Please consider joining us on Thursday, January 26, 2017 for a very special evening with Chef Michael Kramer about to open the much anticipated – Jianna Restaurant – in downtown Greenville in 2017! Use code JIANNA at time of booking to get 10% off room rates 1/26/17 – 1/28/17 and make a weekend of it in lovely downtown Greenville, SC!
For Immediate Release
January 16, 2017, Travelers Rest, SC – The Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties buys the Magnolia Inn in downtown Travelers Rest, SC to add to it’s collection of bike-friendly hotel alternatives along the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The Magnolia Inn has been operating in Travelers Rest since 2008 and includes a main house with three guest rooms, a full kitchen, dining room and living room. In addition to the main house is a coach house, a studio and a two bedroom cottage. There is also an RV/tiny house pad equipped with water, electricity and hi-speed internet. All guests can enjoy the pool area, gazebo, and beautiful grounds. The entire complex accommodates up to 16 people.
The property will operate as The Swamp Rabbit Inn TR and is located at 426 S. Main Street in the vibrant, trendy town of Travelers Rest. Just a few steps from the Swamp Rabbit Trail and many new restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, a craft brewery, farmers market, and outdoor concerts, guests will have many great options right out the front door.
Located in the Upstate of South Carolina, Travelers Rest is close to Greenville, SC and Furman, North Greenville and Clemson University. Guests can rent bikes on site or bring their own to ride all the world class cycling routes in the area. The Upstate is an outdoor lovers paradise with abundant trails, waterfalls, lakes and mountains.
In 2014, Wendy Lynam opened the first Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville at 1 Logan Street catering to visitors and business travelers looking for an affordable, more relaxed alternative to a hotel. She has since added five more vacation rentals along the trail and the former Magnolia Inn will be the sixth in the collection of fresh and funky, IKEA adorned properties. “Many of our guests come here to cycle and explore the area’s beautiful outdoor amenities by day and all the great restaurant and entertainment options by night. I have set up the properties to appeal to cyclists coming to enjoy our fabulous 21 mile Swamp Rabbit Trail the gateway to some of the best cycling in the Country.”
There will be a big Estate Sale at the Magnolia Inn this Thursday, January 19 – 21, from 10 – 2 each day.
Wendy Lynam, Owner
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Check out this Rad Video from @PivotCycle and @PinkBike Filmed in Greenville, SC and the Swamp Rabbit Lodge
This Fall these dudes stayed at the Swamp Rabbit Lodge and rode Paris Mountain #Cranksgiving
The Pivot-Reynolds enduro team is comprised of three guys, from three very different parts of the country, and with three distinctive riding styles. 2016 was a decidedly mixed bag for the three amigos.
We cater to cyclists. Check out our properties at www.swamprabbitinn.com and come ride in Greenville, SC. #bikeinnbikeout
We are anxiously awaiting the opening of two new restaurants from our two favorite chefs in Greenville. Chef Gregory McPhee is about to open the Anchorage in the Village of West Greenville about a mile from the inn.
Chef Michael Kramer is set to open Jianna in early 2017 right across from beautiful Falls Park in the heart of downtown Greenville.
But wait there’s more … many more new restaurants coming to Greenville in 2017. You might want to check your calendar and plan a getaway to Greenville in the next few months!
If the buzz on the interwebs is any indication, a lot of folks are happy to see 2016 pack up and be gone already! Still, there was great fun to be had here in Greenville and at the Inn. Next week we’ll do a little wrap up and review. But, as of this writing it is Christmas Day, so while you are knee deep in crumpled wrapping paper here’s a list of some of the goings on for New Year’s Eve if you haven’t yet made plans… Please click the links for tix and times.
Resolution Run at Trailblazer Park – a 3, 6 and 12 hour timed ultra. Starting at 7 a.m. All races finish at 7 p.m. Free event, donations welcome. At 235 Trailblazer Drive.
Furman Paladins vs Citadel Bulldogs men’s basketball at Timmons Arena. On Furman campus, 3300 Poinsett Highway, December 31st at 12 Noon.
Childrens Museum of the Upstate Countdown to Noon From 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. “Come to TCMU to ring in the “noon year” at our annual pajama party! Children are invited to the museum in their pajamas to play games, make resolutions, create noisemakers, and participate in a scavenger hunt. We will countdown prior to noon as part of our celebration! This event is free with the cost of admission. Please note the museum will close at 3pm.” At 300 College Street.
New Year’s Eve 2017 Southern Gala – Big and glamourous, at the Hilton 45 West Orchard Park Dr. Benefitting the National Alliance of Mental Illness Greenville and Tell Every Amazing Lady about Ovarian Cancer! Black tie optional.
Larkin’s Roaring Twenty – 17 Party Calling all Flappers and Gatsbys! A costume ball with live music from Deep Dish Dixieland and Craig Sorrels. At the Sawmill, 22 Graves Dr.
Alchemy Comedy Theater at Coffee Underground has three shows to entertain you starting at 7:30 – New Year’s Eve Improv All-Stars: Fast-paced Clean Comedy Games, G-Vegas: New Year’s Eve Live Comedy Game Show, and New Year’s Eve Show and Countdown. All at 1 East Coffee St.
Two Levels, Two Parties, One Night – at Aloft – VIP Diamond Party on the 3rd Floor with Live Music with the Michael Blythe Conspiracy, Champagne Toast, Purple Rain Cocktail, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Party Favors, Photo Booth, and access to the… Wxyz Pearls Party with DJ Craz-e Crane and DJ Scientist, Champagne Toast and Party Favors. Aloft Hotel at 5 N Laurens St.
Upstate Craft Beer Co with My Girl, My Whiskey and Me Live music at 400 Augusta. It’s free!
New Year’s Eve bash at Birds Fly South – At 1320 Hampton Ave Ext. Live music from Circus Mutt and Robino’s catered three-course Italian dinner.
Sip New Year’s Eve – A rooftop party with live acoustic music and buffet. At SIP Whiskey & Wine, at 103 N main #400.
New Years Eve Celebration with Dr. Mac Arnold and Plateful of Blues – Options of dinner and a show or just the show! In The West Village at 1237 Pendelton St.
New Year’s Eve Hop Drop at the Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom. No cover. Ellada Kouzina’s truck will be on hand for dinner service. DJ Austyn with Premiere Entertainment will spin dance music. At 26 S Main in Travelers Rest.
New Year’s Eve Revelution 2017 – At Revel, 304 E Stone. Featuring exclusive catering from Good Life Catering, photobooth, midnight confetti and a champagne celebration and ball drop. Music by DJ Supa Skip and DJ EZ.
New Year’s Eve w/Terence Young – Live music at Blues Boulevard Jazz, 300 River St. Please click the link for all the details.
Give a wonderful send off to 2016! Dream Big. Dance. Make excellent wishes. Get each other home safe. See you next year!
Many of you have stayed with us at the inn over the years, some of you are local and attend our events or have rented bikes from us, some of you may just follow what we do from a distance and we have not met in real life. To all of you with whom we have connected, we wish you a Merry Christmas and peace and joy this holiday season.
Thank you for your support! The Swamp Rabbit Inn has been one of my life’s greatest gifts. It has brought so many interesting people and experiences into my life. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to say thank you to all of you, and to wish you a very Merry Christmas!
What about the little ones?!?! Schools out and kids are on holiday! Don’t the lights of the season seem more sparkly in the eyes of a child? Of course they do, so let’s take their mittens in ours and find a bit of magic and wonder. We’ll try to go easy on the sugar.
As always we need to fuel up, but we have stuff to do and want to stay efficient! In order to get to the lollipops we have keep the lollygagging to a minimum!
Straightforward breakfast is usually what the kiddos go for so we recommend Mary Beth’s at McBee Station ( open daily at 7 a.m.) for straight up American fare – breakfast is actually served all day! And Tupelo Honey for Southern fare with flair (open Mon – Fri at 10 a.m., Sat and Sun at 8 a.m.). Both bright and sunny with ample parking. If you are heading to our northern destinations, duck into the Tandem Creperie in Traveler’s Rest (open daily at 8 a.m.) for a crepe or waffle – warning: you may have to help them finish it all!
It may be dangerous starting our romp at O.P. Taylor’s Toy Store (open Mon – Sat 10 a.m., Sun at Noon) but, perhaps short attention spans will prompt a change of venue – or the lure of hot chocolate across the street! In the same block with Tupelo Honey, the Greenville O.P. is a wonderland in a compact space but sure to leave them wide-eyed. Pssst! Mast General’s candy bins are right next door. Shhhh! Find them at 117 N Main.
Now about the chocolate… one block up and across the street you will find Kilwins – they have hot chocolate – and every other kind of chocolate… ( also a giant chain coffee house next door, Mom, and a bar…).
A mere few paces from Kilwins door, with cocoa in hand, you may enter the grand lobby of the Hyatt where you will find the St Francis Festival of Trees, decorated in every style imaginable, to immerse you in the holiday spirit. And they are just so pretty, too.
At this juncture you could decide to stay local or head north, toward Asheville. Farther away stuff first as you would need to get going!
Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn is kind of jaw(breaker)-dropping for all ages! Now through January 5th. In addition to the gingerbread, The Omni Grove Park Inn, at 290 Macon Ave in Asheville NC, is beautifully decorated and also has massive roaring fireplaces to cozy up to when you get all tuckered out. You/they won’t forget it! About an hour and 15 minutes north of Greenville. Please click the link for all the details.
Another unforgettable experience that will elicit numerous “OMG”s – The Biltmore Estate Daytime Christmas Celebration. “Lavishly” decorated doesn’t begin to describe it, really, it’s a fantasy come alive. Tour the enormous Vanderbilt 8,000 acre estate and 1895 mansion, as decked out as could be, now through January 8th. Santa will be on hand in Antler Hill Village 12/19 – 12/23 from 1- 5 p.m. There are sleigh rides, seminars, wine tastings – something for everyone, including candlelight and overnight options. It is pricey, but children’s tix for age 9 and under are free for daytime events. Please click the link for the entire roster of activities and details.
Back to holiday pursuits in Greenville…
Recent posts alerted you to Ice on Main, but, Skating on the Big Ice is available at Bon Secours Wellness Arena December 18-20, 22-24, 26, 27 and 29 at 1 – 5p.m. Tickets are $6 – $8, skate rentals $3.
Children’s Museum of the Upstate will not be outdone this Christmas! Now through December 31, The Holiday Traditions exhibit will take you back to days of Christmas past. Kids can: Watch life-like trains roll through a miniaturized track, play with miniature trains and landscapes on interactive train tables, snuggle up by the exhibit fireplace with a movie, write “wish list” letters to Santa, play interactive snowman games, and read books in the reading nook! Open Tues – Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore at 300 College St.
Taking your day into evening with several events…
Milk and Cookies Pajama Party Storytelling Event – Readings of The Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas accompanied by milk and cookies. Tuesday, 12/20 from 6:30 – 7:30 at South Carolina Children’s Theatre, 153 Augusta St.
The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville, three performances by Carolina Ballet Theater – 12/22 at 7 p.m. and 12/23 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. At the Peace Center, 101 W. Broad.
Chanukah begins on December 24th this year and our own Greenville Community Menorah Lighting happens once again at NOMA square on December 26th to light the lights for night three. Join us at 5 p.m. for music, latkes, donuts, dreidels and magic. Chanukah on Main is hosted by Chabad of Greenville & the Upstate. In front of the Hyatt at 220 N Main.
That should make for a full holi-day and and some sleepy little bunnies! Sugar plum dreams!
Stopped in for lunch at the newly opened Willy Taco Feed and Seed on Laurens Road in Greenville this week and was delighted by the entire experience! This is a well trained, well rehearsed staff! They have been slammed all week from the looks of the parking lot and every aspect of the service was well tuned.
We started with the Trio which includes salsa, guacamole and queso. All three were delicious but the guac was the real standout! Very fresh ingredients and tasted like it had just been whipped up. Nice citrus kick to it! The salsa was perfectly spicy and how can you mess up queso right? The blue corn chip were warm and fresh with what appeared to be a nice touch of cumin powder sprinkled on top. All very yummy!
Can’t wait to come back and try some more on the menu! Maybe brunch as they open at 10:00 am on Sunday!
I have not been to the original Spartanburg location but have heard good things about it.With the future expansion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail running behind Willy Taco this area is only going to get better and better. Way to get the party started! Great restoration of an old Greenville business, Feed and Seed.
Check out their menu and hours here! Welcome Willy Taco! We’re glad you’re here. Enjoy!
Wendy Lynam, Innkeeper
While the weather outside is not even close to frightful perhaps we should take a winter drive and see how the surrounding villages do the holidays!
After you’ve strolled Main Street, taken the carriage ride, skated Ice on Main, seen the Nutcracker and shopped the West End and our Swamp Rabbit Inn swag… go on a bit of a winter adventure! Resist the urge to contract cabin fever or get cooped up! Yes, it’s cold, but that also means you get to wear ALL your favorite cozy sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, boots… and especially that atrocious “Christmas Jumper” to get the groans (ask a British friend). Don’t forget National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day is December 16th.
Spartanburg is just a short hop northeast up the 85 from Greenville, about a half hour’s drive; why not check it out?
Holiday Lights Safari at Hollywild Animal Park is something a little different! See the pretty lights AND the animals in Santa’s barns, roast marshmallows, drive through the Enchanted Deer Forest, tour Mrs. Claus’ attic and snap a selfie with a zebra. Happening now until January 2nd from 6 – 9 p.m. Please click the link for details, prices and parking. At 2325 Hampton Rd, Wellford, SC.
They’ve got an outdoor skating rink too – Skating on the Square every day until January 18th. Only $10 per person. Two for Tuesdays. On Morgan Square at the corner of W Main and N Church in downtown Spartanburg. Please click link for hours.
Buddy the Elf will be on hand at the Hub City Farmer’s Market Saturday 12/17 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. The market is located at 498 Howard St in Spartanburg.
If you head northwest to Pickens you will enjoy an immersion in an old fashioned Christmas indeed!
The Ghosts of Christmas Past Tour 12/20 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. entertains young and old with the mill’s costumed hosts surrounding you in storytelling and appalachian folk culture of times gone by. The Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas at Hagood Mill is primarily a musical event… with Santa and folk arts demonstrations, lots of unique gifts to be found, like bags of specialty flours ground fresh right from the working 1845 gristmill. All at 138 Hagood Mill Rd, Pickens, SC. DO click the links for reservations, prices and details.
So much to see and do in Asheville! Just over an hour north up the highway and into the hills for yet another feast of holiday sights and sounds.
The Polar Express Train. Ride into the woods and arrive at the North Pole where Santa greets you. Hot cocoa and cookies along the way. Now through January 8th. Board at the Bryson City Depot 45 Mitchell St., Bryson City NC. Please click link for all the particulars.
Still want to stick around town? How about these for a local outing?
Norman Rockwell: “Home for the Holidays” at the Upcountry History Museum. Now through January 29th, this traveling exhibit features over 40 of the American master’s most beloved holiday images. Treat yourself and friends to an up close view of an iconic style that lives in our collective memory. At 540 Buncombe St. Please click link for details.
The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville is the Greenville version of the classic Christmas ballet. Watch the Carolina Ballet Theatre dance their way through Greenville to defeat the Mouse King. Three performances 12/22 and 23rd at 7 p.m., 12/23 at 1 p.m. At the Peace Center in downtown Greenville.
We will keep updating this post and the next as we continue to find fun things to do in and around Greenville during holiday time. Never a dull moment when the Swamp Rabbit Inn is your hub! Bundle up in your warmest coat. As you can see, I come with my own thick coat. I just need a hat! (the turtleneck is just to make me look “literary”!)