We only had 24 hours in Greenville–lunchtime to lunchtime–but we packed a lot of activity in to that time: lots of walking, followed by snacks, beer, dinner, beer, nightcap, and BISCUITS!
Ivy Acres RV Park is lovely, with large pull-through sites surrounded by forest and rolling fields. Our site had a big view of the meadow and the farm in the distance, with a nearby communal fire pit, stocked with wood and circled by chairs. Trails wind through the trees and along the river, and if you string a few laps together you can have a nice run. It’s super peaceful and scenic–but apparently, as we learned from the campground info sheet waiting for us on the office door when we arrived, the park is for campers 45+ years old! We acted extra mature. 🙂 The campground is about a 12-minute drive from downtown.
I swear we didn’t know it ahead of time, but next to the first brewery we visited there’s a White Duck Taco Shop! If you’ve read any of our Asheville or Johnson City posts, you know about our love for White Duck tacos. We each just got a single taco as a snack and they were so good.
We only had one dinner in Greenville and based on internet restaurant reviews, we picked Soby’s. It’s a huge, bustling, chilly (at least that evening) space, and the food was pretty good, but didn’t make us jump for joy.
The best thing about eating at Soby’s was that on the drive there we saw that Greenville has a Biscuit Head! You may have read about our first Biscuit Head experience last time we were in Asheville, and we took a different approach this time, getting breakfast platters instead of biscuit sandwiches, so we could better enjoy all the goodies on the butter and jam bar. Yum!
Birds Fly South is the huge, popular brewery next door to White Duck Tacos. They have a fantastic dog-friendly patio, and you can order from White Duck and have your tacos delivered to your table at the brewery. BFS specializes in sours and farmhouse ales, which aren’t our favorite styles, and while we found the IPA too Belgian-y for our tastes, we liked the saisons and especially enjoyed the pale ale.
We had a flight of unique beers at Upstate Craft Beer Co, including a strawberry milkshake IPA, a white ale with rosemary and fruit, and Butterbeer. The beers were very sweet–we wouldn’t be able to drink a full pour–but really fun to try. The taproom had a cool industrial feel, and the scene was super laid back and friendly.
We love a bottle shop, and Greenville Beer Exchange did not disappoint. The small space is packed full of interesting local, regional, national, and international beers, with a bunch available on draft to sip while you browse.
The Birds Fly South bartenders recommended the upstairs bar at Nosedive for cocktails, so we finished the night there. Our drinks were tasty but super sugary. Good for dessert, I guess.
Those guys also recommended The Velo Fellow for drinks, but we ran out of time this trip and didn’t get there.
Downtown Greenville is full of (mostly chain) shops and restaurants, and we preferred the trail by the river to the storefront sidewalks. The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 20 mile greenway system along the Reedy River, and we walked a couple miles on the popular downtown section from Reedy Falls Park. We saw lots of dogs, bikes, runners, and sunbathers along the path. Greenville’s lucky to have such a nice trail system!