This past weekend in Greenville SC was such a blast! We took off Thursday afternoon for David’s parents’ place, who have recently settled in to their new house just outside of Greenville. The drive wasn’t bad, just under 3 hours, and we were so excited to see them! The stimulus for our trip was the Southeastern Great Homeschool Conference taking place over the weekend, which is exactly where David and I headed Friday morning after breakfast.
Note to self: I need to emulate my daughter’s posture.
I mentioned this briefly on social media and had an overwhelming reply of curiosity about our interest and research into homeschooling, so I decided I’d split those thoughts into a separate post (manana!).
We spent a few hours at the conference before checking into our hotel in Greenville and heading out to explore!
Greenville is one of my favorite towns. Cities? I’m not sure what it is considered exactly but it’s my favorite size for a city. It offers so many incredible restaurants and things to do, but isn’t overwhelmingly big. Our first venture was Falls Park, a beautiful green space that surrounds the Reedy River that runs right through downtown.
The weather was perfect- mid 70s I’d guess- and people were out everywhere enjoying it. We walked all through it, then looped through downtown, logging over 15k steps according to my fitbit, before we decided to stop for a refreshment.
On a lucky whim, we stopped at The Trappe Door, which turned out to be incredible. The bartender was not only friendly, but one of the most knowledgeable I’d ever met, which gave me great comfort in asking him to make a drink anyway he chose. You guys, he made me a GIN drink (something I never, ever drink) … and I loved it!
We also ordered a charcuterie board, on which almost everything was made it house from the pork pate, to the dehydrated strawberries to the olive tapenade.
We all but licked the plate clean before Christen (who lives in Greenville), met up with us. We switched venues to the Aloft hotel bar and wasted no time chatting each others’ ears off.
Christen and I met freshmen year of college in the dorms and have been BFFs since. Now with 4 kids between us, we don’t get together as often as I’d like but when we do, we always have a ball! Her husband, Brad, joined us too and we all grabbed dinner outside at The Lazy Goat, a tapas spot on the river.
Fried goat cheese balls!
and great conversation.
David and I soaked in the glory of sleeping in the next morning until 8:00 am (!!!) before deciding to try brunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe. Apparently when kid-less, we pretend it is spring break instead of just the weekend and David ordered the biggest, baddest Bloody Mary of them all.
Those olives were stuffed with PIMENTO CHEESE. Amazing.
Again, David’s order was more impressive that mine and this omelet consisted on pimento cheese, jalapenos, bacon, fried green tomatoes and ham. I’m currently on operation ‘load David up with kale’ this week to try and counterbalance the indulgence- ha.
It didn’t end there though.
More wandering led us through the General Store, a health shop where we tried nettle leaf tea and finally to Dark Corner Distillery. We went in for a quick look-around and ended up splitting a tasting.
What can we say, we’re suckers for local and craft beverages and loved trying the different whiskeys.
Finally, we packed up and headed back to the girls that clearly had been having zero fun with Mema and Grandpa.
I believe Hailey’s exact words were- can we stay here forever?
No worries, Kaitlyn’s loose puddle jumper was quickly corrected.
Love you too, kids.
We savored another beautiful day of southern spring weather with walks outside and a boat ride before heading back home Sunday afternoon. All in all, an incredible weekend that has me feeling fully refreshed and ready for the week ahead. Thank you Mema and Grandpa!
Did you have a good weekend?!
If you could choose one town for a weekend getaway, where would you choose?