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Surprise Attractions Await Visitors to Easley

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Most towns have those few favorite spots known mostly to locals. Easley’s hidden gems include an eclectic bunch of restaurants, bars and attractions.

Among the most unusual is Coffee Corner, a small Main Street coffee shop offering fresh java, cold drinks and pastries. It’s not what they sell that’s unique, it’s where they sell it. The shop is located inside Robinson Funeral Home, the first mortuary to serve the Upstate community. No need to worry about the venue, the bright, sunny shop has its own entrance so you can bypass the funeral parlor foyer.

For a cheeseburger “voted the best in Pickens County,” head down the block to Rainbow Billiards, a pool hall/lunch counter serving fresh-off-the-griddle burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, wings and assorted sandwiches, including bologna and egg.

A more recent addition to the Main Street scene is The Pint Station, the new hip spot for craft beer and wine. The dog-friendly taproom rotates its 20 taps with a selection of local, regional and national craft beers and ciders and offers live music Friday and Saturday nights, food trucks and a full schedule of fun events like Bingo-Barbecue-Brew nights. You’re also welcome to bring your own snacks.

While you’re in the historic downtown, stop by Easley Park on Pendleton Street. This beautiful little square features fountains, shaded swings and one of the painted quilt blocks in the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.

Among Easley’s one-of-a-kind shops is Lofty Fiber, a weaving studio and yarn store featuring a wide array of high-quality looms, spinning wheels and gorgeous yarns and fibers. Even if you’re not into weaving, you’ll love browsing through the colorful and fascinating displays of fiber works.

Want to get into your Zen? Easley Therapeutic Massage & Wellness Center is sure to help you relax, de-stress and ease your body aches. The massage offerings include Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, therapeutic, sports and craniosacral.

Integrative Yoga Therapy also offers massage therapy, along with yoga classes and gong sound therapy, a healing technique that uses the sound and vibration of the gong to alleviate back and neck pain, migraine headaches and insomnia.

If you prefer nature’s healing arts, take a walk on the Baptist Easley Fitness Trail, a half-mile trek through the woods with a few inclines to get your heartbeat up and some sunny spots to take in your Vitamin D.

For those looking for a more exciting way to spend a day, check out Greenville Pickens Speedway, hosting weekly NASCAR-sanctioned races. Several touring series visit the track each year, including the Whelen Southern Modified Tour and the NASCAR Grand National Division.

If you’re visiting in the spring, be sure to stop by Hunter Farms, with its acres of you-pick strawberry fields, a retail shed with pre-picked berries and an ice cream stand selling ice cream, smoothies, milkshakes and frozen coffee. If you don’t want to drive out of town to the farm, you can pick up their sweet berries at the Easley Farmers Market.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.