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VOL11ISS1 2015

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 11 — ISSUE 1 24 GREENVILLE Greenville Offers Food, Festivals, and the Outdoors BY LORI SONDOV Take a walk down a winding suspended wonder known as the Liberty Bridge. Pause and take in your surroundings. On one side, a waterfall cascades over multitudes of rocks; while on another, the Reedy River shares center stage with the lushness of Falls Park, stone walkways and beautiful fora. Find a swing or spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch. Take a stroll or go for a run. Greenville has this gorgeous setting in its downtown area to offer visitors and so many more features to entice newcomers to call this unforgettable city home. In addition to beautiful Falls Park, there are many other scenic spots, restaurants, arts and entertainment venues, shops, museums, bicycling, baseball, hockey, a zoo, and activities galore that combine to make Greenville an adventure for all ages. Its climate lends itself to being a nice spot to retire as well. With a rejuvenated main street that has won awards for being among the best in the nation, Greenville offers an endless selection regarding matters of the plate and palate. Greenville is recognized as a 'foodie' town with new and tantalizing restaurants opening up on a regular basis in the downtown and surrounding areas. From the casual comfort of Mellow Mushroom to the carnivorous climate of Larkin's on the River, and from old favorites like Never on Sunday and Coffee Underground to new friends like American Grocery and Roost, there is absolutely something to please everyone. In fact, there are over 90 restaurants within walking distance in the downtown area. An exciting way to experience Greenville's dining scene is to take an "At the Chef's Table Culinary Tour." Greenville History Tours and nationally recognized Table 301 have partnered to create the frst tour of its kind in the Upstate area. There are fve dining destinations on the tour, and each offers an opportunity to meet the chef and dine at his or her table. In addition to getting to meet the chefs, you also get to experience cooking demonstrations, go behind- the-scenes with a kitchen visit, eat in elegant private dining areas and more. While on the tour, you will also learn more about Greenville's rich history, culture and architecture. The culinary tour stops frst at Soby's on the Side or The Loft at Soby's followed by a visit to The Nose Dive, Greenville's only gastropub. Then, it is on to Soby's New South Cuisine to sample an eclectic blend of contemporary, international and traditional cuisines. A fourth stop fnds the tour at Passarelle Bistro to sample food inspired by French cuisine. The tour concludes at Lazy Goat for a tasty dessert. Those in need of refreshments of the liquid kind will fnd that Greenville has much to offer in that department as well. A new attraction is the Greenville Beer Tour, which offers stops at Brewery 85, Swamp Rabbit Brewery, Quest Brewing and Thomas Creek to sample the wares and hear the stories about how the breweries came to exist. There are plenty of places to walk or bike (or even segway) off a tasty meal. Take a trek through the aforementioned Falls Park and continue onto Cleveland Park, walk around the Peace Center for Performing Arts, or stroll over to Linky Stone Park, a hidden gem in downtown. The Linky Stone Park features a Children's Garden with beautifully captured scenes of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit, a statue of Winnie the Pooh, a small house that serves as a gingerbread house, and lots of fowers. It is located beneath a bridge whose concrete posts have all been painted different colors to add to the whimsical nature of the garden. Just beside the park is the beginning of the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Trail for bikers, runners and walkers. Need a break from the outdoors and want to head inside for awhile? Try visiting the Heritage Green area, which is still near downtown. In this one location, you can check out the newest books at the Greenville County Library, see what's playing next at the Greenville Little Theatre, and check out the exhibits at the Bob Jones University's Satellite Gallery, the Greenville County Art Museum, the Upcountry History Museum >>

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