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 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. (Read our story about the Ledford family!)
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.
Brand Name Realty - Sandra Stroud
Buying a house?
Selling a house?
The current housing market can leave you standing in the dust in a hurry. Let local TR realtor Sandra Stroud help you find your way through the buying and the selling, the paperwork and the details.
Sandra is located right on Main Street and has years of experience in local real estate.
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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.Go to Site Open Map
Dicey Langston Historical Site
If you are driving along Tigerville Road, just a few miles north of the center of Travelers Rest, you will come across a stone pyramid, about the height of a person. If you go too fast, you will miss it. But where this little monument stands, next to a private home, was once the western frontier of our country.
Here stands a monument to mark the life and legacy of Laodicea ‘Dicey’ Langston Springfield, a woman who would become, in some literal senses, a founding mother to Travelers Rest and the communities near here. A woman who, when she was but a 14 year old girl, became a heroine of the brutal conflict in the war in the South Carolina backcountry. In the nearly 240 years since, there have been historical and nonfiction books of teenage Dicey, a school named after her, historical societies formed in her honor, even songs and poetry written about Dicey.Go to Site Open Map
Got Signal - Verizon Wireless
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.Go to Site Open Map
Gray Mare Antiques
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.
We’d love to meet you, so come see us and sit a spell. It’ll be fun!Go to Site Open Map
Highsmith & Highsmith
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.
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.Go to Site Open Map
iVIVA salts are mined in Pakistan and arrive here in their raw form.
From that raw state, iVIVA owner Katie White crafts salt lamps, salt massage balls, salt soap and more products. Of course, you can also purchase Himalayan salt for seasoning and baking and cooking.
iVIVA salt is the only salt you need. Table salt contains only one mineral – Sodium Chloride. Sea salt, on the other hand, has ten minerals but is harvested from a polluted ocean source and then processed. But iVIVA Himalayan Salt is mined by a compliant mine in Pakistan, purely, unprocessed, and contains 84 minerals and trace elements.
Salt lamps are valuable in reducing allergy symptoms, not to mention they are beautiful as well.
iVIVA also carries essential oil blends and products as well.
Visit their website to learn more about iVIVA salt and salt products. Once you’ve tried the pink salt, it will become the only salt you buy!Go to Site Open Map
Jane Howard Photography
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.Go to Site Open Map
Laura Phillips: Young Living Consultant
Are you in search of a natural, vibrant, healthy lifestyle?
It is my privilege to introduce you to Young Living Essential Oils, the world leader in the modern essential oils movement and champion of natural wellness. It is my desire to help you personally discover all that YL offers so that you can achieve wellness with products that are pure, ethically and sustainably sourced, as well as herbicide and pesticide free.
I’m Laura Phillips and I’ve loved watching Travelers Rest grow over the past two decades! I’m a wife and mom with kids ranging from 21 down to 9 years old. We love spending our family time riding bikes on the trail together. We are looking forward to adding a new puppy to the family soon and we know he’ll love Travelers Rest as much as we do!
Follow me on Facebook to learn about ways to use your oils effectively and to hear about discounts and promotions.
I look forward to hearing from you!Go to Site Open Map
Leopard Forest Coffee Company
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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Max's Little Free Library
If you’re riding on the Swamp Rabbit Trail or eating lunch on the porch at The Café at Williams Hardware, you might see something new and quite special out back.
It’s a small stand with what looks like a miniature house sitting on top.
If it was bigger, you’d be tempted to live there.
When you get closer, you’ll see there is colorful artwork on the sides featuring rabbits at home, reading. On the front is a glass door that opens up to a world of imagination.
It’s a Little Free Library and you can thank 10-year-old Max Cook for the whole thing. He is both the originator and the steward of the library. Max will be checking frequently to make sure the library is well-stocked. And you can bet he’ll do a good job!Go to Site Open Map
Stop by for the best burger in Greenville. (Voted Best Burger in the Upstate three years running.)
Northwest Grill serves up home cooked meals for lunch and dinner all week long. On Saturdays they serve their breakfast specials and the doors open early at 7 am.
They’ve recently celebrated five years of service to the Travelers Rest and upstate area. “We love our customers,” says co-owner Lisa Bayne. “They really do become like family – once someone told us that we are where the locals eat and that was an awfully nice compliment to hear. We’re a hole in the wall and we love our people!”
Read our story about the grill’s resident Burgerologist and then head out to try one of his burgers today!Go to Site Open Map
Pace Running Shop
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.Go to Site Open Map
Pint + Pile
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.Go to Site Open Map
The oldest standing bridge in South Carolina, this beautiful bridge has an interesting history.
Read our blog posts about the men who built the bridge (one man credited to building the bridge also built the Washington Monument in DC) and about the night time “mysteries” at the bridge and other “haunted” tales about Poinsett Bridge.
Better yet, take a picnic lunch and a buddy and spend the afternoon enjoying the quiet and the peace, the beauty and the calm surrounding the bridge and the area.
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Ropp Builders is a residential construction company located in the Upstate. We build quality custom houses throughout the region.
Ropp Builders has created their reputation around attention to detail, quality workmanship, and great relationship with the customer.
We can take your dream home from being a list of ideas through the design process all the way to the finished product.
When you choose a custom home, it can be built to precisely fit your needs and your lifestyle.
Ropp Builders is now offering home inspection services.
Are you buying a new home and need to know its condition? Selling your house and want a pre-sale evaluation?
Ropp Home Inspections can provide you with a professional inspection report prepared by a licensed home inspector and builder.Go to Site Open Map
Say Magical Vacations by Lindsey
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.Go to Site Open Map
Sidewall Pizza Company
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.Go to Site Open Map
Silver Lily Boutique
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 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.comGo to Site Open Map
Swamp Rabbit Tees
We’ve got all your TR gear – t-shirts, stickers, car coasters, magnets, coffee mugs, pet tags and pet IDs.
Stop in to Swamp Rabbit Tees right on Main Street to represent your favorite small town in style!
We have lots of options of super soft t-shirts to buy. We also custom print YOUR design in large and small orders. We love making your t-shirt ideas come to life. (We are happy to ship you your t-shirt and souvenir orders too!)
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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.Go to Site Open Map
The Café at Williams Hardware
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.
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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!Go to Site Open Map
The Grove at Upcountry Provisions
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.Go to Site Open Map
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
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.Go to Site Open Map
Here at Tumble Tech, our goal and mission is to produce quality tumbling skills through drills and proper technique. We strive to make sure that every student receives adequate time and the training necessary to excel in the art of tumbling.
We’re also proud to be in Travelers Rest near Gateway Elementary, offering convenient class times and no long drive into Greenville.
Tumble Tech wants to make you and your family feel as if you were a part of our own family. Our staff gives EVERYONE the same respect and level of coaching to ensure growth during their time at Tumble Tech. Not only do we teach tumbling, we also aim to teach discipline and structure in all of our students.
Come join one of the best tumbling programs the Upstate has to offer!Go to Site Open Map
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!Go to Site Open Map
Whistle Stop at the American Cafe
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.
Xander George: Realtor
I’m Xander George and I’ve lived in the Upstate for over 10 years.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Composite Science Education and I’ve served as a science instructor in Greenville County for many years. I believe that education is especially important in real estate, as I seek to facilitate many steps of the home buying process for you – my clients.
Being the son of a general contractor, I grew up seeing the construction process on residential job sites. This contributes to my passion for connecting people with houses they love and want to call home.
I am ready to listen to your wants and needs and am so excited to have the opportunity to assist you in the buying or selling of your home!
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