Town Guide

Travelers Rest is more than a little stopping point along the way to somewhere more important. In fact, it’s become a destination all its own.

It’s a growing, vibrant city with a revitalized downtown and a growing economy, which includes a growing food scene. Travelers Rest’s boom in growth is thanks, in large part, to the creation and success of the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, a more than 20 mile long rails-to-trails pathway that begins just north of Travelers Rest and runs all the way into downtown Greenville and beyond.

Many folks – more than half a million every year, in fact – hop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail to walk, jog or bike from Travelers Rest to Greenville or from Greenville to Travelers Rest. It serves as a wonderful connection between the two cities.

But don’t worry. Even with all its changes, Travelers Rest still feels like the peaceful mountain town it’s always been, where there’s still enough time in the day to slow down and stop what you’re doing to watch that beautiful sunset in the sky or to grab a seat out on the porch, sweet tea in hand.

It’s the sort of place where you’re bound to see an old friend or make a new one every time you visit one of our unique restaurants, shops, attractions or lodging.

Beechwood Farms

864.836.6075

Beechwood Farms has been in business for over 50 years!

Farming is a challenging profession, as floods, droughts and freezes can easily ruin months of careful preparations.  However, to Billy and Elizabeth Ledford, it has been a calling. They love the upstate community, and they feel that God has called them to work the land.    

You can know exactly the source of your food, maximize its nutritional value, and we can wrestle with the floods, droughts, and freezes, so you don’t have to! 

At our South Carolina certified roadside market, customers can purchase a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. You can also find us at various local Farmer’s Markets.

In addition to being able to shop our roadside market, customers can enjoy the beauty of the farm by choosing to pick their own strawberries or vegetables.

Visit our website and our Facebook page to find out what is in season and when the fields are open!

Come see us.

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Campbell's Covered Bridge

Although officially in Landrum, it’s so close to TR and so unique, we think it’s worth including.

Campbell’s Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina!  It was built in 1909 by Charles Irwin Willis and is currently owned by Greenville County.

Take a picnic out to the park and explore the streams and the bridge and the old homesite.  Read the signs to discover more about its origin.

Before you hop in the car, read our blog post about the bridge and discover interesting facts about its history.

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Got Signal - Verizon Wireless

864.834.2800

Right here in Travelers Rest and locally owned, we can take care of all of your Verizon needs.

We love working in town with our neighbors and our friends to help you find the accessories you love, the phone that best meets your needs and the customer service that keeps you coming back again and again.

Stop in and let us know how we can help you.

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Gray Mare Antiques

864.551.0915

We like to say that we sell antiques and mantiques – and everything in between.  You’ll find glassware and Wade figurines, old signs, furniture and toys and so much more.  We carry local art and local gifts – like hand poured soy candles and hand crafted knives, local steampunk art and coin collections.

Gray Mare Antiques is a comfortable, laid-back, small-town store housed in an old-timey, “General Store Where Everybody In Town Seems To Meet Up” type building right on Main Street.

We are pet-friendly (our own sweet Maggie is usually at the shop with us) so if you are walking/hiking/running/riding the Swamp Rabbit Trail directly across the street from our shop with your fur-baby, please drop in for a free cup of coffee and a chat.

You may wish to bring an item or two (or more) in on consignment for us to sell for you.

(Visit us on Facebook and Instagram often – we are always posting photos of our newest acquisitions and treasures.)

We’d love to meet you, so come see us and sit a spell.   It’ll be fun!

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Highsmith & Highsmith

864.834.3868

In the day-to-day activities of running a business, it’s easy to start making guesses and base your decisions on faulty information.
In the financial world, things aren’t always simple. One small decision affects a business in many ways. Tax law is complicated and can be frustrating.
Highsmith & Highsmith exists to help small to mid-sized businesses, non-profits, and municipalities access and understand the information they need to make smart business decisions.

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Hungry Drover

864.834.4707

Our regular menu items are cooked fresh, daily and our specials are determined by the seasons. We have very close relationships with our local farmers, growers and makers and we use freshly harvested produce, baked goods, cheeses and locally made products as much as possible.

Take our homemade bread – carefully crafted by our own wonderful pastry chef, Jennifer Richard. It’s so good that we started  selling  it by the loaf and can’t keep enough on hand.

Our specials change often so you never know what might be on the menu at the Drover. We invite you to come on by and see what we’re cooking up!

We sell a variety of products such as raw milk, fresh local eggs, Amish butter and local produce when it’s in season. We get our fresh, raw milk weekly from the farmer right down the road and we make regular trips to gather the finest, freshest produce and products we can find for you to take home.

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Jane Howard Photography

janehowardphotography@gmail.com

You’ve seen Jane Howard’s clear and vivid photographic work across our blog posts and all over our Instagram feed here at TravelersRestHere.

Jane is a professional photographer specializing in family storytelling sessions.  She documents regular family life – the details that are both mundane and beautiful, the ones worth telling and the ones you don’t even realize are worth telling.  Yet.

Still not exactly sure what a family storytelling session is?  Visit Jane’s website to find out more and to see examples of her work.

Once you’ve seen your own family life through Jane’s lens, you’ll inevitably be back for more.

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Leopard Forest Coffee Company

864.834.5500

TR’s iconic coffee shop, Leopard Forest Coffee Company, offers the finest coffee, locally roasted right here in Travelers Rest.

Grab a delicious coffee with house made syrups and enjoy a pastry or a treat.

Hang your own coffee mug on the wall for your return trips – we hope you’ll be back often.

We routinely have pop ups available in the shop, like fresh donuts from the popular Circa Donuts and cupcakes from the Bossy Baker.

 

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Pace Running Shop

864.373.4477

We are right off the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Come on over and check out our selection of running shoes, apparel and accessories! We carry your favorites – like Oiselle, Skechers, Run Gum, Picky Bars, Orange Mud and more!

We love to talk running and our skilled staff can help you find the right gear for you to get you on the trail and to keep you running.

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Pint + Pile

864.982.7060

Cheers to personalized glassware that tells your story!

We’ve got designs unique to Travelers Rest – that “skyline” and the 29690 and the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  We can let people know your favorite team, your home state or your own monogram.

Our selection of products vary widely too – from wine glasses to water jugs to shot glasses to pint glasses and all manner of glass in-between.

Choose one of our designs or create your own.  Here at Pint + Pile we are all about putting that pretty right in your hand, sharing your style and celebrating both function and fun.

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Say Magical Vacations by Lindsey

864.752.7211

Have you ever thought, “I want to take my family to a Disney destination but I can’t – it’s too expensive, planning sounds too stressful, I don’t even know where to start!”?

I can help!

I specialize in selling Disney destinations! Whether you are traveling to experience the magic at one of the theme parks, enjoy the wonder aboard a cruise ship, have the adventure of a lifetime with one of their immersive vacations all around the world, or soak up the sun at one of their beach resorts in Hawaii, Vero Beach, FL, or Hilton Head Island, SC, I will make sure it is your most magical vacation yet!

I can help make your trip extra memorable because I make sure everything is taken care of from start to finish to ensure a truly “magical” vacation. I can help the experience to be stress-free from the very beginning and since I’ll make sure everything is set up for your vacation, while you are there it will be stress free too!

My services are FREE – that’s no gimmick!

You’ll also receive a packet (itinerary, park & resort info, and more) plus ponchos, water and treats for travel all in a fun Disney bag before you leave!

Visit my Facebook page or email me at Lindsey@saymagicalvacations.com.

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Sidewall Pizza Company

864.610.0527

Isn’t pizza one of the best things ever?! It tastes so good. It’s the perfect meal for a celebration or a regular Tuesday night. You can dress up for pizza or eat it in your pajamas for breakfast the next morning. Pizza is awesome.

Pizza. Salad. Ice Cream.

Our house-made dough, fresh from-scratch sauce, and classic and innovative flavor combinations bake in our imported oven to create amazing thin crust pizzas.

If you’re vegan or gluten-free, we have pies for you too. Our salads feature crisp, delicious vegetables and homemade dressings. They’re so good that you might even skip the pizza (really?!?). Maybe you’ll skip right to our homemade ice cream, made with local milk. We feature a different flavor every day.  (Follow us on Instagram to see what the flavor of the day is – and to adjust your plans accordingly.)

We have draft and bottled craft beers, well-paired wines, and natural, cane sugar sodas for you.

We also provide a welcome gathering place for newcomers and regulars. Our team hopes to exceed your expectations at all points of service. And, we love engaging with our local community to donate our food, facility, money, and time to civic and charitable causes.

Whether you dine with us or take out, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to Sidewall, getting to know you by name, and becoming your favorite pizza place.

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Silver Lily Boutique

864.558.1522

Silver Lily Boutique is Travelers Rest’s original women’s fashion boutique on Main Street.

Step inside our shop and discover clothing, jewelry and accessories that fit your style and your life.  Enjoy personalized attention and style help from owner Leisa Whitlock.  You’re sure to find the perfect outfit for yourself, that unique gift for your friend and that special little something you didn’t even realize you were needing.

 

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Sunrift Adventures

864.834.3019

Sunrift Adventures has been a destination in Travelers Rest for nearly four decades. Touted as the ‘Unique Outdoor Shop’, Sunrift has been outfitting adventurers with the best equipment and gear since 1980. Located just north of downtown TR proper in the iconic Brown’s Feed & Seed buildings- built in 1904. We specialize in boating (whitewater kayaking, canoeing, SUP boards, kayak fishing, flat-water paddling), backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, biking (we are right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail). We host monthly events, informative clinics/pint nights focusing on all things outdoors, boat demos at local lakes, full-moon hikes & more. Sunrift also has rental bikes, kayaks, tents, backpacks and more available.  Experienced staff can help you find the best gear for your next adventure. 1 Center Street, Travelers Rest, SC 29690, www.sunrift.com

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Swamp Rabbit Inn TR

864.517.4617

We’re a one of a kind lodging choice in Travelers Rest. 

Stay in our Inn right on Main Street or our Coach House, Studio or Cottage.  All of our lodging options include the use of our pool and of course the relaxing porches and gazebo.  You’ll love our two beautiful giant Magnolia trees and a quiet and peaceful setting that promotes relaxation but keeps you right in the center of the community hubbub.

We are directly across the street from the popular Swamp Rabbit Trail.  Also within a short walk you can take in the many events happening at Trailblazer Park, like our award winning Saturday morning Farmers Market.

You can walk to downtown TR and enjoy all of the shops and restaurants that are our main street has to offer.

Find us on Facebook and Instagram.  Discover why the Swamp Rabbit Inn is a charming lodging option in a charming small town.

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Tandem

864.610.2245

Tandem serves a menu of seasonal and classic crêpes as well as high quality coffee and tea. Located at the intersection of Center Street and Main Street in downtown Travelers Rest, Tandem is a great destination near the end of the Swamp Rabbit trail. Opened in August of 2014 by husband and wife Brad and Kristen Hartman, Tandem was started out of a passion for hospitality and strives to provide a welcoming atmosphere accompanied by delicious food and great coffee.

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The Café at Williams Hardware

864.834.7888

The Café at Williams Hardware offers folks a place to stop in off the Swamp Rabbit Trail, visit with old friends, have a bite to eat, and enjoy an old-fashioned sense of community.

Browse through our upscale gift shop that features unique food items and other fine products made right here in South Carolina.

So, whether you are visiting one of the many state parks that are a short drive from the Café or if you are just passing through, come back home to Travelers Rest and enjoy the gathering place you’ve been missing all these years.

You’re no stranger to us.

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The Glade

864.610.2160

As an Aveda Concept Salon, our attention to service and quality has made The Glade Salon and Day Spa a place where you can relax and enjoy the Aveda experience. Whether it’s a complimentary hand massage or a stress relief ritual scalp massage, our guests always come first, and we constantly strive to exceed your expectations! With our skilled professionals and wide range of products and services, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. Our qualified staff is ready to provide you with expert guidance and service, from your head to your toes!

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The Grove at Upcountry Provisions

864.834.8433

Nestled right in the heart of downtown Travelers Rest, The Grove at Upcountry Provisions offers an incredibly unique venue space for your next event!

The Grove features a “soft-developed” landscape that feels as though one were out in the woods. This rustic environment allows guests to be at their most relaxed state of mind, while actively re-engaging them with nature through the use of natural building materials in the spaces created throughout the property.

Sit under the twinkling lights, bring your own chair or get comfy on a hay bale.  Spread a picnic blanket under the canopy of trees and relax.

Every Friday night enjoy live music and heavy hors d’oeuvres from our rotating tapas menu, and sample from our selection of craft beer and wine.

The Grove is also available for private party rental for wedding receptions, birthday parties, and corporate events.

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TR Tribune

864-384-7600

The Travelers Rest Tribune is the source for daily news that’s exclusively focused on the residents of northern Greenville County, including those that live in and around Travelers Rest, Marietta, Slater, Tigerville, Cleveland, Blue Ridge and River Falls.

News happens 24/7 and we understand the need to deliver it immediately and, more importantly, accurately and without bias.

We strive to bring you the news that matters most – stories on local government, schools, businesses, sports, crime and entertainment. And because we live here among you, our friends and neighbors, we can share those stories in a down-to-earth, familiar way that others outside the region simply cannot imitate.

 

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Travelers Rest Farmers Market

864.610.0965

Every Saturday from 8:30am-12pm, May 6th-September 30th

After a most successful 2016 Market season, we are beyond thrilled to start gearing up for 2017.

We’re so excited about this upcoming season and to have another opportunity to continue our unwavering commitment to our community, our farmers, and our local food scene. Our market should be your one stop shop for local produce, specialty foods, food trucks, and artisan crafts.

Our much loved kids’ activities, morning fitness, live music, cooking demos, and talks will also be making a comeback.

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Upcountry Provisions

864.834.8433

Are you ready for our delicious freshly baked breads?

How does a scone, muffin, or croissant sound?

Gluten and Hormone free meats and cheeses make the best sandwiches, especially when paired with our amazing baked goods.

Stop by for a delicious sandwich, fresh baked bread and a signature peanut butter cookie.  (We hear our peanut butter diablo cookie has quite the dedicated fan base.  We really can’t blame you guys – it’s a hard one to resist!)

We’re open every day of the week except Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  We love our customers and are grateful for their frequent returns for their favorite sandwiches – like the delicious Upcountry with that tasty cranberry chutney.

And, as if delicious food alone was not enough of a draw, we have a steady stream of community events and activities – from cookbook clubs to weekly family game nights to music on the deck and cooking classes.

We’re your neighborhood bakery and sandwich shop – and we’re glad to be neighbors!

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Whistle Stop at the American Cafe

864.944.7853

The Whistle Stop at the American Café has been a family-owned cafe since 1945, when it was purchased by Troy Styles, Sr.
The building has served as a Travelers Rest landmark since it was first built on Main Street in Travelers Rest in 1932.
Located along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, the American Café (as it was then known) was a “whistle stop,” a place the conductor would stop when signaled.
Expanded and renovated in 2013, the Whistle Stop features the cafe’s vintage bar stools, hand made chestnut counter, exposed beam ceiling and brick walls.
We offer both indoor and seasonal rooftop dining as well as a full service bar.  And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, be sure to visit the Caboose Express, located out back along the trail.

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YMCA - George I. Theisen Family YMCA

864.834.2400

The Y is more than a gym.

We are a cause.

From weekend walkers to weekend warriors, the Y is a place for health, wellness and the pursuit of fitness. The George I. Theisen Family YMCA is a non-profit charity organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Y gives our friends and neighbors across the Upstate many ways to take charge of their health through our growing programs and services.

The George I. Theisen Family Y serves the Travelers Rest and northern Greenville County community. It features a state-of-the-art wellness facility, group exercise, an outdoor walking trail, Mom’s Morning Out program, youth sports, after-school and summer day camp programs.

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Key programs include:  Group Exercise, Wellness Works Program, ActivTrax, Beast Mode, Corporate Wellness Program, Youth Sports, Senior Programs, Day Camp for Children, After School Program, Swim Lessons (seasonal at Green Valley Country Club), Day Hiking Trips

Join and be a part of something more.

Come be a part of the Y.
Join today!

 

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