Weekend City Picks: Greenville, South Carolina
Recently recognized as a best place to live, Greenville, South Carolina, is topping traveler’s lists, too. And it’s no surprise: Greenville has the best of both Southern worlds. Small-town charm pairs with a robust, localized food and art scene, making it perfect for solo or family travelers alike.
Arts & Entertainment
Some 40 restaurants and six music stages take over Main Street every October for Greenville’s biggest weekend festival. You’ll have more than 250 of the city’s best dishes — choose wisely! — with a Shooter Jennings soundtrack.
GCMA’s Southern Collection boasts the world’s largest Andrew Wyeth collection and spans American history from the colonial era to today. Feeling inspired? The museum regularly holds creative workshops, like copperplate calligraphy for beginners.
Let your kids get lost in one of the biggest children’s museums in the country. At the Smithsonian affiliate, kids can learn the science of speed in a race car driving simulator, or traverse the three-story climbing gym.
Skip just half an hour north of Greenville to Sky Top Orchard, where your kids can pick their own apples, peaches, pears, pumpkins and grapes, depending on the season. The icing on the cake (doughnut): made-while-you-watch apple cider doughnuts.
Food & Drink
You’re in barbecue country, so make a pit stop at Smoky Dreams’s red barn. You can’t go wrong with a beautifully charred brisket and ribs with traditional Carolina vinegar sauce. Also, we pity the fool who skips the peanut butter pie.
Sundays are for brunch in Greenville, and Spoonbread’s the swoon-worthy spot. The classic Southern restaurant pairs traditional dishes with local ingredients from Limestone Farms, Southern Oaks Jerseys and Split Creek Farms — all under 25-foot coffered ceilings and vintage fixtures.
In Greenville, you’ve got 21 miles of motorist-free trails to walk, run or bike. Follow the Reedy River with the city’s best views, and don’t forget to pop across Liberty Bridge for a Falls Park picnic.
Head to the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area for perhaps the most picturesque view in South Carolina — and one that extends into North Carolina and Georgia. Caesars Head’s granite outcrop tops the Blue Ridge Escarpment, and it’s bound to be the pinnacle of your Greenville trip.