Stay Another Day in Greenville, S.C.

With extra time when the meeting is over, stroll through the vibrant arts district, meet for drinks at a local favorite and dine on great barbecue.

Biking on the Prima Rabbit Trail
Photograph by Reedy Rides

This Upcountry South Carolina city, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a lovely spot for events, and offers plenty to do for planners who decide to take a vacation day after the bustle of the meeting.

On the trails

If you’re yearning for some fresh air following several days of handling a meeting, tie on your hiking shoes or grab a bike to explore the 22-mile Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail (above), running along the Reedy River. For Geocachers, there are more than 60 active geocaches a few steps from the trail. When you’re feeling peckish, stop by the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery to grab items like a turkey and pesto sandwich, a strawberry and spring greens salad, or a bakery treat.

Bar Margaret Sour Rose cocktail
Photograph courtesy of Bar Margaret

Sit for a spell

To stay open during Covid, the owners of Bar Mars, a casual, local lounge, morphed it into Bar Margaret, a neighborhood diner, bakery, store, and, yes, it’s still a bar. 

Mike and Jeff's BBQ
Photograph courtesy of Mike & Jeff's BBQ

Dining around

Many say that South Carolina is the birthplace of barbecue, and this city plays up that claim to the hilt with the Greenville BBQ Trail Tour. The real deal can be found at such spots as Mike & Jeff’s BBQ (above), Bucky’s BBQ and Henry’s Smokehouse. Don’t forget to venture outside the BBQ pit for some sweet potato casserole and sweet tea.

Butter dishes by Darin R. Gehrke Ceramics
Butter dishes photograph courtesy of Darin R. Gehrke Ceramics

Go west

Galleries, studios and shops are full of locally made artworks in the village of West Greenville. Find striking fired pieces at Darin R. Gehrke Ceramics (above), browse the acrylic and fabric works at Patricia Kilburg’s space, or bring home one of the original pieces at the Art & Light Gallery.