Highlights of some the cool places to go in or near town.
There are almost too many events to list. There is something going on almost every week but there are a few that deserve special notice.
There’s a new tradition in town. The Hyatt has started with a real Octoberfest in the Hyatt plaza. Hung out there last night listening to the band although I can’t say they really had the legs for lederhosen! Good time. They even had feats of strength which is normally reserved for Festivus.
St. Paddy’s Day Dash & Bash – a family friendly 5k run/walk starting from Fluor Field oddly enough near St. Patty’s day. It’s also a fund raiser for the Make-Wish South Carolina, Let There Be Mom and Camp Spearhead. It’s all followed by a free baseball game at the park and green beer. I’ll have pictures posted soon.
Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays – Spring through Fall in the NOMA square in front of the Hyatt.
PNG Downtown Alive – Thursday nights March through August. Will be moving back to Piazza Bergamo (now One Plaza) in 2014.
Artisphere – May. Food and a growing art venue.
TD Saturday Market – Farmers market on Saturday mornings on Main Street.
BMW Reedy River Concerts – Free event on Wednesdays at the Reedy River amphitheater.
Euphoria – major, food, wine and music event throughout Greenville. Late September. Video of Euphoria
Fall for Greenville – Yep – pretty much in the fall. October. All through town – food, music, crafts.
Christmas Parade – This is quite an event with over 60 floats through downtown.
Flour Field – In the West End, this is the awesome baseball stadium for our Greenville Drive. See the link for Flour Field for the game schedule. Great place to take the kids or hang out for the day. Low ticket prices and good food & drink prices too. Check out the outdoor restaurant, just watch out for the occassional foul ball!
Bon Secours Wellness Center – national acts and home of the Road Warriors our hockey team.
Peace Center – Stage for musicals, plays and theatre. Known for bringing in Broadway shows.
Caesers Head and Table Rock mountains. 20 minute drive north of town. Numerous paths with waterfalls and other outdoor stuff.
Paris Mountain State Park – 5 minutes north of downtown. Original source of Greenville’s water supply. Check out the historical placards near the main building. Entry is $2 per person. Very popular spot for bicyclists. We go occasionally and cook breakfast by the lake. Nice easy path around the lake even for little ones.
White water rafting and skiing is north of Greenville near Asheville. And of course there is the Biltmore.
Flat Rock – cute little artsy town in the NC mountains about 45 minutes from Greenville.
The Beach – Charleston and Savannah are some of the top ocean destinations from Greenville.
You have your choice of three lakes about an hour west of Greenville. They are all connected and part of a man-made series of lakes.
Lowest elevation but largest (962 miles of shoreline) of the lakes. Known for its bass fishing tournaments. There are two decent restaurants (Nami Bistro and The Galley Restaurant) but they are closed on Sundays and Mondays (dry county) and are only open from 5 to 10 Tuesdays through Saturday. Plan on bringing your own supplies if you are going to spend the day.
The Tiki Hut is a full service bar and restaurant and is one of my favorites. Located at the Keeowee marina they are pretty much open all day including Sundays. The Duke Energy nuclear powerplant is on this lake so they always need to maintain the water level (which is a good thing). The lake is dotted with awsome homes and beautifyl scenary. I understand a new 250 seat lakeside restaurant is opening up Spring 2012 near the power plant. You can rent pontoons at the Keowee marina. For a cool trip head up the lake and just past island 18 turn in at the second inlet. You’ll find a natural waterfall and a sandy beach although it can get crowded.
The highest elevation in the chain of lakes. Also the deepest and coldest even in the heat of summer. Less developed than the other lakes but scenary is incredible.
This is the local term for going to the ocean. We just started going to the beaches outside Charleston and they are pretty spectacular! Our first stop was the Isle of Palms. Some good hotels right on the beach and if you want to save some money there are quite a few just a couple of miles away.
Charleston is only 3 1/2 hours away.