About

Welcome.  Come on in.  Sit for a while and let us tell you all about a special place called Travelers Rest, SC.

Yes.  You heard right: Travelers Rest.

We think it’s a pretty great name for a pretty great town that’s growing, happenin’ and just in general becoming more famous for its best-of-both-worlds kind of living.

Our Team

Lacey Eibert Keigley

Owner, Editor and Late Night Writer

Lacey is a writer and a blogger, a mother and a homeschool teacher. When she moved to Travelers Rest almost a decade ago she first researched the town online to get a feel for the community. And now, coming full circle, as a local and a huge fan of this little town at the foot of the mountains, she is managing the experience others see online. Lacey writes about parenting and faith, struggle and grace at SoEveryDay.com. Over there you can read about her adventures with her half dozen children and about her love of travel and her love of beautiful literature and her late night ramblings.

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Melinda Long

Staff Writer and Official Encourager
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Melinda is the author of New York Times bestselling children’s books, How I Became a Pirate and Pirates Don’t Change Diapers, and more, as well as her latest release – Art Smart: Science Detective. She was raised in Travelers Rest from an early age and now lives nearby with her husband, Thom. She is the mother of two adult children and three spoiled dogs. Melinda loves acting, yoga and Doctor Who! If she had a time machine, she still wouldn’t change anything about her life. You can follow Melinda’s work as an author at MelindaLong.com.

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Jane Howard

Photographer and Big Idea Generator
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Jane is a professional photographer specializing in storytelling photography. In her own life, Jane’s story includes two dogs and a husband, a camera and an obsession with coffee and chocolate and running and maybe ice cream too. Jane and her husband Walter have been living in Travelers Rest for more than a decade and they’ve been walking TR’s trails for about that long too, usually with a dog or two for company. Their pets seem to somehow find them, but Jane doesn’t really mind that. See more of Jane’s photos at her website, Jane Howard Photography. We bet you’ll find a shot or two of her pups in there.

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Jason Greer

Staff Writer and History Buff
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Jason is a native of Greenville County, where his family has lived, studied, worked and worshiped for generations. His family actually founded the city of Simpsonville, not Greer, as you might expect. He loves our unique landscape, historical story and our natural heritage, and this particular interest is seen in many of his writings on this site. He is especially interested in hoping that many see the revitalization of our area as a way to breathe new life into areas that were already wonderful. He works as a communications and IT professional and has worked on marketing and technical projects for companies and non-profits around the region, and also serves on the advisory board of South Carolina ETV.

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West Jones

Website Developer and Calming Presence
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West is a web designer and developer and loves to bring his creativity to the web. He and his wife Faith and their son Kellett love to play outside and go to the park. West is pretty sure the perfect way to spend an evening is to have a craft beer and listen to some music. And, when pressed, that beer would be from Osker Blues and the music would be played by Mandolin Orange. When he’s not working you can probably find him playing his guitar or mandolin.  In cyberspace, you can find him on his website.

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Emma Joersz

Graphic Designer and Sounding Board
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Emma works remotely for Travelers Rest Here and her work reminds us that we are so thankful for the internet’s ability to bring far away things close. Emma has a husband and three sons – thank goodness for Stella and Addie (their two adorable girl dogs) to bring some balance to all that testosterone. Although Emma spends a fair amount of time cheering on her boys at their various sports, we’re glad she makes time for her many creative talents, including photography and graphic design. You can find more of Emma’s work at Paper Story Photo + Design.

Celeste Hawkins

Founder and Contributor
Celeste first came up with the idea for Travelers Rest Here because so many new destinations were opening up in Travelers Rest all the time, and she wanted somewhere to showcase them. Today, writing is still her full-time job and her #1 hobby: she also writes worship music and sings with the worship team at her church. For fun, she enjoys watching (and learning new interview tricks from) celebrity interviews, trying new foods, and taking long walks on the . . . sunny days that frequently grace Travelers Rest, SC. You can see more of her projects at OhSunnyCeleste.com.
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Susannah Lewis

Calendar Coordinator and IG Hero
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Susannah is all local, all the time.  Born and raised in TR, she and her husband Andrew live and work and play in Travelers Rest.  They have a mischievous black lab named Tally.  Susannah is a stylist at The Glade Salon & Day Spa and she loves running on the trail and shopping and dining all along Main Street.  If she had another life to live, she’d be a surgeon, but instead she just lives vicariously through Greys Anatomy currently.

 

 

Talk of the Town

Hey, you don’t have to take our word on all this. We know we’re probably a good bit biased when it comes to Travelers Rest. So here’s a few nice things folks from the outside looking in have said about us in the last few years:

“Long overlooked as a thoroughfare between Western North Carolina and nearby Greenville to the south, Travelers Rest, South Carolina, is making a name as an adventure – and dining – destination in the Southeast.” ConsiderCollective.com

“In the past five years, Travelers Rest has experienced what could safely be called a boom of great proportions. The Swamp Rabbit Trail brings thousands to the area each week, retail shops are opening all along Main Street and visitors see it more and more as a destination.” The Greenville News

“Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Travelers Rest is a great example of what downtown revitalization can do for a place.” OnlyinYourState.com

“Travelers Rest is the jewel of South Carolina’s Upcountry. Visitors will find themselves at the intersection of small town sundries and mountain backcountry, where the comforts and convenience of Main Street blends with the joy and solace of the wilderness.” RootsRated.com

“Formerly just one of the forgotten little towns between Greenville and the mountains, Travelers Rest has become a great place to explore, eat, drink and simply escape for a day without being too far from home. Regardless of your interests, the town has something for everyone.” IndependentMail.com

“50 Best Small Town Downtowns in America” BestChoiceReviews.org

"13 Destinations to See Fall Leaves in the South” SouthernLiving.com

“10 Tiny Towns for a Cozy, Low-Key Vacation” Refinery29.com

“Pleasure Pedaling on the East Coast” NationalGeographic.com

“15 of America’s Coolest Small Towns” HuffingtonPost.com

“Swamp Rabbit Trail, Town and Country” NewsObserver.com

“7 Summer Biking Vacations to Book Now” Yahoo.com

Find Out for Yourself

Still, we hope you’ll find out for yourself why travelers rest here in this special place called Travelers Rest. If you pay us a visit, you may just end up settling in for good. Don’t worry. You’ll be in good company.

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