Yeah, that Greenville. It’s better than ever. City tourism officials unveiled a new, interactive, and socially driven website – www.visitgreenvillesc.com – anchored by the tag, “Yeah, that Greenville.” The site is perfect for visitors to plan one day or five, with plenty of ways to find events, restaurants and build itineraries.
Greenville is also tastier than ever, with restaurant news always on the menu. Recent highlights include: Table 301’s Passerelle Bistro ( www.passerelleinthepark.com) overlooking Falls Park; another popular Tupelo Honey Café ( www.tupelohoneycafe.com) location downtown in the new ONE building; Michelin star chef Emmanuel Hodencq at Rick’s Deli & Market ( www.rickerwinsdeli.com); Anthony Gray’s “powered by bacon” hotspot, Bacon Bros Public House ( www.baconbrospublichouse.com); Gerard Cribbin’s relaunched Coal Fired Bistro & Wine Bar ( www.coalfiredbistro.com); and table-side sangria service at SIP Tasting Room & Rooftop Lounge ( http://bit.ly/1fOyLkB). In June, German cult brand Vom Foss ( www.vomfassusa.com) will open its first South Carolina location. There are also two new Greenville breweries: Brewery 85 ( www.brewery85.com) and Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom ( http://bit.ly/1d1sLRh).
Greenville History Tours ( www.greenvillehistorytours.com) just launched a culinary tour called “Tastes of the South,” which takes you to five hotspots for a flavor of Southern cuisine. This tasty tour is great for individuals and groups, as are other tours like “At the Chef’s Table Culinary Tour,” “South Main Street Walking Tour,” “West End Walking Tour,” “Art on Main Street Tour,” and “Downtown Driving Tour.”
Artisphere (May 9-11; www.artisphere.us) is a nationally renowned art festival that brings more than 45,000 visitors and receives more than 800 applicants nationwide hoping to receive one of 120 spots in 17 categories. Artisphere’s Culinary Arts Café features a wide variety of Greenville restaurant vendors. After sampling local foods, relax at the café and enjoy the region’s best blues bands.
Aloft (May 23-26; www.aloft.org) at Heritage Park in Simpsonville is one of the largest hot air balloon and entertainment festivals in the Southeast.
Gallabrae (May 30-31; www.gallabrae.com), a tribute to the region's Celtic forebears, includes a parade, music, athletic competition and dancing.
Chautauqua History Alive Festival: Rising to the Occasion (June 13-22; http://bit.ly/1hGKAcr) features nonstop living history and fun for the entire family. There’s a different show outdoors each night, and more indoors during the day. Spectators can re-live those decisive moments when Harry Truman, Clara Barton, Patrick Henry and Robert Smalls step out of obscurity to “Rise to the Occasion.” Performed by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters, the events will take place in several locations. Lynn Seldon