Bike Month in Greenville Just Keeps on Pumpin'!

Keep your helmets fastened, kiddos, 'cause the pace is not letting up!

This Saturday continues the spirit of Bike Month with the Blessing of the Bikes in front of  M. Judson Books on Main.  And then Stephanie Morgan held story time on the front the steps with that book "Hey Blue!" about my cousin's kid, Blue, the bike riding bunny rabbit (wonder where he gets it from?!?).

M. Judson

Later that day the expo for the Mountains to Main Street Triathlon and Half Marathon was held almost next door at  the Marriot Courtyard   where The Swamp Rabbit Inn manned a booth.

On Sunday morning bright and early the race began with the swim in the ultra-pure waters of Lake Keowee in Seneca, SC, and your faithful Swamp Rabbit hopped along for all the action...

Then the bike ride commenced along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  After the ride the participants ran along the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, around Furman Lake, then toward the city with a finish line overlooking the Reedy River and Reedy Falls in award-winning downtown Greenville, SC.

Congrats, Everybody!!!  You looked fabulous out there!

Now hang with us a little longer here, because May is not done and there are a few diversions left to take inn.  Need a little break from biking?  Well, I suppose you can always easily ride your bike to these events, too,  if you choose (we recommend it)!  The 22nd Annual Upstate Shakespeare Festival begins May 22nd (tonight!) and continues through July 31 in Falls Park.  Shows are FREE and start at 7 pm. See "As You Like It" in May and June, and "Julius Caesar" in July.

Shakespeare in Falls Park

Remember when we warned you:  The Scottish are coming!!!??  Well they are almost here. Gallabrae -Greenville Scottish Games will be hurling away May 27th - 28th.  The Great Scot parade marches down Main Street in downtown Greenville Friday the 27th at 6 pm and the games take place on the 28th, all day, at Furman campus. They call them "Heavy Athletics".  Uh huh!


Did someone say "Where's the beer?" ?  It's Greenville, surely the beer is near!  If you can tear yourself away from the parade, tap into the wild at the Brew in the Zoo, also on the 27th, from 6:30 pm t0 9:00 pm. Adults 21 and older can sample an assortment of beers and enjoy food and live music while exploring the zoo after-hours.  All proceeds benefit various programs throughout the zoo.


Greenville Zoo

See?  Come to Greenville.  Work up a sweat.  Hydrate.  Watch some other folks work up a sweat.  Hand up a beverage.  Get some culture.  Have a beer!  Repeat!  That's a summer day in Greenville!

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After seeing that racer I think I'll rock the rainbow "hare" one more time.  Cheers!


School Spirits - Painting Greenville Purple and White, and Orange and Purple, and Blue and...

There are friendly rivalries raging in the Upstate!  Greenvillians are all about being true to their school(s).  It is hard to travel far with out spotting a Furman Paladin purple diamond or a Clemson orange Tiger paw and on game day (game week, game month…), street lamps, shop windows and private cars will be festooned in purple and white or purple and orange or both.  Convenient that the love of purple is shared by both camps!

For the Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties, when it comes to families visiting for campus functions our focus is on the “Properties” part!  We have your fan base covered!  Our Furman Cottage and Swamp Rabbit Lodge are right next to the Furman campus and can accommodate even an extended family group comfortably.  If any of Clemson’s many satellite functions in downtown Greenville are your target, in addition to the Inn, the Swamp Rabbit Cottage and Townhouses can provide a cozy clubhouse.


“All hail the white and purple floating on high

Hear the shouts of triumph echo through the sky…”

Furman University is the picture postcard ideal of a cozy liberal arts college situated on 750 meticulously sculpted acres just north of the City of Greenville and nestled at the feet of Paris Mountain.  The private institution takes great pride in housing all of it’s 2700 students on campus for the full four years of undergraduate study.  They converge from 45 states and 53 countries.  This creates a tremendous sense of community which reverberates throughout Greenville’s cultural landscape.  A hub of intellectual, artistic and athletic life, there is literally ALWAYS something worth attending at Furman!  The Swan Lake and Asian Garden are sublime places to wander and reflect, both figuratively and literally.  The library and bookstore are substantial and elegant.  In addition to running and mountain biking trails around the campus, various areas are traditional meet up spots for groups like the Greenville Spinners cycling club and Greenville Track Club runners.

How about TEAMS?  Furman has 20 NCAA division 1 sports teams, 10 for men and 10 for women.  Women outnumber men on campus by the way - 57% vs. 43%.  Their primary rival is Charleston’s The Citadel. The Paladins are known for prowess in baseball, football, soccer, tennis, rugby and golf.  There are currently ELEVEN former Paladins on the LPGA tour.  The university has distinguished itself internationally for its beauty and nationally as South Carolina’s top liberal arts college.  Furman has set ambitious goals for physical and philosophical growth in the near term. Check out it’s Vision 2020 plans!


In addition to traditional sport, Furman’s long weekend of Homecoming and Reunion events include a carnival, floats, art exhibits, a golf tournament, tailgates, cheerleader clinic, and of course, pep rally and bonfire.  It’s a happy slice of American collegiate life!



Greenville Technical College is about getting down to business!  It has four separate campuses plus two other training facilities dotting the county, with it’s main hub, Barton Campus near downtown Greenville.  GTC’s two-year programs are dedicated to fast tracking students into technical careers to meet the needs of the Upstate’s burgeoning manufacturing sector.  Programs offering degrees and certificates include Arts and Sciences, Business, Technology, Health and Wellness, and Public Service.  Short term, job specific training courses are also available.

GTC is currently very excited about the development of the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, a collaboration with Clemson University to be located at the Millennium Campus next to Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).  As with the other programs at GTC this concept is strongly influenced by input from leaders of the corporations such as BMW, Michelin, and GE that call the upstate home. The motto for Greenville Technical College is certainly appropriate: “Keys to the Future”!


“ Where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness,

Where the Tigers play, here the sons of dear old Clemson reign supreme always…”

Hold That Tiger, Eye of the Tiger… why are there orange paws everywhere?!  Clemson is a household word.  Founded in 1889, about 40 minutes southwest of Greenville, on the banks of Lake Hartwell, this historic public university is focused on science, engineering and research.  The institution’s influence is felt across the state of South Carolina and beyond with an economic impact of 1.83 billion for the state.  Currently, hosting over 22,000 undergrad and graduate students combined who attend  six different colleges, is it any wonder these Tigers have their own forest?  They also enjoy three libraries including the Special Collections Library in the Strom Thurmond Institute which houses rare books and manuscripts.

With longstanding military roots and active programs like ROTC, cadets maintain a presence in campus life.  The Tiger mascot does pushups for every point scored at the football games and so do the cadets.  Military organizations include the K-7 Scabbard and Blade and the Clemson Rangers.  Did someone mention sports, or maybe FOOTBALL?  Clemson has won four national championships: one in football two in men’s soccer and one in men’s golf.  Primary rival? USC.  The Homecoming and Tigerama festivities are something to see.

As for student media, with a staff of 95 students, The Tiger, founded in 1907, can boast being the oldest student run newspaper in South Carolina.  The student run radio station : WSBF-FM broadcasts across the upstate and online.

The Princeton Review ranked Clemson 1st for town-gown relations, 2nd for happiest students, 2nd for jock schools, 3rd for everyone plays intramural sports (including a corn hole team), 8th for students pack the stadiums, and 9th for best career services.  Basically, Clemson is a fun place!

We could not talk about Greenville’s academic highlights without including the Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities.  Their colors happen to be blue and white.  It is truly a haven and oasis for artistically gifted high school students, located just off South Main Street in downtown Greenville.  The graceful campus overlooks reedy River Falls Park and is designed with the aesthetic of a Tuscan village.  Students apply and audition to attend either a two, or three-year program depending on discipline.  Instruction at this residential high school is modeled after a master-apprentice community featuring a faculty comprised, primarily, of professional artists.  Concentrations include: Creative Writing, Drama, Dance, Music, and Visual Arts.

“Govies” as they are called, form close bonds with fellow students and are encouraged to engage with the larger community.  There are many planned excursions and field trips in addition to students general free time.  The Connecting Arts Through Service, “CATS” club, fosters a sense of social responsibility.  The curriculum is considered pre-professional training and challenges students to combine theoretical study with real world learning experiences.  There are also summer intensive programs offered for younger students in all of the schools regular areas of study.

In addition to the Governor’s School, Greenville boasts many notable K12 magnet and charter schools with specific areas of focus, and the achievements of our students are a source of great pride.  Like diamonds in various stages of polishing they are part of what makes our city sparkle.  If the shaping of a young mind or two is what brings you to Greenville, The Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties are a calm spot in the swirl of getting your students sorted and keeping them supported.  Be true to your school and let your colors fly!


Meet Percy the Swamp Rabbit of the Swamp Rabbit Inn


Make Your Move Inn Greenville! Thinking About A Move to Greenville SC?

It’s that time.

Fat robins are waddling across the front lawns and backyards of Greenville.  Fat squirrels are feasting on front lawn and backyard pecans.  Fat cyclists are doing hill repeats on Paris Mountain.  Fat Swamp Rabbits (ahem) are steering clear of the chocolate factory.

Spring is coming.

Mating season and racing season are upon us!  All kinds of nesting is happening.  If moving your nest is on the agenda, springtime is a fine time!


If you haven’t spent much time on the East Coast you may never have heard the term “half back” applied to anything other than a position on a football team.  But in the region surrounding the Southern Appalachians a “half back" is someone who came from the colder North to try life in sunny Florida for awhile and then moved 'half way back'  to settle in the “just right” zone near the Blue Ridge mountains.  Greenville SC is smack in the middle of halfback central.  I've been directing my overheated rabbit relatives to the cool banks of the Reedy River for years!

Thinking about a move to Greenville SC?  If you are planning to relocate to Greenville you are in good company!  Over 245 international companies from 20 countries call Greenville home, including 170 corporate headquarters.



Beginning with a Great American Main Street Award, Greenville has made more ’best of’  top ten lists than any of us can count.  Strategically situated between Charlotte and Atlanta, each about two hours away, it’s “just right” to raise a family, start a business, make a career move, or retire, relax and just enjoy.  Shiny new living spaces are going up all over the county to accommodate folks who want to get in on our renaissance.  Spacious housing developments are sprouting in the ‘burbs, urbanite condos are dotting the downtown area, and historic mill campuses are being transformed into hip apartments.  Choices abound!

Main and Stone


And just how will you occupy your time when you get here?  Did you know we have 200 annual events in Greenville?  In addition to great cycling amenities there are 51 golf courses in the area and 300 waterfalls to hike to.  Mild weather, great healthcare services and top ranked schools like the Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities and Furman University complete the package.



furman university

During our first two years it has been our pleasure to be a welcoming part of the relocation process for many new Greenville residents!  The Swamp Rabbit Inn and Properties offer several options for comfy, convenient places to land for a longterm stay while you check things out, poke around, get acquainted, and get your bearings while your new burrow get sorted.  Our staff is knowledgeable and can point you toward the practical services and assistance to help complete the transition.


Greenville is all about growth.  If you choose to plant yourself here, we’ll do our part to help you bloom!

Meet Percy the Swamp Rabbit of the Swamp Rabbit Inn


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