if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path, no-frills burger experience (selected for you by their resident Burgerologist), this is the spot for you. OUR PICK: Pimento Cheeseburger – 1/2-lb, hand-pattied 100% beef, lettuce, tomato, and onion topped with homemade pimento cheese. 13045 Old White Horse Rd., Travelers Rest
If you’re looking to be somewhat adventurous with your burger selection, look no further than Trappe Door, where the limited quantities of their house-ground “Burger of the Day” also mean there’s no menu to refer to, but that you’ll always have something new to try. OUR PICK: Burger of the Day – House-ground beef from filet, ribeye, and short rib come together with a new variety of toppings each and every day. 23 W. Washington St. (Downtown)
The Burger of the Day from Trappe Door, with (in this case) sautéed apples and onions, Edam cheese, smoked pepper bacon, arugula, and white truffle black pepper mayo.
THE BIG SHIFT
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heir reasons for coming to Greenville are as varied as the recipes they prepare. Some came to start restaurants for others, then stayed to open places of their own. Others were looking for a new place to call home, a slightly slower pace, or a better place to raise their families. One came because of Greenville’s well-earned reputation as a cycling destination. No matter the reasons, two things are certain: the big city chefs keep coming, and Greenville’s food scene is better because of it.
ANTHONY GRAY WHERE YOU’LL FIND HIM: Bacon Bros. Public House HOMETOWN: Macon, GA MOVED FROM: Charleston (SC) in 2009 WHY THE MOVE? While working for Chef Frank Lee at Slightly North of Broad in Charleston, Anthony and his wife started thinking about expanding their family. They knew they wanted to live in an area with great schools, so when he was offered the Executive Chef position at the High Cotton restaurants in both Charleston and Greenville, the Grays headed for Greenville. Anthony has since taken his skills to the Eastside’s Bacon Bros. Public House.
JOSH THOMSEN WHERE YOU’LL FIND HIM: Rick Erwin’s Eastside & Saltwater Kitchen HOMETOWN: New York, NY MOVED FROM: Palm Beach (FL) in 2019 WHY THE MOVE? Josh has worked in some of America’s favorite destinations (L.A., Aspen, Berkeley, and Napa Valley) with some of the best chefs in the country, including Joachim Splichal, George Mahaffey, Alicia Waters, and Michael Mina. Thomsen even worked with Head Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Yountville, California, but being a smalltown boy at heart, he wanted to move back to the mountains and a more countrified lifestyle. Josh loves the way Greenville combines a small-town feel with big-city attractions.
GREG MCPHEE WHERE YOU’LL FIND HIM: The Anchorage (James Beard Award Nominee) HOMETOWN: Stamford, CT MOVED FROM: Charleston (SC) in 2013
Dessert by Chef Tania Cienfuegos Harris
WHY THE MOVE? Greg originally moved to Greenville in 1995 when his father bought a business in Greer. After 10 years away, and a few more helping to open Husk Charleston, he and his wife started looking for an opportunity outside of a coastal city. Following an interview in Asheville, the McPhees decided to stop by Greenville on their way home. Before they left town, they’d already decided that Greenville was a place that would work for them professionally, and a place they wanted to call home.
WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER: Kitchen Sync
WHERE YOU’LL FIND HIM: Stella’s Southern Brasserie and Stella’s Southern Bistro
MOVED FROM: San Diego in 2009 WHY THE MOVE? Karin actually moved to Greenville twice, the first time with her family when she was 14. After spending 20 years in California—where exorbitant real estate prices kept home ownership out of reach—she suggested to her husband John that they move back to her former stomping grounds, which she said was already showing signs of becoming a progressive and exciting culinary community.
HOMETOWN: Louisville, KY MOVED FROM: Charleston (SC) in 2006 WHY THE MOVE? Jason was working for the legendary Chef Frank Lee at Slightly North of Broad in Charleston, but left to move to Greenville to open a High Cotton restaurant and work as the Executive Chef. His plan was to stay for a couple of years, then get back to Charleston as fast as he could. But plans change. Like so many before him, Jason fell in love with everything Greenville had to offer. On top of that, opening a new restaurant in Greenville was a lot less expensive than opening one in Charleston. Two successful restaurants later, he’s here to stay.
WHERE YOU’LL FIND HIM: Jianna
WHERE YOU’LL FIND HIM: Rick Erwin’s West End Grille
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA MOVED FROM: Houston in 2013 WHY THE MOVE? Cycling! Michael cycles more than 180 days a year and has traveled all over the world to ride. As a guest chef at the euphoria festival in 2010, he fell in love with the exceptional cycling amenities and the thriving cycling community here in Greenville. Not long after his visit, he reached a deal with Table 301 Dining Group’s Carl Sobocinski to relocate from Houston (where he was working as the Executive Chef at Voice Restaurant) and ultimately open Jianna. Prior to that, Kramer was the Executive Chef at the award-winning McCrady’s in Charleston, SC.
HOMETOWN: Wherever he lays his head at night (he was an Air Force brat growing up) MOVED FROM: Washington, D.C. in 2018 WHY THE MOVE? After working in Chicago, Phoenix, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C., Scott was looking for a more relaxed pace of life while still working in a steakhouse. Rick Erwin’s growing reputation and commitment to quality made his decision to come to Greenville easy.
TANIA CIENFUEGOS HARRIS
WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER: The Lazy Goat
WHERE YOU’LL FIND HIM: Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood
HOMETOWN: Mexico City, Mexico
HOMETOWN: San Francisco, CA
MOVED FROM: Grapevine (TX) in 2010 WHY THE MOVE? While working in Texas after culinary school, a colleague spoke often—and fondly—about Greenville and the Upstate. When Tania finally visited, she couldn’t believe how “green” it really was. Downtown was starting to boom and the food scene was starting to get noticed on a national scale. Since she arrived, the city’s culinary reputation and her love of Greenville have only grown stronger. So much so, that Tania was named a South Carolina Chef Ambassader for 2019.
MOVED FROM: San Francisco in 2019 WHY THE MOVE? During his culinary career in San Francisco, Tony worked with chefs including George Morrone of Aqua and Fifth Floor, Mark Franz of Farallon, and Michael Mina at Michael Mina Signature Restaurant. But when he and his family started looking for a new home with a “little city and country feel,” Greenville jumped to the top of the list. 53
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HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, PA
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CRAVING CRAFT BEER?
The preferred place to drink it is at the source. With over a dozen breweries in the area—and more on the way—it’ll take more than a day to sample them all. Begin south of downtown at Thomas Creek Brewery, the city’s first (opened in 1998) and largest brewery. Here you can taste their two flagships, River Falls Red Ale and Trifecta IPA as well as purchase home-brewing supplies. From there, drop into Shoeless Brewing Co. | Grapes & Grains to develop your own custom brew, and stock up on all the supplies to make your own at home. Then hop on I-85 North to
Brewery 85, which hosts the Toasty Farmer (a winter farmer’s market) on Saturdays in winter, and Sunday afternoon concerts in summer. While you’re in East Greenville, check out the limited-edition seasonal brews at Quest Brewing Co. near the Greenville Downtown Airport. Nearby on Haywood Road, taste test Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant by pairing their beers with delectable bites from the restaurant. Then head north to 13 Stripes Brewery, which is located in the historic Taylors Mill; 13 Stripes embraces a Revolutionary War-theme with the likes of Nathan Hale Pale Ale and Not My King Lager. As you round
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Looking for more spots to settle back with a brew? Check out these local taprooms, where you can grab a drink and take some home, too:
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Liability Brewing Co. Brewers here use specialty malts from the Carolinas to craft their products. Head west for the next stop on your tour to Birds Fly South Ale Project in Hampton Station, a 100-year-old former cotton warehouse. The owners brew up to three new beers a week, all in a style they call “Progressively Old School.” While you’re there, grab a taco from the shop next door and hang out on the lawn; play a friendly game of cornhole while you relax. The final stop lies about 8 miles north in Travelers Rest just off the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, where the Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom welcomes cyclists and drivers alike. Try the coriander-infused Belgian-style White Ale, a best-seller. Remember to pace yourself and use a designated driver, or better yet, call Uber or Lyft for a ride. Taking one of Greenville’s beer tours led by a Certified Cicerone® with The Brewery Experience is another great way to raise a glass to Greenville’s burgeoning craft beer scene (plus, they do all the driving!). Keep in mind, though, the Greenville beer scene is still growing! Other breweries in the works include the Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery, Double Stamp Brewery, Nautic Brewing, and Think Tank Brew Lab. Be sure to check them out as soon as they open!
out your day, make sure to visit the brandnew Southern Growl Beer Company Brewery, where you can combine one of 60 beers on tap with a master menu. Finally, end the day at Blue Ridge Brewing Co. in Greer, where a frosty brew goes down well with the offerings of snacks, barbecue, and sandwiches. Take a second day to explore the breweries in and around downtown Greenville. To get started, head to Augusta Street to The Eighth State Brewing Company. In addition to beer on tap, the menu includes light fare, wine, and cocktails. Back in the car, head over to Fireforge Crafted Beer and Yee-Haw Brewing Company, located within three walkable blocks of each other. In the Fireforge taproom, choices range from the kick of Perlin Ghost Pepper Pale Ale to Implicit Bias Belgian Blonde, made with local wildflower honey. Yee-Haw’s classic styles include the award-winning European-style Dunkel, while a courtyard of outdoor games adds to the fun. From there, it’s a short drive north on Main Street to Stone Avenue where Tetrad Brewing Co. officially opened its doors in September 2019. Regularly frequented by food trucks, this laid-back brewery is the perfect venue at which to taste test artisanal ales and lagers. Just over a half-mile away but still on the same street, the Westone development houses
Barley’s Greenville – A local favorite, this downtown staple offers 72 craft beers on tap, over 200 bottled brands, a full menu, and table games. 25 W. Washington St. The Community Tap – Both craft beer and wine are available for sale at the beloved Stone’s Point hangout. 217 Wade Hampton Blvd. Grateful Brew – With the “best beer selection on the south side of Greenville,” this coffee-shop-andbar offers the best of both worlds. 501 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Greenville Beer Exchange – Sample away while you browse the brews at this downtown bottle shop and taproom. 7 S. Laurens St., Ste A. Growler Haus – A menu of “Haus Bites” accompanies your brew of choice in the Village of West Greenville. 12 Lois Ave. The HabiTap – You’ll get hooked on this new addition to the beer scene when you discover its extensive selection on draft paired with upscale pub fare. 1325 Miller Rd. Piney Mountain Bike Lounge – Pedal to the full-service bike shop and craft beer lounge (complete with pump track!) at the base of Paris Mountain. 20 Piney Mountain Rd. The Whale GVL – This craft beer collective recently made a splash in Greenville, claiming the “best beers under one roof.” 1108 S. Main St., Ste. 116.
Yee-Haw Brewing Company
Which Craft Taproom – Beers on tap in this almost-magical East Greenville pub hail from across the country. 2131 Woodruff Rd., Ste. 1500. 55
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Korie Lee Blossey (Genie). Aladdin North American Tour. Photo by Deen van Meer
The nationally recognized Peace Center is the region’s hub for art, culture, entertainment, and education. From celebrated Broadway tours and musicians to dynamic dance companies and comedians to enriching master classes and workshops, there’s an incredible experience waiting for you! The nationally recognized Peace Center is the region’s hub for art,
Korie Lee Blossey (Genie). Aladdin North American Tour. Photo by Deen van Meer Korie Lee Blossey (Genie). Aladdin North American Tour. Photo by Deen van Meer
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Performing Arts Trail
WHEN IT COMES TO THE ARTS, Greenville boasts a
vibrant scene encompassing both the performing and visual arts. If you start in Greenville’s Historic West End, you can catch cuttingedge plays in a converted textile warehouse at The Warehouse Theatre, which also hosts opera, operetta, and musical theater by the GLOW Lyric Theatre vocal-arts company. In summer, you can head instead to Falls Park on the Reedy, where the Warehouse puts on the free outdoor Upstate Shakespeare
Festival. Soon to be open nearby the Warehouse is the permanent home of the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, a brand-new 36,000-sq.-ft. facility, also on Augusta Street. The new facility plans to start hosting productions there in July 2020. From those spots, head over to the star of the downtown performing-arts venues, the Peace Center. This recently renovated showplace hosts resident companies including the Greenville Symphony Orchestra,
the International Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and the South Carolina Children’s Theatre (at the Center’s Gunter Theatre until mid-2020), as well as a full schedule of concerts and touring Broadway shows. Just a block or two away, Centre Stage presents a year-round slate of regional productions as well as art exhibits and other public programs, while the Greenville Theatre— the area’s oldest and largest locally producing theater—stages professionally produced musicals, mysteries, comedies, and dramas in its home on Heritage Green, just a few blocks off Main Street. Right next door to the theater is the Carolina Music Museum (soon to be The Sigal Music Museum), which regularly hosts concert pianists, violinists, and other musical trios
and quartets. Just down the street, you’ll find national acts such as Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, and Disney on Ice perform at the 15,000-seat Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Next, make your way toward The Logos Theatre in Taylors, which brings the Bible to life in productions that support their youth ministry. As you consider all the performing arts venues that Greenville has to offer, don’t forget: You can find many more concerts, plays, and art exhibitions at local universities—Furman University, Bob Jones University, and North Greenville University events welcome the public, as does the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. 57
ALL THE BIG NAMES ARE HERE.
Named one of South Carolina’s “10 Best Attractions,” by USA TODAY 10Best and as one of the Top Three Things to Do in Greenville by U.S. News & World Report Travel, the Greenville County Museum of Art is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by renowned American artist Andrew Wyeth.
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When you visit the GCMA, you’ll discover a carefully curated selection of American art, including one of the world’s best institutional collections of works by America’s most acclaimed living artist, Jasper Johns. The museum’s unrivaled Southern Collection highlights a collection of clay vessels created by the enslaved potter David Drake; a selection of sculpture by South Carolina artist Grainger McKoy; and one of the largest collections of paintings by William H. Johnson outside the Smithsonian. And admission is always free! Learn more at gcma.org.
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WHAT A SIGHT Visual Arts Trail
AS IMPRESSIVE AS OUR PERFORMING ARTS SCENE IS, we think
you’ll be equally impressed by the countless and inspiring visual arts displays you’ll find throughout Greenville. Start just off of Wade Hampton Boulevard by checking out the L.E.B. Glass Studio, where for 30 years artist Lou Ellen BeckhamDavis has created, fitted, and restored custom stained-glass works. Then, as you head towards
downtown, you’ll find worldrenowned sacred religious art collections and antiquities at the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University. (Note: The museum is currently closed to the public. While its new home is being built, you can schedule a private tour or see displays on the BJU campus.) At downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green, you’ll find the visual arts represented in a myriad of galleries and museums, with the Greenville
County Museum of Art and its prized collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth foremost among them. For artists’ galleries downtown, make your way to the North Main area to check out the many artists represented through the Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville, then take a short walk south to the Mary Praytor Gallery. Two blocks south of her gallery, take a detour onto Broad and you will arrive at the SE Center for Photography, a rotating 3-gallery photography exhibition. Back on Main Street, just travel a few steps further and you’ll see the famed Reedy River, and alongside it, Art Crossing at RiverPlace, where
you can watch and speak with numerous artists working their craft in their respective studios. In the nearby Historic West End, visit the gallery run by the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC), which sponsors community art programs including monthly First Fridays and Open Studios in November. To round out your trip, take a short drive to the Village of West Greenville where you won’t want to miss the current show at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, and drop in on the nine artists’ studios and galleries lining Pendleton Avenue and the surrounding blocks. 59
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downtown Greenville, where you’ll discover a cache of upscale boutiques to satisfy that shopping itch. Rev up your wardrobe at the north end of Main Street at J. Britt, a locally owned women’s boutique that stocks trending brands from around the world. Then go south on Main to Traveling Chic Boutique, for contemporary styles in lightweight, packable fabrics. Across the street, Dress Up offers an ever-changing inventory of easy-to-wear clothing at surprisingly
affordable prices. Just before you reach Washington Street, don’t miss the elegant selection of career-oriented apparel and bespoke evening attire at the Coleman Collection. Continue south another block to McBee Avenue, turn left and walk about a half-block to check out East Hill Boutique for the latest casual-chic looks curated by a mother-daughter duo. Four blocks further south on Main Street, in the West End, Beija-Flor promises the perfect pair of figureflattering jeans. Continue south and follow Augusta Street as it branches off
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from Main; on the left, you’ll find vibrant Southerninspired style for every season at Cocobella Boutique. On the same side, just past University Street, shop for a new look—from sophisticated Shoshanna dresses to jaunty Lavender Brown jumpers—at Monkee’s of the West End. Inside the adjacent hot-pink door, Pink Bee is your headquarters for all things Lily Pulitzer. Cross Augusta and turn back toward Main Street to Augusta Twenty, which boasts exclusive regional rights to the two-dozen or so designers they carry. Next door, browse the racks at Copper Penny for Nic + Zoe, Jack, and Lilla P, among other lines. Leave Copper Penny through the Main Street entrance and turn left to dive into a rainbow of swimwear at Splash on Main. When you exit, turn right and cross the street to Custard Boutique, where you’ll want to pick up one of the adorable eco-friendly dresses printed with reproductions of contemporary artwork. To reach the last must-see shop, you’ll need your car. End your shopping adventure west of downtown on Pendleton Street in the artsy Village of West Greenville, and round out your wardrobe with edgy garb designed to appeal to your inner rock star at RockerBelles. Dressed to the nines or casual, yet trendy—whatever your style, you’ll find it here!
4 THE WORLD COMES 1
How a small parcel of Native American land grew to be the 4thfastest growing area in the nation 3
IN THE BEGINNING Prior to its settlement, the Upstate of South Carolina served as hunting grounds for the Cherokee Indians. When Richard Pearis first saw the lush lands, he decided to stake his claim, becoming Greenville’s first settler and building his home near what is now Main Street, near E. Court Street. Pearis himself is long gone, of course, but his legacy endures; Paris Mountain State Park was named in his honor.
The booming reputation of Greenville and its business-friendly climate spread, and global corporations began scouting the area for their own expansions. In 1968, GE Power was the first to move into the area, followed quickly by Michelin’s North American headquarters in 1985, and BMW Manufacturing in 1994. This global influx resulted in the Upstate region becoming (and remaining) the area with the most foreign investment per capita in the entire U.S.
THE TRANSFORMATION In the mid-1970s, a plan put forward by local business leader Tommy Wyche ignited the transformation of downtown Greenville. The plan was forward thinking and far reaching, starting with Main Street, Heritage Green and RiverPlace, while also protecting natural resources like the Jocassee Gorges, Table Rock, and the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. In conjunction with other area leaders Buck Mickel and Mayor Max Heller, the area began to change and grow.
2 WEAVING A NEW FABRIC Early in Greenville’s settlement, businessman Vardry McBee constructed gristmills along the Reedy River and brought cotton manufacturing to the area. While the area was already known for its carriage making, that status was eclipsed by its reputation as the “Textile Capital of the World” in the early 1900s.
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In 2002, the Reedy River Master Plan recommended removing the four-lane highway crossing Reedy River Falls, creating grand views of Falls Park on the Reedy from the Liberty Bridge. Historic elements were also revived, including the Wyche Pavilion. Currently an open-air event venue, the Pavilion originally served as the paint shop for H.C. Markley’s Greenville Carriage Factory before becoming the home of Southern staple Duke’s Mayonnaise. These changes, along with countless others, helped make Greenville what it is today.
The Bridges of Greenville County I N S TA N T
You don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind beauty–it’s been associated with Greenville since its completion in 2004. Recipient of countless architecture and design awards, this soaring 345-foot suspension bridge spans Reedy River Falls and offers pedestrians an unobstructed, panoramic view of picturesque Falls Park below.
EUGENIA DUKE BRIDGE
LOCATION: Downtown Greenville Named for one of Greenville’s earliest female entrepreneurs (and the founder of Duke’s Mayonnaise), this green, wood-treaded footbridge was built just after the Peace Center completed construction in 1990. The footbridge crosses the Reedy River just upstream from the falls, connecting Art Crossing at RiverPlace and the Peace Center complex.
CAMPBELL’S COVERED BRIDGE LOCATION: Landrum, SC
Take a quick trip north, and you’ll find the last remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. Built in 1909, this quaint and timeless 38-foot wooden bridge spans Beaverdam Creek. Feel free to explore the park surrounding this red-andwhite barnlike icon; you’ll see the remnants of an old grist mill and home site.
LOCATION: Landrum, SC Constructed in 1820, the Poinsett Bridge is believed to be the oldest bridge in the entire state. Spanning over Gap Creek to connect Greenville with Asheville, NC, the Gothic arch stone bridge was named for Joel Poinsett, one of Greenville’s most famous historical residents. (And yes, the poinsettia flower was named after him, too!)
WHY DO I GET FUNNY LOOKS WHEN I ASK FOR ICED TEA? Simply put, no Southerner asks for iced tea. Ever. That’s a Northern thing. Here in the South, tea comes in two types: sweet or unsweetened. We like options, and typically the more sugar (or butter or porkfat, when applicable) the better! And honestly, there’s just nothing like a tall glass of cold sweet tea when you’re leaned back in a rocking chair doing some good, old-fashioned porch sittin’. Try it – you’ll see.
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GREENVILLE FOOD: THEN & NOW
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he word is out: Greenville’s culinary culture is bubbling over with creative chefs who are infusing the city with fantastic flavors. In recent
years, Greenville has been heralded for its vibrant dining tableau in publications like Condé Nast Traveler, People, Southern Living, Budget Travel, and Garden & Gun, just to name a few. It wasn’t all that long ago that meatand-three meals were de rigueur at many
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a Greenville restaurant. Things began to change in 1997, when restaurateur Carl Sobocinski opened Soby’s New South Cuisine in a late-19th-century cotton exchange building on South Main Street, signaling the rebirth of fine dining downtown, and soon, the revitalization of Greenville’s Main Street. Other restaurant
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Sandwich Shop, you can still order simple sammies just the same way the company has been making them in Greenville since 1917. Past is prologue at the 1949 soda fountain at The Pickwick and at the venerable Northgate Soda Shop, where you can slurp an oldfashioned ice-cream soda or cool off with a frosty hand-spun milkshake. In the world of Greenville’s restaurant scene, it’s still true that age is just a number. Whether your tastes send you into one of our newest restaurants or have you craving the tastes of decades ago, Greenville has you covered.
Greenville isn’t exactly a surfside town, but our relatively close proximity to the coast means you can still enjoy all the flavors of the sea, fresh off the boat! If you’re looking for a fine dining experience with a coastal flair, the first place on your list should be Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood. Set in the heart of downtown, Nantucket boasts great views, a warm atmosphere, a menu packed with fresh seafood, and a huge selection of wines to pair. Can’t decide what to try first? Start with the Shellfish Tower—a mouthwatering selection that’s perfect for sharing. The latest addition to the Rick Erwin Dining Group, Saltwater Kitchen, offers a casual dining experience with a fresh, approachable seafood menu — and seafaring surprises like dinner appetizers in a tackle box! Set sail for Haywood Mall to try this new local gem.
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To enjoy a little bit of America’s favorite pastime, head over to Fluor Field at the West End to watch Greenville’s very own minor league Class A-affiliate team of the Boston Red Sox. The Greenville Drive goes head-to-head with other regional teams April through September, offering terrific baseball in a family-friendly atmosphere. While you’re watching the game, be sure to notice that Fluor Field is modeled after Boston’s Fenway Park, complete with our own “Green Monster” in left field (with 100 seats atop it!) and Sweet Caroline sung in the eighth inning.
There’s no better way to celebrate the fall and winter seasons than with some ice—on the rink, that is! Head over to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (games held October through April) to cheer on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits—Greenville’s own professional ECHL team—for their 10th anniversary! Now an NHL-affiliate team of the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers, you won’t want to miss out on action-packed hockey, carrot chucking, and selfies with Stomper!
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In a lot of cities, enjoying a sporting event means battling huge crowds and heaps of traffic. But in Greenville, sports spectators score big with excellent teams, great venues, and memorable experiences—all year round.
If soccer is more your style, head over to Legacy Early College to watch our newest pro team, the Greenville Triumph. Part of USL League One, the Triumph offers an easy way to tap into the ever-expanding fever for fútbol here in the Upstate area, April through September. Coached by John Harkes, a National Soccer Hall of Fame member, former U.S. Men’s National Team player, and competitor in two FIFA World Cups and the 1988 Olympics, the Triumph has top-notch leadership—as well as support—by Harkes and the Reedy River Riot, the Triumph’s biggest fans!
If college sports are more your game, you’ll want to keep an eye on the calendar for college championships like the SoCon Baseball Tournament, SEC and NCAA Basketball Tournaments, and more. And remember…the 2018-19 College Football National Champions, the Clemson Tigers, have home games in the fall that are played only 40 minutes from downtown Greenville! 67
SUGGESTED TRAVEL ITINERARIES
Got 2 Hours? Or 2 Days? Visiting Greenville? Whether you have two hours or two days, are in town for an extended vacay, or just making a quick pit stop, there are lots of fun ways to make the most of every minute you’re in Greenville! 68
QUICK HITS: 2 Hours Start off your morning in Downtown Greenville by dropping into Spill the Beans for a hot flavored latte or coffee and freshly baked treat. Take it on the go and walk down the stone steps just outside the coffee shop to Falls Park on the Reedy, where winding walking trails will lead you through a 32-acre lush oasis of colorful gardens and seasonal foliage. Then make your way across the iconic Liberty Bridge overlooking the river and Reedy River Falls for a spectacular view that’s truly postcard-worthy. Plan your perfect afternoon picnic on the grounds of the Upstate area’s hometown college, Furman University. Just minutes from downtown, the picturesque campus provides an idyllic setting for an al fresco feast featuring a spread of leafy greens, stuffed sandwiches, and cold salads you can pick up and pack from spots like Two Chefs, Caviar & Bananas, or Rick Erwin’s Deli & Market. Hop on the one-and-a-halfmile loop that curves around Furman’s tranquil Swan Lake and past the historic Bell Tower for a post-lunch relaxing walk.
A DAY AWAY: 24 Hours Get your morning going on the right path with a trek along the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, the region’s popular 22-mile greenway. Do things pedestrian-style, or grab a bike rental from a local outfitter to get your adventure movin’. Stop off in Travelers Rest for a hot slice from the purveyor of farm-to-table pies (as well as delicious salads and homemade ice cream), Sidewall Pizza, then pony up to the bar at the Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom for a seasonal pint of home-brewed suds. Calories don’t count when you’re on vacation, right? After you’ve broken a sweat in the morning, reward yourself by scheduling a little afternoon relaxation time at River Falls Spa back in downtown Greenville. With a full menu of luxurious services including facial treatments, massages, nail care and more, this elegant destination has everything you need to unwind and recharge in preparation for another type of therapy—the retail kind! Set your credit card to “shop” and peruse our variety of small business merchants; designer boutiques, old timey mercantiles, toy stores, gourmet marketplaces, unique apparel retailers and more abound on every street corner, offering take-home treasures you won’t find anywhere else. And don’t forget to visit the Mast General Store— it’s full of outdoor gear, South Carolina souvenirs, toys, and kitchen gadgets. The best part is salivating over the 500 different kinds of old-fashioned candies as you walk through an array of fully stocked wooden candy barrels! If you’d rather spend time outdoors than on a massage table, a visit to the Greenville Zoo should be at the top of your list. Wave hello to Autumn & Miles (Masai Giraffes) and their new baby Kellan, and his big sister Kiden; feed the goats in the farm animal zone, or take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the African and Asian regional exhibits. Just keep your eye on Kumar the orangutan; he’s got a reputation as a bit of an escape artist! After working up an appetite, you should be looking for something unique for dinner. Call us biased, but there’s just something about Southern cooking. Book an early dinner table at Roost, Soby’s New South Cuisine, Husk, Sassafras Southern Bistro, or Brick Street Cafe for a classic-meets-contemporary dining experience of distinctly Southern dishes crafted with new-school flair. Wrap things up just in time to catch the curtain at one of Greenville’s downtown performing arts theaters; The Warehouse Theatre, Centre Stage, Greenville Theatre, and the Peace Center are all centrally located and offer an eclectic collection of comedies, dramas, musicals, and Broadway and original plays throughout the year. For those who’d rather spend their nights watching pop flies or hat tricks, when the sun goes down, it’s batter up at the ballpark. Venture over to the West End, grab a hot dog, and take your seat atop our very own “Green Monster” at Fluor Field, where the Greenville Drive line up at the plate April through September. For fall and winter visitors, Greenville’s hometown hockey team—the aptlynamed Swamp Rabbits—hit the ice in October and finish up the season in April. After the game, be sure to grab a beer at The Whale, just a block from the baseball stadium; it’s the perfect way to end your night! 69
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Yes, we know you could easily spend all of your stay enjoying everything downtown Greenville has to offer. But we recommend you venture out of town. Whether you head north to Travelers Rest (which, as you’ll soon find out, has a perfectly fitting name) or travel to the Golden Strip, you’ll be happy you did.
THE OUTLIERS: Day-Long Itineraries for Greenville’s Surrounding Areas
2 Day Escape
DAY 1: Head North
Once a resting spot for people making their way west over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Travelers Rest is once again a destination for travelers. Try biking in via the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail (named one of the country’s best urban trails by Fodor’s Travel) and begin your day by enjoying a cappuccino and a crêpe— savory or sweet—at Tandem Crêperie and Coffeehouse. Sit on the covered outdoor porch and people-watch. After breakfast, meander down Main Street and visit TR’s eclectic mix of boutiques. If fun and casual is your style, try Goose Feathers or The Flop Shop, while the TR Mercantile Company offers locally made treasures from stained glass jewelry, upcycled birdhouses, cutting boards, soaps, and creations from local artisans. Copperhead Mountain Distillery is Travelers Rest’s first legal distillery, so stop in for a bottle of moonshine and get a history lesson from owner John Connelly, who was taught to make whiskey by a third-generation Glassy Mountain moonshiner. If you’re in need of some light entertainment, search out My Sister’s Store for books and more. Other great options are grabbing a treat from Upcountry Provisions Bakery & Bistro or some BBQ from Monkey Wrench Smokehouse and relishing every bite while lounging on their inviting outdoor patios. Outdoor enthusiasts have to make a trip to Sunrift Adventures, the oldest outfitters store in South Carolina, filled with more
kayaks and canoes than you can count. Once you’re in the outdoor spirit, jump back in the car and head northwest for a drive to Jones Gap or Caesars Head State Parks. See waterfalls, go hiking, book a camping expedition, or just take in the beautiful views. As you head southeast back towards town, be sure to visit Campbell’s Covered Bridge, the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina, or the Poinsett Bridge, the oldest bridge in the state. Then it’s time to head to Greer, where you’ll make a stop that is sure to please any car enthusiast. The BMW Zentrum is the secondlargest BMW museum in the world (and the only one in North America). The collection which started as two seven-foot bookcases filled with magazines, VHS tapes, and repair manuals now has over 50,000 artifacts and more than 20 historically significant BMW automobiles. You can also go on a guided factory tour of the 7-million-sq.-ft. BMW Manufacturing Plant, which produces 1,500 cars per day, or drive several different BMWs as you take them for a spin at the BMW Performance Center. The final stop on this journey is Greer Station, a 12-square-block area of historic downtown Greer, where you can try Dellaventura’s Ristorante and Pizza, Great Bay Oyster House, or The Strip Club 104 steakhouse for dinner. For a nightcap at 104, try Chef Jason Clark’s own “Flying Pig” barrel-aged Manhattans.
DAY 2: The Golden Strip
(Mauldin, Simpsonville & Fountain Inn) If you’re like us, you crave coffee, so we’ll start our trip to the Golden Strip with a stop at Crave Coffee for a flavored latte and a blueberry muffin. It will be a great boost for our next stop— Lake Conestee Nature Park, a 400-acre natural oasis just six miles from downtown Greenville. Meander along the park’s 12 miles of trails (six miles paved and one mile of boardwalk), and you may see a deer, beaver, fox, or river otter. If birding is your thing, you’re in the right place. More than 200 bird species have been spotted here and the park is a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area of Global Significance. The fresh air and exercise will work up an appetite, so head to Simpsonville, which was ranked by Family Circle as one of its “10 Best Towns for Families,” for lunch. Stella’s Southern Bistro features coastal Southern cuisine (try the fried green tomato, bacon, and pimento cheese BLT). After lunch, take a self-guided walking tour of the city. You’ll see the downtown clock tower, which has become a symbol of the city, the oldest brick building in town (a historic pharmacy built in 1886), and the Woodside Mill. While downtown, be sure to stop at Mason & Magnolia, a home décor and furniture store that specializes in farmhouse-style
furniture as well as The Front Porch, which also sells antiques. Most importantly, both places will let you channel your inner Joanna Gaines! Fountain Inn is the final stop in the Golden Strip (which by the way, got its moniker after a water line was extended to the city, creating a “golden strip” of potential development on the map of Greenville County). Once you’ve found yourself on downtown Fountain Inn’s charming Main Street, check out Black Tulip, an upscale boutique that evokes memories of intimate, upscale boutiques seen in Paris, London, and Dublin. If a European boutique is not your thing, be sure to bring a bathing suit or change of clothes and cool off at the brand new Fountain Inn Splash Pad. Just down the street, stop in at Sweet Catherine’s Restaurant where you can chill out with Sweet Catherine’s Brownie Experience—an experience you won’t want to miss. If you’re hungry, stop at Bobby’s BBQ, where his awardwinning ‘cue is all 100% oak-wood smoked, or for wood-fired Italian, try Cucina 100. Wash dinner down with a draft from the Growler Haus, while playing trivia, Bingo, board games, or whatever event they’ve got going on when you visit. Whichever direction you head, you can’t go wrong by exploring every nook and cranny of the Upstate! 71
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reenville is a place that’s constantly exceeding expectations. So when it comes to an appreciation of fine wine, you shouldn’t be surprised that we are decidedly well-versed. For a city our size,
Greenville boasts an impressive number of sommeliers. You’ll find about 75 dedicated “working-on-the-restaurant-floor sommeliers” in Greenville County, and there are more than 100 additional service staffers who have earned at least one of the four levels of sommelier certification. Add to that the roughly 150 sommeliers working for wine distributors locally, and that’s a lot of wine knowledge bottled up in our town! For the true connoisseurs of the craft, there are a number ways to enjoy a full vino experience, right here in the Upstate of South Carolina. Many of these venues also offer tastings, small plates, and facility or vineyard tours as well, to expand upon each encounter.
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A small craft winery in the southern Greenville County countryside, City Scape Winery focuses on producing high-quality batches of local, innovative wines. Its dry white muscadine wine was named the “Best Estate-Grown Wine” in the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition, and no visit is complete without saying hello to Pinot, the winery’s resident pot-bellied pig. Victoria Valley Vineyards’ 47-acre site in northern Greenville County was chosen for its elevation and soil structure, which was perfect for growing and producing its popular Vinifera wines. The European flavors and French-style chateau make for a perfect escape and an excursion you’ll never forget. Eagle Mountain Vineyards & Winery’s Director of Winemaking, George Bursick, once produced the #1 wine in the world, as rated by Wine Spectator. In addition to growing grapes on its estate in northern Greenville County, the winery also sources grapes from the finest vineyards in California. Located just north of Travelers Rest, Wellborn Winery was looking for a way to distinguish itself among South Carolina wineries, and it found one. By blending French-American hybrids and native American grapes, it produces a distinctive collection of wines that tastefully articulate the history and nature of the Upstate region’s climate and soil.
What do you get when you pair a seasoned sommelier and an avid wine collector? Wine House, a shop and tasting room on Haywood Road that offers a creative and relaxing environment to savor a glass of wine, sit and enjoy a bottle with friends, or discover a new favorite to take home. At Northampton Wine + Dine, one of downtown Greenville’s mainstays, you can buy wine, drink wine, and get a meal to accompany your wine. And if your selection is unavailable? The knowledgeable staff stands ready to recommend an alternative that may well become your new favorite. SIP Whiskey & Wine Bar offers an unrivaled combination—a lively, fullservice bar with wine by the glass and an impressive view of the center of downtown from its rooftop location overlooking ONE City Plaza. For another unique experience without leaving downtown, head over to Urban Wren Winery. With an inhouse fermenting and aging production (using grapes sent over from Italy), a creatively
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LOCAL CHEESES paired menu, and even a Chef’s Table Experience, you can savor all that this winery has to offer—no vineyard required. The entire premise of The Tasting Room of Travelers Rest is to make artisan wine more accessible and less intimidating. It does so by providing a place where people can not only buy wine (and craft beer), but also learn about it through educational events.
How about some cheese to go with that wine? Located in a former auto body shop in Travelers Rest, Blue Ridge Creamery makes handcrafted cheese from high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Cheesemaker Christian Hansen’s grandfather and greatgrandfather both operated creameries in his native Denmark, so be prepared for something exceptional. Praise from those who have enjoyed their goat cheese for decades should be enough to convince you to visit Split Creek Farm in nearby Anderson. If not, perhaps the fact that this little farm has earned gold medals in multiple national cheese competitions will provide adequate temptation. Happy Cow Creamery in Pelzer is a unique on-the-farm milk bottling operation known for fresh milk gathered directly from its own dairy cows. Its store sells a variety of delicious cheeses, some of which are made from Happy Cow milk! A small raw goat milk dairy in southern Greenville County, Possum Kingdom Kreamery offers a selection of soft Farmstead goat cheeses, kefir, and farm-fresh eggs. Although nobody knows for sure, legend has it the community got its name from hungry Civil War soldiers who found possums to be a plentiful food source. We suspect they would have preferred the cheese!
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With an eclectic and extensive selection of wines by the glass, a wide tasting menu, and the ability to buy any bottle of wine on their shelves at retail prices (with no additional corkage fees or restaurant-level margins), downtown’s Foxcroft Wine Co. takes the risk out of trying something new. When combined with their from-scratch kitchen, Foxcroft offers an ample variety of items to tempt your tastebuds! Sweet Sippin’ is all about local. Located a short drive from Greenville in nearby Simpsonville, Sweet Sippin’ is part-winery, part-brewery, and part-gift shop filled with items crafted by local artisans. Throw in live music and events, and you have a unique and memorable local gem. 78
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The Rooftop Mural Titled simply “Greenville, SC,” this 7,500-square-foot mural is one of the few pieces of city art that can’t be seen from street level. Hand-painted by artist August Vernon over a 3-month period, the rooftop mural is the world’s largest. Located on the roof of Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace, the mural is best viewed from cocktail bar and restaurant, UP on the Roof. The mural shows the bustling activities of downtown’s Falls Park on the Reedy and other notable landmarks, all under the careful eye of its historic leadership (featured on the mural’s iconic Liberty Bridge). From left to right: TIME magazine’s “31 People Who are Changing the South” Mayor Knox White; former Mayor Max Heller, the patron saint of downtown; city visionary Tommy Wyche; business giant and philanthropist Buck Mickel; city advocate and recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, Lila Mae Brock; Falls Park on the Reedy activists and champions Pedrick Lowrey, Harriet Wyche, and Anna Kate Hipp; civil rights pioneer AJ Whittenberg.
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stroll along the urban stretch of the Reedy River, a hike along one of the area’s gorgeous mountain trails that strikes your fancy, or a bike ride over one of our many paths or trails, the Greenville area offers an endless range of options to enjoy what we like to call “the other skyline.” Set on an historic rail bed that in places runs alongside the Reedy River, the 22-mile Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail is one of Greenville’s most popular and accessible recreation options. The paved path bisects Falls Park on the Reedy—Greenville’s downtown oasis of green space, waterfalls,
flowers, and walkways—and winds through Cancer Survivors Park before reaching Cleveland Park, the city’s largest park and home of the 14-acre Greenville Zoo (open year-round). By 2021, the 60-acre Unity Park, just west of downtown, will join the lineup of signature Greenville parks. Paris Mountain State Park, just 10 minutes from downtown Greenville, offers an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Four lakes, a swimming area (complete with kayaks, canoes and pedalboats for rent), playground, 15 miles of hiking and biking trails, and a campground offer
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something for everyone. As you head north towards more state parks, be sure to stop at Marci Jo’s Olde Mountain Store, a quaint local getaway that marks the central point between Jones Gap and Caesars Head State Parks and offers fresh-baked refreshments and more. Then, take a quick stopover at Wildcat Wayside, which offers a short, easy trail hike that begins with a beautiful waterfall view.
Jones Gap State Park in northern Greenville County is home to 60 miles of hiking trails, some of which are along the Middle Saluda River, the state’s first designated Scenic River. Anglers can land a mountain trout, and hikers can enjoy the beauty of early-season wildflowers or an explosion of fall color. Its trails link to Caesars Head State Park, known for its breathtaking panoramic views, waterfalls, and as a prime viewing spot during “Hawk Watch,” the fall migration of thousands of hawks on their way to South America (September through November). Table Rock State Park has several hiking trails, the most popular of which leads to the 3,124-foot summit of Table Rock and its epic vistas. Raven Cliff Falls, located in Caesars Head State Park, is the tallest in South Carolina with its 420-foot drop. It’s part of the Whitewater Falls chain—six falls strung along the North and South Carolina border that serve as Eastern North America’s highest series of falls. Lower Whitewater Falls, which plunges 200 feet in the Jocassee Gorges area, is a mere two-mile hike from the Bad Creek Visitor Center/Hydroelectric Station (operated by Duke Energy). If you start in Jones Gap State Park, you’ll find Rainbow
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No matter where you travel, sometimes leaving behind man’s best friend is simply not an option. So if you want to bring Rover along, feel free! Greenville has a lot of caninefriendly things to do. Noble Dog Hotel is the doggie equivalent of a five-star hotel with raised plush sofa beds in its junior suites. After spending the day playing with their friends at Dog Culture, your four-legged fur baby can enjoy a little R&R with a sleepover on comfy cots or beds—not crates or cages. Unleashed Dog Bar is your dog’s new favorite bar for your happy/his yappy hour and features an off-leash dog park in which both dogs and humans can play and socialize. Further south, Conestee Dog Park is part of the much larger recreational complex at Conestee Nature Preserve, and offers two additional off-leash runs for both small and large dogs. After your dog gets his fill of off-leash play, you can all head next door to Lake Conestee Nature Park’s 400acre wildlife sanctuary offering miles of trails and boardwalks for an exciting on-leash walk. Brewery 85 hosts a monthly Yappy Hour on the fourth Sunday of the month. If that doesn’t fit your schedule, try the one at NOMA Square, one of the largest public plazas in downtown Greenville, on every second Wednesday, March through November. Shopping opportunities abound for Fido, too. How about all-natural treats at The Barkery Bistro; a locally made, custom ribbon-faced collar at Paw Paws USA; and maybe a quick bath at Paws & Claws’ DIY dog wash? Fluffed and fed, your bestie will be happy to know that lots of other downtown shops and restaurants (with outdoor patios) are dog-friendly, too, with many local business owners even providing water bowls outside of their shops specifically to keep them well-hydrated and happy.
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Please don’t take offense to our politeness! For a true Southerner, it’s just the right and proper way to address someone, and it’s used with both respect and sincerity. In a less formal setting, you may also be affectionately called “honey,” “sugar” (or shug), “darlin‘,” “sweetie” or “doll.” These terms of endearment are just meant to put you at ease and make you feel at home— which is another Southern tradition unto itself.
Falls after a robust 2.4-mile hike—a stunning cascade that’s well worth the effort it takes to get there. Head west and you’ll find Devils Fork State Park, which provides public access to Lake Jocassee’s 75-mile pristine shoreline and more than a half dozen waterfalls. Scuba divers can explore the now-submerged Mount Carmel Baptist Church cemetery, featured in the movie Deliverance before the lake was made. Lake Jocassee is part of the Jocassee Gorges, among “50 of the World’s Last Great Places – Destinations of a Lifetime” by National Geographic. Covering 18,500-acres, Lake Keowee is a boater’s paradise with wide, winding channels and 71 small islands. Jumping Rock, a 30-foot boulder where boaters gather to float, swim, and watch the daring jump into the crystalblue waters, and Waterfall Cove, where boats form a flotilla near a towering waterfall, are must-sees. Lake Hartwell, one of the mostvisited Corps of Engineers’ projects in the United States, boasts nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline. You’ll find boats of every kind, including fast-running bass boats when the Bassmaster Classic comes to town.
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Didn’t have room for that bike or SUP in your suitcase? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Take a Spin
If you want to take a spin around Greenville or along the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, bike rental options include Reedy Rides, Bike the Rabbit, Swamp Rabbit Bike Shoppe, Sunshine Cycle Shop (mountain bikes only), and TREK Bicycle Store. For a more pedestrian roll through town, Greenville B-Cycle, Greenville’s bikeshare program, has 10 stations located throughout downtown.
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If you’re looking for a little more adventure in your trip, there are plenty of options that provide a higher dose of adrenaline for rent. Sunrift Adventures in Travelers Rest rents kayaks, canoes, SUPs, boat trailers, tents, and backpacks while you’re on the way to the lakes or hitting up the trail; Half-Moon Outfitters (in its brand new location on Stone Avenue) can provide everything from paddleboards to kayaks, one-wheel boards, and electric skateboards.
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Looking for something with a little more horsepower? Check out Jocassee Outdoor Center to rent pontoons, deck boats, and ski boats to utilize on Lake Jocassee or Lake Keowee. And, if you want to let somebody else steer, check out Jocassee Lake Tours for a navigation-free experience. (They also offer kayak rentals, should you choose to paddle your own oar!)
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With a colorful array of vibrant visual and performing virtuosos, amazing culinary experiences, and one-of-a-kind stage acts, it’s no wonder this nationally recognized arts bash is toasting 16 years of Main Street magic! Downtown Greenville; S. Main St. from Court St. to the West End; artisphere.org
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You might not be sailing the high seas, but there are troves of treasure to be won during this DIY boat race. Greenville County Aquatic Complex; 2700 W. Blue Ridge Dr.; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com
MARCH MARCH 3 WORLD WILDLIFE DAY Join Greenville’s local animal kingdom for what is now the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300; greenvillezoo.com
MARCH 4-8 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE (SEC) WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP It’s the best of collegiate sports
Life-sized recreations of artistic masterpieces come to life as the Living Gallery brings timeless works of art into incredible view, with passionate instrumentals, actor portrayals, and stunning imagery. Bob Jones University; 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.; 864.770.1372; livinggallery.bju.edu
Who doesn’t love a good game of pickleball? This two-day event will be open to all adults who love the game, and even those who want to learn. Butler Springs Park; 301 Butler Springs Rd.; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com
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APRIL 9-11 LIVING GALLERY 2020: “A NEW CREATION”
APRIL 10-11 SPRING SMASH PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT
Local fare, special menus, and selections galore make this 10day, Southern-style journey the perfect way to beat the winter blues. Various South Carolina Restaurants; 803.765.9000; restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com
Take a journey back in time as the former president mounts his bully pulpit to share stories that reinvented American politics. Various Locations; 864.244.1499; historycomesalive.org
cultural festival—and we’re not just talking about the matzo balls. Temple of Israel; 400 Spring Forest Rd.; 864.292.1782; templeofisrael.org/shalomfest
when this post-season basketball tournament comes to town! Bring along a friend for a game that is sure to be fun for athletes and fans alike. Bon Secours Wellness Arena; 650 N. Academy St.; 864.241.3800; secsports.com/ championship/womens-basketball
MARCH ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & IRISH FESTIVAL With a little luck (and a lot of green beer) you, too, can be Irish for a day. Sláinte! NOMA Square; 220 N. Main St.; 864.248.1568; nomasquare.com
MARCH 15 RETURN TO THE GREEN IRISH CULTURAL FESTIVAL Even if green’s not really your color, you’ll want to get in on all the (free!) fun at Greenville’s longest-running Celtic celebration. Fluor Field at the West End; 945 S. Main St.; 864.525.8319; returntothegreen. wordpress.com
MARCH 27-30 NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S REGIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Catch the big game and the next generation of basketball champions when the 2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Regional Basketball Tournament comes to Greenville, South Carolina! Bon Secours Wellness Arena; 650 N. Academy St.; 864.241.3800; ncaa.com/sports/ basketball-women/d1
APRIL APRIL 4 iMAGINE UPSTATE FUELED BY SCANSOURCE Ready to let off a little STEAM? Just add 10 days, 70 STEAM organizations, innovative exhibits, entertaining showcases, and interactive learning demonstrations for the perfect formula! Main St., Downtown Greenville; 864.386.3498; imagineupstate.org
APRIL 5 SHALOMFEST There’s a latke fun waiting for you at the region’s only Jewish
There’s April showers…and April Skunk. This springtime local staple rocks hard with artisan crafters, diverse musical talent, and yep, even some camping. 4063 Jordan Rd., Greer; 864.416.4515; albinoskunk.com
APRIL 18 PARTY FOR THE PLANET It’s time for some hands-on conservation! Join the fun with hands-on activities at stations throughout the zoo, with ideas on how to make our world a better place to live. Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300; greenvillezoo.com
MAY MAY 2 STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL & COUNTRY FAIR Darling of many a Southern dessert, the strawberry now has its own festival! You won’t want to miss this event— jam-packed with live performances, crafts, and berry good eats. Slater Hall; 5 Whitney St., Slater; upstatestrawberryfestival. com
of knowledge about Greenville’s Orthodox community, the Greek festival will have you saying “opa”! St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral; Elford & Townes Sts.; 864.233.8531; greekforaday.com
MAY 2 REEDY RIVER DUCK DERBY You’re not quack-ing up, Those are thousands of yellow rubber duckies racing down the Reedy River! First to the finish line wins the grand prize! Falls Park on the Reedy; 601 S. Main St.; 864.420.1052; reedyriverduckderby.com
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MAY 1-2 PELHAM MEDICAL CENTER GREER FAMILY FEST This two-day festival offers everything you need for family fun! From the ever-so-popular KidsZone, to Restaurant Row, and a chock-full entertainment lineup, it’s a weekend the whole family can enjoy. Downtown Greer; 864.877.3131; greerchamber.com/greer-family-fest
MAY 19-24 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY HOLSTON GASES Diamond days are here again! This six-day, NCAA tournament delivers the Southern Conference’s best baseball teams to the local minor league field. Fluor Field at the West End; 945 S. Main St.; soconsports.com
MAY 9 ZOOM THROUGH THE ZOO 5K Ready…Set…Zoom! Enjoy a 5K race, music, snacks, awards, and a free trip through the zoo in this fundraiser for the Greenville Zoo, presented by the Greenville Zoo Foundation. Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300; greenvillezoo.com
MAY 21-AUGUST 2 UPSTATE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
MAY 14-17 THE GREEK FESTIVAL
Even the Bard himself would give a standing ovation to these al fresco performances. Straight from the Globe Theatre to Falls
Come for the baklava; stay for the folk dancing! With great food, a unique marketplace, and nuggets
Reedy River Duck Derby Park, the Upstate Shakespeare Festival provides hours of free entertainment to all who attend. Falls Park on the Reedy; 601 S. Main St.; 864.235.6948; warehousetheatre.com/season/ upstate-shakespeare-festival
Edison, Nikola Tesla, Hedy Lamarr and Rosa Parks, take the stage to share their stories that shaped history forever. Various Locations; 864.244.1499; historycomesalive.org
MAY 29 BREW IN THE ZOO
JUNE 12-14 30 HOUR COMEDY MARATHON
Humans have opposable thumbs for a reason, right? Get wild and raise a glass of local lager during after hours at the Greenville Zoo. Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300; greenvillezoo.com
JUNE JUNE 12-21 CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL: REINVENTING AMERICA History’s most influential figures, including Ben Franklin, Thomas
The Greenville Comedy Marathon will leave you in stitches! Presented by Alchemy Comedy Theater, the comedy marathon features 30 straight hours (yes, it’s overnight!) of the best in Greenville comedy! Alchemy Comedy Theater at Coffee Underground; 1 E. Coffee St.; 864.256.1467; newsouthcomedy.com
JUNE 18-21 SUMMER ON AUGUSTA The temperature isn’t the only thing heating up! Join this business block party with new friends, a cookout, and a slice of Southern tomato pie. Various Augusta St. Locations; 864.325.6534; onlyonaugusta.com
JULY JULY 4 WELLS FARGO RED, WHITE & BLUE FESTIVAL Close out your Independence Day with a bang at one of South Carolina’s largest fireworks displays! The Red, White & Blue Festival combines music, food, and a lot of fun for a fourth you’ll never forget. Downtown Greenville; S. Main St. from Court St. to Augusta Rd.; events. greenvillesc.gov
MAY 22-23 GALLABRAE—THE GREENVILLE SCOTTISH GAMES Put a little wind in your bagpipes (and under the ol’ tartan) this Memorial Day Weekend! Now celebrating 15 years, the Upstate goes Highlands for two lively days of traditional matches, Celtic tunes, and the Great Scot! parade. Furman University; 3300 Poinsett Hwy.; Downtown Greenville; gallabrae.com
AUGUST 6-16 RESTAURANT WEEK GREENVILLE It’s the perfect time to get away, and our Upstate eateries have you covered. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find special curated
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Ever wonder how many endangered species there are? Find out, and meet our own animal neighbors to learn more about these conservation efforts. Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300; greenvillezoo.com
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SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 4 SIPPIN’ SAFARI It’s a jungle out there, but a glass of wine helps. Uncork an epicurean expedition that includes sips, samples, and zoo strolls. Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300; greenvillezoo.com
SEPTEMBER 12 & 26 WAGGIN’ @ THE WATERPARK Bid farewell to the dog days of summer with a splash, and your own furry best friend. Discovery Island Waterpark & Otter Creek Waterpark; 417 Baldwin Rd., Simpsonville & 101 W. Darby Rd., Greenville; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com
SEPTEMBER 18-19 MAULDIN BBQ COOK-OFF Vinegar veteran? Or staunch mustard supporter? No matter your taste, there’s plenty to pig out on at the best BBQ competition around! Mauldin Cultural Center; 101 E. Butler Rd., Mauldin; 864.335.4862; mauldinbbq.com
SEPTEMBER INDIE CRAFT PARADE This year, independent artists, artisans, and crafters have even more space to show off their wares. From ceramics to jewelry, woodcuts or paper goods, there are a host of unique shopping options. Timmons Arena; 3300 Poinsett Hwy.; indiecraftparade.com
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JUNE 4-7 BMW CHARITY PRO-AM PRESENTED BY SYNNEX CORPORATION Thousands of celeb spotters (and quite a few golf fans) flock to a four-day meeting on the greens, where amateur players tee off with pro partners to raise vital funds for area charities. Thornblade Club; 1275 Thornblade Blvd., Greer; The Cliffs Valley; 50 Knightsridge Rd., Travelers Rest; 864.297.1660; bmwcharitygolf.com
a stinker! Pitch a tent on SkunkFarm and spend the weekend immersed in another round of food truck fare, homespun wares, and eclectic music acts. Skunk on! 4063 Jordan Rd., Greer; 864.416.4515; albinoskunk.com
OCTOBER NOMA SQUARE OKTOBERFEST Don’t get your lederhosen in a twist. We’ve got enough beer steins, bratwurst, and oompah music to go around! NOMA Square; 220 N. Main St.; 864.248.1568; nomasquare.com
OCTOBER 3 AUNT HET FESTIVAL Channeling small-town charm into a full day’s schedule of soap box derbies, car shows, and crafts, the Aunt Het Festival is an experience you won’t soon forget. Main St., Fountain Inn; 864.862.2586; fountaininnchamber.org
OCTOBER 3 GET OUT! GREENVILLE The great outdoors never looked so good! Kick-start your own adventure with athletic demos, recreational exhibitors, games, trail races, and more! Conestee Park; 840 Mauldin Rd.; 864.288.6470; getoutgreenville.com
OCTOBER 9 ARTOBERFEST Shop for a cause! The crafty exchange features artisan food and live music, with a good reason to visit—each purchase you make helps support the Shriners Hospitals. The Grove at Upcountry Provisions; 6809 State Park Rd.; 864.834.8433; upcountryprovisions.com/artoberfest
OCTOBER 12-14 33RD ANNUAL ANTIQUES, FINE ART & DESIGN WEEKEND With 27 dealers from across the country exhibiting the best in antiques, fine and folk art, and design in the Southeast, you won’t want to miss venturing out to the Greenville County Museum of Art for this annual event. Greenville County Museum of Art; 420 College St.; 864.271.7570; gcma.org
OCTOBER 22-24 ENCHANTED FOREST Careful where you step—you’re bound to cross paths with fairytale friends like Shrek, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty while trick-or-treating in these woods! Pavilion Recreation Complex; 400 Scottswood Rd., Taylors; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com
OCTOBER 23-25; OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 1 BOO IN THE ZOO Treat your pint-sized Spider-Man or
mini-mermaid to over 20 stations of the sweet stuff, plus the chance to meet some of their favorite characters! Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300; greenvillezoo.com
OCTOBER EURO AUTO FESTIVAL Is there such a thing as car envy? Rev your motor alongside other vehicular enthusiasts with sleek car shows, industry experts, and more. Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center and the Preserve at Verdae; 670 Verdae Blvd.; 864.802.5300; euroautofestival.com
OCTOBER THE NESS FEST Brace for a crazy holiday season and take a breather, first. NESS Fest encompasses a variety of fitness classes, mindful education, and nutritious food concepts, all for the goal of a healthy lifestyle for all. Fluor Field at the West End; 945 S. Main St.; 864.326.5359; thenessfest.com
OCTOBER HALLOWEEN AT HERITAGE PARK A spooktacular time is in store at this free community event, where bouncy inflatables, games, and goodies await your arrival. Heritage Park; 861 SE. Main St., Simpsonville; 864.963.3781; simpsonvillechamber.com
NOVEMBER 5-14 NEW SOUTH COMEDY FESTIVAL Knock, knock. Who’s there? Nearly 300 masters of sketch, improv, and stand-up comedy ready to tickle your funny bone, that’s who. Alchemy Comedy Theater at Coffee Underground; 1 E. Coffee St.; 864.256.1467; newsouthcomedy.com
NOVEMBER 6-8 REEDY REELS FILM FESTIVAL Roll ’em! Check out Upstate independent filmmakers on the silver screen at the Peace Center, showcasing a collection of animated works, short cuts, and student films. Gunter Theatre; 300 S. Main St.; 864.810.0022; reedyreels.com
NOVEMBER 7-8 ARTISANVILLE Specializing in artisan-made pieces that capture the eye and imagination, Artisanville will have something for everyone in a great two-day exhibition. Greenville Convention Center; 1 Exposition Dr.; 864.915.9994; artisanville.net
NOVEMBER 13-JANUARY 18 UNITED COMMUNITY BANK ICE ON MAIN Grab a piping hot cocoa and hit the ice to show off your most Olympic-worthy moves. Sparkly spandex not required. Village Green, Downtown; 206 S. Main St.; 864.467.4355; iceonmain. com
NOVEMBER 14-15 OPEN STUDIOS See art in action and get a rare glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes when local visual artists invite you into their intimate workspaces. Various Greenville Artists’ Studios; 864.467.3132; greenvillearts.com
OCTOBER 9-11 FALL FOR GREENVILLE ‘Tis the season to be falling— for Greenville, that is. You just can’t beat the Upstate staple’s stacked slate of musicians, gourmet how-to’s, kiddie activities, and a variety of savory cuisine. Downtown Greenville; Main St. from North St. to Augusta Rd.; fallforgreenville.net
NOVEMBER GREENVILLE CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Get an education in ale and tastings on tap! Kegs from across the country will be on tap for your tasting pleasure at Fluor Field, in addition to live music and a lot more. Fluor Field at the West End; 945 S. Main St.; greenvillecraftbeerfestival.com
DECEMBER DECEMBER 1-31 BON SECOURS FESTIVAL OF TREES
Dig into the South’s premier celebration of all things edible. With the help of esteemed cuisiniers, skilled sommeliers, crafted tastings, and guest musicians, this ultimate foodie weekend will satisfy each of your five senses.
With a little holly and whole lot of jolly, Upstate organizations and businesses vie for the title of best-dressed evergreen at four downtown lodging establishments in this Upstate holiday staple. Select Downtown Greenville Hotels; 864.255.1040; stfrancisfoundation. com/events/festivaloftrees.aspx
Various Greenville Locations; euphoriagreenville.com; 864.233.5663
DECEMBER 4 NIGHT OF LIGHTS
SEPTEMBER 17-20 EUPHORIA FOOD WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Count down with Mayor White as he lights the official Greenville Christmas tree and surrounding plaza décor. This exciting event includes food trucks and vendors, live music, and a special visit from the man himself—Santa Claus. Downtown Greenville; Main St. at Court St.; events.greenvillesc.gov
DECEMBER 4-6 CHRISTMAS AT THE CITY OF GREER A traditional tree-lighting ceremony kicks off one merry weekend, which also features breakfast with Santa, and a downtown parade. Downtown Greer; 864.968.7004; cityofgreer.org
DECEMBER 5 SAFARI SANTA It’s not just the animals at the North Pole who love a little holiday celebration! Grab some milk and cookies, and visit with
St. Nick as he checks on the local menagerie at the zoo. The Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467-4300; greenvillezoo.com
DECEMBER 5 POINSETTIA CHRISTMAS PARADE Jump-start the good ol’ fashioned family Christmas with these decked-out floats, marching bands, and other yuletide fun. Downtown Greenville; Main St. from Augusta Rd. to Washington St.; events.greenvillesc.gov
DECEMBER THE VERY MERRY LOCAL CHRISTMAS MARKET AT TRAILBLAZER PARK Give those hardworking elves a break! Shop local for unique gifts crafted by regional blacksmiths, potters, candlemakers, jewelers, and more. Trailblazer Park; 235 Trailblazer Dr., Travelers Rest; 864.834.7958; trailblazerpark.com
DECEMBER INDIE CRAFT PARADE HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP Forget the whole making-a-list thing. This temporary retail popup has all the handmade gifts you need to spread some cheer! indiecraftparade.com
DECEMBER HOLIDAY FAIR With something for everyone, and every situation. Whether you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer or just trimming the tree, you’re covered at this award-winning holiday fair. Greenville Convention Center; 1 Exposition Dr.; 864.233.2562; holidayfairgreenville. com
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WEEKLY EVENTS WEDNESDAYS MAY 6-27 & SEPTEMBER 2-30 FIDELITY INVESTMENTS MOONLIGHT MOVIES A picnic basket and a shareable blanket is all you need to cozy up under the stars during downtown’s seasonal film screenings. Falls Park on the Reedy; 601 S. Main St.; events. greenvillesc.gov
THURSDAYS MARCH 19-AUGUST 27 PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS DOWNTOWN ALIVE It’s not quite the weekend yet, but who’s counting? Catch local bands and more than 45,000 fans (anually) at the Metropolitan Arts Council’s weekly Thursday music festival. NOMA Square; 220 N. Main St.; events.greenvillesc.gov
MAY 28-AUGUST 6
What summer slump? A serene lakeside amphitheater sets the scene for enjoying a plethora of contemporary, jazz, bluegrass, and Broadway tunes in the summertime twilight. Furman University; 3300 Poinsett Hwy.; 864.294.2086; furman.edu/ summermusic
MARCH 20-SEPTEMBER 25
MAY 2-OCTOBER 31 (EXCLUDING OCTOBER 10)
FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
BLUEGRASS & HARVEST MARKET Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to enjoy this farmers market and food truck fare, arts, crafts, and bluegrass music in an open-air amphitheater, every Thursday in October. Trailblazer Park; 235 Trailblazer Dr., Travelers Rest; trailblazerpark.com/bluegrassand-harvest-market
GREENVILLE HERITAGE MAIN STREET FRIDAYS No Friday is complete without a few beer trucks, rockin’ musical performances, and a play zone to keep the little ones busy. NOMA Square; 220 N. Main St.; events.greenvillesc.gov
TD SATURDAY MARKET Rise and shine! The early bird always gets the best deals on fresh, organic produce, baked delicacies, dairy products, and other goods. Downtown Greenville; S. Main St. from Washington St. to Court St.; saturdaymarketlive.com
FIRST FRIDAYS Walk, crawl, and stroll your way through a number of galleries and studio spaces for an authentic regional arts experience. Open Houses at Area Artists’ Studios and Galleries; 864.325.4445; firstfridaysgreenville.com
TD Saturday Market
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BMW PERFORMANCE CENTER
Get your thrills on a challenging race course—or rough terrain—by pushing the envelope sliding, cornering, braking, and doing timed laps with professional instructors in a sporty BMW model. • 1155 Hwy. 101 S., Greer; 888.345.4269; bmwperformancecenter.com
CRAFT AXE THROWING
Looking for a new way to challenge yourself? Sign up for an axe-throwing session at this Hampton Station venue, where hitting the bullseye (and winning against your friends) is not as easy as it looks. • 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext., Suite 5A; 864.301.6032; craftaxethrowing.com/us/sc/greenville
ESCAPE ARTIST GREENVILLE
Choose your scenario and challenge yourself and your friends—or colleagues—to a thrilling adventure. You only have an hour to find the clues, solve the puzzle, and escape. • 209 E. Stone Ave.; 864.509.9305; escapeartistgreenville.com
FALLS PARK ON THE REEDY
Inviting pathways, including the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, lace this 32-acre awardwinning green space, which is Greenville’s favorite place to play. The Reedy River Falls tumble beneath the stunning Liberty Bridge. • 601 S. Main St.; 864.467.4355; fallspark.com
FRANKIE’S FUN PARK
Providing fun for the entire family, Frankie’s Fun Park covers more than 14 acres with go-kart tracks, miniature golf courses, bumper boats, batting cages, laser tag, and arcade games galore. When hunger strikes, Johnny Rockets is located on-site. • 45 Park Woodruff Dr.; 864.627.9888; frankiesfunpark.com/greenville
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Greenville Zoo encompasses 14 acres and some 80 species of animals within downtown’s Cleveland Park. Favorite residents include a group of Masai giraffes. • 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300; greenvillezoo.com
LEMANS HI-SPEED INDOOR KARTING
Ready to race for real? LeMans offers the newest and largest indoor go-kart track in the Upstate area! (Did we mention the karts are FAST?!) Conveniently located near BMW Mfg. (I-85, Exit 60), LeMans is perfect for off-site meetings, private parties, and walk-in racing. Ages 8 and up. • 961 Berry Shoals Rd., Duncan; 864.412.3324; lemanskarting.com
MODEL TRAINS STATION
TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
Young and old train aficionados will want to make tracks to see this display of 15 working model trains in Taylors Mill, occupying 16,000 sq. ft. The Christmas “Lionel O Scale” display is a family favorite. • 250 Mill St., Suite BL1250, Taylors; 864.605.7979; modeltrainsstation.com
ORGANIC CAT CAFÉ & LISTENING LOUNGE
Area cat lovers finally have a purr-fect place downtown to cuddle up with their favorite feline. Added bonus: You can sip coffee and tea and nosh on light fare, enjoy live music, try out cat yoga, or partake in an art class—all while socializing with the café’s clowder of resident and adoptable felines. • 928 S. Main St.; 864.729.2450; organiccatcafe.com
WINE & DESIGN
YEAH, THAT’S THE SPOT TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
PRISMA HEALTH SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL SYSTEM
One of Greenville’s premier attractions, the rail-line-turnedgreenway encompasses 22 miles of walking/biking paths throughout parts of Greenville County. The Green Line starts north of Travelers Rest and passes through downtown Greenville. The Orange Line is expanding eastward. Fountain Inn has a small section and Simpsonville has one under construction. • 864.676-2180 x 141; greenvillerec. com/swamprabbit
SPARE TIME ENTERTAINMENT GREENVILLE From bowling lanes and laser tag to arcade games and escape rooms, the whole family will find fun under one roof at this recently opened entertainment complex on the Eastside. • 822 Congaree Rd.; 864.412.0299; sparetimeentertainment.com
SPEED FACTORY INDOOR KARTING
Think you drive fast? Prove it! Challenge friends (ages 8 & up) to the thrills of a race at Speed Factory’s “Super Oval” or the 11-turn indoor “Road Course.” With fast karts and great tracks, you’ll always have tons of fun at Speed Factory. • 1524 Roper Mountain Rd.; 864.412.3323; speedfactoryindoorkarting.com
Between 70 climate-controlled hitting bays, 200 HDTVs, a rooftop fire pit, and a full bar and menu of American fare, there’s plenty of fun to be had here, whether you’re a golfer or not. • 201 Clifton Ct.; 864.315.3351; topgolf.com/us/greenville
Come enjoy a fun night out with friends and family! Bring your favorite bottle of wine and snacks and be ready to paint and sip. Instructor-led by one of their artists, you’ll leave with your own masterpiece. Great for special occasions or just because! • 1175 Woods Crossing Rd., Suite 1B; 864.288.1260; wineanddesign.com/ locations/greenville-sc
MUSEUMS & LEARNING CENTERS BMW Zentrum
From the 1930 Dixi to the models produced at the Greer plant today, BMW’s heritage comes alive at the automotive manufacturer’s recently overhauled crescent-shaped visitor center. • 1400 Hwy. 101 S., Greer; 864.802.5300; bmwzentrum.com
CAROLINA MUSIC MUSEUM
Featuring superlative historic musical instruments and regular concerts by world-renowned musicians, the museum will become “The Sigal Music Museum” in spring 2020. Enjoy exhibits Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful, and Seven Centuries of Keyboard Instruments through April, followed by the Sigal Collection through November. • 516 Buncombe St.; 864.520.8807; carolinamusicmuseum.org
CECIL D. BUCHANAN MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM AT MAJOR RUDOLF ANDERSON, JR. AMERICAN LEGION POST #214
The museum displays chronicle military history—from the American Revolutionary War through the Gulf Wars—showcasing uniforms from local units, WWII artifacts and weaponry, military awards, decorations, and souvenirs from foreign campaigns. • 3110 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors; 864.263.3347; amlegion214.org/museum
THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE
This 79,000-square-foot Smithsonian-affiliated children’s museum boasts hands-on exhibits
including a grocery store, a construction zone, and a TV studio where kids can dress up and star in their own shows. Also on-site is Seedlings, a new farm-to-table kidfriendly café that serves up good-foryou food that little ones and grownups alike will love. • 300 College St.; 864.233.7755; tcmupstate.org
DUKE ENERGY’S WORLD OF ENERGY
Currently closed for renovation, this museum holds the third-largest collection of sacred art in the world. Tour selections of European art from the 13th through the 19th centuries (including paintings by Tintoretto, Botticelli, and Rubens) on campus or by tour request. • 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.; 864.770.1331; bjumg. org/collection-on-view
GREENVILLE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
MUSEUM & LIBRARY OF CONFEDERATE HISTORY
In addition to its 12 branches, the Library System offers numerous exciting events and programs for children, teens, adults, and the entire family—no library card required. From craft classes to Story Time, game nights and Laughter Yoga to book-themed parties, on any given day there could be up to 10 events or more! • Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl.; 864.242.5000; greenvillelibrary.org
GREENVILLE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
Among the country’s premier American art museums, GCMA features the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth as well as a significant body of work by Jasper Johns. • 420 College St.; 864.271.7570; gcma.org
This African-American history museum and culture center is dedicated to honoring the contributions and accomplishments of African-Americans in the Greenville area. • 700 Arlington Ave.; 864.232.9162
MUSEUM & GALLERY AT BOB JONES UNIVERSITY
North of Lake Keowee at Oconee Nuclear Station, Duke Energy’s visitor center features hands-on and interpretive exhibits that explain how electricity is generated by harnessing the waters from Jocassee and Keowee reservoirs. • 7812 Rochester Hwy., Seneca; 800.777.1004; dukeenergy. com/worldofenergy
GREENVILLE CULTURAL EXCHANGE CENTER
Escape Artist Greenville
Swamp Rabbit Trail, the museum displays artifacts and exhibits recounting the days when Travelers Rest was a stopping point for folks journeying across the mountains. • 3 Edwards St., Travelers Rest; 864.380.4979; travelersresthistoricalsociety.org/museum
HISTORY MUSEUM OF TRAVELERS REST — SUPPORTED BY THE TRAVELERS REST HISTORICAL SOCIETY Perched along the Prisma Health
Set in the Pettigru Street Historic District near downtown, this museum contains a large collection of Confederate relics and artifacts portraying life in the South during the Civil War years. • 15 Boyce Ave.; 864.421.9039; confederatemuseum.org
ROPER MOUNTAIN SCIENCE CENTER
Interactive and hands-on learning spans this 62-acre facility. Visit for a planetarium show and a view of the night’s sky during Friday Starry Nights or partake in one of several Second Saturday events throughout the year. • 402 Roper Mountain Rd.; 864.355.8900; ropermountain.org
SHOELESS JOE JACKSON MUSEUM & BASEBALL LIBRARY
The house where baseball legend Joe Jackson lived and died now sits by Fluor Field at the West End. Inside, exhibits, photographs, and personal memorabilia tell the story of Shoeless Joe’s life. • 356 Field St.; 864.346.4867; shoelessjoejackson.org
UPCOUNTRY HISTORY MUSEUM – FURMAN UNIVERSITY Experience three centuries of Upcountry South Carolina history through interactive multimedia exhibits at the Smithsonianaffiliated Upcountry History Museum. Through award-winning permanent
JUST ADD WATER DISCOVERY ISLAND WATERPARK
Splash it up at this watery wonderland at Southside Park, where you can coast on waterslides, ride a boogie board on the Flowrider surfing simulator, or float along a lazy river. • 417 Baldwin Rd., Southside Park, Simpsonville; 864.963.4345; waterparks. greenvillerec.com/discovery-island
OTTER CREEK WATERPARK
Little “tadpoles” love the shallowentry pool, tame Tadpole slide, and the splash pad fountain at this Northside waterpark. For bigger kids, two body slides twist their way into the pool. • 1101 W. Darby Rd.; 864.834.4108; waterparks. greenvillerec.com/otter-creek
7TH INNING SPLASH WATERPARK
Hit a home run with the kids by taking them to this baseball-themed waterpark for a spin down the giant bowl slide and a run through the fountains at the splash pad. • 1500 Piedmont Hwy. (Hwy. 20), Piedmont; 864.299.1842; waterparks. greenvillerec.com/7th-inning-splash
SWAMP RABBIT SPLASH TRACK Kids love to splash and dance through the low jets of water that spurt up from the floor of this decorative water feature bordering the Reedy River. • Lower level of RiverPlace, Downtown Greenville
SPECTATOR SPORTS GREENVILLE DRIVE
Greenville’s Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox plays at Fluor Field, a mini replica of Fenway Park in Boston. The season runs from April to September. • 945 S. Main St.; 864.240.4500; greenvilledrive.com
GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS This minor league team (NHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers) delivers major fun from October to April as part of the Southern Division of the Eastern Conference AA icehockey league at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. • 650 N. Academy
St.; 864.674.PUCK; swamprabbits.com
OUTDOOR TOURS & ADVENTURES
Greenville is still abuzz about the new United Soccer League One men’s team that brought professional soccer to town for the first time beginning in 2019; 2020 brings on their second season, with matches played at Legacy Early College. • 900 Woodside Ave.; 864.203.0565; greenvilletriumph.com
BLUE WALL ADVENTURES
Whether you choose to tackle the Blue Ridge Mountains by mountain bike or on foot, the guides at Blue Wall Adventures can show you the ropes in Upstate SC and Western NC. • Travelers Rest; 864.214.7222; bluewalladventures.com
DAVIDSON RIVER OUTFITTERS
TOURS THE BREWERY EXPERIENCE
Dive into Greenville’s craft beer scene on this van tour (Wednesdays and Saturdays or by appointment) led by Gary Glancy, a Certified Cicerone®—the beer equivalent of a sommelier for wine. • 828.216.1343; thebreweryexperience.com
FOOTHILL FOODIE TOURS, LLC
Have lunch with a local artist, sample the city’s best craft cocktails, indulge in decadent desserts, delight in a boozy brunch, or try out the area’s best wine, beer, and moonshine. These are a few of the culinary adventures you’ll experience on one of the six different offerings by Foothill Foodie Tours • 864.553.9404; foothillfoodietours.com
GREENVILLE CULINARY TOURS
Foodies will love exploring the local culinary scene through Greenville Culinary Tours. The “At the Chef’s Table” tour stops into five wellknown restaurants like The Lazy Goat and Passerelle Bistro, for food sampling and the opportunity to meet the chef or manager. Other foodie tours available include the Greenville Breakfast Tour and the Greenville BBQ Trail Tour. • 866.246.2099; greenvillehistorytours. com/greenville-culinary-tours
Greenville BBQ Trail Tour
Cherokee Indian settlements to the Nuclear Energy of today, you will enjoy a live and entertaining narrative on a modern touring bus, a picturesque lunch on Lake Keowee, and a final stop at the oldest winery in the region. Great mountains, great lakes, and great history awaits you. • 864.712.0509; upstateblueridgetours.com
GREENVILLE GLIDES SEGWAY TOURS
Glide through Greenville’s urban core for 1.5 or 2-hour guided tours on an easy-to-navigate Segway and discover what makes this Upstate city unique. For a more in-depth look, try the Taste & Glide Tour, or for special occasions, the Haunted Segway Tour or the Holiday Lights Tour. • 233 N. Main St.; 864.214.0119; greenvillesegwaytours.com
GREENVILLE HISTORY TOURS Historian John Nolan offers a variety of tours of the city’s vibrant business core and surrounding neighborhoods. Themes include Historic Neighborhoods and Architecture, West End Walking Tours, and a Downtown Driving Tour. • 866.246.2099; greenvillehistorytours.com
GREENVILLE INTERACTIVE TOURS
Explore Greenville’s storied past on one-hour guided history tours, in which guides enhance the experience with audio-visual technology. Tours leave from the entrance to Falls Park on the Reedy. • 864.884.3520; interactivetoursgreenville.com
MAKE GREENVILLE YOURS TOURS
Join Mike’s tours and discover the soul of Greenville as he shares stories about the past, present, and future of the city—cheesy jokes included. With 25+ years of experience leading large group adventures, he can cater to your unique needs, including step-on or transportation-provided tours, for either area tours or relocation guide services. Come with an interest, leave with a love. • 864.363.8628; makegreenvilleyours.com
UPSTATE BLUE RIDGE TOURS Experience the premier historical tour of the Upstate area with local historian Steven Leslie. From the
Set on the banks of the Davidson River in Brevard, NC, this full-service outfitter offers professionally-guided fishing trips (for mountain trout and smallmouth bass), fly-fishing lessons, and a retail fly shop. • 49 Pisgah Hwy. Suite 6, Pisgah Forest, NC; 888.861.0111; davidsonflyfishing.com
THE GORGE ZIPLINE
Eleven ziplines, three rappels, and a sky-bridge descend 1,100 vertical feet on this thrilling 3.5hour canopy tour through 125 acres of old-growth forest in the Green River Gorge. • 166 Honey Bee Dr., Saluda, NC; 828.749.2500; thegorgezipline.com
GREEN RIVER ADVENTURES
Set in the iconic and world-famous Green River Gorge, this outfitter offers guided whitewater trips, waterfall rappels, hikes, and more for all ages, skills, and comfort levels. Green River is just 40 minutes from Greenville. • 111 E. Main St., Saluda, NC; 828.749.2800; greenriveradventures.com
GREENVILLE ADVENTURE COMPANY
Greenville Adventure Company is a premier guiding service for folks looking to discover all the best of the outdoors in the Greenville area. From electric bike rides to thrilling paddle trips, they are a passionate group of locals that have pulled together their favorite activities that the region has to offer. • greenvilleadventurecompany.com
GREENVILLE OUTDOOR GUIDES
If you’re seeking spectacular views, a forest hike, or a mountain climb, this new guide company can connect you with the outdoors. Customized routes focus on the Jocassee Gorges area. • 120 Rockbridge Ct., Liberty; 864.421.2385; greenvilleog.com
JOCASSEE LAKE TOURS
Naturalist-led boat, kayak, and hiking tours (hikes accommodate all skill levels) take groups to explore
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and changing exhibitions, innovative programs, and relevant conversations, the museum invites visitors of all ages to discover the world and the Upcountry’s role in it. • 540 Buncombe St.; 864.467.3100; upcountryhistory.org
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Lake Jocassee and the Jocassee Gorges area. Tours depart from the main dock at Devils Fork State Park. Kayak rentals are also available. • 161 Holcombe Cir., Salem; 864.280.5501; jocasseelaketours.com
JOCASSEE OUTDOOR CENTER
This Lake Jocassee outfitter and marine center maintains the Upstate’s largest rental fleet of pontoons and ski boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. The Center also serves Lake Keowee. • 516 Jocassee Lake Rd., Salem; 864.944.9016; jocasseeoutdoorcenter.com
This Oconee County outfitter offers adventures ranging from whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River to soaring through the treetops on the Chattooga Ridge Zipline Tour. • 1251 Academy Rd., Long Creek; 866.319.8870; wildwater-rafting.com
For a recap of area Signature Experiences, see p. 47
FITNESS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES GREENVILLE COUNTY AQUATIC COMPLEX
Top-Rated Restaurants We’ve earned our name as one of the Coolest Small Towns in America with charming shops, award-winning eateries, and fun events year-round. With a driving range and 22 mile cycling trail right in town, and world-class outdoor adventures just minutes away, Travelers Rest is the perfect home-base for enjoying an unforgettable Upstate adventure.
Green River Adventures
South Carolina’s only public 50-meter indoor pool plays host to regional and local swim meets and other various aquatic competitions. The facility has a therapy pool, fitness center, weight room, cardio room, and exercise studio. A floating play structure is available for parties. • 700 W. Blue Ridge Dr.; 864.679.7946; aquatics. greenvillerec.com
This LEED-certified complex fills 72,000 square feet with a conference center, a worship center, performance space, a café, workout facilities, a sixlane lap pool, and a recreation pool. Day passes are available. • 424 Westfield St.; 864.527.5948; krocgreenville.org
PAVILION RECREATION COMPLEX
This 66,000-square-foot indoor/ outdoor sports and recreation complex encompasses soccer fields, tennis courts, an iceskating arena, a fenced dog park, and a bounce house for kids • 400 Scottswood Rd., Taylors; 864.322.7529; pavilion. greenvillerec.com
YMCA OF GREENVILLE
The Y is committed to building a healthy community through wellness, youth development, childcare, youth sports, camping, and teen programs. The Y participates in YMCA Nationwide Membership and offers guest passes. • Multiple locations; 864.412.0288; ymcagreenville.org
SPAS & BEAUTY THE BEAUTIFUL CO. SALON
A visit to this West End salon begins with a free consultation with a stylist. From there, you can choose your service, from a cut and color to a keratin smoothing treatment. • 100 Green Ave.; 864.501.2678; beautifulsalon.co
DRIFT FLOAT & SPA
Looking for a new way to de-stress? Climb into a private “float pod,” close the domed lid, and float your cares away— buoyed by water filled with Epsom salts—in silent darkness. • 644 N. Main St., Suite 2B; 864.414.2388; driftgreenville.com
IVY SALON DOWNTOWN
Specializing in color services, Ivy Salon also boasts a service unique to Greenville: a Braid and Bun Bar. Have one of their “Braid Baristas” truss your tresses or go for a new up-do. • 19 S. Main St.; 864.370.1489; ivysalons.com
RIVER FALLS SPA
From a mani/pedi to a deeptissue massage, you’re bound to find a treatment that’s good for what ails you at this tranquil spa right next door to the Westin Poinsett hotel. • 130 S. Main St.; 864.240.2136; riverfallsspa.com
SILVER GLOW MASSAGE THERAPY AND ESTHETICS In addition to hot stone and Swedish massages, the menu of Silver Glow’s body treatments and facials includes a CBD oil
massage, said to be great for relieving inflammation as well as stress. • 2092 B Woodruff Rd.; 864.626.5510; silverglowspa.com
AREA PARKS CANCER SURVIVORS PARK
A space for celebration, learning, healing, and hope, this new-to-Greenville park is a place of reflection to honor those who have battled or continue to battle cancer. • 24 Cleveland St.; 864.255.5010; cancersurvivorspark.org
CEDAR FALLS PARK
Admired for its view, this 90acre regional park on the Reedy River features a 200-foot-wide waterfall, which powered a woolen mill and a saw mill in the 1820s. • 201 Cedar Falls Rd., Fountain Inn; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com/parks/cedar-falls
THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN AT LINKY STONE PARK This 1.7-acre horticultural park entertains children with a sensory garden, a geology wall made of local rocks and minerals, a Hansel and Gretel cottage, and a secret garden. • Reedy View Dr. at River St.; 864.467.4355; greenvillesc. gov/333/public-gardens
Hugging the banks of the Reedy River and connecting to Falls Park, the 122-acre green space includes a jogging trail, children’s playground, tennis and volleyball courts, and the Greenville Zoo. • E. Washington St. & Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4355; greenvillesc.gov/facilities/facility/ details/cleveland-park-1
In addition to sports fields and a miniature steam railroad for kids, Heritage Park in Simpsonville showcases the open-air CCNB Amphitheatre, popular for its myriad of seasonal concerts and events.
LAKE CONESTEE NATURE PARK This privately operated woodland oasis, designated an Important Bird Area of Global Significance by the National Audubon Society, embraces 400 tranquil acres of forest, wetlands, and bottomlands along the Reedy River. • 601 Fork Shoals Rd.; 864.277.2004; lakeconesteenaturepark.com
Greenville’s oldest park encompasses 13 acres, home to scenic trails, tennis courts, a playground, and a brand new 18-hole mini-golf course (bring your own putter and balls), plus picnic shelters and a bandstand. • 1100 E. Park Ave.; 864.467.4355; greenvillesc.gov/facilities/facility/ details/mcpherson-park-13
PLEASANT RIDGE PARK
Nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills, this Greenville County park is a favorite getaway. Its 240 acres offer trails for hiking and mountain biking, and a 4-acre lake for hooking trout, bass, and catfish. • 4232 Hwy. 11, Marietta; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec. com/parks/pleasant-ridge-park
RUNWAY PARK AT GMU
Kids love watching aircraft take off and land while enjoying the aviationthemed playground in this park, located at Greenville Downtown Airport. When the family gets hungry, try a $100 Hamburger (for $11.99) at the next-door Runway Café. • 21 Airport Rd. Ext.; 864.242.4777; greenvilledowntownairport.com/ runwayparkatgmu.html
SHOELESS JOE JACKSON MEMORIAL PARK
Located just 3 miles west of Main Street, the park preserves the home field where Greenville’s beloved baseball hero got his start on one of the city’s textile-league teams. • 406 West Ave.; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com/parks/shoeless-joe
HISTORICAL SITES AROUND THE REGION CAMPBELL’S COVERED BRIDGE Built in 1909, this 38-foot-long bridge constructed with vertical iron rods and diagonal pine timbers spans Beaverdam Creek as the only remaining covered bridge in the state. • 171 Campbells Covered Bridge Rd., Landrum; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com/parks/campbellscovered-bridge
COWPENS NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD
Displays in the visitor center and the 3.8-mile auto loop of the battlegrounds tell how General
Daniel Morgan outwitted British General Tarleton on this former cow pasture during the Revolutionary War. • 4001 Chesnee Hwy., Gaffney; 864.461.2828; nps.gov/cowp
FORT HILL/JOHN C. CALHOUN MANSION AND LIBRARY John C. Calhoun served as South Carolina’s preeminent 19th-century statesman, from 1825 until his death in 1850. The antebellum plantation home, office, and kitchen are furnished mostly with family artifacts. • 102 Fort Hill St., Clemson; 864.656.2475; clemson.edu/about/ history/properties/fort-hill
KINGS MOUNTAIN NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
Kings Mountain was the setting of a one-hour Revolutionary War battle in 1780 that turned the tide in favor of the colonies. Trace the battlefield route via a 1.5-mile trail. • 2625 Park Rd., Blacksburg (off I-85N, Exit #2); 864.936.7921; nps.gov/kimo
MUSGROVE MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE
SILVERMONT MUSEUM & TRANSYLVANIA HERITAGE MUSEUM
Anchoring an 8-acre park in downtown Brevard, the 33-room Colonial Revival Silvermont Mansion (1917) holds a house museum on its second floor. Furnishings reflect the early 20thcentury period when industrialist Joseph Silversteen and his family lived here. • 364 E. Main St., Brevard, NC; 828.862.5984; silvermont.org
One of three railroad tunnels planned in South Carolina in the 1850s, Stumphouse cuts 1,617 feet through the blue granite of Stumphouse Mountain. Never completed, its dark length ends abruptly at a bare rock wall; Clemson University used the environment to cure the South’s first blue cheese. • Off Hwy. 28, Walhalla; 864.638.4343; oconeecountry.com/stumphouse.html
SUBER’S CORN MILL
On August 19, 1780, the Battle of Musgrove Mill raged in these tranquil woods along the Enoree River. Today battlefield tours and exhibits in the education center interpret this surprising Patriot victory. • 398 State Park Rd., Clinton; 864.938.0100; southcarolinaparks. com/musgrove-mill
Built in 1908, Suber’s water-powered gristmill still grinds corn into cornmeal, appearing much as it did a century ago. Watch the mill operate on Tuesday and Friday mornings. • 2002 Suber Mill Rd., Greer; 864.877.5616; scmills.com/subers.php
NINETY SIX NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
BIKE THE RABBIT
Located 65 miles south of Greenville, the Star Fort at Ninety Six was the site, in 1775, of the Revolutionary War’s first land battle to be fought south of New England. • 1103 Hwy. 248 S., Ninety Six; 864.543.4068; nps.gov/nis
OCONEE STATION STATE HISTORIC SITE
BIKE RENTALS Touring bikes and Segway rentals designed to help you traverse the Swamp Rabbit in style. Mobile rental, delivery, and pickup. • 233 N. Main St., Suite 12; 864.990.5446; biketherabbit.com
This former military compound and trading post offers a rare glimpse at 18th- and 19th-century South Carolina. Beyond the park’s historical significance, there’s a fishing pond and a 1.5-mile trail that connects to Sumter National Forest. • 500 Oconee Station Rd., Walhalla; 864.638.0079; southcarolinaparks.com/ oconee-station
Thanks to a partnership between the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation and Prisma Health, you can rent a bike from any B-Cycle station and pedal to your destination in bike-friendly
The oldest remaining bridge in South Carolina, this 14-foot-high Gothic stone arch is named for statesman Joel R. Poinsett. The bridge, built in 1820, spans Little Gap Creek off US-25. • 580 Callahan Mountain Rd., Landrum; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com/parks/ poinsett-bridge
downtown Greenville. • Various locations downtown; 864.467.4355; greenvillebcycle.com
This downtown company rents seven-speed comfort cruisers, perfect for anyone looking to tackle the 22-mile Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. Half-day, full-day, and weekend rates are available. • 12 W. McBee Ave.; 864.419.2944; reedyrides.com
SWAMP RABBIT BIKE SHOPPE
The only bike shop located on the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, this specialty store offers $15 bike rentals and free parking. Rent a Cannondale, Giant, Specialized, or Trek bike—or try out a trike, tandem, or electric bike. The shop also offers free air, water, trail maps, rescue service, parts, tune-ups, and biking gear! • 205-G Cedar Lane Rd.; 864.605.7010; swamprabbitbikeshoppe.com
PUBLIC GOLF THE PRESERVE AT VERDAE
Set on 100 acres of lush green space adjacent to the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center, this 18-hole par-72 championship course was designed by Willard Byrd. • 650 Verdae Blvd.; 864.676.1500; thepreserveatverdae.com
AREA LAKES LAKE CUNNINGHAM
This 376-acre lake is a haven for local fishermen seeking to hook largemouth bass and other fish. A pier, park, and covered picnic shelter are also available on the grounds. • 2844 N. McElhaney Rd., Greer; greercpw.com/lakes-recreation
Nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline wrap around this 56,000-acre lake, created in the early 1960s by the Army Corp of Engineers as part of a floodcontrol and hydropower project. • 19138-A Hwy. 11 S., Fair Play; 803.734.0156; southcarolinaparks.com/lakehartwell
Surrounded by 43,000 acres of forest, Lake Jocassee manages to feel undiscovered, despite its popularity. Launch your boat via the main dock at Devils Fork State Park. • 161 Holcombe Cir., Salem (off Hwy. 11); 864.944.2639; southcarolinaparks.com/ devils-fork
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• 861 S.E. Main St., Simpsonville; simpsonville.com/parksrec/page/ heritage-park
YEAH, THAT’S THE SPOT TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
A paradise for water sports, the 18,500-acre lake created by Duke Power as part of the KeoweeToxaway Project, boasts 300 miles of shoreline and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. • Along Rtes. 130 & 183, Seneca; 864.882.2047; discoverkeowee.com/ aboutlakekeowee.html
Northwest of Greer, 800-acre Lake Robinson lures fishermen, boaters, and kayakers to its waters, which swim with bass and crappie. A boat ramp and two fishing piers complete the amenities. • 2544 Mays Bridge Rd., Greer; greercpw. com/lakes-recreation
OAK GROVE LAKE
Stocked with bass, bream, and catfish, this neighborhood lake is open for fishing (catch-and-release encouraged) on Wednesdays and Saturdays. • Oak Grove Lake Rd., Greenville; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com/parks/oak-grove-lake
AREA STATE PARKS CAESARS HEAD STATE PARK
At 3,208 feet above sea level, Caesars Head offers phenomenal views, hiking trails, and a popular Hawk Watch program in the fall when thousands of hawks migrate here. • 8155 Geer Hwy. (off Hwy. 11) Cleveland; 864.836.6115; southcarolinaparks.com/caesars-head
CHIMNEY ROCK AT CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK
Stunning views stretch out from the top of towering Chimney Rock. A 26-story elevator inside the mountain, a 404-foot-high waterfall, and six family-friendly hiking trails add to the park’s appeal. • 431 Main St./US-64 East, Chimney Rock, NC; 800.277.9611; chimneyrockpark.com
JONES GAP STATE PARK
Forming part of the 11,000-acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, stunning Jones Gap State Park offers miles of sylvan hiking trails and great trout fishing in the Middle Saluda River. • 303 Jones Gap Rd., Marietta (off US-276N); 864.836.3647; southcarolinaparks.com/jones-gap
With its stunning view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and woods thick with rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and wildflowers, Keowee-Toxaway is lauded as one of the prettiest places in South Carolina. • 108 Residence Dr., Sunset; 864.868.2605; southcarolinaparks.com/keoweetoxaway
KINGS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Kings Mountain attracts outdoor enthusiasts with miles of trails, equestrian facilities, campgrounds, two fishing lakes, and a Living History Farm. • 1277 Park Rd., Blacksburg; 803.222.3209; southcarolinaparks.com/kingsmountain
LAKE HARTWELL STATE PARK Created in 1962 after the Savannah River was dammed to provide hydroelectric power, Lake Hartwell boasts 962 miles of shoreline and 56,000 acres of surface area for the ultimate recreation experience. • 19138 Hwy. 11, Fair Play; 864.972.3352; southcarolinaparks. com/lakehartwell
OCONEE STATE PARK
The park serves as the Southern trailhead for the Foothills Trail, as well as a jumping-off point to the nearby Chattooga and Chauga Rivers, both hot spots for whitewater rafting. • 624 State Park Rd., Mountain Rest; 864.638.5353; southcarolinaparks.com/oconee
PARIS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the 1,540-acre mountainside park just 5 miles north of downtown Greenville is popular for pedalboating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. • 2401 State Park Rd. (off US-25N); 864.244.5565; southcarolinaparks.com/paris-mountain
DEVILS FORK STATE PARK
SADLERS CREEK STATE PARK
This gorgeous park, centering on Lake Jocassee, is a perfect place to boat, waterski, fish, and camp. It is also home to the rare Oconee Bell
Seated on a 395-acre peninsula that extends into Lake Hartwell, this area offers access to camping on the lake, as well as wildlife watching
acres, “Mountain Bridge” refers to the land connecting the Table Rock and Poinsett watersheds, and encompassing both Jones Gap and Caesars Head State Parks. • 8155 Geer Hwy., Cleveland (off Hwy 11); 864.836.6115
PALMETTO TRAIL/BLUE WALL PASSAGE
When this projected 500-mile cross-state hiking and biking trail is completed (350 miles are currently available), it will run from Oconee State Park to Awendaw, near the South Carolina coast. • Eastern trailhead starts in Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, 3381 Hunting Country Rd., Tryon, NC; 803.771.0870; palmettoconservation.org/ palmetto-trail
KEOWEE-TOXAWAY STATE PARK
Hiking and biking trails, equestrian facilities, a fishing hole, and remnants of a Native American soapstone quarry are just a few of the attractions drawing visitors to this 7,000-acre park. • 450 Croft State Park Rd., Spartanburg; 864.585.1283; southcarolinaparks.com/croft
CROFT STATE PARK
flower (blooms March–April). • 161 Holcombe Cir. (off Hwy. 11), Salem; 864.944.2639; southcarolinaparks.com/devils-fork
PEARSON’S FALLS & GLEN
and recreational watersports. Pets are permitted in most areas of the park, so bring Fido along for the fun. • 940 Sadlers Creek Rd., Anderson; 864.226.8950; southcarolinaparks. com/sadlerscreek
Owned and maintained by the Tryon Garden Club, this 90-foot waterfall is surrounded by 275 acres of pristine forest. You can access the falls from a ¼-mile trail just off Hwy. 176. • 2748 Pearson Falls Rd., Saluda, NC; 828.749.3031; pearsonsfalls.org
TABLE ROCK STATE PARK
PRETTY PLACE — SYMMES CHAPEL
The giant rock slab of Table Rock Mountain lends its name to this park, which features 10 miles of trails, two stocked lakes, a swimming area, picnic tables, and a playground. • 158 E. Ellison Ln. (off Hwy. 11), Pickens; 864.878.9813; southcarolinaparks.com/table-rock
A favorite wedding venue, the chapel (closed when being used for an event) at YMCA Camp Greenville is called “Pretty Place” for the magnificent view it commands from Standing Stone Mountain. • 100 YMCA Camp Rd., Cedar Mountain, NC, (off US-276); 864.836.3291; campgreenville.org/pretty-place
BLUE RIDGE ESCARPMENT
Part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, the Blue Ridge Escarpment is the line where the Blue Ridge Mountains are visibly reduced to foothills in northwestern South Carolina. • Along Hwy. 11, west of US-25
CHEROKEE FOOTHILLS SCENIC HIGHWAY 11
Particularly beautiful in the fall, Scenic Highway 11 traces a former Cherokee Indian footpath 130 miles through the foothills north of Greenville from Fair Play to Gaffney, South Carolina. • scenic11.com
Serious hikers crave the sweeping views from this demanding trail, which traverses 77 miles from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park along the state line between the Carolinas. • 158 E. Ellison Ln., Pickens; 864.467.9537; foothillstrail.org
MOUNTAIN BRIDGE WILDERNESS AREA
Ranging across more than 11,000
From atop this peak, which ranks as the highest point (3,560 feet) in South Carolina, you can see into North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia on a clear day. • 1399 F. Van Clayton Memorial Hwy. (from Hwy. 11, take US-178W to Sassafras Mountain Rd.), Sunset
SOUTH CAROLINA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Adjacent to Clemson University’s campus, the state garden’s 295 acres of natural landscapes include the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, an official American Hosta Society Display Garden, a 70-acre arboretum, and miles of nature trails. • 150 Discovery Ln., Clemson; 864.656.3405; clemson. edu/public/scbg
SUMTER NATIONAL FOREST
More than 70 miles of challenging trails trace mountaintops, streams, and the Chattooga River in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District, one of four such districts in 371,000-acre Sumter National Forest. • 112 Andrew Pickens Cir., Mountain Rest; 864.638.9568; fs.usda.gov/scnfs
EAT & DRINK
AMERICAN THE ANCHORAGE
This eclectic neighborhood restaurant located in the Village of West Greenville specializes in expertly crafted small plates, esoteric wines, and craft cocktails. • 586 Perry Ave.; 864.219.3082; theanchoragerestaurant.com; $$ D
Pecan-crusted trout and shrimp and grits number among the tempting items on the menu of the dining room at the Greenville Marriott. • One Parkway East; 864.297.0300; artisangreenville.com; $$
The menu changes daily at this neighborhood eatery, a go-to on Augusta for more than 25 years. Locals in the know drop in on Wednesday nights for the crab cake special. • 1818 Augusta St., Suite 116; 864.242.0316; augustagrill.com; $$$ D
BISTRO 45 CAROLINA FRESH
Focusing on fresh regional products from SC growers and producers, the Hilton Greenville’s restaurant menu highlights the likes of cedarroasted salmon and a flame-roasted bone-in pork chop. • 45 W. Orchard Park Dr.; 864.232.4747; greenvillesc.hilton.com; $$
CALIFORNIA DREAMING RESTAURANT
For generous portions, reasonable prices, and fresh American cuisine head to California Dreaming for a laid-back night out. Entrées range from baby back ribs to fresh seafood and pasta. • 40 Beacon Dr.; 864.234.9000; californiadreaming.rest/location/greenville-sc; $$
American favorites on the menu, 20 TV screens, and a rooftop bar make Carolina Ale House a family-friendly place to enjoy a burger while you root for your favorite team. • 113 S. Main St.; 864.351.0521; carolinaalehouse.com; $$
CRAFT 670 RESTAURANT & BAR
Set inside the airy atrium of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center, the rebranded Craft 670 Restaurant serves up a contemporary take on Southerninspired dishes. • 70 Verdae Blvd.; 864.676.9090; embassysuitesgreenville.com; $$
FARM FRESH FAST
Owner Jonathan Willis is passionate about eating healthy, so he sources his products from area fields to star in dishes such as juicy burgers, seasonal stir fry, and farm-fresh salads. • 860 S. Church St.; 864.518.1978; eatfarmfreshfast.com; $
FORK & PLOUGH
When the owners of Upstate-based Greenbrier Farms team up with Chef Shawn Kelly, the result is a daily-changing menu of scrumptious farmfresh fare. • 1629 E. North St.; 864.609.4249; forkandplough.com; $$
FOXCROFT WINE CO. Tupelo Honey Prices are based on the average cost of a dinner entrée (or lunch entrée if dinner is not served)
D – Dinner Only R – Reservations Suggested
$ – $15 or less $$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – More than $25
In a lovely renovated downtown space, lined with shelves of wine bottles and a barrel-vaulted ceiling, this new wine bar offers a full menu to complement its nearly 1,000 wines. • 631 S. Main St., 864.906.4200; foxcroftwine. com/ greenville; $
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CAROLINA ALE HOUSE
LIBERTY TAPROOM & GRILL
GRILL MARKS AT HAYWOOD MALL
LTO BURGER BAR
SASSAFRAS SOUTHERN BISTRO
Imaginative burgers and milkshakes—including spiked versions—take center stage at this Main Street eatery. The vibe is casual, and the prime people-watching from the patio can’t be beat. • 209 S. Main St.; 864.233.5825; grillmarks.com; $
The popular Main Street burger joint brings its cooked-to-order Angus beef patties and marvelous milkshakes (with house-made Madagascar vanilla ice cream) to the Eastside at its Haywood Mall satellite. • 700 Haywood Rd., Suite 100; 864.288.5202; grillmarks.com/ haywood; $
HAPPY + HALE
Customers share communal tables while they nosh on healthy salads and bowls at this casual downtown spot. Breakfast items such as avocado toast and a scrambled-egg wrap are available all day. • 600 S. Main St., Suite 101; 864.252.4270; happyandhale.com; $
Under Chef Jon Buck’s direction, local and regional ingredients take center stage in evolving entrées such as cornmeal fried catfish and slow-roasted Providence Farm pork shoulder. Don’t miss the mini skillet of Appalachian sourdough cornbread. • 722 S. Main St.; 864.627.0404; huskgreenville.com; $$$ R
INK N IVY
Tattoo-inspired artwork decorates the walls of this three-level restaurant, which is crowned by a terrific rooftop deck. From chipotle lime chicken to maple-glazed salmon, delectable American food fills the menu. • 21 E. Coffee St.; 864.438.4698; greenville. inkanivy.com; $$
Steps from Fluor Field, Liberty Taproom lays out a lively ambience in which to chow down on tacos, burgers, pizza, and your favorite brews before or after a Greenville Drive game. • 941 S. Main St.; 864.770.7777; libertytaproom.com; $
LTO Burger Bar is unlike anything you’ve tried before…at least not under one roof. A burger restaurant at heart, they spruce it up with an extensive menu of extraordinary food. • 2541 N. Pleasantburg Dr.; 864.214.1483; ltoburgerbargvl.com; $
NORTHAMPTON WINE + DINE Serving dinner Monday through Saturday, and lunch on Saturday, this downtown café’s featured wines and refined menu items prove a perfect pairing. • 211-A E. Broad St.; 864.271.3919; northamptonwineanddine.com; $$$
This upscale gastropub has been reinvented with windows that open onto Main Street, and the CRAFTED bar on the mezzanine level. Dishes like the crispy cured duck breast, followed by a candied bacon brownie, have kicked up the menu of urban comfort food. • 116 S. Main St.; 864.373.7300; thenosedive.com; $$
OAK & HONEY
Located in the dual Residence Inn/Springhill Suites by Marriott Downtown hotels, try handcrafted cocktails with barrel-aged spirits, locally brewed beer,
or your choice of wine; finish it off with locally sourced small (or not-so-small) plates like the skillet bacon mac & cheese or the buffalo mozzarella flatbread. • 200 E. Washington St.; 864.720.2900; oakandhoneygvl.com; $
LARKIN’S ON THE RIVER
Next door to the Peace Center, Larkin’s spotlights Prime steaks and fresh seafood to complement the Reedy River view. If you have a distinguished palate for wine, be sure to ask about Larkin’s Secret Wine Society. • 318 S. Main St.; 864.467.9777; larkinsontheriver.com; $$$ R
Tucked away in ONE City Plaza, Sassafras speaks in a decidedly Southern accent when it comes to their menu, where blue-crab cakes and pecan-crusted rainbow trout share space with the signature fried chicken. • 103 N. Main St., Suite 107; 864.235.5670; sassafrasbistro.com; $$ D
SOBY’S NEW SOUTH CUISINE
Fusing Southern recipes with contemporary flair, Soby’s offers new twists on old favorites. Cornmealdusted frogs’ legs and seared mountain trout with Carolina Gold rice will give you the idea. • 207 S. Main St.; 864.232.7007; sobys.com; $$$ D R
SOUTHERN CULTURE KITCHEN AND BAR
Priding itself on made-from-scratch, upscale Southern-style cuisine at down-home prices, Southern Culture features comforting classics to try, as well as brand new menu items. Don’t miss out on their weekend brunch, considered by many to be the best in the Upstate region! • 2537 N. Pleasantburg Dr.; 864.552.1998; southernculturekitchenandbar.com; $$ D
Named for its erstwhile signature dish and set inside the Westin Poinsett hotel, Spoonbread’s high-ceilinged dining room makes an elegant spot for a leisurely lunch or Sunday brunch with the family. • 120 S. Main St.; 864.421.9700; marriott.com/hotels/ hotel-information/restaurant/ gspwi-the-westinpoinsett-greenville; $
STAX OMEGA DINER AND BAKERY
This family-owned Certified Green restaurant dishes up creative farmfresh fare. International flair shows up in dishes like the Banh Mi salad, while the Southern tomato pie is a tasty take on a regional classic. • 1609 Laurens Rd.; 864.568.8115; kitchensyncgreenville.com; $$
The Hyatt Regency’s soil-to-city restaurant shines a light on local ingredients. Snag a seat at the Kitchen Counter to watch the chefs, or perch on the outdoor patio overlooking NOMA Square. • 220 N. Main St.; 864.298.2424; roostrestaurant.com; $$
Chef Haydn Shaak’s skillfully prepared seasonal cuisine combine with gorgeous mountain views at Hotel Domestique, owned by cyclist George Hincapie. • 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest; 864.516.1254; restaurant17.com; $$$ D R
This family-owned diner has been a Greenville favorite since 1988. No wonder, with comfort food like a roasted half chicken, handpressed burgers, and sweets from Stax Bakery next door. • 72 Orchard Park Dr.; 864.297.6639; staxs.net; $
STELLA’S SOUTHERN BISTRO Chef/owner Jason Scholz skillfully interprets Southern cuisine using products from local farms. Delicious results yield Carolina coast fish specials and a grilled Heritage Farms pork chop with twice-baked cheddar grits. • 684-C Fairview Rd., Simpsonville; 864.757.1212; stellasbistro.com; $$$ R
Southern spirit infuses the menu at this restaurant tucked back on ONE City Plaza. Ask for a fluffy house-made biscuit to accompany your entrée (think sweet-tearoasted chicken and blackberry habanero ribs). • 1 N. Main St.; 864.451.6200; tupelohoneycafe. com/location/greenville; $$
BAKERIES & CAFÉS BISCUIT HEAD
Scratch-made biscuits with a flight of three gravies is the way to get your biscuit fix at this popular breakfast place, run by a husbandand-wife team from Asheville, North Carolina. • 823 S. Church St., #200; 864.248.0371; biscuitheads.com; $
THE CHOCOLATE MOOSE BAKERY & CAFÉ
Inside M. Judson Booksellers, Chocolate Moose bakes dreamy desserts daily from scratch. Check their website for the menu of seasonal cupcake flavors, which changes with each day of the week. • 130 S. Main St.; 864.232.2121; thechocolatemoosesc.com; $
RAINER’S CAFE + BAR
A bevy of sandwiches come with small-batch sides in an inspiring space adorned with the work of local artists. From Thursday to Saturday nights, Rainer’s next-door bar is a laid-back place to hang. • 610-A S. Main St.; 864.232.1753; rainerscafeandbar.com; $
STROSSNER’S BAKERY & CAFÉ
Long a sweet Greenville tradition, Strossner’s serves up hot breakfasts and homespun lunch fare. Locals come here for the bakery’s enticing array of European-style cakes, cookies, breads, and other desserts. • 21 Roper Mountain Rd.; 864.233.3996; strossners.com; $
Everything comes on a fresh-made bagel at this casual downtown eatery. Once assembled, sandwiches are steamed in order to soften the bagel and fuse the flavors deliciously together. • 6 E. Washington St.; 864.509.6061; sullyssteamers.com; $
SWAMP RABBIT CAFE AND GROCERY
Drive, or better yet, ride your bike to this bakery/café/grocery on mile 31.3 of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail for sandwiches, pizza, and smoothies made from ingredients grown on local farms. • 205 Cedar Lane Rd.; 864.255.3385; swamprabbitcafe.com; $
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Southern Pressed Juicery
UPCOUNTRY PROVISIONS BAKERY & BISTRO Husband-and-wife chefs Steve and Cheryl Kraus run this bakery and sandwich shop in Travelers Rest. It’s worth the drive for freshbaked breads and pastries, terrific sandwiches, and the killer chocolate brownies. • 6809 State Park Rd., Travelers Rest; 864.834.8433; upcountryprovisions.com; $
BARBECUE BACON BROS. PUBLIC HOUSE
Chef Anthony Gray goes hog-wild at his meat-centric Eastside eatery. Sample charcuterie from the glass-front curing chamber, or go for tender brisket, St. Louis-style ribs, or pulled pork shoulder, all smoked on-site. • 3620 Pelham Rd.; 864.297.6000; baconbrospublichouse.com; $$
Chef/owner Octavius (Tay) Nelson smokes some wickedgood, Texas-style brisket at his new spot in Fountain Inn. Go for broke calorie-wise and order a side of cheesy potato casserole— you won’t be disappointed. • 1301 N. Main St., Fountain Inn; 864.409.2379; eatbobbys.com; $
LOCAL CUE LLC
Wings, ribs, and pulled pork come with a rainbow of barbecue sauces, from South Carolina gold to Alabama white. Wash it down with a craft beer, then challenge your friends to a game of pool, foosball, or darts. • 30 Orchard Park Dr., Suite 7; 864.288.6873; localcue.com; $
MAC’S SPEED SHOP
Known for its Carolina barbecue, Mac’s diverse menu includes pork, chicken, and brisket paired with Southern comfort sides such as mac n’ cheese, hush puppies, and
cheddar grits. • 930 S. Main St.; 864.239.0286; macspeedshop. com/greenville; $
SMOKE ON THE WATER
If smoked meats—prime rib, brisket, baby back ribs, and pulled pork—are your thing, head for Smoke on the Water. And save room for the Jack Daniel’s Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie. • 1 Augusta St., Suite 202; 864.232.9091; saucytavern.com; $$
SMOKY DREAMS BARBECUE AND CATERING Located at the corner of Woodruff Road and Highway 14, this barbecue spot smokes their pulled pork, chicken, and ribs daily. Sides such as sweet vinegar coleslaw and sweet potato crunch come with each entrée plate. • 2131 Woodruff Rd., Suite A; 864.627.4227; smokydreamsbbq.com; $
COFFEEHOUSES, TEA BARS & JUICERIES COFFEE UNDERGROUND Locals frequent this subterranean coffeehouse for its breakfast and lunch fare, homemade desserts, and coffee roasted on-site. In the evening, Coffee Underground stages improv comedy, indie films, and a full bar. • 1 E. Coffee St.; 864.298.0494; coffeeunderground.info; $
Named for Kukamama, the Andean goddess of health and joy, Greenville’s first cold-pressed juicery touts the benefits of fresh juices and nut milks. Raw vegan items provide the food options. • 580 Perry Ave.; 864.905.1214; kukajuice.com; $
O-CHA TEA BAR
Name a color of tea leaves (white, black, green) and you’ll find it at this little tea bar
at RiverPlace. For something different, try a refreshing frozen fruit bubble tea. • 300 River St., Suite 122; 864.283.6702; ochateabaronline.com; $
SOUTHERN PRESSED JUICERY
Fresh-pressed organic juices, smoothies, and chef-prepared vegan snacks are de rigueur at this juicery in the ONE complex downtown. Ask the staff to personalize a juice cleanse for you. • 2 W. Washington St.; 864.729.8626; southernpressedjuicery.com; $
SPILL THE BEANS
A unique and innovative coffeehouse and creamery that is committed to the smoothest coffee and premium customblended ice cream. The two offer a creative combination and can be found in a relaxing, welcoming environment bordering Falls Park on the Reedy. • 531 S. Main St.; 864.242.6355; stbdowntown.com; $
TANDEM CRÊPERIE AND COFFEEHOUSE
Husband-and-wife team Brad and Kristen Hartman pair sweet and savory crêpes with pour-over and batch brews at their cozy crêperie and coffeehouse just off the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. • 2 S. Main St., Travelers Rest; 864.610.2245; tandemcc.com; $
DELIS & MARKETS RICK’S DELI & MARKET
Top-notch deli sandwiches, salads, and hot daily specials combine with beer and wine at this comfortable downtown deli. The expanded dinner menu includes crab cakes, chicken piccata, and herb-encrusted salmon. • 101 Falls Park Dr. 864.312.9060; rickerwins.com/ deli-and-market; $
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In their spacious digs at the corner of Main St. and Stone Ave., Two Chefs features made-to-order sandwiches and salads, plus soups, carry-out entrées, and an expanded market section. • 644 N. Main St., Suite 107; 864.370.9336; twochefscafeandmarket.com; $
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THE BOHEMIAN CAFÉ
Adjoining Horizon Records, The Bohemian goes eclectic with its global menu of dishes such as Tau Kwa tofu and Indonesian rendang curry. Locals love the Bloody Mary bar for Sunday brunch. • 2-B W. Stone Ave.; 864.233.0006; thebohemiancafe.com; $$
Hang out at Cantina 76 for signature tacos, Mexican-inspired favorites, and handcrafted margaritas. This casual, independently owned restaurant is located in ONE City Plaza. • 103 N. Main St., #101; 864.631.2914; cantina76.com; $
CRÊPE DU JOUR
For a taste of France, start your day at the marble counter with a sweet crêpe and a café au lait. At dinnertime, pair chicken and mushroom crêpes with truffle au gratin potatoes. • 20 S. Main St.; 864.520.2882; $
EL THRIFTY SOCIAL CLUB
Alongside the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, el Thrifty serves authentic Mexican cuisine and killer margaritas. The “Social Club” in the name refers to the fun you’ll have at a myriad of game tables, both indoors and out. • 25 Delano Dr.; 864.232.2053; elthrifty.com; $$
HANS & FRANZ BIERGARTEN
This red brick German eatery resides in a former mill building on the Eastside. Beer and brats and other traditional dishes may taste best when enjoyed outside in the palm-shaded biergarten. • 3124 S. Hwy. 14; 864.627.8263; hansandfranzbier garten.net; $
Tasty Japanese food and friendly service mark this Greenville stalwart. Try the mussels yaki, New Zealand mussels cooked under the broiler until golden brown and topped with the house cream sauce. • 15 Pelham Rd., #26; 864.271.0900; irashiai.com; $
Located on the second floor of Falls Park Place with its wraparound balcony, Chef Michael Kramer’s Italian restaurant stars pasta made in-house daily, a selection of oysters, and Italian-inspired cocktails from the bar. • 600 S. Main St.; 864.720.2200; jiannagreenville.com; $$
LUNA ROSA GELATO CAFÉ & RESTAURANT
In their new Main Street space, which includes a 10-seat bar, Luna Rosa has branched out from gelato and Italian comfort food at lunch. They now offer a separate dinner menu and craft cocktails. • 123 S. Main St.; 864.241.4040; lunarosagelato.com; $
At this little “taco truck without wheels” on the banks of the Reedy in RiverPlace, Jorge “Papi” Baralles whips up authentic tacos, tortas, salsas, and dips using family recipes. • 300 River St., Suite 123; 864.373.7274; eatpapistacos.com; $
A taste of Greece comes to downtown Greenville at this striking restaurant in the form of Mediterranean mezé, Greek cheeses, traditional Greek dishes, in-house charcuterie, plus Greek beer and cocktails. • 644 N. Main St., Suite 100; 864.373.9445; jirozgreenvillesc.com; $
Set in Falls Park on the Reedy, Passerelle makes the perfect perch for an alfresco meal, while thyme and lavender-scented lamb shank and mussels with saffron, tomatoes, and espelette pepper bring the flavors of France to the plate. • 601 S. Main St.; 864.509.0142; passerelleinthepark.com; $$ R
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Nibble on Mediterranean small plates (harissa-spiced hummus, crispy Brussels sprouts) at this riverside restaurant. For larger appetites, the menu cites a selection of pizzas, pastas, and the signature Lazy paella. • 170 RiverPlace; 864.679.5299; thelazygoat.com; $$ R
The latest from the Larkin’s Restaurant Group, Limoncello pays homage to both of its owners’ Italian roots with house-made pasta and limoncello; this farm-to-table Italian restaurant also has a treasured family recipe for must-try meatballs. • 401 River St.; 864.263.7000; limoncellogvl.com; $$
Mezzas like Mirza Ghasemi (a smoky roasted eggplant dip) make a tasty prelude to Pomegranate’s Persian stews, kabobs, and salads. Grab a table on the tile-lined outdoor patio for terrific people-watching. • 618 S. Main St.; 864.241.3012; pomegranateonmain.com; $$
A native of Bergamo, Italy, chef/owner Nello Gioia interprets classic Northern Italian cuisine using regionally sourced grass-fed meats, sustainable seafood, and homegrown organic herbs to complement his imported pantry staples. • 1100 N. Main St.; 864.271.8667; ristorantebergamo.com; $$$ D R
WHY IS SHRIMP & GRITS ON ALL THE RESTAURANT MENUS HERE? Most South Carolinians don’t even know this, but grits almost became the official state food in 2000. The bill stated that grits are a ‘symbol of [SC’s] diet, its customs, its humor, and its hospitality.’ So while grits may not be the law of the land, they’re definitely among our most iconic dishes. Originally part of the traditional fishermen’s diets along the SC coast, the popular combination of shrimp and grits has recently moved inland and can be found in trendy restaurants across the state. Psst…try it with a side of cornbread!
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Locally-sourced full-service restaurant featuring dishes created by award winning Chef Anthony Gray. 3620 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615 www.baconbrospublichouse.com (864) 297 6000
Max Godo, formerly of Sushi Koji, now has his own restaurant, where he creates rolls such as Godzilla (lobster tempura, cream cheese, and avocado) and Green Emerald (barbecue eel, tamago, cucumber, and avocado). • 247 N. Main St.; 864.631.1145; sushigousa.com; $
With its dark rathskeller vibe, the cozy pub underneath Barley’s whips up satisfying Belgian fare (think moules frites and carbonades Flamandes) along with an encyclopedic list of hard-to-find Belgian brews. • 23 W. Washington St.; 864.451.7490; trappedoor.com; $$
THE VELO FELLOW
A British “publick house” ambience infuses this West End eatery, located underneath Mellow Mushroom. The menu skews American, though house specialties include fish ‘n’ chips and chicken “potted and pied.” • 1 Augusta St.; 864.242.9296; thevelofellow.com; $
PIZZA ANTONINO BERTOLO’S PIZZA Prized for its New York-style pies, Bertolo’s family-owned pizzeria opened in Greenville in 1977. The restaurant’s signature marinara sauce recipe is steeped in the family’s five generations of Sicilian heritage. • 200 N. Main St.; 864.467.9555; antoninobertolospizza.com; $
BARLEY’S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA Young revelers come here for handtossed pizza and some 270 types of craft beer, housed in a 19thcentury hardware store. Upstairs, six regulation billiard tables are available by the hour. • 25 W. Washington St.; 864.232.3706; barleysgville.com; $
Rick Erwin’s Eastside
Located in the West End, Mellow Mushroom makes a great stop before a Drive game. Try the House Special pie, a meat-lover’s fantasy covered with a hearty host of toppings. • 1 Augusta St.; 864.233.9020; mellowmushroom.com/ location/sc-greenville; $
SEAFOOD BLOCKHOUSE RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR
This neighborhood oyster bar has catered to the Augusta Road set since 1981. Try the steamed oysters Blockefeller (blanketed with creamed spinach and hollandaise) and check out the back deck. • 1619 Augusta St.; 864.232.4280; blockhouse.net; $$
JOE’S CRAB SHACK
Feeling crabby? Head to this national chain on Pelham Road’s Restaurant Row just off I-85 for a bucket of steamed King, Snow, or Dungeness crab, along with fried seafood platters and more. • 102 E. Beacon Dr.; 864.987.0009; joescrabshack.com; $$
RICK ERWIN’S NANTUCKET SEAFOOD Elegant décor and warm earth tones set the scene for a romantic meal across from the Peace Center downtown. On the menu, expect fresh seafood and an awardwinning wine list. • 40 W. Broad St.; 864.546.3535; rickerwins.com/ nantucket-seafood; $$$ D R
Upstate restaurateur Rick Erwin launched his newest venture at Haywood Mall. Fresh seafood stars here, with shrimp and grits, a Maine lobster roll, and the daily catch rounding out the bill of fare. • 700 Haywood Rd., Suite 1001A; 864.900.3007; saltwatergvl.com; $$
STEAKHOUSES CHOPHOUSE 47
This Eastside steakhouse specializes in top-quality cuts and fresh seafood, served in a clubby atmosphere. Shareable sides run from cheesetopped mashed potatoes to sautéed green beans. • 36 Beacon Dr.; 864. 286.8700; chophouse47.com; $$$ D R
CITY RANGE STEAKHOUSE
At this casual, locally owned restaurant, Certified Angus Beef comes in ribeye, strip, filet mignon, and the popular “Bar None” prime rib cut. Seafood selections and chef’s features round out the dinner menu. • 615 Haywood Rd.; 864.286.9018; cityrange.com; $$
Across the street from Falls Park on the Reedy, this family-operated steakhouse boasts a sophisticated
ambience, great service, and a Reedy River view. Pair aged Prime steaks with signature sides like lobster mac n’ cheese. • 550 S. Main St.; 864.335.4200; hallschophousegreenville.com; $$$ D R
THE PEDDLER STEAKHOUSE
When it opened in 1969, The Peddler was one of the city’s few special-occasion options. Today, fans still go for the juicy prime rib and unlimited trips to the salad bar. • 2000 Poinsett Hwy.; 864.235.7192; thepeddlersteakhouse.com; $$$ D
RICK ERWIN’S EASTSIDE
Expect fine dining in an intimate atmosphere at Rick Erwin’s Eastside satellite. The signature Surf & Turf marries a filet with a jumbo lump crab cake or a lobster tail. • 8595 Pelham Rd.; 864.672.9040; rickerwins.com/eastside; $$$ D R
MOLLY AND MYLES ICE CREAM
This family-owned ice-cream parlor scoops up ice-cream whoopee pies, sundaes, and cones in a delicious rainbow of flavors. With a superhero theme all kids will appreciate (and need to see), be sure to taste the crazy cereal cones! • 225 N. Pleasantburg Dr.; 864.263.3232; mollyandmylesicecream.com; $
OLD EUROPE PASTRIES GREENVILLE
Your mouth will water as you survey the case of delectable goodies at this new downtown bakery. Enjoy a cup of locally roasted coffee with one of the enticing house-made cakes or pastries • 716 S. Main St.; 864.775.0210; oldeuropedesserts. com; $
RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE
Dark wood and low lighting set a sophisticated stage for aged Prime Certified Angus, jumbo lump crab cakes, and the signature shellfish tower at this downtown steakhouse. • 648 S. Main St.; 864.232.8999; rickerwins.com/ west-end-grille; $$$ D R
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
USDA Prime cuts are seared at 1,800 degrees to seal in flavor at Ruth Fertel’s legendary steakhouse. Find the original Ruth’s Chris in Greenville adjacent to the Crowne Plaza hotel on the Eastside. • 851 Congaree Rd.; 864.248.1700; ruthschris.net; $$$ D R
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE – RIVERPLACE
Overlooking the Reedy River from the lobby level of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace, this Ruth’s Chris proudly pairs sizzling USDA Prime steaks with an award-winning wine list. • 250 RiverPlace, #200; 864.242.2000; ruthschris.net; $$$ D R
SWEET TREATS KILWINS CHOCOLATES, FUDGE & ICE CREAM
Kids of all ages love Kilwins on NOMA Square for its countless confections, including 32 seasonal flavors of ice cream and Mackinac Island fudge made on-site. • 220 N. Main St.; 864.241.2003; kilwins. com/greenville; $
MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY
Homemade ice cream is blended with your choice of 60 yummy mix-ins, from Pop Rocks® to pistachios. And all the mixing is done, of course, on a chilled marble slab. • 108 N. Main St.; 864.255.5008; marbleslab.com; $
RIVER STREET SWEETS – SAVANNAH’S CANDY KITCHEN The new Greenville satellite of this Savannah sweet shop brings the candymaker’s original Southern pralines, chocolate loggerheads, glazed pecans, and more to the center of Main Street. Bet you can’t eat just one! • 2 S. Main St.; 864.412.5200; ilovepralines.com/ greenville-sc-candy-store; $
CATERING, COOKING CLASSES & CULINARY SERVICES THE COOK’S STATION
In addition to selling cookware and appliances, The Cook’s Station provides a year-round roster of hands-on cooking classes. Themes run from tailgating to Tuscan cuisine—and there are classes for couples too. • 659 S. Main St. until Spring 2020; then 515 Buncombe St.; 864.250.0091; thecooksstation.com
LARKIN’S CATERING & EVENTS
With over 15,000 catered events to their name (including hundreds offsite) and eight venues from which to choose, there’s a reason this awardwinning company can be trusted to host and cater your next event. • 318 S. Main St.; 864.467.3020; larkinscatering.com
This cooking and entertainment venue in downtown Greer offers an array of cooking classes, team-building events, and private parties. Interactive and demonstration classes cater to
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Named for America’s 13 original colonies, 13 Stripes is set in the Taylors Mill complex. Nathan Hale Pale Ale and Bloody Tyrant BA Belgian Quad echo the brewery’s Revolutionary War theme. • 250 Mill St., Ste. PW3101, Taylors; 864.349.1430; 13stripesbrewery.com
both adults and young chefs-intraining. • 108 E. Poinsett St., Greer; 864.915.2640; plate108.com
RICK ERWIN’S CATERING & EVENTS
Whether you’re planning an event for business colleagues or friends and family, the dedicated dining rooms and separate special-event venues within Rick Erwin’s Dining Group will allow you to stage the perfect party. • 40 W. Broad St.; 864.546.3537; rickerwinscatering.com
TABLE 301 CATERING
From weddings to corporate cocktail parties, Table 301 marshals its considerable restaurant resources to assure your event is a memorable one. They even have a food truck for customized casual get-togethers. • 207 S. Main St.; 864.232.7007; table301catering.com
WINERIES CITY SCAPE WINERY
Stop by City Scape’s tasting room to sample a selection of semisweet and dry wines made on-site. Want to try your own hand at crafting wine? Sign up for City Scape’s U-Vint winemaking program. • 589 Dunklin Bridge Rd., Pelzer; 864.329.0615; cityscapewinery.com
URBAN WREN WINERY
Located in the West End in Markley Station, Urban Wren is the region’s first urban winery, fermenting and aging in-house. Make a night of it with a full dining menu, or schedule your own Chef’s Table experience for up to eight people. • 116 N. Markley St.; 603.630.9656; urbanwrenwinery.com
VICTORIA VALLEY VINEYARDS
After you tour the winemaking facility off Highway 11, linger to taste the vinifera wines made in the winery’s chateaustyle structure. In season, enjoy lunch on the terrace overlooking vine-covered hillsides. • 1360 S. Saluda Rd., Cleveland; 864.878.5307; victoriavalleyvineyards.com
BARS & EVENING ENTERTAINMENT ALCHEMY COMEDY THEATER
Performing eight shows a week at Coffee Underground, Alchemy has a lineup of improv, standup, and sketch comedy every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. They also offer comedy classes. • 1 E. Coffee St.; 864.256.1467; alchemycomedy.com
THE COMMUNITY TAP
This dog-friendly bar and bottle shop stocks a well-curated assortment of craft beer and wines. Though Community Tap doesn’t offer food, local food trucks serve from the parking lot most nights. • 217 Wade Hampton Blvd.; 864.631.2525; thecommunitytap.com
CONNOLLY’S IRISH PUB
Connolly’s is the local favorite for fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash—not to mention pints of Guinness®. Trivia contests pack in the crowds every Tuesday night. • 24 E. Court St.; 864.467.0300
FOXCROFT WINE CO.
In a lovely renovated downtown space, lined with shelves of wine bottles and a barrelvaulted ceiling, this new wine bar offers a full menu to complement its nearly 1,000 wines. • 631 S. Main St.; 864.906.4200; foxcroftwine.com/ greenville
NORTHAMPTON WINE + DINE
The wine bar and café is a favorite spot among locals especially for enjoying domestic and international wines and spirits. Tastings and classic cuisine (with inspired wine pairings) make for a relaxed yet refined night on the town. • 211-A E. Broad St.; 864.271.3919; northamptonwineanddine.com
Craft cocktails and comfortable seating akin to a living room make for intimate concerts here and provide an ideal place to escape (you won’t even find TVs here!) from your hectic week. • 610-A S. Main St.; 864.232.1753; rainerscafeandbar.com
SIP WHISKEY & WINE BAR
Overlooking Main Street, this trendy rooftop lounge features live music Thursday through Saturday nights. Come any evening to pair SIP’s wines and whiskeys with dips, charcuterie, and other snacks. • 103 N. Main St., Suite 400; 864.552.1916; sipgvl.com
UP ON THE ROOF
Along with jaw-dropping downtown views, the rooftop bar at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace stirs up handcrafted cocktails to sip with its seasonal smallplates menu. • 250 RiverPlace; 864.242.4000; eatupdrinkup.net
VAULT & VATOR
Recalling a Prohibition-era gin joint, this cozy little speakeasy hides behind Main Street in the West End, where house mixologists shake things up behind the bar. • 655 S. Main St., Suite 100; 864.603.1881; vaultandvator.com
Located on the third level of the Ink N Ivy restaurant downtown, Vine gets its lounge groove on with champagne, spirits, music, and dancing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. • 21 E. Coffee St.; 864.438.4698; greenville. vinenightclub.com
W XYZ BAR
Locals gather at this chic bar at the Aloft Greenville Downtown hotel to listen to live music, sip signature cocktails, and nosh on small plates. Local artwork adds to the bohemian vibe. • 5 N. Laurens St.; 864.297.6100; http://bit.ly/WXYZGvl
BIRDS FLY SOUTH ALE PROJECT
Located at Hampton Station in Greenville’s Water Tower District, Birds Fly South focuses on creating farmhouse saisons and sours through a combination of time-tested brewing/blending methods and modern practices. • 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext.; 864.412.8825; bfsbeer.com
THE EIGHTH STATE BREWING COMPANY
Housed in the old Claussen Bakery on Augusta, this brewpub is a creative take on beer, food, and the overall taproom experience. Modern beer and cocktail offerings range from draft cocktails to beer slushies. A rotating menu and live music round out the experience. • 400 Augusta St.; 864.609.4590; eighthstatebrewing.com
FIREFORGE CRAFTED BEER
Centered in downtown Greenville, Fireforge boasts 20 taps covering a variety of beer styles brewed in-house, a rustic-industrial taproom, and an expansive biergarten. Pair their sophisticated, creative beers with small bites from the on-site kitchen while you listen to live music. • 311 E. Washington St.; 864.735.0885; fireforge.beer
IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT
Order up some Philly cheesesteak eggrolls or Nashville hot chicken sliders to share while you peruse the menu of IPAs, lagers, wheat beers, and porters crafted at this Pennsylvaniabased brewery. • 741 Haywood Rd.; 864.568.7009; ironhillbrewery.com; $$
LIABILITY BREWING CO.
What started as a home-brewing experiment yielded this new addition to Greenville’s craft-beer scene at the renovated Westone development. Eight beers on tap range from pale ale to black lager. • 109 W. Stone Ave., Suite D; 864.920.1599; liabilitybrewing.com
YEE-HAW BREWING COMPANY
This brewery, located around the corner from Main Street, balances tradition and innovation in their beers, brewing up styles from European-style dark Dunkel to a citrus- and pine-scented IPA. • 307 E. McBee Ave.; 864.605.7770; yeehawbrewing.com/breweries/greenvillesouth-carolina
PERFORMING ARTS BOB JONES UNIVERSITY
The largest private liberal-arts university in South Carolina, Bob Jones offers a seasonal program of excellent classical music concerts, opera, and theatrical productions that are open to the public. • 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.; 864.242.5100; bju.edu
BON SECOURS WELLNESS ARENA
Recently renovated, Greenville’s state-ofthe-art, 15,000-seat performance and sports arena is the city’s largest venue, playing host to family-friendly performances, national acts, and more. It also serves as the home ice to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits ice-hockey team. • 650 N. Academy St.; 864.241.3800; bonsecoursarena.com
CAROLINA BALLET THEATRE
Part classical ballet company, part contemporary performing-arts organization, the Upstate’s premier professional dance company that performs at the Peace Center, has been entertaining, inspiring, and engaging audiences since the nonprofit organization was founded in 1972. • 864.421.0940; carolinaballet.org
CENTRE STAGE—PROFESSIONAL THEATRE, LOCAL ARTISTS
This 285-seat regional theater presents a year-round program of current Broadway and off-Broadway comedies, dramas, and musicals. In addition, Centre Stage hosts art exhibits, independent film screenings, and lectures. • 501 River St.; 864.233.6733; centrestage.org
Centerpiece of popular Heritage Park, the open-air amphitheatre stages concerts by some of the most celebrated musical talent in the country. From Counting Crows to Darius Rucker, enjoy great music under the stars. • 861 S.E. Main St., Simpsonville; 864.296.6601; ccnbamphitheatre.com
CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE
More than history. More than performance. Chautauqua is a chance to step into living history and interact directly with the people that shaped our country and our world. The Chautauqua Festival “Reinventing America!” will be held June 12-21, 2020. And it’s all free! • 11 Rock Side Ct., 864.244.1499; historycomesalive.org
This nationally ranked liberal arts college welcomes Greenville residents and visitors year-round to attend concerts and dance and drama performances, as well as art shows on its lovely campus. • 3300 Poinsett Hwy.; 864.294.2000; furman.edu
GLOW LYRIC THEATRE
A nonprofit, professional vocal-arts company, GLOW Lyric Theatre produces opera, operetta, and musical theater. The 2020 season performances will be staged at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville’s West End. • 864.558.4569; glowlyric.com
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CCNB AMPHITHEATRE AT HERITAGE PARK
Led by world-class Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, Greenville’s regional orchestra provides a season of top-notch programming ranging from classical and chamber-orchestra Masterworks to the beloved yuletide pops concert, Holiday at Peace. • 200 S. Main St.; 864.232.0344; greenvillesymphony.org
Enjoy professionally staged productions of musicals, mysteries, comedies, and dramas in the Upcountry’s oldest and largest locally producing theater. Located on Heritage Green, the theater was founded in 1926. • 444 College St.; 864.233.6238; greenvilletheatre.org
Founded in Greenville in 2003, the award-winning International Ballet stages classical works such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Coppélia as a resident company of the Peace Center. • 1018 S. Batesville Rd., Greer; 864.879.9404; internationalballetsc.org
THE LOGOS THEATRE
Part of a multifaceted youth ministry, The Logos Theatre stages professional-quality productions with intimate theatrical experiences honoring God through excellence. Shows include dramas such as Prince Caspian and musical productions. • 80 School St., Taylors; 864.268.9342; thelogostheatre.com
NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY
Offering a quality liberal arts education and opportunities for Christian service, NGU also boasts the 230-seat Billingsley Theatre
with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment. Performances here are open to the community. • 7801 N. Tigerville Rd., Tigerville; 864.977.7000; ngu.edu
This multi-venue performing-arts complex downtown presents a wide variety of cultural and popular entertainment, from Broadway hits to popular performances by internationally recognized dancers and musicians. • 300 S. Main St.; 864.467.3000; peacecenter.org
SOUTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Specializing in youth-oriented plays, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre marries local talent with the magic of the stage to offer the finest in family entertainment. They also provide educational outreach programs. • 1200 Pendleton St. until Summer 2020; then 153 Augusta St.; 864.235.2885; scchildrenstheatre.org
SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
During its academic year, this public residential high school for emerging artists invites the community to enjoy a wealth of student dance, drama, music, and visual-arts exhibitions. • 15 University St.; 864.282.3777; scgsah.org
VOCAL MATRIX CHORUS
A chapter of Sweet Adelines International, this Regional Champion women’s chorus is dedicated to musical excellence and sharing the joy of a cappella four-part harmony through contemporary cutting-edge performances. • 864.915.4496; vocalmatrixchorus.com
THE WAREHOUSE THEATRE
This regional professional theatre occupies a former textile warehouse in the city’s historic West End district, presenting a main stage season of relevant and innovative work. • 37 Augusta St.; 864.235.6948; warehousetheatre.com
VISUAL ARTS ART CROSSING AT RIVERPLACE
Local artists ply their trade in a variety of media in these studios along the Reedy River. Drop by during studio hours to chat with the artists and watch them work. • 300 River St., Suites 100-112 and 201; 864.423.8863; artcrossinggreenville.com
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
Stroll Main Street and beyond to admire Greenville’s diverse collection of 95+ pieces of public art, including bronze statues of famous city figures like Vardry McBee, as well as contemporary sculptures. • See map online; bit.ly/GvlPublicArtTour
Start your holiday shopping early at this two-day fine art and craft show held November 7-8, 2020 at the Greenville Convention Center. More than 170 artisans will be selling work from glass and ceramics to leather and fiber. • P.O. Box 1852, Taylors; 864.915.9994; artisanville.net
ARTISTS GUILD GALLERY OF GREENVILLE
Within its 2,000-square-foot downtown space, the Artists Guild Gallery displays an eclectic group of local artists, who work in media from watercolors to wood. The gallery also offers a variety of art classes. • 200 N. Main The Warehouse Theatre St., Suite 104; 864.239.3882; artistsguildgalleryofgreenville. com
THE FINE ARTS CENTER
The first specialized arts school in South Carolina, the Fine Arts Center encompasses public galleries that display pieces from the center’s permanent collection as well as student art. • 102 Pine Knoll Dr.; 864.355.2550; fineartscenter.net
GREENVILLE CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS Anchoring Greenville’s visual arts community, the vibrant arts center offers public art classes,
The Logos Theatre studio spaces, and exhibition space at the Brandon Mill in the Village of West Greenville. • 101 Abney St.; 864.735.3948; artcentergreenville.org
GREENVILLE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
Among the country’s premier American art museums, GCMA features the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth as well as a significant body of work by Jasper Johns. • 420 College St.; 864.271.7570; gcma.org
L.E.B. GLASS STUDIO LLC
This full-service stained-glass studio, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, specializes in custom-designing and constructing stained-glass windows for the home, church, or office. They also hold classes. • 40 Pine Knoll Dr.; 864.268.6049; lebglass.com
MARY PRAYTOR GALLERY
When Mary Praytor launched her riverfront studio in 1985, Greenville was not the art-loving city it is today. Now regional collectors haunt her shop for contemporary and folk art pieces. • 26 S. Main St.; 864.235.1800; marypraytorgallery.com
METROPOLITAN ARTS COUNCIL
In addition to supporting a host of individual artists, arts organizations, and art education programs in Greenville County, MAC maintains a public gallery that showcases the work of local artists. • 16 Augusta St.; 864.467.3132; greenvillearts.com
MUSEUM & GALLERY AT BOB JONES UNIVERSITY
Currently closed for renovation, this museum holds the third-largest
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Sponsored by Hot Works Fine Art & Fine Craft Shows, this public two-day event, held Oct. 24-25, 2020, showcases the work of artists and craftspeople in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, clay, glass, photography, jewelry, and fiber. • Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC; 248.684.2613; hotworks.org/events/asheville-finearts-show
collection of sacred art in the world. Tour selections of European art from the 13th through the 19th centuries (including paintings by Tintoretto, Botticelli, and Rubens) on campus or by tour request. • 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.; 864.770.1331; bjumg.org/collection-on-view
REEDY REELS FILM FESTIVAL Indie-film fans will love this three-day festival, held November 6-8, 2020, which showcases talented filmmakers from around the globe. Films, which are screened in two-hour blocks, include documentaries, features, shorts, and animated categories. • Gunter Theatre, 300 S. Main St.; 864.467.3000; reedyreels.com
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Juried exhibitions in the three gallery spaces inside
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this art and education venue shine a light on local, national, and international photographers. They also offer workshops in all aspects of photography. • 116 E. Broad St.; 864.605.7400; sec4p.com
Located in the Roe Art Building on the Furman University campus, this gallery showcases the works of Furman University students, faculty, and alumni,
as well as nationally known artists. • 3300 Poinsett Hwy.; 864.294.2074; furman.edu/ academics/art/facilities
WILKINSON FINE ART
Located off Laurens Road, the gallery displays and sells printmaking, drawings, collage and other works on paper by more than a dozen regional artists who have work in private and public collections. • 39 Blair St.; 864.235.4483; lineandcolor.net
THE MAKERS COLLECTIVE
Founded by local women in an effort to connect the community with quality, handcrafted goods and the talented people who make them, this group now hosts a variety of community initiatives including their annual Indie Craft Parade, the annual Makers Summit business conference for creatives, and numerous pop-up events. • 101 N. Main St., Suite 400; makerscollective.org
RETAIL AYERS LEATHER SHOP
The perfect place to shop for leather goods, luggage, and unusual gifts. They also offer handbag and luggage repair service, as well as complimentary monogramming and gift wrapping. • 24 W. North St.; 864.232.9413
Famous for their fit, locally designed Beija-Flor jeans were voted “World’s Best Jeans” by O, The Oprah Magazine. Visit the flagship store downtown to find your most flattering style. • 618-B S. Main St.; 864.373.9497; beijaflorjeans.com/pages/flagship-store
This lifestyle and destination boutique is divinely appointed for the discerning shopper, carrying lines from Madison Mathews to Dubarry of Ireland. • 127 N. Main St., Fountain Inn; 864.409.2300; blacktulipsc.com
CITY OF GREENVILLE MERCHANDISE Stop by the City of Greenville merchandise shop in City Hall (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; closed 12-1pm) to pick up souvenirs and branded gifts of everything Greenville, from T-shirts to coffee mugs. • 206 S. Main St.; 864.467.4494; greenvillesc.gov/186/greenville-merchandise
THE COOK’S STATION
The only kitchenware shop in downtown Greenville displays a selection of highquality appliances along with kitchen gadgets, barware, cookware, and gifts for the discerning gourmet—including cooking classes. • 659 S. Main St. until Spring 2020; then 515 Buncombe St.; 864.250.0091; thecooksstation.com Besides offering a boutique full of designer athletic wear for both women and men, C.O.R.E. also helps you get fit with a host of classes including Pilates, weight work, and yoga and meditation. • 1 N. Main St., Suite N; 864.520.1699; coregrowstrong.com
COTTAGE GROVE VINTAGE MARKET
Find vintage and antique designer pieces here, from light fixtures and artwork to sideboards and dining tables. Prefer to DIY? Sign up for one of the market’s furniture-painting classes. • 1607 Laurens Rd.; 864.423.9661; cottagegrovevintage.com
DARK CORNER DISTILLERY
Small-batch spirits crafted on-site are offered for sale at this microdistillery, as are mountain crafts and moonshine-infused food items. Stop in for a tasting and discover your new favorite spirit. • 14 S. Main St.; 864.631.1144; darkcornerdistillery.com
GREENVILLE GEMSTONE MINE
Let the kids have a go at on-site gemstone flume-mining, then shop for sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, plus crystals, rocks, and minerals from around the world. • 205 N. Main St.; 864.283.6300; greenvillegemstonemine.com
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Wilson for personalized service and styles from casual to dress wear. • 23 W. North St.; 864.232.2761; rushwilson.com
Shop by occasion, by season, or for any reason. Much of Samantha Grace’s merchandise lends itself to embroidering, and everything feels personalized for those with distinctly Southern tastes in clothing and accessories. • 640 S. Main St.; 864.250.9790; samanthagraceusa.com
SPLASH ON MAIN
Whether you’re in the market for a new summer wardrobe, or the perfect swimsuit, sun hat, and beach bag for that winter cruise, Splash on Main has you covered. • 807 S. Main St.; 864.534.1510; splashonmain.com
Shopping on downtown’s Main Street JCPenney, and Sears. Tenants include The Cheesecake Factory (the only one in SC). • 700 Haywood Rd.; 864.288.0511; haywoodmall.com
J. BRITT BOUTIQUE
Comfort complements fashion in the chic women’s clothing at this independently owned boutique downtown. Find sophisticated styles by Karina Grimaldi, jeans by McGuire Denim, and floral prints by Yumi Kim. • 203 N. Main St.; 864.240.7366; shopjbritt.com
LLYN STRONG FINE ART JEWELRY
One of the most sought-after jewelry designers in the Southeast, llyn strong crafts timeless pieces of wearable art. She displays her work alongside that of some 20 different artisans. • 119 N. Main St.; 864.233.5900; llynstrong.com
L’S ON AUGUSTA CONSIGNMENT
If you’re looking for great deals on gently worn women’s clothing and accessories, head to this consignment shop on Augusta. The carefully curated selection includes favorite brands and designer labels. • 1445 Augusta St.; 864.232.4022; lsconsign.com
M. JUDSON BOOKSELLERS
More than a bookstore. It’s a literary hub. You’ll see it in their commitment to local artists, the funky gifts and vintage housewares, and the special events and author signings. • 130 S. Main St.; 864.603.2412; mjudsonbooks.com
A collection of first-in-market retailers such as Cabela’s and Nordstrom Rack, this open-air shopping center also enfolds a host of family-friendly restaurants, as well as the Regal Cinemas complex. • 1025 Woodruff Rd.; magnoliapark.com
MAGNOLIA SCENTS BY DESIGN
Downtown Greenville’s candle microfactory offers a host of scented soy candles, lotions, body creams, and natural bar soaps, all made on-site. Try your hand at crafting your own candle. • 209 N. Main St., Suite B; 864.520.2511; magnoliascents.com
Celebrating self-expression, RockerBelles echoes the vibe of the Village of West Greenville. Discover your hidden rocker in a collection that encompasses everything from biker jackets to black sequined dresses. • 1256 Pendleton St.; 864.962.7040; rockerbelles.com
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THE ROCK HOUSE ANTIQUES
This century-old building now houses a general merchandise store that stocks a surprising variety of products from clothing and camping gear to children’s toys, local books, and old-fashioned candy by the pound. • 111 N. Main St.; 864.235.1883; mastgeneralstore.com/ greenville
OIL & VINEGAR
A fine assortment of gourmet food items, ceramic tableware, culinary accessories, and cookbooks complements the selection of oils and vinegars at this locally owned international franchise concept from the Netherlands. • 220 N. Main St., Suite 203; 864.241.6689; greenvillesc. oilandvinegarusa.com
Focusing on great customer service and current design trends, Rock House stocks a variety of antique styles, plus home décor and original art at a wide range of price points. • 415 Mauldin Rd.; 864.299.8981; therockhouseantiques.com
RUSH WILSON LIMITED
Rush Wilson has been outfitting Greenville gentlemen with traditional high-end clothing and quality since 1959. Trust Rush
SWAMP RABBIT CAFÉ AND GROCERY
“Eat local. Ride bikes.” This is the mantra of the popular bakery/ grocery on mile 31.3 of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, which stocks the best products from local farmers and food artisans year-round. • 205 Cedar Lane Rd. 864.255.3385; swamprabbitcafe.com
A mélange of artists have studios here, facilitating craft and commerce for a new generation. The historic mill complex is also home to 13 Stripes Brewery, The Farehouse farmto-table restaurant, a coffee shop, Model Trains Station, axe throwing, and more! • 250 Mill St., Taylors; 864.335.9913; taylorsmill.community
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PALMETTO OLIVE OIL CO.
Offering olive oils from around the globe, this shop on Augusta also sources flavored balsamic vinegars from Italy and Spain. Besides appealing to foodies, olive oil and vinegar pairings make great gifts. • 2243 Augusta St.; 864.298.0304; palmettooliveoilco.com
THE VILLAGE OF WEST GREENVILLE
This former mill community is home to artist’s studios and galleries that stand shoulderto-shoulder with chef-owned restaurants in Greenville’s trendiest arts district. • Pendleton St.; villagewgvl.com
POPPINGTON’S GOURMET POPCORN
Dark chocolate, cheeseburger, habanero caramel. These are merely a sampling of the more than 50 flavors that Poppington’s makes fresh each day. New flavors pop up monthly. • 30 S. Main St.; 864.349.1331; poppingtons.com
With a tradition of excellence in floral design and home décor in Greenville, this downtown florist also creates beautiful weddings and parties at their event boutique located behind Haywood Mall. • 640 S. Main St.; 864.242.2242; twigs.net
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FOUNTAIN INN FARMERS MARKET
Buy locally grown products and artisan-made items under the Commerce Park Pavilion in downtown Fountain Inn. • 110 Depot St., Fountain Inn; Sat 8amnoon, May-Sept; fountaininnevents. com/farmers-market
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Simpsonville City Park hosts this lively summer farmers market on Saturday mornings. It’s somewhat off the beaten path, but best for getting to know the farmer next door. • 405 E. Curtis St., Simpsonville; Sat 8am-noon, May-Sept; simpsonvillefarmersmarket.com
TRAVELERS REST FARMERS MARKET
Catering to north of downtown Greenville, the Travelers Rest market takes over Trailblazer Park on summer Saturday mornings. As many as 70 different farmers and artisans offer everything from peaches to handcrafted pottery. • 235 Trailblazer Dr., Travelers Rest; Sat 8:30am-noon, May-Sept; travelersrestfarmersmarket.com
Historically, the State Farmers Market was the first to take root in the Upstate in 1949. Run by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and housed in a 14,400-sq.-ft. building, this market is open all year. • 1354 Rutherford Rd.; 864.244.4023; Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, year-round; agriculture.sc.gov
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Transforming two blocks of downtown Greenville’s Main Street into a street bazaar every Saturday from May through October (8 a.m.-noon), the market lays out cheek-to-jowl tents filled with organic produce, pasture-raised meat and poultry, eggs from cagefree chickens, fish from the coast of South Carolina, locally milled grits, and bread still warm from the oven. • Main St. at McBee Ave.; Sat 8amnoon, May-Oct; saturdaymarketlive.com
Pies, plants and much, much more are available on Saturday mornings— all made within 50 miles of this Greenville County community known for its growing food scene. • 301 E. Poinsett St., Greer; Sat 8:30am-noon, May-Nov; greerfarmers.market
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Furman University students run this summer market on campus at the organic Furman Farm. • Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy.; Thu 3:30-5:30pm, Jun-Aug; furman. edu/sites/livewell/eatwell/pages/ furmanfarm.aspx
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Paintings and sculptures by local artists, an outdoor pool, and 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space distinguish this chic, pet-friendly hotel on ONE City Plaza. Buzzing W XYZ Bar lures locals for cocktails, as well as live music on weekends. Aloft even offers a pet-adoption program. • 5 N. Laurens St.; 864.297.6100; marriott.com/gspal
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COMFORT INN – HAYWOOD MALL
At this Comfort Inn conveniently located near Haywood Mall, an on-site business center and an outdoor pool spell amenities for work or play. In the guestrooms, a microwave and refrigerator provide convenience for short or long stays, and a free hot breakfast is available each morning. • 246 Congaree Rd.; 864.288.1200; choicehotels.com/ sc543
COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY RADISSON, GREENVILLE
Newly renovated and only 3 miles from the Greenville Convention Center; close proximity to the Millennium Campus—home of CU-ICAR. Located just off I-85, the hotel features meeting space for up to 250 people, as well as homey touches like premium bedding, a complimentary breakfast, self-parking, Wi-Fi, coffee, tea & cookies. • 2756 Laurens Rd.; 864.288.6900; radissonhotels.com/ en-us/hotels/country-inn-greenville-sc
Modernized, recently updated spaces, including the lobby and guestrooms, outfit this atrium hotel. A self-service “smart meeting area,” free Wi-Fi, 8,200 sq. ft of meeting/event space, and a 24-hour fitness center round out the amenities. For dinner, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the place for tender steaks and chops. • 851 Congaree Rd.; 864.297.6300; crowneplaza.com/gsp-ropermt
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Next to Haywood Mall and minutes from downtown, this Marriott offers the services guests need to stay productive and refreshed in its well-designed guestrooms. A fitness center and outdoor pool provide places to exercise and relax, while The Bistro offers in-house dining options for breakfast and dinner. • 70 Orchard Park Dr.; 864.234.0300; marriott.com/gspch
A recent reno spiffed up the Courtyard’s accommodations with a clean-lined contemporary look and a neutral palette. Business travelers will appreciate the hotel’s proximity to GSP International Airport, Michelin, and BMW, and all guests can satisfy their workout needs at the on-site fitness center (open 24/7) and the indoor pool. • 115 The Parkway; 864.213.9009; marriott. com/gspph
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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT GREENVILLE DOWNTOWN This newly renovated modern hotel is located in the heart of downtown Greenville, at the corner of Main and Broad Streets, directly across from the Peace Center. Before heading out to the hundreds of shops and restaurants downtown, grab a cocktail at the BAR@Courtyard and unwind in the Village Green. • 50 W. Broad St.; 864.451.5700; marriottcourtyardgreenville.com
Great location convenient to theaters, restaurants, shops, the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail & Falls Park. Studio & two-room suites come with a complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast & evening reception. Sip a cocktail at the rooftop bar, UP on the Roof, then enjoy dinner downstairs at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. • 250 RiverPlace; 864.263.4800; embassysuitesgreenvilledowntown.com
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Greenville’s only golf-course resort and conference center offers 268 newly renovated suites, two pools, tennis courts, The Preserve at Verdae golf course, Craft 670, and 44,000 sq. ft. of event space. Breakfast & evening reception are included, as is a free shuttle to & from GSP International Airport. • 670 Verdae Blvd.; 864.676.9090; embassysuitesgreenville.com
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Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, count on a friendly welcome, a complimentary hot breakfast and affordable prices with us. Comfortable rooms— outfitted with a well-lit work desk, luxurious linens, and a flat-screen TV—have been recently updated. Get the day off to a good start with the Fairfield’s complimentary hot breakfast. • 48 Fisherman Ln.; 864.234.9916; marriott.com/gsppr
Located 3 miles from GSP & just minutes to Topgolf, the BMW Performance Center & Michelin Corporate HQ. This AAA 3-Diamond Hotel offers wellappointed rooms & includes a concierge level, outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center & 13,000 square feet of flexible indoor & outdoor event space. The Marriott’s Artisan restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. • One Parkway East; 864.297.0300; marriott.com/gspap
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Nestled in the middle of vibrant downtown, this hotel overlooks the Reedy River & the TD Stage at the Peace Center. Free breakfast & Wi-Fi. Within walking distance of Greenville’s finest dining & entertainment options, the Peace Center, Falls Park on the Reedy & the Greenville Drive’s Fluor Field at the West End baseball stadium. • 171 RiverPlace; 864.271.8700; hamptoninnandsuitesgreenville.com
Just a few miles from downtown Greenville, the Hilton Greenville offers an on-site restaurant, Bistro 45 Carolina Fresh, 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 24-hour business center, an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, complimentary parking, and a shuttle to/from the airport. • 45 W. Orchard Park Dr.; 864.232.4747; greenvillesc. hilton.com
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Within walking distance of the city’s most popular restaurants, bars, and the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for concerts and sporting events, this hotel offers pleasant and comfortable rooms. Hotel parking is complimentary. • 407 N. Main St.; 864.678.8000; hiexpress.com/greenvilledtwn
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HAMPTON INN GREENVILLE I-385 WOODRUFF ROAD This award-winning Hampton Inn on the Eastside offers free wireless and wired high-speed Internet access throughout, as well as an on-site fitness center. In the morning, Hampton’s On the House™ breakfast is available in the lobby. In a hurry? Grab an On the Run Breakfast Bag™ from the front desk. • 15 Park Woodruff Dr.; 864.213.8200; hamptoninngreenville.com
Located off I-85 and I-385, this newly renovated Hilton hotel is steps from The Shops at Greenridge, minutes from GSP International Airport, and a quick drive to downtown Greenville. Guests love the on-site restaurant with a bar, a 24-hour business center, the 24/7 fitness center, and the outdoor saltwater pool. • 108 Carolina Point Pkwy.; 864.284.0111; greenville.hgi.com
HAMPTON INN GREENVILLE/ I-385 HAYWOOD MALL Conveniently located just minutes from downtown and suburban shopping, this Hampton Inn near Haywood Mall offers guests easy access to entertainment venues, restaurants, businesses, and hospitals. All rooms are equipped with a microwave and minirefrigerator, and a hot breakfast and Wi-Fi come compliments of the house. • 255 Congaree Rd.; 864.516.2400; hamptoninn3. hilton.com
Near Furman University & Paris Mountain State Park, this completely revamped Hampton Inn is just minutes away from downtown Greenville. Borders the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, a popular 22-mile hiking & biking route. Guests can take advantage of a free hot breakfast, plus a fitness room & outdoor pool. • 593 Roe Center Ct., Travelers Rest; 864.834.5550; greenvillesc.hamptoninn.com
Located less than 4 miles from GSP, just behind Michelin North America’s headquarters & minutes to BMW, this all-suites hotel couldn’t be more convenient. A buffet breakfast is served in the lobby each morning and an inroom mini refrigerator, microwave & Keurig coffeemaker provide all the comforts of home. • 2681 Dry Pocket Rd.; 864.213.9331; ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/ us/en/greer/gspdp
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J U S T S T E P S A PA R T I N T H E H E A R T O F D OW N TOW N . Set in the heart of Greenville’s popular Riverplace district, two hotels of uncompromising quality and value stand ready to welcome you. The Embassy Suites Downtown offers well-appointed one and two-room suites, a state-of-the-art ﬁtness center and the city’s only saltwater pool. You’ll also enjoy our Up On The Roof restaurant and bar, and the nationally renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Just down river, the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown offers its own special style of hospitality. Enjoy a wide range of comfortable accommodations, free wiﬁ, complimentary breakfast each day and more – all just minutes from Main Street’s shops, galleries and restaurants. For business or pleasure, a weekend or a week, make your reservations now at one of Greenville’s only riverfront hotels. Book now and save 10% off our best available rates*! Enter Promo Code GSC.
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202 Rooms Rooms Complimentary Wi-Fi 202 Rooms • Complimentary Wi-FiWi-Fi 202 ·· Complimentary CROWNE PLAZA GREENVILLE 202 Rooms · Complimentary Wi-Fi CROWNE PLAZA GREENVILLE 8,000 sq ft of Flexible Meeting Space 8,0007,000 sq ftsq of ftFlexible Meeting Space of Flexible Meeting Space 864-297-6300 8,000 sq ft of Flexible Meeting SpaceGREENVILLE 864-297-6300 Services Available On-site Complimentary CROWNE PLAZA A/VA/V Services Available On-site A/VRooms Services Available On-site 202 · Complimentary Wi-Fi 202 Rooms · Complimentary Wi-Fi A/V Services Available On-site Complimentary Complimentary Shuttle Self-Parking 864-297-6300 Airport Shuttle & Flexible Self-Parking 8,000 sq ftAirport of Meeting Space Complimentary Airport Shuttle &&Conference Self-Parking
Why shouldn’t you have all the comforts of home when you travel? At this new all-suite hotel, across from Fluor Field at the West End, you’ll enjoy amenities such as a full kitchen, a 24hour convenience store, on-site laundry facilities, a free business center, and online check-in and room selection. • 950 S. Main St.; 864.900.2380; homewoodsuites3. hilton.com
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Off I-85, only minutes from the corporations at CU-ICAR & across from The Shops at Greenridge, Homewood Suites is incredibly accommodating: pet friendly, full breakfast & a weekday manager reception. All studios & 1-bedroom suites have separate living & sleeping areas & full kitchens that hotel staff will stock upon request. • 102 Carolina Point Pkwy.; 864.297.9140; greenville. homewoodsuites.com
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The first extended-stay hotel in downtown Greenville, Home2 Suites lies within walking distance of the attractions of the city center. Feel at home in suites thoughtfully equipped with work desks and a kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator. For recreation, check out the fitness room and saltwater pool. • 350 N. Main St.; 864.626.3700; home2suites3. hilton.com
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Consider this innovative all-suites hotel your home away from home while on a business trip or an extended stay in Greenville. Rooms come with a Serta Suite Dreams® mattress, a kitchen area, and a work desk with an ergonomic chair. The hotel is just four miles from GSP International Airport. • 20 Beacon Dr.; 864.288.0000; home2suites3. hilton.com
Located just a couple of blocks off Main Street, Hyatt Place adds another star to Greenville’s constellation of downtown hotels. It’s easy to explore the city’s attractions that are located within a mile of the hotel, including the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Each of the 130 contemporarystyle rooms includes a “Cozy Corner” with a sleeper sofa. • 128 E. Broad St.; 864.720.2700; hyattplacegreenvilledowntown.com
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Anchoring the north end of Main Street, this freshly renovated hotel has been transformed with an outdoor plaza (NOMA Square), an eight-story atrium lobby, 36,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and a restaurant celebrating local fare—ROOST. Guests can enjoy complimentary airport shuttles, a 24-hour gym, and a seasonal outdoor pool. • 220 N. Main St.; 864.235.1234; greenville.hyatt.com
Providing all the comforts of home–plus a fitness center, guest laundry facilities & free Wi-Fi for extended stays–this pet-friendly hotel sits right off I-385 & is within walking distance of Haywood Mall. Stylish studios are available with fully equipped kitchens & a choice of one or two bedrooms. • 75 Mall Connector Rd.; 864.675.1670; choicehotels. com/sc619
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RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT GREENVILLE DOWNTOWN
It’s not often you find two great Marriott properties under one roof, but that’s the case with this new Residence Inn and its sibling, SpringHill Suites. Book a dinner downstairs at Oak & Honey before you catch a performance at the Peace Center, a five-minute walk from the hotel. • 200 E. Washington St.; 864.720.2900; marriott.com/ gspgr
Recently opened, this chic new property is perfectly located for walking to the many attractions of downtown Greenville. There’s plenty to keep you busy at the hotel too, between the restaurant, the 24/7 fitness facility, the outdoor pool and sundeck, and over 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. • 200 E. Washington St.; 864.720.2901; marriott.com/gspgs
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RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT – GREENVILLE AIRPORT Off Pelham Road and I-85, the newly renovated Residence Inn is minutes from GSP International Airport and walking distance to stores and restaurants. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites come with a fully equipped kitchen and large work station. Mingle with other guests during weeknight socials, and enjoy a free hot breakfast. • 120 Milestone Way; 864.627-0001; marriott.com/gspri
Close to downtown Greenville and within walking distance of the GVL Convention Center, enjoy the area at an exceptional value with a hot breakfast, premium Wi-Fi, and passes to a local fitness center. Shuttle service is available within 2 miles of the hotel and to/ from downtown Greenville and GSP Airport. • 231 N. Pleasantburg Dr.; 864.240.2006; choicehotels. com/sc005
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LA QUINTA INN & SUITES GREENVILLE HAYWOOD
Pet-friendly hotel on Greenville’s Eastside is convenient to Haywood Mall, the Greenville Convention Center & downtown. Rooms overlook a courtyard with a heated pool, spa & gazebo. Wi-Fi and the signature Bright Side Breakfast® are complimentary, as is shuttle service to GSP International Airport. • 65 W. Orchard Park Dr.; 864.233.8018; laquintagreenvillehaywoodroad.com
For an extended stay in the Greenville area, spread out in spacious studio and one-bedroom suites across Woodruff Road from The Shops at Greenridge. Enjoy a host of amenities to sweeten your visit, from free grocerydelivery service to stock your in-room refrigerator to evening social hours and an on-site fitness center. • 80 Carolina Point Pkwy.; 864.297.5000; marriott.com/gspg
Built in 1925, this AAA Four Diamond Hotel was lovingly restored in 2000. Spacious rooms boast Westin’s Heavenly Bed® and décor inspired by the Roaring ’20s, while amenities include Spoonbread Restaurant, a business center, concierge, and 12,000 square feet of meeting space. Guests enjoy privileges at the day spa next door. • 120 S. Main St.; 864.421.9700; marriott. com/gsp
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Style & innovation combine to create a unique hotel experience. Oversized rooms have separate living & sleeping areas; guests are treated to snacks & beverages at any time in the 24-hour café. Hyatt members receive a hot breakfast included with their stay. Complimentary parking, Wi-Fi & shuttle service available within 2 miles of the hotel. • 40 W. Orchard Park Dr.; 864.232.3000; hyattplacegreenville.com
WINGATE BY WYNDHAM – GSP
Recently renovated, minutes from GSP & Michelin’s corporate headquarters. On-site fitness center & rooms equipped with ergonomic workspaces, coffeemakers, minirefrigerators & microwaves. Wi-Fi, airport shuttle & a full breakfast come compliments of the house. Within walking distance of 40+ restaurants/bars. • 33 Beacon Dr.; 864.281.1281; wyndhamhotels.com/ wingate/greenville-south-carolina/ wingate-by-wyndham-greenvilleairport/overview
WYNDHAM GARDEN GREENVILLE AIRPORT Located adjacent to a row of restaurants off Pelham Road, convenient to both I-385 & I-85. The hotel operates a free shuttle to nearby GSP International Airport as well as to local attractions. Rooms have mini-refrigerators and coffee makers; spacious executive rooms and whirlpool suites are also available. • 47 Fisherman Ln.; 864.288.3500; wyndham.com/ hotel/49118
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COMFORT SUITES (93 rooms)
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT (108 rooms)
GRAND BOHEMIAN HOTEL (187 rooms)
HAMPTON INN GREER (108 rooms)
HOLIDAY INN WOODRUFF ROAD (100 rooms)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES (86 rooms)
TRU BY HILTON (98 rooms)
WOODSPRING SUITES (121 rooms)
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HOTELS P BEST WESTERN GREENVILLE AIRPORT INN Guests find attentive customer service, affordable rooms, and upscale amenities at this pet-friendly hotel. Sleep and Fly packages include airport shuttle and free parking for up to two weeks. • 5009 Pelham Rd.; 864.297.5353; bestwestern.com T BEST WESTERN TRAVELERS REST/ GREENVILLE Its rooms newly renovated in 2018, this petfriendly Best Western in Travelers Rest puts you near Furman University and all the great little restaurants and shops in downtown TR. • 10 Hawkins Rd., Travelers Rest; 864.834.7040; bestwestern.com W DRURY INN & SUITES GREENVILLE A hot breakfast, local and long-distance calls, and an evening reception all come compliments of the house at this hotel with two pools, conveniently positioned near the intersection of I-85 and I-385. • 10 Carolina Point Pkwy.; 864.288.4401; druryhotels.com/locations/ greenville-sc/drury-inn-and-suites-greenville P ECONO LODGE INN & SUITES Newly renovated in 2019, the Econo Lodge is convenient to restaurants, shopping, Michelin’s corporate headquarters, and GSP International Airport. The hotel offers guests a complimentary continental breakfast and free membership to an off-site full-service fitness facility. • 20 Interstate Ct.; 864.297.7866; choicehotels.com/sc432 W EXTENDED STAY AMERICA – GREENVILLE – WOODRUFF ROAD Close to Roper Mountain Science Center, The Shops at Greenridge, Frankie’s Fun Park, and Haywood Mall. Complimentary breakfast, on-site fitness center, on-site guest laundry, pet friendly rooms, free Wi-Fi, and rooms feature kitchenettes with refrigerators, stovetops, and microwaves. • 1013 Woodruff Rd.; 864.626-5800; extendedstayamerica.com/ reservations/selectroom.html P HAMPTON INN & SUITES GREENVILLE AIRPORT The Upstate’s newest Hampton Inn is only minutes from GSP International Airport. Free 24-hour airport shuttle, plus free drop-off and pick-up service within a 5-mile radius of the hotel. • 128 The Parkway; 864.263.5555; hamptoninn3.hilton.com
W HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES WOODRUFF ROAD Located in the hub of the Eastside’s vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment district, this Holiday Inn also offers a shuttle to GSP International Airport. • 1036 Woodruff Rd.; 864.678.5555; ihg.com/ holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/greenville/ gspwr/hoteldetail
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS – GREER Rooms at the Holiday Inn Express are conveniently located close to Michelin, BMW, and GSP International Airport. • 1315 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Greer; 864.877.0076; ihg. com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/greer/gspgr/ hoteldetail S HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES SIMPSONVILLE Contemporary style accents the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites, set in the commercial heart of Simpsonville. Balance work and play between the full-service business center and the outdoor pool. • 642 Fairview Rd., Simpsonville; 864.962.3228; ihg.com/ holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/simpsonville/ gspsv/hoteldetail T HOTEL DOMESTIQUE Contemporary luxury is complemented by European décor, gorgeous mountain views, and Restaurant 17. Located north of Greenville, the hotel is owned by brothers George (the noted cyclist) and Rich Hincapie. • 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest; 864.516.1715; hoteldomestique.com W MY PLACE HOTEL Set just off Woodruff Road, My Place sits across from the shops and cinemas of Magnolia Park. Extended-stay rooms cater to guests with a full-size refrigerator, twoburner stove, and microwave. • 11 Ketron Ct.; 864.568.5901; myplacehotels.com/my-placehotel-greenville-sc H QUALITY INN & SUITES HAYWOOD MALL Minutes from Haywood Mall, rooms all have a flat-screen TV, microwave, and refrigerator. Amenities include a hot breakfast buffet and an outdoor pool. • 50 Orchard Park Dr.; 480.719.7966; choicehotels.com/sc150
B&BS GLASSY VIEW BED & BREAKFAST Set on a dozen acres of rolling meadows in the Blue Ridge foothills, the five-room inn makes an idyllic getaway. Hearty breakfasts will prepare you for a day of exploring. • 131 Red Turner Rd., Landrum; 864.834.2553; glassyviewbnb.com D PETTIGRU PLACE BED & BREAKFAST Southern hospitality greets guests in the six luxurious guest rooms here. Surrounded by a flower-filled English garden, Pettigru Place is conveniently set within walking-distance of Greenville’s Main Street. • 302 Pettigru St.; 864.242.4529; pettigruplace.com
RED HORSE INN Nestled in the rolling hills of northern Greenville County, the Red Horse offers six cottages and six lovely inn suites. In-room pantries are conveniently stocked with breakfast items. • 45 Winstons Chase Ct., Landrum; 864.909.1575; theredhorseinn.com D SWAMP RABBIT INN Cyclist Wendy Lynam operates this convivial B&B near the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. Of the six rooms, two have en-suite bathrooms, while the other four share baths in the hall. • 1 Logan St.; 864.517.4617; swamprabbitinn.com
CAMPGROUNDS T TRAVELERS REST / N. GREENVILLE KOA Family-owned campground with 45 RV sites (of those, 9 are KOA patio sites and 2 are premium tent sites) as well as 4 deluxe cabins. Open year-round, and just 10 minutes from North Greenville University and 15 from Furman. • 2400 N. Hwy. 25, Travelers Rest; 864.834.8150; koa.com/campgrounds/greenville
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Country Inn & Suites By Radisson, Greenville
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Drury Inn & Suites Greenville
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Home Away from Home for Business, Family and Group Travelers Spacious suites • Full-size kitchen and fridge Premium WiFi • On-site laundry facilities Free hot breakfast • Complimentary evening social Free grocery shopping service 950 S. Main St. Greenville, SC 29601 864-900-2380
Free Breakfast Event/Meeting Space for up to 250 People
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