Greenville, South Carolina really is a gem.  This city which has a population of around 60,000 really knows what's up.  Home to Furman University, this place has completely redeveloped its downtown and made Greenville a true destination spot.  This trip was a long weekend for us thanks to one of Jess's cousins getting married, but we'd love to visit again.  It's hard not to fall in love with this place.

We encourage you to stay right in the heart of town.  Greenville's downtown is extremely walkable. In fact, we never even moved our car the entire weekend.  We stayed at the Courtyard Greenville Downtown. I t was a great location - just steps away from shopping and restaurants.

We also had family staying at Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville Downtown RiverPlace, which we too recommend.  The Hampton also has a great location and has beautiful views of RiverPlace.  Both locations are convenient and it's an easy walk between the two.  But, if you're looking for a view... stay at the Hampton and get a room with a balcony. 

50 W Broad Street 
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 451-5700 

171 Riverplace
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 271-8700 

Finding a local coffee shop it always a must when we travel.  This place was recommended to us by a trusted local and did not disappoint.  It is called Coffee Underground and actually is underground, pretty cool.  Disclaimer: We find it acceptable to eat cupcakes for breakfast while on vacation... or just a weekend away.

There are lots of great options for meals while visiting Greenville.  We only had two opportunities to check out places for lunch.  We stopped at The Lazy Goat and Trio's Brick Oven Cafe.  The Lazy Goat is right by the Hampton Inn in RiverPlace and has a great menu and even better views of RiverPlace.

They've also got a great patio, weather permitting.  Trio's is a family Italian restaurant downtown.  It is another great spot for lunch.  You could eat at both of these restaurants for dinner, too.

Our pick if you only get one night for dinner in Greenville... Soby's!  It is described as new south cuisine.  Not only did we enjoy a great dinner (and bottle of wine), but the atmosphere was pretty excellent too.  We sat at a table upstairs that overlooked part of the kitchen - really neat.  We would advise that you make reservations if you plan to have dinner here.
The entire place was packed while we were there, patio and all.

207 S Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 232-7007 

Between the restaurants, shops and entertainment downtown - there is always something to do in Greenville.  RiverPlace and Falls Park both provide great walking areas where you can enjoy the beauty of Greenville.  The Peace Center, Greenville's performing arts center is located right downtown.  Grab tickets if something is playing while you are in town.  If not, at least walk by and admire the building.

Between exploring and checking out new places, we also got to spend time with family and friends over our couple of days in Greenville.  It's a special place and the locals really take pride in what they have created over the past few decades.  You can make a pit stop on the streets downtown to sip on a bloody mary or pop in a specialty kitchen store and find just the tool you're needing.

Either way, this place gives you appreciation for all things local.  Greenville, you were good to us.

For a town of only about 60,000 people, Greenville has an impressive amount of dining and drink options that are located very close together downtown.

You're going to find that Greenville is very hilly so if you plan on walking a lot, bring comfortable shoes.

For a town of its size, Greenville also has an extremely impressive Performing Arts Center and hosts some pretty big names (like The Lion King in June of 2017).  If you are planning a trip, check out their upcoming events.

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