Williams Hardware Owners - The McCarrell Sisters - Joyce and Nancy McCarrell - Getting the Party Started on the Swamp Rabbit Trail

This week I chat with the owners of The Cafe at Williams Hardware in Travelers Rest SC - sisters Joyce and Nancy McCarrell.  These two ladies were visionaries and got the party started by opening the first restaurant on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 20+ mile bike trail in Greenville SC running past Furman University to Travelers Rest SC.

Williams Hardware

They knew the trail would bring cyclists to this small town and they would want water, restrooms and nourishment.  Their hunch was more than right on!!  The 10 miles of trail between downtown Greenville and Travelers Rest became a destination ride because they opened a restaurant for people to ride to Travelers Rest, have lunch, and ride back to Greenville. This is what makes our bike trail unique.  There is a destination that most levels of bicyclists can do.  A place to grab a bite to eat, a drink, refuel and head back.

They serve Southern cuisine with hints of the delightfully unexpected.  They are open 7 days a week for lunch and serve breakfast too on Saturdays and Sundays.  My favorite items on the menu are the tomato okra soup, the Rueben (best in the area IMHO) and the blueberry goat cheese pie.  They publish daily specials on their website.

These ladies are no strangers to video.  Check out their amusing, informative videos here.  Come visit Travelers Rest and make a weekend of it or a staycation.  It is the perfect getaway with hiking, biking, dining, craft brewery, Farmers Market, wine tasting, concerts right out our front door!

Travelers Rest Hotels

Come check out the restaurants in Travelers Rest SC and have a delicious meal at Williams Hardware!  Book your stay at hotels in Travelers Rest SC at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR , Swamp Rabbit Lodge or Furman Cottage #bikeinnbikeout #travelersrestsc #travelersresthere

Mentioned In Video

The Cafe at Williams Hardware

Swamp Rabbit 5K

GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

Swamp Rabbit Trail Bike Rentals

Furman University

Travelers Rest SC

Sunrift Adventures

Leopard Forest Coffee

Greenville Scottish Games

SC Living Magazine

Carson Newman University

Dicey Langston

Tandem Creperie

Whistle Stop Cafe

Sidewall Pizza

Farmhouse Tacos

Travelers Rest Farmers Market

LIV Greenville Real Estate

Join us for our 4th Anniversary Celebration and Truck Inn Tuesday on June 12, 2018 from 6-9p, at 1 Logan Street, Greenville, SC 29601.  Darby Wilcox and Automatic Taco, what could be better??!!

Truck Inn Tuesday

If you enjoyed this video please share it!  Thanks for watching and subscribe to our weekly Facebook Live videos by pressing the Subscribe button in any of our live videos or videos that were live on our Swamp Rabbit Inn & Properties Facebook page.  We go live at noon every Wednesday.  Next week my guest is Jeff Bannister @roamingrhino who cooks whole beasts over open fire.  Check out his upcoming event Bovinoche in Columbia, SC, June 9th, 2018.  Thanks for watching our Williams Hardware video with Joyce and Nancy McCarrell.  Come visit!

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January 30th is National Plan For Vacation Day - That's Right!!

­  National Plan For Vacation Day


National Plan For Vacation Day - The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year 

By Wendy Lynam, Inn Keeper, Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties, Inc.

January 30, 2018

“So much to do, so little time.” While the phrase may sound like it perfectly describes our lives, research shows there actually is time.

Americans universally say that vacation days are important to them, yet 54 percent of workers aren’t using their hard-earned vacation time. Project: Time Off research found that workers are taking nearly a full week less of vacation than we did in 2000, resulting in a stockpile of 600 million unused vacation days.

The secret to achieving your travel goals this year, while maintaining your excellent employee status, is planning. Planning is the most important step in making vacation possible and, according to Project: Time Off, a majority (52%) of workers who set aside time each year to plan for travel take all their time off, compared to just 40 percent of non-planners. Planners also tend to take longer vacations: While three-in-four (75%) planners take a week or more at a time, non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42% to 18%).

The benefits of planning extend beyond days spent away from the office for rest and rejuvenation. Planners report greater happiness than non-planners with their relationships, health and well-being, company, and job. Their bosses are probably happier, too, since they’re in the loop on when you’re going to be out and can prepare accordingly.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to take back your calendar and put vacation at the top of your list of priorities. Planning for vacation can be achieved in three simple steps:

  1. Determine how much time off you earn and identify the vacation policies at your workplace.
  2. Get to dreaming! How do you want to spend your time off this year?
  3. Plan out your days with Project: Time Off’s vacation planning tool and share with your manager, your colleagues, spouse—everyone!

This year, don’t let your vacation days be part of a statistic. Put the fear of missing out behind you and turn your bucket list into a to-do list by starting to plan now.

Need some ideas?

Stay at the Swamp Rabbit Inn in downtown Greenville, SC or downtown Travelers Rest, SC and ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22 mile paved bike trail.  We rent bikes on site and even made a video to show you our favorite stops along the trail.  Watch below: After you are done with your bike ride stroll on down the lively Main Streets in both Travelers Rest or Greenville.  Take in a Greenville Drive baseball game, hike the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains or indulge your palette at the MANY great restaurants in both towns connected by bike trail.  Book your stay now!  #bikeinnbikeout


Read more about the importance of planning at ProjectTimeOff.com/Plan.

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.

Donate today to Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry!  Please share this video!