South Carolina is unique in that you can get from one corner of the state to the other in just a matter of hours. This makes road trips a cinch! And there are so many small cities and towns worth visiting for the day in the Palmetto State. Once known as the “Charleston of the Upstate” with its numerous historic sites and homes, York was settled by Scotch-Irish colonists in the mid-1700s. Yorkville, as it was originally known, was designated as the York county seat in 1785, and by 1915 had dropped the “ville” from its name. Today, the City of York is a truly quaint spot to spend the day. Here are a few musts for a delightful day in York.
While one could argue that it is always a good time for a donut, it’s certainly a sweet way to start the day. This colorful shop offers so many flavors, from vibrant Fruity Pebbles to delectable jelly-filled classics—in both cake and yeast varieties of course. The treats are more than memorable, and you can document the start of your trip at the assorted backdrops. Who doesn’t love a photo op?
There’s not much that can top the charm of a family farm, and York’s Bush-N-Vine ticks all the boxes. Family-owned for more than 150 years, Bush-N-Vine Farm provides locally-grown strawberries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries and the famous Carolina Reaper peppers. Owner Sam Hall strives to be an integral part of the community on which his family’s land supplies fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and an all-around welcoming place to visit. Meander through the farm store for a sampling of the season’s bounty, and let the kids play on the farm slide, visit with the chickens and play “farmer” on a gorgeous, retired tractor. Make sure to grab a snack of the signature Bush-N-Vine strawberries in the form of a homemade pastry or an ice cream-slushie combo called a blendie. And depending on the time of year, pick your own produce on Saturdays.
Take a piece of York home with you and find yourself a souvenir. You’ll get a lot more than knickknacks when you visit The Yorkville Marketplace—though if knickknacks are your thing, the selection is superb! A hub of more than 30 different local vendors and boutiques all in one, this indoor market makes for the perfect all-in-one shopping experience for all. You’ll find tasteful clothing boutiques, locally crafted jewelry and homewares, candles, candy and even golf apparel and accessories. Shop for a while and grab a sip and snack often accompanied by live entertainment.
The Garden Café
The Garden Cafe is a York staple, and the perfect way to tie up your time in the city with a culinary bow. The name of the restaurant becomes evident as you approach the front porch. Greenery, twinkle lights and a peaceful water features set the tone for the cozy dining experience within. Creative cocktails, wine selections and eclectic Southern fare make up the cafe’s menu, and the fried green beans and the pecan-crusted chicken are a must. Grab another surcee in the restaurant’s shop on your way out, and stop and greet the resident fountain turtles in the garden before you make your way home after a lovely visit to York, South Carolina.