We have carved out our own single track trail through our 12 acres and there is more great mountain biking just a short bike ride or car ride north. Head up the trail a mile and a half to Travelers Rest SC and check out Gateway Park for some fun single track practice. Climb the trails at Paris Mountain State Park, Pleasant Ridge Park or head up to DuPont Forest! Check out this video at Gateway Park.
Plenty of good restaurants and craft beer in Travelers Rest or downtown Greenville SC. Hop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and bike to both places just out our front doors. Both properties have hot tubs, bonfire pits, and great decks for grilling or relaxing after a fun day of tearing it up on the trails. Book your bike trip now!
We love it when our guests enjoy the inn and even more excited when they tell others about it. Here is a recent post by travel blogger XOAshleigh.com about her stay at the Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville SC:
The Swamp Rabbit Inn & Properties offer unique lodging experiences for your wedding guests.
“Travels With Darley” visited South Carolina this fall and stayed at the Swamp Rabbit Inn and biked the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Check out this whirlwind tour of some great local spots in South Carolina with “Travels With Darley” The “Southern States Road Trip” episode, which features Greenville, Travelers Rest, Anderson, and Belton, broadcasts on SCC on Saturday, January 30th at 5pm and on ETV on Friday, February 12th at 7pm.
South Carolina Travel Itinerary: Columbia, Greenville & The Upstate – Travels with Darley
Watch episode preview here!
The Swamp Rabbit Inn was thrilled to be featured by New York Magazine in travel feature article by Blane Bachelor. We really enjoyed Blane’s visit and stay with us at the Swamp Rabbit Inn. If you are looking for an alternative to a hotel in downtown Greenville SC please consider staying with us. Live like a local and walk to everything Greenville has to offer!
Cycle Through the New Greenville
Looking for a great time to visit Greenville SC on a budget and experience our beautiful downtown and many amazing restaurants? Come for Restaurant Week January 7 – 17, 2016 and stay at the Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville and walk to everything!
Enter coupon code EATGVL for a 10% discount on our room rates for reservations during 1/7 – 1/17/16.
The Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties offer unique hotel alternatives in Greenville SC and we are always thrilled to find other cool lodging alternatives in other parts of the world. Our latest find is Asheville Glamping just over an hour up the road from us in Asheville, NC. Check out their vintage campers, Airstream, yurt and tent options.
We can’t wait to stay and experience it first hand. What a great way to explore the Carolinas – a stay at Asheville Glamping and then head south to Greenville, SC and stay at the Swamp Rabbit Inn or Swamp Rabbit Lodge or one of our vacation rentals. Don’t forget to pack your bikes!
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Join us every Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the Bike Shed at the Swamp Rabbit Inn located at 1 Logan Street, Greenville, SC 29601. We ride from the inn to Furman University and stop at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery for a cup of coffee and some of their awesome bakery items.
This is a social ride and all levels of riders are welcome. Perfect for visitors to Greenville and those new to the area who want to ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail. We rent bikes for $10 and include a helmet. Please arrive by 9:15 if you wish to rent a bike. Call 864-517-4617 with questions or to reserve a bike.
Visit our Facebook Page in case of inclement weather. We will cancel ride by 8:00am if the weather is not conducive to riding.
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We Visited Studio 62 and Chatted with Jamarcus Gaston About Our Holiday Hop at the the Swamp Rabbit Inn December 10 From 4-7
Take a break from the mall, the big box stores this holiday shopping season and shop local and have a fun time at the Swamp Rabbit Inn’s holiday open house, Holiday Hop, this Thursday, December 10, from 4-7. We will have local makers set up in each room at the inn and some local live music and holiday spirits.
Here is a clip from our visit with, Jamarcus Gaston, on Studio 62. Jackie did a great job talking about the event and the inn and our vacation rentals on the show. Watch now!
Here is a list of the makers that will be set up at our Holiday Hop:
In mid November 2015, I traveled with 89 individuals from Greenville, SC to Austin TX on an inter community leadership visit sponsored by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Our group collectively represented the arts, government, development, real estate, restaurants, entrepreneurs, affordable housing leaders, tech and chamber of commerce leaders from our Greenville SC community. The purpose of the visit was to learn from Austin, a city that is growing by the rate of 130 people a day.
Some of the things that impressed me most about Austin, TX:
1) Waller Creek Project
2) Affordable Housing Options
3) Rainey Street
4) Capital Factory
5) Bunkhouse Group Boutique Hotels
6) Great Cycling Friendly City
We met with leaders from various sectors and learned what a rapidly growing city has done right and what they could do better. These are valuable insights as Greenville manages it’s growth. Greenville has been featured on many top 10 lists over the past few years and our secret is getting out! Just look at the number of cranes dotting our City skyline and the number of new residential and commercial developments going up downtown.
As we explored the city of Austin it is not hard to notice that there is something special going on there. The amount of live music, restaurants, outdoor space and new development is remarkable. It was also pretty apparent that there was a large homeless population and the traffic was and issue. I talked with locals and they had a lot to say about how quickly their city has changed. Most of the growth has happened in the last 5 years.
I saw a lot of similarities between Greenville and Austin. These first two projects in particular really inspired me.
Recognizing and highlighting the natural features of a city can prove to be a very wise move. Waller Creek in Austin had been long ignored and covered up. Similarly, our Reedy River and especially the Reedy River Falls in the heart of our downtown was once covered up with a bridge and very polluted. The Waller Creek project still has a way to go but aims to create valuable, attractive natural spaces following the creek. The master plans include a trail, parks, green space and an amphitheater.
In Greenville, our Falls Park on the Reedy River is a glowing example of cleaning up and developing around a natural feature. I think we can continue to follow the river and create another exciting space in the proposed Mayberry Park just west of downtown Greenville. Much like the Highline in NYC and Millennium Park in Chicago our Mayberry Park can be home to art, culture, sports and much more. We already have the Swamp Rabbit Trail running along the river in this area.
Affordable Housing – M Station and Capital Studios by Foundation Communities
I hope to see initiatives and incentives for affordable housing developments around Greenville’s proposed Mayberry Park like these two developments we saw in Austin, TX. With the Kroc Center and AJ Whittenburg School in place the area is poised for development that meets the needs of low income families like M Station and Capitol Station developments by Foundation Communities.
M Station is 150 unit tax credit property. It offers 1-3 bedroom apartments for families with income of $20,000-$50,000. It has a rainwater cistern, solar panels and outdoor solar lighting which makes utilities 75% less for residents. It is on the public transit line with light rail and bus stops right out the front door and car to go stations and bike racks for 75 bikes.
Services offered to residents include after school care and summer programs for 700 kids. Adult education from personal finance to advanced degree programs with local universities and community tax filing services for residents.
Capital Studios in downtown Austin is a single room occupancy (SRO) development. They offer micro units around 500 square feet with large community space, to single people and rent for $400-$600/month. There are 10 units set aside for the creative class (artists, musicians) and 47 units set aside for veterans.
The City of Austin in 2006 overwhelmingly passed and $55 million general obligation bond with 75% of the funds going to rental housing and 25% going to home ownership. In 2013 another $65 million general obligation bond was passed for affordable housing. It is clear to see Austin’s commitment to a plan for affordable housing for its lower income residents (civil servants, teachers, artists, veterans) who are an integral part of the community. Affordable housing was considered part of the infrastructure of the city.
The Greenville Housing Authority has a 5000 person waiting list for affordable housing. There is a real shortage of private housing stock offered for affordable housing credits in Greenville. I think we can learn a lot from what Austin has accomplished.
I came away with a strong sense of hope. The people of Austin have a can do, creative determination to solving their problems and the problems faced by most cities today.
People are drawn to communities that offer rich culture in a variety of arts, music, restaurants, outdoor amenities, good schools, safe streets, etc. These are the elements that make a community thrive for locals and visitors alike. People want to live in cities that offer good jobs and a healthy economy, with quality, affordable housing and a lot to do when they are not working. This is how you attract talent and tourists.
Rainey Street is a perfect example of this. This block of smaller, older homes was zoned commercial but also fell under historical preservation protection. Some one had a great idea to open a bar in one of the small houses and soon more bars and restaurants continued to pop up along Rainey Street. Large residential developments are going up right along side this distinctive little street that attracts thousands of locals and visitors. Rainey Street was a favorite stop for many in our group!
Artists come in and create a vibe, a scene that is intriguing and entertaining, then entrepreneurs open shop to create another layer of amenities to serve the people who are drawn to the vibe and the developers create the density that sustains the artists and entrepreneurs. This is a formula that when executed well and intentionally can produce a thriving community. I saw that in many places around Austin.
Visiting the Capital Factory was also a highlight of the trip. This is a very rich space for start ups, co-working and serves as an entreprenurial incubator. They host 50 different events each month! Who wouldn’t want to come to this cool space?
Boutique Hotels -Bunkhouse Group
We also visited Liz Lambert‘s San Jose Hotel and St. Cecilia Hotel. I love her story and appreciated her accomplishments even more after watching her documentary “The Last Days of the San Jose” where she shows how she ran a transient hotel for three years until she received the loan she needed for a complete renovation. She went on to re-open the San Jose Hotel, a cool, boutique hotel housing many of the visiting bands and artists. Her other properties in her growing boutique hotel empire include – Hotel St. Cecilia (Austin, TX), El Cosmico (Marfa, TX) and future properties under way in Mexico and more.
Great Cycling City
Finally, I discovered that yes, Austin is a great bike city and loved exploring it on two wheels one morning when I ditched the meetings to go get a feel for the city!
To Do List:
In closing I came back with a wish list/to do list …
1) Start a music festival in the future Mayberry Park. Do it now, before the amphitheater is built and grow it to be a world class musical festival much like Summerfest in Milwaukee where I worked the grounds crew for six summers while in high school and college.
2) Uplight all the mill towers dotting the west Greenville landscape, showcasing our textile heritage. A solar lighting solution would be ideal!
3) Work to promote affordable housing around Mayberry Park and around Greenville. It is part of our infrastructure and will help to insure a vibrant, healthy community.
Bottom line … Mayberry Park presents a fresh canvas for some exciting public/private partnerships to creatively solve housing problems, build the quality of life and health of our citizens, install more public art and make some music!! With targeted focus on that area spectacular things can happen. Want to help? Email me at email@example.com with ideas, suggestions or to join the team. I think we need to start a Mayberry Park Conservancy!
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