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
“All my sisters are twins!” Lisa says. She was born in Detroit, smack in the middle of seven children, three boys and three girls, with two sets of twins on either side. She became the translator of twinspeak at an early age. Is it any wonder she developed a knack for management and an unparalleled talent for sales? “Everyone should grow up in a family like that” she smiles, “It was very… enlightening!” They all grew up very close and remain so to this day. When the Swamp Rabbit Inn has a full house, our manager, Lisa Parks feels right at home.
In school Lisa gravitated toward music and literature. Detroit is “Motown” after all, where it’s hard not to live a life defined by music. “First I discovered the Hollies, then fell in love with the Rascals and that was it.” She became immersed in the politics and music of the late sixties and early seventies. Sometimes hanging with the greasers and sometimes with the frats, she dated frats but her love of all time was a greaser who was in love with the Rolling Stones. In the style of Almost Famous, that greaser was a rock ’n’ roll photographer and that gave Lisa an all-access pass to the center of the music scene.
Rubbing elbows with luminaries and icons like Patti Smith, Barbara Streisand, Iggy Pop, Aretha Franklin, Jack White, Brian May and Peter Gabriel, was a regular occurrence. Yet, all the while, in the edgy world of leather, tattoos and piercings, Lisa was… a knitter. She learned to knit at the age of seven because she wanted to make her own clothes – a very counterculture attitude for a kid! As a young adult, in the thick of Detroit nightlife, she wore her creations and began to get requests and commissions and often sold them right off her own body!
As the knitter and the photographer matured they decided it was time to have children and do the marriage thing. They named their two sons after a famous musician and a famous poet, naturally. “Settling down” for Lisa meant opening her own knitwear shop in, of all places, the former offices of Creem Magazine! She designed and manufactured hand-knit garments made from locally sourced materials, and sold them all over the world. Many of the stars she had met backstage, like Streisand, Madonna, Bob Seger, and Amy Grant made their way to her store, some with bodyguards and an entourage, and others, completely unassuming, like Dave Matthews and his entire band.
One grey, rainy Michigan day the shop got a phone call. Lisa remembers that Mercury was in retrograde and the Moon was full. Lisa’s assistant said “Aretha is on the phone.” Lisa thought it was a prank. But it was indeed the Queen of Soul. She had seen an ad from Lisa’s shop and wanted Lisa to come to her home and bring the items. Lisa arrived at the mansion in a wealthy suburb of Detroit but Aretha was not there. A long, black limo soon pulled up the drive. Aretha and friends had gone for burgers. They all went in and began to look over the clothes and Ms. Franklin decided she wanted much, much more. Lisa went back to the shop, picked up her children from school, dropped them off at home and returned to the mansion. By then Aretha said it was time for her daily practice so Lisa got to enjoy an intimate concert in the private chapel that was part of the estate. Radios were on throughout the house and, ironically, this was the same day that OJ Simpson was leading his slow speed chase down the highways of Los Angeles. As all of that unfolded, Aretha became one of Lisa’s best customers. It was a stranger-than-fiction sort of day.
Eventually, after decades together, Lisa and her husband decided to split but remain friends. The knit shop had run its course and Lisa felt the need to simplify. Inspired by the “Simple Gifts” movement of American composer Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize winning ballet: Appalachian Spring, she started to examine her life to see what she could do without. She began to use her bicycle for most of her transportation, eventually choosing to go completely car free! While she loved the snow and especially cross country skiing, Michigan winter is hard on the bike commuter. As a proud Detroiter who admired the city’s ability to reinvent itself, she knew it was time for her to do the same.
“Lisa Who Knits” became “Lisa Parks Her Bike”. She followed that Appalachian melody all the way to Greenville, drawn by news of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. She found life was just more accessible by bike and the warmth was a welcome factor. Greenville now lends itself neatly to her chosen lifestyle. She also has family just an hour away. When she’s not managing the Swamp Rabbit Inn, curating the Bike Shed retail space or whispering to the chickens, Lisa is exploring Vedic and Chinese concepts in health and cuisine. She hopes to serve as an example that the car free lifestyle is achievable, healthful and joyful. Her goals are simplicity, love, compassion and clarity which she’ll gladly share with all who visit. If you bump into Lisa, in the middle of everything at the Inn, or in the middle of the bike lane, don’t be surprised if you come away with a little stardust on you, too.
Bunny ears! No, that’s “Peace and love!”
“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!
Who doesn’t love a fresh start? By all accounts, Greenville had a smashingly successful and eventful 2015, but we’re only beginning to pick up steam! Greenvillians are full of big plans and big dreams for 2016. As we look toward the horizon we see the cityscape growing, changing and glittering. More corner cafés are opening, stylish apartments are being built and more services for urban dwellers are filling in to make our metro hum. Downtown Greenville’s continued attention to arts and culture is adding layers of intrigue and vibrance.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail will expand in several directions in the new year and the features that support it will develop along with it. A new park just to the west of downtown is in the design phase and will center on the Trail and the Reedy River.
Here at the Inn all of the bunnies are reflecting on the past year and Inn-visioning for the future as well.
Innkeeper, Wendy Lynam’s favorite memory of 2015 was the grand finale of Truck Inn Tuesday. Greenville was showing the love with the biggest turnout of the summer that included a spontaneous petition by attendees to keep it going through fall. Community spirit was high and a good time was had by all. Patience! Summer will come again!
Wendy’s favorite Greenville happening was watching the Farmer’s Market grow and combine with other features like outdoor yoga in the parks for an all-around sublime Saturday out and about. Another highlight of 2015 was the Greenville Chamber’s Inter Community Leadership visit to Austin TX.
For 2016 our Innkeeper looks forward most to meeting all the cool people that stay at the inn and properties, quality time with her girls, taking her yoga practice to new levels, unveiling the new organic farm at the Swamp Rabbit Lodge, riding her bike in Greenville’s glorious countryside, turning her “Cycling Greenville SC” guidebook into an app, revealing our cool new designer kits and our amazing new event on April 3rd (stay tuned) and watching the West End grow and swirl around the Inn. Whew!!
AJ Maronie, Housekeeping Queen, loved hosting the chefs that graced our halls and, ahem, ‘rehearsed’, in our kitchen throughout 2015. Attending the Competition Dining Series and becoming friends with Chef Heidi Billotto were highlights. AJ especially enjoyed watching the Swamp Rabbit Properties become a favorite hub for new residents relocating to Greenville. She likes being able to give a warm welcome to folks and assist in easing the transition with long term stays in our diverse range of accommodations. Publicly, Mrs. Maronie is excited by the rumors that a light rail system is being considered here in Greenville to make traveling in and around the urban centers efficient and stress free. Personally, career growth, increased prosperity, a peaceful environment and a little more travel top her wish list.
Lisa Parks, Manager and Retail Wizardess, was amused, flummoxed and aggravated by turns in 2015 with the saga of capturing the wild, urban rooster, General Pickens (blog post to follow), but can now claim Rooster Whisperer status. This city girl turned farmer tended our hay bale garden and hydroponic tower garden to yield amazing amounts of greens, squash, watermelons and tomatoes.
Her pick for significant Inn event: the addition of the beloved Bike Shed to the Swamp Rabbit Properties, expanding retail in the West End and satisfying everyone’s need for bike rentals, Latte Rides, Bunny Rides, bike apparel and bike jewelry.
Top of her wish list? For all, a life less consumed by auto use, which she knows is a strange wish for a Motor City girl!
Not so surprisingly, Artist at Large, and cycling nut, Kathleen King, echoes the desire for a friendlier future for the car-free and car-optional lifestyle. She looks forward to seeing infrastructure blossom with bike lanes in Greenville County, making the roads safer for all. Her favorite aspect of the Inn this past year was seeing the local community embrace it as a convenient central meeting place for monthly gatherings and special events. Ms. King’s personal focus this year is expanding the public art landscape as she launches a non-profit to achieve that goal. In addition, she says she’s only just begun to explore the South and looks forward to that relationship deepening.
As for me, your Bunny Blogger at Large (in my burrow under the pecan tree), Watching Greenville dominate all those national top ten lists was a fun surprise that filled all of us with pride! Watching you bipeds in general is immensely entertaining. I’m a romantic and the wedding parties that have sashayed through the Inn bring a joy to my heart. Y’all are so adorable heading out all gussied up, nervous and thrilled all at once. In my wild dreams you folks keep planting more backyard/sideyard/frontyard… gardens. Carrots are especially hearty and easy to grow! May Greenville continue to manicure the banks of my beloved river and my family’s namesake Swamp Rabbit Trail. The keyword for Greenville in this new year is “Motion”! Tallyho, 2016!
We’re Only as Cool as our Guests Who Stay At This Greenville, SC Bed and Breakfast – Which Means We’re Really Cool!
What makes a house a home? What makes a hotel memorable, unique, a home away from home? You would probably say a lot of the same things for both. First of all, one needs to feel at ease, comfortable, welcome. Next on the list, for most, would include feeling appreciated and valued. Last but not least, most of us want to be in an aesthetically pleasing setting that sets a tone of style and fun. The Swamp Rabbit Inn accomplishes all these goals by providing an environment that is both calm and energizing, casual and bright, and squeaky clean with an air of contemporary European design. The spaces are open, warm and full of light, just like our staff and the combination encourages guests to make themselves at home and enjoy their stay in their own way. We love the people who choose to stay at this Greenville, SC bed and breakfast!
Which brings us to the real secret of our success: our guests! We simply have the coolest guests ever! So far in our short history we have had the pleasure of hosting an eclectic mix of fun and tremendously Inn-teresting people! From the many local groups who use the Inn as a hub for meetings or a venue for day long events to the visitors from far and wide, around the globe who come to Greenville for business, pleasure or both, to the wedding parties, families, companies, teams and organizations who take over the whole place for a night, weekend or longer, all have added their character to the ‘house’ and contribute to its unique identity and presence as a West End urban gem. Add to that our own events: Truck Inn Tuesdays, Hoptoberfest, Tuesday Morning Latte Rides, Holiday Hoppenings,… and the result is a hum of activity that represents the best of Greenville.
We’ve met chefs and playwrights, cyclists and journalists, Googlers and musicians, activists and entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers and students. Below is a sampling of the vibrant folks who have passed through our doors since they opened less than two whirlwind years ago.
Thank you for making us part of your adventures. We look forward to seeing y’all again! Can’t wait to see who we meet next year!
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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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Our shy and unassuming little bike shed has gotten brave and gone global! So spunky! The Biketique has opened its digital doors and now every quirky-cool item we carry is available at your fingertips online! We inn-vite you to shop the Bike Shed for your holiday gifts!
You’ll notice right away that we are clearly focused on two areas: Cycling and Greenville! Everything is simply grouped and easy to find. The Bunny on a Bike earrings and necklaces are here!
We have charm necklaces made from vintage trinkets and bike hardware, and cuff bracelets made from bike-centric brew cans. Vintage brooches adorn our bike bells.
Our T-shirts and jerseys celebrate Greenville and our Swamp Rabbit Trail.
There are also Swamp Rabbit Trail signs, tea towels, and guidebooks – Cycling AND Greenville – Oh my!
It’s all here to help you reach your holiday gifting goals. If only we could ship you a virtual bike rental! Sigh.
For bike rentals, and of course to meet the lovely Lisa, you will have to come for a visit.
This weather we’re having in Greenville could not be any more perfect for a bike ride. So we’ve decided to gather our friends and fans of Swamp Rabbit Inn and enjoy the Swamp Rabbit Trail together. This event will run through the fall and we call it Tuesday Latte Rides. This is a casual, no-drop group ride averaging 10-12 miles an hour on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
So far we’ve ventured down to Swamp Rabbit Cafe and are planning on sauntering to Furman University soon to check out the newest location of Southern Pressed Juicery. We have plans to visit other coffee shops too, like Methodical, Village Grind, and Teahola.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail has given so much life and vibrancy to our outdoor-focused town that we fully expect to see even more integration between fun businesses, retail, breweries, shopping, cafes, and more as we look to the future. So feel free to join us on our next Latte Ride. All bicycle styles are welcome; it’s a no-drop, conversation paced ride. If you have a bike, please remember your helmet. Don’t have 2 wheels? We have $10 rentals available. Shop The Bike Shed at Swamp Rabbit Inn before or after the ride- we have jerseys, tees, trinkets, and tasty goods available for purchase. See you on the Trail soon!
Looking for a last minute Summer getaway deals? Come visit Greenville, SC and get some great deals on hotels and restaurants. Upstate Foodie Fest starts August 20 – August 30 with $35 price fixed menus at some of the BEST restaurants in Greenville and just outside our front door!
We’ve entered into the Dog Days of Summer here in Greenville, SC. Kids begin school next week, we know football season is right around the corner, and the slow days of Summer will soon transition into the hectic days of the Fall. Here’s the opportunity to come to Greenville, SC and savor the last few days of Summer 2015.
The Swamp Rabbit Inn in Downtown Greenville, SC
Now through August 31st, enjoy 20% off regular room rates at the Swamp Rabbit Inn. Located 2 blocks from Main Street in downtown Greenville’s Historic West End, The Swamp Rabbit Inn boasts 6 rooms, 2 deluxe with en-suite bathrooms, and 4 rooms that share 2 full bathrooms. Easily walkable and bike able to all sorts of attractions in Greenville, The Swamp Rabbit Inn accommodates the weekday business traveler, the budget-conscious adventurer, wedding parties, festival goers, and folks looking for a local lodging lifestyle experience.
Take in a baseball game at the Greenville Drive stadium, stroll back from a wedding reception at the Old Cigar Warehouse, or grab a great cocktail at American Grocery. We even have a local block party in our parking lot every Tuesday night with food trucks, live music and local makers called Truck Inn Tuesdays!
The Greenville Drive Boston Red Sox Affiliate Team
We’re pleased to offer the Swamp Rabbit Lodge at $200 per night, whole house rental, for the remainder of August. The Swamp Rabbit Lodge is situated just past Furman University, 200 yards from the Swamp Rabbit Trail. It’s a great mid-mod lodge space with plenty of room for 24 people sleeping comfortably. Take in all that the booming bedroom community of Travelers Rest, SC has to offer: the TR Farmers Market, Sidewall Pizza, the TR Tasting Room, and Tandem Creperie.
The Swamp Rabbit Lodge Near Furman University and Travelers Rest, SC
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— 10Best (@10Best) June 23, 2015