Swamp Rabbit Inn Weekly Video - Marie Kernell 10X's State Champion Cross Country Coach and My BFF

This week on our weekly Facebook Live Video Inn Keeper, Wendy Lynam, chats with her Bestie, Marie Kernell.  We ran a contest (free SRI coffee mug) during the live broadcast to see who could come up with the correct answer to this question:  What title has Marie won 10 years in a row?? Yes, my BFF is a pretty amazing team builder and successful girl's cross country coach at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Greenville, SC.  She coached my oldest daughter, Katie, starting in 2006 ... back in the day.  That first year the girls came in second but every year after they have claimed the State Championship.  That's some great coaching and training and hard work!

Marie and her husband Joe have been by my side from the beginning when I started setting up the inns.  They have helped me put together all the IKEA furniture, paint the inns, and anything else I have needed.  I can not thank them enough and would not have been able to pull this off with out them.

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This week Marie and I chat from the big, comfy couch at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR in Travelers Rest, SC.  We talk about some of our favorite spots in TR and the fun trips we have taken together.  Scroll down for links to some of the places we mention in the video.  Thanks for watching and tune in every Wednesday at noon as I visit with new guests each week and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for some great contests and giveaways!!  #bikeinnbikeout

Next week tune in at noon on Wednesday on Facebook Live as we chat with, Ryan Heafy, creator of GVL Today, that super viral 6am email we can't live without to know exactly what is going on in and around Greenville and now Columbia, Charleston and Asheville.  Sure to be a good chat!!  See you next week and thanks for watching!  #bikeinnbikeout

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

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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.

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.

Swamp Rabbit Inn Travelers Rest, SC

Swamp Rabbit Inn Greenville, SC

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.

Cycling Guidebook for Greenville South Carolina

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!


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Love the map?  Get a printed copy of our Swamp Rabbit Trail map here- frame worthy!

Swamp Rabbit Trail Map by Swamp Rabbit Inn

Map by @thescribblestudio
Video by @amcprophoto

Swamp Rabbit Music Fest is This Weekend At Our New Inn In Travelers Rest, SC

The second annual Swamp Rabbit Music Festival is quickly approaching this weekend and we have a lot of promotion going on to build excitement.  Check out this appearance on WYFF this past weekend with Myra Ruiz where we cover everything from Kringle to Feed and Seed and biking on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

So many reasons to visit Greenville, SC and Travelers Rest and we look forward to welcoming everyone into our new inn in Travelers Rest for our first event at the new location.

Bring your blankets and chairs and kick back for some great music, food and beverages under the stars at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR!  Get your tickets here.

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Local Green and Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties are joining forces to throw a music festival combining area musicians and original songs at the new Swamp Rabbit Inn TR, located in downtown Travelers Rest at 426 S. Main Street, Travelers Rest, SC 29690.  The music festival will be held on September 9 from 5pm - 10pm and will feature local songwriters performing their original work throughout the day.  There will be food trucks, craft beer and wine and local vendors and makers.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and $5 for students.  Free parking is available on site and attendees are encouraged to bike up to the event on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  Proceeds from the event will benefit  the Local Green musicians and Feed & Seed a non-profit organized to facilitate the local food movement.

Local Green is a homegrown organization bringing together upstate musicians, songwriters, artisans, culinary adventurers, and visual artists. The collective was founded by musicians based in Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC. Now entering its third year, Local Green strives to support earnest and unique artists from the upstate, Asheville, and Charleston areas.  From singer-songwriters playing their own, original material to large-ensemble dance parties, from local festivals to an ongoing podcast series, Local Green aims to highlight some of the musical talent active in the region. This largely informal network helps to assist and support its member artists as they develop their musical and personal selves.

Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties started with the flagship six bedroom inn at 1 Logan Street in downtown Greenville, SC and has expanded opening the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR in March of 2017 and six other properties along the Swamp Rabbit Trail offering short term lodging options and a local experience.  Owner, Wendy Lynam, shares a love of live music and and has collaborated with several Local Green musicians at the Truck Inn Tuesday events offered at the Swamp Rabbit Inn.  The Swamp Rabbit Inn TR is a great location for individual room rentals and larger groups as it offers plenty of parking and a pool.  Our new location is perfect for Furman families and travelers wanting a hip mountain town stay close to the best cycling and hiking in the Upstate.  “We like to showcase our other properties by inviting the public into our space with fun events like the Swamp Rabbit Music Fest” Lynam explains.

Music starts at 5:00 PM and will feature short, but energetic sets by these local musicians:

5:00-5:30 - Doug Jones / Simple Syrup 5:35-6:05 - Lesley Diane 6:10-6:40 - Hillary Keane 6:50-7:20 - LOZ 7:30-8 - Jillian Sprague 8:10-8:40 - Mark Dye 8:50-9:20 - Rush 9:30-10 - Lindsay Holler

This is a family friendly, pet friendly event and will go on rain or shine!  Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and set up on the front lawn to hang out and listen to some great local musicians all day and into the night.  Parking at United Bank, street parking and at Trailblazer Park.

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For more information and advance tickets visit http://www.swamprabbitinn.com or call 864-517-4617 or email swamprabbitinn@gmail.com

Video shot recently at the inn:  https://youtu.be/Zt9oTPzRkVI   and   https://youtu.be/Zt9oTPzRkVI


#SRMF17 New location, same great spirit.  Hope to see you there!!

Swamp Rabbit Inn Weekly Video - Take a Tour of Our New Property In Travelers Rest, SC

In March of 2017, we opened the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR on Main Street in downtown Travelers Rest, SC.  For years this property operated as the Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast.   We do things a little differently and offer vacation rentals and self serve options right across the street from the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  Here is a video tour of the different lodging options we offer at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR.  Rent a room or the whole house at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR.  Click the big red "Book Now" button to check our availability and rates.

The Main House at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR (4 bedrooms, 4 baths, full kitchen)

The Cottage at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR (2 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen)

The Studio at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR (queen bed, sofa bed, full bath, kitchenette)

The Coach House at the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR (king bed, sofa bed, full bed, kitchenette)

Book your stay at the Swamp Rabbit Inn & Properties and explore all that Greenville, SC and Travelers Rest, SC has to offer!  

Cycle the Swamp Rabbit Trail right outside our front door to some of the best riding in the Upstate of South Carolina.  Get our guidebook "Cycling Greenville, SC" with 20 great rides to help plan your visit to Greenville, SC.

Walk to restaurants, a Saturday morning Farmers Market, a craft brewery, coffee shops, local boutiques, art galleries and concerts at Trailblazer Park

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Swamp Rabbit Inn Weekly Video - Cycling Greenville and Travelers Rest, SC

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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Our New Location, Swamp Rabbit TR, Mentioned in the Upstate Business Journal

This week we had the pleasure of talking with reporter Rudolph Bell with the Upstate Business Journal and appreciate the mention on their website!

Swamp Rabbit Inn opening sister location in Travelers Rest - Upstate Business Journal

Add a European-style inn to the businesses that have blossomed in Travelers Rest along the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. Wendy Lynam, owner of the successful Swamp Rabbit Inn near the trail in downtown Greenville, is launching a sister inn near the trail in downtown Travelers Rest.

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Swamp Rabbit Inn TR Mentioned By TR Tribune

Thank you to the TR Tribune for mentioning our new location, the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR at 426 S. Main Street, Travelers Rest, SC right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 21 mile paved bike trail from Greenville, SC to Travelers Rest, SC.  

Greenville-based Swamp Rabbit Inn & Properties buys Magnolia Inn in Travelers Rest

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - Swamp Rabbit Inn & Properties has purchased the Magnolia Inn in downtown Travelers Rest, adding to it's collection of bike-friendly hotel alternatives along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Located at 426 S. Main St., the property will operate as The Swamp Rabbit Inn TR, according to proprietor Wendy Lynam.


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Septembrew Fest Announced - Upstate Craft Breweries


Just announced "Septembrew Fest" the 1st Annual Upstate Craft Brewery Festival with all the craft breweries in the Upstate.  September 20th, 1pm - 5 pm at Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Tap Room.