Nothing means summer to me like planning a road trip. The sun’s out, shades are on and the windows are down as I roll through the countryside and speed (safely) by the highway. I was so excited to kickoff my and Andy’s summer travel with a fun and relaxing road trip from Atlanta to South Carolina, specifically the Old 96 District, to visit Greenwood and the South Carolina Festival of Flowers. Want to follow in my footsteps? Keep reading for all of my suggestions for your weekend road trip through South Carolina!
Day One: Chow + Shop
Vacation means you get to try all of the coolest restaurants in town! But really, eating is one of my favorite vacation activities and it really is one of the most exciting. If you’re in Greenwood on a Friday night, you must stop by the Carriage House restaurant at Inn on the Square, right in Uptown Greenwood. “Fryday” means you can get a huge plate of fresh fish (shrimp, cod, catfish, etc.) plus a potato, plus coleslaw, plus dessert for less than $10! Another local hotspot we really enjoyed in Greenwood is the Mill House. Here, Andy and I both devoured our personal pizzas (I made my own, he got the ‘Turn Down for What’) and shared a flight of locally brewed beers from Good Times Brewing. It was the most perfect final dinner for us to enjoy together.
Besides food, shopping is also one of my favorite vacation activities. Sure, many stores have the same items you can find back home, but it’s just the fun of a new place and new shop! Uptown Greenwood had so many cute little shops like Sugar Boutique, Sweet Teas Children’s Boutique and David Lindsey Clothier.
Day Two: Explore + Attend a Festival
We planned our trip around the South Carolina Festival of Flowers, which provided lots of fun events all around Greenwood. Friday night kicks off the main festival weekend with a Topiaries and Tastings Wine Walk, which guides you around Greenwood with the best local wines, pit stops in the finest shops and a look at the creative, artistic topiary displays. The topiaries were out of this world, like nothing I’ve ever seen!
Saturday (the main festival day) included activities like a golf tournament, a 5K (jokingly suggested it as an activity we should partake in, but vacation is vacation), an antique car show, farmer’s market and kids fest! Private garden tours and an artists’ market happen just outside downtown Greenwood.
After we perused the Festival of Flowers festivities, we trekked just a few miles outside of town to Emerald Farm. If you know me personally, you probably know how much I love farms. It takes me back to my roots, having grown up in the country with a farmer Grandpa in rural Michigan. Needless to say, I could have stayed at Emerald Farm all day. They had goats, soap making, bees, an antique shop, acres of peaceful, sunny land and peacocks. Yes, peacocks. They were amazing!
Day Three: Make a Pit Stop
Greenwood wasn’t the only charming town in the Old 96 District. We drove through Abbeville’s downtown square and it was so adorable! It reminded me a lot of Marietta Square with its historic buildings, large center square and beautiful historic estates around the area.
One of the very best parts of living in Atlanta is being in such close proximity to so many amazing destinations. Greenville is one of my favorite Southern cities, and just so happens to be right between Atlanta and Greenwood. Just 1 hour outside of Greenwood and only about 2 hours away from Atlanta, Greenville is an awesome day trip whether you’re staying in Greenwood or Atlanta or anywhere in between.
Are you ready to travel or what? Hope this guide helps you plan your road trip!
I was invited to visit Greenwood, SC and the Old 96 District and was given a gift card for my travel expenses. All opinions and experiences, as always, are truthful and my own! Thank you to Old 96 for hosting me!