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Greenville is quickly becoming South Carolina’s not-so-hidden gem. This year, it’s been named third best small city in the U.S. and one of the top five places to retire. It’s also made Travel & Leisure’s lists of Most Underrated Cities and 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018. So what makes Greenville so deserving of these fabulous titles? We’ve got 4 reasons why Greenville should be your next weekend getaway.
1. If you’re feeling outdoorsy…
Explore, bike and hike all over the parks and trails this city has to offer– because there are so many. Located on the Reedy River, Falls Park is a beautiful landscaped garden escape situated smack dab in the middle of downtown. The park has a little something for everyone, but be sure you check out the Liberty Bridge, a suspension bridge overlooking a 30-foot waterfall. Some other state parks you can find around Greenville include Paris Mountain, Caesar’s Head and Jones Gap. If exploring by foot isn’t your thing, hop on a bike. Bring your own or rent one from Reedy Rides for $20-30, depending on the length of your rental. The GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 21-mile path that runs from Lake Conestee Nature Park through downtown and on to Travelers Rest (which is a fun spot for a day trip!). Three lakes, Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee, provide a tranquil setting for an afternoon of R&R. Or, if you’re up for it, white-water raft the Chattooga River rapids. Whether you are looking to become one with nature or just need a little fresh air, Greenville will likely exceed your expectations.
2. If you’re a foodie…
And let’s face it, who doesn’t consider him or herself a foodie these days? The ever-growing food scene in Greenville is a satisfying blend of refined, upscale eateries and local watering holes. With almost 100 restaurants downtown, you’re sure to quell any craving. Spend your mornings exploring coffee shops and afternoons getting hopped up at tons of craft breweries. If you want to try a little bit of everything, Greenville offers culinary tours featuring brews, breakfast and chef’s table, among other options. And because the weather in South Carolina is gorgeous nine out of 10 days, dining al fresco is almost always an option and Greenville’s got these spots in spades. Here are some of our suggestions:
3. Community Tap
4. Menkoi Noodle House
5. The Village Grind
6. UP on the Roof
9. Upstate Craft Beer Co.
10. The Lazy Goat
11. Methodical Coffee
12.Stella’s Southern Brasserie
13. Birds Fly South Ale Project
14. Passerelle Bistro
16. Vault and Vator
17. Golden Brown and Delicious
3. If you’re looking for new insta content…
The epitome of Southern Charm, you won’t find a neighborhood that’s not worthy of a candid shot. Greenville has cultivated it’s own culture that you can’t help but soak up. The streets are lined with more than 70 sculptures sure to entice creatives. You’ll probably stumble into a free community exercise class or by a local jazz musician playing in the square. Speaking of, ONE City Plaza is Greenville’s central meeting place and it’s the perfect spot to mingle, shop and wander. The art and music scenes are thriving. Pop into galleries like the Greenville County Museum of Art or the Center for Creative Arts. GLOW Lyric Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts center focused on socially relevant performances with the hope of encouraging understanding and change. You can also find plenty of live music, poetry and stand-up comedy. You can’t turn a corner without finding a reason to fall in love with this city.
4. If you’re not sorry for partying…
There are festivals aplenty that take place throughout the year in Greenville. They encompass everything the city has to offer. Fall for Greenville is a hallmark event for the city. It is a full weekend of music, culinary demonstrations, competitions, and carnival rides for the kid. Artisphere comes around when spring does and Main Street becomes a haven for the arts community and its supporters. The Craft Beer Festival and Sippin’ Safari, a wine tasting at the zoo, celebrate the best in food and bev. Cultural festivals like Gallabrae, a scottish games event, and the annual Greek Festival celebrate the city’s highlands and Grecian heritages. There’s always something going on in this lively little town.