City of Travelers Rest Named Among the 15 Best U.S. Small Towns for a Summer Vacation

The City of Travelers Rest is pleased to announce that the experts at Travel + Leisure magazine chose the City as one of the Country’s 15 Best U.S. Small Towns for a Summer Vacation

The article describes Travelers Rest as one of the most idyllic small towns in South Carolina naming popular restaurants like Topsoil, Monkey Wrench Smokehouse, and Tandem Crêperie & Coffeehouse. Editors also noted the abundant lodging in Travelers Rest including the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR, and the Hotel Domestique with jaw-dropping vistas of the mountains.

“The active set can hike or mountain bike the 28-mile Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail or explore Paris Mountain State Park and Jones Gap State Park, which offer campsites,” the magazine wrote. “When you’re ready to reward yourself for that wilderness romp, raise a glass during the free Music in the Park concert series.”

The recent praise may not come as a surprise, as Travelers Rest was ranked among Southern Living’s “Best Small Southern Towns” last year. One of its restaurants employs a James Beard-nominated semifinalist chef and a 2024 semifinalist nominee in the pastry chef category.

Travelers Rest is in good company on the list ranking with the cities of Addison, Texas; Coronado, California; Bardstown, Kentucky; St. Michaels, Maryland, and Buckeye Lake, Ohio. For the complete list of winners visit Travel + Leisure online.


ABOUT TRAVELERS REST – Named in Southern Living magazine as one of “The South’s Best Small Towns”, Travelers Rest is located a few miles south of the Blue Ridge Mountains, perfectly positioned to discover historic landmarks, as well as the waterfall-strewn trails that wind through the Blue Ridge Mountains’ Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. Home to the 28-mile Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail which traverses Main St. in Downtown and its quaint boutiques and restaurants (including some right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail).

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