One of the best things about Greenville is the sheer number of things to see, activities to do, and places to eat. If you are visiting Greenville for the first time, I’m sure you have heard about the beautiful downtown area which is not to be missed. There are lots of things to do there, but if you are tired of the usual itinerary and wanted to explore something new, something that is off the beaten path, here’s our suggestion for those who want to leave time to discover a handful of the best off-the-beaten-path – restaurants, activities, and accommodations.
Grits and Groceries
Trees, fields, and land will be your most view driving to Grits and Groceries but don’t let the rural setting put you off. The full parking lot should give you a moment to realize that many people are actually willing to drive to this ‘middle of nowhere’ just to get a taste of their cooking. This is one of the Upstate’s hidden gem and is a must visit if you are traveling through the Upstate. The restaurant is tucked away on Due West Highway in Belton. You know you’ve reached Grits and Groceries when you see a giant rooster statue. The restaurant is famous for its phenomenal food and extremely friendly service. If you are looking for an amazing culinary experience go deep into the countryside and discover this real South Carolina treat.
This place is actually part of YMCA Camp Greenville and commonly known as “Pretty Place.” You’ll see why it’s called pretty place when you see it for yourself. There is a beautiful stone chapel that sits on the edge of Cleveland Cliff. It overlooks the beautiful and scenic Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and Jones Gap State Park. The Chapel is located on private property owned by the YMCA but it is open to the public so visitors can enjoy the beauty of the place except when it is in use for a camp event. For anyone who enjoys scenic vistas and the beauty of the Carolina mountains, this is a must visit.
Red Horse Inn
Red Horse Inn is a bed and breakfast inn located in the beautiful foothills of South Carolina. If you are looking for a romantic getaway or a relaxing retreat, this is the perfect place for you. It was named Yahoo.com’s Most Romantic Weekend Getaway in South Carolina as well as Travel & Leisure’s “One of America’s Most Romantic Inns.” Red Horse Inn boasts breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains, rolling green pastures, white fences, and charming cottages tucked on acres of green grass. It’s one of Upstate’s hidden gem, a perfect place to enjoy scenic views, breathtaking sunset, and experience southern hospitality.
Another perfect getaway located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains is Hotel Domestique. It’s lovely boutique hotel offering a serene and scenic place that will make you feel as if you are in the countryside of Italy. The hotel has become a base camp for outdoor activities including cycling, golf, fishing and hiking because of its location. It is a perfect place to stay for those who like to ride, swim, eat well and enjoy scenic views. Shopping, dining, and entertainment are also just a short hop from both Greenville and Asheville.
Happy Cow Creamery is a family-owned dairy farm in Pelzer. Aside from their farm fresh milk, delicious ice cream, homemade cheese, and other locally produced products, they offer a fantastic tour where you can experience first hand how to ‘milk’ the cow. There’s also a playground for kids so they will also enjoy this trip.