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Top Things to Do in Charming Greenville, South Carolina

With an emphasis on green spaces and a revitalized downtown, Greenville is a Southern destination worth exploring.

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Greenville, South Carolina

Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina, is known for natural beauty and Southern charm. A commitment to the environment and attracting families and tourism led to the clean-up and transformation of the Reedy River that runs through downtown and which has become a popular, beautifully landscaped public park in the heart of the city.

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A Busy Main Street

What’s a small town without its Main Street? With an abundance of restaurants, ice cream shops and boutique stands, Main Street has a little something for everyone and is no sleepy town. Reminders of Greenville’s connection to the great outdoors and its Falls Park are obvious highlights in town, with water fountains and water features throughout. For a real treat, order a scoop or two from Spill the Beans, Greenville’s coffee house and creamery, located right at the entrance to Falls Park on the Reedy River. Lined with boutique shops and restaurants, Greenville's downtown is a slice of Southern charm. Make sure to visit Oil & Vinegar Greenville, which will up your foodie game. Go deep into Greenville's preppy vibe with a visit to Rush Wilson Limited, a multi-generational family menswear business with a charming staff offering brands such as Barbour, Peter Millar, Johnnie-O and H. Goose, Smathers and Branson, Armin Oehler and a nice selection of colognes including the St. John's line. Further down Main don't miss Vintage Now Modern, a treasure trove of antiques of every sort from furniture to matchbooks, Annie Sloan chalk paint and a selection of bespoke candles. It is almost impossible to leave without finding something you want. And across the way, Le Petit Croissant is run by exacting Frenchman Vincent Caradonna who sends boxes of his handmade truffles to high-flyers around the world. Locals line up every morning for the fresh croissants — get there early to snag one. Vincent also runs popular chocolate-making classes you'll need to sign up for well in advance to secure your spot.

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Grand Bohemian Lodge Greenville

Part of the boutique Autograph collection, the Southern-based Grand Bohemian hotel chain features properties in Asheville, Charlotte, Greenville and more. The Greenville location is a stand out within the brand for its cozy-mountain-chic design and glorious views of the Reedy River. A gracious lobby features a huge, 360-degree fireplace and a wall of vintage books for guests to peruse. Seats on the porch are coveted for a morning coffee or evening glass of wine. Rooms are comfortable, well-appointed and perfect for a romantic weekend or an activity-filled family trip, and the lodge's location in the midst of Falls Park means you can walk to Main Street, the Swamp Rabbit Trail and a variety of sites and activities without ever needing a car.

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Fox/Hound Restaurant

Helmed by former Charleston-based chef William LeaMond, the chef-driven menu and idiosyncratic decor at Fox and Hound make it a Greenville must-visit. Situated on the Swamp Rabbit Trail in the Hampton Station development, Fox/Hound features fresh, farmer's market ingredients: You'll feel like you've never truly tasted a beet or a strawberry until you sample the ones served here. William oozes foodie cool and genuine hospitality and his obvious pride in his food and adopted hometown are infectious.

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