Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

I love exploring and writing about unexpected places. One of my favorite cities that I've visited in recent years is Indianapolis and of course I'll always have a soft spot for Cleveland. (Hm. Perhaps I have a slight obsession with the Midwest?) In Croatia, I prefer the quieter towns where I have family connections over the more touristy spots like Dubrovnik and Hvar.

That's why I jumped at the chance to visit Greenville, S.C. I love the allure of southern charm and I'd been noticing the city popping up in articles celebrating everything from its old timey, walkable Main Street to the local food scene. We spent a few days in July eating, drinking and biking our way through Greenville and loved every second of it - rain and all!

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

First, the city's Main Street completely lives up to its reputation. It's got unique architecture, delicious restaurants and shops that are more stylish than kitschy. (Though the kitschy stuff you actually want is there, too!) The area is really pedestrian-friendly and there's even a major bike path that lines downtown (more on that in an upcoming post).

Like Indianapolis, one thing I really appreciated about Greenville's downtown is that people actually live there, so there really is action all day and night. The city puts on free concerts and lively events on a regular basis. And it's also the only city in the region with a major theater, so people travel from places like Atlanta and Charlotte to see Broadway shows.

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

It's no wonder representatives from cities across the United States come to Greenville to take notes and inspiration on their downtown development. Downtown Greenville's renaissance is fairly recent, though it's a project that's been in the works for years. A major catalyst for revamping the area was the opening of the Hyatt Regency Greenville, which is where we stayed.

The Hyatt is really convenient because it basically marks the beginning of Main Street. You can easily access all of the area's best spots by foot. It's really a beautiful downtown hotel - massive, well-designed, comfortable rooms and home to one of downtown's best restaurants, Roost. Right outside the hotel's lobby is the stage for Greenville's free Downtown Alive concert series, which runs every spring and summer and features regional rock, blues, funk and cover bands.

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Destinations: Greenville, South Carolina - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

One of Greenville's biggest surprises, though? Falls Park on the Reedy. The Reedy River cuts right through downtown and ends in a rushing waterfall through the park. You can walk the trails, cross the bridge - designed by Miquel Rosales and engineered by Schlaich Bergermann - and explore the scenic overlooks and gardens. During summertime, Falls Park hosts a series of free Shakespeare plays.

I still can't believe this thing is just right there - in the middle of town! It was really impressive.

Oh, and definitely take in a long lunch at Passerelle. It's a cute French bistro in the park with really great views of the falls.

PHOTOS BY: Stjepan Alaupovic and Me!
MORE INFO: Yeah, That Greenville

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