If you only had one day in Greenville, SC…
How would you spend it? Some of us may prefer to catch a baseball game, while others would want to focus on shopping. The reality is that there are countless ways to spend a day—or many days—in Greenville, SC. To help you plan your own perfect schedule, here is a sample outline of things to do in downtown if you only had one day.
Warning: You better start the day hungry, because a lot of our suggestions revolve around food!
9:00 am Breakfast at Mary Beth’s
Serving up simple, classic American breakfast dishes, Mary Beth’s Restaurant is located just off downtown’s main strip at 500 E McBee Ave #109. It is open daily from 7am for breakfast. Some local breakfast favorites include the Eggs Benedict and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.
10:30 am Upcountry History Museum
Located at Heritage Green (540 Buncombe Street) in downtown Greenville, the museum promotes the rich history of the Upcountry’s 15 counties. Stop in to learn about our region’s unique past—including how it transitioned from an Indian frontier to the political and economic hub that is now identified as the Upstate. For more information and hours, visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
12:30 pm Lunch at Mary’s at Falls Cottage
Falls Cottage is a two-story brick house built in 1894 and 1896. It is located in Greenville’s West End and overlooks Reedy River Falls. The building was a rental property for about 20 years before becoming Curry’s Gasoline Station around 1918 when the West End became the city’s first “motor mile.” In 1972, the Carolina Foothills Garden Club acquired the property, renovated it and named it Falls Cottage.
Now a protected landmark on the Historic Register, Falls Cottage has been home to Mary’s Restaurant since 2004. For lunch, one of our favorite menu options is the Fountain Inn Salad, a mixed green salad served with chicken salad, broccoli salad, fresh fruit and a fresh baked blueberry muffin.
2:00 pm Stroll through Falls Park
Hidden away for more than 40 years, the Reedy River Falls at Falls Park were obscured by the Camperdown Bridge until its removal in 2002. Today, the 32-acre park includes the Liberty Bridge, a 355-foot-long pedestrian suspension bridge that was designed by world-renowned architect Miguel Rosales to provide dramatic views of the upper falls and the gardens below.
3:00 pm Shopping
Spend a few hours browsing through downtown Greenville’s many shops. You particularly won’t want to miss Mast General Store, TAZ Boutique, and the Art Crossing Studios located in the lower level of Riverplace along the Reedy River. If you’re in the West End, check out The Cook’s Station for kitchen appliances and gifts, and The Emporium for apparel, home accents and jewelry.
5:30 pm Dinner at Soby’s
Soby’s New South Cuisine is a blend of contemporary cuisine infused with traditional southern ingredients. The restaurant opened in 1997 in a building that dates back to the late 1800’s. It has been a cotton exchange, grocery store, bicycle shop and shoe store. The building was completely refurbished to its original beauty by Soby’s partners Carl Sobocinski and David Williams.
For dinner, the Fried Green Tomatoes (with Pimento Cheese Fondue) are a must-try appetizer, and the Crab Cakes are a local favorite entrée. You’ll also appreciate that Soby’s menu supports local artisan farmers, foragers, and ranchers whenever possible.
7:00 pm Dessert at Brick Street Café
While the desserts at Soby’s truly are spectacular, we suggest you try a local secret: the Sweet Potato Cake at Brick Street Café (located at 315 Augusta St.). Trust us, it’s worth the extra stop.
8:00 pm Show at The Warehouse Theatre
While The Peace Center in downtown Greenville offers a full calendar of top Broadway shows, we suggest checking out The Warehouse Theatre. Located in a converted textile warehouse in the West End, it produces theatre that you can’t find anywhere else in the Upstate—from re-envisioned classics to cutting-edge new works. The 2015-2016 season kicks off with The Rocky Horror Show from September 18th through October 31st. Visit www.warehousetheatre.com for more information and tickets.
If you’re interested in moving to Greenville County, please also consider catching up with me during your one day in town. I’ll be happy to tell you more about this great city and some of its incredible neighborhoods.