You all. I may have found one of the sweetest, barely scratched-surface, cities around – Greenville, SC.
About a month ago, we traveled to Greenville as part of our yearly vacation. I had wanted to go since realizing two of my favorite bloggers are based out of Greenville. Check out their sweet blogs The White Buffalo Styling Co. and For All Things Lovely . Not only are these two amazing bloggers, but they just seem so warm and personable in their writing and sharing.
Okay, back from my tangent.
For those unfamiliar with Greenville, it is a smaller city located not far from the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is in upstate South Carolina and is less of a that typically thought of South Carolinian coastal feel. We traveled to South Carolina’s coast last year (Charleston and Hilton Head) and while I loved that experience, I almost felt more at ease in Greenville.
We started our trip with a stay at the downtown Courtyard Marriot.You all, the staff was so kind here. I know hotel staff is supposed to be hospitable, but we all know that isn’t always the case. This staff was accommodating, gave great recommendations, and were just so helpful in general. The location was also great as downtown Greenville is pretty active.
Following our arrival, we ate lunch at Grill Marks. The restaurant specializes in burgers and milkshakes. While we didn’t go the milkshake route, the burgers were very good and had special branded grill marks on them. It took me halfway through the meal to figure that out. Shake my head.
We then decided to do some adventuring by heading to the local Mast General Store. Mast has locations all around the Carolina’s and I believe one in Tennessee. The premise is that you can buy outdoor gear, kids stuff, clothing, etc. at their stores. You can also buy my favorite mug ever.
Downtown Greenville has a lot of cute shops and restaurants. The week we were there, a soccer tournament was happening and that added even more energy with all the teens and families.
Along the edge of downtown Greenville is one of the prettiest parks, It’s called Falls Park by the Reedy and well…I will let the photos do the talking.
There’s a suspension walking bridge across the falls that offers pretty views. We went back at dusk and it was just perfect. Alongside the park, there are a couple of restaurants that overlook the area. Additionally, there is a portion of the park with an outdoor theater stage. We saw college-aged kids practicing for a performance and it looks like something fun for the community.
After walking around for a little bit we were beat. We went to wash up and rest before heading out to dinner.
For dinner we went to Smoke on the Water. I’d describe this as a classier barbecue joint. The menu included pulled pork and chicken, ribs, and brisket. The food was very good, but what set the restaurant apart was really the service. Our waitress was so professional and nice. I was so impressed by this because we often go to restaurants around our own town and the wait staff acts like we are a burden. I hate that feeling and thus naturally really appreciated the kindness. In addition to the kindness, the restaurant had great dessert and appetizers – loaded potatoes with barbecue anyone?
We finished the night with another walk along the Falls and through downtown. It had a nice energy but was also very peaceful. Hands down enjoyed Greenville.