What to do in Greenville

While South Carolina is known for the sights and bustle of Charleston, the town of Greenville, just three hours away, makes its own noise. The art and design community leads the charming town with initiatives that push into the future, from a one-of-a-kind Nature Playscape to an award-winning dining scene.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the city to judge Artisphere, on a tour with Visit Greenville, and I haven’t stopped praising it ever since. Everywhere I went I encountered creatives, art lovers young and old, and endless shopping opportunities for art and decoration. While exploring, I visited historic Greenville neighborhoods, restaurants, and small business owners who take the pulse of the city. Below, I’ve listed the must-see places to visit in Greenville with the help of interior designers and artists. Put this city on your list of 2023 road trip destinations and get ready for a memorable trip full of culture and surprises.


Where to stay

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Greenville has some of the most scenic waterfalls in America. If you stay at the Grand Bohemian, you can admire one right from your window! It is Greenville’s first luxury boutique hotel overlooking a 350-foot single-cable suspension bridge that winds over natural waterfalls. Interior designer Danielle Walter of Diggs Designs says, “From the huge stone fireplace in the entryway, with its rich wood accents, to the patio where you can relax amidst the treetops, you will have the feeling of being immersed in nature on the banks of our very own Reedy River.

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For an immersive and intimate look at life as a local, Diggs suggests Room + Revival’s Pettigru House located in historic Pettirgru Street in Greenville (you’ll swoon over the glass patio doors).I believe it is essential to keep as much historical integrity as possible when approaching a design project. This particular home was built in 1904. Though updated to feel fresh and modern with marble accents, a soothing palette, and luxurious touches, its bones still shine brightly,” says Walter.

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AC Hotel

This hotel is perfect for anyone looking for a “big city” feel. Of the five restaurants available, you have to check out Juniper, the rooftop bar designed like a whimsical garden. “The atmosphere is upbeat, the design is innovative with a European flair, and you immediately feel welcomed. The location is also phenomenal, as it’s right in the heart of downtown and within walking distance of everything vibrate our city,” says Walter.

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Centrally located but away from all the hustle and bustle, artist Michelle Jardines of Oyé Studios’ favorite place to stay is Modal. It’s a bespoke twenty-bed hostel and art gallery that attracts traveling artisans, couples, or curious travelers looking for a communal space. The rooms are arranged in bunk beds (or private rooms) and there are many hotel rooms to make your stay enjoyable.

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Where to eat and drink

I dined at this amazing, globally-inspired American restaurant two nights in a row only to come up with one dessert: Thai Tea Creme Brule. The restaurant is lively and the perfect place if you’re looking to meet new people or sit front row in the bar kitchen. The colorful menu curated by Drew Erickson, Diego Campos and Matt Bolero changes seasonally, but it’s a welcome surprise for anyone looking for something new, elevated and yet full of comfort.

Want a revisited Italian? Walter suggests visiting jianna for a memorable evening overlooking Falls Park and tons of people watching. “As an Italian who cooks all the time, the menu never fails to impress me,” she shares. “Order the ricotta crostini with truffle honey and fleur de sel or the potato gnocchi with smoked bacon. They melt in your mouth!”

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For an amazing casual al fresco dining experience, visit this outdoor food court located in the downtown West End. A collection of food and drink vendors, from the Greeneville Beer Exchange to Hendough’s Chicken & Donuts, have settled around the property, interspersed with playgrounds and plenty of covered seating. It’s a great place to go with friends – mine came back the day after our first visit for the second round. (The frosé and margarita flights were a hit.)

If you’re fighting the urge to ask your server what he likes on the menu, don’t hold back at The Anchorage. Although booking a reservation is competitive, once you taste the food you will understand why. The farm-to-table restaurant is contemporary and eclectic, with options like yellowfin ceviche and traditional pork and walnut ravioli. Having trouble choosing? Opt for the tasting table, a four-course meal that you Oh and ah throughout the meal. The whole team is kind and accommodating, sparking conversation whether you’re at a table for two or with a large group.

End your weekend with brunch at Stella’s Southern Brasserie, one of Greenville’s favorites. Interior designer Allison Smith says, “Greenville has had so many wonderful restaurants over the years, but I always come back to two brunches: Fork and Plow and Stella’s Southern Brasserie. »

Walter loves to dine at Pomegranate on Main for a true Persian dining experience. “The flavor profiles are rich, the service is welcoming and it feels like a boutique restaurant in New York. I love their marinades and everything is so fresh! I’m hungry thinking about it” , she exclaims.

Taco Tuesday can last all week if you’re craving traditional street tacos or chorizo ​​smashburgers. The neighborhood where the restaurant is located is a food desert; every Thanksgiving, free meals are served while they last.

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It’s hard to resist a shopping spree at Roost Interiors and Gifts, where Smith says you’ll find accessories and decorative items to enhance your home.

Smith also enjoys shopping at Twigs, a flower shop offering home decorations. “Their store display is a must-have if you’re visiting during the holidays! I always ask them to make a beautiful floral arrangement to bring to my clients when I’m putting the finishing touches on a project,” Smith shares.

Visit Walter’s interior design store, curated with a collection of global, eclectic and chic home décor pieces and gifts. “From hand-blocked linens in India, to framed vintage African fronds, to the finest cold-pressed olive oil in southern Tuscany…our hope is to bring joy and enliven your home with items you won’t find anywhere else in upstate South Carolina,” she says.

Beautiful houseThe team can’t get enough of the magic of We Took Into the Woods – it’s one of our best furniture stores in America! The boutique is open seasonally, so be sure to stop by and stock up on gifts for family and friends.

Walter can’t stop singing the praises of this idyllic store either: “The atmosphere stimulates all your senses and takes you on an adventure. As a designer, I am inspired every time I walk into this store. feeling of being in a cabin in the woods at that time. The shop balances old and new beautifully. It’s intimate, moody and gives all the right vibes.

Clear your Saturday morning to browse treasure troves of antiques and vintage finds. Walter explains, “Upon entering, your mind goes into treasure hunt mode in what seems like an endless number of rooms full of century-old pieces. You want to leave no corner untouched! Prices vary and there is something for every budget. , which is always a plus.

Where to explore

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Oye Studio

Walking down the street, you might expect this mid-century church to only be open on Sundays and public holidays, but it’s actually the workspace of a vibrant group of artists . Entering is a one-of-a-kind experience – the building once slated for demolition has been brought back to life by a generation of visionaries from various disciplines. Michelle Jardines, a resident space artist, explains, “The mission of Oyé Studios is dedicated to practice, artistic fellowship and cross-pollination, and to a constructive effect in the Greenville community.”

The group is made up of 12 artists (some local, some transplanted): Michelle Jardines, Dorothy Shain, Rey Alfonso, Patricia DeLeon, Genna and Signe Grushovenko, Jeffrey Leder, Glory Day Loflin, Taylor Adams, Everett King Waldrep, Kelly Grant Bertrand, Christopher Rico and Keith Seitz. I walked through each artist’s room, in awe of the craftsmanship, welcoming spirit and humility. If you are interested in an exhibition, the purchase of works or a visit, go to their website, oyestudiogvl.com.

Greenville confronts its racial history by following through on a promise made in 1939 and a call for reconciliation between what were two separate parks. The park represents inclusivity, a memory of the past, and hope for the city’s future. Unity Park opened in May with 60 acres of land now lined with playgrounds, a memorial, train tracks, water features and more.

Plan an evening with family and friends at Group Therapy. It’s the perfect place to have fun with indoor mini-golf, ax throwing, table tennis, ice curling, karaoke, trivia games and bingo.

Fall Parks on the Reedy

It’s impossible to walk around town and not hit the scenic nature trails in Greenville. “With enchanting waterfalls, hiking trails, a walkway and gardens throughout, there’s a sense of serenity wherever you go. The waterfalls are right in the middle of downtown, so it’s truly an urban oasis” , shares Walter.


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