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Advice for travel to South Carolina [vanity]
2009-03-16

Posted on 03/16/2009 12:26:33 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

I am going on a road trip to attend a conference in the Greenville area later this week and would appreciate any advice from South Carolina Freepers on area attractions, scenic routes, places to get good food, etc. Although I will be in the area from Thursday to Sunday, I won't have as much time as I want to visit Charleston and Fort Sumter or Atlanta, so I am restricted to Upstate. Your advice is very much appreciated.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: roadtrip; southcarolina; travel; vanity

1 posted on 03/16/2009 12:26:33 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: upchuck; SC Swamp Fox

ping


2 posted on 03/16/2009 12:26:52 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

Golf, lots and lots of golf, skip the conference and play golf...

Alright, sorry about that, I let my inner voice out again...


3 posted on 03/16/2009 12:27:57 PM PDT by gjones77
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To: rabscuttle385
Sweet Tea and Stucky’s Pecan Logs...
4 posted on 03/16/2009 12:30:07 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: rabscuttle385
WAFFLE HOUSE!!1!11
5 posted on 03/16/2009 12:31:07 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: rabscuttle385

I used to go there during the summer. I highly recommend the area up in the mountains around the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s around 30 miles from Greenville if I remember correctly. Lots of great views and scenery.


6 posted on 03/16/2009 12:31:15 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: KoRn
I highly recommend the area up in the mountains around the Blue Ridge Parkway

I'll go, but you should keep in mind that I'm fifteen minutes from the northern terminus of the Parkway. :)

7 posted on 03/16/2009 12:32:51 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

In Greenville eat at MiMi’s. Awesome restaurant. Go to the Mountains. If you eat at MiMi’s you probably won’t leave Greenville!


8 posted on 03/16/2009 12:34:32 PM PDT by Ab Alius Domitor ("In the end;the winner")
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To: rabscuttle385

Drive north to Asheville and check out the Biltmore. Gorgeous! (Only possible through greeeeeeeedy capitalism.)

www.biltmore.com

I recommend the “Rooftop Tour” for a few extra bucks. Well worth it.


9 posted on 03/16/2009 12:37:29 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: rabscuttle385

You have to see downtown, especially the falls. Greenville is very unique. Visit the BMW factory museum as well.


10 posted on 03/16/2009 12:37:51 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: rabscuttle385

I always stock up on fireworks banned in VA.


11 posted on 03/16/2009 12:38:06 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: rabscuttle385
"I'll go, but you should keep in mind that I'm fifteen minutes from the northern terminus of the Parkway."

I was about to say that I live near the parkway myself, around 200 miles from there in VA. lol

Let me know when you go, and I'll have you put your ear to the pavement while I get Ted Kennedy or some other morbidly obese person to jump up and down on the Parkway up here. We'll see if you are able to hear it. :^)

12 posted on 03/16/2009 12:39:28 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: rabscuttle385

If you’re taking 81 down and back, be mindful that there is a Nascar race in Bristol on Sunday @ 2pm.


13 posted on 03/16/2009 12:39:42 PM PDT by kaboom
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To: kaboom
If you’re taking 81 down and back, be mindful that there is a Nascar race in Bristol on Sunday @ 2pm.

Ooooh. Thanks for the heads-up. I did not know about that.

If I were traveling from Leesburg, I'd get on 81, but I'll be departing from Charlottesville and taking 29 to Greensboro.

14 posted on 03/16/2009 12:41:07 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim

15 posted on 03/16/2009 12:41:27 PM PDT by Constitution Day ('Cause this is nothing like we'd ever dreamt / Tell Sir Thomas More we've got another failed attempt)
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To: rabscuttle385
I'm not a South Carolinian, but have kinfolk there. Try to fit in a visit to the Cowpens battlefield. This was the turning point of the Revolution in the south which finally ended the war at Yorktown.

North Carolinans claim the honor belongs to the Kings Mountain battlefield, which was earlier and is within one hour's drive of Cowpens, but King's Mountain was a much smaller scale battle and involved mostly irregulars whereas Cowpens was a decisive victory between regulars. So I tend to side with the southerners in that argument.

16 posted on 03/16/2009 12:42:09 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: rabscuttle385
In Greenville- Bob Jones University Art Gallery

Charleston-

Carriage Tour or Walking Tour

South Carolina Aquarium

Ft. Sumter Tour and/or Harbor Cruise

Patriots Point Naval Museum-Yorktown Wave to me as you pass the Renaissance

Charleston Restaurants: Many good ones to choose from. Some of my favorites:
Tristan
Carolinas
Charleston Grill
Oak Steakhouse

17 posted on 03/16/2009 12:56:37 PM PDT by SC DOC
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To: rabscuttle385

Skip Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, I live 10 minutes N of Asheville, the Massachusetts and San Fransisco of the South. Greenville has some rough parts, go a little north to Saluda, if you must. It has a cute little town with some shops. If you have reached Hendersonville, it’s a good place to browse around downtown, go to the wine cellar it’s actually down a few stairs on a side street. More conservative. Stop there, steer around uber liberal Asheville, they do not deserve your money.


18 posted on 03/16/2009 1:03:57 PM PDT by momincombatboots (The last experience of the sinner is the horrible enslavement of the freedom he desired. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: rabscuttle385

Get out to the Keowee area, go up to Whitewater Falls (highest on the east coast, upper in NC, lower in SC, falls over 800 feet all said). Continue up 107 into Cashiers, make a left onto US 64 West and go into Highlands. Gorgeous views of three states, some nice restaurants, but it is off season, so check ahead. Our own FReeper Congressman Billybob is a Highlands resident. Maybe he has a recommendation for dining.

Greenville to Highlands is about an hour and half, as best I recall. Plan on the most part of a day for travel, stops, and eating.

You’ll really enjoy it if you like driving mountain roads. If you don’t, you won’t, 64 Cashiers to Highlands in particular. The overlook for Whiteside Cove is stunning, but also alarming for people who aren’t accustomed.


19 posted on 03/16/2009 1:09:30 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: rabscuttle385
IF you can, stay downtown at the Hampton Inn RIverplace, or the Westin Pointett. You will be right in the middle of all the happenings.

Eat at Soby’s, everything there is good, Southern Cuisine, they have homemade ice cream sandwiches made with cookies.

There is also a High Cotton right on the Reedy River.

Coffee Underground (on Coffee Street) has incredible desserts, I highly recommend the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie.

There are tons and tons of great restaurants on Main Street, and Main Street stays open late.

Check out beforehand and see what is playing at the Peace Center, it is a 1st class entertainment venue.

The Minor League Ballpark is downtown, it is a mini replica of Fenway Park, compete with Green Monster.

Falls Park is incredible, they have Shakespere in the Park, not sure what the schedule is, there are other festivities in the Park.

Greenville SC is one of the best cities in the Southeast, personally, I would rather go to Greenville than Charleston, and most certainly, Atlanta.

20 posted on 03/16/2009 1:16:45 PM PDT by scfirewall
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To: rabscuttle385

Watch out for rednecks *ppfffft*!


21 posted on 03/16/2009 1:38:42 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (True nobility is exempt from fear - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: Vigilanteman

Another vote for Cowpens, and King’s Mountain. If you have a little more time, there is Ninety-Six, another Rev-War Battlefield.

If you go north, take 278 and drive to Brevard, NC. A beautiful town just north of Greenville, then follow it up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, the Cradle of Forestry and the Fish Hatchery. The Fish Hatchery has one of the most spectacular views on the east coast, sitting at the bottom of John’s Rock. If you make it to the Blue Ridge Parkway, go west and stop at Yellowstone Falls, and go up to the Devil’s Courthouse. If the weather is clear you can see forever from up there.

If you go East from 278, you get to see the Pink Beds and Mount Pisgah and the Pisgah Inn. Nice places to stop also. This is all within 10 miles or so of Brevard (admittedly straight up from Brevard) and worth the drive. When I was a Boy Scout, we camped about 1000 feet below the Inn in the Pink Beds. It was a wonderful stay, up to and including the visiting Bear.


22 posted on 03/16/2009 1:49:52 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian
Brevard, NC is a great little town. Very scenic all around and well worth the drive. I've never been to Ninety-Six.

Another worthwhile side trip is the botanical gardens at Clemson University. Mom makes us take her there everytime we visit and it's never the same.

I've seen a lot of the world and the only place which comes close to matching the Carolina uplands in the variety of flora is Japan.

23 posted on 03/16/2009 2:22:03 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman; Conan the Librarian
Another worthwhile side trip is the botanical gardens at Clemson University. Mom makes us take her there everytime we visit and it's never the same.

The conference is at Clemson, so this is a perfect first place to stop at, after the conference is over.

24 posted on 03/16/2009 2:24:03 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

Be advised that the hooligans in SC think that roast pig is improved by addition of a mustard based sauce. Be sure to eat your Que in NC or VA. Other than that strange aberration, they’re generally good folks.


25 posted on 03/16/2009 2:31:09 PM PDT by Dirty_Water
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To: Dirty_Water

Mustard Based sauce is ok by me, but, I do prefer the BBQ that you get around Augusta, GA (either side of the river), centering on Sconyer’s.

Any day with a plate of BBQ is a good day, no matter what the sauce, as long as it is Hot!


26 posted on 03/16/2009 3:05:38 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: rabscuttle385

BTW, the Highway from my post is 276 not 278. 278 is a highway that runs through South South Carolina.

The drive on 276 is something to behold all the same.


27 posted on 03/16/2009 3:09:43 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: rabscuttle385
Downtown Greenville is beautiful. Visit the Riverwalk. Go to Spill the Beans...a great ice cream/coffee stop. Visit Mast General Store. If you like baseball there are numerous places about Shoeless Joe Jackson including his grave at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Enjoy your visit!
28 posted on 03/16/2009 3:18:00 PM PDT by bamafour
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To: gjones77
Golf, lots and lots of golf, skip the conference and play golf...

There was a golf course at Clemson's conference center. And, perhaps, I should have skipped out for a bit. ;-)

29 posted on 03/21/2009 5:58:20 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Ab Alius Domitor
In Greenville eat at MiMi’s. Awesome restaurant. Go to the Mountains. If you eat at MiMi’s you probably won’t leave Greenville!

My hotel is within walking distance of the Mimi's on Woodruff Road.

Tonight: the food was delicious, the price was right, the service was excellent, and the manager gave me a free tray of muffins because it was my first time at a Mimi's. It was like Carrabba's except better.

30 posted on 03/21/2009 6:00:29 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: RegulatorCountry
You’ll really enjoy it if you like driving mountain roads. If you don’t, you won’t, 64 Cashiers to Highlands in particular.

I love all roads, but I do hate deer. [Unless we're talking about deer bbq.]

31 posted on 03/21/2009 6:02:38 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Dirty_Water
Other than that strange aberration, they’re generally good folks.

Don't know about the "aberration," but you're right about the folks here in South Carolina. They are wonderful.

32 posted on 03/21/2009 6:05:26 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

Terrain is a little steep for deer, once you get out of Cashiers. Honestly. The sort of road with sheer cliff going down on the Cashiers side, overlooking Whiteside Cove, and sheer rock going up on the Highlands side. There’s even a waterfall along 64 you can (or could, been a while since I’ve been up there) drive your car behind on a turnout off the side of the highway.

At the overlook, it’s a prettier view than just about any stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, barring the Linn Cove Viaduct area near Grandfather; Only the Cherohala Skyway is better, as far as a gorgeous sweeping mountain view on the east coast, imho.


33 posted on 03/21/2009 6:33:06 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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