Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Greenville is Being Recognized for the Recent Enhancements to Their Area

ConventionSouth’s Prestigious 2012 Renovated Meeting Site Award is recognizing Greenville, South Carolina for recent enhancements, in their December 2012 issue.  ConventionSouth publisher J. Talty O’Connor states “The recent enhancements to Greenville make it a hot spot for meetings and events.”  According to O’Connor, the Awards Issue is one of the most popular must-read resources within the meetings industry. Greenville has made major improvements to their downtown area that has made them a point of interest where meeting/event attendees and guests get a unique Southern experience. With the new energy from the structural improvements, Greenville seems to jump out at people.
Greenville’s revitalization of their downtown stems from over a quarter century of planning with the help of public-private partnerships mixed with strategic and sound planning.  Greenville’s central business district is the largest in South Carolina. The vision of this redevelopment is based on the opportunity for people to live, work and play in a thriving state of the art community, thereby creating a flourishing downtown atmosphere.
Greenville offers great shopping, dining, recreation and accommodations.  Shopping is Greenville sets a canvas for all shoppers at heart offering designer boutiques, eclectic shops and major chains set amongst tree lined streets in shopping districts around town. While shopping of course you will need to eat, so check out the wide variety of options from local coffee shops to light lunches to fine dining at the many fine culinary locations, many have mid-day menus for the lighter appetites. Check out the Greenville Arts & Entertainment Guide for a detailed list of options. Recreation options are endless in Greenville, whether you like to enjoy a picnic lunch from one of our local deli’s, biking, hiking, boating, fishing or camping, The Blue Ridge Mountains, along with our city, county and state parks offer enjoyment and breathtaking view for all ages. Accommodations are vast with over 8,000 rooms available at 75 locations that include the simple homey atmosphere of a bed and breakfast to the luxury hotels.

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau is a great resource for all your planning needs.  Their services range from assisting with arrangements to finalization of your event details including; Assistance with press releases, offering greeters or Visitors Information tables at registration, flyers with area attractions, activities, and events of interest during your stay, coordination of day trips, outings, guided tours and/or golfing, informational brochures and their Housing Bureau Assistant.  Greenville has a variety of venues for meetings, conventions, weddings and family gatherings; Such as BI-LO Center, TD Convention Center, Peace Center, Camp Buckhorn and Falls Park.  Greenville has renovated itself into a location destination for all of the family. There are new adventures just waiting for you. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Holiday Lights on Roper Mountain

What is lighting up the sky around Greenville, you ask, that would be the Annual Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, opening Thanksgiving evening thru December 30, from 6 pm - 10 pm nightly.  For 21 years The Rotary Club of Greenville and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association have been organizing this event.  With over 600 volunteers working more than 4,000 man-hours and starting in September, they set-up the 72 light displays with nearly 64,000 bulbs powered by 31 electrical meters. Visitors are invited to experience this great family tradition with the Winter Wonderland, visit and have pictures taken with Santa Clause in his restored 100 year old sleigh, walk the lighted trails, enjoy the elves and their balloon art or have a cup of hot chocolate.

Over 20,737 vehicles carrying almost 83,000 guests attended last year’s event generating $150,000 in donations to be distributed to Rotary Charities and the Science Center Association, including the Rea-To-Me and Money Smart Literacy Program in Greenville County, Salute to Educations annual program in Greenville County and the Greenville Literacy Program.  Sponsorships of varying degrees are available including an 18” Lighted Snowflake.  See Sponsorships available for more details.

2012 Holiday Lights Events Schedule
      ·         Monday, December 3......... DOG NIGHT
·         Tuesday, December 4......... Don't Miss USC’s Cocky! - 7:00 to 8:30 pm
·         Wednesday, December 5.. Meet The Clemson Tiger! - 7:00 to 8:30 pm
·         Thursday, December 6........ Grove Elem. School Choir - 6:30 to 7:30 pm
·         Monday, December 10....... Sue Cleveland Elem. Singers - 6:30 to 7:30 pm
                                                          DOG NIGHT
·         Tuesday, December 11....... Reedy Rip'It! - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
·         Thursday, December 13 .... JL Mann High School Choir - 6:30 to 7:30 pm
·         Sunday, December 16........ Robert E. Cashion Elem. Choir - 6:30 to 7:30 pm
·         Monday, December 17....... DOG NIGHT

Admission Per Vehicle

Cash and Checks Only
Car, Minivan or SUV: $10
Activity Vans:
Multi Car Pass: $21. Good for three visits. Saves $9!
Click here to get directions.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

O, Greenville

Oprah Magazine’s Associate Editor, Katie Arnold-Ratliff, recently visited Greenville for the food, wine and music festival, Euphoria.  Katie has selected Greenville, South Carolina as her Favorite Unexpected Vacation Destination for the December 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, stating she “can’t wait to go back.”

Katie mentions sitting on the bank of the Reedy River under the stars, which runs through Falls Park near The Historic West End in downtown Greenville. This park is 26 acres within the city, offering an oasis for people to play and celebrate life while enjoying nature.  The park is maintained by the City of Greenville. 

Named in honor of Liberty Corporation founder W. Frank Hipp and his children, the unique curved suspension, Liberty Bridge, was constructed over a period of 12 months. Suspended 28 feet above Reedy River, the concrete reinforced deck is supported by a single suspension cable, 350 feet long, 12 feet wide and 8 inches thick. This bridge with its geometry is the first to be constructed in the United States.

·         Merrill Lynch Overlook
·         Wyche, Burgess, Freeman and Parham Overlook
·         Furman Overlook 

·         Main Garden
·         Pond Garden
·         Cascade Garden
·         Old moll Garden
·         Spring Falls Garden 

Katie also mentions, eating different types of shrimp and grits, and drinking Blueberry-infused beer, while attending Euphoria, a weekend long food and music festival held in September each year.  Exhibiting the best food, drink and music
the south has to offer.  Euphoria invited guest chefs from all over the country to participate in events alongside Greenville’s best chefs in guest chef dinners. Highlights from the weekend were:

·         Taste of the South
·         Tasting Showcase
·         Jazz Brunch
·         Wine Seminars
·         Cooking Demos