Greenville, SC (as they say, yeah, that Greenville) has quickly become one of my favorite cities in the South. When I spent a few years working for a private-sector software vendor with a client in South Carolina, I fell in love with the quaint little city with a BIG love for delicious food!
Every year, my family and I take one or two family vacays, often to Myrtle Beach, SC. This year, our trip had a one day delay due to Hurricane Dorian, and instead of leaving home a day late, we decided to leave at our usual departure time and stay one night in Greenville, SC instead. I wanted to show my family all the things that I’ve come to love about the city!
Mom and I departed first in the Jeep, leaving our husbands to join us later. We made a beeline for one of my favorite lunch spots, The Bohemian Cafe, where I ordered my usual, an asian salmon salad. You can’t beat the home-made soy vinaigrette dressing, and the salad is dressed up with hard boiled eggs, wonton crisps, carrots and zucchini ribbons. I’m not even a salad lover generally, so you know it must be good for it to be a staple part of my Greenville diet.
After a delicious lunch, we headed for the Greenville Zoo, a small attraction just outside of downtown. While it is a very small zoo, it has an obvious focus on animal health, conservation and education, and I delighted in getting to see many of the animals up close without the crowds that are usual at my own hometown zoo. I particularly adored seeing the family of giraffes!
After a few hours in the zoo, we headed back to our hotel to meet up with the boys. The hotel of choice for me is always The Embassy Suites because of its close proximity to main street, and it’s very well appointed accommodations. After unpacking our overnight bags , we headed out for a short walking tour of the city.
One of the things I appreciate most about Greenville is that everything is centrally located, and there is always something going on to enjoy. A quick jaunt down Main Street can offer delicious dining, quaint coffee shops, boutique shopping, water features, art installments, greenways, picnic nooks, free yoga classes, history markers and more! If you’re bored in Greenville, you need to befriend a local, because honestly, the city has a little bit going on for everyone to enjoy.
Our super abbreviated Greenville tour included my top Greenville destination – Takosushi. I have never been inside city limits that I did not stop by for a meal – for me, you cannot beat the east meets west fusion! Sushi on one side, queso on the other, whats not to love? I usually order nachos and a sushi roll, but to be honest, I’ve ordered many things from the menu and have never been disappointed!
I would also be remiss if I did not mention another Greenville quirk – the Mice on Main. An art installment inspired by Goodnight Moon, the 9 life-sized mice can be found all along Main Street for those inquisitive enough to look for them. I’ve included a few that we spotted on our afternoon jaunt to dinner.