The Greenville-Spartanburg area of SC is often seen as a nuisance en route to other, more exciting destinations, like Atlanta or, well, Florida. But Greenville is more than a mess off of I-85; it’s a neat little part of South Carolina’s Upstate, a fairly progressive, pretty area, with history, shopping, and a general laid-back Southern atmosphere that the sophisticated traveler could appreciate (just seeing if you’re paying attention). Greenville has an art museum and a Civil War museum, but it’d be best if you spent the night out in the city’s theater area. The Warehouse, Children’s Theater, and the Greenville Little Theater, and the Greenville Shakespeare Company all host wonderful shows around the downtown area, which is conveniently on the Reedy River; if you’re into nature, check out the park during the day, otherwise, use it as a quiet backdrop to your stroll to the theater. While you’re downtown, peep the various shops and galleries, which have everything from local pottery to upscale kitchen utensils; there’s something for everyone. If you’re game, check out North Main Yoga for the best yoga classes in town, or dip over to the Spa at West End for total body rejuvenation. You could check out the mall areas (Woodruff Rd), or tour the BMW plant, but it’d be worth your time to just meander downtown, grabbing a meal at the chi-chi-steaks spot High Cotton, Maverick Bar and Grill (that’s the full name) or try the Overlook Grill, which grants you an outdoor patio with a view of the falls, or grab some ice cream at Spill the Beans. There are plenty of pub-type places (Brew and Ewe) and also plenty of bars of which to catch the Clemson game – who else would you cheer for? Greenville’s a great little city; consider it next time you might be driving through.
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