2017 Official Greenville, SC Visitor's Guide

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The Official Visitor ’s Guide of Greenville, SC


Downtown Greenville bustles with activity during the annual Euphoria food, wine, and music festival.

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“Top 10 Places in the U.S. You Absolutely Have to Visit”

















—MSN Travel


Writer Ashley Warlick reflects on life, love, and family in her adopted hometown.

Your calendar for keeping busy and entertained during your trip around the sun—and during your time in Greenville.

Discover all that our urban core has to offer and why it’s received national acclaim as one of the best cities in America.

Give your taste buds a tour of the town with ample eateries and eclectic spots for cocktails and craft brews.

Gear up for your next great outdoor adventure at one of the area’s parks, lakes, or adventure outfitters.

From chic apparel to the perfect book, an insider’s guide to shopping local.

Rest easy: an in-depth overview of overnight accommodations.

Art, music, theater, history: an informed takeaway for appreciating the finer things in town.


Grab your big foam finger and oversized jersey and gear up to enjoy some adrenaline-pumping fun.





Get the lowdown on the bars and hot spots that come alive after sundown.

Everything you need to know to get you where you need to go in and around Greenville.

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Located in the heart of Greenville’s vibrant Downtown RiverPlace district, the Hampton Inn & Suites is the perfect place for you to stay whether you come for business or pleasure. Along with beautifully appointed rooms, suites with balconies and glass-enclosed two-room circular suites, you’ll enjoy free wifi and complimentary breakfast-all just steps from the Swamp Rabbit Trail! All that, combined with friendly service and Hampton Inn dependability, makes this the perfect spot for you to relax and recharge on your next trip to Greenville. Book now and Save 10% off our best available rates*! Enter Promo Code GSC

171 RiverPlace | Greenville, SC, 29601 | 864-271-8700 | 864-271-8788 (fax) hamptoninnandsuitesgreenville.com *Based on availability. May not be combined with other discounts and must be requested at the time of reservation.

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Located just steps from bustling Main Street and all its attractions, your tastefully appointed studio or two-bedroom suite will make you feel right at home in Greenville’s newest downtown hotel. Enjoy unparalleled hospitality as well as downtown’s only indoor saltwater pool and our state-of-the-art fitness center. From our complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast to our stunning Up On The Roof restaurant and bar to the nationally-renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a stay at the Embassy Suites Downtown will give you a taste of Greenville you won’t find anywhere else. Book now and Save 10% off our best available rates*! Enter Promo Code GSC

250 Riverplace, Greenville, SC, 29601 | 864-263-4800 | 864-263-4803 (fax) embassysuitesgreenvilledowntown.com *Based on availability. May not be combined with other discounts and must be requested at the time of reservation.

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Executive Vice President/Chief Strategic Officer Jennifer Stilwell

Editor/Project Manager Stephanie Thorn

Editor/Creative Director Lunch on the patio at Larkin’s followed by a walk through RiverPlace.

The bench behind Mary’s at Falls Cottage. It sits high on a slope overlooking Falls Park and has an amazing view!

John McDermott

Editorial Assistant

Grill Marks has the best burgers in town, and for dessert Mast General Store: 500 kinds of candy appeases every sugar craving!

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Publisher and CEO Mark Johnston

Depending on the day’s vibe, I do a trail ride to Swamp Rabbit Brewery in TR for board games, live music, and the Table 301 food truck!

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Donna Johnston | Annie Langston Nicole Mularski | Lindsay Oehmen Emily Yepes | Harlena Walters

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The Anchorage in the Village of West Greenville. Beautiful food and great cocktails.

Scott Gould, John Jeter, Abby Moore Keith, Cindy Landrum, John McDermott, Lindsay Niedringhaus, Maya Payne Smart, Stephanie Thorn, Ashley Warlick

Contributing Photographers/Illustrators/Cartographers

Will Crooks, Wayne Culpepper, Paul Galbreath/Upstate Mapping Services, Lynn Greer, Paul Mehaffey, Wellington Payne & Robbie Cobb/Shed Labs, Alice Ratterree

Production Manager The Kanuga Trail hike that starts at the top of Paris Mountain delivers great views.

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Executive Assistant Kristi Fortner


Falls Park on the Reedy and downtown​have something for everyone, and the atmosphere gives a true reflection of what makes Greenville so unique.

Douglas J. Greenlaw

VisitGreenvilleSC Board of Directors Executive Commitee | Chairman: Larry Bell, Hyatt Regency Greenville // Treasurer: Catherine Stoddard, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP | Andy Cajka, Southern Hospitality Group | Dave Edwards, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District | Scott McDowell, Greenville Marriott | Neetu Patel, Sycamore Investments Group | Fabian Unterzaucher, The Westin Poinsett Greenville // Directors: David Berger, Hospitality America | Gina Boulware, Table 301 | Jonathan Brashier, Aloft Greenville Downtown | Nicole Buntin, Michelin North America, Inc. | Jim Burns, Strategy & Execution Excellence, LLC | Sid Cates, Greenville County Council | Amy Ryberg Doyle, Greenville City Council | Alan Ethridge, Metropolitan Arts Council | Greg Greenawalt, Crowne Plaza Greenville | Brad Halter, Coldwell Banker Caine | Julie Horton, City of Greenville | Tim Justice, Rescom Construction | Joyce McCarrell, The Cafe @ Williams Hardware | Doug McGrath, BMW Performance Center | Chanell Moore, Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism | Beth Paul, Bon Secours Wellness Arena | Carlos Phillips, Greenville Chamber of Commerce | Luanne Runge, Liberty Fellows | Caroline Schroder, Coldwell Banker Caine | Mark Sullivan, Blues Boulevard Jazz | Courtney Warren, Rosenfeld Einstein | Glen Williams, Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace | John Wilusz, TD Convention Center Copyright © 2017 by VisitGreenvilleSC. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions there of in any form. VisitGreenvilleSC is a membership-based organization; therefore the information contained in this publication may not include all area attractions and businesses. Not for resale. VisitGreenvilleSC is not responsible for the business practices of the organizations mentioned, nor changes or variances that occur following publication. Both parties assume no responsibility in this regard. Advertising and editorial inquiries should be directed to Stephanie Thorn of VisitGreenvilleSC at 800.351.7180 x 107.

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KEEPING IT FRESH Aloft Greenville Downtown Surround yourself with savvy style at the always happening W XYZSM bar. Sip on specialty cocktails, munch on inspired hand crafted cuisine and listen to cool tunes from acoustic sets and eclectic beats to sassy DJ mixes.

Aloft Greenville Downtown 5 North Laurens Street Greenville, South Carolina 29601 864.297.6100 aloftgreenvilledowntown.com #yeahTHATaloft

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“Top 10 Downtowns in America” —Forbes

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Greetings from GREENVILLE

We’re glad you’re here! Discovering Greenville—Yeah, THAT Greenville—one of America’s best cities, starts right here with this guide. It’s chock-full of information and inspiration; in-town events, detailed maps for walking and driving, business resources, and so much more. So get excited, get here, and then plan to get busy discovering our town. Yeah, we’ve got you covered.

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Say you marry your first boyfriend. You know about boys before that, the way you know about internal combustion engines: You can recognize one when you see it, and you have expectations it will take you somewhere. A boy ought to spin you around, buy you dinner, bring you flowers every once in a while. Say you meet a boy, and he does all that, and you go ahead and get married. You’re young. It’s not like you can say you know what you’re doing, but nobody’s going to tell you otherwise either. You’ve got a plan.

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reenville is my first real hometown. Not somewhere I was born, but somewhere I picked myself. We moved here almost 18 years ago for the reasons people move places. There was a job at Furman University in a campus like a park, with a student body as nice and earnest as a professor’s dream. My brother lived here, finishing a degree at nearby Clemson University. Our daughter was young, I wanted to be near family again, and coming off a long run in Pennsylvania, I wanted to be back in the South, where I grew up. It seemed like a nice town, rich in dogwoods and azaleas, in shade. A Southern town ought to have a lot of azaleas, a good barbecue joint with a Sunday church crowd, and some war heroes in the cemeteries whom people still claim as their own. We bought a house just off the end of Main Street from a man who said the iron insets in the gates on the white picket fence had come from his family’s side of the Faulkner clan, and when I met his mother, I could ask. It was just what we were looking for. Just off the tail of the Blue Ridge Mountains, halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta, Greenville is a place that’s thought very carefully about itself and how it wants to grow. In the past 18 years, the city has reimagined the whole idea of downtown, of Main Street. It’s not a throwback or a theme park; it’s not dainty or clichéd. It’s just where we all want to go whenever we have the chance. At its heart is a bridge. The Liberty Bridge is a suspension bridge like the sail of a ship across the Reedy River and its waterfalls at Falls Park, the river that’s always churned through here, which used to turn colors according to what fabric was being dyed in textile mills along its banks. Now we race rubber ducks on it, we run our dogs, pedal our bikes, and push our baby strollers alongside it. We collect around it. It’s the center. And when we head downtown to Falls Park on the Reedy for a weekend afternoon in summer, it always seems like there’s something going on, but it’s really just people enjoying living here or visiting for the first, second, or even third time. They drive in from the surrounding county, with its soccer fields and cuts of pretty planned developments. They walk over from the Hampton-Pinckney neighborhood with its Victorians, or the mill houses they’re renovating over in the West End, with their hair streaked the colors of bird feathers, their chunky glasses, and their cool. A trolley runs a loop down Main Street to Fluor Field, our little Fenway Park, past our big “Green Monster,” and over to the art museums and the library; just wait by one of the twenty or so trolley stops when you see it coming and it’ll pick you up. In the crowd, we hear other languages: French and German, Spanish from South America and Mexico, alongside the deep old-money tones that have always been made here, the sounds from the country, from the mountains. Upstate South Carolina is now home to more international investment per capita than any other region in the United States.

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“My love for this place abides like a first love.”


This includes plants for BMW, General Electric, and Michelin. Pretty quickly, this small city begins to feel like a bigger place. It eats like a bigger place, too. Tandoori and tacos, falafel and mjadra—we eat at the Pita House so often I’ve determined what percentage of my children’s bodies are Lebanese—Colombian patacones and arepas at Sacha’s with thick fruit milkshakes, goat curry at the Jamaican place. You can find banh mi at Mekong and absinthe at the Trappe Door, with water dripped from a tap through a sugar cube to cloud in your glass. And wherever we’re eating, there are people from that country eating, too. But my favorite restaurant in the world is American Grocery. Owner and chef Joe Clarke sources as much of his menu as he can from local farmers, what’s grown and raised right here. The first time I ever ate beef tongue was at his table; the first time I ever barged into a restaurant kitchen was to thank him. The TD Saturday Market draws these same farmers to sell their produce from May through October, melons and peaches and beans, heirloom tomatoes with names like Cherokee Purple, after the first people to call this place home. And like a good Southern town, we keep a hand on the past. The paths along the Reedy River connect to the greater GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, 21 miles of reclaimed railroad now connecting Greenville to Travelers Rest. The old Markley Carriage Paint Factory, which became the Duke’s Mayonnaise factory, now the Wyche Pavilion, stands on the banks near the Peace Center. Its open arches are hung with flowers and paper globes for this evening’s wedding. Everything belongs to something else, something with deeper roots, flourishing in unexpected new directions. Above the park, there’s the campus of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. High school students from all over the state, dancers and musicians, actors and artists and writers, live and work here, apprenticed to artists in their field. These kids win national awards for their portfolios and become Presidential Scholars. They go to any college they want to go to, and this is where it starts. Our daughter graduated from there, and now she goes to Furman. Our son walks himself to middle school, right down the street. Last year, I helped a passel of like-minded women open a bookstore in the old family courthouse, named after the first lady principal of Greenville Women’s College: M. Judson, Booksellers and Storytellers, on South Main Street, my own contribution to downtown, my home. No matter how long I’ve been here, or whether I’m on Main Street for work or for leisure, downtown is a loop I’m glad to travel, on the trolley and back, across the bridge and back, each time noticing something new. My love for this place abides like a first love. I love Greenville because I’ve loved it so long. And because it keeps changing. Like we all do. Ashley Warlick is the Greenville-based author of four novels, the editor of edibleUpcountry magazine, and a professor at Queens University.

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Experience Furman Learn


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• Tupelo Honey at the Paddock • Barnes & Noble Café

OLLI courses with Furman professors Leadership development programs The Riley Institute’s public speakers Undergraduate Evening Studies

(proudly serving Starbucks)

• PalaDen Food Court



Division I sports:

• Theatre Arts Series • Thompson Art Gallery • Summer Concert Series and

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Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Lacrosse

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Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field Volleyball

music performances



Greenville’s University for more than 160 years furman.edu

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LIGHTS, CAMERA. Brian Olsen of Art in Action showcases performance art during the annual Artisphere festival.

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EVENT Save the date for fun outings all year long.

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Events | FEBRUARY - MAY 2017 With challenging road races, mountain bike treks, and other cycling events, the whole family can put the pedal to the metal. Gateway Park & Pleasant Ridge Park; greenvillerec.com

MARCH 28-30

GREENVILLE SMALL PLATE CRAWL Gourmands, grab your passports! Greenville’s top eateries offer specialty menus that pair big flavor with a modest price tag. Various Greenville area restaurants; greenvillesmallplatecrawl.com

largest classic car cruise-in, then work on those shag steps to a few beach music tunes. 734 W Main St, Pickens; blueridge.coop/blueridgefest


THE COMMUNITY TAP BEER FESTIVAL Over 50 national craft breweries in one hop-sational venue, pouring up small batch, oneoff, and seasonal selections. Fluor Field at the West End; 945 S Main St; fest. thecommunitytap.com



PELHAM MEDICAL CENTER GREER FAMILY FEST Featuring nearly 200 vendors on-site, two live entertainment stages, a KidsZone, Restaurant

Row, and hands-on activities for all ages. Downtown Greer; greerchamber.com/greerfamily-fest


REEDY RIVER DUCK DERBY You’ll be seeing yellow when these “adopted” rubber beauties float the falls. First to the finish line earns amazing prizes. Falls Park on the Reedy; 601 S Main St; reedyriverduckderby. com


STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL AND COUNTRY FAIR Welcome summer to the Upstate with local merchants, unique entertainment, and tasty treats starring the

Main Street becomes a world of pure imagination, designed to stimulate future innovators through interactive experiences and engaging exhibits. Main St, Downtown Greenville; imagineupstate.org/festival

MAY 18-21


Get your Greek on! Sample savory delicacies, peruse the agora marketplace, then hit the Chorostasi to dance off that baklava.

Put on your yarmulke—it’s time to celebrate Jewish heritage with historical lectures, exhibits, cultural performances, and community discussions.




CARDBOARD REGATTA PRESENTED BY PRATT INDUSTRIES Forget wood and steel. These handcrafted vessels sail on cardboard, duct tape, and your creativity! Westside Aquatic Complex; 2700 W Blue Ridge Dr; greenvillerec.com


2017 SEC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Cheer on 14 elite women’s seeds as they hoop it out for a spot at the NCAA Championship. Bon Secours Wellness Arena; 650 N Academy St; bonsecoursarena.com


ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE You don’t need luck to have fun at this annual event featuring decorative floats, music, and more. Shamrock on! NOMA Square; 220 N Main St

MARCH 17 & 19

THE 2017 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS 1 AND 2 March Madness comes to SC as NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball first/second round action is played in Greenville! Bon Secours Wellness Arena; 650 N Academy St; bonsecoursarena.com

MARCH 25-26


Temple of Israel; 400 Spring Forest Rd; templeofisrael.org/ shalomfest


ALBINO SKUNK SPRING SKUNK MUSIC FEST Camp out on SkunkFarm and don’t miss a minute of diverse musical acts, food trucks, craft beer, and local artisans. 4063 Jordan Rd, Greer; albinoskunk.com

APRIL 13-15

LIVING GALLERY: THE SAVIOR’S CALL Authentic actor portrayals, musical arrangements, and dramatic narratives breathe life into classic works of religious art. Bob Jones University; 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd; livinggallery.bju.edu



Be there for the Upstate’s

MAY 18-21

BMW CHARITY PRO-AM PRESENTED BY SYNNEX CORPORATION Amateur celebs tee off with their professional counterparts on Greenville’s most prestigious courses during this oneof-a-kind golf tournament. The Pro-Am has raised over $12 million for local charities since 2001. Thornblade Club, The Preserve at Verdae, Furman University Golf Club; bmwcharitygolf.com

(Far left) 2012 Firewater Photography; 2015 BM W Pro -A m (opposite) cour tesy A r tisphere

St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral; Elford & Townes Sts; stgeorgegreenville.org/greekfestival.html

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festival’s namesake fruit. Travelers Rest; upstatestrawberryfestival.com

MAY 20

ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE A procession of classic cars, first responders, JROTC students, marching bands, and other patriotic displays honor our nation’s bravest. Main St, Downtown Greenville; greenvillearmedforcesday.com

MAY 25 - JULY 30

UPSTATE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY BANK OF AMERICA All the park’s a stage when brilliant Upstate ensembles pay tribute to the Bard through productions of his best-known works. Falls Park on the Reedy; 601 S Main St; warehousetheatre.com/season/ upstate-shakespeare-festival

MAY 26

BREW IN THE ZOO Grab a beer with some real party animals, courtesy of RJ Rockers Brewing Company. Proceeds benefit Greenville Zoo programs. Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr; greenvillezoo.com

MAY 12-14

JUNE 3-4

Greenville’s popular annual event hosts renowned visual and performing artists from around the globe. Highlights include dynamic presentations on the “Art in Action” stage, culinary experiences, musical entertainment, and Kidsphere.

CFSA UPSTATE FARM TOUR Get an inside scoop on the Upstate’s thriving farm culture while stocking up on organic produce, meats, and other fare. Various Upstate farms; carolinafarmstewards.org/uft

JUNE 15-18

SUMMER ON AUGUSTA Beat the summer heat Southern-style with block parties, BBQ, music, kid-friendly activities, and a tomato pie contest. Various Augusta Street locations; onlyonaugusta.com

JUNE 16-25


Main St, Downtown Greenville; artisphere.org


The ingredients for an “ultimate girls’ weekend?” Spectacular fashion shows, DIY projects, cooking demonstrations, inspiring speakers, and, of course, shopping!

“Ooh” and “aah” at more than just one of the state’s largest firework displays. This downtown tradition also features two music stages, activities, and assorted vendors.

TD Convention Center; 1 Exposition Dr; shegreenville.com

Main St, Downtown Greenville; events.greenvillesc.gov



AUGUST 10-20



Award-winning casual and fine dining restaurants curate affordable culinary experiences guaranteed to please every foodie’s palate.

Captivating historical visionaries Abraham Lincoln, Maya Angelou, Walter Cronkite, Rachel Carson, and Cesar Chavez will “headline” the 30+ live shows.

Various Greenville area restaurants; restaurantweekgreenville.com

Various locations; greenvillechautauqua.org


AUGUST 18-19


There’s no mosquito net required to sip and nosh your way through the zoo’s annual epicurean adventure. Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr; greenvillezoo.com


TRAINS, TRAINS & MORE TRAINS Hop on board with thousands of train enthusiasts during a weekend of interactive exhibits, operational displays, and other locomotive fun. Mauldin Cultural Center; 101 E Butler Rd, Mauldin; cityofmauldin. org/festivals

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NOMA Square; 220 N Main St; nomasquare.com

OCTOBER 20-22; 27-29

BOO IN THE ZOO Youngsters can fill their candy bags at the zoo’s spooky-fun activity booths or dare to visit the un-haunted house. Greenville Zoo; 150 Cleveland Park Dr; greenvillezoo.com


AUNT HET FESTIVAL The small-town tradition returns for its 34th year with staples like classic cars, amusement rides, quilt shows, and crafts. Fountain Inn Activity Center; 610 Fairview St, Fountain Inn; fountaininnchamber.org


GET OUT! GREENVILLE PRESENTED BY GREENVILLE HEALTH SYSTEM Trail races, local exhibitors, athletic demos, and games are just some of the ways to appreciate Greenville’s great outdoors.

Warning: being wined and dined by the South’s most distinguished chefs and sommeliers might spoil you. Indulge every sense with four days of music, classes, demonstrations, tastings, and once-in-a-lifetime feasts. Various Greenville locations; euphoriagreenville.com


WAGGIN’ @ THE WATERPARK Two Upstate waterparks give new meaning to “doggy-paddling” at this end-of-summer cooldown for you and your furry friends. Discovery Island Waterpark & Otter Creek Waterpark; greenvillerec.com


INDIE CRAFT PARADE Peruse art, wearables, paper goods, and everything else handmade at the 8th annual artisan’s marketplace hosted by The Makers Collective. Location TBD; indiecraftparade.com


MAULDIN BBQ COOK-OFF Pile your plate with the Southeast’s best in BBQ and fixins, hand-prepared by 20 teams of bonafide ‘que competitors.

Mauldin Cultural Center; 101 E Butler Rd, Mauldin; mauldinbbq.com


EURO AUTO FESTIVAL The East Coast’s leading all-European event celebrates 22 years of automotive style with an exclusive lineup and notable guest speakers. Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center & The Preserve at Verdae; 670 Verdae Blvd; euroautofestival.com


Conestee Park; 840 Mauldin Rd; getoutgreenville.com


Pavilion Recreation Complex; 400 Scottswood Rd, Taylors; greenvillerec.com

ARTOBERFEST In support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children, ArtoberFest offers an emporium of locally crafted art, photography, edibles, jewelry, and pottery. The Grove at Upcountry Provisions; 6811 State Park Rd, Travelers Rest; upcountryprovisions.com/ artoberfest


FASHION ON THE TOWN Shop local during this chic fashion crawl, using the TOWN passport as your guide to retail deals, prize giveaways, and other fabulous rewards. Various Greenville area boutiques; towncarolina.com/fott


OPEN STUDIOS Greenville’s creative community opens its doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into life as an artist. Various Greenville artists’ studios; greenvillearts.com


Snap up a few Halloween treats from Snow White and Robin Hood as you journey through these magical woods.






HALLOWEEN AT HERITAGE PARK It’s no trick: admission is free to enjoy the bouncy inflatables, crafts, games, and trick-or-treating offered here. Heritage Park; 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville; simpsonvillechamber.com

NEW SOUTH COMEDY FESTIVAL More than 200 comedians from sketch to improv are billed on the two-week festival, which also features professional workshops. Various locations; newsouthcomedy.com


THE “DRIVE-THRU CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW” Not your average light show, this holiday tradition is open dusk to 10 p.m. with rollercoasters, train rides, Ferris wheel, and a Santa village. Heritage Park Amphitheatre, 861 SE Main St. Simpsonville; shadrackchristmas.com

Germany won’t feel 5,000 miles away with a cold Warsteiner, plate of spaetzle, and a Bavarian band on stage. Downtown Greer; greerchamber.com


ALBINO SKUNK FALL MUSIC FESTIVAL The three-day festival showcases an eclectic lineup of musicians, plus opportunities for overnight camping, homespun crafts, and vendors. 4063 Jordan Rd, Greer; albinoskunk.com



MAY 26-27

GALLABRAE—THE GREENVILLE SCOTTISH GAMES B.Y.O.B.—bring your own bagpipes—to one of the world’s premier Games events. Two days of Scottish festivities combine spirited competition, Celtic jams, a parade, and more. Downtown Greenville & Furman University; gallabrae.com

(Far left) Photo by Red Apple Tree Photography; (left) 2014 Craig A. Lee (opposite) Photo cour tesy Fall for Greenville

Say guten tag to four days of German festivities, including bratwurst-eating contests, oompah bands, and bottomless steins.

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NOVEMBER - JANUARY 2018 | Events


Main St, Downtown Greenville; events.greenvillesc.gov

Greenville’s beloved holiday display keeps things merry and bright with thousands of colorful lights and a special Winter Wonderland.


Roper Mountain Science Center; 402 Roper Mountain Rd; ropermountainholidaylights.com

Downtown struts its seasonal spirit with holiday-themed events, music, and entertainment at various participating businesses.



UNITED COMMUNITY BANK ICE ON MAIN Fuel up on hot chocolate and seasonal goodies in between skating sessions at downtown’s open-air ice rink. Village Green; 206 S Main St; iceonmain.com


Main St, Downtown Greenville; downtownholidayhappening.com


THE VERY MERRY LOCAL CHRISTMAS MARKET AT TRAILBLAZER PARK Pick up fresh produce for you, and a handcrafted piece of jewelry, pottery, or artwork for a friend.

Trailblazer Park; 235 Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest; travelersresthere.com/event


RESTAURANT WEEK SOUTH CAROLINA Explore South Carolina’s culinary culture with exclusive restaurant deals, handpicked menus, and limited promotions. Various Greenville area restaurants; restaurantweekgreenville.com

Delicious Thin Crust Pizza Fresh Salads Homemade Ice Cream Craft Beer & Wine Cane Sugar Soda

This is just a sampling of the many annual events that the Greenville area hosts. For a complete list of events, check online at VisitGreenvilleSC.com/events.



Get a jump on Christmas this year with a unique collection of gift items, crafts, and other stocking stuffers. TD Convention Center; 1 Exposition Dr; holidayfairgreenville.com


CHRISTMAS AT THE CITY OF GREER The party kicks off with the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, followed by an evening of holiday tunes, treats, and activities. The following days include Breakfast with Santa and the Christmas parade. Downtown Greer; cityofgreer.org


INDIE CRAFT PARADE HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP Santa who? This temporary holiday retailer has an original, handmade gift for even the trickiest person on your list. Location TBD; indiecraftparade.com


99 Cleveland St, Downtown Greenville 35 S. Main St, Downtown Travelers Rest 3598 Pelham Road, Greenville

ST. FRANCIS FESTIVAL OF TREES Local businesses and organizations vie for top tree using unconventional designs and decorations.

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Downtown Greenville hotels; stfrancisfoundation.com/events/ festivaloftrees.aspx


GREENVILLE POINSETTIA CHRISTMAS PARADE It’s a good ol’ fashioned family Christmas parade, starring regional marching bands, festive floats, and jolly ol’ St. Nick.

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FALL FOR GREENVILLE Stacked musical lineups, diversified food menus, restaurant competitions, kids’ entertainment, and exciting presentations have earned the yearly bash a spot as one of the “Top 20 U.S. Fall Festivals” (Country Living). Main St, Downtown Greenville; fallforgreenville.net

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TD Stage at the Peace Center


FIDELITY INVESTMENTS MOONLIGHT MOVIES Spread your blanket under the stars, grab some popcorn, and enjoy this free outdoor series of classic films.

jazz, bluegrass, and classical musicians. Furman University; 3300 Poinsett Hwy; furman. edu/summermusic


Falls Park on the Reedy; 601 S Main St; events. greenvillesc.gov



Greet the weekend properly with a rotating lineup of bands, beer trucks, kids’ area, and booths from Upstate exhibitors.

Summer is sweet when you’ve got free live music, food trucks, and other vendors to wind down with at night.

NOMA Square; 220 N Main St; events. greenvillesc.gov

TD Stage at the Peace Center; 101 W Broad St; events.greenvillesc.gov




As the name suggests, the first Friday of every month, year-round, this gallery crawl introduces patrons to a wide range of local mixed media talent at home in their art spaces.


Open houses at area artists’ studios and galleries; firstfridaysgreenville.com

Benefiting Greenville’s Metropolitan Arts Council, Downtown Alive attracts thousands of visitors each year to enjoy great bands, beverages, and more.


NOMA Square; 220 N Main St; events. greenvillesc.gov




THAT UNUSUAL EVENT: SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017 While the planets of our solar system quietly orbit the sun, life happens down here on Earth. But this year, there is too much going on in the celestial neighborhood for the interplanetary gymnastics to be ignored!


Better get there early; the popular weekend stop draws a crowd with choice produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and florals.

On August 21, 2017, the Upstate will find itself in the direct path of a rare full solar eclipse. Greenville is one of only a few U.S. cities to be in the “path of totality,” meaning we’ll experience total darkness in the middle of the day when the moon totally obscures the sun. Midday darkness will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. In Greenville, it will start at 2:38 p.m. and last for 2 minutes and 14 seconds. More than a million visitors are expected to visit the state for the event.

Furman’s pristine campus sets the perfect ambience for a summer concert series featuring

Main St, Downtown Greenville; saturdaymarketlive.com

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It’s bound to happen. You might take an unexpected spill or maybe spike a worrisome fever. At some point, you will want quick, expert medical care close to home. The good news is Immediate Care – Pelham is now located around the corner from you. Our highly qualified physicians are available every day with extended hours and weekends as well. Visit SpartanburgRegional.com, call 864-530-3500 or simply walk in without an appointment. Stop in, keep going.


Weekdays 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. / Weekends 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 3611 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615

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The New York Times highlighted Greenville as the next major food destination, and so much more!

There’s no finer introduction to what makes Greenville special.

Tickets on sale now at euphoriagreenville.com

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UP YOUR ALLEY. A block off Main Street, white lights illuminate eateries and eclectic accommodations along the walkersonly N. Laurens Street alleyway.

DOWNTOWN Seek out a center of activity in Greenville’s city center.

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ICE, SO NICE By Lindsay Niedringhaus


In the center of downtown Greenville, in the heart of the holiday season, an ice skating rink magically appears in what is otherwise a perfectly manicured area of grass. Santa’s doing? Perhaps. Enchanting? Definitely. Located between the Courtyard by Marriott and City Hall, United Community Bank Ice on Main is a temporary, open-air rink open to the public seven days a week, including Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visitors may rent skates or bring their own, and if you’re an especially novice skater, the facility offers plastic “scooters” that look like walkers made for ice. No matter your skating skills, you’re sure to catch some of the holiday spirit as you glide along in a Norman Rockwell-esque scene. Not a skater? No problem. Sit on the sidelines and sip hot cocoa under the trees strung with sparkling lights.


ark the car and prepare to walk a while. Because no matter the season or the reason, a stroll (or better yet, a horsedrawn carriage ride) through downtown Greenville promises two things: twinkling white lights and a truly electric pace. The city’s central restaurant district stretches from North Main Street and NOMA Square, through a bustling retail district, past the Peace Center, across the downtown river, where on one side of the street sits RiverPlace, and Falls Park on the Reedy stretches in the other direction—all the way to Fluor Field, the classic minor league ballpark tucked into the city’s West End. All along the way, there are even more boutiques, eateries, and explorations to discover just off Main, with new offerings popping up all the time. Wide, tree-lined sidewalks invite strolling any day of the week, any time of year. So no matter when you plan your visit, plan to come back again when the mood strikes and the season invites new discoveries downtown.




BASKET CASE South Carolina picnics done right

f Greenville’s azaleas are bursting in their bright, bold glory—you know it’s about time for a picnic. The sights of the season are summoning, so grab a wicker basket and a blanket, and find that nearest patch of new-spring green. Falls Park on the Reedy (and the Liberty Bridge that overlooks those falls) is one of the loveliest locations to spread out your white and red checker. It hits all the highlights of a postcard picnic: gorgeous waterfalls, manicured gardens, and plenty of space to find a spot to settle to start munching on that sandwich.


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Cleveland Park, with its sweeping playgrounds adjacent to the Greenville Zoo and the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, is an ideal way to enjoy an al fresco meal before an afternoon spent visiting the animals or cycling with the family. McPherson Park, tucked in a creek valley on the perimeter of downtown Greenville, provides scenic walking trails, playgrounds, gazebos, ponds, and a family favorite miniature golf course (BYO putter and balls). Greenville’s oldest park (it’s on the National Register of Historic Places) is ideal for staying (or playing) awhile.

After Sundown Samplings During the day, stages and amphitheaters throughout Falls Park on the Reedy may be quiet, but at dusk these cozy outdoor venues spring to life, with concerts, Shakespeare in the Park, Moonlight Movies, and more.

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Local Lowdown South Carolina peaches are sweeter and firmer than those grown in the Peach State. The Palmetto State (and California, too) actually outrank Georgia in peach production: South Carolina grows close to 70,000 tons of peaches a year!

“The South’s Best Farmers’ Markets” —Southern Living



One of the best ways to celebrate summer in Greenville is to sample the edible bounty of Greenville farms. And there’s no better place to do that than at the TD Saturday Market. Going into its 15th year, the downtown market led the way for what has become a cornucopia of farmers’ markets in towns all around the Upstate. Every Saturday from May through October, the TD Saturday Market fills Main Street between Court and Washington Streets with nearly 80 vendors from across Greenville County and beyond. The market opens at 8 a.m., but by 10 a.m., the blocks take on a carnival air, teeming with shoppers armed with canvas bags and rolling coolers—many with little ones in tow. Browse the stalls for artisanal goat cheese, grass-fed beef,

eggs from free-range hens, handmade chocolates, fresh fish from the South Carolina coast, and bushels of just-picked vegetables and fruit—including South Carolina’s luscious peaches, which start producing in late spring (May) and run through summer. You’ll also find local artisans offering cutting boards, birdhouses, pottery, and more. It’s worth getting to the market early—don’t worry, you can snag a good cup of coffee and a freshly-baked muffin while you’re there—to get the best pick of local produce. Allow time to chat with the growers. Each one has an interesting story to tell, and you might even get some good gardening tips in the process.

Public art is everywhere you look in downtown Greenville. But the most intriguing sculptures along Main Street are the nine adorably palm-size bronze figurines hidden in plain sight between the Hyatt Regency and Westin Poinsett hotels. The Mice on Main are easier to appreciate than they are to find, and they’re fun to discover for kids of all ages. Stop by the Visitor Center at 206 South Main Street to pick up clues to find them or go to VisitGreenvilleSC.com/listings/Mice-On-Main/1509.


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Downtown Greenville Hailed as one of America’s Top Main Streets by both Parade and Travel + Leisure, this 10-block, tree-lined stretch teems with enticing shops, art galleries, acclaimed restaurants, and public plazas.

Downtown Trolley

These 35-passenger, red and blue open-air trolleys provide free transportation from North Main Street down to Greenville’s West End, Thursday through Sunday. For real-time details, download the Trolley Tracker app or see page 116 for route map. 864.467.5001; greenvillesc.gov/597/trolley

Falls Park on the Reedy

The crown jewel of downtown, this 32-acre landscaped park flanks the banks of the Reedy River and its rushing falls. Where textile mills once stood, paths now meander below terraced gardens. 601 S. Main St.; 864.467.4355; fallspark.com

Heritage Green

Greenville’s cultural campus comprises the Greenville County Museum of Art, SargentWilson Museum and Gallery, Upcountry History Museum, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Hughes Main Library, and Greenville Little Theatre. 450 College St.; 864.467.4348; greenvillesc. gov/736/heritage-green

Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy

TASTE OF THE TOWN By Lindsay Niedringhaus

ith up-and-coming musicians performing on nearly every block, creative fare from more than 40 restaurants, a craft beer garden with 25 breweries, as well as a separate fine wine garden, Fall for Greenville isn’t your typical Southern outdoor autumn festival. To be sure, patrons enjoy more than their fair share of bluegrass tunes and deep-fried confections, but it’s just as easy to partake in mussels mariniere served with a side of psychedelic rock. It’s that exact combination of the familiar peppered with the innovative that entices between 150,000 and 200,000 people to flock to this signature, downtown event each year. Of course, Fall for Greenville like most things Southern and sweet, had modest beginnings. In 1981, its inaugural year, the festival featured only 14 restaurants and even less music. But as Greenville’s reputation as a cultural mecca has grown over the years, so, too, has the culinary and musical presence at the event. Music is free, while sampling dishes and drinks is done by purchasing “taste tickets” and a wristband.


Local Lowdown Pre-purchase your tickets online to avoid ticket lines at the event. Advanced ticket sales are available at fallforgreenville.net.

Supported on only one side by two 90-foottall steel masts, this 345-foot-long suspension bridge towers over the Reedy River Falls as the showstopper of Falls Park on the Reedy. 601 S. Main St.; fallspark.com/175/theliberty-bridge

Mice on Main

Challenge the kids to see if they can find all nine of the small bronze sculptural mice hidden along Greenville’s Main Street between the Hyatt Regency and the Westin Poinsett hotels. Main St.; between College and Court Sts.

NOMA Square

The front yard of the Hyatt Regency Greenville and the largest plaza in downtown, NOMA (for NOrth MAin) Square regularly hosts live music, outdoor festivals, and other free community events. 220 N. Main St.; nomasquare.com

ONE City Plaza

The sophisticated redesign of the plaza that adjoins the ONE complex at Main and Coffee streets lays out a chic space in which to socialize, eat, shop, and relax. 1 N. Main St.; onegreenville.com

United Community Bank Ice on Main

Celebrate winter by gliding over the ice on downtown’s open-air ice-skating rink from mid-November through mid-January. Located in the Courtyard by Marriott’s Village Green, the rink offers skate rentals and hot chocolate. Corner of S. Main and Broad Sts.; 864.467.4355; iceonmain.com

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Featuring unparalleled views, hand-crafted cocktails, artisan wines, craft beers, and small plates, UP On The Roof is a uniquely Greenville experience. 2 5 0 R I V E R P L AC E - D OW N TOW N G R E E N V I L L E Located on the rooftop (8th floor) of the Embassy Suites at RiverPlace in downtown Greenville, SC

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FLAVOR Tastes that span the globe, but keep close to home.

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SPLASH DOWN. Kirk Ingram, bartender at American Grocery Restaurant, adds flavor and flair to his cocktails.

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Crafted at NOSE DIVE is the gastropub’s answer to quality cocktails, such as the Missy Migas (right).

COCKTAIL BANDITS Let loose with the baddest mixed drinks around By Abby Moore Keith

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want our hearts—err—taste buds stolen by a badly-behaved beverage now and then. Greenville’s libation scene is no stranger to cocktail banditry, and the bar scenes at NOSE DIVE and American Grocery Restaurant are two worth sticking your hands up for. An iconic Main Street staple, what really breaks NOSE DIVE from the pack is its upped drinking game at Crafted, the restaurant’s upstairs perch. Standards done better, like the T&T—Tanqueray gin enhanced with house-made tonic—sit well with standout seasonal options like Springtime in Provence, a refreshing, herbal take on the classic French 75—think coastal countryside in France. The Missy Migas is a kicky spin on the paloma, a traditional Mexican tequila drink with grapefruit soda: here, Southern Pressed Juicery’s Hot Mess juice is incorporated as the grapefruit addition with house-made agave simple syrup and cayenne. Not to be out-gunned, American Grocery also crafts a mean drink, with an impressive bar program honoring our nation’s preProhibition past, offering a few twists on modern classics and custom-created cocktails based on patron preferences. Small bottles of homemade bitters sit behind the bar, but the program also has its own shrubs—aged vinegar and herb-infused drinks that add to the flavor. Our concoction of choice? The Pig on the Porch, with house-infused bacon bourbon, Blenheim’s hot ginger ale, and a pork rind garnish. Or, if whiskey’s not your thing, how about the Maiden’s Blush? Ransom Old Tom gin, absinthe, raspberry cordial, and lemon get along just fine. Bad never tasted so good.

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American Grocery Restaurant 732 S Main St., 864.232.7665, americangr.com Crafted at NOSE DIVE 116 S Main St., 864.373.7300, thenosedive.com

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Flavor | BACON BROS.

Smokin’ Hot Bask in barbecue bliss at Bacon Bros. Public House By the VGSC Collective

ou might have an inkling of what a meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. At his Eastside restaurant Bacon Bros. Public House, Gray has the luxury of his own smokehouse and— from the board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats to the


glass-walled curing room on display—there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. Chef Gray launched the restaurant in 2012 with a few friends, and whether it’s the beef brisket or pulled pork, his protein-primed preparations are always on point. To appreciate the fullness of the menu’s flavor profiles, we suggest the BBQ

Sampler and Devil’s Dust Eggs, but if you’re aching to appease the veggie enthusiast inside, there are plenty of fixins for you. Cornmeal-fried pickles, crispy Brussels sprouts in a ginger-soy dressing, and the braised local greens confirm Chef Gray’s commitment to farm-fresh ingredients. Complete your consumption with a pick off the cocktail list,

which heavily features spirits well-suited for savory meats— whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup line the menu.

Bacon Bros. Public House 3620 Pelham Rd, 864.297.6000, baconbros publichouse.com

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FREEZE FRAME The King of Pops is on a roll with frozen treats

Lemon lavender, blackberry mojito, orange cream, raspberry rosewater. If these fab ice pop flavors send your salivary glands into overdrive, make a run during the warmer months for the rainbow-hued umbrellas on the corner of Main and McBee streets or in front of the The Cook’s Station in the West End. Frozen forms of pure bliss, King of Pops pulverizes creative combinations of fruit, herbs, and spices into juice, pours into molds, and flash-freezes. Some flavors, like chocolate sea salt, remain year-round, but others are rotated seasonally, based on local ingredients. In summer, you can find lemongrass mint, peaches and cream, and jalapeño margarita at the Saturday farmers’ markets in Greenville and Travelers Rest. And, if you need a cold kick on a warm winter day, King of Pops can be found at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery. —M. Linda Lee

Visit greenville.kingofpops.com for location and schedule information.


Photos by Paul Mehaffey

Cool down with King of Pops’ artisanal treats.

“The Next Big Food City of the South” —Esquire

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5 TO TRY Local (flavor)ites and go-to hangouts: eateries that have endured.

1. Northgate Soda Shop


Photo by Paul Mehaffey

Relive your childhood at this classic 1950s hideaway. Surrounded by old soda bottles, traffic lights, and vintage Americana, indulge in a patty melt or slaw dog, and wash it down with a big glass of sweet iced tea.

At OJ’s Diner, soul food is where societal walls break down and the hungry come for sustenance—and fried chicken By Scott Gould

all it gastronomic diversity or call it a meat-and-three miracle, but here in the South, food is the great equalizer. A local hotspot of fine Southern cookin’, West Greenville’s OJ’s Diner is where soul food becomes food for the soul.


A fresh tin of fried chicken slides into a steaming spot in the buffet, next to the baked tilapia, next to the turkey and dressing (some folks know it better as “stuffing”), next to the mac and cheese, next to the mashed potatoes, next to the sweet potato soufflé. Seems silly that something this simple can

bring people shoulder to shoulder, but it just takes a decent piece of fried chicken and a good casserole. All you have to do is walk through the door. OJ’s Diner 907 Pendleton St., 864.235.2539, ojs-diner.com

Fried & True When you think “tomato,” usually a juicy and vine-ripened red fruit pops to mind. The green tomato isn’t as apt to make mouths water—unless it’s battered and fried to a golden brown. Fried green tomatoes are a Southern staple, and several Greenville restaurants do the dish proud. Downtown restaurants Rick Erwin’s West End Grille, Soby’s New South Cuisine, Tupelo Honey, and others, plate up refined versions of this Southern favorite.

918 N. Main St., 864.235.6770, northgatesodashop.com

2. Brick Street Café

A Greenville staple for more than two decades, stop by this former belt factory-turned-restaurant for some fine Southern cookin’. With dessert as its specialty, locals swear by the sweet potato pie and coconut cake. 315 Augusta St., 864.421.0111, brickstreetcafe.net

3. Duke’s Sandwich Company

Greenville’s been home to Duke’s Sandwich Company since 1917, but only since 1960 have guests been able to bite into a classic white bread sandwich filled with signature spreads like baked ham, pepper and onion, or the Southern classic—pimento cheese. 1001 Poinsett Hwy., 864.400.3222, dukesandwich.myshopify.com/pages/ restaurants

4. Pickwick Pharmacy

Opened in 1947 and named one of the “Best Soda Fountains in the U.S.” (Huffington Post), Pickwick is the go-to for cherry and vanilla cokes, milkshakes, fresh-squeezed orangeade (and prescriptions). Take it all in from the blue 1940s-style diner stools. 3219 Augusta St., 864.277.4180, thepickwick.net

5. Stax’s Original

Owned and operated by the Stathakis family for more than 60 years, this Greenville favorite features inexpensive meat-andthrees, lip-smackin’ brunch, and soul food, all served on the original diner’s countertops. 1704 Poinsett Hwy., 864.232.2133, staxsoriginal.com

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Greenville’s food scene is as diverse as it is delicious. Seek out these local hotspots to add a little spice to your life.

Addy’s Dutch Café & Restaurant Dutch/Indonesian. 17 E Coffee St., 864.232.2339, addysdutchcafe.com



ASIAN INSPIRATION If you’re looking for appetizing Asian fare, Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Among his palate-pleasing plates is the broken rice platter, which places julienned pork, a grilled chop, and a steamed omelet over broken rice. For some textural variation, try the noodle feast, featuring grilled pork— marinated with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, soy, and oyster sauces—and shredded pork simmered in a flavorful broth. Chef Tran grows his own herbs, and crafts his own nuoc cham, a Vietnamese sauce. Add a crispy spring roll and your ’buds will be begging for more.

Afghan. 210 E Coffee St., 864.236.7410

Mekong 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd., 864.244.1314, mekongrestaurantgreenville.com


Latin American. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd., 864.770.3450, asadarestaurant.com

Golden Llama

Peruvian. 2435 E North St., #1110, 864.373.9958, goldenllama.net


Japanese. 115 Pelham Rd., #26, 864.271.0900, irashiai.com

Koi Asian Bistro

Thai/Chinese/Japanese. 15 Pelham Rd., #15, 864.241.5355, koigreenville.com

Hans & Franz Biergarten

German. 3124 SC-14, 864.627.8263, hansandfranzbiergarten.net

Las Meras Tortas

Mexican. 6119 White Horse Rd., 864.220.5355, lasmerastortas.com. Second location at 3058 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors. Mediterranean. 70 RiverPlace, 864.679.5299, thelazygoat.com

Mad Cuban

Cuban. 699 Fairview Rd., Simpsonville, 864.757.9530, mad-cuban-cafe.com


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Lazy Goat

Discover brothy bliss at Pho Noodleville, Mekong, Pho 99, and several other noodle shops in Greenville.

Passerelle Bistro

French. 601 S Main St., 864.509.0142, passerelleinthepark.com

Pita House

Middle Eastern. 495 S Pleasantburg Dr., 864.271.9895, pitahousesc.com

Pomegranate on Main

Persian. 618 S Main St., 864.241.3012, pomegranateonmain.com

Ristorante Bergamo

Italian. 100 N Main St., 864.271.8667, ristorantebergamo.com


Indian. 1178 Woodruff Rd., 864.288.7400, saffrongreenville.com

Trappe Door

Belgian. 23 W Washington St., 864.451.7490, trappedoor.com

GRAB A BITE IN GREER Small town with big tastes

Chicago native John Fetchko’s Johnny F’s Chicago Style sandwich shop resembles the iconic Chicago-style hot dog and beef stands found in nearly every Chicago neighborhood. Signature items are Vienna Beef hot dogs and Polish sausage, Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, loaded gyros, homemade chili, tamales (combine them for a “chili tamale boat”), and fresh hand-cut fries. Greenville’s first Neapolitan pizzeria is also in this quaint but eclectic Greenville County town: Risata Pizza opened within the last year, serving up Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, which means it adheres to a strict list of requirements to ensure that the pie is true to the traditions of Naples. A wood-fired oven reaching temperatures of 800 degrees or higher (capable of cooking the pizza in about two minutes) and dough made only with flour, yeast, water, and salt are hallmarks of this high-standard pie. Johnny F’s Chicago Style 2113 Old Spartanburg Rd., Greer, 864.520.1699, hotdogjohnnyfs.com

Risata Pizza 111 Middleton Way, Greer, 864.334.5319, risatapizza.com

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SQUARE MEAL Consider the culinary inspirations of Chef Greg McPhee (an alum of Restaurant 17 and Husk Charleston) when searching for your next place to dine. Off the beaten path in the emerging Village of West Greenville, The Anchorage restaurant features an everchanging menu of locally sourced food, wine from small, sustainable producers, local beer, and craft cocktails. Small, affordably priced plates and dinner-fortwo options include housemade charcuterie, bread, and ice cream, plus seasonal produce, local proteins, and innovative pairings.

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Dining Guide | LISTINGS recently received a makeover, with windows that open onto Main Street, and Crafted bar upstairs. Chef Shaun Garcia has kicked up the menu of urban comfort food.

Dinner only Reservations suggested $15 or less $16 to $25 more than $25

116 S. Main St.; 864.373.7300; thenosedive.com

Prices are based on the average cost of a dinner entrée (or a lunch entrée if dinner is not served)

Restaurant 17 $$$ D R

Skillfully prepared seasonal cuisine such as sweet potato gnocchi with maple brown butter comes with a dropdead gorgeous mountain view at Hotel Domestique, owned by noted cyclist George Hincapie.

American American Grocery Restaurant $$$ D R

Biscuit Head

Run by Chef Joe Clarke and his sommelier wife, Darlene, this West End restaurant is a foodie favorite for refined seasonal dishes that showcase artisanal ingredients from local farms.

quesadillas and blue crab lobster dip make good preludes to sandwiches, burgers, and house specialties at this lively sports bar in the West End.

is crowned by a terrific rooftop deck. From chipotle lime chicken to maple-glazed salmon, classic American food fills the menu.

732 S. Main St.; 864.232.7665; americangr.com

631 S. Main St.; 864.568.5053; greenville.brazwellspub.com

The Anchorage $$ D R

Café Verdae $$

21 E. Coffee St.; 864.438.4698; greenville. inkanivy.com

This eclectic neighborhood restaurant specializes in small plates, esoteric wines, and craft cocktails and is located in the Village of West Greenville. 586 Perry Ave.; 864.219.3082; theanchoragerestaurant.com

Artisan $$

Pecan-crusted trout and shrimp and grits number among the tempting items on the menu of the dining room at the Greenville Marriott. Save room for the Kentucky mud pie. One Parkway East; 864.297.0300, x255; artisangreenville.com

Augusta Grill $$ D

The menu changes daily at this neighborhood eatery, a go-to on Augusta for more than 20 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

Bistro 45 Carolina Fresh $$

Focusing on fresh regional products from growers and producers around South Carolina, the Hilton Greenville’s restaurant menu highlights the likes of cedar-roasted salmon and a flame-roasted bone-in pork chop.

Set inside the airy atrium of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center, Café Verdae offers entrées that range from baked lasagna to pan-roasted red snapper. 670 Verdae Blvd.; 864.676.9090; embassysuitesgreenville.com

Carolina Ale House $$

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

Green Room Restaurant and Bar $$$ R

Occupying a turn-of-the-20th century building, the Green Room highlights sophisticated American fare for lunch and dinner. Though the restaurant is under new management, the beloved chipotle-glazed meatloaf remains on the menu. 116 N. Main St.; 864.335.8222; greenroomgvl.com

Grill Marks $

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.

45 W. Orchard Park Rd.; 864.232.4747; greenvillesc. hilton.com

209 S. Main St.; 864.233.5825; grillmarks.com

Brazwells Premium Pub $

Tattoo-inspired artwork decorates the walls of this three-level restaurant, which

Kicked-up pub fare like brisket

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Larkin’s on the River $$$ R

Next door to the Peace Center, Larkin’s spotlights Prime steaks and fresh seafood to complement the Reedy River view. Check out the new snack menu, served from 2pm to 5pm. 318 S. Main St.; 864.467.9777; larkinsontheriver.com

Mary Beth’s at McBee Station $$

Locally renowned for excellent breakfasts (try the lemon ricotta pancakes), Mary Beth’s also serves innovative salads and sandwiches for lunch as well as steak and seafood entrées at dinner. 500 E. McBee Ave.; 864.242.2535; marybethsatmcbee.com

Mary’s Restaurant at Falls Cottage $ Mary Jones serves comfort food for lunch and weekend brunch in an 1893 cottage bordering Falls Park on the Reedy. Regulars favor the hot chicken salad and barbecue chicken quesadilla.

615 S. Main St.; 864.298.0005; fallscottage.com

Northampton Wines and Cafe $$

Serving dinner Monday through Saturday, as well as Saturday lunch, this downtown cafe’s featured wines and refined menu items prove a perfect pairing. 211 E Broad St.; 864.271.3919; northamptonwines.com


This upscale gastropub

10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest; 864.516.1254; restaurant17.com

Roost Restaurant $$

The Hyatt Regency’s soil-tocity 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

Soby’s New South Cuisine $$$ D R Fusing Southern recipes with contemporary flair, Soby’s offers new twists on old favorites. Fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese fondue, and country ham with Brussels sprouts will give you the idea. 207 S. Main St.; 864.232.7007; sobys.com

Spoonbread Restaurant $ 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; westinpoinsettgreenville.com

Stax Omega Diner $

This family-owned diner has been a Greenville favorite since 1988. No wonder, with comfort food like a roasted half chicken, hand-pressed burgers, and sweets from Stax Bakery next door. 72 Orchard Park Dr.; 864.297.6639; staxs.net

Stella’s Southern Bistro $$$ R

Chef Jason Scholz skillfully interprets Southern cuisine using products from local farms. Delicious results yield Carolina coast fish specials and a grilled Beeler’s Farm pork chop with sweet potato grits. 684-C Fairview Rd., Simpsonville; 864.757.1212; stellasbistro. com

Stellar Restaurant & Wine Bar $$$ D A constellation of fiber-otic stars collides with an orbit of fine wines, artisan cheeses, small plates, and confections. The handful of dinner entrées ranges from diver scallops to filet mignon.

20 N. Main St.; 864.438.4954; stellarwinebar.com

Bakeries & Cafés Cafe at Williams Hardware $

Open for lunch daily and breakfast on weekends, this down-home spot resides in a former hardware store. Don’t miss the cool shop up front that stocks South Carolinamade items. 13 S. Main St., Travelers Rest; 864.834.7888. cafeatwilliamshardware.com

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

Eggs Up Grill $

Breakfast (they serve lunch too) is what it’s about at Eggs Up Grill downtown, with morning fare from blueberry pancakes to Benedicts. If you’re on the Eastside, there’s a second location at 1939 Woodruff Road. 31 Augusta St.; 864.520.2005; eggsupgrill.com

Legrand Bakery $

Count on French baker Emmanuel Legrand for French baguettes, chocolate croissants, and a mouthwatering selection of pastries at his storefront in Augusta Village. Lunch fare adds quiche, sandwiches, and salads. 1818 Augusta St.; 864.991.8592; legrandbakery.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

Runway Café $

Watch the planes take off and land at Greenville Downtown

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Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse

combine with beer and wine at this comfortable downtown deli. The expanded dinner menu includes crab cakes, chicken piccata, and herbencrusted salmon. 101 Falls Park Dr. 864.312.9060; rickerwins. com/deli-and-market

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blended with your choice of 65 yummy mix-ins, from pineapple to pistachios. And all the mixing is done, of course, on a chilled marble slab. 108 N. Main St.; 864.255.5008; marbleslab.com


Soby’s on the Side $

Airport while you savor burgers, wraps, salads, and soups. The kiddos will go for the fried Oreos for dessert. 21 Airport Rd. Ext.; 864.991.8488; runwaycafegmu.com

Strossner’s Bakery & Cafe $ 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

Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery “Eat local. Ride bikes,” is the mantra of this bakery/grocery on mile 31.5 of the GHS 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

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 fresh-baked breads and pastries, terrific sandwiches, and the killer chocolate brownies. 6809 State Park Rd., Travelers Rest; 864.834.8433; upcountryprovisions.com

Barbecue Sticky Fingers Ribhouse – Main Street $$ Memphis-style hickorysmoked ribs, wings, and barbecue come with a side of friendly customer service at the downtown location of this barbecue favorite that is open for lunch and dinner. 1 S. Main St.; 864.331.7427; stickyfingers.com

Sticky Fingers Ribhouse – Woodruff Road $$

Like its downtown sister, Sticky Fingers on the Eastside is famous for “fall-off-the-bone delicious” ribs, wings, pulledpork barbecue, all cooked over hickory wood. Southern sides round out the meal.

Port City Java $

3 Market Point Dr.; 864.458.7427; stickyfingers. com

11 S. Main St.; 864.250.9040; portcityjava.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

Kuka Juice $

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. 101 Falls Park Dr., Suite 102; 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

Organic Cat Cafe $

Area cat lovers will have a purr-fect place to sip tea and coffee, and munch on snacks while they fraternize with rescued cats. Opening in 2017 in the downtown area. 864.907.2515; organic-cat-cafe.com

From fresh-roasted coffee and espresso to milkshakes and beyond, Port City Java offers a wide variety of hot and cold beverages. Try the tasty wraps for breakfast and lunch.

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.

This delicious deli and bakery around the corner from Soby’s New South Cuisine caters to breakfast and lunch. Save room for dessert, especially the signature white chocolate banana cream pie.

Addy’s Dutch Cafe & Restaurant $$ D

22 E. Court St.; 864.271.8431; sobysontheside.com

Popular with the downtown after-work crowd, this Greenville mainstay dishes up an eclectic menu of old-world Dutch/ Indonesian cuisine in a cozy pub atmosphere. Addy’s homemade soups are always a hit.

Two Chefs $

17 E. Coffee St.; 864.232.2339; addysdutchcafe.com

In their spacious new digs at the corner of Main Street and Stone Avenue, Two Chefs features made-to-order sandwiches and salads, plus soups, carry-out entrées, and an expanded market section. 644 N. Main St., Ste #107; 864.370.9336; twochefscafeandmarket.com

2 W. Washington St.; 864.729.8626; southernpressedjuicery.com


Spill the Beans $

The Donut Experiment $

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. 2B W. Stone Ave.; 864.233.0006; thebohemiancafe.com

Cantina 76 $

Custom-blended ice cream and frozen yogurt (choose chocolate or vanilla plus your favorite mix-ins) join a smooth cup of java and morning pastries bordering Falls Park on the Reedy.

Pick a freshly made cake donut and customize it with myriad toppings from rainbow sprinkles and coconut to bacon and Fruity Pebbles. It’s your experiment, so sky’s the limit.

531 S. Main St.; 864.242.6355; stbdowntown.com

Wash tacos and other TexMex offerings down with hand-crafted margaritas at this new independently owned restaurant on ONE City Plaza. Weekly specials join the usual suspects on the menu.

2123 Augusta St.; 864.255.3399; thedonutexperiment.com

103 N. Main St. #101; 864.631.2914; cantina76.com

Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream $

Green Lettuce $$

Tandem Creperie 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 GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. 2 S. Main St., Travelers Rest; 864.610.2245; tandemcc.com

Delis & Markets

Kids of all ages love Kilwins on NOMA Square for its myriad of 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

The sunny cuisine of the Mediterranean inspires dishes such as dolma (grape leaves), grilled lamb kebobs, and a salad made with dates, spinach, feta, and walnuts at Green Lettuce. 19 Augusta St.; 864.250.9650; greenlettuceusa.com

Hans & Franz Biergarten $$ This red brick German eatery resides in a former mill building on the Eastside. Beer and brats and other tradi-

Caviar & Bananas $

This Charleston-based cafe, deli, and market is a veritable bazaar of gourmet sandwiches and salads, pastries, and food items to go. 1 N. Laurens St.; 864.235.0404; caviarandbananas.com

Rick’s Deli & Market $

Top-notch deli sandwiches, salads, and hot daily specials

Papi’s Tacos

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Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood $$$ D R

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 award-winning wine list. 40 W. Broad St.; 864.546.3535; rickerwins. com/nantucket-seafood

Kitchen Sync tional dishes may taste best when enjoyed outside in the palm-shaded biergarten. 3124 S. Hwy. 14; 864.627.8263; hansandfranzbiergarten.com

Irashiai $

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 napped with the house cream sauce. 115 Pelham Rd. #26; 864.271.0900; irashiai.com

Jianna $$

Located on the second floor of Falls Park Place, Chef Michael Kramer’s new Italian restaurant stars pasta made in-house daily, a selection of crudo, and Italian-inspired cocktails from the bar. Opening in early 2017. 600 S. Main St.; 864.720.2200; jiannagreenville.com

The Lazy Goat $$ R

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

Papi’s Tacos $

At this little “taco truck without wheels” along the banks of the Reedy in RiverPlace, Jorge “Papi” Baralles whips up authentic tacos, tortas, salsas, and dips using his family recipes. 300 River St., Suite 123; 864.373.7274; eatpapistacos. com

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Passerelle Bistro $$ R

Chef Teryi Youngblood’s love of French cuisine shows in her signature mussels with saffron, tomatoes, and espelette pepper. Set in Falls Park, Passerelle makes the perfect perch for an alfresco meal. 601 S. Main St.; 864.509.0142; passerelleinthepark.com

Pomegranate on Main $$ Mezzas like Mirza Ghasemi (a smoky eggplant dip) make a tasty prelude to Pomegranate’s flavorful, traditional 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

Purple International Bistro & Sushi $$

Just steps from Fluor Field in the West End, Purple hits a home run with a crowd-pleasing menu that ranges from Peking duck sliders to specialty rolls and teriyaki entrées. 933 S. Main St.; 864.232.3255; purplesushibar.com

Ristorante Bergamo $$ R Chef/owner Nello Gioia, a native of Bergamo, Italy, interprets classic Northern Italian cuisine using regionally sourced grass-fed meats, sustainable seafood, and homegrown organic herbs to complement his imported pantry staples.

100 N. Main St.; 864.271.8667; ristorantebergamo.com

Trappe Door $$

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

Tsunami Sushi Bar & Grill $$

The menu at this chic downtown sushi bar runs the gamut from sushi and sashimi combinations to noodle dishes, tempura, and hibachi entrées that come with steamed rice and veggies. 106 E. North St.; 864.467.1055; tsunamigreenville.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 hand-tossed pizza and some 270 types of craft beer, housed in a 19th-Century hardware store. Upstairs, six regulation billiard tables are available by the hour. 25 W. Washington St.; 864.232.3706; barleysgville.com

Seafood Blockhouse Restaurant & Oyster Bar $$

This neighborhood oyster bar

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This Eastside steakhouse specializes in top-quality cuts and fresh seafood, served in a clubby atmosphere. Shareable sides run from cheese-topped mashed potatoes to sautéed green beans. 36 Beacon Dr.; 864.286.8700; chophouse47.com

CityRange Steakhouse $$ Casual and locally owned, City Range serves certified Angus beef in cuts of prime rib, filet mignon, New York strip and ribeye. Seafood lovers go for the blue crab cakes. 615 Haywood Rd.; 864.286.9018; cityrange.com

Halls Chophouse $$$ D R

Occupying the former High Cotton spot, this family-operated steakhouse boasts a sophisticated ambience and a Reedy River view. Pair aged Prime steaks with signature sides like lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. 550 S. Main St., Suite 100; 864.335.4200; hallschophouse.com

The Peddler Steakhouse $$$ D

When it opened in 1969, The Peddlar 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

Rick Erwin’s Eastside $$$ DR 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

Rick Erwin’s West End Grille $$$ D R

Dark woods 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

Ruth’s Chris Steak House $$$ D R

Luscious USDA Prime cuts are seared at 1800 degrees to seal in flavor at Ruth Fertel’s legendary steakhouse. Find Ruth’s Chris adjacent to the Crowne Plaza hotel on Greenville’s Eastside or in the new Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown RiverPlace. 851 Congaree Rd.; 864.248.1700; 250 RiverPlace, 864.242.2000; ruthschris.net

Food Tours The Brewery Experience

Dive into Greenville’s craftbeer scene on this van tour (Wednesdays and Saturdays, and by special reservation), led by Gary Glancy, a Certified Cicerone—the beer equivalent of a wine sommelier. 828.216.1343; thebreweryexperience.com

S At the Chef’s Table Tour

Historian John Nolan’s original three-hour culinary tour spotlights the Table 301 group. 864.567.3940, greenvillehistorytours.com/atthe-chefs-table-culinary-tour

Greenville BBQ Trail Tour

From tour guide John Nolan, this culinary exploration takes in favorite local spots for barbecue. 864.567.3940, greenvillehistorytours.com

Victoria Valley Vineyards

Tour the winemaking facility off Highway 11 and linger to taste the vinifera wines made in the chateau-style structure. In season, enjoy lunch on the terrace overlooking the vine-covered hillsides. 1360 S. Saluda Rd., Cleveland; 864.878.5307; victoriavalleyvineyards.com

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has catered to the Augusta Road set since 1981. Try the steamed oysters Blockefeller (blanketed with creamed spinach and hollandaise) and check out the new back deck.

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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. We’ve got your table waiting. Downtown Greenville, SC | 864.232.7007 | www.Table301.com

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NEXT GREAT VILLAGE Morning walks and friendly talks. Lazy days and neighborly waves. Pool dips and day trips. Community traditions, a love for the land, and a family name – these are things worth passing down. For two generations, the Hartness family has made their home on some of the most beautiful land in Greenville and, now, they’re offering you the opportunity to do the same. Welcome to Hartness. Welcome home.

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Be enlivened. Or just be. Wild and scenic does more than describe the Greenville horizon, viewed here from an outcropping at Caesars Head State Park.

FRESH AIR Get out! Get going! Your next outdoor adventure is just around the bend.

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Greenville’s Great Lakes

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The Oconee Bell is a shiny-leafed herbaceous perennial that blooms in early spring with solitary white and pink bell-shaped flowers that perch on leafless stalks. Shortia galacifolia (its scientific name) is one of the world’s most threatened species, and 90 percent of the world’s Shortia is found in the Upstate’s Jocassee Gorges. It grows along the banks of streams and on the banks of nearby Lake Jocassee, and this elusive plant remains a draw for photographers and botany lovers near and far.

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Lake Jocassee has been named one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places— Destinations of a Lifetime” by National Geographic for its plentiful waterfalls and unspoiled landscape.

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Lake Jocassee Rare species. Rocky vistas.

Lake Hartwell Big, mighty.

Lake Keowee Boat. Float. Repeat.

Despite its popularity, Lake Jocassee still feels largely untouched and undiscovered, even when setting off from the docks at Devils Fork State Park. Jocassee’s 75 miles of shoreline and 43,000 acres of surrounding forest are marked by dense foliage, abundant wildlife, and towering waterfalls. The Eastern Continental Divide bisects the Jocassee Gorges, creating a temperate rainforest climate that supports wildlife and plants unlike any other along the Divide. This unique climate also contributes to the area’s biodiversity—bobcat, black bear, wild turkey, deer, river otters, hawks, and even bald eagles live and thrive here. Threatened mosses, wildflowers, and rare orchids also make their home in the Jocassee basin. Like its neighbors Keowee and Hartwell, Jocassee provides epic recreational opportunities. Start with Jocassee Outdoor Center or Jocassee Lake Tours for fishing and boating hookups, or guided tours. The lake’s crystal-clear waters reach depths of more than 300 feet, attracting scuba enthusiasts from around the country. When the valley was flooded and the lake was filled, entire towns were suspended in time and water (cemeteries, school gymnasiums, and street signs are just a few of the things divers will discover) making the lake’s floor a kind of Atlantis.

Created in the early 1960s by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of a flood control and hydropower project, 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell is one of the five most-visited Corps sites in the United States. Hartwell is considered one of the region’s best lakes for boating and water sports for many reasons. First off, it’s huge: nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline cover parts of six counties in both South Carolina and Georgia. The lake runs 49 miles up the Tugaloo River and 45 miles up the Seneca River, with the main body of open water stretching six miles across at its widest point. No surprise, then, that the Western Carolina Sailing Club has been navigating the waters of Lake Hartwell with wind-powered grace and style for more than fifty years. They even offer “Learn to Sail” classes and host an annual two-day Bloody Mary Regatta each November. At the same time, you shouldn’t be surprised if you’re passed by several of those sleek, fast-running fishing boats while you’re out on the lake. Hartwell is renowned for its fishing and has welcomed some of the nation’s finest anglers while hosting Bassmaster Classic tournaments. From kayaking to jet-skiing, a day on Lake Hartwell is more than a splash of fun—it’s a tidal wave.

From goofy Gilligan to the diminutive Tattoo, islands have long stood as fabulous fuel for our adventure-hungry imaginations. For those who seek to explore and discover, Lake Keowee serves up more islands per square mile than either of its two Upstate neighbors—71, to be exact. Keowee-Toxaway State Park occupies 1,000 acres along Lake Keowee’s 300 miles of shoreline; the lake’s water covers 18,372 acres, or roughly half the size of Washington, D.C. The Cherokees called Keowee “the place of the mulberries,” but today it’s more widely considered the place for boaters: sparkling, crystal-blue waters (fed by Lake Jocassee) and wide, winding channels make this a desirable destination for weekend warriors and second-home owners alike. Two must-see spots on Keowee include Jumping Rock and Waterfall Cove. Jumping Rock is a 30-foot boulder where boaters gather to float, swim, and watch a few daring climbers dive into the lake from above. Waterfall Cove is perhaps the most popular place on Lake Keowee, where the sound of boat engines is replaced by the roar of a towering waterfall. Watercraft gather round, making for a festive flotilla.

TAKE STUFF. LEAVE STUFF. Geocaching.com proclaims that 6 million hobbyists worldwide hunt for more than 2.6 million caches, and Lake Keowee is the motherlode. About 30 caches are hidden within a five-mile radius, including many on Lake Keowee’s islands.

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tarting from downtown and working your way out until you reach the county line, green spaces and protected places extend to every corner of Greenville County. So it’s little wonder that trekking experiences here are considered some of the best in the region. Brimming with waterfalls, soaring views, and hiking adventures that deliver you straight to the heart of the sweet mountain air, each is a jewel to be treasured. Paris Mountain State Park

A few minutes from downtown—you can see its namesake from the city—Paris Mountain State Park offers almost instant access to a wide range of natural adventures. Named for early Greenville settler Richard Pearis, the broad ridges of Paris Mountain provide a striking horizon, especially at sunset. Designated as a state park in the 1930s, this unexpected treasure is one of the city’s most popular weekend-recreation destinations—and for good reasons! Stop by the park office for a full list of activities and amenities or jump right into the welcoming waters of Lake Placid, where kayak, canoe, and pedal boat rentals are available. Then hop on the Sulphur Springs Trail and wind your way past several waterfall views, or take the North Lake Trail and explore what was once the main source of water for Greenville. Mountain biking

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enthusiasts can also cruise trails on specified days. For overnight opportunities, the park offers cabin rentals and campsites. Hike This: Sulphur Springs Trail

See This: The Old Amphitheater / Lake Placid Trail Photo Op: Mountain Lake Dam Waterfall / Sulphur Springs Trail Campfire Conversation Starter: A colonial period burial site is located near the campground. (Anyone want a ghost story with their s’mores?)

Jones Gap State Park

For mountain lovers aching to put a little distance between themselves and the city, Jones Gap State Park is worth every scenic second of the 45-minute drive north. Also part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, the park serves as a convenient gateway to the natural beauty of the Upstate forest. Winding its way through the 11,000-acre wooded park, the Middle Saluda River invites guests to take a dip or relieve their weary feet after hiking

the 2.2 mile trail to Rainbow Falls. Anglers can try their luck casting for mountain trout, and birdwatchers can enjoy the impressive migration of songbirds that pass through each spring. Both seasoned backpackers and casual afternoon strollers can enjoy the exuberant early season wildflowers and brilliant fall colors that line even the shortest of trails. For the overnight explorer, hike-in campsites are available by reservation. Hike This: Rainbow Falls Trail

See This: Cleveland Fish Hatchery

Photo Op: Overlook / Pinnacle Pass Trail

Campfire Conversation Starter: The Middle Saluda River, South Carolina’s first-designated scenic river, runs through the park. (Currently only 208 rivers have a protected designation, which is less than a quarter of 1 percent of the nation’s rivers.)

Caesars Head State Park

Seated atop the Blue Ridge Escarpment, Caesars Head is appropriately named for the granite

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Liberty Bridge

The darling of downtown, the pedestrian-only Liberty Bridge in Falls Park on the Reedy connects the city’s textile-industry past with today’s thriving Main Street district. Completed in 2004 by Boston-based architect Miguel Rosales, this suspension bridge overlooking the Reedy River waterfalls is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. fallspark.com/175/The-Liberty-Bridge

Campbell’s Covered Bridge

Photo cour tesy South Carolina Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) Liber t y bridge photo by Lee Parks ; Poinsett Bridge photo cour tesy SCPRT

Head northeast of Greenville toward the small-town of Gowensville to find Campbell’s Covered Bridge (off Route 114), a barn-red crossing that harkens back to simpler times and stands as the only covered bridge in South Carolina. Closed to motorized traffic since 1980, the site now includes a picturesque park. greenvillerec.com/parks/campbells-covered-bridge

outcropping that resembles the helmeted head of the most famous Roman emperor. Pegged as the “No. 1 Hidden Gem of South Carolina” by USA TODAY, Caesars Head is a package deal, offering world-class camping, hiking, and fishing opportunities in addition to spectacular high-elevation vistas. As part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, its numerous trails connect to neighboring Jones Gap State Park and boast a variety of waterfalls—including the stunning 420-foot cascade tumbling from Raven Cliff. With its panoramas and prime position as a flyway during the fall hawk migration, Caesars Head is a bird watcher’s paradise. Migrating raptors soar on updrafts created by the escarpment, and keen observers might spot the occasional golden or bald eagle mixed in among them.

Poinsett Bridge

Historic Poinsett Bridge (named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, see p. 77) was once a bustling thoroughfare for wagons, carriages, and tradesmen alike. Designed in 1820 using wedged stone and featuring an elegant Gothic arch, this handsome nineteenth-century bridge carried Charleston traders on their way into the mountains of North Carolina. Today, visitors can explore the structure up close, then splash around in nearby Little Gap Creek or meander along the rolling trails in the park surrounding the site. greenvillerec.com/poinsettbridge

Gear Up Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of shops ready to outfit them for nearly any activity, from hiking to paddleboarding. In addition to big name retailers like REI, Cabela’s, and Orvis, here are some favorite local shops:

Hike This: Raven Cliff Falls

See This: Hawk Watch Photo Op: Vintage coin-operated viewfinder atop the park’s main overlook

Appalachian Outfitters 191 Halton Rd., 864.987.0618, appoutfitters.com

Campfire Conversation Starter: The park harbors a population of federally endangered green salamanders. (No resemblance to the GEICO gecko, though.) For more information, visit southcarolinaparks.com. For camping reservations, call 866.345.7275.

Half-Moon Outfitters 1420 Laurens Rd., 864.233.4001, halfmoonoutfitters.com

Sunrift Adventures 1 Center St., Travelers Rest; 864.834.3019, sunrift.com

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Take a Hike: Greenville and the Upcountry

offer a trek for every age and ability. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a rejuvenating climb, here are our recommends from easiest to hardest.

Level I: Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail


For a leisurely walk and pretty views, hop on the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail at Falls Park on the Reedy. Gaze over the waterfalls, then wind your way through the new Cancer Survivors Park and past the Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. airplane memorial to Cleveland Park. From there, go wild and take the kiddos to the Greenville Zoo.

Trade in your two feet for two wheels, and take a spin around Greenville

601 South Main Street, 864.676.2180, greenvillerec.com/swamprabbit

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Level II: Lake Conestee Nature Park

FROM DOWNTOWN’S B-CYCLE STANDS TO TOUR DE FRANCE COMPETITOR GEORGE HINCAPIE’S cycling-centered Hotel Domestique, there’s no shortage of resources and opportunities in what has become one of America’s favorite cycling destinations. If you’re new to the area, be sure to look into some of the local shop rides. Otherwise, here are a couple of engaging itineraries to try: Family Trail Ride

• Grab some organic, local fare from Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery and then ride north on the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail toward the town of Travelers Rest. • Once there, stop by Sidewall Pizza for ice cream, salad, and a hot pie. • On the way back, be sure to see Furman University, consistently rated one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. Forty-acre Furman Lake (“Swan Lake” to locals) is surrounded by a wide, welcoming walking path and is home to a variety of waterfowl and the university’s iconic bell tower. Total Distance: Approximately 15 miles Mountain Bike Ride

• Start at the Mountain Creek trailhead near Paris Mountain State Park’s main entrance. Stay on the right fork when the trail becomes Sulphur Springs Trail for a technical climb. • Take Brissy Ridge Trail to Pipsissewa Trail down to the North Lake Trail, which runs along the park’s holding pond. • From North Lake Trail, take Kanuga Trail to Fire Tower Trail to loop back down to Sulphur Springs Trail. • To return to the parking lots at the park entrance, there is the option to go back down Sulphur Springs and Mountain Creek (which has a tight, technical descent), or to simply take the paved park road. Total distance: Approximately 11–12 challenging miles, grade varies dramatically Note: The trails are closed to bikes on Saturdays.

For rentals, route suggestions, shop rides, and tuneups, try these local shops: Lucky Bike

2 Sidney St., 864.271.1214, myluckybike.com

Pedal Chic

651 S Main St., 864.242.2442, pedalchic.com

Reedy Rides

12 W McBee Ave., 864.419.2944, reedyrides.com

SRT Bike Shop

205-G Cedar Lane Rd., 864.605.7010, srtbikeshop.com

Sunshine Cycle Shop

1826 N Pleasantburg Dr., 864.244.2925, sunshinecycle.com

Trek Bicycle Store South Carolina

1426 Laurens Rd., 864.235.8320, trek bikessouthcarolina.com

TTR Bikes

101 S Hudson St., 864.283.6401, ttrbikes.com

Only six miles south of downtown Greenville, Lake Conestee offers 12 miles of family- friendly trails that wind through 400+ acres of forest and wetlands. Make a loop or two through the park, and be sure to meander over to River Otter Way, for a boardwalk view of the marsh and 200 species of birds. 840 Mauldin Road, 864.277.2004, lakeconesteenaturepark.com

Level III: Jones Gap Falls

Tucked in northern Greenville County’s Jones Gap State Park, this 40-foot-high waterfall is reached by way of a 2.2-mile roundtrip hike with 390 feet of elevation change. Part of the trail, which follows the beautiful Middle Saluda River, is a former 1840s-era toll road. 303 Jones Gap Road, Marietta, 864.836.3647, southcarolinaparks.com/jonesgap

Level IV: Falls Creek Falls

The 3.5-mile round trip trek ascends 600 feet to 125-foot-high falls tumbling into the gorgeous Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The trail is an old logging road surrounded by boulders and deep ravines. Turn back at the base of the falls or plunge onward with the aid of chains and ropes for a strenuous but memorable 7-mile hike. Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, Cleveland, 864.836.6115

Level V: Table Rock Trail

This rugged 7.2-mile hike through Table Rock State Park ascends 2,000 feet to the summit of Table Rock Mountain, a striking granite- faced dome. At a height of 3,124 feet, the pinnacle offers spectacular views from its signature rock outcroppings. 158 Ellison Lane, Pickens, 864.878.9813, southcarolinaparks.com/tablerock

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EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS – IN THE UPCOUNTRY! – Pick up your free guide at any one of our 47 state parks, and collect a stamp at each park you visit to start your journey toward becoming an Ultimate Outsider. Get a jump-start on the adventure at one of the many parks located in the Upcountry area, including:

1. Caesars Head State Park 2. Croft State Park 3. Devils Fork State Park 4. Jones Gap State Park 5. Keowee-Toxaway State Park 6. Kings Mountain State Park 7. Lake Hartwell State Park

8. Musgrove Mill State Historic Site 9. Oconee State Park 10. Oconee Station State Historic Site 11. Paris Mountain State Park 12. Sadlers Creek State Park 13. Table Rock State Park

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We’ve got it all: lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. With a four-season climate and some of the most accessible natural attractions anywhere, it’s easy to understand why Greenvillians spend a lot of time in the outdoors. Greenville County is home to some of the most exceptional parks and natural places around, but neighboring Upcountry communities have a lot to offer as well. So when you’re headed this way, be sure to pack your hiking boots or running shoes, kayak or canoe, bicycle, golf clubs, fishing rod . . . well, you get the drift! Just remember: gear is optional, scenery is mandatory.

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Recreation Guide | LISTINGS Civilian Conservation Corps, the 1,275-acre mountainside park just 5mi north of downtown Greenville is popular for pedal-boating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking.

seven-speed comfort cruisers, perfect for anyone looking to tackle the 21-mile GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. Half-day, full-day, and weekend rates are available.

2401 State Park Rd., off US25N; 864.244.5565; southcar olinaparks.com/parismountain

12 W. McBee Ave.; 864.419.2944; reedyrides.com

Sadlers Creek State Park

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 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; southcar olinaparks.com/sadlerscreek

Table Rock State Park

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; south carolinaparks.com/tablerock

Bike Rentals/ Tours 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/ caesarshead

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Now part of the North Carolina State Park system, towering Chimney Rock features stunning views, a 26-story elevator inside the mountain, a 404-foot-high waterfall, and five family-friendly hiking trails. 431 Main St./US-64 East, Chimney Rock, NC; 800.277.9611; chimneyrock park.com

Croft 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 7,000acre park.

450 Croft State Park Rd., Spartanburg; 864.585.1283; southcarolinaparks.com/croft

Devils Fork 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 flower (blooms March–April). 161 Holcombe Cir., off Hwy. 11, Salem; 864.944.2639; southcarolinaparks.com/ devilsfork

Jones Gap State Park

Forming part of the 11,000-acre Mountain Bridge Recreation 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/ jonesgap

Keowee-Toxaway State Park

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; southcarolina

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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; southcarolina parks.com/kingsmountain

Lake Hartwell State Park

Created in 1962 after the Savannah River was dammed to provide hydroelectric power, Lake Hartwell boasts 962mi of shoreline and 56,000 acres of surface area for the ultimate recreation experience. 19138 Hwy. 11, Fair Play; 864.972.3352; southcarolina parks.com/lakehartwell

Oconee State Park

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This locally-owned business near Fluor Field provides free delivery and pickup of touring bicycles for exploring the area on two wheels. They also offer Segway and walking tours. 233 N. Main St., Suite 12; 864.990.5446; biketherabbit.com

Greenville B-Cycle

Thanks to a partnership between Upstate Forever and the Greenville Health System, you can rent a bike from any B-Cycle station and pedal to your destination in bike-friendly downtown Greenville. Various locations downtown; 864.423.9088; greenvillebcycle.com

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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.

Pick up a bike at Reedy Rides and head off on a four-hour cycling adventure along the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. The tour includes picnic fare from a local restaurant.

624 State Park Rd., Mountain Rest; 864.638.5353; south carolinaparks.com/oconee

12 W. McBee Ave.; 864.419.2944; reedyrides. com/tours.html

Paris Mountain State Park

Reedy Rides

Developed in the 1930s by the

This downtown company rents

SRT Bike Shop

Located on the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, SRT Bike Shop is a rider’s one-stop shop for bike rental, repair, accessories, and service. 205 Cedar Lane Rd.; 864.605.7010; srtbikeshop.com

Golf–Public Courses Cross Winds Golf Club

Greenville’s signature 18-hole par-3 course is the only golf course in the world where each hole is designed by a different golf architect—think Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, and Rees Jones. 61 Villa Rd.; 864.233.6336; crosswinds-golf.com

The Preserve at Verdae

Set on 100 acres of lush green space adjacent to the Embassy Suites 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

Greenville Parks & Trails 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 90-acre regional park on the Reedy River features a 200-foot-high waterfall, which powered a woolen mill and a saw mill in the 1820s. 201 Cedar Falls Rd., Fountain Inn; 864.288.6470; greenville rec.com/parks/cedar-falls

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Table Rock State Park’s Lake Oolenoy

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LISTINGS | The Children’s Garden at Linky Stone Park

bottomlands along the Reedy River.

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.

601 Fork Shoals Rd.; 864.277.2004; lakeconestee naturepark.com Greenville’s oldest park encompasses 13 acres, home to scenic trails, tennis courts, a playground, and a mini-golf course (bring your own putter and balls), plus picnic shelters and a bandstand.

Cleveland Park

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.

100 E. Park Ave.; 864.467.4355; greenvillesc. gov/facilities/facility/details/ mcpherson-park-13

Runway Park at GMU

E. Washington St. & Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4355; green villesc.gov/facilities/facility/ details/cleveland-park-1

Falls Park on the Reedy

601 S. Main St.; 864.467.4355; fallspark.com

Greenville Health System (GHS) Swamp Rabbit Trail

One of Greenville’s premier attractions, the rail-line-turnedgreenway encompasses 21 miles of walking/biking paths along the Reedy River between Travelers Rest, downtown Greenville, and beyond. 864.288.6470; greenvillerec. com/swamprabbit

Heritage Park

In addition to sports fields and

Cleveland Park

McPherson Park

Reedy View Dr. at River St.; 864.467.4355; greenvillesc. gov/333/public-gardens

Inviting pathways, including the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, lace this 32-acre green space, which is Greenville’s favorite place to play. The Reedy River Falls tumble beneath the stunning Liberty Bridge.

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Rainbow Falls at Jones Gap State Park a miniature steam railroad for kids, Heritage Park in Simpsonville showcases the open-air Heritage Park Amphitheatre, popular for its myriad of seasonal concerts and events. 861 S.E. Main St., Simpsonville; simpsonville.com/facilities. html

Lake Conestee Nature Park

This woodland oasis, designated an Important Bird Area of Global Significance by the National Audubon Society, embraces more than 400 acres of forests, wetlands, and

Lake Keowee

Watch small aircraft take off and land while you run along pedestrian taxiways at this free aviation-themed green space. Or check out the playground, picnic hangar, and airplane displays. 21 Airport Rd. Ext.; 864.242.4777; greenville downtownairport.com/run wayparkatgmu.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

Greenville Tours

Greenville Glides Segway Tours S

Glide through Greenville’s urban core for two hours on an easy-to-navigate Segway and discover what makes this Upstate city unique. For a more in-depth look, take the fivehour tour. 233 N Main St.; 864.214.0119; greenvillesegwaytours.com

Greenville History Tours S Historian John Nolan offers a variety of walking and driving tours of the city’s vibrant business core and surrounding neighborhoods. Themes

include Historic Neighborhoods and Architecture, and even Old Masters Paintings (at the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University). 864.567.3940; greenville historytours.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. P.O. Box 4323; 864.884.3520; interactivetours-greenville.com

Make Greenville Yours

New residents, hospitality employees, and those who just want to learn more about Greenville will leave this tour feeling like an insider. Tours begin at Amanda Henry’s Popcorn Parlor. 18 Augusta St.; 864.363.8628; makegreenvilleyours.com

Regional Recreation Blue Ridge Escarpment

Part of the 11,000-acre 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.

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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

Foothills Trail

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

The Gorge Zipline Canopy Tour S

A sky bridge, 11 zip lines, and three rappels descend 1,100 vertical feet on this thrilling 3.5-hour canopy tour through 125 acres of old-growth forest in the Green River Gorge. 166 Honey Bee Dr., Saluda, NC; 855.749.2500; thegorgezipline.com

Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

Ranging across more than 11,000 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; southcarolinaparks.com

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. 624 State Park Rd., Mountain Rest; 803.771.0870; palmettotrail.org/bluewall.asp

Sassafras Mountain

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. 123 Hancock Rd., Sunset; on the NC border in Pickens County (from Hwy. 11, take US-178N to SC 199); 864.836.6115

SC Botanical Garden

295 acres of natural landscapes adjacent to Clemson University’s campus, this state garden includes the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, an official American Hosta Society Display Garden, 70acre 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 371,000acre Sumter National Forest. 112 Andrew Pickens Cir.,

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Symmes Chapel–Pretty Place

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 Standingstone Mountain. 100 YMCA Camp Rd., off US-276, Cedar Mountain, NC; 864.836.3291; campgreen ville.org/chapel.php

Water Adventures

lina lies in the backyard of this outfitter, which offers guided whitewater trips, kayak instruction, and a variety of waterfall adventures. 111 E. Main St., Saluda, NC; 828.749.2800; greenriveradventures.com

Jocassee Lake Tours S

Naturalist-led boat, kayak, and hiking tours (hikes accommodate all skill levels) take groups to explore Lake Jocassee and the Jocassee Gorges area. Tours depart from Devils Fork State Park. 161 Holcombe Circle, Salem; 864.280.5501; jocasseelaketours.com

Jocassee Outdoor Center Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River

Both thrill-seekers and beginners love to go whitewater rafting on the Chattooga, which runs for 40 miles along the Western border of South Carolina and into Georgia. discoversouthcarolina.com/ products/25746

Davidson River Outfitters 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; david sonflyfishing.com

Green River Adventures S The world-famous Green River Gorge in western North Caro-

Lake Jocassee’s only outfitter and marine center maintains the Upstate’s largest rental fleet of pontoons and ski boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards. The Center also serves Lake Keowee. 516 Jocassee Lake Rd., Salem; 864.944.9016; jocasseeoutdoorcenter.com

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

Lake Keowee

A paradise for water sports, the 18,500-acre lake created by Duke Power as part of the Keowee-Toxaway Project, boasts 300 miles of shoreline and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Along Rtes. 130 & 183, Seneca; 864.882.2047; discoverkeowee.com

Lake Robinson

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

Saluda River Rafting Adventures S

On a hot summer’s day, the whole family will have fun tubing down the calm waters of the Saluda River. Private riverside tent camping sites are available for tubing groups. 570 N. Fishtrap Rd., Easley; 864.469.0755; saludariver rafting.com

The 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


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; wildwaterrafting.com

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Along Hwy. 11, west of US-25; nature.org

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A rich textile history lends depth to Greenville’s modern fashion sensibilities. When materials and makers matter, purchases just feel better.


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Billiam Jeans, made with denim from the country’s last selvedge mill, are crafted in Greenville.

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fter graduating from Clemson University in 2010, Bill Mitchell launched Billiam Jeans with jean and belt orders piling up from discerning clients whose interest in style matched his. “The chance to be a big fish here, versus trying to start something in New York City, for example, and having to compete with the big labels—well, it was a no-brainer,” says Mitchell, who is just shy of 30 years old now. “I love that there is a hub of young entrepreneurs here, just like me—and we truly foster each other’s businesses. People running other start-ups are inspiring each other. Being unique is important to all of us . . . putting our own stamp on something whether it’s a haircut or a wallet.” Greenville’s textile heritage means a lot to Mitchell. He buys vintage sewing machines locally and sources his fabric from legendary Cone Mills in North Carolina, buying premium selvedge denim alongside the big guys from Levi’s®. On the other end of the spectrum, he utilizes the new frontier of social media, whereby customers spread the Billiam brand of coolness by posting photos of themselves in their new jeans. His clientele now includes pro athletes, celebs, and musicians on tour. With growth tripling each year, he’s dreaming big. Interest is brewing in places as far-flung as Japan, Canada, Germany, and Australia. “Our flagship store in Greenville showcases our custom jeans, plus a special mix of products we feel resonate with our customers: from fedoras to jewelry to work boots to home décor, all made with the same sense of craft we bring to our product.”

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Billiam Jeans 207 Wade Hampton Blvd., 864.430.2762, billiamjeans.com

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tyle has long been woven into the fabric of Greenville, a place where the textile industry was at one time so robust the city earned the moniker, the “Textile Capital of the World.” Carolina cotton may have hit its heyday in the early twentieth century, but the industry’s influence remains evident all across modern-day Greenville, from our neighborhoods to the names of our sports teams, schools, and more. Four cotton mills opened at the turn of the century in the Upstate, bringing with them hundreds of mill workers and their families. Mill life and town life have always been closely tied, from the beltline trolley that at one time connected neighborhoods with the city center to the houses themselves. The homes that “cotton men” built for their families now make up some of our most notable historic districts, including the Hampton-Pinckney neighborhood, and Pettigru and Earle streets. Today, former textile mills have been turned into new spaces for work and for life. And the patina of vintage brick serves as a canvas for advertisements promoting present-day Greenville style. From high-end national retailers to local, one-of-a-kind boutiques, bookstores, and food shops, Greenville is packed with stores that suit every interest. Beyond Main Street, creative artisans and specialty shops beckon with offerings that range from custom-made denim to hand-made furniture to artfully-curated home and gift stores. From the outdoorsman to the art collector, Greenville’s got what you’re looking for. More important, it always has.



Try these area boutiques and local gift shops on for size

Ranging from refined retail to handcrafted goods, Greenville’s shopping scene has a style all its own, offering shoppers an excellent alternative to chain-store supply. Midcentury Modern meets the best of classic wears at Shindig Furnishings and Kate DiNatale Vintage. Chairs, tables, and household goods are period-picked based on quality and style, and restored by the owners of Shindig themselves. With

A Toy Story Billing itself as the “coolest toy store on the planet,” O.P. Taylor’s is easy to find, by the giant toy soldiers standing guard outside its downtown Greenville, Main Street location. The FAO Schwarz of the South has trains, games, and more!

a wide assortment of mid-twentieth-century day dresses, shoes, and evening attire, this mash-up looks like a ’60s sitcom. Buying is perhaps best enjoyed at any number of Greenville’s carefully-curated boutiques: Cocobella, Mainstream, Monkee’s of the West End, and The Pink Azalea each offer their own unique blend of fashion finds and home accents, from contemporary chic to monogrammed mainstays. Specialty stores like Southern Tide (for him) and Splash on Main (for swim) feature a wide and bright selection of styles. Vintage Now Modern is as eclectic as it is inspired with everything from handbags and home goods to mantels, urns, and large-scale vintage furnishings. Ayers Leather Shop, just a few steps removed

from downtown’s Main Street, has long been a downtown destination; this family-owned leather goods and gift store defines Southern hospitality and is a goto spot for high-quality leather goods and luggage. Your next-door home décor, garden, and gift store, Urban Digs offers a new take on great gifts. Grab fabulous artwork by area artists, purchase a plant or two, and make sure not to miss their generous selection of local, handcrafted goods.

Connect with these shops and more. Search by category (from antiques and art galleries to “Greenville items”) by visiting VisitGreenvilleSC.com/thingsto-do/shopping.

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Greenville’s go-to sweet shop has kept the candy comin’ since 1950

By Ruta Fox For years, Chris Beard’s wife Billi drove his grandfather to Vaughn-Russell Candy Kitchen when Grandpa wanted to buy a box of handmade candy. On one such visit, Billi, a life insurance actuary with dreams of one day owning a small gourmet shop, noticed a “For Sale” sign in the window. That sign didn’t last long. In 1999, the Beards purchased the chocolate shop, a long-standing staple in the Greenville community. Named for the sons of the original founders, the Beards have continued Vaughn-Russell’s tradition of authentic handdipped chocolates without changing a thing. “I’m using the old recipes with the exact ingredients and processes, and I’m working with the same vintage equipment, which allows us to maintain the integrity of the product,” Billi says. About 60 types of candy are offered, each enrobed in milk, dark, or white chocolate and marked with a distinctive drizzled swirl pattern on top that reveals what’s inside. Whether splattered Jackson Pollock–style, dusted with cocoa, or sprinkled with toppings, the selection never disappoints. Newer truffle flavors include Birthday Cake, Triple Chocolate, and Chili Pepper. This is also the home of the trademarked Mint Pecan—Fancy Mammoth pecans roasted, salted, then dipped in mint chocolate—a deliciously happy mistake one of the founders made in the early days but has endured by popular demand.

Vaughn-Russell Candy Kitchen 401 Augusta St, 864.271.7786, vaughnrussell.com

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Make no mistake: In the modern South, prep style reigns supreme, and it does all four seasons of the year. While the collar is a constant, everything else is up for grabs, from performance fabrics to creative color palettes. Indeed, the genteel version of prep style is nautical, coastal, and bright as a mid-summer sun. For one of the best views of the classic classy-guy uniform, dive into the display tables at Southern Tide’s signature storefront, located on the corner of E. North and N. Main streets in downtown Greenville. With a sister store in coastal Kiawah Island, the Upstate-based business is blanketing the South’s closets in candy-colored clothing that is crisp, classic, and (above all) charmed, we’re sure.

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Bose—at this village-style outlet mall, 46 miles north of Greenville. 1 Factory Shops Blvd., Gaffney; 864.902.9900; premium outlets.com/Gaffney

Greenville Gemstone Mine

205 N. Main St.; 864.283.6300; greenvillegemstonemine.com

Greenville Jerky & Vine, LLC

Magnolia Scents by Design Ayers Leather Shop

Ayers is 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

Beef Jerky Outlet

Located in Magnolia Park, this outlet stocks a wide assortment of top-quality wild game and beef jerky alongside popcorn, jellies, rubs and marinades, hot sauces, and even jerky for pets. 1025 Woodruff Rd., Suite D113; 864.509.6944; sc.beefjerkyoutlet.com

Beija-Flor Jeans

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 S. Main St.; 864.373.9497; beijaflorjeans.com

City of Greenville Merchandise

Stop by the City of Greenville merchandise shop in City Hall (Mon–Fri, 10am–4pm) to pick up souvenirs and branded gifts of everything Greenville, from T-shirts to umbrellas. 206 S. Main St.; 864.467.4494; greenvillesc.gov/186/ greenville-merchandise

Cocobella Boutique

This unique clothing boutique in the historic West End outfits women from blouses

to shoes, and includes a collection of designer labels like Uncle Frank, Ivy Jane, and Judith March. 21-C Augusta St.; 864.283.0989; shopcocobella.com

The Cook’s Station

The premier kitchenware shop in downtown Greenville displays a selection of high-quality appliances along with kitchen gadgets, barware, cookware, and gifts for the discerning gourmet—including cooking classes. 659 S. Main St.; 864.250.0091; thecooksstation.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. 2310 E. North St.; 864.423.9661; cottagegrovevintage.com

Dark Corner Distillery

Small-batch spirits crafted on-site are offered for sale at this micro-distillery, 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

Gaffney Premium Outlets

Make a day of bargain-hunting through 75 designer brands— think Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade New York, and

For something different, experience a wine and jerky pairing at this family-run shop. Jerky, sliced from lean, whole, premium cuts of meat, shares the shelves with locally-made food products.

TO TRY THE PERFECT READ: When visiting a new town, avid readers are often on the lookout for eclectic, vintage bookstores with their own cozy vibes. While Greenville has two of the mother-of-all bookstores (Barnes & Noble), we’ve also got a neat collection of independent booksellers that’ll make you feel right at home in their window-seat book nooks. Here are a few to check out:

1. M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers

36 S. Main St.; 864.982.5802; jerkyandvine.com

Housed in the former Greenville County Courthouse, M. Judson is Greenville’s newest literary and social hub. Find that perfect Southern read and pair it with a Black + White cupcake or chocolate “moose” pie. With pop-up suppers, story times, author signings, and book clubs, the allure of this charming shop is almost irresistible.

Haywood Mall

30 S Main St., 864.603.2412, mjudsonbooks.com

More than 150 retailers fill Greenville’s mall with upscale shops like Apple, Sephora, and Coach beside anchors Macy’s, Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney, and Sears. New tenants include The Cheesecake Factory.

2. Joe’s Place

700 Haywood Rd.; 864.288.0511; haywoodmall.com

With its local, homespun feel, Joe’s Place sells both new and used books (dating as far back as the 1800s!), plus local artwork, good coffee, and lots of wine. So whether you’re on the lookout for that latest New York Times bestseller or a children’s book from your own childhood, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the read.

Joe’s Place

640 S Main St., Ste 101B, 864.558.0828, joesplacellc.com

An independent bookstore with a vast collection of used books and new books by regional authors, Joe’s Place also offers coffee, tea, and wine, along with a snack menu. 640 S. Main St., Suite 101B; 864.558.0828; joesplacellc.com

L.E.B. Glass Studio LLC

This full-service stained-glass studio celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. L.E.B. artisans specialize in customdesigning and constructing stained-glass windows for the home, church, or office. They also hold classes. 40 Pine Knoll Dr.; 864.268.6049; lebglass.com

llyn strong fine art jewelry

One of the most soughtafter 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

Magnolia Park

A collection of first-in-market retailers such as Cabela’s and

3. Fiction Addiction

Open for more than 15 years, don’t let this purple-hued store’s name fool you. Though Jill, the owner, loves fiction, you’ll find books of every genre for adults and children. Formerly in the editorial division of St. Martin’s Press, Jill is knowledgeable in all things literary and will help you find that next best read. 1175 Woods Crossing Rd., 864.675.0540, fiction-addiction.com

4. As the Page Turns

Near Furman University and boasting beautiful views of Paris Mountain, this bookshop features extensive selections by regional authors as well as items for teachers and their classrooms. Offering new and used books served up by a friendly, helpful staff, this is one stop you won’t want to miss. 21D Plaza Dr., Travelers Rest. 864.834.8100, asthepageturnsbookstore.com

5. 2nd & Charles

If you’re not immediately gobsmacked by the store’s name spelled out among 4,000 discarded books when you first walk in, you’ll be impressed that the “2nd” in its name stands for second-time around. With the mantra “it’s all new to you,” everything for sale is pre-owned and pre-loved. Serving up books, music, movies, video games, vinyl records, comics, and more, it’s well worth a visit. 2465 Laurens Rd., 864.281.1301, 2ndandcharles.com/ locations/greenville-sc

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Let the kids have a go at gemstone flume-mining on-site, then shop for sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, plus crystals, rocks, and minerals from around the world.

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Thomas Creek Brewery

Stock up for your next beer bash at Thomas Creek Brewery. Open to the public for tours, the local favorite also sells beer and home-brewing supplies at its on-site shop. 2054 Piedmont Hwy.; 864.605.1166; thomascreekbeer.com

Twigs at the West End

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

Upstate Craft Beer Co.

This brewpub and nano-brewery features a shop where you can buy all the supplies you need to brew beer at home or create your own unique brew on the premises. 400 Augusta St.; 864.609.4590; upstatecraft beer.com

The Vault

Nordstrom Rack, this open-air shopping center also enfolds a host of family-friendly restaurants, as well as the Regal Cinemas complex.

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1025 Woodruff Rd.; magnoliapark.com

Magnolia Scents by Design

Downtown Greenville’s candle micro-factory 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.; 864.520.2511; magnoliascents.com

Mainstream Boutique

Started in Minnesota by a former buyer for the fashion industry, Mainstream Boutique now has stores in 22 states. Shop this boutique for extraordinary women’s fashions, shoes, and jewelry. 716-A S. Main St.; 864.248.0152; greenville. mainstreamboutique.com

Mary Praytor Gallery

When Mary Praytor launched her West End gallery in 1989, 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

Mast General Store

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

Monkee’s of the West End Touting the latest international trends in women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories, Monkee’s stocks its West End inventory with more than 40 designer brands, from Annie Griffin to Yumi Kim. 103-A Augusta St.; 864.239.0788; monkeesofthewestend.com

Northampton Wines & Wine Café

The area’s oldest wine shop stocks an impressive selection—tens of thousands of bottles—of domestic and international wines and spirits. They also have a wine bar and café on-site. 211-A E. Broad St.; 864.271.3919; northamptonwines.com

The Pink Azalea

Find something for any woman on your list here, from apparel, handbags, and jewelry to items for baby. Custom monogramming is a specialty,

so you can personalize gifts for any occasion. 17 S. Main St.; 864.233.2919; thepinkazalea.com

women’s clothing store fuses classic style with the modern design elements of today’s trendy looks. The brand is known for its Skipjack polo.

Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn

200 N. Main St.; 864.412.5400; southerntidegreenville.com

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

Rush Wilson Limited

Rush Wilson has been outfitting Greenville gentlemen with traditional high-end clothing and quality shoes since 1959. Trust Rush Wilson for personalized service and styles from casual to dress wear. 23 W. North St.; 864.232.2761; rushwilson.com

Samantha Grace Designs

Shop by occasion, by season, or for any reason. Much of the merchandise lends itself to embroidering, and everything feels personalized for those with distinctly Southern tastes in clothes, accessories, and more. 640 S. Main St. Suite 102; 864.250.9790; saman thagracedesigns.com

Southern Tide

Founded in Greenville, this Southern-inspired men’s and

Specializing in throwback gear from more than 200 sports teams, including professional, college, and minor leagues, The Vault caters to fans with a wide array of retro sports apparel. 213 N. Main St.; 864.370.7850; thevaultcharleston.com

Splash on Main

Whether you’re in the market for a new summer wardrobe, the perfect swimsuit, sun hat, or beach bag for that winter cruise, Splash on Main has you covered. 807 S. Main St.; 864.534.1510; splashonmain.com

Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery

“Eat local. Ride bikes.” It is the mantra of this bakery/grocery on mile 31.5 of the GHS 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

Ten Thousand Villages

Sales of handcrafted gifts, home accessories, and textiles—made by artisans in 38 countries—at this nonprofit fair-trade retailer pay for food, education, healthcare, and housing for the artisans. 207 N. Main St.; 864.239.4120; tenthousand villages.com/greenville

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At this charming shop in the West End, you can browse a mix of old, new, and antique furniture and refurbished or repurposed goods to add to your home décor. 633 S. Main St.; 864.385.5004; vintagenowmodern.com

Yeah, THAT Greenville! Merchandise

Purchase a “Happy G” smile from Yeah, THAT Greenville! merchandise—on items ranging from coffee mugs to baseball hats—online at VisitGreenvilleSC.com/store. 206 S. Main St.; 864.233.0461; visitgreenvillesc.com/store

Farmers’ Markets TD Saturday Market

Join the festival atmosphere downtown on Saturday mornings at this bustling, two-block-long bazaar, where you can stock up on local vegetables, fruit, eggs, cheese, meat, and more from area farms.

Main St. at McBee Ave.; Sat 8am–noon, May–Oct; saturdaymarketlive.com

GHS 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 8am–noon, Jun–Sept; fountaininn.org/ special-events.html

Greenville State Farmers Market

This state-run market sells local produce and specialty goods in a 14,400-square-foot building. 1354 Rutherford Rd.; Mon– Sat 8am–6pm, year-round; agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/ agricultural-services

Randy Blackwell Farm Stand

Furman University students run this summer market on campus at the organic Furman Farm next to the Shi Center for Sustainability.

Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy.; Thurs 3:30– 5:30pm, Jun–Aug; furman.edu/ sites/livewell/eatwell/pages/ furmanfarm.aspx

Simpsonville Farmers Market

Simpsonville City Park hosts this lively summer farmers’ market. 405 E. Curtis St., Simpsonville; Sat 8am–noon, mid-May–Oct

Slow Food Earth Market

The only Slow Food Earth Market in the continental US is held at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery and features products grown without harmful chemicals and GMOs. 205 Cedar Lane Rd.; third Thursday of the month, 2–6pm, May–Nov; slowfood upstate.com/earthmarket.htm

Travelers Rest Farmers Market

Check out Trailblazer Park on Saturday mornings for a cornucopia of local foods. 225 Wilhelm Winter St., Travelers Rest; Sat 8:30am– noon, May–Sept; travelers restfarmersmarket.com

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Paws for Shopping A Jasmine the Golden goes for a jaunt

Mast General Store 111 N Main St, 864.235.1883, mastgeneralstore.com Paw Paws 32 S Main St, 864.236.7483, pawpawsusa.com The Barkery Bistro 2123 Augusta St, 864.236.1503, thebarkerybistro.com Paws & Claws 1803 Augusta St, 864.242.3738, pawsandclawsaugusta.com

s a golden retriever, I always love a good walk. I especially enjoy taking my owners—at least they think they’re my owners!—shopping in downtown Greenville. I give two-paws-up to a visit to Mast General Store, the perfect place to buy a flying disc to play with in Falls Park on the Reedy. The park has acres of green space and a whole river to sniff! Once I’m tuckered out, my idea of chilling involves a shady spot at one of the outdoor cafés downtown. There’s a water bowl on practically every block and treats outside more doors than my owners can shake a stick at. The truth is, this whole town is dog-happy! With my champagne-colored coat, I look cute as can be curled up on a pink-striped dog bed at Paw Paws. Tops on my Yummy List are The Barkery Bistro and Paws & Claws, both on Augusta Street. I like stopping by to have a Bowser Beer with my fellow golden, Duncan, who essentially lives at Barkery (well, he’s always there). If I don’t jump up on the display tables, my humans might even buy me a “pupcake” from the bakery case. Hope to see you out and about sometime soon!

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Lots o’ licks, Jasmine

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Grand Experience

The Westin Poinsett – the only historic AAA four-diamond hotel in Greenville, S.C.

The Carolinas’ Finest Hotel for more than 90 years. Your sophisticated home in the heart of Greenville’s downtown area Whatever brings you to the city, you’ll be delighted with our rich history and prime location. Gorgeously appointed rooms and suites designed to enhance your well-being. Stay fit and focused with a visit to the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, or stop by Spoonbread Restaurant for delicious, Southern-accented cuisine. Consider planning your next social event with us in


one of our magnificent ballrooms, and benefit from our award-winning service.

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of the Blue Ridge, Hotel Domestique is a hospitable haven, where modern style is infused with warm home design, surrounded by a distinctly Tuscan landscape. Formerly La Bastide, the French-inspired inn was purchased by professional cyclist George Hincapie and transformed with the sophisticated vision of local designer Eric Brown. Its contemporary, 13 European-styled rooms are complemented by luxe bathrooms, while exposed beams and iron elements create warm tones in the interior lobby. The dining experience at on-site Restaurant 17 (aptly named for the number of Tour de France races Hincapie has competed in) perfectly matches the hotel’s refined feel, as the menu interprets ingredients in familiar and ingenious ways that are a true delight.

The Westin Poinsett Greenville 120 S Main St., 864.421.9700, westinpoinsettgreenville.com Hotel Domestique 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest, 864.516.1715, hoteldomestique.com

The Westin Poinsett Greenville

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hether it’s sparkling stories from the Roaring Twenties or the rising apprehension of an antebellum haunting—the draw of an historic hotel is more than enticing—it’s downright thrilling. The Greenville area offers two such resurrected resting places: downtown’s Westin Poinsett and Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest are supreme stays, each with a unique story. Rising twelve stories, the stately silhouette of the Westin Poinsett has long been a fixture on the downtown Greenville skyline. Built in 1925, this Beaux Arts–style beauty reigns as the oldest hotel in the city and has appealed to a constellation of stars, including Amelia Earhart, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Bobby Kennedy. After closing for a period in 1975, the Poinsett reopened under the Westin flag in 1997. The redesign included a narrow rectangular plan and tall windows spanning the second and third stories. The 200 spacious guest rooms recall the 1920s, and the Poinsett and Gold ballrooms provide coveted spaces for weddings and receptions, and its brightly-lit rooftop sign has become an icon of downtown Greenville’s rebirth. Outside the bustle of the city and rooted in the rounded foothills

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JOEL POINSETT A man with a reputation to rival


countless South Carolina greats, Joel R. Poinsett’s adventures

THAT ROOM: Choosing a themed room or special kind of accommodation? Rest easy. We’ve put together five possibilities—from select choices at B&Bs to cabins to cottages!

run the globe. Charleston-born, Poinsett pursued studies in Europe before serving in the South Carolina legislature. Not

1. Sunrise Room

tied to his hometown, Poinsett

Wake up surrounded by sunny colors in the comfiest king-size bed. With an extralarge floorplan and champion’s breakfast (blueberry-almond waffles, anyone?), you can get away from it all, in the heart of it all—whether you prefer to lounge and relax, bike, or hike is all up to you. $150/night

became the first minister to Mexico and eventually Secretary of War under President Martin Van Buren. An amateur botanist, Mr. Poinsett is the

Inn on Tyger Meadow, 103 Tyger Meadow Road, Travelers Rest. 864.275.1141, tygermeadow.com

man behind the name of the famous Christmas flower, the poinsettia. His life-size

2. The Croft Room

bronze likeness sits outside

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, look to “One of America’s Most Romantic Inns” (Travel + Leisure). Sheer fabric drapes hang from the beams of this architecturally compelling room; a whirlpool tub, fireplace, and in-room breakfast complete the ambience. $185/night

the downtown hotel that also bears his name in tribute.

Red Horse Inn, 45 Winstons Chase Court, Landrum. 864.909.1575, theredhorseinn.com

3. Safari Room

Reminiscent of travels to West Africa’s Cape Verde, this jungle-themed room features wild-animal prints, a king-size bed, and a distinctly exotic feel. Be sure to enjoy a variety of day-spa treatments in addition to your hot, filling breakfast. $110/night Candleberry Inn B&B, 105 Marshland Lane, Greer. 864.201.1411, candleberryinn.us

4. Creekside Cabin

If you’re looking for rustic and woodsy, look no further than a deluxe log cabin in nearby TR. Sleeping up to six, the cabin features a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and a gas fireplace. Sip your favorite cuppa joe on the front porch overlooking Johnson Creek. You can even bring Fido to get in on the fun! $130/night Travelers Rest/N. Greenville KOA, 2400 N. Hwy 25, Travelers Rest. 864.834.8150, koa.com/ campgrounds/greenville

5. The Chattooga Cottage

The perfect complement to a day of zip-lining and whitewater rafting, this French Country– style Upstate cottage sleeps four. With a spacious deck, charcoal grill, and a picturesque view of Academy Lake, you’ll have plenty of outdoor entertainment. $160/night Wildwater, 1251 Academy Road, Long Creek. 866.319.8870, wildwaterrafting.com

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Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) Barefoot, 1992 ©Andrew Wyeth Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In celebration of the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth, the Museum presents Wyeth Dynasty, a retrospective of Andrew Wyeth’s art complemented by works of his father, N.C., his son Jamie, and his sisters Carolyn and Henriette. More than 70 examples are featured in this exhibition of works by the first family of American painting.

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HEAD NORTH The Hyatt Regency Greenville sits on the corner of Beattie Place and NOMA Square (short for NOrth MAin), downtown’s largest plaza and a hub of activity all year long. From yoga class to Yappy Hour, live music, fashion shows, and weekly street festivals, it’s hard not to find a reason to gather during events. Visitors can enjoy handcrafted cocktails or locally brewed beer on the beautiful outdoor patio overlooking Main Street. The Hyatt is a 327-room, AAA Four Diamond Hotel. Opened in 1982, the hotel has flourished into a major landmark for downtown Greenville.

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Additional Accommodations p. 85

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AFC URGENT CAREBON SECOURS Greer 864-849-8999 AFC URGENT CAREBON SECOURS Cherrydale 864-467-2005

AFC URGENT CAREBON SECOURS Woodruff Rd. 864-458-8126

BON SECOURS EXPRESS CARE Downtown Greenville 864-241-5199 AFC URGENT CAREBON SECOURS Augusta Rd. Coming Soon* AFC URGENT CAREBON SECOURS Simpsonville 864-757-5059

Unbelievable care in unexpected moments. Sometimes you need medical care when your doctor’s office is closed. For those times on the weekend or in the middle of the night, we make getting the care you need as easy and convenient as possible with four AFC URGENT CARE-BON SECOURS locations throughout the area, Bon Secours Express Care located in downtown Greenville and our Bon Secours 24/7 Virtual Visit App. *Additional AFC Urgent Care - Bon Secours location coming soon.


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Lodging Guide | EAT IN

“Favorite Unexpected Vacation Destination” —O, The Oprah Magazine



Eat In


ucked into both downtown Greenville’s Embassy Suites hotel as well as the Crowne Plaza, Ruth’s Chris Steak House pairs the finest steak fare with ideal wine complements. Order up a tender filet perfectly paired with a glass of dark red Cabernet and end with the bread pudding. Drizzled in white chocolate, it is a dessert lover’s dream. Artisan at the Greenville Marriott in the Eastside lends a unique flair to Southern favorites. From its


By Abby Moore Keith

crafted cocktails to a variety of regionally-inspired entrées, dining at Artisan is a sought-out experience. Shrimp and grits, pan-seared salmon topped with a citrus butter, and fresh grouper are a few favorites, and, for dessert, the Kentucky Mud Pie should not be missed. Accompanying the downtown Hyatt Regency, a nod to the enterprising farm-to-table trend lends a modern, tasty addition to the North Main area. With a promise to provide food with a limited distance from producer to consumer, Roost

Restaurant’s ingredients are sourced from nearby farms in South and North Carolina. In good weather, try to snag a spot on the patio overlooking NOMA Square and its almost-constant live music and ongoing events.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace, 250 RiverPlace, 864.242.2000, ruthschris.net

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Crowne Plaza Greenville, 851 Congaree Rd., 864.248.1700, ruthschris.net

Roost Restaurant 220 N. Main St., 864.298.2424, roostrestaurant.com

Artisan Greenville Marriott, 1 Parkway East, 864.297.0300, artisangreenville.com

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Swamp Rabbit Inn

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Featured Hotels Aloft Greenville Downtown D


CLOSE TO COMFORT By Abby Moore Keith If you’re in need of some sweet shut-eye, bed down for a night or two in a cozy stay-away. The Upstate boasts multiple bed and breakfasts offering guests a relaxing escape and homey accommodations. A self-catered, six-bedroomed boutique-style stay, the Swamp Rabbit Inn is just a few blocks from center city and a short hop from the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. The B&B provides a fully stocked kitchen and kringle, a Danish pastry, every morning for guests. Be sure to grab a bike after b-fast and go be fast on the SRT! Truck Inn Tuesdays are a wildly popular block-party-style gathering May through October at the inn, complete with music, activities, and—you guessed it—food trucks! The Garden House Bed & Breakfast is a slice of Americana, tucked in the heart of Simpsonville’s Golden Strip and convenient to town, country, and everything in-between. Three covered porches invite lounging, while the parlor and living room fireplaces invite conversation with guests or the innkeepers. A period garden offers a private oasis for those in search of solitude. Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast, in the heart of Greenville’s historic district, is an easy 15-minute walk to downtown Greenville. Enjoy plush amenities in the inn’s six rooms, each with a private bath, and wake to a decadent gourmet breakfast. Be sure to leave time for a good book or cup of tea in the quaint English garden.

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; aloftgreenvilledowntown.com

Candlewood Suites Greenville W

Well-equipped for families and business travelers, this all-suites hotel is ideal for extended stays. Grab a snack from the Candlewood Cupboard™ and settle in with a movie from the lending library. When you want to wander, the hotel is right across from the attractions of the Magnolia Park shopping center. 25 Green Heron Rd.; 864.281.1000; candlewoodgreenvillesc.com

Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Downtown D

This hotel enjoys a location in the heart of downtown Greenville, across the street from the Peace Center for performing arts. Plush guest rooms sport a contemporary décor and include complimentary Wi-Fi, while the adjoining Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood plates the ocean’s fresh bounty in an elegant setting. 50 W. Broad St.; 864.451.5700; marriottcourt yardgreenville.com

Courtyard by MarriottGreenville-Haywood Mall H

Next to Haywood Mall and minutes from downtown, this Marriott offers the services guests need to stay productive and refreshed in its well-designed guest rooms. A fitness center and outdoor pool provide places to exercise and relax, while The Bistro offers in-house dining options for breakfast and dinner.

Swamp Rabbit Inn 1 Logan St., 864.517.4617, swamprabbitinn.com

70 Orchard Park Dr.; 864.234.0300; marriott.com/ gspch

Pettigru Place B&B 302 Pettigru St., 864.242.4529, pettigruplace.com

Crowne Plaza Greenville R

Garden House B&B 302 S Main St., Simpsonville, 864.963.3379, gardenhousebb.com

A recent update outfitted this atrium hotel with sleek spaces, including the lobby and guest rooms. A business center, 7,000 square feet of meeting/

Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace 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

Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace D

Greenville’s new Embassy Suites boasts a great location downtown, convenient to theaters, restaurants, shops, and Falls Park on the Reedy. Studios and two-room suites come with a complimentary breakfast and evening wine reception. Sip a cocktail at the rooftop bar UP on the Roof, then eat dinner at the area’s second Ruth’s Chris Steak House. 250 RiverPlace; 864.263.4800; embassy suitesgreenvilledowntown.com

Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center R

Greenville’s only golf-course resort and conference center offers 268 newly renovated suites, two pools, tennis courts, The Preserve at Verdae golf course, Cafe Verdae, and 44,000 square feet of event space. Breakfast and an evening reception are included, as is a free shuttle to and from GSP International Airport. 670 Verdae Blvd.; 864.676.9090; embassy suitesgreenville.com

Greenville Marriott P

Conveniently located close to GSP International Airport, this AAA Four Diamond Hotel offers well-appointed rooms and includes a concierge level, a day spa, a 24-hour fitness center, and 13,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space. The Marriott’s

D= Hotel Cluster (see p. 86 for map)

Artisan restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One Parkway East; 864.297.0300; marriott.com/ gspap

Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville Downtown @ RiverPlace D

Smack in the middle of Greenville’s vibrant downtown business district, this Hampton Inn & Suites overlooks the Reedy River. The hotel is within walking distance of dining, entertainment, the Peace Center, Falls Park on the Reedy, and Fluor Field baseball stadium in the West End. Valet parking is available. 171 RiverPlace; 864.271.8700; hamptoninnandsuitesgreen ville.com

Hampton Inn Greenville I-385 Haywood Mall H

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 mini-refrigerator, and a hot breakfast and Wi-Fi come compliments of the house. 255 Congaree Rd.; 864.516.2400; hamptoninn3. hilton.com

Hampton Inn Greenville/ I-385 Woodruff Road W

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; hamptoninn greenville.com

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Lodging Guide | LISTINGS Hampton Inn Greenville/ Travelers Rest T

Near Furman University and Paris Mountain State Park, this Hampton Inn is just minutes away from downtown Greenville. It also borders the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, a popular 21-mile hiking and biking route. Guests can take advantage of a free hot breakfast, plus a fitness room, and outdoor pool. 593 Roe Center Ct.; 864.834.5550; greenvillesc. hamptoninn.com

Hilton Garden Inn Greenville W

Located off I-85 and I-385, Hilton Garden Inn is adjacent to The Shops at Greenridge. Guests enjoy a 24-hour business center with free printing services, Wi-Fi access, a fitness center, and an outdoor saltwater pool. GSP International Airport is mere minutes away via the Hilton’s complimentary airport shuttle. 108 Carolina Point Pkwy.; 864.284.0111; hiltongarden inn3.hilton.com

Hilton Greenville H

The renovation of this award-winning Hilton, just a few miles from downtown Greenville, includes a new

restaurant, Bistro 45 Carolina Fresh. The Hilton also offers 14,000 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour business center, an indoor pool and fitness center, and complimentary parking and shuttle to the airport.

other hot items. 40 W. Orchard Park Dr.; 864.232.3000; greenville. place.hyatt.com

Hyatt Regency Greenville D

At the north end of Main Street downtown, this AAA Four Diamond Hotel has been transformed with a new outdoor plaza, Orb Lounge in the eight-story atrium lobby, 36,000 square feet of meeting space, and a farm-to-table restaurant called Roost. Guests have access to free airport transportation and the StayFit™ Gym.

45 W. Orchard Park Dr.; 864.232.4747; greenvillesc. hilton.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown Greenville D

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

Home2 Suites by Hilton Greenville Airport P

Consider this innovative allsuites 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.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center 20 Beacon Dr.; 864.288.0000; home2suites3.hilton.com

Home2 Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown D

The first extended-stay hotel in downtown Greenville, the new 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.

We love having you here ™

Stay in natural splendor within reach of the city at the Hampton Inn Greenville-Travelers Rest

Call 864-834-5550 to book your reservation today! 593 Roe Center Court Travelers Rest, SC 29690

220 N. Main St.; 864.235.1234; greenville.hyatt.com

350 N. Main St.; 864.626.3700; home2suites3. hilton.com

Hyatt Place Greenville/ Haywood H

Style and innovation combine at Hyatt Place to create a unique hotel experience. Oversized rooms have separate living and sleeping areas, and guests are treated to snacks and beverages at any time in the 24-hour café. Each morning, the Hyatt’s Kitchen Skillet™ offers complimentary breakfast sandwiches and

Sleep Inn at TD Convention Center H

The perfect place to stay for visitors attending events at the TD Convention Center, this Sleep Inn is minutes from downtown Greenville. Reasonably priced rooms come with a hot breakfast, a coffee maker, and a microwave and refrigerator. Passes to a local fitness center are also included in the rate. 231 N. Pleasantburg Dr.; 864.240.2006; greenvillesleepinn.com

Greenville Airport, South Carolina

Bright, Innovative and Modern, just like you!

Call 864-288-0000 to book your reservation today! 20 Beacon Drive, Greenville, SC 29615

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LISTINGS | buffet and an outdoor pool. 50 Orchard Park Dr.; 864.254.6383; clarioninngreenvillesc.com

Courtyard by Marriott Greenville-Spartanburg Airport P

Crowne Plaza Greenville TownePlace Suites by Marriott Greenville Haywood Mall H

Providing all the comforts of home—plus a fitness center, laundry facility, and business center—for extended stays in Greenville, TownePlace Suites sits right off I-385 and within walking distance of Haywood Mall. Ninety-four stylish studios are available with fully equipped kitchens and a choice of one or two bedrooms.

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

Drury Inn & Suites Greenville W

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.

75 Mall Connector Rd.; 864.675.1670; marriott.com/ gspts

10 Carolina Point Pkwy.; 864.288.4401; druryhotels. com/locations/greenvillesc/drury-inn-and-suitesgreenville

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Fairfield Inn GreenvilleSpartanburg Airport P

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; westinpoinsettgreenville.com

Additional Accommodations hotels Best Western Greenville Airport Inn P

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/greenvilleairportinn

Clarion Inn & Suites H

Minutes from Haywood Mall, rooms all have a flat-screen TV, microwave, and refrigerator. Amenities include hot breakfast

Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, count on a friendly welcome, a complimentary hot breakfast and affordable prices at the Fairfield Inn. Comfortable rooms—outfitted with a welllit work desk, luxurious linens, and a flat-screen TV—have been recently updated. 48 Fisherman Lane; 864.234.9916; marriott.com/ hotels/travel/gsppr-fair fieldinn-greenville-spartan burg-airport

Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville Airport P

1315 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.; 864.877.0076; ihg.com/holi dayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/ greer/gspgr/hoteldetail

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Woodruff Road W 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/holi dayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/ greenville/gspwr/hoteldetail

Hotel Domestique T

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

La Quinta Inn & Suites Greenville Haywood H

Rooms at this pet-friendly hotel overlook a courtyard with a heated pool, spa, and gazebo, and La Quinta offers shuttle service to GSP International Airport. 65 W. Orchard Park Dr.; 864.233.8018; laquintagreen villehaywoodroad.com

Rodeway Inn Millennium A Renovated rooms, meeting space for 250 people, and a free hot breakfast are highlights of the pet-friendly Rodeway Inn Millenium, located on Greenville’s Motor Mile. 2756 Laurens Rd.; 864.288.6900; choicehotels. com/south-carolina/green ville/comfort-inn-hotels/ sc049

The Upstate’s new Hampton Inn is only minutes from GSP International Airport. 128 The Parkway; 864.263.5555; hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Greenville Marriott Sunset Inn H

Convenient to Bob Jones and Furman Universities, and just 15 minutes from GSP International Airport. 1403 Wade Hampton Blvd.; 864.467.0038

Wingate by Wyndham GSP P

Newly renovated, this hotel caters to business travelers with a location near the airport, the Eastside’s restaurant row, and international corporate headquarters. 33 Beacon Dr.; 864.281.1281; wingatehotels.com/hotels/ south-carolina/greenville/ wingate-by-wyndham-green ville-airport/hotel-overview

Wingate by Wyndham Haywood Mall H

Near Haywood Mall, an on-site business center and an outdoor pool spell amenities for work or play. 246 Congaree Rd.; 864.288.1200; wynd hamhotels.com/wingate/ greenville-south-carolina/ wingate-by-wyndham-green ville-sc/overview

Wyndham Garden Greenville Airport P

The Wyndham Garden hotel is convenient to both I-385 and I-85. Spacious executive rooms and whirlpool suites are also available. 47 Fisherman Ln.; 864.288.3500; wyndham. com/hotel/49118

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Greenville Airport P With quick access to GSP Airport and the area’s top companies from I-85, this Holiday Inn is located behind Michelin’s corporate headquarters.

b&bs The Garden House Bed & Breakfast S

Boasting easy access to I-385, this 7,000-square-foot Victorian-style inn sits amid an acre of lovely gardens in Simpsonville. Five comfortable rooms all have private baths.

2681 Dry Pocket Rd.; 864.213.9331; ihg.com/holi dayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/ greer/gspdp/hoteldetail

Holiday Inn Express Greer

Rooms at the Holiday Inn Express are conveniently

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Hilton Greenville

Inn on Tyger Meadow T

Mountain views, four individually decorated rooms, and warm cookies greet guests at this gracious B&B near North Greenville University. 103 Tyger Meadow Rd., Travelers Rest; 864.275.1141; tygermeadow.com

Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast D

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 inn suites. 45 Winstons Chase Ct., Landrum; 864.909.1575; theredhorseinn.com

Swamp Rabbit Inn D

Cyclist Wendy Lyman operates this convivial B&B near the GHS 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 Travelers Rest / N Greenville KOA T

A family-owned campground with 38 RV sites, 8 tent sites, and 4 deluxe cabins, Travelers Rest KOA is open year-round and is only 10 minutes from NGU and 15 from Furman. 2400 N. Hwy. 25, Travelers Rest; 864.834.8150; koa.com/ campgrounds/Greenville

302 S. Main St., Simpsonville; 864.963.3379; gardenhousebb.com

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Derrick Davis and Katie Travis - photo Matthew Murphy Buyi Zama as “Rafiki” in THE LION KING North American Tour. ©Disney. Photo by Joan Marcus.

CREATING MEMORIES IN THE UPSTATE The Peace Center brings the best of Broadway, music, comedy and dance to the Upstate, and has for more than 25 years – helping to transform Greenville into one of the most talked-about destinations in the Southeast.

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TUNE IN. Nationally known violinist Jeff Yang performs at the Peace Center with Mannheim Steamroller.

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CULTURE World-class art finds its comfort zone here.

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MUSIC OF THE NIGHT Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel’s defection from the Soviet Union led him to Greenville’s symphony baton



anything on Greenville Symphony Orchestra conductor Edvard Tchivzhel’s real-life defection from the Soviet Union. Tchivzhel was the associate conductor for the USSR State Symphony Orchestra tour that opened at Greenville’s Peace Center in 1991, then the city’s sparkling new performance hall. Defection had long been a goal of Tchivzhel, whose grandfather was executed by Joseph Stalin for allegedly being a Latvian spy. But this tour was the first time he had been allowed to travel with his wife and young son. The night before the Greenville concert, Lena Forster, a Russian ballerina who was the general manager of the Greenville Ballet, took the Tchivzhels to Chuck

E. Cheese’s for dinner. As the music blared and the video games beeped, the Tchivzhels asked Forster to help them defect. For the rest of the tour, Tchivzhel made secret, late-night phone calls to Forster, the intermediary between the maestro and attorney Larry Estridge. (The calls were made from payphones in order to avoid being overheard by KGB agents accompanying the orchestra.) Tchivzhel’s journey to freedom began at a Washington, D.C., airport in 1991: six FBI agents arrived to escort his family to their new life. A lane at the airport had been closed so the caravan could make a quick getaway. Soviet officials pursued them, causing FBI agents to change plans and take the Tchivzhels to an immigration office in Baltimore instead of D.C. Upon their arrival, the FBI ordered the enraged Soviet officials to

leave—which they did, avoiding what could have easily become an international incident. Tchivzhel, who has been the conductor and music director of the GSO since 1999, celebrates his freedom by opening each concert with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His Greenville Symphony Orchestra accompanies the ballet and hosts a variety of signature performances year round. Each winter, the orchestra performs its popular holiday pops concert at the Peace Center Concert Hall while the seasonal Masterworks concert series features classical masterpieces that many will find familiar yet inspired. Greenville Symphony Orchestra 200 S Main St., 864.232.0344, greenvillesymphony.org

Photo (this page) by Chelsey A shford ; (opposite, clock wise from top) 2014 Younts Center; 2012 Firewater Photography; cour tesy Warehouse Theatre

By Cindy Landrum

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Stage Presence

Greenville may be more than 700 miles from Broadway, but its performing arts scene will have you singing its praises By Mary Cathryn Armstrong

Located in the heart of downtown’s Main Street, the Peace Center performing arts center plays host to an annual season of notable touring Broadway productions including Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, The Lion King, and many more. This cozy venue also features a seasonal anthology of works by the International Ballet and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. South Carolina Children’s Theatre productions are ideal for the younger set, and feature young actors and youthful themes that are geared for kids and families—second stage productions take place at its Augusta Street theater while main stage shows are held in the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre. The Academy of the Arts Logos Theatre in Taylors has showcased biblically-inspired productions for 40 years, and its production calendar always has several shows on the horizon. On any given weekday, Greenville citizens turn into celebrities, thanks to the handful of locally-operated theaters downtown. The Warehouse Theatre, Centre Stage, and Greenville Little Theatre each present a varied range of compelling dramas, comedies, hit musicals, debut plays, and everything in-between. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll wish you’d taken high school theater more seriously.

YOUNTS CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS Greenville is a performing arts hotspot, but it’s not the only place to preview premier productions. Sister town Fountain Inn is a short trek southeast and boasts the Younts Center for Performing Arts. Right off Main St., the center sets the stage for an array of theatrical and musical talents, and it’s worth the quick trip to catch one of their quality shows. 315 N Main St., Fountain Inn, 864.409.1050, yountscenter.org

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The Warehouse Theatre

HERITAGE PARK AMPHITHEATRE If your ideal Saturday evening involves rockin’ out to your favorite band with 10,000 fun-loving fans like yourself, look no further than Heritage Park Amphitheatre in Simpsonville. Minutes from I-385, the area’s principal outdoor entertainment venue hosts a wide collection of events for all seasons, from summer monthly movies on the lawn to winter adventures in a Christmas wonderland.


Check out 5 must-see shows on page 93.

861 SE Main St., Simpsonville, 864.757.3022, heritageparkamphitheatre.com

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Upcountry History Museum 540 Buncombe St., 864.467.3100, upcountryhistory.org Sargent-Wilson Museum & Gallery 25 Heritage Green Pl., 864.770.1331, bjumg.org Hughes Main Library 25 Heritage Green Pl., 864.242.5000, greenvillelibrary.org

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St., 864.271.7570, gcma.org The Children’s Museum of the Upstate 300 College St., 864.233.7755, tcmupstate.org Just three blocks off Main Street in downtown Greenville, Heritage Green is an urban arts and cultural campus nestled in the heart of downtown Greenville. For nearly 40 years, it has been home to the Greenville County Library System, the Greenville County Museum of Art, and the Greenville Little Theatre. These have been joined by the Upcountry History Museum and Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green, a satellite art gallery for Bob Jones University. Most recently, Heritage Green celebrated the opening of The Children’s Museum, completing a list of facilities that offer arts, learning, and entertainment to residents and visitors of all ages.

The Children's Museum of the Upstate TCMU is the nation’s 7th largest children’s museum and holds a coveted spot in the Smithsonian Affiliations program. Visitors experience the arts, humanities, sciences, health, and nutrition through 20 interactive exhibit galleries with more than 100 hands-on activities. Kids and adults can simulate flight into space, design their own Formula 1 race car, go shopping in the BI-LO Market, or even make their own TV broadcast! Whatever your age, TCMU is a place of possibility to explore, discover, imagine and BE ANYTHING. This state-of-the-art museum is designed to encourage learning and exploration, inspiring curiosity for a lifetime.

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Illustration (map) by A lice Ratterree ; (McKoy) by Katie Charlotte Photography; 2015 Greenville Count y Museum of Art

Greenville Little Theatre 3444 College St., 864.233.6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org



5 TO TRY THE SHOW MUST GO ON: From Broadway shows to oneof-a-kind, off-the-wall performances, Greenville’s theater scene has you covered. Kick off the spring and summer with these recommends, then (stay tuned) for 2017–18 season announcements!


Grainger McKoy’s sculptures capture the essence and livelihood of birds By Abby Moore Keith

This American classic set during the WWII era follows the lives of two businessmen who’ve committed a military crime; one went to prison while the other lied and got away with it. Years later, their families uncover the truth and are left to deal with the incident’s aftermath. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St., 864.235.6948, warehousetheatre.com

2. Lying in State April 7–23, 2017 | Comedy


Illustration (map) by A lice Ratterree ; (McKoy) by Katie Charlotte Photography; 2015 Greenville Count y Museum of Art

1. All My Sons March 24–April 15, 2017 | Drama

t world-renowned artist Grainger McKoy’s Greenville County Museum of Art exhibit, I spent ten minutes scrutinizing his Three Green Herons, inspecting for any sign of structural support amidst the flapping wings, talons, and beaks. Even if I’d had a week to search, I suspect I’d still be looking. While visiting with the artist, McKoy hands over to me a black-and-white photograph of a vibrant young woman dressed in her Sunday best with a log cabin behind her. Raised in Sumter, this was the home his father built, and McKoy relays how his mother helped him saw off a part of that cabin—her pride and joy—so he could carve his first bird. It was a shorebird, revealing his passion for nature and fascination with the three-dimensional combined in a unique ability to shape wood. After mastering wooden sculpture, Grainger turned to metal. He discovered a foundry capable of casting his wood creations in bronze, an intricate process involving waxes and long molding periods. An entirely new artistic process was uncovered for Grainger, and he was able to explore older pieces with different material. He even developed a way to cast jewelry, which his wife Floride sold out of the back of her car until it transformed into an entire jewelry line run by their son and daughter-in-law. “I just followed the passion,” Grainger explains humbly. “I’d encourage anybody to follow a passion. Very few people find it.” Grainger McKoy’s sculptures, including wood maquettes explaining his creation process, are on display at the Greenville County Museum of Art through August 27, 2017.

The GCMA is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth. A broad collection of paintings and prints by S.C. native and the world’s most critically acclaimed living contemporary artist Jasper Johns is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St., 864.271.7570, gcma.org

After the death of a Missouri state senator in what some call an absolutely ridiculous accident, this cast of wacky characters are all on the lookout for something: a bugler for his funeral, someone to fill his gubernatorial shoes, and a purple squirrel named Mel. It’s proof that all’s fair in love and politics! Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St., 864.233.6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org

3. The Million Dollar Quartet July 20–August 12, 2017 |

Musical This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is based on the true story of one remarkable night that brought together musical icons Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, and the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sam Phillips, for an infamous recording session. Centre Stage, 501 River St., 864.233.6733, centrestage.org

4. Romeo et Juliette July 27 & 31, 2017 | Opera

Long a classic, the world’s best-known love story finds new dimension in French composer Gounod’s deeply romantic opera. Sung in French (with English subtitles), this Shakespearean tragedy features five iconic love duets and riveting, lofty compositions that turn the spotlight on the operatic choir and orchestra. GLOW Lyric Theatre @ McAlister Auditorium, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy., 864.294.3516, glowlyric.com

5. The King and I August 22–27, 2017 | Musical

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s notorious production takes place in 1860’s Bangkok where a passionate, unorthodox relationship builds between a British schoolteacher and the King of Siam. Based on the 1944 novel, Anna and the King of Siam (Margaret Landon), this hit Broadway show won four 2015 Tony Awards and features cherished musical classics like “Shall We Dance” and “Getting to Know You.” The Peace Center, 300 South Main St., 864.467.3000, peacecenter.org

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WEST SIDE STORY By Steven Tingle


or the first half of the twentieth century, West Greenville was the pulsing heartbeat at the center of the Textile Crescent. Brandon Mill opened in 1899, and Woodside Mill, less than a mile north, followed in 1902. In 1914, after a second addition was completed, Woodside became the largest cotton mill under one roof in the world. With Judson Mill less than a 15-minute walk to the south, West Greenville was a hub of commerce serving the needs of three mill villages. There were restaurants, stores, community centers, and a theater. By the early 1970s, the textile industry was losing steam. Foreign competition and new technology were chipping away at the profitability of the mills. Like a closing spigot, the economy of West Greenville was slowing to a drip. “There was no magic date when it changed,” says local historian Don Koonce. “But the town turned its back on a dying

industry and everything shifted northeast.” For West Greenville, this ushered in a severe downturn.

The former mill community of West Greenville finds itself in the spotlight, with a growing legion of studios, businesses, shops, and restaurants. In the early 2000s, despite efforts to elevate the housing options in the area, the economy of West Greenville was still stagnant. On Pendleton

Street, only a handful of stores were open. For those looking to open a business, West Greenville wasn’t on the radar. But if you were an artist looking for cheap studio space, well, that was another story. Artist Diane Kilgore Condon found herself, like other local artists, looking for affordable studio space. “We were driving around looking for a place to rent and came into West Greenville,” she says. “We stopped at the first building we found, and there was a little sign in the window that said ‘For Sale or Lease.’” The building was the old Brandon Mill’s company store. Eighteen months later, Diane had purchased the building, formed a non-profit, and was renting studio space in the newly named “ArtBomb,” now a sought-out spot for those in search of inspired art. Soon other artists opened their own studios and it wasn’t long before the area became

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The first Friday of each month, visual art galleries and working studios throughout downtown Greenville, Taylors, and the Village of West Greenville open to the public from 6–9 p.m. Oils, watercolors, acrylics, pottery, jewelry, glassworks, woodworks, photography, and mixed media are just a few of the mediums browsers will discover. Emerging and established artists are represented.

Downtown Greenville Interspersed with the eclectic retail spots and eateries that define the city’s urban center, some of Greenville’s most established artists have galleries in this district, many of which are open throughout the week, as well.

Photo by Paul Mehaffey


known as the Pendleton Street Arts District, then later as the Far West End. New energy was flowing through West Greenville, picking up the pace with each passing month. Now, the history of this former mill community is changing once again. The Brandon Mill has been repurposed into residential and retail space, along with the city’s new arts center known as the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. Artisan chefs have set up shop next to artist studios, including Naked Pasta artisan pasta shop and the hip Village Grind coffee shop, which sits next to its sister restaurant GB&D. Chef Greg McPhee’s new venture The Anchorage, which offers eclectic small plates and craft cocktails, is the latest food space to settle in the village, to much acclaim. With the addition of several creative firms, the Mill Village Market, retail shops, and more, what’s now called the Village of West Greenville is one of Greenville’s hippest—and most diverse—neighborhoods.

Composed of working studios, this art crawl occupies the former Taylors Mill textile factory and is inhabited primarily by studio artists, in addition to photographers, illustrators, stone cutters, and even furniture makers.

Village of West Greenville Galleries, studios, and many young service providers call this transitional neighborhood and retail district home. First Fridays are a great time to get an inside look at otherwise closeddoor studio spaces.

Check out featured galleries and artist spotlights across the area by visiting firstfridaysgreenville.com.


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Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Literary Arts

Founded in 1973, MAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and growing the cultural arts in Greenville County, enabling a strong, well-supported community of artists and arts providers, encouraging advocacy, connecting the arts to peoples’ lives and supporting regional tourism by enhancing Greenville as a cultural destination. Check out the MAC website for more information on our programs and for a directory of artists and arts organizations.

*Contact us to learn how to receive buy-one-get-one-free tickets to Greenville performances.*


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16 Augusta Street Downtown Greenville (864) 467-3132 mac@greenvilleARTS.com #gvlARTS @macARTScouncil greenvilleARTS.com

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North America’s largest and most interesting collection of European Old Master paintings sits tucked inside Bob Jones University. Even less known is that the gallery represents the thirdlargest collection of religious artwork in the world, outside of the Vatican and the British Monarchy. Filled with works from the 14th through the 19th centuries, visitors to the gallery will be amazed by its breadth and its importance, and will most likely find themselves perusing the masters’ works in relative privacy. About 20,000 visitors tour the museum annually, but it remains a hidden gem, even in the art world. The collection includes the works of Rubens, Tintoretto, Veronese, Cranach, Gerard David, Murillo, Ribera, Van Dyck, Honthorst, and Doré among others. Indeed, time here is time well spent, offering opportunities to view some of the world’s most notable masterworks by these artists, their students, and many others.

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Historical Sites around the Region

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.

Campbell’s Covered Bridge

102 Fort Hill St., Clemson; 864.656.2475; clemson.edu/ about/history/properties/ fort-hill

Built in 1909, this 38-footlong bridge constructed with vertical iron rods and diagonal pine timbers spans Beaverdam Creek as the only remaining covered bridge in the state. 171 Campbell Covered Bridge Rd., Landrum; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com/parks/ campbells-covered-bridge

Cowpens National Battlefield

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

This site showcases the only restored gristmill in the Upcountry (c. 1845) as well as 2,000-year-old petroglyphs found there. Check the website for the calendar of special events. 138 Hagood Mill Rd., Pickens; 864.898.2936; visitpickenscounty.com/ vendor/61/historic-hagoodmill-folklife-center

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

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/nisi

Oconee Station State Historic Site This former military compound and trading post offers recreational opportunities and a unique look at 18th- and 19th-century South Carolina. Beyond the park’s historic significance, there’s a fishing pond and 1.5-mile nature trail that connects hikers to Sumter National Forest. 500 Oconee Station Rd., Walhalla; 864.638.0079; southcarolinaparks.com/ oconeestation

Poinsett Bridge

The oldest surviving bridge in South Carolina, this 14-foothigh Gothic stone arch is named for statesman Joel R. Poinsett. The bridge, built in 1820, spans Little Gap Creek. 580 Callahan Mountain Rd.,

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John C. Calhoun served as

Hagood Mill and Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site

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Suber’s Mill

Built in 1908, this 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

Museums & Zoos American Legion Post #3 Cecil B. Buchanan War Museum History of military bases both local and abroad, exhibits of actual uniforms from local units, WWII artifacts and weaponry, military awards, decorations, and souvenirs from foreign campaigns. 430 N Main St.; 864.271.8793; americanlegionmuseum. weebly.com

BMW Zentrum

1400 Hwy. 101 S., Greer; 864.802.5300; bmwzentrum. com

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.

14 acres and some 80 species of animals within downtown’s Cleveland Park. New residents include Miles, a seven-year-old Masai giraffe. 150 Cleveland Park Dr.; 864.467.4300; greenvillezoo.com

History Museum of Travelers Rest – Supported by The Travelers Rest Historical Society

300 College St.; 864.233.7755; tcmupstate.org

Perched along the GHS 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.

Greenville Cultural Exchange Center

3 Edwards St., Travelers Rest; travelersresthistoricalsociety. org

This African-American history museum and culture center is dedicated to the preservation of African-American history in the Greenville area. 700 Arlington Ave.; 864.232.9162; greenvilleculturalexchange.org

Greenville Zoo

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Greenville Zoo encompasses

Museum and Library of Confederate History

Set in the Pettigru Street Historic District, 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; confederatemuseumand library.org

Greenville Zoo

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BMW’s crescent-shaped

visitor center reopened in October 2016 following a major overhaul. From the 1930 Dixi to the models produced at the Greer plant today, the company’s heritage comes alive.

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Walk the nature trails, visit the living-history farm and enjoy Friday night planetarium shows at the observatory. A drive through the Science Center’s holiday lights display is a beloved local tradition. 402 Roper Mountain Rd.; 864.355.8900; ropermountain.org

Museums around the Region Duke Energy’s World of Energy

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; duke-energy. com/worldofenergy

Pickens County Museum of Art & History

The former county jail building now houses the Pickens County Museum of Art & History, containing permanent and changing exhibits of regional art and historic artifacts from prehistory to the present.

307 Johnson St., Pickens; 864.898.5963; visitpickenscounty.com/ vendor/108/pickens-countymuseum-of-art-history

Performing Arts Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum & Baseball Library

The house where baseball legend Joe Jackson lived and died now sits across from Fluor Field. 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

Interactive technology complements photographs, videos, and dioramas to re-create the story of this distinctive part of South Carolina. The museum’s oralhistory project recalls the Upcountry’s past in recorded firsthand accounts. 540 Buncombe St.; 864.467.3100; upcountryhistory.org

The Academy of Arts Logos Theatre

Part of a multifaceted youth ministry, the Logos Theatre stages professional-quality productions that honor God through excellence. Shows include dramas such as Prince Caspian and musical productions like Celtic Sounds. 80 School St., Taylors; 864.268.9342; theacademyofarts.org

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

Carolina Ballet Theatre

Part classical ballet company, part contemporary performing-arts organization, the Upstate’s premier professional

Upcountry History Museum dance company has been entertaining, inspiring, and engaging audiences since the nonprofit organization was founded in 1972. 872 Woodruff Rd.; 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

Furman University

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 at the Peace Center and the Younts Center for Performing Arts. 315 N. Main St., Fountain Inn; 864.558.4569; glowlyric.com

Greenville Chautauqua Society

Bringing history to life through interactive theater and compelling discussion, events, conversation, and critical thought. 11 Rock Side Ct., 864.244.1499; greenvillechautauqua.org

Greenville in Harmony

Known for its musical artistry, 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; greenvilleinharmony.com

Greenville Little Theatre

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; greenvillelittletheatre.org

Greenville Symphony Orchestra

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 yuletide pops concert, Holiday at Peace. 200 S. Main St.; 864.232.0344; greenvillesymphony.org

International Ballet

Founded in Greenville 14 years ago, the award-winning International Ballet stages classical works such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Coppelia as a resident company of the Peace Center. 1018 S. Batesville Rd.; 864.879.9404; internationalballetsc.org

North Greenville University

Offering a quality liberal arts education and opportunities for Christian service, the university boasts the 230-seat Billingsley Theatre with stateof-the-art lighting and sound equipment. Performances here are open to the community.

7801 N. Tigerville Rd., Tigerville; 864.977.7000; ngu.edu

The Peace Center

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

S.C. Bach

In existence for more than 30 years, the South Carolina Bach Choir is the state’s only musical ensemble dedicated to performing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. P.O. Box 17862; 864.270.4689; scbach.org

South Carolina Children’s Theatre Specializing in child-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.

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

The Warehouse Theatre

Greenville’s regional Small Professional Theatre occupies a former textile warehouse in

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Roper Mountain Science Center

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LISTINGS | Greenville’s historic West End district where the company presents a full main-stage season of cutting-edge and alternative works. 37 Augusta St.; 864.235.6948; warehousetheatre.com

Visual Arts The Art Cellar

This eclectic fine art and craft gallery located in downtown Greenville features more than 40 local artists in a salon-style setting. 233 N Main St. Suite 12B; 864.520.1653; greenvilleartcellar.com

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 100112 and 201; 864.423.8863; artcrossing.org

Art in Public Places

Stroll Main Street and beyond to admire Greenville’s diverse collection of 70 pieces of public art, including bronze statues of famous city figures like Vardry McBee, as well as contemporary sculptures.

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See map online; greenvillesc. gov/1114/art-in-public-places

Fine Arts Center

The first specialized arts school in South Carolina, the Fine Arts Center encompasses public gal-

Greenville County Museum of Art

leries 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, studio spaces, and exhibition space at the Brandon Mill in the Village of West Greenville. 25 Draper St. Suite A; 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

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

Holding the third-largest collection of sacred art in the world, the museum displays European art from the 13th through the 19th centuries, including paintings by Tintoretto, Botticelli, and Rubens.

Culture Guide

1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.; 864.770.1331; bjumg.org

Sargent-Wilson Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green

This satellite of the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University rotates special exhibits of paintings from the M&G’s collection. Currently on display through May 2017, “The Art of Sleuthing” investigates the mysterious side of the art world.



25 Heritage Green Pl.; 864.770.1331; bjumg.org

Thompson Gallery

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

Visual Arts around the Region The Arts Center of Clemson This nonprofit community center provides exceptional arts education and makes fine art accessible to the community of Clemson through a wide variety of studio programs, workshops, and arts-related events. 212 Butler St., Clemson; 864.633.5051; explorearts.org

“Top 10 Underrated Cities for Art Lovers” —U.S. News & World Report

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OCTOBER 13-15, 2017 FALL for TUNES. FALL for TASTE. FALL for TAPS. Discover a world of tempting tastes, sights and sounds, as mouthwatering aromas carry you along downtown Greenville’s Main Street. Explore exciting new cuisine or indulge in some of your favorites. With over 40 restaurants and live entertainment on seven stages, Fall for Greenville invites you to enjoy one of the Southeast’s most popular free admission outdoor festivals.

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Gear up for some incredible, out-of-theordinary experiences.

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ACTION Greenville is in constant motion. Here’s what to do and where to do it.

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Life in the

FAST LANE Greenville’s BMW Performance Center makes being a grownup, fun By John Jeter

THE BMW PERFORMANCE CENTER AIN’T NO SUNDAY DRIVE IN THE GREER COUNTRYSIDE. Each year, roughly 15,000 people get behind the wheels of $1 million worth of brand-new inventory at the 2.3-mile track, where courses range from a curvy loop for timed laps to an off-road challenge to a 300-foot-diameter polished skid pad. Every day, the center’s half-dozen professional instructors let corporate groups and other adventure-seekers go full-throttle. When you zip from zero to 60 in less than five seconds, you’re among those lucky few firmly in the driver’s seat of your passion. The professionals in charge just happen to be some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet. Donnie Isley

“If you need to know the proper way to ram another car, talk to me after you leave here with your car, and I’ll show you how to do that, but not with one of ours,” says Donnie Isley, who trained with the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service before coming to Greenville. Outmaneuvering terrorists, protecting “the package” in a motorcade, and racing through a pitch-black course while wearing night-vision goggles are just a few of Isley’s skills. The secret to his success, he says, has

been listening to the machines: “Until I started working here and I was able to do this day after day, that’s when I really started understanding what the car was actually communicating.” Mike Renner

Mike Renner’s German last name translates loosely to runner, but you can call him by his nickname, “Speed Racer.” “It was just the speed and the noise and the competition,” the Greenvillian says of his passion for cars since growing up in NASCAR country and watching races on Wide World of Sports. In the mid-1970s, he and a friend heard a commercial about a Formula 5000 race at Road Atlanta, the 2.54-mile course two hours south of here. Back then, you could stand above Turn 6 and actually see into the cockpits. One of the drivers that day was the legendary Mario Andretti. That threw Renner into overdrive. In 1999, when the Performance Center opened, he couldn’t believe his good fortune. “For them to open up the track 15 minutes away from where I live, it’s just amazing how the pieces fit together.” Renner recently returned from the famed Nürburgring, a Grand Prix track that winds 12.9 miles through three medieval German towns and changes in elevation 1,000 feet. “It’s not as safe as sitting on the couch,” he admits.

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5 TO TRY ATYPICAL ATTRACTIONS: Lots of places can sometimes seem like they have similar things to do, but if you’re looking for something a little out-of-the-ordinary, THAT Greenville still has you covered.

1. Jump Around!

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Burn off some of that extra energy—trampoline-style! From foam pits to insane dodgeball games to ninja warrior obstacle courses, you’ll flip for any one of these joints. No matter how you choose to have your fun, all that jumping will get your heart racing! Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 2465 Laurens Road, 864.558.2400, skyzone.com

Laura Hayes

Within a week of her first trip to a racetrack, Laura Hayes saw her dad buy the family a mini-racer, which looks like a cross between a toaster and a souped-up go-kart, whose single-cylinder engine tops out at 30 mph in the rookie class—ideal for Hayes to start her racing career. She was only 8 years old. But at 18, she surprised everyone when she left home just outside Sacramento, California, to chase her stock-car dreams on the East Coast. At the Performance Center since 2012, she’s neither the youngest driver nor the only woman. But she’s used to being both. “It was a little bit of an issue when I was younger: ‘The little girl’s beating up on all the boys!’ My dad worked for NASA, so they used to call him a rocket scientist, and everybody thought we were running rocket fuel, and we were cheating, but everyone else was super-supportive.” When she’s not at the track, for fun, she races Formula Vee: “Vee” for “Volkswagen.” The cars’ open-wheel chassis—that’s without fenders, fellas—house VW Beetle engines with a modest (compared to 600 hp BMWs) 60 horsepower. GEAR UP FOR YOUR BMW DRIVING EXPERIENCE Take your seat and buckle up. Literally. Get behind the wheel of the Ultimate Driving Machine® at the BMW Performance Center. Located next to the BMW Manufacturing Plant, the $12.5-million driving school features a more than two-mile track with: • decreasing and increasing radius turns, • elevation changes and straightaways, • polished concrete skid pad, and

Gravitopia Extreme Air Sports, 48 Brookfield Oaks Drive, 864.412.3434, gravitopia.us

2. Have a Bake-Off…No, Decorate-Off?

Frost yourself (or more preferably, a cake) and make your life a little more delicious. Whether you choose to just drop-in and decorate a cake or cupcakes, or sign-up for a step-bystep class, sweet-as-pie instructors will help you hone your pastry arts skills and will make sure you walk away with a sugar-coated masterpiece! Cakes By U, 637 Congaree Road, Suite A, 864.322.3356, cakesbyu.com

3. Go into Overdrive

You’re thinking we’re talking bumper cars, but we promise, we’re not; when the light turns green and you put the pedal to the metal, you’ll reach 42 mph in these specialized, 9 horsepower go-karts! Up to 8 racers compete on a track designed by racing experts—choose from Time Attacks and Sprint Races to get your adrenaline fully pumping. LeMans Karting, 1524 Roper Mountain Road, 864.412.3323, lemanskarting.com

4. Plan Your Escape

See if you’re up to the challenge in these mental adventure games! Working with family and friends, you’ll have one hour to solve a series of clues, riddles, and puzzles and earn your escape! Choose from titillating room titles like “Licastro’s Lair,” “The Cure” (bio-terror attack…uh-oh!), “Island Escape,” or “Operation: Casino.” Breakout, 614 North Main Street, 864.326.0190, breakoutgames.com/ greenville Greenville Escape Room, 319 Garlington Road, Unit A5, 864.982.5083, greenvilleescaperoom.com

• five water walls to avoid. Timed laps, pedal-to-the-medal M-series cars, and adventures in off-roading in BMW’s X-model vehicles are just a few of the other options for thrill seekers and the competitive set. Several types of classes are also offered, including Teen School, Car Control, Drives, Tours, and even Motorcycle Training. There is also a 64,000-square-foot facility with conference rooms, a café, gift shop, and more for those looking for an adventurous corporate meeting or outing. For more information, visit bmwperformancecenter.com.

5. Get Ready for Take-Off!

Fun for aviators of all ages awaits at this one-of-a-kind park and café at Greenville’s Downtown Airport. Enjoy views of the taxiway and runway as planes take off and land right alongside this aviation-themed playground and restaurant. Kiddos will enjoy the “perimeter taxiways”, swings, slides, and walking “runways”—round out the fun with a Top Gun cheeseburger! Runway Park at GMU, 21 Airport Road Extension, greenvilledowntownairport. com/RunwayParkatGMU.html Runway Café, 21 Airport Road Extension, 864.991.8488, runwaycafegmu.com

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Home Run



he first time Eddie Rollins made a baseball bat, his son Matthew wanted no part of it. At the time, Matthew was a high school senior and a talented baseball player who would go on to play college and professional ball. But teenagers are not known for their balanced judgment. “I wanted to be the cool kid,” Matthew says. “I didn’t want to swing some bat my father had made.” Matthew’s friends and teammates felt differently. “They kept telling me the bats were awesome,” Matthew says. “It was always, ‘Hey man, can you get your dad to make me a couple of bats?’” Not cool. But, oh, how things change. Now, some 13 years later, Matthew and his father are working together to produce some of the most consistent, high-quality bats on the market. The An-

chor Bat Company is currently headquartered in a small garage in Taylors, but the five-yearold company is growing fast, and Matthew and Eddie are selling bats in the thousands. Like golf clubs and tennis racquets, baseball bats come in varying degrees of quality. Each bat starts out as a billet, a smooth cylinder of wood—generally ash—that resembles a table leg. Billets are graded A, B, or C, depending on the quality of the wood. Unlike most bat companies, Anchor uses only grade A billets, which, according to Matthew, is almost unheard-of in the business. Matthew and Eddie are doers. Eddie, a carpenter by trade, will look at a guitar or farmhouse table and say, “I think I can make that.” That’s how this whole bat business started.

Matthew is tenacious. While researching the industry, he called the Louisville Slugger plant in Pennsylvania every day for a month before someone finally took his call—only to give him a different number, which he called for another three weeks. “It’s what we have to do,” he says. “It’s all about time, energy, and effort.” Matthew credits the company’s growth to the social media chatter from Anchor Bat fans all over the world. “We’ve taken orders from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, and Belgium,” he says. “Our market is anyone who plays baseball.” Learn more about the Anchor Bat Company by visiting anchorbatco.com

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he name “Shoeless” Joe Jackson is synonymous with baseball, but many don’t know that Joe was born and raised right here in Greenville or that his nickname has nothing to do with what he wore when he played the game. The best way to learn the whole story is to run a few steps in his shoes. Start your trip around the bases at the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library, just a pop-fly away from the Fluor Field baseball stadium. The museum is housed in what was once Joe’s home, a modest structure that was moved to its current location in 2006. There, you’ll find a collection of records, artifacts, photographs, film, and other items associated with Shoeless Joe’s compelling life story and even more remarkable baseball career. Next, run the very same base paths that young Joe rounded as a mill team player at Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park. The park sits in the shadows of the old Brandon Mill, where Joe took his first job at the ripe old age of 6. The third stop on your route is Woodlawn Memorial Park, the final resting place for both Joe and his beloved wife Katie Wynn Jackson. Once you’ve paid your respects (many folks leave baseballs, mitts, bats, and even shoes at the gravesite in memorial), it’ll be time to head for home plate and visit the memorial that best represents the respect and affection Greenville holds for Mr. Jackson. At the heart of Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza stands a life-size statue depicting the graceful left-handed swing that enabled Joe to achieve a .356 career batting average—the third best in baseball history.

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Batter Up Get to a Greenville Drive game to connect with players and other fans: greenvilledrive.com

Fluor Field at the West End is home to the Greenville Drive, Greenville’s minor league baseball team, whose season runs from April through September each year. Built with reclaimed bricks from a local textile mill, this former lumberyard is now an integral part of the rebirth of Greenville’s historic West End. Modeled after Boston’s Fenway Park (complete with a 30-foot high “Green Monster” wall in left field, a manual scoreboard, and “Pesky’s Pole” in right field) the Drive’s affiliate team is, not surprisingly, the Boston Red Sox.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library 356 Field St, 864.346.4867 shoelessjoejackson.org

Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park 406 West Ave, greenvillerec.com/ parks/shoeless-joe

Woodlawn Memorial Park 1901 Wade Hampton Blvd.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza 1 Augusta St.

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Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Recently renovated and state-of-the-art, Greenville’s 15,000-seat performance and sports arena has been bringing in big-name acts. It also serves as the home ice to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits ECHL ice-hockey team. 650 N. Academy St.; 864.241.3800; bonsecoursarena.com

TD Convention Center

With 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 30,000 square foot ballroom and 280,000 square feet of exhibit space, this outstanding Southeastern venue hosts tradeshows, conventions, conferences, special events, and more.

This LEED-certified complex fills 72,000 square feet with a conference center, a worship center, performance space, a café, workout facilities, a six-lane lap pool, and a recreation pool. Day passes are available.

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.

This 66,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor sports and recreation complex encompasses soccer fields, tennis courts, an ice-skating arena, a fenced dog park, a bounce house, and a miniature railroad for kids. 400 Scottswood Rd., Taylors; 864.322.7529; greenvillerec. com/parks/pavilion-recre ation-complex

Westside Aquatic Complex

Hosting recreational swim classes and meets, South Carolina’s only public 50-meter indoor pool shares its facility with a heated therapy pool, a fitness room, and an inflatable water play structure.

Greenville Escape Room

YMCA of Greenville

Dedicated to building a healthy community, the YMCA of Greenville provides wellness facilities in addition to classes, childcare, and youth sports programs. Its eight community centers all offer day passes. 723 Cleveland St.; 864.242.1111; ymcagreenville.org

Recreation Facilities

Spectator Sports

BMW Performance Center

Fluor Field at the West End

Get your thrills on a challenging race course—or

Greenville’s Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox plays baseball in Fluor Field at the West End, a scale replica of Fenway Park. The season runs from April to September.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Pit your skills against your friends on an indoor track built by racing experts. LeMans’ 9-horsepower gokarts can reach a top speed of 42 mph.

2700 W. Blue Ridge Dr.; 864.679.7946; green villerec.com/parks/westside

319 Garlington Rd.; 864.982.5083; greenvilleescaperoom.com

Greenville Drive

LeMans Indoor Karting

45 Park Woodruff Dr.; 864.627.9888; frankiesfun park.com/greenville Challenge yourself and your friends to a mental adventure game in which you will have to solve a series of puzzles, riddles, and clues in order to escape within 60 minutes.

945 S. Main St.; 864.240.4500; greenvilledrive.com

945 S. Main St.; 864.240.4500; greenvilledrive.com

Pavilion Recreation Complex

Frankie’s Fun Park

tions as Boston’s Fenway Park, the Greenville Drive’s host field features a 30-foothigh “Green Monster” wall in left field, seats for 5,000 fans, and a hand-operated scoreboard.

424 Westfield St.; 864.527.5948; kroc greenville.org


614 N. Main St.; 864.326.0190; breakout games.com/greenville

For sport fans craving some colder competition, catch the action on ice at a Greenville Swamp Rabbits game. From November to March these helmeted hockey jocks battle at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena with natural hat tricks and game-winning goals. The Swamp Rabbits—named for the cottontail rabbit found here that can swim—are a key team in the East Coast Hockey League and an affiliate of the New York Rangers and the Hartford Wolfpack. The hustlin’ hares take to the ice several nights a week for an evening puck-full of hard hits and exciting skate action. Grab a friend or twelve (group pricing is a steal) and don’t miss Hockey Happy Hour on Thirsty Thursdays—beer, pretzels, and hotdogs all for 2 pucks, err . . . bucks.

Kroc Center

1524 Roper Mountain Rd.; 864.412.3323; lemanskarting.com

Participants in this real-life adventure game have one hour to crack codes, solve riddles, piece together puzzles, and find clues in order to break out of a locked room.

Hard-hitting hockey with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits By Abby Moore Keith

1155 Hwy. 101 S., Greer; 864.968.3000; bmwperformancecenter.com

1 Exposition Dr.; 864.233.2562; tdconventioncenter.com


Breaking the Ice

rough terrain—by pushing the envelope sliding, cornering, braking, and speeding with professional instructors in a sporty BMW model.

Built to the same specifica-

This ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack plays from October to April in the Southern Division of the Eastern Conference AA ice-hockey league at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. 650 N. Academy St.; 864.674.7825; swamp rabbits.com

Waterparks 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., Simpsonville; 864.963.4345; greenville rec.com/welcome-to-dis covery-island

Otter Creek Waterpark

Little “tadpoles” love the shallow-entry 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. 101 W. Darby Rd.; 864.834.4108; greenville rec. com/welcome-to-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; greenvillerec. com/welcome-to-7th-inningsplash

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HIGH NOTES. Outdoor performance venues play host to live music events large and small throughout the year.

NIGHTLIFE White lights aren't the only things that sparkle when the sun goes down.

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1. Main Street

With live music (from professional to street performer) emanating from NOMA Square, ONE City Plaza, or the TD Stage several nights a week, there’s almost always something sizzling after the sun sets. And if you’re looking to take your party indoors, try sports bar Carolina Ale House’s open-air rooftop patio or swing by On the Roxx where you can try your luck at karaoke, salsa, or a DJ dance party. Downtown Greenville

2. Dave & Buster’s


If you’re hungry for tasty fare and lots of late-night activity, look no further than this arcade-meets-sports-bar and restaurant. You’ll find over 130 games—including the most intense 4-player air hockey game you’ve ever played (it involves 100+ pucks)! You can even join Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games™ and do it all in style—with a concocted Zombie or Glow Kone® in hand. 1025 Woodruff Road, 864.603.6500, daveandbusters.com


3. Sassy Paints

This is the place where you can pair your taste for wine with your inner desire to be an artist. For those whose talents begin and end with stick figures, these step-by-step instructor-led classes and parties are perfect for making something you can actually be proud of—a great place to have a gigglin’ good time with the girls.

These local, late-night hangouts put their own distinctive spin on your big night out.

718B South Main Street, 864.918.8303, sassypaints.com

4. Bar Louie

If you want nothing more than to eat, drink, and be happy (their words, not ours), stop by this late-night joint in Magnolia Park. Known for handcrafted martinis and cocktails, microbrews, and a scratch kitchen serving American grub, you’ve got to try the Nachos Libre, Spiked Bulleit® Bourbon Burger, or the outrageously oversized classic chocolate cake. (Any cake that tall has to be worth a try!) 1117 Woodruff Road, Suite A, 864.404.4140, barlouie.com

5. Local Cue

Stop in for the house-made “bar”becue and fabulous cocktails like the Cherry Lifesaver, or sip on the Victory Golden Monkey Belgian-style Tripel. Serving up huge helpings of food and fun, from billiards, darts, and foosball to over 250 nostalgic board games (think Rock ‘em Sock ‘em!), this more-game-than-sports bar is the perfect adults-only getaway. 30 Orchard Park Drive #7, 864.288.6873, localcue.com


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All About the Bass

Mac Arnold’s blues stylings: from the Windy City to Greenville By Maya Payne Smart


pstate native and legendary blues icon Mac Arnold of Muddy Waters led a landmark career by any measure. He laid his musical roots in the blues hub of Chicago, but these days, you’ll find him in the Village of West Greenville Pendleton Street at Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant Music Venue. It’s a venue change that has been Greenville’s gain. A native of the Upstate by birth, Arnold returned here from Chicago after first heading to the Windy City in 1965. “Chicago was a place that all the blues singers went,” he recalled. “I used to listen to them from an old makeshift radio station.” But those musicians never seemed to find their way to this part of South Carolina, so Arnold set out for Chicago to see them. He quickly became a regular part of the blues scene in Chicago performing on Blue Monday, a night each week when blues musicians hopped from venue to venue for a chance to play. In no time, he performed—and even recorded—with many of the musicians he’d admired from afar. He went to school to learn to read music while in Chicago and began to do studio work. Arnold estimates that he played with 95 percent of the blues musicians in Chicago from 1964–1968. (One band had James Brown on piano!) He won credits on timeless


recordings including John Lee Hooker’s “Live at the Café Au Go-Go” and Otis Spann’s “The Blues Is Where It’s At.” By late 1967, Arnold had tired of the grueling coast-to-coast travel with the Muddy Waters Band and started his own group, The Soul Invaders. The Chicago band accompanied acts including B.B. King and The Temptations. “We stepped it up a bit, and started playing more R&B,” Arnold says. Soon after, Arnold found himself on the soul train, literally, when Don Cornelius, a Chicago disc jockey, approached him about helping to launch the first black music variety show to air on American television. Arnold moved to Los Angeles and worked as an associate producer of Soul Train for four years making history once again. South Carolina began calling him home after his father passed in 1982. Arnold returned to nearby Pelzer in December of 1990 and the rest is, well, history. Gracious, gifted, and still going strong, Arnold is as affable as he is accessible. Stop in for a sampling. Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant Music Venue 1237 Pendleton St., 864.558.0747 Open evenings at 4 p.m, Thurs–Sat.; drmacarnoldsbluesrestaurant.com


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A vibrant yet sophisticated lounge with a lively full service bar and rooftop patio that offers unique small plates, wines by the glass, extensive whiskey labels, and SIP’s signature cocktails.

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Craft Beer Culture Independent, local, libatious—taste for yourself By Mary Cathryn Armstrong

Birds Fly South Ale Project Rumblefish

crafters including Quest Brewing Co., Brewery 85, Swamp Rabbit Brewery, and the Upstate’s original hop-father Thomas Creek Brewery. For an educational, no-hassle exploration of the city’s beer scene, The Brewery Experience’s Greenville tour offers both public and private outings. If you want to get your hands even dirtier, Grapes and Grains and Upstate Craft Beer Co. furnish hands-on classes and brewing supplies for budding brewmeisters. Growler on empty? Greenville’s got you covered. Belly up for a cold glass of what local and not-so-local drafts are on rotation at The Community Tap, Greenville Beer Exchange, and Grateful Brew. Fill ’er, cap ’er, then savor later. Prost!

Thomas Creek Brewery & The Community Tap Trifecta IPA

SIP Whiskey & Wine Bar $ $15 or less $$ $16 to $25 $$$ more than $25

Bars 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; thecommunity tap.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, wraps, seafood, and charcuterie. 103 N. Main St., Suite 400; 864.552.1916; sipgvl.com

UP on the Roof $$$

Along with stellar downtown views, the rooftop bar at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace stirs up hand-crafted cocktails to sip with its seasonal small-plates menu. 250 RiverPlace; 864.242.4000; eatupdrinkup.net

Vault & Vator $

Recalling a Prohibition-era gin joint, this new speakeasy by the owners of American Grocery hides behind Main Street in the West End. Mixologist Kirk Ingram shakes things up behind the bar. Opening early 2017.

Brewery 85 Yeoman’s

Quest Brewing Co. Ellida IPA

655 S. Main St., Suite 100; vaultandvator.com

W XYZ Bar $

Locals gather at this chic bar at the Aloft 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; aloftgreen villedowntown.com/green ville-bars

Entertainment Alchemy Comedy Theater Performing at Coffee Underground, Alchemy tickles local funny bones with a lineup of improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy on most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They also teach improv classes. 1 E. Coffee St.; 864.256.1467; alchemycomedy.com

Blues Boulevard Jazz

This upscale jazz club along RiverPlace spotlights live national and local jazz and blues artists, along with cocktails and small plates. 300 River St., Suite 203; 864.242.2583; bluesboulevardjazzgreenville. com

Jack n’ Diane’s

Dueling pianos take center stage Thursday through Saturday in this request-driven show. Between the music, the specialty cocktails, and the comedy, you can’t help but have a good time. 115 N. Brown St., Suite 100; 864.509.6414; jackndianes. com

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homas Jefferson once noted that “beer softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.” There may have been some bit in there about moderation, but it’s a little hard to hear over the sound of fresh kegs being tapped. Six independently-owned breweries have opened since 2013 alone, and Greenville has quickly become a utopia for patrons of the handcrafted pint. New to the neigh-brew-hood are Birds Fly South Ale Project, Upstate Craft Beer Co., and Greenville’s smallest brewery, Shoeless Brewing Co. They join a diverse family of acclaimed, award-winning

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The red and blue, open-air trolleys that ramble up and down Main Street offer a glimpse into yesteryear, complete with a cowcatcher on the front and wooden bench seats inside. With seating for up to 35, trolleys are wheelchair accessible and equipped with bicycle racks. They also feature a co-pilot seat for tour guides or special guests.

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Getting Here

Getting Around


The Greenville, SC Visitor Center in City Hall

Bike Rentals

Airlines Allegiant Air

702.505.8888; allegiantair.com

American Airlines

800.433.7300; aa.com

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Bike the Rabbit

233 N. Main St., Suite 12; 864.990.5446; biketherabbit. com

Greenville B-Cycle

Various locations downtown; 864.423.9088; greenvillebcycle.com

800.221.1212; delta.com

Reedy Rides 800.435.9792; southwest.com

12 W. McBee Ave.; 864.419.2944; reedyrides.com

United Airlines

SRT Bike Shop

Southwest Airlines

800.241.6522; united.com

Airports Greenville Downtown Airport

100 Tower Dr., Unit 2; 864.242.4777; greenvilledowntownairport.com

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport 2000 GSP Dr., Greer (Exit 57 off I-85); 864.877.7426; gspairport.com

Buses & Trains Amtrak

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1120 W. Washington St.; 864.255.4221; amtrak.com


9 Hendrix Dr.; 864.235.4741; greyhound.com

205 Cedar Lane Rd.; 864.605.7010; srtbikeshop.com

Buses & Trolleys

Visitor Services

Downtown Trolley

125 E. Queen St., Pendleton; 864.646.7249; pendletonhistoricfoundation.org

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

1205 Pendleton St., Columbia; 803.896.0000; discoversouthcarolina.com

945 S. Main St.; 864.467.5001; greenvillesc.gov/597/trolley


S.C. State Welcome Centers

Transportation Services

Blacksburg Welcome Center

24 Vardry St.; 864.467.5000; ridegreenlink.com

Atchison Transportation Services

120 Interstate Park, Spartanburg; 864.595.1234; atchisontrans port.com

Eastside Transportation Services 2311 Airport Rd., Greer; 864.609.5466; eastsidelimo. com

Lanier Parking Solutions Greenville 635 N. Academy St.; 864.240.8146; prism.lanier parking.com/parisweb-find parking.asp

Young Transportation

843 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC; 828.258.0084; youngtransportation.com

GreenvilleSpartanburg International Airport

Getting Familiar

Pendleton Historic Foundation

VisitGreenvilleSC Visitor Center 206 S. Main St. (1st floor of City Hall); 864.233.0461 or 800.717.0023; VisitGreenvilleSC.com Open Mon–Fri 8am–5pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 12–4pm.

100 Hwy. I-85 South, Blacksburg; 864.839.6742; discoversouthcarolina.com; open daily 9am–5pm

Fairplay Welcome Center

100 Welcome Center Pl., Fair Play; 864.972.3731; discoversouthcarolina.com; open daily 9am–5pm

Architects Pelham Architects, LLC 100 W. Washington St., Suite 400; 864.271.7633; pelhamarchitects.com

Associations Better Business Bureau 408 N. Church St., Suite C; 864.242.5052; bbb.org/ upstatesc

Friends of the Greenville Zoo

102 E. Park Ave.; 864.627.4200; greenvillezoo foundation.org

Greenville Area Development Corporation 233 N. Main St., Suite 250; 864.235.2008; greenvilleeco nomicdevelopment.com

The Makers Collective VisitGreenvilleSC Sales and Marketing Office

148 River St., Suite 222; 864.421.0000 or 800.351.7180; VisitGreenvilleSC.com Open Mon–Fri 8:30am–5:30pm

Discover Upcountry Carolina Association

500 E. North St., Suite E; 864.233.2690; upcountrysc.com

Off the Grid Greenville

802 Augusta St.; 561.376.7113 offthegridgreenville.com

Landrum Welcome Center

101 N. Main St., Suite 400; makerscollective.org

200 I-26 Eastbound, Landrum; 864.457.2228; discoversouthcarolina.com; open daily 9am–5pm

Upstate Forever

Accounting Services


McKinley, Cooper & Co.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, P.C.

555 N. Pleasantburg Dr., Suite 225; 864.233.1800; mckinleycooper.com

507 Pettigru St.; 864.250.0500; upstateforever.org

300 N. Main St.; 864.271.1300; ogletreedeakins.com

Wyche, P.A.

44 E. Camperdown Way; 864.242.8200; wyche.com

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Adecco NA

1120 N. Pleasantburg Dr., Suite 306; 864.288.0100; adeccousa.com/locations/ greenville-south-carolinastaffing-agencies

Godshall Professional Recruiting & Staffing

310 University Ridge; 864.242.3491; sccareersearch.com

Catering & Cooking Classes CHEF360 Catering

130 C Johns Rd., Greer; 864.242.5578; chef360catering.com

Plate 108

108 E. Poinsett St., Greer, and 3318 Brushy Creek Rd., Greer; 864.915.2640; plate108.com

Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce 100 W. Trade St., Simpsonville; 864.963.3781; simpsonvillechamber.com

Corporate Headquarters Michelin North America, Inc.

1 Parkway South; 864.458.5000; michelinman.com

Table 301 Catering

207 S. Main St.; 864.232.7007; table301catering.com


Chambers of Commerce

Bob Jones University

Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce

Furman University

102 Depot St., Fountain Inn; 864.862.2586; fountaininnchamber.org

Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce 111 Trade St., Greer; 864.877.3131; greerchamber.com

Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce

27 S. Main St., Suite 16-P, Travelers Rest; 864.708.0888; greatertrchamber.com

Greenville Chamber of Commerce

24 Cleveland St.; 864.242.1050; greenvillechamber.org

Mauldin Area Chamber of Commerce 101 E. Butler Rd., Mauldin; 864.297.1323; mauldinchamber.org

1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.; 864.242.5100; bju.edu

300 Poinsett Hwy.; 864.294.2000; furman.edu

Greenville County School District

301 Camperdown Way; 864.355.3100; greenville.k12.sc.us

Greenville Technical College

Melvin & Dollie Younts Conference Center

3300 Poinsett Hwy.; 864.294.2390; furman.edu/ younts

Mosaix Group

160 Royal Pines Dr., Arden, NC; 828.654.8118; mosaixgroup.com

The Old Cigar Warehouse 912-B S. Main St.; 864.248.4868; oldcigarwarehouse.com

Phoenix Training Center of Excellence

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

PlayWorks Group, LLC

Clemson University Campus at ONE

1 N. Main St.; 864.986.9442

Camp Buckhorn

2401 State Park Rd.; 864.244.5565; southcarolina parks.com/parismountain/ buckhorn.aspx


2310 Old Steele Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC; 704.398.7440; fernexpo.com

Greenbrier Farms

766 Hester Store Rd., Easley; 864.855.9782; greenbrierfarms.com

The Loft at Soby’s

22-A E. Court St.; 864.232.7007; table301.com

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System 864.255.1000; bonsecours. com/greenville

Event/ Meeting Services/ Team-Building

650 N. Academy St.; 864.241.3800; bonsecoursarena.com


130 Industrial Dr.; 864.467.3915; phoenixcenter.org/coe.php

Greenville Health System 864.455.7000; ghs.org

Shriners Hospitals for Children

950 W. Faris Rd.; 864.271.3444; shrinershospitalsforchildren. org/locations/greenville

Housing Apartment and Corporate Relocation Services

404.867.3312; playworksgroup. com

775 Woodruff Rd.; 864.297.5690; locatehousing. com/greenville.html

Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center

The Bristol Apartment Homes

4232 Hwy. 11, Marietta; 864.660.1065; pleasantridge campandretreatcenter.org

Professional Party Rentals, Inc.

647 Congaree Rd.; 864.627.8808; professionalpar tyrentals.com

Rethink Reframe Relax, LLC 864.407.0011; rethinkreframerelax.com

TD Convention Center

1 Exposition Dr.; 864.233.2562; tdconventioncenter.com


924 S. Main St.; 864.235.5770; zengreenville.com

926 Cleveland St.; 864.235.0494; livethebristol.com

Ellison on Broad

212 E. Broad St.; 864.350.6662; ellisonbroad.com

Highlands at Market Point 30 Market Point Dr.; 864.234.4700; highlandsatmarketpoint.com

Homestead at Hartness

1095 Hartness Dr.; 864.288.5822; homesteadathartness.com

Link Apartments West End 25 River St.; 864.520.1679; linkwestend.com

The Reserve at Lake Keowee 190 Village Green Loop,

506 S. Pleasantburg Dr.; 864.250.8111; gvltec.edu

North Greenville University 7801 N. Tigerville Rd., Tigerville; 864.977.7013; ngu.edu

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities

15 University St.; 864.282.3777; scgsah.org

Zen event space

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Employment Agencies

Furman University

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GETTING FAMILIAR | Sunset; 877.922.5253; reserveatlakekeowee.com

Insurance Head Financial Group, Inc.

880 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Suite 2C; 864.232.7355; headfinancial. com

Liberty Mutual Insurance 10 Patewood Dr., Suite 120; 864.676.8080; libertymutual. com/insurance-officegreenville-sc

Libraries Greenville County Library System

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Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl.; 864.242.5000; greenvillelibrary.org

City of Greenville Parks & Recreation

307B Falls St.; 864.467.4355; greenvillesc.gov/150/ parks-recreation-sustainability

City of Greer

301 E. Poinsett St., Greer; 864.848.2150; cityofgreer.org

City of Mauldin

5 E. Butler Rd., Mauldin; 864.288.4910; cityofmauldin.org

City of Simpsonville

118 N.E. Main St., Simpsonville; 864.967.9526; simpsonville.com

City of Travelers Rest

6711 State Park Rd., Travelers Rest; 864.834.7958; travelersrestsc.com

Greenville County

Local Government

301 University Ridge, Suite 2400; 864.467.7105; greenvillecounty.org

City of Fountain Inn

200 N. Main St., Fountain Inn; 864.862.4421; fountaininn.org

City of Greenville

206 S. Main St.; 864.232.2273; greenvillesc.gov


Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism 4806 Old Spartanburg Rd., Taylors; 864.288.6470; greenvillerec.com

Travelers Rest

Media & Communications Bigfoot Media

220 N. Main St., Suite 500; 864.214.5504; bluebigfoot.com

FishEye Studios

802 Augusta St.; 864.331.4711; fisheyestudios.com


One Chick Springs Rd., Suite 217; 864.363.4094; brandfarmers.com

Community Journals Publishing Group

581 Perry Ave.; 864.679.1200; communityjournals.com

800 Regent Park Ct.; 864.399.7899; bachtelrealtygroup.com

Nature Walk Photography 126 Shore View Ct., Taylors; 864.991.6307; naturewalk. zenfolio.com

Brains on Fire

148 River St., Suite 100; 864.676.9663; brainsonfire.com

The Bachtel Group at Keller Williams Realty

Steven Faucette Photography Products

114 Rock Moss Dr., Williamston; 864.245.4389; faucettephotography.com

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS

745 N. Pleasantburg Dr.; 864.242.6650; cdanjoyner.com

Bishop Real Estate

P.O. Box 6654, 864.608.3237; bishoprealtyteam.com

Places of Worship Aldersgate United Methodist Church

7 Shannon Dr.; 864.244.1820; aumcsc.org

Carol Pyfrom Realty

403 Parker Ivey Dr.; 864.250.2112; carolpyfrom.com

Coldwell Banker Caine The Greenville News

305 S. Main St.; 864.298.4100; greenvilleonline.com

Skyagunsta, Inc.

P.O. Box 3743; 864.660.9188


330 E. Coffee St.; 864.469.7488; tkpublicrelations.com

Office Supply Saunders Office Supply

611 N.E. Main St., Simpsonville; 864.967.2935; saundersos.com

Christ Church Episcopal

10 N. Church St.; 864.271.8773; ccgsc.org

First Presbyterian Church 200 W. Washington St.; 864.235.0496; firstpresgreenville.org

Postal Services Greenville Main Post Office

600 W. Washington St.; 803.926.6354; usps.com

Real Estate Photography GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

Firewater Photography LLC 2431 N. Pleasantburg Dr., #3723; 864.561.7626; firewaterphotography.com

AugustaRoad.com Realty LLC 1421 Augusta St.; 864.325.2112; augustaroad.com

111 Williams St.; 864.250.2850; cbcaine.com

Deanna Arce - Keller Williams

403 Woods Lake Dr., Simpsonville; 864.593.5070; deannaarce.com

Heather Stemann – Wilson Associates 213 E. Broad St.; 864.640.8700; wilsonassociates.net/heatherstemann2

Keller Williams - Victoria Cottle 403 Woods Lake Rd., Suite 100; 864.275.3953; bestgreenvillerealestate.com

The Marchant Company

100 W. Stone Ave.; 864.467.0085; marchantco.com

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THAT thing not to miss:

The Real Estate Shoppe

612 S. Main St.; 864.884.6901; the realestateshoppeonline.com


Places I’ve Just Got to See

Mouthwatering Restaurants to Visit

330 E. Coffee St.; 800.789.1135; ton sofrentals.com

Wilson Associates

213 E. Broad St.; 864.640.8700; wilsonassociates.net

Retirement Communities Rolling Green Village

1 Hoke Smith Blvd.; 864.987.9800; rollinggreenvillage.com

Shows to See


400 Swansgate Pl.; 864.233.5673; swansgate.net

5 THAT I-Want-to-Try

Spas & Beauty Ivy Salon Downtown


19 S. Main St. (second location at 3728 Pelham Rd.); 864.370.1489; ivysalons.com


River Falls Spa


130 S. Main St.; 864.240.2136; river fallsspa.com

Utilities Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc.

734 W. Main St., Pickens; 864.878.6326; blueridge.coop

Don’t Forget to Buy Tickets

4 5 Tours to Take Can’t-Miss Events

Duke Energy

40 W. Broad St., Suite 690; 864.370.5063; duke-energy.com

The Best Thing I ate was

Souvenirs to Buy! Yeah, my absolute favorite thing about THAT Greenville

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