Tryon is horse country, but it is also Upstate adjacent. If you are visiting for the World Equestrian Games, you’ll be just a short drive away from everything the Upstate has to offer. From the food to the shopping, and all of the amazing experiences, you could spend a whole week exploring the Upstate. No matter how much time you have to wander, here is your guide to Horsin’ Around the Upstate.
Horsin’ Around the Upstate:
Your Upstate Guide for the Weekend
Eating the Upstate
Hare & Field, Travelers Rest
I know you might be thinking, “Seafood in the foothills?” While that is a valid thought, Hare & Field will quickly put your skepticism to rest. With elevated spins on southern classics (fried alligator), and sophisticated New England favorites (a lobster roll), Hare & Field in Travelers Rest is serving some seriously scrumptious fare. Read more about this eatery in their Forked Foodie review here.
Grits and Groceries, Belton
Now, this might be a bit of a drive, but it is worth it. Extremely worth it. Nestled on a crossroads in Belton is Grits and Groceries. They are renowned across the region (even the Southeast) for delivering mouth-watering food. Start your meal with an order of Praline Bacon. Seriously, order this bacon. When it comes to main dishes, you can’t go wrong. Chef Heidi knows what she’s doing. Find out more about this amazing southern staple here.
White Duck Taco Shop, Greenville
Tacos are popular right now, of that there is no doubt. White Duck Taco in Greenville is dishing out unique flavor combinations like you’ve never seen before. They have even been featured on The Cooking Channel. From their signature Mole Roasted Duck, to Chicken Tikka Masala, as well as vegetarian offerings, you can’t go wrong with the tacos at White Duck. Check out their Forked Foodie review here.
Korean BBQ, Greenville
Are you familiar with Korean food? If your answer to that question was “no,” then that needs to change. Korean BBQ in Greenville is a fantastic place to start. Packed with flavor, the dishes at Korean BBQ will make you a fan. Looking for a deal? Their bento box specials will give you a taste of a variety of dishes without breaking the bank. Learn more about Korean BBQ here.
There are so many things to love about Pokenori. The fresh ingredients, the variety of ways you can create your meal, the friendly staff, and the stylish interior. Whether you are getting a poke bowl or a sushi burrito, you can’t go wrong at Pokenori. You can make it your way with so many options. You can taste the coolness of the place as you bite into your fresh meal and look at downtown Spartanburg. Learn more about Pokenori here.
The Hare & Hound, Landrum
If you are looking for that Pub vibe without having to go across the pond, then you’re definitely looking for The Hare & Hound in Landrum. An old mercantile, the folks at The Hare & Hound are serving up tasty pub classics along with some good ol’ American bar food. No matter which you choose, you’ll be satisfied with the food and the atmosphere. To find out more, check out the Forked Foodie review here.
The Smokin’ Pig, Pendleton
The Upstate is FILLED with amazing, succulent BBQ, and The Smokin’ Pig does not disappoint. This BBQ is even endorsed by Keanu Reeves, he visited The Smokin’ Pig while he was in the Upstate. It is easy to see why Keanu loves the Smokin’ Pig. Their BBQ is seriously amazing, and they offer a whole host of sauces for any taste. Their sides? Don’t even get me started. It is going to be hard for you to choose your sides, at least it was for the Forked Foodie. Check out the review here.
You might not be expecting to get authentic, mouthwatering, juicy cheesesteaks in Easley, but Inky’s is here to smash those expectations. The food speaks for itself. People all over the Upstate are singing the praises of Inky’s and their sandwiches. They are doing it just like they do in Philly. No really, you’ll think you’ve made a trip up north. Hungry? Read more about Inky’s here.
The Bleu Porch Kitchen and Market, Greer
Sometimes, you can’t beat a good sandwich. This is the case at The Bleu Porch Kitchen and Market in Greer. With a porch so cozy, and food this good, you’ll be a regular in no time. The Bleu Porch also offers some great vegetarian options for our non-meat eating friends. Even if you aren’t on the porch, the inside of the cafe is so cute and is the perfect setting for a lunch with friends. Find out more here.
A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Café, Simpsonville
It can be SO hard to find really good, really authentic New York-style pizza. That is why you might be surprised to find that you can find some amazing NY pizza in Simpsonville. The cheese, the sauce, the toppings, and the crust all marry together to form a near perfect pizza experience. Best of all? It is authentic. The owners are actually from New York. You’re going to love this pizza. Check out the Forked Foodie review here.
Experiencing the Upstate
The Upstate is centrally located to so many amazing places, we just HAD to share them with you. These places are perfect if you are spending some time in the Upstate as they will give you a more complete picture of the region, and the state as a whole. If you’re looking for mountain adventures or city excitement, check out these five quick getaways here.
Small Towns Worth a Visit
Just because a town is small, doesn’t mean you should overlook it. Some of the most charming places are tiny towns. Like most of America, the Upstate is full of small towns with pizazz. From historic downtown areas, to fun shops and restaurants, these towns are the hidden gems in the crown of the Upstate. Check out our article here.
Sometimes, you have to live on the edge. The same sports bars get tired after a while. The Upstate offers many choices when it comes to dive bars. Not only will you find colorful characters, but you’ll find some incredible food (Nuway’s Redneck Burger, anyone)? No matter where you are in the Upstate, you’ll be able to find your new favorite watering hole. Check out our article here.
Find your next favorite thing at one of these antique shops. There are treasures to be found all over the Upstate, and we’re here to help you find them. As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and that couldn’t be truer. These seven Upstate Antique Stores prove that everything old is new again. Check out our article here.
Knowledge is indeed power, and these Upstate museums are living proof of that. No matter what you are interested in, there is a museum for you. Art? Check. History? Check. Geology? Check. Trains? Actually, yes. You won’t have to go far to find these houses of history. That’s because there are museums in all parts of the Upstate. From big to small, from general to specific, these museums won’t leave you bored. Check out our article here.
Shopping the Upstate
Mast General Store, Greenville
If you haven’t yet been to downtown Greenville, it needs to be your immediate priority to make your way there. Greenville is filled with so much history, art, food, and shopping. It is quaint, yet always bustling. While Mas General Store may not be truly “local” to the Upstate, they offer tons of local goods that you don’t want to miss out on. This good old Southern outdoors store is the perfect spot for finding apparel, camping gear, candy (yesssss), and just about everything in between. Seriously, you will want to spend hours here. Find out more about Mast General, right on Main St, right here.
Goose Feathers, Travelers Rest
Okay, ladies. No trip to the Upstate is complete without a little bit of shopping, am I right? Check out Goose Feathers, a boutique located in adorable downtown Travelers Rest. From cute and dainty clothes, to shoes and jewelry, to home decor, you will absolutely fall in love with this place. Trust us, it’s worth the travel to get some rest, if you know what I mean. Find out more about Goose Feathers and all that they offer over on their Facebook page here.
Empire Ltd., Greer
Looking to dress up your man for the Equestrian Games? Everyone loves a sharply dressed man. Any man on your list will be razor sharp with a gift from Empire Ltd. in Greer. They offer one-of-a-kind men’s consignment styles at unbeatable prices. From jackets to custom bow ties that brighten up any outfit, Empire Ltd. has got your men’s fashion fix. In a range of colors and patterns, these bow ties are seriously cool. Not sure how to tie a bow tie? The shop’s proprietor will be happy to give you a tutorial. They also carry shoes and shirts that will complete any ensemble. For more, check out Empire Ltd.’s website here.
Every now and then, a good old southern belle just needs to unleash their wild side. That’s where RockerBelles, a local boutique in the Village of West Greenville, comes in. RockerBelles is all about merging styles, making women feel comfortable, and expressing oneself through rock ’n roll fashion. The best part about the bad-to-the-bone shop? All items are $60 and under! You just can’t beat those prices. If you can’t seem to find the time to stop in, they also have an online store, so no matter where you are, you can be ready to rock out. Interested? Check out this rocker-chic store’s here.
The Kindred Spirits, Spartanburg
Looking for some one-of-a-kind locally handmade products to remember your time in the Upstate? Check out The Kindred Spirits in downtown Spartanburg. The mission of The Kindred Spirits is to support local makers and creatives by providing them with a space to sell their creations. Realizing a need in the community, Kathryn Macdonald and her daughter Maggie wanted to create a space for local artists to house their wares. Check their site out here.
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