Asked: What’s happening with Roper Mountain Holiday Lights



DYK: It takes 63,792 bulbs to light up 72 different displays at the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights.

After 25 years, the holiday lights will bring cheer to the Upstate for one final season before being sold at auction to the highest bidder. We have certainly appreciated the work done by 900+ volunteers who have dedicated over 7,000 hours to plan + execute the month-long fundraising event. But we are also looking forward to seeing next year’s holiday program at Roper Mountain Science Center’s newly renovated planetarium.

Plus, our downtown is filled with twinkling lights during the holiday season thanks to the City of Greenville + other partners. All the trees in the ONE Plaza have already been transformed with help from the City and ONE City plaza businesses.

NOMA Square and West End Plaza (outside from Smoke on the Water) are taking it up a notch through City partnership with Holiday Happenings: a seven-day family-friendly holiday event showing off our retail, art, dining, and entertainment scenes. (Think: Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays meets European Christmas Market.).

The week-long holiday event kicks off Dec. 2 with the Poinsettia Christmas Parade ( which is a #MustDo, along with post-parade drinks to warm up at Nose Dive). Check out the full event schedule below, featuring caricature artists, plenty of live music, and caroling in the street.



Make the most out of Holiday Happenings.




The Brief






Weather



62° | Sunny | 0% chance of rain



MustDo



Mindful Monday with Our World Festival | Zen | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Enjoy meditation, aromatherapy, visual lighting + ambient healing music



Learn



Nutrition Specialist Live Training | Furman | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | $250 | One-day in-person training + online prerequisite Science of Nutrition course



Featured Event



47th Annual Holiday Fair | Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | TD Convention Center | $6 adults, $5 seniors, free under 12



Meet



Meet the Clemson Tiger | Roper Mountain Holiday Lights | 7 – 8 p.m. | Shake paws + grab a pic



Health



More from your Medicare | Partners in Primary Care | 101 Orchard Park Dr. | 10 – 11 a.m. | A session about Medicare eligibility and enrollment



Plan
Ahead


Greenville Brewmasters’ 100th Tasting | Southern Growl | Dec. 5 | Email lynn@pilewski.net to reserve your spot.





Home Tip of the Week: Easy Thanksgiving Cleanup







09 Nov Home Tip of the Week: Easy Thanksgiving Cleanup

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It can be intimidating to host a big Thanksgiving meal at your home, and cooking it isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. Once the guests are gone, you may be left with a big mess to clean up. Here are a few ways you can ease the pain of the Turkey Day aftermath.
  • Start fresh! Clean out the fridge and pantry beforehand to clear space for all things Thanksgiving. Empty the trash cans, then double or triple line them for quick replacement. Clear out the dishwasher, and make sure all of your dish towels are washed and ready.
  • Plan a potluck. Have each guest bring a side, dessert, or drinks so there’s less for you to do!
  • Streamline the menu. Focus on 3-4 dishes instead of 8-10 to cut time and mess.
  • Cook in advance. Prep as many dishes as you can in the days before so you’ll only have to clean up serving and eating messes, not cooking mess.
  • Make your cookware work harder. Use pans and dishes that are triple threats: ones you can cook, serve, and store food in! Also, line your pans with foil so grease and baked-on bits can simply be thrown away.
  • Set up a soaking station. Get a large dish tub ready to go with soapy water so you can give everything time to soak before you start washing.
  • Get out the summer cooler. Put drinks in a cooler to free up more space in the fridge. Bonus: it will also help keep guests out of the kitchen and in the dining area.
  • Use a tablecloth. Not only do they add some style to your dinner table, you can easily roll them up and shake them out after guests leave to get rid of crumbs. They also help to protect your table from stains and scratches.
  • Make a checklist and get everyone involved! Make a deal with your guests that if they help clean, they get to take home leftovers, and you’ll solve two problems at once. Assign tasks to each person or make an assembly line for maximum efficiency.
  • Pump up the jams. Check out this playlist or create your own with some upbeat songs to liven the mood and make the chores fly by.
Put these tips to work so you can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying your company and giving thanks.
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Where to Find the Best Food and Drink in Greenville, South Carolina

by JENN RICE
Methodica Coffee
Methodica CoffeePhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice



Greenville, South Carolina, might not be on every epicure’s list (yet), but it’s only a matter of time. It’s currently touted as an emerging food-driven city, following in the culinary footsteps of Charleston. Greenville is a big city with a small-town feel, nestled between some of the South’s biggest players: Atlanta, Charlotte, Asheville, and the aforementioned Charleston. Mayor Knox White can be credited for bringing vibrancy downtown, along with Carl Sobocinski, president of Table 301 Restaurant Group, who has helped bring the city’s culinary scene to life. “It’s unbelievable to think that not so long ago we were the only ones in town,” says Sobocinski. “The Greenville culinary scene has evolved—rapidly—and with new spots being announced all the time, it’s exciting to think we were at the forefront of it all.”
Fried goat cheese balls at The Lazy GoatFried goat cheese balls at the Lazy Goat Photo: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Plus, Greenville happens to be home to Michelin’s North America headquarters and a gorgeous backdrop to Euphoria—a multiday food, wine, and music festival founded by singer-songwriter Edwin McCain and Sobocinski. (For the record, McCain does, in fact, perform during the festival.) “Back in the early 2000s, there were only a handful of food and wine festivals,” says Sobocinski. “Today, almost every city, big and small, has one, but back then we were doing something different and unique—and the fact that we added music as a third component was completely unheard of.” Each year, the festival draws wildly talented chefs such as Curtis Duffy (in his third year of attending), Dominique Crenn, and Michael Mina, to name a few.
Biscuit Head on the Greenville History Tours’s breakfast tourPhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Sean Brock’s ever-growing Husk empire is a solid indication of an up-and-coming food city. Set to open this fall, Brock’s goal for the highly anticipated Greenville location is to “explore and define what upcountry cuisine means to the Husk philosophy. Guests can expect food inspired by my childhood, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and my Cherokee heritage.” One thing’s certain, Greenville is about to make a name for itself on the culinary map.
Here, a mouthwatering guide on where to eat and drink in our latest favorite Southern food city:
Oysters at JiannaPhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Downtown’s Top Tables
Soby’s, Greenville’s first non-meat-and-three restaurant to grace downtown in 1997, is a local’s staple serving refined Southern eats. The upcountry shrimp and grits, country ham and Brussels sprouts, and boiled peanut hummus are not to miss. For the best Reedy River view, book a patio table at the Lazy Goat and nosh on the chef’s talked-about paella and fried goat cheese balls—a hand-rolled luxury. Roost, with a “soil-to-city” approach, is a perfect spot to stop by for sharable snacks like a pimento cheese crock or flatbread after a stroll downtown. Newly opened Jianna presents dreamy pasta dishes and fresh oysters. Try the squid ink radiatori and the potato gnocchi (like pillowy BLT pockets)—or sit at the wraparound bar to soak up JJ’s cheeky personality while he shucks the most buttery East and West Coast oysters.
Dark Corner DistilleryPhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Casual and Cool
Fuel up with Greenville History Tours’s new breakfast tour. It’s a little history plus several breakfasts at the likes of Famous Toastery, Biscuit Head, and LeGrand Bakery. Then take a scenic stroll down the Swamp Rabbit Trail to burn off a few calories. Methodical Coffee, more like a mad science lab, is worth a stop for a tres leches or a refreshing cold brew mojito. It’s also wise to experience a morning bun courtesy of Bake Room, if they’re not all sold out (a word to the wise: arrive early). M.Judson is undoubtedly the most prized bookstore in the South, offering an impressive selection of Southern literature and cookbooks. A stop at Poppington’s guarantees fun by way of 24 karat gold–coated popcorn and quirky, palatable popcorn flavors like Bloody Mary and dill pickle, which can be washed down with a moonshine and whiskey tasting at Dark Corner Distillery just down the street. Caviar & Bananas can go several ways: a seasonal salad, caviar service for two, or a naughty (but worth it) fried green tomato BLT with a glass of sparkling. If available on a Saturday morning, the Greenville Saturday Market is time well spent—plus, Chancey Lindsey-Peake’s banana breads are out of this world.
Fried green tomato BLT at Caviar & Bananas Photo: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Where to Drink
Pull up a seat at Crafted, Nose Dive’s craft cocktail bar on the second floor, where head mixologist Walker Pickering concocts elevated tiki cocktails and updated classics. Craft beer fanatics will appreciate one-of-a-kind brews from Upstate Craft Beer Co. and Birds Fly South Ale Project, while UP on the Roof caters to all with delightful libations and striking views of downtown Greenville. Vault & Vatorprovides speakeasy atmosphere alongside a signature Vow of Silence mezcal cocktail: the perfect way to end any evening. If too much fun was had, locals swear by Southern Pressed Juicery’s Hot Mess and Lord Have Mercy juices for a hangover cure.
Hot Mess juice at Southern Pressed Juicery Photo: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


The Neighborhood to Explore
The Village of West Greenville is like the Brooklyn of Greenville. The former textile mill turned arts district is worth the trip for a delightful dinner at The Anchorage alone. A no-reservation policy means first come, first serve, but there’s an upstairs patio with twinkling string lights where you can appreciate a Devil Makes Three cocktail if you have to wait. Chef Greg McPhee’s tasting menu is the way go as it will be hard to narrow down decisions—just know that Antebellum yellow grits and ricotta gnudi are two unforgettable dishes. If you’re roaming the neighborhood during the daytime, visit the Village Grind for proper latte art and the Golden Brown & Delicious for lunch.
The AnchoragePhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


A Quick Jaunt From Downtown
On the way to Greenville from the airport, make a pit stop at Bacon Bros. Public House. It would be wise to order the Potater Tots—topped off with pork shoulder, cheese, crispy pig ears, and sorghum vinegar—an obligatory meat board with house-made charcuterie, and Carolina rice and hash. If you have room, cross your fingers for a coveted slice of Elvis pie. Finally, try Stella’s Southern Brasserie, near Hollingsworth Park. It’s home to the best gin and tonic program in the city. Pick your gin of choice; it’ll be paired with a delightful house-made tonic. It might sound aggressive, but bring a friend and split the shrimp and heirloom panzanella salad, the Brasserie burger (with bacon jam!), and buttermilk okra frites.
Fried okra and a gin and tonic at Stella’s Southern BrasseriePhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice



Where to Find the Best Food and Drink in Greenville, South Carolina by JENN RICE Methodica Coffee
Methodica CoffeePhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice



Greenville, South Carolina, might not be on every epicure’s list (yet), but it’s only a matter of time. It’s currently touted as an emerging food-driven city, following in the culinary footsteps of Charleston. Greenville is a big city with a small-town feel, nestled between some of the South’s biggest players: Atlanta, Charlotte, Asheville, and the aforementioned Charleston. Mayor Knox White can be credited for bringing vibrancy downtown, along with Carl Sobocinski, president of Table 301 Restaurant Group, who has helped bring the city’s culinary scene to life. “It’s unbelievable to think that not so long ago we were the only ones in town,” says Sobocinski. “The Greenville culinary scene has evolved—rapidly—and with new spots being announced all the time, it’s exciting to think we were at the forefront of it all.”
Fried goat cheese balls at The Lazy GoatFried goat cheese balls at the Lazy Goat Photo: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Plus, Greenville happens to be home to Michelin’s North America headquarters and a gorgeous backdrop to Euphoria—a multiday food, wine, and music festival founded by singer-songwriter Edwin McCain and Sobocinski. (For the record, McCain does, in fact, perform during the festival.) “Back in the early 2000s, there were only a handful of food and wine festivals,” says Sobocinski. “Today, almost every city, big and small, has one, but back then we were doing something different and unique—and the fact that we added music as a third component was completely unheard of.” Each year, the festival draws wildly talented chefs such as Curtis Duffy (in his third year of attending), Dominique Crenn, and Michael Mina, to name a few.
Biscuit Head on the Greenville History Tours’s breakfast tourPhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Sean Brock’s ever-growing Husk empire is a solid indication of an up-and-coming food city. Set to open this fall, Brock’s goal for the highly anticipated Greenville location is to “explore and define what upcountry cuisine means to the Husk philosophy. Guests can expect food inspired by my childhood, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and my Cherokee heritage.” One thing’s certain, Greenville is about to make a name for itself on the culinary map.
Here, a mouthwatering guide on where to eat and drink in our latest favorite Southern food city:
Oysters at JiannaPhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Downtown’s Top Tables
Soby’s, Greenville’s first non-meat-and-three restaurant to grace downtown in 1997, is a local’s staple serving refined Southern eats. The upcountry shrimp and grits, country ham and Brussels sprouts, and boiled peanut hummus are not to miss. For the best Reedy River view, book a patio table at the Lazy Goat and nosh on the chef’s talked-about paella and fried goat cheese balls—a hand-rolled luxury. Roost, with a “soil-to-city” approach, is a perfect spot to stop by for sharable snacks like a pimento cheese crock or flatbread after a stroll downtown. Newly opened Jianna presents dreamy pasta dishes and fresh oysters. Try the squid ink radiatori and the potato gnocchi (like pillowy BLT pockets)—or sit at the wraparound bar to soak up JJ’s cheeky personality while he shucks the most buttery East and West Coast oysters.
Dark Corner DistilleryPhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Casual and Cool
Fuel up with Greenville History Tours’s new breakfast tour. It’s a little history plus several breakfasts at the likes of Famous Toastery, Biscuit Head, and LeGrand Bakery. Then take a scenic stroll down the Swamp Rabbit Trail to burn off a few calories. Methodical Coffee, more like a mad science lab, is worth a stop for a tres leches or a refreshing cold brew mojito. It’s also wise to experience a morning bun courtesy of Bake Room, if they’re not all sold out (a word to the wise: arrive early). M.Judson is undoubtedly the most prized bookstore in the South, offering an impressive selection of Southern literature and cookbooks. A stop at Poppington’s guarantees fun by way of 24 karat gold–coated popcorn and quirky, palatable popcorn flavors like Bloody Mary and dill pickle, which can be washed down with a moonshine and whiskey tasting at Dark Corner Distillery just down the street. Caviar & Bananas can go several ways: a seasonal salad, caviar service for two, or a naughty (but worth it) fried green tomato BLT with a glass of sparkling. If available on a Saturday morning, the Greenville Saturday Market is time well spent—plus, Chancey Lindsey-Peake’s banana breads are out of this world.
Fried green tomato BLT at Caviar & Bananas Photo: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


Where to Drink
Pull up a seat at Crafted, Nose Dive’s craft cocktail bar on the second floor, where head mixologist Walker Pickering concocts elevated tiki cocktails and updated classics. Craft beer fanatics will appreciate one-of-a-kind brews from Upstate Craft Beer Co. and Birds Fly South Ale Project, while UP on the Roof caters to all with delightful libations and striking views of downtown Greenville. Vault & Vatorprovides speakeasy atmosphere alongside a signature Vow of Silence mezcal cocktail: the perfect way to end any evening. If too much fun was had, locals swear by Southern Pressed Juicery’s Hot Mess and Lord Have Mercy juices for a hangover cure.
Hot Mess juice at Southern Pressed Juicery Photo: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


The Neighborhood to Explore
The Village of West Greenville is like the Brooklyn of Greenville. The former textile mill turned arts district is worth the trip for a delightful dinner at The Anchorage alone. A no-reservation policy means first come, first serve, but there’s an upstairs patio with twinkling string lights where you can appreciate a Devil Makes Three cocktail if you have to wait. Chef Greg McPhee’s tasting menu is the way go as it will be hard to narrow down decisions—just know that Antebellum yellow grits and ricotta gnudi are two unforgettable dishes. If you’re roaming the neighborhood during the daytime, visit the Village Grind for proper latte art and the Golden Brown & Delicious for lunch.
The AnchoragePhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice


A Quick Jaunt From Downtown
On the way to Greenville from the airport, make a pit stop at Bacon Bros. Public House. It would be wise to order the Potater Tots—topped off with pork shoulder, cheese, crispy pig ears, and sorghum vinegar—an obligatory meat board with house-made charcuterie, and Carolina rice and hash. If you have room, cross your fingers for a coveted slice of Elvis pie. Finally, try Stella’s Southern Brasserie, near Hollingsworth Park. It’s home to the best gin and tonic program in the city. Pick your gin of choice; it’ll be paired with a delightful house-made tonic. It might sound aggressive, but bring a friend and split the shrimp and heirloom panzanella salad, the Brasserie burger (with bacon jam!), and buttermilk okra frites.
Fried okra and a gin and tonic at Stella’s Southern BrasseriePhoto: Courtesy of Jenn Rice



WEEKEND PLANNER FOR 10.14.2017

EDITOR'S PICKS: WEEKEND EVENTS

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Fall for Greenville kicks off Thursday night and runs through Sunday. This nationally-acclaimed foodie festival also has a huge kids zone with rides and games plus live entertainment. Mom Review here. FREE admission; tickets available for purchase for food and rides.

SPONSORED: Swamp Rabbits Opening Weekend games on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, with free pre-game festivities starting at 5:30 pm (inflatables, music, concessions available for purchase). For the Saturday night game, fans are invited to bring new packages of underwear, socks, and diapers to throw onto the ice after the Swamp Rabbits score their first goal for the Underwear Toss. Items will be donated to a local charity. Friday Family 4-pack available for $60 (4 tickets, 4 meals, 1 souvenir); tickets for all games $10-$30. Note: The Bon Secours Wellness Arena has a new clear bag policy. Read up on it before you head to the game.

Second Saturday Superhero Scienceat the Roper Mountain Science Center on Saturday from 9 am - 3 pm. Enjoy the Living History Farm plus all kinds of superhero-themed science experiments and demos. I took my kids last year and we had a blast! $8/adults and teens, $7/ages 4-12, kids three and under and RMSC members are free.

Pumpkintown Fall Festival on Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm. BBQ, parade, vendors, and music at the Pumpkintown Fall Festival in Dacusville. FREE.

Kroctoberfest at The Kroc Center in Greenville on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. Lawn games, bounce houses, homemade BBQ and cider, face painting, pumpkin decorating, food and the chance to win amazing prizes. In addition to the heated indoor pool and basketball court, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy some of our most popular group fitness classes in a Group Mixer. All activities are free to guests and members.

SPONSORED: U-Day at Bob Jones University on Saturday from 10 am - 1 pm. U.Day, short for University Day, features a fun, educational street fair including dozens of interactive booths plus families can enjoy bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, prize drawings, and several hands-on activities designed for all age groups. The event will feature live music and food from a variety of local vendors. FREE entry.

Anderson Buddy Walk on Saturday from 1 pm - 5 pm at the Chris Taylor Memorial Park in Anderson. The Buddy Walk is a day of fun to celebrate individuals in the Tri-County area with Down syndrome. The event is free and includes a short walk, bounce houses, games, arts & crafts, music, resource booths. FREE.4:30

YMCA Spectrum Harvest Festival on Sunday from 2 pm - 4:30 pm at the Hollingsworth Outdoor Center in Simpsonville. Tentative activities to include hayrides, pumpkin painting, archery, broom making, ash cakes, and more. All families affected by autism or related conditions are invited. You do not need to be a Y member, nor a resident of Greenville. $10/family, please RSVP online.

See our full calendar of events on our website

While Fall for Greenville is the biggest festival this weekend, there are tons other fall family happenings as well - Kroctoberfest, Pumpkintown, and Pendleton festivals. Plus the Swamp Rabbits are opening up their season with games on Friday and Saturday (if you haven't been to these family-friendly hockey games, you're definitely missing out).

If festivals aren't your thing, we've rounded up this great list of enclosed toddler-friendly playgrounds in the area. And apple orchards are still a good option for weekend fun plus pumpkin patches are open (and ready for those Insta-worthy shots)!

~Kristina

PS: Don't forget to download your free printable October Family Fun Calendar (our perk for email subscribers only!) You can always see our full calendar on our website.

PPS: This Fall Night Hike at Lake Conestee Park on Saturday night looks so cool! Its $8-$12 and you get to hike by the moonlight and learn about owls and other night creatures.

Ad: Denver Downs Farm Corn Maze & Fall Festival continues October 14th & 15th with live music and the Pumpkin Festival.

WEATHER

Thursday: 84°F, humid with clouds and sun
Friday: 77°F, thunderstorm in area
Saturday: 79°F, cloudy
Sunday: 83°F, partly sunny

WHAT WE ARE EATING

Everything at Fall for Greenville- the ice cream from Sidewall looks so tempting!

WHAT WE ARE READING

Motherly: These 3 words changed the way I parent—and made me kinder to myself, too
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MOM I'M BORED

Safe Haven & Educational Adventures Fall Festival on Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm in Easley. Like animals? Like exotic animals? Guests can expect to see a wide variety of animals including various birds, lizards, tortoises, bobcat, alligators and even monkeys. There will be live animal encounters as well as, food, raffles, games and crafts for the kids and much more! FREE admission; wristbands will be sold for $5 for anyone interested in touching some of the animals.

Science Station at Greer Library on Friday at 10:30 am. Explore science through experiments and activities. This month’s theme is pumpkin science. Ages 6-12. Adult caregiver required. This is designed for homeschool students. FREE.

Starry Nights at the Roper Mountain Science Center - shows are at 6:15 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:45 pm. Mom Review here. Tickets $5-$6.

Balloonacy shows at the South Carolina Children's Theatre at 9:30 and 11 am on Saturday. Children and their caretakers will delight in the comic antics that are generously sprinkled through her story and the friendship that floats into her life at just the right moment. $9.50/ticket

Mischief Managed Farm Day for Special Needs Children on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. The farm is opening up for a second year in a row for special needs children and their families to enjoy a day on the farm, free of charge. Ride ponies, pet chickens, feed horses and goats, milk a goat and more. FREE.

Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm. Children’s games, music, scarecrows, ghost tour, crafts, and food in Pendleton, SC. Food and activities available for purchase.

KIA Family Education Fair on Sunday at Haywood Mall from 1 -5 pm. Learn more about schools and speak directly to college representatives. Scholarships will be given away and 30 different schools will be in attendance. FREE but register online to be entered into scholarship giveaway.
See our full calendar of events on our website for more great ideas for fun.

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win two tickets to opening night of the new South Carolina Children's Theatre production of "The Boy Who Cried Bully"! Enter here. Ends October 17th.

REVIEW: BOO IN THE ZOO

My family tries to trick-or-treat at Boo in the Zoo every year. We enjoy the safe trick-or-treating atmosphere, chance to see the animals, and cute Halloween decorations and photo ops. This annual Halloween event in Greenville, SC has been going on so long that many of us parents remember trick-or-treating at the zoo as kids.

Boo in the Zoo is a non-scary annual Halloween event for children 12 and under the last two weekends in October.

Children (and some adults) wear costumes and carry a special provided bag through the zoo and receive treats from local businesses. The animals are allowed out although some may stay indoors. (If you want to see the animals, be sure to go early in the evening when the animals will be more likely to be awake and moving around.) Even though all non-member visitors to the zoo must pay, only children are allowed to trick-or-treat. Read the rest of the review and get all the info you need to know here!

Ad: Swamp Rabbits Opening Weekend is October 13th & 14th. Help the Salvation Army by bringing new undies on Saturday for the Underwear Toss!

How This Small South Carolina Town Quietly Became The Coolest Place In The South

We’ve featured the City of Greenville numerous times on our “modest” website – whose Only In South Carolina Facebook page just surpassed 200,000 followers. From casting the spotlight on the fantastic Falls Park on the Reedy, to various restaurants, events and fun venues we’ve managed to suggest many places to go and things to see in Greenville, one of the hippest places in the Palmetto State. But we’ve never really told you WHY or how this small town in South Carolina quietly became the coolest place in the South. Take a look at these 11 reasons:
1. No matter where you look, Greenville is gorgeous.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SCFrom the breathtaking Falls Park on the Reedy, to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and the bustling Main Street, this is one invitingly beautiful city.

2. Main Street still has that small town feel.
Facebook/Greenville, South Carolina - Official City Government Homepage
Facebook/Visit Greenville SCLined with lush trees and inviting seating provided by various merchants and restaurants, Greenville's Main Street feels like home. After just one visit, you'll see why and how Greenville's Main Street made the USA TODAY list, "Seven City Streets Worth A Trip On Their Own."
3. The events are top-notch.

Facebook/Visit Greenville SCCountry Living Magazine recently named Greenville's "Fall For Greenville" one of the best festivals in the whole country. Additionally, other events like the seasonal Saturday Market and the annual Artisphere make downtown Greenville a place everyone wants to be.

4. The arts scene in Greenville is out of this world.
TripAdvisor/managementThe Peace Center is host to Grammy winning artists, stage performances and a variety of other cultural events. And Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery is home to the largest collection of religious art in the Western Hemisphere.

5. Outdoor activites around Greenville seem limitless.
TripAdvisor/275GTSWithin minutes from the city, you can feel a million miles away from everywhere. Whether it's at Paris Mountain State Park (shown above) or any of the other peaceful nearby hidden oases, you can always find the perfect spot to escape.

6. In fact, there are countless "escape hatches" right in Greenville's own back yard.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SCLive in Greenville and want to get away for a weekend? Drive a few miles and feel a million from home.

7. The people are fantastic.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SC
Small town charm and hospitality are abundantly obvious anytime you meet someone from here.

8. The food scene is outrageously delish.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SC
Facebook/Visit Greenville SC
No longer considered "up and coming," the variety and quality of the restaurants in this small city are beyond your wildest dreams.

9. There's a stunning waterfall right in the middle of town.
Flickr/katie wheelerNot many cities and towns in the US boast a natural waterfall quite like this one. The one-of-a-kind spectacle is the centerpiece of Greenville's downtown landscape.

10. Outdoor fun is everywhere.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SCFrom the Swamp Rabbit Trail to Fluor Field on the West End, Greenville's outdoor scene has something for everyone.

11. Greenville is romantic.
Facebook/Visit Greenville SC
Liberty Bridge is a perfect stroll for a romantic evening. Stop in the middle to admire the falls immediately below. This focal point on the downtown landscape recently made USA TODAY's "50 States, 50 Dates: Romantic activities around the USA" list. It's easy to see why!
On top of all the above reasons, Greenville somehow manages to retain that small town feel even though it’s one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Have you visited Greenville lately?
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Upstate Headlines: Greenville makes 5 Top Places to Retire list

Mar 22, 2017 10:00 amA collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of March 20, 2017 Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 9.31.44 AMGreenville makes 5 top places in the US to retire list on the Today ShowMark Ellwood of Conde Nast Traveler joins Craig Ferguson and Kathie Lee Gifford with a list of the top five places in the U.S. to retire, particularly if you’re a baby boomer, including Greenville. Ellwood says, “If you want to eat your way through retirement, go to Greenville!”
Downtown-RebornCity of Greenville launches online Downtown Reborn visual guide
Ever wondered what Main Street looked like when it was four lanes instead of two? Or how the Reedy River banks looked before RiverPlace dominated? A new City of Greenville project, Downtown Reborn, provides all of those answers via a visual map of downtown along with an interactive map showing investment dollars on the most notable downtown landmarks, such as the Poinsett Hotel, the Peace Center, RiverPlace, and Project ONE.
0324.GJ_.RoperMountain.NatureCenter6.WillIamCrooksRoper Mountain Science Center plans new $9M facility
Greenville’s Roper Mountain Science Center, which provides hands-on learning labs for elementary and middle school students, is planning to pump $9 million into a 24,000-square-foot facility that officials say will focus on environmental science. The two-story facility will be located beside the Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences, and is expected to open by 2022.
636257013653149446-comicon-carComicon brings zombies, superheroes to town
Zombies and superheroes and Stormtroopers are headed back to Greenville this weekend. Around this time every year, the Upstate’s population of costumed heroes and villains skyrockets, thanks to South Carolina Comicon. This marks the fourth year for the convention that celebrates pop culture, comic books and cosplay. The event, which goes on Saturday and Sunday at TD Convention Center, features actors, writers, comic artists and more.
HogFestlogo-642x325Hub City Hog Fest returning to downtown Spartanburg in April
The Hub City Hog Fest will return for its fifth installment April 7 and 8 at Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg. Upstate residents will be able to fill their bellies with delicious barbecue, listen to live music, and sample some refreshing suds in support of Mobile Meals of Spartanburg. Founded by Spartanburg brothers Grey and Cal Wicker, the annual event has raised more than $200,000 for the faith-based nonprofit, which serves meals to about 2,000 frail and homebound people throughout the county.

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Coldwell Banker Caine Names February Circle of Excellence Recipients

Mar 08, 2017 12:15 pmColdwell Banker Caine recently recognized its top producing agents in property sales and listings from February through the Circle of Excellence program. The Circle of Excellence distinction is awarded to agents within the company’s five offices – Easley, Greenville, Greer, Seneca and Spartanburg – and celebrates $1 million in listing or closing volume, or four units listed or closed.Circle of Excellence agents achieving $1 million in listing/closing volume or four listed/closed units include:
  • Bobbie Johnson-Gould
  • Charlene Panek
  • Charlianne Nestlen
  • Donna Morrow
  • Eva Sandfort
  • Faith Ross
  • Felicia Griggs
  • Francie Little
  • Helen Hagood
  • Jacob Mann
  • Kiersten Bell
  • Mike Dassel
  • Pat Loftis and Brett Smagala
  • Shelbie Dunn
  • Susan Gallion
  • Tracy Bogie
  • Virginia Hayes
  • Wanda Stewart

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Upstate Headlines: Chris Stone, The Tourist in Chief, on Greenville’s Transformation

Mar 08, 2017 10:35 amA collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of March 6, 2017 0303YeahThatGreenville.VGSC_.ChrisStone11.WillIamCrooks-e1488568918509Chris Stone: The Tourist in ChiefThirteen years after the Liberty Bridge was built, Chris Stone still walks from his office at the Innovate Building on River Street, crosses over Main, and heads to the destination centerpiece of downtown. “[I] think about the day when I came to Greenville and people said, ‘Tourism is something that happens at the coast.’ And back then somebody walking with a camera — why would you have had a camera? There weren’t any pictures to take. Today, we see people taking pictures all the time. We see people on the bridge constantly taking pictures.”
Spartanburg 2016 Tourism InfographicTourism study shows Spartanburg made more gains in 2016
The tourism industry in Spartanburg continues to be a boon for the local economy, according to a recent study of the economic impact of tourism on the area. The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism rated Spartanburg seventh in the state for the economic impact of tourism as visitors spent more than $390 million in 2016. The study indicated a 7.6% increase in total room demand to more than 898,000 rooms in 2016 as well as a 16% increase in total room revenue during the year. In 2016, the study found total room revenue of $75.4 million. Additionally, unique visits to visitspartanburg.com increased 48% which is in addition to the 54% increase in unique traffic the site experienced in 2015.
Piney-Mountain-Bike-Lounge-exteriorPiney Mountain Bike Lounge celebrates grand opening March 18
You may have already seen plenty of Instagram photos from Piney Mountain Bike Lounge since it quietly opened in late November. But the new full-service bike shop and craft beer taproom at 20 Piney Mountain Road will be officially official during the daylong March 18 grand opening celebration. The celebration runs 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and includes 10 percent off store-wide all day. Attendees can enjoy wine and craft beers from 14 taps showcasing local and regional breweries, try out the pump track located outside, or watch from the overlooking deck.
image2Downtown Spartanburg’s iconic Magnolia St. Pub up for sale
A once-popular downtown Spartanburg music venue is on the market after sitting vacant for nearly 13 years. Magnolia St. Pub is for sale along with two adjacent buildings that sit on nearly a 1/2-acre at the intersection of Magnolia Street and Daniel Morgan Avenue about a block away from the Spartanburg Marriott. “It’s like stepping back in time more than a decade,” said Tim Satterfield, a commercial broker with Coldwell Banker Caine, who is helping Morrison sell the property. “It looks like they just closed it up and walked away. It’s pretty cool. It will be great for this to be active again.”
Organic-Cat-Cafe-more-catsKitties and coffee are a purrfect pair at Organic Cat Cafe
Picture this: 30-40 friendly cats roaming around inside a 3,600-square-foot living space while their human guests sip tea and coffee at the rate of $10 per hour. Now envision them climbing on you, around you, and possibly settling in your lap for a little catnap. That either sounds like the best day ever for the feline enthusiast or an allergy-sufferer’s nightmare. But, regardless, it looks like the longtime dream of cat-lover Jennifer Bronzel — Organic Cat Café — will finally come to life in May in the former JB Lacher Jewelers location at 123 College St.

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February 1st, 2017
There is an incredible amount of new business moving to the Upstate, from Condo's, Apartments, Restaurants and Shops to even the new c ity park's and expansion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail parallel to Laurens Rd. No doubt Greenville is growing at a rapid pace in order to accomodate all of the growing families, relocations and retiree's. Welcome!!
I just wanted to take a moment to address the fact that while there are so many fantastic dining establishments, that they are not all downtown! It is nice to see more restaurants opening just outside of Downtown! Not everyone wants to be on Main St. all of the time and to worry about parking and walking etc. Don't get me wrong, I love it. But, sometimes we just need a change of pace and scenery. I wanted to share with you a list (a few) of my Favorite restaurants that haven been around for a while that continue to be amazing even in this storm of new competition.Feel free to click on the names below to view their menu's!
In NO particular order:
Coming Soon! Overbrook's first restaurant, Fork & Plough will open 2017 at 1629 E. North St. The meat and produce will be from Greenbrier Farms.

January 26th, 2017


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Upstate Headlines: Greenville to pay $4M for Falls Park office property

Jan 25, 2017 10:33 amA collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of January 23, 2016 Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 10.17.01 AMGreenville to pay $4M for Falls Park office property
The effort to build a new, modern office building on a sliver of land in Falls Park along the Reedy River prompted a public uprising when the plans were first announced months ago— and now the city is prepared to pay $4 million to make sure the project doesn’t happen, with some financial help from two private organizations. Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 10.17.52 AMDetails about downtown Greenville’s new rolled ice cream shop
Karen Williams tends to get the same reaction every time she tries to explain what rolled ice cream is to people. “It’s like they’re looking at me like I’m crazy,” says Williams, who admits she had to YouTube the concept herself. “Really, you have to see it.” And Williams, along with husband, Fred, both veterans of the restaurant industry, are going to ensure you do. The two plan to open Creme Shack, which will specialize in the unique Asian-based dessert, but with an American twist, in the former Chocolate Moose location on Main Street, in February. First phase of City Park could open in 2020 if Council approves plan, funding
The first phase of City Park, the signature park planned for the western side of downtown, could be opened by spring 2020 if the Greenville City Council moves to approve a community plan and financing, a consultant said Monday. Groundbreaking for the first phase of the park could be held as early as spring 2018, according to a timeline presented.MorganSquare02(1) Spartanburg city leaders launch OneSpartanburg initiative
Spartanburg is ready to move forward with a plan that city leaders hope will put it on track for future prosperity. Allen Smith, president of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, along with other city officials, unveiled the OneSpartanburg plan to focus on the quality of life in the Upstate city. The plan includes creating an organization dedicated to improving downtown and another aimed at implementing the OneSpartanburg plan.
0127.UBJ_.JoesPlace1.WillIamCrooksJoe’s Place bookstore moving from Main Street to Pettigru District
Joe’s Place, the new and used bookstore near Falls Park on the Reedy is moving across the river to a 1920s residence at 2 Williams St. in the Pettigru Historic District. “It’s not because of the normal reasons most people move,” said Mary Bernard, co-owner. In fact, the shop’s moving after only three years in its current location has nothing to do with their rent, or location, or any other business-impacting factor. The move is driven by the owners’ desire to own an asset, now that they’ve found a knack for retail.

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January 10, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS! We are excited to have a successful start to our year here in the Upstate!

From our Coldwell Banker Caine Blog:
A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of January 10, 2016
0722swamprabbittrailstops-5-willcrooks-e1469135536890Greenville lands in the New York Post
Greenville’s breweries, restaurants and GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail have garnered some snark-filled attention from the New York Post. After noting some of the lesser attractive Greenville attributes, writer Chris Bunting concludes, “Greenville’s done an exhaustive job dolling up its north/south-split main drag with boutique shops, exotic eateries, craft beer bars, performance spaces, a no-joke distillery, a Segway livery stable — all magically preventing the town’s official (and easily derisible) tourism tagline ‘Yeah, THAT Greenville’ from skewing sarcastic.”
clal2h5678Clemson schedules parade to honor national champions
Clemson celebrated its football national championship with a welcome-home gathering Tuesday and will hold a parade later in the week. The Tigers arrived at Memorial Stadium around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to thousands of fans. A parade and stadium celebration will take place Saturday. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at the WestZone of the stadium. The Tigers topped Alabama 35-31 on Monday in Tampa, Fla., to win their first national title since 1981.
gspeventcenter1-642x325GSP unveils new event center in main terminal
Business and community groups in the Upstate will soon have a new venue for meetings, presentations, classes and other events. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport on Wednesday unveiled a new 1,734-square-foot event center adjacent to its ticketing lobby as the most recent addition to its $125 million main terminal renovation called Project WINGSPAN.
State plans controlled burns at Upstate parks to prevent wildfires
The Beautiful Places Alliance, a Columbia-based nonprofit, has been awarded $35,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation to help the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism conduct controlled burns at several state parks in the Upstate. “These parks have seen 75 years of fire suppression with years of accumulated combustible fuels,” said Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “Controlled burns help us remain committed to the stewardship of our natural communities and the service we provide to park visitors.”
bmw_5616Spartanburg BMW plant sets production record in 2016
Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co. set a new vehicle production record in 2016 — the third consecutive year the local plant has increased its output. The company said it produced 411,171 X models, a nearly 2.6 percent increase compared with 2015’s tally of 400,904. It maintained its position as the largest BMW plant in the world. Based on its current production, the plant could hit its 4 millionth vehicle milestone in 2017.

December 5th, 2016

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Big Plans for Greenville's Old Mills
Upstate Business Journal has announced that several new projects are going through planning for Greenville's West side. Many old Mills may breathe new life!
http://upstatebusinessjournal.com/news/plush-mill-development-planned-former-west-greenville-industrial-complex/

More West End Developments
QT is planning to move in across from AJ Whittenburg
http://upstatebusinessjournal.com/news/quiktrip-buys-west-end-liquor-store-property-construction-start-january/

More Condos?
Historic Hayne School in the Pettigru District could become Condos
http://upstatebusinessjournal.com/news/developer-wants-turn-historic-hayne-school-condos/

As reported by the Greenville News and GVL Today....Breakwater is reopening their doors tomorrow, December 6th at 4pm. 802 S. Main St. They will have a more lounge/bar type atmosphere and less of fine dining. Although, some of their signature dishes will be back! I don't know about you, but I am super excited!!