Greenville, SC

The top 16 things to do in Greenville, South Carolina

by Allen Tate Companies

Greenville — with its bustling art scene, bike-friendly attitude, colorful architecture and Southern hospitality — is rising the charts as one of the most desirable places to visit in the country. It’s also one of America’s fastest-growing cities, drawing thousands of people every year who are eager to call this thriving town home.

Whether you live here or you’re just visiting, there is so much to keep you entertained. So much, in fact, that it can be tough to decide what to do first. We rounded up a list of the top 16 things to do in the area, from wineries to outdoor activities and everything in between. How many can you check off this list?

Take in the views at Falls Park on the Reedy

Falls Park on the Reedy

Photo courtesy of the City of Greenville Parks & Recreation

This exquisite natural oasis anchors the city of Greenville with gorgeous waterfalls, tree-lined walking trails, lush greenery and sunny spots for picnicking. It’s a wonderful spot to explore if you’d like to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a few moments, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor and recreational activities. Venture across the Liberty Bridge, which arcs over the park to offer views of the falls, and then peruse the public art and sculptures that can be found throughout.

Trek the Swamp Rabbit Trail

Swamp Rabbit Trail is one of Greenville’s must-try bucket list items, attracting more than 1,000 visitors each day to traverse the 22 miles to the nearby Travelers Rest via bike or by foot. Rent a bike from a nearby shop to try it for yourself — and if you can’t make the full distance, you can always turn around! It’s an ideal way to get some exercise and view the local scenery.

Marvel at the Greenville County Museum of Art

Greenville County Museum of ArtPhoto courtesy of the Greenville County Museum of Art

If you’re a fan of art — or if you just like looking at pretty things — the Greenville County Museum of Art is a must. The museum is considered to be the premier American art museum in the South, and is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth. You’ll find impressive collections of prints, painting and sculptures throughout, and you’ll leave with a comprehensive idea of American artwork with a particular emphasis on the South and the Carolinas.

Adventure in Paris Mountain State Park

Located just north of the city, Paris Mountain State Park is a 1,540-acre paradise featuring seemingly endless hiking and biking trails, canoe and kayak rentals, and plenty of spots to sit and take in the views. If you’re looking to extend your day trip, consider booking a campsite for the weekend — there are dozens available.

See a show at the Peace Center

The Peace Center is the hub of cultural life in upstate South Carolina, featuring a 2,100-seat concert hall, a state-of-the-art amphitheater, and a 400-seat theater. The center plays host to hundreds of events per year, so on any given night, you’ll find something to entertain you! Peruse the event calendar to plan your next outing.

Take the family to Frankie’s Fun Park

Frankies Fun Park

Photo courtesy of Frankie’s Fun Park

There’s something fun for people of all ages at Frankie’s Fun Park. This fun center features more than 100 arcade games, a go-kart course, virtual reality games, laser tag, a fun house, a batting cage, amusement park rides, bumper boats and the best mini golf course in town. Bring the whole family to explore, but keep in mind you might need more than a few hours!

Learn something at the Roper Mountain Science Center

There’s always something new to learn at the Roper Mountain Science Center. Come experience the on-site butterfly garden, the living history farm, the nature trails, the hall of natural science and so much more! The planetarium is one of the center’s best attractions and is home to the nation’s seventh largest telescope.

Attend a comedy show at Cafe and Then Some

If you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned belly laughs, look no further! Since 1979, Cafe and Then Some has been performing for the citizens of Greenville. Book a night out with the unabashedly silly comedy troupe, and enjoy a wacky show and a delicious meal to go with it. Shows take place nightly Wednesday through Saturday.

Go horseback riding at Black Horse Run

Photo courtesy of Black Horse Run

Located on the outskirts of Greenville County, Black Horse Run is a little piece of the Old West tucked away in a picturesque setting. You have the chance to experience it all for yourself on horseback with a guided trail ride from one of the professionals. Explore the country trails, wooded areas, trickling creeks and scenic meadows — all levels of experience are welcome!

Eat your way through Greenville on a culinary tour

Greenville boasts a wide selection of globally-inspired fare prepared by award-winning chefs. Experience the best of our culinary scene by embarking on the At the Chef’s Tabletour with Greenville History Tours. This three-hour tour will take you to five delicious restaurants and will give you fascinating insights into Greenville’s rich history, culture and architecture.

Go on a self-guided brewery tour

And as much as we love our food here, we might love our beer even more! Craft beer aficionados will love the chance to explore Greenville’s local beer scene. Our city is dotted with them — and each boasts a different style and personality. Of course, there are way too many to experience in one day, so choose a few within easy reach and split a flight with friends at each stop. You might just find a live band (or a new favorite beer) along the way! We recommend Grateful BrewThomas Creek Brewery and Upstate Craft Beer to start.

Try locally made wine at City Scape Winery

Date Ideas in Greenville

Photo courtesy of City Scape Winery

If you prefer wine to beer, there’s something local for you, too! Head up the hill to City Scape Winery to sample wines inspired by the local landscape and vinted in the cellars on site. The winery is owned by husband-and-wife team Josh and Deb Jones, who will happily welcome you onto the premises! The pair has traveled to Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Willamette Valley, Spain, Portugal and Italy to learn more about the craft and provide their guests with the best-tasting product possible. Come sample the selection while taking in the picturesque views of the Greenville skyline and keep an eye out for the couple’s adorable pet pig while you’re there.

Grab a bite at Soby’s

It’s tough to avoid picking a favorite restaurant when Soby’s is in the mix. Situated in a renovated 1800s historic cotton mill in the heart of downtown Greenville, the restaurant offers an unbeatable atmosphere with fun decor and rustic touches — and the outdoor patio is a great spot for people watching. Get a true taste of the South with a modern twist and accompany anything on the menu with a hand-crafted cocktail or a selection from the extensive wine list.

Visit the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum

Baseball fans will love visiting the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum. Located in the house where the baseball legend lived and died, the museum honors the life of a man who maintained an unheard-of batting average of .356 and who is known for fixing the World Series. He was one of the most beloved ball players of all time, and even if you’re unfamiliar with the name, the museum is a sight worth seeing!

Dine at The Lazy Goat

The Lazy GoatPhoto courtesy of The Lazy Goat

The Lazy Goat is a universal favorite among Greenville locals and visitors alike, offering picturesque views of the river, upscale Mediterranean cuisine and inventive cocktails. Settle with loved ones at one of the community tables and order an assortment of shareables inspired by the cultures of Spain, Italy, Morocco, France, Greece, the Middle East and North Africa.

Experience Greenville’s Wild Side at the Greenville Zoo

The Greenville Zoo has been serving the area since 1960 and is a beloved gathering place for Greenville families. Nestled within Cleveland Park, the zoo spans 14 acres and houses interesting species from all over the world! Plus, there are picnic areas and volleyball courts onsite for enjoying the gorgeous Greenville weather.

Enjoy your time in Greenville!

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Courtesy of the Allen Tate

 

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Jalapeno Burgers

 

I may be a real estate agent by profession, but when it comes to hobbies and trying different things, food is definately on top of the list.  I’m going to show you how to make a mouth watering Jalapeño burger, mixed with a Jalapeño cheese blend, then topped with bacon, mushrooms, Swiss and Havarti cheese.

I don’t like having my kitchen smell like fried foods, so everything is being cooked on the grill, then after the cheese is topped I place them in the oven on 400º to let the cheese melt.

Ingredients:

2 Lbs ground beef.

2 fresh Jalapeños

Mexican Cheese blend, apprx. 1 cup

Swiss cheese Singles

Havarati Cheese singles

One pack bacon

One pack sliced mushrooms

Salt and pepper to taste

Parchment paper (optional)

In a large bowl, cut two jalapeño peppers lengthwise, remove the seeds, then dice thin and add then to the ground beef.  Add about 1 cup of jalapeño Mexican cheese blend and sprinkle in a little salt and pepper to taste. Mix all together, use your hands to mix more evenly.

I use parchment paper to form the patties.  Using the parchment paper is optional but it helps to shape them better. The patty size is also optional. After forming the patties, place them on the side and cover with the parchment paper.

For the bacon and mushrooms, keep it all outdoors!  If you have a side burner on the grill, light it up and place a iron cast skillet on the burner to heat up.  You can use a regular skillet, be careful not to burn the plastic handle. Start cooking the bacon by laying down a few slices at a time, removing excess fat after you remove the cooked bacon and before you place the uncooked back in the pan. I keep a bowl to drain the fat by carefully removing the skillet from the heat and tilting it sideways above the bowl.  Keep the cooked bacon in a small dish, and covered to keep warm.  Mid way to you completing the bacon, turn on the grill burners to heat the grill for the burgers.

Add the mushrooms to the iron skillet, and place the burgers on the grill and close the lid.  Neither one takes long to cook.  While stirring the mushrooms, keep an eye on the burgers.  Let the burgers char on one side, flip over, and let them char on the other.  How long you cook is a matter of taste and preference, whether you want them well done or medium.

Once the burgers are cooked, place them on a sheet pan line with aluminum foil.  Take all your ingredients inside and lets assemble!

Preheat your oven to 400º.  While the oven is preheating, place mushrooms on each burger, then top each burger with two slices of bacon, one slice of Swiss cheese and one slice of Havarti.  If the oven has preheated, place the burgers in for about 8 minutes until the cheese has melted.

Take out of the oven and enjoy our your favorite hamburger bun and favorite condiments, and of course if you like tomatoes and lettuce.

 

 

Blowing Rock, NC

Make it a day trip or spend the night; enjoy the charm that this small village has to offer, and escape from your hectic life to a more serene and relaxed atmosphere.

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Located inside the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock is named after the the Blowing Rock.  A tourist destination that has strong gusty winds.  I won’t give all the details about the attraction, but definitely add it to your must see and do list.  While there take the kids on a ride at Tweetsie Railroad, ski at Appalachian mountain, enjoy the numerous outdoor activities, take a picnic on the scenic parkway or just relax.  For enjoying a nice meal, I recommend Twigs, a local favorite fine dining restaurant, or take the whole family to Bistro Roca.

The town of Blowing Rock and surrounding areas offer visitors many quaint shops and dining, breath taking scenic mountain views, hiking, fishing, and the proximity to many of the state’s parks.  The drive is easy and short; take I-85 to highway 321 North and you’ll find yourself there in less than two hours.  Make it a day trip or spend the night!

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After you visit post your comments and let others know how the trip was and what you enjoyed most.

Below are some links to help you plan your adventure.

https://blowingrock.com/

http://www.townofblowingrocknc.gov/

http://www.blowingrock.org/attractions.html

 

 

Sunday Open House

Location: 19243 Kanawha Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031
Date: Sunday, July 22
Time: 11-3

Details: 

Welcome home to the highly desired Glenridge Subdivision! Freshly painted, new ceiling fans, fresh landscaping w/ irrigation. This 4 bedroom, 2.5 Bath home is MOVE IN READY, and offers a 1 year 2-10 Home Warranty! Downstairs, enjoy your oversized family room adjoining the kitchen and breakfast area. Sitting room can be used as an Office, Dining Room or maintain it as a Sitting area. Upstairs, Huge Master Bedroom and Bath with separate shower and Garden Tub. Walk-in Master Closet and 3 add’l Bedrooms and 1 bath. Extra attic storage space off master closet makes excellent space for storing Christmas and other items. Beautiful wooded backyard with patio and semi-privacy for just relaxing or cooking out! Pool is just a short walk away!

Directions:

77-exit 28 east on Catawba, South on HWY 21, left on Westmoreland,left on Washam Potts, Rt. on Ruffner, left on Victoria Blake Drive, Rt on Glavine Way, left on Kanawha. 19243 Kanawha Drive.

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Saturday Open House

Location: 143 Whispering Cove Ct., Mooresville, NC 28117
Date: Saturday, July 21
Time:  2-4

Details:

MOTIVATED SELLERS! Majestically located at the end of the cul-de-sac, this spacious executive home awaits you! Located on a private one acre wooded lot in a beautifully kept neighborhood, this home has room for everyone. Three garages! Gleaming hardwood floors with contrasting dark trim throughout the main living areas invite you in from the foyer to the great room to the huge kitchen and beyond to the keeping room. Main level features wide crown molding, decorative arches, picture molding, built-ins, computer niche in kitchen, drop zone, large laundry room, covered deck plus screened-in porch, master bedroom w/luxury bath and guest suite w/full bath. Upstairs, open game room,two large bedrooms each with bath, plus bonus w/bath and closet; walk-in attic storage. No rear yard neighbors, room for a pool!

Directions: 

Hwy 150 (River Hwy) to Perth Road; left on Fern Hill Road; left on Northington Woods Drive, left on Waterbury Drive, left on Whispering Cove Ct. Property is at end in cul-de-sac.

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5 Year trend analysis

This 5 year trend analysis and research model shows when listings inventory begins to drop.  Move your cursor over the lines and you’ll see the monthly dips, notice April and December during this 5 month period!

 

Open House Events

This week’s open house(s):  None planned for the week.  Below are the last ones.

Location 1: 143 Whispering Cove Ct., Mooresville, NC 28117
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Location 2: 19243 Kanawha Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031
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Dwelling Value vs. Market Value: What Are You Insuring?

An insurance company is never going to sell your home, just rebuild it. Therefore, your insurance carrier must insure the home for the amount of money it would cost to rebuild your home, not what the real estate market estimates as its worth. Market values and contracting costs differ greatly. At this point in time contracting costs exceed market values, which is part of the reason you are not seeing new homes built as often as in years prior.

Contracting costs include labor, materials, and contractor’s overhead, among other things. I hearpeople grumble about this as well, stating that it would never cost as much to rebuild their home as they are insuring it for. Insurance coverage is based on the replacement cost of your dwelling, not what it will sell for. Insuring your home for less means you may not get all the upgrades you currently enjoy, such as granite counter tops, maple or cherry cabinets, hardwood floors,

etc. Debris removal is another piece of the dwelling value puzzle that people often overlook. Most policies include coverage to remove the charred remains of your home after a fire. The cost of debris removal is significant. Local ordinance may also require the undamaged portion of your home be removed if it sustains significant damage. Each town ordinance requires demolition when a certain percentage of damage is reached, usually 60% or more. In cases like this, your dwelling value is not only covering the rebuilding of your home, it is also covering the demolition of the undamaged portion of your home as well as the cost of hauling that debris out so that your new home can be constructed.

As you can see, there is more to insuring your home than you would think. Most carriers use inflation guard to keep dwelling values in line with rising contracting costs. This is a yearly coverage increase by a certain percentage, and over time can throw your dwelling value out of whack. It is best to reassess your dwelling value with your agent every 3 to 5 years to ensureyour home’s replacement cost keeps in line with rebuilding costs.

 

Courtesy of:  Matt Barger, Allen Tate Insurance

 

 

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