If you haven’t heard talk of Greenville, South Carolina you will soon, trust me. Greenville is becoming a must visit destination in the south and for good reason. Between the picturesque scenery of the Blue Ridge mountains and the quaint, yet city-like feel of downtown, you’ll be in awe such a place exists.
Not to mention the food is just delicious. Let me put this in a “foodie” perspective for you. Per Trip Advisor, Halls Chophouse is the number 1 restaurant in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. They opened a second restaurant in Greenville, and it’s ranked number 3. That’s right. A number 1 restaurant in Charleston, one of the food capitals of the U.S., is number 3 in Greenville. Mind. Blown.
My husband and I lived in Greenville for about 3 months and drank and ate our way through the town. Luckily for all the hiking/biking/running trails or we would probably have gained some L-B’s if you know what I mean. (pounds (lbs) if you don’t.) Anyway, there are some pretty spectacular things to do and places to eat in this town, making it tough to narrow it down to just 5. Then again no one wants a list of 25 must do’s, it’s too much reading so here it is. Greenville, in a nutshell.
1. Don’t go chasing waterfalls– actually, go for it
TLC was wrong. You should chase waterfalls, and Greenville is close to some of the best spots to do so. Right downtown is one of the smaller waterfalls, Falls Park on the Reedy, but don’t let that deter you, size doesn’t matter in this case.
Looking for something bigger? There are quite a few other waterfalls within driving distance including Twin falls, Ceasar’s Head State Park, Table Rock, and Rainbow falls to name a few! Go get your hike on.
2. Go down The Trappe Door
This is not a trap. (See what I did there?) There’s a bar downtown called The Trappe Door that quickly became one of our favorite spots. It’s a Belgian-themed bar and not only do they have a great beer selection, but the food is up there too.
3. When in Carolina, BBQ is an obvious must
Does this really need explaining? Carolina style BBQ is out of this world, and one of our favorite spots is Smoky Dreams BBQ. This is one of the places that beats out Halls Chophouse and having eaten at both places, I have to say I understand why. Don’t get me wrong. You want a fancy seafood tower or pan roasted brussels sprouts that’ll knock your socks off, Chops is the place. But when it comes to BBQ, Smoky Dreams does it right.
Whoa. Seriously there is a watering hole called Pour, and let me tell you it lives up to that name. You get a wristband that is synched to your credit card (oh boy) and go through and pour your own beer. This is awesome because the selection is so diverse you can try a little of everything.
5. Greenville Zoo
Okay the animal lover in me is putting this on the list. The Greenville zoo is a pretty small zoo; if it were a pizza it’d be a personal pizza. That being said, they put a lot out there for conservation efforts and to me, I’ll always support that. The other good news is you get pretty close to the animals, and they have some really great ones too. (Lions, and giraffes, and red pandas oh my!)