Greenville’s revitalized downtown means you can park your car and not need it again until you’re packing up your purchases – and leftovers – days later. Varied downtown accommodations options, dining, shopping and event venues make Greenville (www.visitgreenvillesc.com) perfect for a winter excursion in search of that holiday spirit.
The city’s new destination page on its website (www.visitgreenvillesc.com/VISIT) helps you create the perfect getaway. Are you a foodie or are you interested in the arts, outdoors, more time with family, or great places to shop for the holidays? The VISIT page includes featured itineraries written by locals, plus self-guided tours and signature experiences.
New Greenville restaurants include Passerelle Bistro (www.passerelleinthepark.com; from the Table 301 group); Rick’s Deli & Market (www.rickerwinsdeli.com; of Rick Erwin’s West End Grille fame); Tupelo Honey Café (www.tupelohoneycafe.com), Grill Marks (www.marksburgers.com), Sip (www.siprooftop.com) and Bacon Brothers (www.baconbrospublichouse.com).
The downtown shopping scene has exploded with the addition of new options including Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers and more at the new “One” Main Street Building (www.onegreenville.com); Spiritex (www.spiritex.net), featuring organic clothing designed in Asheville; Southern Fried Cotton (www.southernfriedcotton.com); the Spice and Tea Exchange (www.spiceandtea.com); and great culinary shopping and classes at Charleston Cooks! (www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com). Downtown’s classic Mast General Store (www.mastgeneralstore.com) can also provide one-stop gift shopping. The Holiday Fair, Dec. 5-7 at the TD Convention Center, features more than 300 crafters and commercial vendors from 15 states (www.holidayfairgreenville.com).
This winter, the newest offering from Greenville History Tours (www.greenvillehistorytours.com) is the Southern Foods tour. A culinary and history tour through Greenville’s West End will feature five stops where you can experience iconic Southern flavors, with everything from fried green tomatoes to oysters to New Orleans-style. Greenville History Tours features an array of other offerings.
For family winter fun, Ice on Main (www.iceonmain.com) runs Thanksgiving weekend through early February and features an 80-by-45-foot open-air ice skating rink in the heart of downtown. The Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade (www.greenvillesc.gov) is a favorite local tradition that kicks off the start of the holiday season Dec. 7. The 2013 Downtown Greenville Holiday Happening (www.visitgreenvillesc.com) features 10 days of downtown holiday shopping specials, holiday decorations and lights, restaurant promotions, hotel package specials, giveaways, and Santa and elf sightings all along Main Street.
Other winter/holiday events include Hollywild Animal Park Holiday Lights Safari (Nov. 23-Jan. 4; www.hollywild.com) and Roper Mountain Holiday Lights (Nov. 28-Dec. 30; www.ropermountainholidaylights.com).