If you haven’t heard yet, people love the Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina area, and it’s easy to see why. Lush and green, full of peaks and lakes, it’s the perfect area for outdoorsy types to get lost in nature, but both towns are full of charming neighborhoods, delicious food, and some of the friendliest people around. In fact, Greenville was named the 5th best small city in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler.
In Greenville, there’s plenty, plenty to do, starting with exploring its adorable downtown Main Street area. Here you’ll find local shops, artists, and restaurants surrounding lively sidewalks and outdoor cafes. On South Main Street, be sure to check out Nose Dive Gastropub for a hearty meal and locally-made beer or wine to help recover from a day of shopping.
Speaking of locally-made drinks, this region is home to plenty of breweries and wineries worth making a stop at. Sip a dry white muscadine under the stars at City Scape Winery or join the “Food + Wine Experience” for a five-wine tasting and cheese board at the picture-perfect Eagle Mountain Vineyards and Winery. For a cold brew, head to Eighth State Brewing for a rotating menu of beers produced in-house and some of the owner’s favorites from around the country. Another solid option is Birds Fly South Ale Project, with lots of outdoor seating and a revolving tap list of 14 beers.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to grab some grub. For serious barbecue, it’s SBH BBQ CO., an award-winning smokehouse that’s known to sell out. At the farm-forward restaurant Anchorage, you’ll be transported to another world by the tastes created by Blackberry Farm alumn, Chef Greg McPhee. In Spartanburg, The Kennedy, with its upscale Asian-meets-southern menu, is the spot to be seen.
To get back into nature, spend a day exploring some of the area’s easily accessible trails and parks. At Falls Park, cross the 345-foot Liberty Suspension Bridge before renting a bike and taking a cruise down the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail. Turn the adventure up a notch by going whitewater rafting on a nearby river then turn it back down with a stop at the Greenville Zoo.
Whatever you decided to do while visiting the Greenville-Spartanburg area, just remember not to cram too much in on one trip. Trust us, you’ll be back.
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