New Swamp Rabbit Trail Map and Video to Help Plan Your Stay at our Bike Friendly Inns in Downtown Greenville, SC or Travelers Rest, SC
Today we released our Swamp Rabbit Trail map and video highlighting our favorite stops along the trail which stretches from Greenville, SC to Travelers Rest, SC.
Greenville, SC named one of the best places to visit and one of the best cycling cities in America. Come ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail and stop at the many restaurants, breweries, shops along the way and stay in our bike friendly inns along the trail. We have an 8 room inn in downtown Travelers Rest, SC and a 6 room inn in downtown Greenville, SC right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
The Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties has two inns, one in downtown Greenville, SC and one in downtown Travelers Rest, SC, close to Furman University and at the base of some of the best road cycling and mountain biking in the Upstate of South Carolina.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 20+ mile paved greenway trail connecting Greenville, SC to Travelers Rest, SC. It is mostly flat and perfect for all levels of cyclists. Bring your bike or rent a bike from the Bike Shed at the Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville, SC. Watch our tour of the trail below as we take you into some of our favorite stops along the way!
We welcome you and your bike into our IKEA adorned European style inns walking distance to downtown Greenville, SC and downtown Travelers Rest, SC. After a great day of cycling grab a delicious dinner, craft beer, glass of wine or cocktail just out the front door of either Swamp Rabbit Inn.
We cater to cyclists with bike storage in the rooms and a trail map in each room. Grab a copy of “Cycling Greenville” written by inn keeper, Wendy Lynam, before your visit to plan your rides.
You can cycle year round in the Upstate of South Carolina. Whether you like riding on the trail, climbing mountains and rolling down country roads or shredding mountain bike trails, this area has it all right out our front door. Book your bike getaway at http://www.swamprabbitinn.com and have a “Perfect Day in Greenville” on the Swamp Rabbit Trail!
Love the map? Get a printed copy of our Swamp Rabbit Trail map here– frame worthy!
Map by @thescribblestudio
Video by @amcprophoto
It’s no secret that the Upstate of South Carolina has great cycling! If you are a rails to trails fan the Swamp Rabbit Trail is 22 miles of paved bike trail from Greenville, SC to Travelers Rest, SC, both wonderful destination rides just 10 miles apart. This is a very doable ride for all levels of cyclists.
Looking for something more challenging? Mountain bikers and road cyclists alike can pick from varying degrees of difficulty as you move into the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains..
Check out 20 great rides in the area in Cycling Greenville guidebook written by Innkeeper, Wendy Lynam.
We’ve got both ends of the trail covered with the original Swamp Rabbit Inn in cosmopolitan, downtown Greenville, SC and now the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR in the hipster, mountain town of Travelers Rest, just 10 miles up the Swamp Rabbit Trail near Furman University.
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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!
Want to go hiking in Greenville, SC? Many an article (among all those “10 best…” articles) about Greenville begins with something like this: “Nestled at the feet of the Blue Ridge Mountains…” and that we are! Like the song says “Climb every mountain!” Around here that could keep you busy for awhile. Which means we have lots of places to go hiking in Greenville. (above photo: Justin Bowers)
As always we like to start with breakfast, and well, when you know you have a big day ahead it’s wise to fuel up in serious way.
Eggs Up Grill is just a few blocks up from the Inn at 31 Augusta St. and will fill you up with a big classic breakfast.
Then there’s Biscuit Head which, if you like biscuits, is out of this world. If you don’t want to start your day by hiking to breakfast it’s about 8 minutes away by car at 823 S Church St.
Something to talk about over breakfast, perhaps, is whether or not you need gear. While we do have an REI, Cabela’s, and Appalachian Outfitter all nearby we always like to give a shout out to our friends at Sunrift Adventures because it is a local hub of activity and a beautiful store full of warm, helpful people. It’s in the direction of the mountains at 1 Center Street in Travelers Rest.
While you’re munching on that strip of bacon or that waffle you can decide if you want to stay close to town or make it more of a day trip going towards North Carolina. First the nearby trails.
Paris Mountain State Park is right in town. It’s the big hill with the towers on it that you saw coming in. It has all kinds of activities to indulge in and 9 hiking trails from easy to strenuous, some of which do double duty as mountain bike trails. One trail includes 400 feet of climbing and another will take you around the lake. Click the link for a handy dandy map! At 2401 State Park Rd.
Lake Conestee Nature Park is about 20 minutes southeast of town. It’s full of wildlife viewing opportunities, waterfalls, and offers guided birding walks every third Saturday of the month. There are paved and unpaved trails where you can even find a place called Sparkleberry Island. Click the link for info on family friendly events and more. At 840 Mauldin Rd.
Pleasant Ridge Park is a little ways to the north and past Travelers Rest in Marietta. This smaller park has the feel of being more remote than it actually is. It includes a 5.4 mile unpaved loop plus a fishing lake, shelter, and playground. Click the link for schedules and maps. At 4232 Hwy. 11 in Marietta.
Table Rock State Park a little farther west down Hwy 11 from Pleasant Ridge you will come to majestic table Rock. The trail will take you past waterfalls to the stunning view atop Table Rock. Click the link for particulars. At 158 Ellison Ln in Pickens.
Caesar’s Head State Park Fifty miles of trail options to choose from! A major attraction here is the 2 mile Raven Cliff Falls trail which leads to a suspension bridge overlooking the 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls. And, of course, there’s the view from Caesar’s Head overlook. Click the link for the details. At 8155 Geer Hwy in Cleveland SC.
Dupont State Forest is a favorite of our Innkeeper. And it is gorgeous. More than 10,000 acres worth! Just another half hour north of Caesar’s Head and across the North Carolina state line. Again this spot is known for its trails that lead past waterfalls, and waterfalls, and… There are also trails for horses, and mountain bikes. The link has all the info you’ll need. At 1300 Staton Road, Cedar Mountain, NC.
Burned a few calories have we? All that fresh air given you an appetite? As always, plenty of restaurants to choose from in bustling Greenville but we’ll focus on some meatier selections below.
Halls Chophouse for that Steak with a capital S. Upscale with a lovely view of the Reedy River and Riverwalk. You’ll find something here to sink your teeth into. At 550 S. Main.
Grill Marks for every kind of burger you ever dreamed of and some you didn’t! All the fixins plus a bar that serves ice cream treats as well as cocktails. At 209 S Main.
Ink ’n’ Ivy has that large American menu where everyone can find something to make them very happy. If you’re up for it it has several floors, bars and seating options including a rooftop bar to enjoy some nightlife atmosphere. At 21 E. Coffee.
Sound like a full day? We hope you had lots of fun exploring, adventuring, and hiking in Greenville. Now go lie down before you fall down!
It’s hard to have a conversation about what’s new in Greenville without someone mentioning art! Pretty much every day is the perfect day to enjoy art in Greenville! You can pick one of three main areas to walk around: The Village, Main Street Downtown (north and south) or north of the city about 30 minutes to Taylors Mill. if you want a more comprehensive experience you can hop around the relatively short distances in between in a car. If you are lucky enough to be visiting Greenville during a First Fridays gallery crawl, Open Studios or Artisphere your course will be neatly laid out for you! To skip straight to gallery and artist lists check the above links for all you’ll need to make your own gallery crawl.
First let’s cover morning fuel. We use “morning” here loosely, because if you really want to be in the creative frame of mind you would be on the night owl schedule and wake up raring to go at the crack of Noon! Starting as we usually do with that jolt of joe or other caffeinated beverage – there’s a lot of art to discover and you’ll need your energy – we head to the Village of West Greenville anchored by Pendleton St. where a budding arts district is all a buzz.
The Village Grind is the hot coffee spot for the hip and arty, right on the main drag. Pop in at 1263 Pendleton St. Open: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Golden Brown and Delicious GB&D Just across the street, the very newest kid on a block of new kids has tongues wagging for everything coming out of their kitchen. Grab one of their donuts at Village Grind, or circle back at lunchtime for something much heartier involving pork belly and biscuits! Stroll on over to 1269 Pendleton St. Open: Tues – Sat 11:30 – 2 p.m.
Methodical If you want to start your art crawl in the heart of downtown, the art of the perfect coffee is being practiced at Methodical. They have pastries aplenty to accompany your brew. Go upscale boho at 101 N. Main St Suite D. Open: Mon-Fri 7-6 / Sat 8-6 / Sun 8-5
Aloft WXYZ Bar or Caviar and Bananas. While we’re in the 101 N Main zone we should cover our arty lunch options. Both of these are next door to Methodical and will continue that cosmopolitan feeling. WXYZ’s walls are adorned with local art. The Charcuterie and Cheese Plate or Truffle Fries can be consumed on Aloft’s balcony overlooking downtown, or, enjoy the gourmet bistro fare in the quintessential black and white bistro setting of C&B. Check their links for hours.
Rosa Luna because their gelato is, simply, art. Their paninis are yummy too! Drool at the glass case at 9 W Washington. Open: Mon – Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 pm., Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat Noon – 10 p.m., Sun Noon – 8 p.m.
Rainer’s In the West End we must give a nod to Rainer’s. It’s a bistro. It’s a bar! They have great food and you get to enjoy it surrounded by great, funky, surreal, art and gifts. Enter at 610 S. Main Thurs – Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Mon – Weds 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mary’s Restaurant at Falls Cottage A nicer setting cannot be had. This place is legendary for weddings in the Upstate. Watch the world go by on Falls Park at 615 S Main Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tues – Fri 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
So we have the food options covered… until dinner at least. On to viewing some art! Really it’s everywhere you turn in downtown Greenville. The Liberty Bridge over the falls is an elegant introduction. All around the park you will find sculptures such as the latest installment by Dale Chihuly – “Rose Crystal Tower”.
On nearby Falls Street you will find the mural “City of Altruism” by GAIA.
For more formal arts appreciation you can check out the many performing arts options at The Peace Center but the angel sculpture in the lobby glitters for all to see night and day. At the corner of W Broad and S Main.
A little ways north on Main Street check in with Il Porcellino. (photo: gastrolust) Art lovers the world over will recognize this ambassador. Give him a kiss on the nose for luck.
Turning Toward Mecca
Now that you’ve stretched your legs a bit, time to get serious, get some brochures and map out a plan.
Metropolitan Arts Council – MAC A few blocks from the park at 16 Augusta St. Always has a show in its gallery, for starters. It is THE HUB of all you will need to know regarding Greenville’s art scene in one place. Find out about events, galleries, and artists resources. Take a moment to click the link and peruse the website to get an overview of all that’s going on. If you donate $50 you get that pretty art card for all kinds of art related discounts around town. Open: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Greenville Center for the Creative Arts GCCA is in The Village at 25 Draper St. and is housed in the former enormous complex of historic Brandon Mills. They usually have a current show in the gallery. They are open for First Fridays. They have studio spaces for artists, classes, and even summer camp! Click the link for an overview of their current events and opportunities. Open: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon – Fri, Sat 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Greenville County Museum of Art GCMA is where you go for the big shows, the formal museum experience. Don’t forget the kiddos in your group and take a side trip to the Children’s Museum of the Upstate for lots of fun stuff to see and do. They are on the same block between College Street and N Academy. Open: Weds – Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Big Events
First Fridays happens from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. every month and is just like it says, on the first Friday and it includes venues all over the area. Click the link to find galleries to cruise through in the area your interested in investigating whether on the first friday or any other day.
Open Studios is held during the 1st week in November and 2017 will be its 16th year. The 2016 edition of the self-guided tour featured 131 artists in 90 studio locations spread across a 15-mile radius including downtown Greenville with Easley, Greer, Travelers Rest and Dacusville.
Artisphere a signature annual event that is simply enormous in scope and takes over Greenville for a swirl of nonstop activity. Hundreds of artists and performers of every kind fill the street and venues for an arts overload! Next year’s dates are: May 12 – 14 2017. Book your plans well in advance!
Notable Art Outposts
The Governor’s School is a state sponsored residential arts academy for high school students with exceptional ability in visual arts, creative writing, dance, music, and theater. They have a beautiful facility right near Falls Park in Greenville and a calendar of performances for the public to attend. The campus is at 15 University Street.
Poe Mill Murals lead by artist Adam Schrimmer, (see also the banner photo at the top of the post), are created in an effort to revitalize the historic Poe Mill Village district which is in need of some serious cleanup since the mill burned down in 2003 and the surrounding area became a bit blighted. Applaud their efforts at the corner of Buncombe Road and Shaw Street for a visual treat of urban mural making with a message.
The Runner is a sculpture that can only be accessed from the Swamp Rabbit Trail and can be found by walking, cycling, running, skateboarding… down the trail between W Bramlett Rd and W Washington St. about half a mile south of the Swamp Rabbit Cafe.
Stone Mural Project completed the 3rd of ten proposed murals this year. You could say this sets the tone for arting up the community of N Main that is defined by Stone Avenue, but Stone Avenue has had a funky twist and vibe to it for some time now. That twist and vibe is being expanded with new restaurants, bars, and shops every year making it another boho destination in the new Greenville. Public art is keeping the mood bright!
You knew that wine and cheese buffet at the gallery opening wasn’t going to cut it! Time to sit down, have a serious cocktail and eat something that is as well composed on the plate as it is delicious. One is uptown and one is on Falls Park.
The Bohemian speaking of Stone Ave and Main St… the Arty Bistro Bar with a capital A and B! Great food, beer and wine list. It’s next to a vintage record shop. Yes! Records (Dude, vinyl)! Very cool. Go. Try the Salmon Salad at 2 W Stone Ave. Open: Tues – Thurs 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Fri – Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Passerelle Bistro is a french bistro the way they are supposed to be! If you’ve ever experienced Paris with an artist you will feel right at home here just above the bridge and Falls. Save room for dessert at 601 S. Main in Falls Park. Open: Tues – Fri 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sun 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
I bet you are filled with inspiration! You may be up all night! If you feel so moved, the chalkboard walls at the Inn and Lodge are there for you to cut loose upon and we encourage you to do so! The palette of Greenville is constantly changing so we hope you will check in with our arts developments in seasons to come as all your creativity is welcome.
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Excuse us while we pat ourselves a bit on our furry bunny backs, but… OF COURSE the perfect cycling day in Greenville begins by checking into the most cycling-centric lodging in Greenville – The Swamp Rabbit Inn (Swamp Rabbit Lodge, or Furman Cottage, or Swamp Rabbit Cottage) and having a wonderful night’s sleep!
If you didn’t bring your bike we will happily rent you one that will easily get you up and down the trail and around town.
Number One: Pick up a copy of the Greenville Cycling Guidebook by our Innkeeper Wendy Lynam! They are available for you at the Inn. Seriously, no need to… reinvent the wheel (cycling, wheel, ha)! All the nearby routes and trails for Road, MTB or cruiser casual are in there! So consult before you head out to plan your day. All routes and cue sheets are plainly displayed to set a clear course!
Usually any perfect day starts with breakfast and coffee, but let’s say you brought your bike with you and need a tune up first! You have three nearby options. If you have the presence of mind to think about ride prep the night before you can call Velo Valets and they will come to you!
If not you can roll 2 blocks up from the Inn to S Main, turn right, walk two blocks, and be at Carolina Triathlon. You can always stop for a coffee at Bex on the corner if you need that quick fix first. If you want to head toward our first destination you can find bike service at Freehub right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, exactly one mile from the Inn. Bear in mind: if you want an early start, the bike shops don’t open until 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, so it’s best to take care of it the day before.
Depending on how ambitious you feel and how long and challenging you want your ride to be you may want to enjoy the first segment simply riding the northward portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail and centering your activities in Traveler’s Rest. You could also drive to any of the breakfast suggestions and then on to the various trailheads for your ‘big ride’. This post focuses on road rides primarily. For Mountain Bike options please see these links for Conestee, Pleasant Ridge and Paris Mountain mountain bike trails.
Now about that breakfast and coffee… May I suggest a progressive approach? If you want to have the quintessential perfect cycling day in Greenville you have to hit the Swamp Rabbit Cafe. So, we head out on the Swamp Rabbit Trail – all of 30 seconds from the Inn’s front door – and point ourselves northwest. Within 2.5 miles we will be in front of the cafe. If you want to start with something light, this is a great place, but heartier cycling themed fare awaits down the Trail…
Downtown Traveler’s Rest was transformed by the Swamp Rabbit Trail and many of its establishments cater to the two-wheeled set. But for breakfast, Tandem Creperie and Café @Williams Hardware can’t be beat. Especially at Tandem you will find yourself in line with a hungry hoard of spandex kits queuing up to fuel up for a ride on any given morning. Williams Hardware has homemade fare with flare for something deliciously familiar. If baked goods are your thing we must mention Upcountry Provisions in TR as well, but you may never get back on that bike! Speaking of not getting back on the bike, when the ride is done you can circle back to the Swamp Rabbit Brewery (total cyclist post-ride hangout) and enjoy a brew and fancy food truck eats.
After breakfast you have some decisions to make. You can simply continue north past Sunrift a few miles to the current end of the Trail and make a u-turn, or, head out toward Saluda Lake or Lake Robertson from Traveler’s Rest. If you are with your car you can drive to a closer starting place for the Saluda Bakery Ride or Caesar’s Head.
For intermediate rides you can circle back a bit either by bike or car to Furman Campus for the beginning of the 21-mile Little Texas Loop or pick up the 30-mile Saluda Lake ride in the middle at Roe Ford Road. Or, try the short sharp ascent of Paris Mountain. The 50-mile Hagood Mill Ride also starts at Furman. Heading out from Tandem Creperie on Center Street toward Tigerville Road and you’ll be on your way to the Lake Robinson ride (47 miles roundtrip from the Inn).
The Saluda Bakery Ride (also mapped out in the guidebook) is not for the faint of heart. It is a constant climb. Past the BEAUTIFUL watershed scenery. And (as the name implies) there’s a bakery at the end! The Wildflour Bakery. You will have plenty of company as your grind away as this is a tremendous local favorite for anyone in training. A good jumping off place for this is North Greenville University at N. Tigerville Rd.
Caesar’s Head – for the Big Hard Ride – is a 59-mile loop starting at Furman campus. You can also shorten it by 14 miles if you drive to pick up the trail in Pumpkintown. Take advantage of water and snacks replenishment at the convenience stores along the way because you are going into a state park for the climb. You will, however be reward with fantastic views!
So you’re all tuckered out. Perhaps you should shower? Maybe a nap? Ahh, now that’s better! SO, I’ll bet you are hungry – very hungry – again! There are many, many restaurants to satisfy almost any craving in and around Greenville and because we can’t possibly anticipate everyone’s taste may we simply suggest three, that are definitely cycling themed.
Sidewall Pizza One in Travelers Rest and one in Downtown Greenville. Their pizza is inventive, nuanced and frankly worthy of two locations opening in just two years. Yum.
The Velo Fellow A publik house with faithful pub fare and down-home Southern dishes. Great bar and bar games. It’s dark, it’s cozy. Settle on in. Within easy walking distance from the Inn at 1 Augusta Street.
Restaurant 17 At Hotel Domestique! You didn’t think we could get through a perfect cycling day in Greenville without mentioning local star George Hincapie!? Of course not! In fact, if you wanted to center your cycling day and trip around Hotel Domestique you could certainly do that. They have a café for that coffee and a bike shop, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner at 17. It is however the luxury choice. If you want to treat yourself to a truly memorable meal make a reservation to experience Chef Nick Graves’ creations in the elegance of the European styled hotel. Take your wine out by the patio fountain and gaze at the landscape you have conquered this day.
Not to mention, the porch swing, rocking chairs and decks at the Swamp Rabbit Inn are a sublime spot to finish your day too. The hills of the Upstate await! We’ll save you a space to park your bike(s).
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As of this writing the leaves are turning in Greenville. This year’s Gran Fondo Hincapie is a wrap and was, as always, a grand time for all! Fall for Greenville saw 40 restaurants (including lots of beer!) along with musicians and various entertainments take over Main Street to draw foodie folks by the thousands. Oktoberfest at Noma Square kicked off the season in fine German style, and now the Swamp Rabbit Trail is marked by tracks between the colorful autumn dust.
Now we await the Greenville Craft Beer Festival, coming November 19th, presented by Total Wine and More. It will feature 35+ hand-selected local, regional, and national breweries . The fest is conveniently located at Fluor Field at the West End, providing an atmosphere unlike any other beer festival! “Beer College” classes will also be offered onsite. Gates open @ Noon and 11am for VIP.
Basically, there’s always something brewing in Greenville! In the spirit of the season we’d like to introduce you to some local pumpkin influenced brews.
Starting with the new, new, new kids on the block, Birds Fly South just hatched their first bottle release and guess what it is! Their tasting room can be found at 1320 Hampton Ave Ext in Greenville. Hours are: Thurs 4 – 8 p.m., Fri 4 – 9 p.m. and Sat 2 – 9 p.m.
Thomas Creek gives us pumpkin ale. At 2054 Piedmont Hwy. Since they opened in 1998 Thomas Creek has been filling up the Upstate with great variety of great beer. Signature brews like River Falls Red Ale and Banana Split Chocolate Stout have gained a wide following. Known in the area for their release party events, you can arrange for a brewery tour by phone, or, fill your growler and grab a pint in the tap room: Mon – Wed 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs – Fri 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Add to your calendar the Brewery Bash Oct 29th, and the Greenville Spinners have been known to make it bike ride destination!
From Quest Brewing we have Kermesse Pumpkin Saison. Home of the Hatha and Hops Monday Yoga (7 p.m., $10 for class and a pint), the brainstorm that lead to this adventurous enterprise began in 2012. Quest’s very name entices one to explore what Greenville and environs has to offer. “Legendary” series brews includes Ellida India Pale Ale. Check their website for special releases. A full calendar of weekly events including live music and food trucks. They invite you to make their brewery a destination on your quest for delicious craft brew! Free tours every Saturday. Located at 55 Airview Drive.
Last year, Brewery 85 created Big Poppa Pumpkin. This year they released Leon’s Lederhosen for Oktoberfest. The latest addition to Greenville’s growing brew scene was founded by Clemson grads and named after the interstate that runs past Greenville. They are hard at work making their mark with Quittin’ Time Helles Bock, and Hop ’n’ Grind IPA. Weekly tours are available on Saturdays at 3-3:30 p.m. or by request. Tap room hours: Wed – Thurs 4 p.m. – 8p.m., Fri 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Sat 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Find them at 6 Whitlee Court.
Upstate Craft Beer recently held a pumpkin beer battle between Quest’s Kemesse and Catawba Brewing’s King Don’s Pumpkin Ale. Within six blocks walking distance from the Swamp Rabbit Inn at 400 Augusta Street, you too may learn to brew! You can quaff drafts like Upstate’s own Thin White Duke IPA or Extra Special Boiii Strong Bitter plus other local faves in the brewpub, or purchase your ingredients and consult with the experts to create your own beer! Yes friends, they will hold your little hand (or paw) the whole way. Make an event of it with your brew crew! The pub is open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m Mon – Sun with salads, sandwiches, and naan pizzas, and an event list of game nights and such. Go and just try to not have fun – we dare you!
Probably stretching here, no pumpkin beer at Swamp Rabbit Brewery, but, the Halloween Boo-ery Bash- their Annual Halloween Party is happening Oct 26! A personal favorite. Voted Best Local Brewery in the Upstate for 2015. No surprise there. Opened by a classically trained brewer in 2014, just off the Swamp Rabbit Trail at 26 S. Main in Travelers Rest, it has been mobbed (predominantly by cyclists, I might add) pretty much since day one. More often than not one or another of the Upstate’s most popular food trucks is in residence in the parking lot to provide vittles to go with the brew and the front patio is always hoppin’! From pale ale to porter the on tap offerings are world class. Fill your growler or just come hang out – or both! Open Tues – Thurs 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sat noon – 10 p.m.
Of course there are several great places in Greenville to pull up a barstool and enjoy pumpkin and other seasonal concoctions from all over the map. Also, shops that feature craft beer to purchase.
The Community Tap is a hub of hop action that you will be invited to within hours of arriving in downtown Greenville. Since opening in 2010 it has already expanded its space once and become a local institution. With 20 beers on tap and 12 wines by the glass it is a favorite for various groups and clubs meetings and foodie pairing events. Great food trucks frequent the front lot and the fridges are stocked with an array of exotic brews. The covered outdoor patio is lovely. Open Mon – Wed 11 a.m. – 8 p.m, Thurs – Sat 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. If you are invited – and you will be -, go. If you’re not invited soon enough you will find them at 217 Wade Hampton and making friends will be a cinch!
The Velo Fellow at 1 Augusta Street, mere blocks from the Swamp Rabbit Inn, is outfitted after the grand tradition of the British publick house. With a menu of Southern and British comfort food and mood of comfortable dark wood it’s a perfect place to raise a pint. Drafts like Murphy’s Irish Stout await as does a full bar if that won’t do. Live music occasionally completes the scene. Order a basket of chips and chill. Mon -Thurs 11 a.m. -until (kitchen open until 10 p.m.), Fri – Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (Full menu available until 10 p.m.) Sun 10:30 a.m.-until (Full menu available 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; serving brunch 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
Barley’s Taproom has been mentioned before in the blog for its pizza and its array of bar games. It boasts 72 beers on tap. Find them at 25 W. Washington just off N. Main. Guaranteed to show you a fun and tasty time. Open late: Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – until…, Sun noon – until…
The Greenville Beer Exchange with 16 beers on tap, including Southern Tier Warlock Pumpkin Stout, and over a thousand in their inventory you WILL find something to love. Bring a large sac or your growlers to 7 South Laurens Street. Open: Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun noon – 6 p.m.
I want to try them all, don’t you?! This could take awhile… There’s always something to explore in Greenville, not to mention something tasty and refreshing! Come haunt the bars and breweries of the Upstate, raise a glass to the gorgeously turning foliage, and bask in the warm autumn sun before Greenville settles in for a long winter’s nap.
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Looking for history in Greenville, SC? When you travel to a new place do you want to know how it got to be the way it is now? Does knowing the origins of place names and historical events that happened there make your adventures richer? It does for us too! History runs deep in the red Carolina clay and we love to share it with y’all. South Carolina has played a major part in the evolution of the United States starting with its inclusion as one of the original 13 colonies. But of course, the Native American history of tribes such as the Catawba, Cherokee, Congaree, and Santee goes back much further. Speaking of evolution, there’s an even older history – of my people – the furry, fanged, feathered, and scaly that goes back further still. But we’ll begin even deeper, at rock bottom, in that Carolina clay. Put on your Indiana Jones hat ‘cause it might get dusty!
Are you a rock fan? This is the home of Smiley, Clemson’s oldest tiger – a Saber-tooth Tiger skeleton. Located on the grounds of the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University and supported by the active paleontological research program, here many treasures can be found. Large collections of faceted gemstones and fluorescent minerals are on permanent display. Revolving exhibits throughout the year may include such attractions as the current preparation of a Triceratops skull where visitors can watch the work up close. Admission is free. Free parking, no permit required. Open: Mon – Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Start discovering at 140 Discovery Lane, Clemson SC.
This destination is actually a favorite turn around for weekend group bike rides leaving usually from Furman campus in Greenville. Located on the grounds of historic Hagood Mill, built in 1845 – explore two historical sites from vastly different eras in one visit! Found only recently – 2003 – on a boulder under a road built in 1820, the 32 distinct petroglyphs are exhibited in situ. They feature clear human and abstract figures. Open: Wed, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There is a $5 parking fee on Sat. Get prehistoric at 138 Hagood Mill Rd, Pickens SC.
The Catawba Indian Nation occupies tribal lands dating back at least 6000 years. In addition to permanent displays, get acquainted with their rich culture through many hands-on 2-3 hour seminar experiences like beadwork, and flint knapping classes, or traditional dinner and dance. You will need to plan and make reservations one month in advance for these offerings but it is well worth it. Hikers can head out from the cultural center on three walking trails each with many historic features and markers including an active archeological dig center. Open: Mon – Sat 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Walk in the paths of the ancients at 996 Avenue of the Nations, Rock Hill SC
Keowee and Toxaway are both of Cherokee Native American origin. Keowee, meaning place of the mulberry, and Toxaway, meaning place of thunder. Beautiful views of the Blue Ridge can be found on the two hiking trails. The Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center houses exhibits about the region’s extraordinary natural diversity, the region’s importance as a scientific research destination, the history of the people who lived here in the past and features a three-dimensional topographic map of the region. If you would like to appreciate the natural beauty longer, rental cabins and camping sites are available. Park open: Sat – Thurs 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Get in touch at 108 Residence Dr., Sunset SC.
The regional history of the fifteen South Carolina counties that comprise the Upstate can be investigated here, housed on Greenville’s Heritage Green next to the Children’s Museum and Greenville County Art Museum. Exhibits of historical technologies going back to the early 18th century are on display to give a feel for life in earlier times. Click the link for a schedule of visiting shows currently on view. Open: Tues – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Go way ‘back in the day’ at 540 Buncombe St. in Greenville.
Revolutionary War Sites
Cowpens National Battlefield is the site of the successful “Double Envelopment”, considered one of the most decisive victories of the Revolutionary War and you can find out what that all that means on 842 acres worth of various historic features. Open: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., year round. Delve in at 4001 Chesnee Hwy.
Historic Brattonsville another decisive battle and a famous film location put Brattonsville on the visitor magnet map. Very family friendly with 30 historic structures and costumed interpreters of days and ways gone by, including historic farming techniques and farm animals at Bratton Plantation. Open: Tues – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sun 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Get immersed at 1444 Brattonsville Rd, McConnells, SC.
Kings Mountain has a unique battle history as no British fought in it – only Americans, Patriots against Loyalists, and for the weaponry used. They hold re-creation events throughout the year. Check the event schedule for details. Visitors center and hiking trails. Open: Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Find the turning point at 2300 Park Road Blacksburg, SC
Poinsett Bridge, namesake of Poinsett Highway and the Poinsettia flower, Joel R. Poinsett was the US Ambassador to Mexico. The bridge was built in 1820, the oldest surviving bridge in South Carolina. Find it on the map at Callahan Mountain Rd, Landrum SC.
Christ Church Episcopal Historic Churchyard It’s a who’s who of headstones right in downtown Greenville! And the church is stunning too. If you like to make charcoal rubbing this is your spot. Many the street names in Greenville will be echoed here
Civil War History
Museum and Library of Confederate History in Greenville. The stated mission of the museum: “to provide a true and accurate historical perspective of the War period in an educational manner and to preserve the cultural heritage and artifacts of the South.” It houses an impressive collection of artifacts and a research library. And it’s right in Historic Pettigru district of Greenville. Open: Mon, Weds 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fri 1 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Get some perspective at 15 Boyce Ave.
Christ Church Episcopal Historic Churchyard It’s a who’s who of headstones right in downtown Greenville! And the church is stunning too. If you like to make charcoal rubbings this is your spot. Consecrated in 1854, many the street names in Greenville will be echoed here. Get spooked at 10 N Church Street
South Carolina State House was literally under construction during the civil war and was damaged by Sherman’s army in 1865. Take the tour and enjoy artworks and other artifacts from South Carolina’s long history. Check the link for tour times. See the flags waving proudly on the grounds at 1100 Gervais St, Columbia SC.
The Lynching of Willie Earle a reminder of slavery, segregation’s hideous past and a historic legal milestone. The site of the last lynching in South Carolina. Find the marker on Old Easley Highway (State Highway 124) near Bramlett Road (County Road 105), on the left when traveling north.
The Friendship Nine was a group of African American men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961. You can find the historical marker and the restaurant, now called the Five and Dine at 135 E Main St #101, Rock Hill, SC.
Campbell’s Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in the state, and it’s bright red and picturesque, constructed in 1909. Go take a gambol across the Campbell and a few selvsies with your friends. Run across it at 171 Campbells Covered Bridge Road, Landrum, SC.
Greenville is defined by its historic textile mills, however, none as yet have official tours or designated park areas. The mill towns were little villages surrounding the mill itself and dominated Upstate life in the early 20th century. Woodside Cotton Mill Village is one of the most impressive and you can walk or drive through it as you would any historic neighborhood. It’s located around Woodside Ave. between 6th street and E/W Main. Taylors Mill, on the other hand, is being transformed into an artists colony. There are many artist’s studios popping up in the old buildings, great community events are held there, and the coffee house, Due South Coffee is top notch. Click the link to see what they have going on during your visit.
Shoeless Joe Jackson was a baseball player who became famous for, well, going barefoot and swinging a bat. Learn his story at the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, located at 356 Field St in Greenville right across from Fluor Field you could see a game and make it real field of dreams kinda day!
Lastly, you might enjoy Downtown Greenville Driving Tour or the Historical West End Walking Tour around Greenville. Click the link for details. I’m going to put on my tricorn hat shoulder my musket and heady back to my burrow. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay, thinking about how far we’ve all come.
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Looking for things to do on a rainy day in Greenville, SC? “Raindrops keep fallin’ on my fur… “ As a Swamp Rabbit, a rainy day won’t bring me down; I like things damp. I understand, however, that you human-types feel a bit differently. So just what are some strategies for handling what to do on a rainy day in Greenville? There’s plenty of stuff to do! I’ll start with breakfast ideas and work my way through the day and night until beddy-bye time, okay? Now you can jumble up these activities any old way you like. Rainy days are for being creative! (artwork above “Sea of Umbrellas” by Kendra Baird Runnels).
Firstly, I would say: Get outside! Yep, that’s right. I mean after all, how will you get to show off your cute Wellies and umbrella ensemble if you don’t go outside IN the rain???
So how about we start our day off with some nice hot coffee or a spicy chai latte from one of the three (count ‘em – THREE) cozy coffee houses near the Swamp Rabbit Inn, plus a couple other nearby options.
Bex Coffee and juices too. So cute and cozy, and really, only two blocks from the Inn – you could shuffle there zombie-like with no trouble at all. 820 S Main. Open: Mon – Sat 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
West End Coffee An extra two blocks turning right on S Main from Bex and you will be at West End, local coffee roasters to the region and beyond. Excellent brew. 1021 S Main. Open: Mon – Sat 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Village Grind A mile and a half (less than thirty minute walk, 6 by car) will take you to the West Village hot [coffee] spot (psst, it’s where the cool kids are). It’s tiny, but the quintessential place you picture for ‘coffee house’. Wander into the Mill Village Farms Market right across Pendleton on Lois (they have coffee too) and peruse the bright local produce on a grey day. 1263 Pendleton St. Open: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Brew & Ewe Up a few blocks to the north, just past the Peace Center you’ll find Brew and Ewe – Coffee and Woolens – yeah, you “knit wits” know who your are. But what could be better? The logo is even wearing a sweater. Grab a coffee and pastry and browse the lovely assortment of wool shawls, gloves and felted hats. You may find something you can’t live without and leave much more snug. 108 W Broad. Open: Mon – Sat 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
OR just go for breakfast already at Eggs Up Grill! You can short cut through a parking lot from S Main to Augusta and it’s only another block over from Bex. 31 Augusta S. Open: 7 days 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Next, you might want to get the blood moving. Gently at first…
Soul Yoga Only two blocks from the inn you can stretch out at Soul Yoga Studio to get all limber before you jump in the rain puddles. 1116 S Main. See website for schedule.
Then, for something(s) more strenuous…
Pavilion Recreation Complex has an ice rink and all kinds of indoor sport offerings including Bubble Soccer, but call ahead for that one it takes a little planning, but is it worth it! Check out the website for the activity calendar. 400 Scottswood Rd, Taylors.
Westside Aquatic Complex, 2700 W Blue Ridge Dr, and the Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St for some indoor swimming on a rainy day. Why not? Both of these beautiful facilities have several different pool types and options.
Gravitopia Extreme Air Sports is the answer if your little bunnies need entertaining or the adults in your group want to play like kids. This is a fun place. Indulge your inner ninja! They have trampolines, rope bridges, tire swings, and foam pits. Kids Jump every week day from 9-10am when they restrict entrance to ages 6 and under only and an accompanying adult. The adult jumps for free! Check out Family Night, every Monday night your entire immediate family (mom, dad, and kids) jumps for just $35. 48 Brookfield Oaks Dr.
How about some retro fun? Bowling and roller rinks!
Stone Pin in the North Main area is probably the most stylin’ bowling alley you ever laid eyes on! Check out their lunch and bowl specials and they are even open late night! Golden Lanes and Golden Skate even has a Tiki Bar to send you back in time. 108 Balcome Blvd, Simpsonville. See website for schedule.
A little farther out of Greenville proper, Roller Sports in Taylors will offer a classic skating experience. 328 W Main St, Taylors. Check their site for seasonal schedules.
More fun and also in the North Main area is the Escape Artist where your group can test your escape skills.
Perhaps you’ll be wanting a snack after that. Of course all the dining options available on sunny days are here for you on rainy days in Greenville, too. But when a chill is in the air our minds turn to soup. So here are some warm brothy suggestions for finding a bowl of liquid gold.
Rainer’s is kind of a perfect name for our theme, eh? Great Sandwiches, soups and desserts in a very Bohemian, arty setting. 610 S Main St A. Open for lunch Mon – Sat at 11 a.m. If you’re not feeling so ambitious and want to settle in, the BAR is open Thurs – Sat 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe always a local fave with daily soups on the menu. 205 Cedar Lane. Open: Mon – Fri 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat – Sun 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Menkoi Ramen is feeding the noodle craze in town. If ramen is what heats you up this place is great! 1860 Woodruff Rd. Open 7 days 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Soby’s on the Side has a soup of the day calendar on the site to clue you in. See if they are making your favorites! 22 E Court St. Open: Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Now that we’ve fortified ourselves let’s turn to cultural and intellectual pursuits…
Greenville County Museum of Art and Children’s Museum of the Upstate The Children’s Museum has a giant indoor play space and lots of unique fun exhibits to keep the kiddos entertained. Check the websites for what local, national, and international artist’s works are on display during you visit. Right next to each other at 420 College St and 300 College St.
M. Judson Booksellers Farm-to-table cafe, Chocolate Moose Bakery with divine cupcakes and a bookstore with author signings, book clubs, pop up suppers, and Saturday story time in the children’s nook we can’t say enough nice things about this place check out their website and see if any of their activities will fit into your plans. 130 S Main.
Joe’s Place – Books, Wine, Coffee, Art, down on S Main shuffle in to Joe’s! Story times, Book clubs, wine tastings, author signings and events like murder mystery night. Another rainy day spot for the bookish at heart. Check out Joe’s calendar of activities.
Is it time for supper yet? Again, any of the many restaurants in Greenville are open rain and shine. Prime spots to watch the rain come down downtown might be Roost, Halls, Passerelle, Ink N Ivy, or Rick Erwin’s. Big windows, all.
Continuing the rainy day culture, a play or live show would be wonderful to end our day… Have a look at their seasonal calendars to find something sure to entertain.
Greenville Little Theatre the community theater founded in 1936, Is great for thoughtful and feel-good, classic fare. 444 College St.
Warehouse Theatre Your go-to for edgy and alternative. 37 Augusta St.
Centre Stage known for their New Play Festival was considered more tame until they added their “Fringe” series. Being around the corner form The Playwright pub makes any easy ‘dinner and play’ evening, no muss no fuss! 501 River St.
Are you all tuckered out? Time for a nightcap, flannel Pj’s and blankets? We hope we showed a fun albeit rainy day in Greenville. Dream sweet.
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Looking for live music in Greenville, SC? Where the marmots are marching (but mostly munching), the Swamp Rabbits are hopping, and the terrapins are tapping to the tunes coming from Greenville on a nearly nightly (or daily) basis. It’s always wise to pack your dancing shoes when you head to the Swamp Rabbit Inn because you’re guaranteed to encounter live music in Greenville without even trying. I prefer to dance in my furry feet, so if you feel comfortable you can go barefoot too! As most events head indoors with the falling leaves let’s recap and keep that beat.
I know there will be a lot of barefootin’ at our new signature event, Swamp Rabbit Music Fest presented by Local Green. It’s coming up next Saturday, September 10th, so get your tickets and come on out to the Swamp Rabbit Lodge! The lodge is just past past Furman, right off the Swamp Rabbit Trail at 790 Roe Ford Road. Tickets for students are $5, early bird online $10, and $15 at the door. Fun starts at noon and keeps rockin’ into the night to 10 p.m.
There will be 11 performers for 10 hours of enjoyment! You can look forward to LOZ Band, Kelly Jo, Rush Morgen and many more! We will have food trucks, craft beer, wine, and local makers. Bring your blankets and chairs to lounge in the high grass and under the tall trees. Our event is family and pet friendly. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Feed and Seed.
Can’t leave out a shout for the next Truck Inn Tuesday, Sept. 13th! Just enough time to rest up between events. Featuring Contra Blues Band for tunes and Automatic Taco for eats this one will be a great way to spend a mild autumn evening.
While the outdoor concerts in the city may have waved goodbye for the season, we expect them to take over our streets again next spring and summer. This year saw the first edition of ViLLive concert series in the Village of West Greenville as well as the Shoeless Jam (speaking of bare feet). Downtown Alive Thursdays in NOMA square may be gone until spring but Heritage Main Street Fridays is going strong until September 30th. Put Oktoberfest on your calendar for Sept 29th – Oct 2nd!
The Radio Room features local and regional bands in an “intimate dive bar” setting. Considered by many to be ‘Greenville’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll dive bar’ and THE place for “ear-blistering, in-your-face alternative”, they serve up fresh talent for the 18+ crowd starting at 9:30 Thurs – Sat. Located at 2845 N. Pleasantburg Drive.
Smiley’s – is just up the street from the Swamp Rabbit Inn at 111 Augusta Street. Their week begins with Monday open mic night with live acts Tuesday through Saturday staring at 6:30. With a full bar and homemade Southern favorites, this makes for a cozy evening out.
WXYZ Bar at Aloft – has a plush lounge setting and that great balcony overlooking the city. For a mix of emerging artists and DJ sets on Thurs through Sat nights combined with creative mixed drinks, this is a great stop for your night on the town.
IPA – Independent Public Ale House, holds the space on the corner at 110 Poinsett Hwy and in Greenville’s heart. Serving Lunch and dinner with a full bar, outdoor patio and large venue for music IPA kinda has it all. Open 11 a.m – 4 a.m. Mon – Fri, and until midnight on Saturday. Click the link for their schedule of events.
Gottrocks – Funk, Soul, Apalachian Rock? Gottrocks gots it! And they ‘get it’. A music hall feel accompanied by locally sourced menu items and regional brews and wines. Touring acts to local emerging artists, it’s a fine evening out. See their website for the lineup.
Mac Arnold’s Restaurant and Blues – Just like it sounds! The largest blues venue in Greenville and an anchor of the West Village. With a weekly lineup of music, full bar, and a menu based on the the Southern barbecue tradition of “meat and 3” (click the link to find out) including cornbread (!), you will not be disappointed! Find it all at 1237 Pendleton Street.
The Grove at Upcountry Provisions – Winner of the TR Beautification Award, is new to the area, up the road in Travelers Rest, and hatched by and adjacent to Upcountry Provisions who have already made a name for themselves with delicious and original food. An outdoor venue as the name implies, so getting late in the season, but there are plenty of balmy nights and sunny days left. Keep them on your radar and check their schedule as their events are bucolic, sublime, creative and ever so tasty! Holding down the block at 6809 State Park Road in Travelers Rest.
All this crowd surfing has made me thirsty! I think I will grab a drink on my way back up to the Swamp Rabbit Lodge to continue assisting preparations for the music fest. I am the Lawn and Greens Supervisor, after all!
–Peace Out, Percy
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