Ah, Greenville, South Carolina – a hidden gem nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the charm of the South meets a burgeoning culinary scene that’s just waiting to be devoured. Over the course of two days, we’ll embark on a journey that peels back the layers of this unassuming town, revealing the heart and soul of its people, cuisine, and culture.
Good walking shoes
Day 1 starts with a hearty breakfast at Biscuit Head, where you’ll savor biscuits so fluffy, they’ll make you weep with joy. After filling up, amble through Falls Park on the Reedy, where the thunderous sound of water crashing down and the gentle rustle of leaves in the wind will remind you that life is worth living.
For lunch, the authentic Middle Eastern delights at Pita House will transport you across continents, all while sitting comfortably in the heart of Greenville. Then, wander through the Greenville County Museum of Art, soaking up the genius of American greats like Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns, before stretching your legs along the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
As the evening light fades, choose between Southern hospitality at Soby’s New South Cuisine or the laid-back ambiance of White Duck Taco Shop. Finally, wrap up your night with the enchantment of a live performance at The Peace Center, or breathe in the crisp night air at a free outdoor event at NOMA Square.
Day 2 begins with the irresistible aroma of coffee and crepes at Tandem Creperie, a spot that’s sure to become a morning favorite. The day continues with a soul-cleansing hike in Paris Mountain State Park or a trip through history at the Upcountry History Museum – the choice is yours.
As the sun reaches its peak, sink your teeth into a juicy burger from Universal Joint or marvel at the alchemy of steamed bagel sandwiches at Sully’s Steamers. In the afternoon, unleash your inner child at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate or delve into the mysteries of science at Roper Mountain Science Center.
As night approaches, indulge in the decadence of Halls Chophouse or the vibrant flavors of Willy Taco, followed by a swirl of frozen delight at Spill the Beans. As you look back on your Greenville adventure, you’ll realize that this unpretentious Southern town has forever etched its charm on your heart, leaving you with memories that taste as rich as the food and feel as warm as the smiles of the people you’ve encountered.
Alternative option: Mice on Main Scavenger Hunt ($0) – Engage in a fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt searching for nine bronze mice scattered along Greenville’s Main Street.
Alternative option: The Upcountry History Museum ($10/person) – Dive into the region’s fascinating history through interactive exhibits and engaging displays.