Location, Location, Location
Greenville, sits in the Upcountry of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city is located along I-85 and is just minutes from I-26, so getting to this charming city is easy (only 3 hours from Knoxville). Paris Mountain State Park, the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, Caesar’s Head and Table Rock State Park are all within 45 minutes of downtown along with many other natural areas filled with amazing waterfalls, hiking trails, lakes and panoramic views. The city’s location was also a factor in making it the home of a BMW plant and a Michelin Manufacturing facility. Both have helped shape the city’s cosmopolitan image. You can even take an unforgettable test drive on a BMW test course while you’re there.
A stroll along Main Street
Tree lined streets with small strands of twinkling white lights make a stroll along Greenville’s Main Street a nearly magical experience. From the grand Hyatt Hotel to the historic Poinsett Hotel and all the way down to Falls Park and the West End there is much to behold along this bustling artery. You will find a few chain stores and restaurants along Main Street but there are plenty of places to savor the sophisticated Southern style of the city. From the old fashioned candy bins at Mast General store, to the whimsical wonders at O.P. Taylor’s and the t-shirts, tire trinkets and more at Michelin on Main, you’ll find a little bit of everything without having to walk far.
Spirited Culinary Creativity
If you get hungry while you’re in downtown Greenville, don’t worry. In about a 10 block area, you will find nearly 100 restaurants, most of them local. Whether it’s the farm to table inspired cuisine of Roost at the Hyatt hotel, the Mediterranean style of the Lazy Goat or the fried green tomatoes and barbeque at Smoke on the Water, the chefs here are working hard to keep Greenville on your mind when it comes to culinary creations. In the midst of it all, you’ll also find spirited flavor at the Dark Corner Distillery which delivers Upcountry infused moonshine and whiskey. Six and Twenty Distillery and Palmetto Moonshine are other options about twenty minutes or so from downtown.
That feeling of Euphoria
Ten years ago, singer Edwin McCain, a hometown boy who made it big nationally got together with local restaurateur Carl Sobocinski to create the city’s premier event, Euphoria, a charity event showcasing food, wine and music. For four days in September chefs and food experts from Greenville and all over the country come together to showcase the city’s taste for the extraordinary. Whether it’s the Taste of the South event or the Sunday Brunch, you’re sure to leave wanting to savor more the next year.
“Fall”ing in love is easy
The Reedy River flows through the heart of Greenville. Just beyond the brick shell of an old textile mill, that’s been converted into an elegant pavilion, the river descends over a series of rocks to form an unforgettable waterfall you probably wouldn’t expect in the middle of downtown. Looming high above the waterfall, is the Liberty Suspension Bridge, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Spanning more than 300 feet across the river, people walking or cycling across it get a great view of the falls, the river downstream and downtown Greenville. It’s a view that makes it easy to “fall” in love with this South Carolina city.