Chefs Cycle Dinner For No Kid Hungry at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR With Chef Kramer of Jianna Restaurant in Downtown Greenville, SC
Have you heard of Jianna Restaurant that opened this Spring in lovely, downtown Greenville, SC? Chef Michael Kramer has done some amazing pop up dinners at the Swamp Rabbit Inn & Properties and we are a BIG fan of his culinary talents. Not only is this man talented as a chef and cyclist but also a big supporter of Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry feeding kids in America. Please watch this video from our dinner at the new Swamp Rabbit Inn TR and learn more about Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry.
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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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The Blessing of the Bikes in Greenville, SC
May 6, 2017, Greenville, SC M Judson Booksellers and the Swamp Rabbit Inn present the second annual Blessing of the Bikes will take place at 10am on the front steps of M Judson Booksellers at 130 S Main Street in Greenville, SC 29601 at 10am. Father Duncan of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville will give the blessing and City Council member Amy Ryberg Doyle will speak about National Bike Month and bike safety. Similar ceremonies have been held in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles.
A group ride will follow the blessing on the Swamp Rabbit Trail to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and back to M Judson Booksellers for those who wish to participate. This is a family friendly, casual ride to raise awareness for bike safety, remember those who have lost their lives on a bicycle and celebrate our vibrant bike culture in the Upstate of South Carolina.
Please bring your bikes and gather in front of M Judson starting at 9:45. The blessing will begin at 10:00am and the ride will follow. This is a family friendly event and helmets are required. Parking is available at Poinsett Garage located at 25 W. McBee Avenue.
National holiday on a Thursday? When Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national holiday to be observed throughout the land he could guess at, but surely not foresee, its endurance or impact on our culture. He chose Thursday because it did not conflict with the sabbath days of the major religions. During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt changed it to the fourth Thursday to give retailers more time to sell goods before Christmas, and there Thanksgiving has stayed.
As I sat, gathered with new friends around a long table, many miles from my original home I saw many classic dishes, familiar since childhood, that no Thanksgiving would feel authentic without. I mused on how iconic this shared experience had become. Across the many cultures and cuisines that comprise the tapestry of our nation, on this Thursday one could sit at any feast table in America and find a dish they recognized. There are many adaptations and ethnic variations on the standard menu but it is all about Comfort Food, belonging, coming home, participation and connection. The memories, anticipation, and fulfillment of Thanksgiving are celebrated in the American soul.
For those who travel frequently, major holidays sometimes find them far from loved ones. One can’t help but contemplate the meaning of Thanksgiving themes: home, family, belonging, and of course, favorite foods! Seasoned travelers will tell you that the best way to really enjoy any adventure is to get to know the locals, that “family” can be found or made most anywhere.
Greenville really knows how to do holidays, so come hang out with us! Trade stories. Break bread. Share in celebrations! Here at the Swamp Rabbit Inn we take pride in making our guests feel cozy, comfy, welcome, and ‘at home’. Our philosophy is really just an extension of the warmth of Greenville itself. We want you to feel at ease here and enjoy all that we have to offer. If you’re visiting Greenville during the winter holidays there are plenty of opportunities for festive, frosty fun and we Inn-vite you to join us! The following list should provide a good start for finding holiday cheer.
Greenville is noted for its delightful downtown. Main Street has decked its historic corridor for a wondrous winter and gets the party started with the Poinsettia Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 3rd from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The parade route stretches Main Street from Augusta St. to North St.
In anticipation of Chanukah, Chabad of Greenville and Home Depot are hosting a Menorah Workshop! Sunday December 4th, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Build your own menorah and make your own candles at this fun family event. Free with your RSVP. Traditional holiday music and refreshments and a free construction apron for your little builder. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Click on the link to sign up.
More for the kids, or the kid in you, Ice on Main is back! The outdoor skating rink is open now until Jan 16th 2017. United Community Bank Ice on Main is located on Village Green, in front of the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Greenville, adjacent to City Hall. Check the link for times and tickets.
Next, dive right into a megadose of seasonal décor at the Hyatt Regency for the annual St Francis Festival of Trees display. Need decoration inspiration, or just a rush of childlike awe? This is for you. On display from 12/1 – 12/28, the fest includes the Martinis and Mistletoe kickoff event on Thursday Dec. 1st at 7 p.m. (tix $50). The annual Teddybear Luncheon is on Saturday Dec. 3rd at 11 a.m. Bring a stuffed animal to donate and get a picture with Santa! (adults$15, children $10) All events at the Hyatt, 220 N Main Downtown.
There’s a great mix of live theater on Greenville’s stages this season from traditional standards to the downright edgy. A Miracle on 34th Street will make you believe in magic, Dec. 8th – 18th and Jingle All the Way will delight the children Dec. 13th – 17th, both found at Greenville Little Theater. The International Ballet accompanied by The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will provide the Russian fantasy of The Nutcracker at the Peace Center, Dec. 9th – 11th. Joyful voices rise for Christmas with the Chorale at Furman University, Dec. 9th at 7:30 and the 10th at 3 p.m. Kids will love A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec. 2nd – 11th at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theater. For something more adult, In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play) is a comedy set in the 1880s at the dawn of electricity… What could go wrong? Playing at the Warehouse Theater, Dec. 2nd – 18th.
Speaking of electricity, how about some electric guitar? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will stop at Bon Secours Arena on their winter tour to bring us their treasured tale, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” with all the light and sound to spark a winter night. Two performances on December 9, 4pm and 8pm. Click the link for tix.
Downtown Greenville Holiday Happening (Dec. 9th -11th) is where to get your gift shopping on! Peruse Main Street shops in an atmosphere filled with music, food, art and entertainments while taking advantage of many discounts and special promotions. The Swamp Rabbit Cafe kicks off the events on Saturday, December 6th with the Holiday FLEAs. The Food FLEA will be Saturday, 12/ 6 from 11am-3pm, and the Holiday FLEA will be Saturday, December 13 from 11am-3pm.
Savvy Restyle Market is hosting a pop-up Holiday Cottage shop on Saturdays Dec. 10th and 17th. Pop in at 107 N Main St. in Greer, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and shop among the 22 featured artisans’ wares.
Edible Upcountry Holiday Artisan Market will feature edible gift items at M. Judson Booksellers, 130 S Main. Dec. 10th, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Check Judson’s Calendar for holiday story telling events as well.
Need a place to wear that ugly holiday sweater? Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Tap Room in Travelers Rest is hosting Fabulously Festive Holiday Sweater Party Dec. 23rd, 7 p.m. – Midnight. DJs will be spinning the jingle bell rock, and the Ellada Kouzina truck will be pulling up with the Greek eats!
Be dazzled by Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, now in its 25th year, nightly from now until Dec. 30th, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Proceeds from Holiday Lights benefit Rotary Charities and educational programming for the Roper Mountain Science Center.
If you want to get old-fashioned, hop on over to Fountain Inn and stroll into the Christmas Festival. A host of simple pleasures and classic holiday activities beginning with the Christmas Parade on Dec 7th at 5 p.m., and the Rudolph Run Dec 1st at 7 p.m. Click the link for various events through Dec 18th.
If you really want your socks knocked off visit TNT Holiday Light Display in Mauldin, SC from Dec. 1 – Jan. 1.
Whew! If all that does or doesn’t give you holiday overload, Greenville has all the ingredients and quiet nature spaces to saddle up your imaginary reindeer and go in search of a holiday magic to call your own. The Swamp Rabbit Inn, Lodge, and Cottages will be here for you when you need to warm up, crash, re-group and commence the reveling afresh! Do I hear jingle bells…?
Check it out! Swamp Rabbit Music Fest will take place on September 10th from 12pm to 10pm and will feature 11 performers throughout the day, food trucks, craft beer and wine, local vendors and makers, fun, fun fun! This is a family friendly and pet friendly event!
Bring your blankets, chairs, hammocks and enjoy the lovely, pastoral setting right off the Swamp Rabbit Trail just past Furman University at the Swamp Rabbit Lodge at 790 Roe Ford Road, Greenville, SC.
Get your tickets today!! Proceeds benefit local music Local Green and local food Feed and Seed!
Early Bird: $10
At the Door:$15
Call 864-517-4617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
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June 14, 2014 … we opened our doors to our first guests. Fast forward two years and we have welcomed hundreds of visitors to the Swamp Rabbit Inn to enjoy Greenville. On June 14, 2016, we will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary at our next Truck Inn Tuesday and hope you can join us!
Truck Inn Tuesdays have become a local favorite gathering in a casual, block party style atmosphere. Bring your friends and help us celebrate all that is local. We take over the deck and parking lot of the Swamp Rabbit Inn and set up tables and seating for a fun, beer garden while enjoying Automatic Taco food truck, My Girl Whiskey and Me playing tunes, craft beer from The Community Tap, Shop the Shed and browse the local makers booths. Bring your friends and family (kid and dog friendly) and make some new friends too! Great for locals and visitors alike.
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For the second year in a row the best in American cycling are rolling in to burn up the roads of Greenville for the Bikeville Classic 2016!
Notus Sports and USA Cycling, in partnership with VisitGreenvilleSC, hosts the Volkswagon USA Cycling Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships, as part of the Bikeville Classic – presented by Greenville Health System, in Greenville South Carolina! (that’s a mouthful!)
The Cycling Weekend promises something for everyone – pros, amateurs, kids, cruisers and fans.
We have links and info below for:
Team Time Trial
Public “Ride the Connector” Ride
Expo on Main
Men and women will battle it out to wear the coveted Stars and Stripes National Championship jersey in the Team Time Trial on Saturday and the Criterium Race on Sunday.
The Team Time Trial will take place Saturday, April 16th. The I -185 Southern Connector will be closed to traffic to create the 20 mile course that includes long, wide straightaways and rolling hills. The races will start at the toll plaza. Click HERE for directions and parking. Come see local racers Holowesko/Citadel powered by Hincapie Sportwear, Racing Team defend their TTT Championship title. At the time of this writing all the women’s teams competing in the TTT are not yet in but competition is sure to be equally fierce. This year also features a first ever Juniors TTT Championship race.
Want to feel what it’s like to ride on the interstate? Well you can! “Ride the Connector”, a public fun ride will take place before the races start and you can sign up for it HERE. There is a fee for adults, but children under 12, accompanied by a registered adult, can join the ride for free!
Look for our artist-at-large to be Bike Scribbling in the street again.
Members of the Greenville Spinners will be out in force volunteering along the courses on both days and Members of Greenville-based Para-cycling Team Roger C. Peace will be volunteering at the TTT. If you see someone in either jersey, feel free to introduce yourself to find out more about their programs.
Spokes and Spandex Expo on Main, 11 AM – 6 PM Sunday, will feature cycling related retailers, vendors and non profits with tents along the path of the race course. A VIP experience sponsored by The Trappe Door and Sierra Nevada, with preferred viewing area and other perks, can also be purchased. Click HERE for details.
Bike Valet service will again be available near Main and McBee, so do the fun thing and ride your bike into town, park it safe and secure and enjoy the day!
Kids will get into safe biking with the helmet giveaway! Safe Kids Upstate is giving away 200 free helmets for kids, with helmet fittings from 9 AM to Noon on Sunday. Other giveaways will include safety information, blinky lights and sunscreen. Stop by the Greenville Health booth.
The waffles are back! VW is sponsoring free Belgian waffles again, while they last, on Sunday so get there early!
Last but DEFINITELY not least… TRUCK INN at the Swamp Rabbit Inn after the criterium on Sunday! Do come join us and the Greenville cycling community for a rockin’ after party with great music, food, drink and dancing. SOMEbunny is even having a birthday that day, but we won’t say who! Cyclists love a cyclebration!
We are filling up but still have a few spaces left at the Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties if you need a place to stay for race weekend. Of course, if you need to rent a bike to cruise around town with ease we’ve got those for you too!
This is one of Greenville’s best and brightest weekends on the calendar. Let’s have some fast and thrilling fun in the sun!
***UPDATE*** THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR MARCH 23 AND 24TH. Thank you to all who stopped by March 22 and supported this event!!
Stop by the Swamp Rabbit Inn for lunch or dinner March 22 – March 24 from 11 – 2pm and 5pm – 9pm for food trucks. Here is the line up and schedule for the Greenville Small Plate crawl Truck Stop.
Swamp Rabbit Inn Truck Stop 1 Logan St Greenville, SC 29601 (864) 517-4617 FOOD TRUCKS ON SITE – MENUS POSTED AT EACH TRUCK SCHEDULE: Tuesday, March 22: 11am-2pm King of Pops Circa Doughnut 11am-9pm Gypsy Kitchen 5-9pm Automatic Taco Wednesday, March 23: 11am-2pm King of Pops Circa Doughnut 5-9pm Automatic Taco Thursday, March 24: 11am-2pm King of Pops Circa Doughnuts 11am-9pm Gypsy Kitchen
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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