As a newcomer to Greenville, you can bet everything catches my eye. My camera roll is stocked with photos of every building, flower and duck who calls The Falls their home. Coming from South Florida, I appreciate Greenville because the trees don’t resemble palm trees and I can experience every season.
With fresh eyes, it’s only right for me to share the places that have inspired me to call Greenville home.
Here is my newcomer’s guide to Greenville:
It’s only right for me to start with The Donut Experiment because who doesn’t feel motivated by donuts? Whenever I go somewhere new, the first item on my to do list is scope out a donut shop. This donut shop ranks highly recommended compared so, of course, I checked it out. The combinations are endless with fruity pebbles, bacon, sprinkles, Reese’s pieces, etc. You name it, they have it. Not only are the donuts delicious, but the atmosphere in the shop is quaint and colorful. Two things that will always be on trend. Better yet, The Donut Experiment offers daily flavors of coffee that could inspire you to venture away from your favorite Starbucks drink. Cherry coffee, anyone?
2. Biscuit Head
If you are tempted by eye catching logos, Greenville’s food scene will tug you into every eatery. Every restaurant has decor that makes it impossible not to take photos. Some restaurants have doors hanging on the walls and plants blooming at every table. While others carry on the sleek modern design with all white everything. Biscuit Head is still new to Greenville and has every dish that a biscuit lover would die for. In the south, is there anyone who would pass on a buttery biscuit? Biscuit Head specialized in their variety of gravies and bacon of the day. Creativity is dripping from the ceilings with unique light fixtures that are all different, just like the coffee mugs they have. Messages and drawings cover the walls and floors giving guests no time to wonder how long they’ve been waiting.
Runners, joggers, dog walkers, bikers, and stroller-pushers are welcome here. If wandering isn’t your thing, don’t worry! The trail has various playgrounds, a beach volleyball court, Greenville Health System work out machines, and benches for those who are more the “sit and watch” type. There is a dose of sunny and shady areas which are nice for those smoldering hot southern days. Whether you are training for your next half marathon or need some fresh air while drinking your morning coffee, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is sure to be your cure.
I finally pulled the trigger to move to Greenville after realizing I could visit the Falls whenever I wanted. It’s the perfect calm to the hustle and bustle of the city. You are sure to find locals having picnics and photographers using the waterfall as the perfect backdrop to their photo sessions. If that’s not a good sign then I don’t know what is. It is the one place where every photo turns out stunning and Instagram-worthy.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, it doesn’t take much to inspire me. A pretty view, donuts, and a cup coffee are the best equation. The best time to visit downtown is Friday and Saturday nights when a street music artists line the sidewalk. During the week, Main Street is pleasantly filled with locals enjoying dinner, or just up for a nightly stroll. The Wyche Pavillion is such a gorgeous spot to people watch. At night, the ceiling is lined with stunning string lights. Greenville sure knows how to give locals and visitors a good photo op.