Greenville, South Carolina is a city I recently visited that left me intrigued and highly excited. I did not know much about Greenville other than following their culinary scene through social media, but I knew I wanted to visit. I was shocked at how fun and beautiful this city is, and at how friendly the people are. Those who choose to make Greenville their home really love it! It’s very simple to see why. Check out how I made the most of 24 hours in Greenville, South Carolina. Yeah, that Greenville.
Things to Do in Greenville
A stroll through downtown Greenville is a must when visiting. Shops range from high end cosmetics and fashion (Bluemercury, J McLaughlin, and Beija Flor Jeans), to a 100+ year old general store (Mast General) where you will find everything you ever dreamed of, and more. O. P. Taylor’s is a locally-owned toy store with educational, trendy, and retro toys all rolled into one.
River Street Sweets is one place to satisfy your sweet tooth in downtown Greenville, along with Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn, The Bakery Off Augusta for pastries, and Kilwins ice cream. Of course, I must mention Dark Corner Distillery where sampling spirits is a must.
Another awesome find in downtown Greenville is the independent bookstore, M. Judson Booksellers. Chocolate Moose Bakery is attached for your sweet tooth and caffeine needs; how convenient is that?
Greenville is an artsy city, so pay attention to the sweet sayings etched on the sidewalk in places, bells hanging in the trees, and the many elegant statues. A fun thing to do with kids is to find the Mice on Main, a scavenger hunt created by the tourism board. You have to look low and high to find all nine of the bronze mice. Click here to download a printable version of the scavenger hunt clues.
Fun Fact: Joel Poinsett brought the poinsettia flower to the states from Taxco del Alarcon, Mexico. A statue is erected in his memory on Main Street.
Where to Eat in Greenville
When I arrived in Greenville, I grabbed an early lunch from Nose Dive. This was the coolest place! I sat at the gastropub bar, adorned with colorful light on the bar itself and the wall in front of me showcasing the alcohol choices. The daily $10 lunch special was Chicken Tikka Masala, and I was sold. The dish was tasty and plentiful, plus a drink was included so I felt it well-worth the $10, a great price for lunch.
A group of friends and I had a plethora of appetizers from Oak and Honey, the bar off of the SpringHill Suites hotel lobby. The Charcuterie Platter, piled high with salami, olives, and cheese, and the 4-Dip Platter (roasted red pepper, eggplant, pimento cheese, and hummus) served with grilled breads were my favorites. We also had Wings, Truffle Fries, and Honey Jar dips with grilled flatbread. Oak and Honey serves prohibition style cocktails so be sure to try one.
Though it could technically fall into either where I ate or what I did in Greenville, South Carolina, a food tour was in order. If you only have 24 hours in Greenville, South Carolina, this would be my top pick.
I joined Greenville History Tours for a five restaurant visit through downtown, enjoying everything from Prosciutto-wrapped Scallops to Italian Meatballs, Persian rice to Mediterranean artichokes. Our restaurants included The Orient Hibachi Asian Kitchen, Southern Pressed Juicery, Pomegranate on Main, Abanico Tapas Bar and Restaurant, and Limoncello.
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Where to Stay in Greenville
I stayed at the new SpringHill Suites Greenville Downtown by Marriott, a dual property shared with sister hotel Residence Inn. My room had nice linens, a great desk area for working, couch, plenty of outlets, and a couch. I’m always a sucker for quality hotel toiletries and the Spring Hill Suites offered Tea Tree, a brand I really like.
The lobby was incredible, full of interesting seating groups which were perfect for visiting, contemporary art, and cool white wicker swings that hung by the window for great light and visuals. The swimming pool was outside of the back part of the lobby and had lounge chairs in the shallow parts for optimum sunbathing. I wish the weather would have been better as the pool chairs were calling my name. Outdoor fire pits and seating arrangements were also scattered around the courtyard.
SpringHill Suites offers free bike rental, perfect for riding through this pedestrian friendly town. Hop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail to head over to Travelers Rest, a local hotspot right outside of town.
A Surprise Amidst Downtown
Little did I know that a gorgeous waterfall was in the midst of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. I walked over after our food tour for exceptional night views of the beautiful falls. I then went to the rooftop of the Embassy Suites (Greenville Downtown Riverplace) for fantastic views of the entire city, definitely the place for photographs though I would recommend coming in the daylight. The rooftop restaurant and bar was exciting and inviting, too—a great place to enjoy an adult beverage.
Greenville, a City to Fall in Love With
I’m still in awe of the impact that Greenville, South Carolina, had on me. People love living there. They are so passionate about their town and so proud. It was a breath of fresh air to visit someplace with such a sense of purpose. I hope you love it as much as I did and have fun, even if for only 24 hours in Greenville.
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