Enjoy a Greenville Getaway With the One You Love

By:Bob Gillespie

Date:2/18/2016

If you're looking for a beautiful place to grow your romance or rekindle your relationship, Greenville offers a wide variety of things to do and places to snuggle up with the one you love.

Start with a cozy, luxurious bed and breakfast as a “nest” away from home. Pettigru Place B&B is ideally situated just a mile from Main Street and the Peace Center, but couples might not want to leave the house with its six uniquely themed bedrooms with private baths, ceiling fans, cable TV and WiFi, plus private porches and fireplaces in some rooms. Amenities include a guest refrigerator stocked with drinks, 24-hour coffee and tea bar with homemade cookies, afternoon wine/beer and cheese and–the highlight of any visit–amazing, handcrafted breakfasts featuring a variety of dishes.

Also great for couples are the Park House B&B and The Manor House B&B. Park House is a circa 1911 Colonial-style home with landscaped lawns in the city’s East Park Historic District, adjacent to a Greenville Trolley stop and nine-minutes walk from downtown. Besides luxury rooms with TVs, fireplaces and some with whirlpool tubs, there are suites and even a one-bedroom cottage. Manor House, in the historic Augusta Road Area and convenient to Interstate 85, is a short walk from Fluor Field and the Liberty Bridge in Falls Park. The classic Southern home includes several common rooms, living room with fireplace and sun porch.

Want to share a birds-eye view of the Piedmont? Two area services provide the perfect way to do that: hot air balloon rides. Sky Scapes of America, based in nearby Anderson, conducts serene flights that take in the beautiful countryside and other vacationers walking below. Greenville Hot Air Balloons also offers individual packages for birthday parties and groups, or for the couple looking for the ultimate romantic adventure.

Not up for braving the clouds? A perfect afternoon outing might be a picnic lunch in one of the area’s beautiful parks, such as Falls Park or Cleveland Park, both an easy stroll from Main Street. Take in Rock Quarry Falls, a combination garden and pre-Civil War site of a granite quarry in Cleveland Park. Adopted by the Greenville Garden Club, the site features flowing plant including dogwoods and native azaleas, plus the gentle 10-foot falls.

Another peaceful site is the Furman University Asian Garden, located on Furman’s campus and open daily with no charge. Furman has a long-term exchange program with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, and the garden–including a small teahouse–reflects those ties.

After all that sightseeing, take in dinner at one of Greenville’s romantic downtown restaurants. Highly recommended are Larkin’s on the River and Passerelle, overlooking Falls Park. A bit further afield are Stella’s Southern Bistro in Simpsonville and Giovanni’s at the Woodruff Gallery.

Cap off the night with either a decadent dessert from The Chocolate Shop, featuring homemade cookies and candies, or–for some evening entertainment, take in either Café and Then Some, a dinner-comedy theater, or some relaxing jazz at Blues Boulevard Jazz Club.

Afterward, retreat to your comfy B&B for a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast in the morning. Then start planning your next romantic getaway in Greenville; chances are you still haven’t seen it all.

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