Lost Girls’ Guide to Greenville, SCCity Guides, Extras, South Carolina — By Kristen P on November 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm
By Kristen Putch
LG Acquisitions Editor
Big city visits can be great fun, with countless dining and entertainment options right outside your door. But, if you want to get away from the metropolis hustle, a small town getaway can be just the ticket. The city of Greenville, SC offers a number of fun eateries and unique shops which line the streets of downtown, all topped off with a dose of real southern hospitality.
What to do
Located in downtown Greenville’s Historic West End, is one of Greenville’s greatest treasures. A park filled with waterfalls and walking trains, it serves as an oasis within the city. The park is a perfect place to take a stroll along the Liberty Bridge, a suspension bridge over the river, or sit down on a swing bench and read a book. The multi-use facility lends itself to a wide variety of activities, whether you live there or are just visiting.
Mice on Main
No need to be scared of these little guys. Mice statues are hidden all over downtown Greenville as part of other, larger statues or hanging out by themselves. The statues were part of a scavenger hunt designed by a high school senior as a gift to Greenville. Trying to track them down would be entertaining for kids and adults alike.
If you are a music fan, stop by The Brown Street Club, a cozy refined jazz club located in the heart of downtown Greenville. Located on the bottom floor of the historic Brown Street Antiques building just off of Main Street, they offer drink specials Tuesday-Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where to shop
Most items at this Greenville shop are made by indigenous artisans in developing third world countries. Discover the art of handmade as you view home furnishings made of wood, iron and clay. The unique line of jewelry comes from the countries of Uganda, Liberia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Peru and Mexico, as well as a full line of shoes, hats, bags, belts, and other exciting accessories. This is one of 12 locations in the U.S.
Where to eat
The Cazbah is a tapas restaurant and wine bar in Greenville. The walls are adorned with local artwork giving it an atmosphere which is modern and sleek. The tapas-style meal provides dishes perfect for sharing and tailor-made for enjoying slowly with a glass (or bottle) of wine. Dishes range in style from Asian-inspired to traditional American. The menu changes quarterly, so there is always a chance to try something new.
Located on Main Street in Downtown Greenville, Grille 33 may look like your average burger joint. But their menu heeds something you won’t find just anywhere: The donut burger. Before you scoff at the idea of a hamburger served on a donut, you should try it. The soft, glazed piece of dough combines with the beef patty in a way that you wouldn’t expect.
Luna Rosa Gelato Café is located at 9 West Washington Street right off Main Street. They offer a variety of artisan gelato, made fresh daily in the café. The gelato has been hailed as the best in the United States and the locals will attest to that.
Treat yourself to freshly baked desserts, muffins, and cupcakes in dozens of delectable flavors. Located 120 North Main Street in downtown Greenville. The bakery offers daily desserts, a rotating menu featuring certain flavors each day of the week.
Where to stay
The only four-diamond hotel in Greenville, guests of the Westin Poinsett will find themselves at an unbeatable location, just a few blocks from over 50 shops and restaurants as well as The Peace Center for the Performing Arts and Falls Park. Constructed in 1925, the hotel boasts historic 1920’s charm with modernized facilities.
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