If Greenville County's famed "Golden Strip" had an epicenter, it would be the City of Simpsonville! Simpsonville offers the best of both worlds-bigger city standards like you find downtown or on Woodruff Road, but in the smaller, less hectic setting of a small town. If you live in Simpsonville, you already know all it has to offer, but if you don't, it's definitely worth spending a super Saturday there checking it out!

Sunrise - Breakfast and Beyond:

Looking for the perfect breakfast restaurant sometimes feels like searching for the Fountain of Youth! Well, look no further than Simpsonville's beloved Coach House at the corner of Main Street and Fairview Road, which combines two of my favorite things: A Greek diner and a classic, Southern "meat and three" restaurant. Coach House is a required stop whenever my father-in-law is in town, and their Country Eggs Benedict is legendary in my family!

 Interior of The Coach House Restaurant, photo courtesy coachhousesimpsonville.com

Just down the road from Coach House, you can work off a little of that hearty (and delicious) breakfast at Simpsonville City Park, located on Curtis Street. During the summer months, the Simpsonville Farmer's Market is held in City Park, so don't forget to bring a cooler with you! Insider's Tip: Be sure to pack your favorite frisbee, too, and try your hand at mastering the 9-hole disc golf course! It's a favorite among local enthusiasts and disc golf professionals alike!

Mid-Day - Farm Tour:

If you've ever participated in the Upstate Farm Tour, you know just how fortunate we are to live in an area dotted by so many wonderful, sustainable farms! Long before "Eating Local" became a nationwide trend, Greenvillians were setting their tables with meats, grains, and produce from neighborhood farms. Several farms are located just south of Simpsonville, and Happy Cow Creamery needs to be at the top of your touring list! I can't get enough of this place-from the friendly bovine faces that greet you, to the Creamery's seriously spectacular farm store. Just thinking about it makes me crave their Buffalo Wing Cheese! Insider's Tip: You can pick up Happy Cow Creamery products all over the Upstate, including Vaughn's Country Store in Simpsonville, which ALSO moonlights as a fun antiquing stop! 

Red Fern Farm via their Facebook page.

Another farm to check out is Red Fern Farm in Gray Court. They're open to the public on weekends starting in April, and conduct seasonal herb walks, as well. Their Lavender-Mint Shortbread Cookies are out-of-this-world, so definitely pick up a bag of those!  Bethel Trails Farm, which is a mainstay at the Simpsonville Farmer's Market, rounds out the tour. Once the market season comes to a close, they still have farm sales the first Saturday of every month, so plan accordingly. Ya'll have GOT to make a home-cooked breakfast with their eggs and fresh-made pork sausage...talk about starting your day off right!

Sunset - Dinner and Dessert:

One of my absolute favorite restaurants in all of Greenville County is located in Simpsonville. Stella's Southern Bistro is a must-do for any local foodie, and is where I happily learned the difference between "country cookin'" and fine Southern cuisine. I've had more amazing meals here-lunch and dinner-than I can even count! Their menu has many, many tempting offerings, but make sure to review their list of specials before you order, as it changes daily depending on what's in season and the bounty that's delivered by one of their many local farm vendors. Insider's Tip: If you "like" Stella's Southern Bistro on Facebook, they often post pictures of special dishes, seasonal house-crafted cocktails, and the bushels of produce brought in just that day!

 Stella's Southern Bistro, courtesy their Facebook page.

Who's up for some dessert? A quick drive back into downtown Simpsonville will bring you to what is perhaps the cutest ice cream shop ever...Simpsonville's own Ice Cream Station! Located feet from the railroad tracks near the Clock Tower, this local treasure is a hometown favorite (and their prices can't be beat)! Deciding between a homemade waffle cone and their daily Dole Whip is going to be a challenge, but there is definitely a sweet treat offering to please everyone!

THAT Something Extra:

Zombies, Glow Sticks, and Mud...Oh, My!
Simpsonville's Heritage Park, located just off Main Street, offers something for everyone-from festivals and concerts to open green spaces and youth sports galore. Their list of fun runs is definitely worth checking out, too! Whether it's the Color Vibe 5K, the Simpsonville Mud Mania, or my personal favorite, the Zombie OutRun, Heritage Park offers them all!

Shake a Tail Feather!
The Charter Amphitheater at Heritage Park is a popular venue for big-name concerts, but did you know there is another spot in Simpsonville that'll bring some great local and regional music to your ears? Give the Tater Shed (located behind the Simpsonville Art Center) a try! This 1930s-era sweet potato storehouse is the perfect outdoor venue. Whether you like bluegrass, American folk, or rockabilly tunes, the Tater Shed should definitely be on your outdoor concert "to-do" list!