Road Trips: Greenville, South Carolina
Escape for some high end Southern charm.
Written By: Stacie Standifer, Erin Byers Murray & Jane Taylor
Less frantic then Atlanta, but edgier than Charlotte, Greenville is one of those quaint but stylish Southern cities that is quickly making its way onto the national radar. With an up-and-coming food scene and a downtown area rimmed with green, open spaces, Greenville offers a luxurious escape (without the price tag), making it worth slipping into for a fun and lavish weekend away.
Southwest Airlines runs daily nonstop flights to Spartanburg/Greenville Airport.
This flagship property has just reopened after a stunning redesign, giving travelers sleek and spacious new digs right in the center of downtown. 220 North Main St. (864) 235-1234; Greenville.hyatt.com
The Westin Poinsett
This historic downtown gem boasts old-world charm with modern-day amenities, like a partnership with New Balance that allows you to borrow workout gear during your stay and easy-access bike rentals for a ride down to the falls. 120 South Main St. (864) 421-9700; westinpoinsettgreenville.com
Rick’s Deli & Market
From the team behind Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood Grill and West End Grill comes a casual, locally focused market with an emphasis on deli-style salads, sandwiches, and prepared foods. Opened in early February, the take-and-go spot has a few marble-topped communal tables and by summer, they’ll open a spacious outdoor patio. 101 West Camperdown Way (864) 312-9060
One of the city’s newest additions comes by way of Beaufort where the original Breakwater has gotten plenty of good marks. The locally focused menu features elevated Southern fare so a Caesar salad is topped with shaved country ham and lamb takes the starring role in the comforting classic, meatloaf. 802 South Main St. (864) 271-0046; breakwatersc.com
The Loft at Soby’s
The restaurant group that owns Soby’s, The Lazy Goat, and Devereaux has opened a private space called the Loft at Soby’s inside a penthouse that features an expansive balcony overlooking the city. Equipped with a rock-star kitchen, this is a favored spot for anyone traveling with a group. Soby’s will even supply the chef from one of its own properties. 207 South Main St. 864-232-7007; sobys.com
Greenville is all the rage with chefs across the country thanks to the wildly successful Euphoria Food and Wine Festival. Founded by songwriter Edwin McCain and restaurateur Carl Sobocinski, the event combines gourmet food with original music. The three-day fall weekend books early so plan your trip now. September 26-29, 2013; euphoriagreenville.com
Eric Brown Design
Hit up this lovely interior design shop for contemporary furniture, home accessories, or just to pick up a few inspired ideas. The space is constantly changing thanks to its team of curating designers, ensuring a look at some of the hottest trends in home design. 1322 East Washington St. (864) 233-4442; ericbrowndesign.biz
Bouharouns Fine Wine & Spirits
This iconic Art Deco shop is an institution in downtown Greenville—and a recent revamp has dressed up the already beautiful location. Choose from their selection of hard-to-find wines and specialty spirits and pick up a few bottles for your hotel room, or to bring back home. 301 Falls St. (864) 233-2738; bouharouns.com