Christmas in Greenville
For the last six years we have enjoyed a holiday tradition of traveling for Christmas rather than exchanging gifts. We have been able to spend Christmas in great places like Edinburgh, Maui (a couple of times), Hilton Head Island and even Disney World (Our daughter had just turned 10). Obviously this year has presented some challenges, and while our initial plan had been to spend Christmas this year in Kauai, 2020 had other plans in mind for us. Given that, we made the decision to still travel somewhere where we could rent a place to maintain social distance but still continue our tradition. We decided on Greenville, SC – which is only a two hour drive from where we are near Charlotte and looked like it had a lot of outdoor activities that hopefully the weather would allow us to enjoy.
We definitely lucked out with the weather, as other than some rain on Christmas Eve (and a bit of a dip in temps on Christmas Day) the temperatures were perfect and we enjoyed a lot of sun. While Greenville is not a large city, it has a ton of things to do and is absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed traipsing along the Swamp Rabbit Trail that winds its way through the city, enjoyed the views at the Falls at Reedy Park and explored the various downtown and West-End neighborhoods throughout the week. We also drove down to the Lake Conestee Nature Preserve and walked through the labyrinth of trails watching the squirrels and chipmunks foraging for their Holiday meals. We walked along the outside of Fluor Field and its replica of the Green Monster and explored Food Halls like The Commons and Gather.
As always we ate like champions enjoying burgers at Grill Marks, amazing BBQ at Husk, killer pizza at Coastal Crust, an amazing chicken sandwich at Golden Brown & Delicious, and awesome sushi and Japanese dishes at Otto Izakaya. We generally ate out on a patio during lunch, including the “lightest” waffle I have ever had at the Flying Biscuit Cafe, and then did takeout for Dinner. Christmas Day we had some seasonal favorite donuts from Duck’s Donuts, made some awesome lobster rolls for lunch and finished the day with a great combo of fajita steak from Porter Road paired with onions, garlic, hashbrowns and some cheese to finalize the food coma. There were also plenty of treats along the way. Hot chocolate from Starbucks, Marble Slab ice cream, a coconut macaroon the size of my fist and weighing as much as a cannonball – the regular kind of stuff.
While it wasn’t two weeks in Hawaii, we had a fantastic week in Greenville and we will be looking to return for more exploration once the world returns to more normal footing. Definitely want to take in a ballgame, and there are still a handful of restaurants we did not get to and will want to enjoy when we are comfortable with in-door dining again. We also lucked into one of the best and funkiest rental places we have ever stayed in. The apartment was an awesome mix of modern aesthetics with artistic and unique flourishes that made it one of a kind.
If you get the chance I highly recommend spending some time in Greenville and a visit won’t be complete without the chicken sandwich on garlic sourdough at GB&D.
The Free Range Viking