Long known as a respite for weary drovers and early settlers in the 1800s, the town of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, served as the perfect stop between travelers and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thanks to revitalization efforts that began in 2006 along with the development of the Swamprabbit Trail, a rail bed turned trail connecting the city of Greenville and Travelers Rest, or “TR” as it is affectionately abbreviated, is burgeoning with new forms of respite—luxury accommodations, outdoor adventures along the Reedy River, and a growing list of dining options. Plan a weekend to the upcountry. Travelers Rest is just a scenic two hours southwest of Charlotte.
Greenville Health Systems Swamprabbit TrailWhether hiker or biker, the GHS Swamprabbit Trail is a 17.5-mile trail extending across Greenville County and open to all outdoor enthusiasts. The trail has been instrumental in revitalizing the areas between Greenville and Travelers Rest. Explore the natural beauty and stop and refuel at one of the many local businesses that dot the trail. www.greenvillerec.com/swamprabbit
Sunrift Adventures1 Center St.: Grab your gear for the many adventures awaiting you in Travelers Rest at this downtown outfitter. Sunrift will help you hop on the Swamprabbit Trail by bike or grab fishing gear and a canoe for a day on the river. www.sunrift.com
Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse 2 S. Main St.: Brad and Kristen Hartman wanted to share their philosophy of “together is better” with the growing community in Travelers Rest. The husband and wife team embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to open their Main Street coffee shop and creperie this past summer. Find artisan crepes, both sweet and savory, made with hand-ground flour along with craft coffee beverages for the perfect start to your day in TR. www.tandemcc.com
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Trailblazer Park235 Wilhelm Winter St.: Listen to live music with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Amphitheater at Trailblazer Park. A relatively new performing arts venue, Trailblazer Park is also host to the Travelers Rest Farmers Market in the warmer months through October. Find local produce, meats, baked goods, jams and jellies, cut flowers, and more. www.trailblazerpark.com
Cafe at Williams Hardware 13 S. Main St.: Sisters Joyce and Nancy McCarrell grew up in Travelers Rest enjoying the simple pleasures of small town life. After venturing out into the world, the sisters made a collective decision to return to their hometown to build community. Inside Williams Hardware store, you’ll find a sweet, southern cafe and local gift shop. www.cafeatwilliamshardware.com