Greenville, South Carolina Story Ideas
Yeah, THAT Greenville
Just a little click-tripping through this website tells you that Greenville is full of great stories. We don’t mind sharing our secrets or letting you bounce a few story ideas off us. It’s our pleasure. We like watching you discover THAT Greenville for yourself. With that being said, if you're looking to write about Greenville—the City, the County, the people, the businesses, the events, the activities, or just the wonderful lifestyle it provides—we can help! Please contact Taryn Scher of TK Public Relations at 864.469.7488 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you’re inspired by some of our story ideas! After reading some of the suggestions below, if you are interested in hearing more about Greenville's thriving culinary scene, what’s unique to Greenville, cycling your way through Greenville, or even when the best time and place to view fall foliage is, please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn. She’s more than happy to assist!
Eat in Greenville
Greenville, South Carolina will win you over bite by bite. Choose from more than 110 local eateries downtown and 1,000+ County-wide to plan an epic feast throughout Greenville. In addition to James Beard-nominated restaurants, you’ll find good ‘ol Southern cooking with a pinch of tradition and a dash of manners to showcase Southern hospitality at its finest in Greenville's many kitchens. Home to the North American headquarters of BMW and Michelin, the city is not only a melting pot of people, but also of flavors. Peruvian, Afghan, and Jamaican flavors are but a few to add to the landscape of Greenville's dynamic culinary scene.
The Only Place in the Country
For the Ultimate Driving Experience, there's only one place in the country you can go. At the BMW Performance Center in Greenville, you can drive BMWs the way they were meant to be driven—90mph on a wet/dry track, slalom race course, and more. You’ll find it’s the most exhilarating way to spend an afternoon.
Free Fun for All
Gas prices got you down? Greenville’s got you covered. Start out by giving yourself a history lesson, thanks to the Mice on Main, a self-guided scavenger hunt for nine bronze mice along a short stretch of Main Street between the Hyatt Regency and Westin Poinsett hotels. Next, head to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library, located in the house in which Jackson lived and died. The museum displays artifacts, photographs, films, books, and other items of interest associated with his life.
Hop on the free downtown trolley to ride back towards the north end of Main Street to catch the live outdoor music of Downtown Alive on Thursday evenings or Main Street Fridays (on Friday nights), held at NOMA Square from mid-March through September. These weekly traditions provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy downtown Greenville on our award-winning Main Street. And while you're at it, take a leisurely stroll through Falls Park on the Reedy and stop to pose for a photo on the iconic Liberty Bridge, the 345-foot suspension bridge that provides the perfect backdrop for viewing the Reedy River Falls below.
See the City on Two Wheels
Also known as Bikeville, Greenville has become a hub for avid cyclists. One of the most popular trails in the area is the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile multi-use trail that runs along the Reedy River connecting Travelers Rest with the city of Greenville. Cruise the trail for a few miles before pit-stopping to grab a fresh cinnamon bun at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, a hub for local foods and artisan products. You’ll work up a bit of a hunger (or thirst) if you pedal the whole way to Travelers Rest, so reward yourself with a local brew at the award-winning Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom or with a Lumberjack crêpe at Tandem Crêperie and Coffeehouse. These trailside restaurants allow folks a place to stop in off the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, visit with friends, have a bite to eat and enjoy an old-fashioned sense of community. If being on foot is more your speed, hike in one of the three nearby State Parks (Paris Mountain, Jones Gap, or Caesars Head) and take in the natural beauty of one of several waterfalls that reside in the parks. For those in search of a shorter journey, Lake Conestee Nature Preserve has miles of paved and natural trails.
And if you don't have your own bike, not to worry: Reedy Rides and Swamp Rabbit Bike Shoppe have you covered. Who knows...you might even run into former cycling champion George Hincapie, who is proud to call Greenville home. In fact, he owns a Tuscany-inspired inn, Hotel Domestique, that caters to the bike enthusiast or those whom are just seeking out luxury and relaxation.
Take the Scenic Route
As you travel along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway 11 just outside of downtown Greenville, don’t blink—you might miss something spectacular. Lined with trails, waterfalls, and hidden natural landscape treasures, this stretch of highway is simply spectacular. Don't miss Campbell's Covered Bridge—South Carolina's only remaining covered bridge—and the oldest bridge in South Carolina, the Poinsett Bridge. Keep an eye out for the cardboard sign on the side of the road pointing to Burly Bill's BBQ; it's a BBQ lover's dream. Be sure to stop by the boiled peanuts stand on the side of the road for a tasty treat and end your day with a visit to Victoria Valley Vineyards, where you can sit in the French chateau-styled tasting room, which overlooks its forty-seven acres, all the while sipping on your choice of their homegrown European Vinifera wines. Too tired to head back into town? Rest your head at the stunningly picturesque Red Horse Inn in nearby Landrum.
Explore the Arts & Culture
Art is woven into Greenville’s DNA. Stroll the streets of downtown to see more than 95 pieces of public artwork featured as part of Greenville’s Art in Public Places initiative. Marvel at the colors of the "Rose Crystal Tower," created by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Get lost in the movement of the “Octo 2”, a kinetic, wind-powered stainless-steel sculpture made up of linked stainless shapes rotating around a circular axis. Check out the working galleries along the Reedy River at Art Crossing at RiverPlace or spend some time looking at the largest collection of Andrew Wyeth watercolor paintings at the Greenville County Museum of Art before heading to the Peace Center to catch a Broadway show.
Baseball Roots Run Deep
Most baseball aficionados have heard of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, a star outfielder for the Chicago White Sox and one of America's most publicized and beloved baseball players of all time. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, baseball lovers can visit the ball field where Shoeless Joe learned to play and pay tribute to the legend at his gravesite, which is often covered with baseballs and shoes. The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, located in the house in which Jackson lived and died, follows his humble childhood working in a local textile mill through his years playing textile league ball, his extraordinary career in professional baseball and his later years. The museum is located near Fluor Field, home to the Greenville Drive. The Drive is a Class A-affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and the ball field is a 6,700-seat mini replica of Fenway Park, complete with a "Green Monster" in left field. The Drive has turned out more than a dozen players who are now in the big leagues including Yoan Moncada, Xander Boagerts, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, and Mookie Betts.
Old Meets New
Once called the “Textile Capital of the World,” Greenville was home to many mills with thousands of spindles and hundreds of looms. Today, those same mills have been redeveloped into luxury apartment lofts, coffeeshops, breweries, creative spaces, and offices, all rich with Greenville history and sound architectural design. Sneak a peek into Greenville's alluring history by viewing the many murals colorfully painted on the sides of these historic buildings. Over the past few years, more than five of Greenville's largest textile mills have been given new life and there are plans for more in the future.
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