Getaway to Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville is a vibrant, revitalized and award-winning downtown nestled against the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. And while every destination promises something for everyone, few can deliver like Greenville. From fabulous restaurants, incredible museums, unique shops, an award-winning baseball stadium and a plethora of outdoor activities, Greenville is a great getaway.

LibertyBridge_KrisDecker_FirewaterPhotographyFalls Park and the Liberty Bridge are the crowning achievement of Greenville’s revitalization. Warm summer days are filled with activity in the 40-acre downtown park which is located in the heart of the West End District and sits on the site of an old sawmill. The Liberty Bridge is a pedestrian-only bridge spanning the Reedy River and is one of only two single sided suspension bridges in the world, providing a spectacular view of the 30-foot waterfall below.

firnFOTO lionsFalls Park connects to nearby Cleveland Park. This 126-acre park includes access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, an abandoned rail-line-turned-greenway, now an 18.9-mile bike and walking path. It’s also home to the Greenville Zoo where a famous baby Giraffe named Kiko was born last year and can be seen eating leaves alongside Mommy and Daddy.

Baseball season is in full swing during the summer, and Fluor Field, Greenville’s award-winning stadium is a great place to catch the Greenville Drive, Greenville’s Minor League team, in action.

Opening_Day_Night_Shot_-_From_CondosIn addition to art galleries and boutiques, the West End is also home to the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. This venue recently got a facelift and hosts local and Broadway shows along with showings of local and independent films.

Not to be outdone, the North End of Main Street, dubbed NOMA, continues to thrive as the city expands. The Hyatt Hotel, with its recent renovation, serves as a majestic landmark and their newly opened Roost Restaurant, a soil-to-city; open-kitchen concept has a huge outdoor patio and a community chef’s table.

A block away is Mast General Store. This old-time general mercantile has a little bit of everything. Kids like the candy barrels while Mom and Dad appreciate the huge selection of outdoor wear, equipment and local-made food items.

While Greenville’s Museums are not located directly on Main Street, they are still within walking distance and not to be missed. The Greenville County Museum of Art is home to the world’s largest collection of Andrew Wyeth and is among the country’s premier art museums. Best of all admission is free.

Also worthwhile, is the Upcountry History Museum which showcases the unique textile and mill history of South Carolina’s Upstate, known as “the textile center of the South”. Interactive and multimedia exhibits provide interesting history lessons from some of Greenville’s most prominent citizens.

While The Children’s Museum of the Upstate caters to the younger set (ages 0-12), even older kids will have fun. Even adults are encouraged to climb, slide and crawl on the Kaleidoscope Climber, a three-story climbing structure. “As the 7th largest Children’s museum in the country, our exciting hands on exhibits and outstanding programming make the museum a perfect destination for visitors to the Upstate,” says Nancy Halverson, President/CEO of the Museum.

sobys-patio-street-origKids of all ages will also enjoy searching for the Mice on Main. Started as a project by a student at a local school and inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s book, Goodnight Moon, there are nine small bronze mice hidden along Main Street. Either go it on your own or get a hint sheet available at most of the downtown hotels and retailers.

Although Greenville is a very walkable city, it’s still fun to take a free ride on the Greenville Trolley. The trolley runs on weekends and for home baseball games. Schedules are posted at several locations and just wave your arms at any intersection when the trolley is near to hop onboard.

“There’s a buzz in the air in Greenville in the summer. Between outdoor music festivals and our weekly Farmer’s Markets there is always something going on and people are seemingly everywhere. There’s a great energy and you just want to be a part of it,” says Chris Stone, President of the Greenville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Top all that off with southern charm and friendly smiles and you’ll be surprised that you waited so long to getaway to Greenville.

For more information:

The Visitor’s Center is open seven days a week
M-F 8:00a-5p, Sat 9a-5p, Sun 12n-4p
City Hall Office Bldg., 1st Floor
206 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601
Email: visit@greenvillecvb.com
Phone: 864-233-0461 or 800-717-0023
Website: www.visitgreenvillesc.com

 

Stay

The Westin Poinsett
120 South Main Street
Phone: 864-421-9700
Website: www.westinpoinsett.greenville.com
 
Hyatt Regency Greenville
220 North Main Street
Phone: 864-235-1234
Website: www.greenville.hyatt.com
 
Courtyard by Marriott-Greenville Downtown
50 West Broad Street
Phone: 864-451-5700
Website: www.marriottcourtyardgreenville.com

Eat

Roost Restaurant
220 North Main
Phone: 864-298-2424
Website: www.roostrestaurant.com
 
Rick Erwin’s West End Grille
648 South Main Street
Phone: 864-232-8999
Website: www.rickerwins.com
 
Coffee Underground
1 East Coffee Street
Phone: 864-298-0494
Website: www.coffeeunderground.biz
 
Soby’s New South Cuisine
207 South Main Street
Phone: 864-232-7007
Website: www.sobys.com
 
The Lazy Goat
170 River Place
Phone: 864-679-5299
Website: www.thelazygoat.com
 
Mary’s at Falls Cottage
615 South Main Street
Phone: 864-298-0005
Website: www.fallscottage.com
 
The Green Room
116 North Main Street
Phone: 864-335-8222
Website: www.thegreenroomupstate.com
 

Play

Falls Park
Main Street at Camperdown Way
Phone: 864-467-4355
Website: www.fallspark.com
 
Greenville Zoo
150 Cleveland Park
Phone: 864-467-4300
Website: www.greenvillezoo.com
 
Peace Center
300 South Main Street
Phone: 864-467-3000
Website: www.peacecenter.org
 
Children’s Museum of the Upstate
300 College Street
Phone: 864-233-7755
Website: www.tcmupstate.org
 
Upcountry History Museum
540 Buncombe Street
Phone: 864-467-3100
Website: www.upcountryhistory.org
 
Greenville County Museum of Art
420 College Street
Phone: 864-271-7570
Website: www.greenvillemuseum.org
 
Greenville Drive
945 S. Main Street
Phone: 864-240-4500
Website: www.greenville.drive.mlb.com

 

About the Author

Sherry Jackson

Sherry Jackson’s love of travel came at a young age. Her family would load up the car on the weekend, pick a destination and set off to explore. She has traversed thru jungles, snorkeled the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and wandered the streets of Paris, always searching for her next adventure. Her articles have been featured in a variety of outlets including USA Today, Blue Ridge Country, Foothills Spotlight Magazine, Jetsetter, Bootsnall, Gadling, Yahoo, CityRoom, The Simpsonville Sentinel and countless other print and online publications. She owns and maintains four websites (www.seethesouth.com , www.dragonflyventures.com, dvtravels.net and www.rulesforeveryday.com). Sherry is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). Her work can be viewed at www.dragonflyventures.com.

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