Fall foliage is not the only incentive to make the fifty mile trek from the Upstate to Brevard. The beauty of the mountains envelopes you long before you reach the actual town. The scenic drive up Highway 25 is dotted with produce stands, complete with pumpkins, and antique shops. Highway 64 through Hendersonville will carry you straight into downtown Brevard, NC. Though a bit longer, this route is preferable to highway 276 for me. I am not a fan of corkscrew shaped roads.
Shopping on Main Street in Brevard
Once in Brevard, there’s no shortage of things to do. Main Street is lined with eccentric shops and unique eateries. There are no parking garages, but it’s rarely an issue. Unlike Greenville, you are allowed to park in the lots of just about every public building and business. You cannot imagine how convenient that is until you are looking for a place to put your car.
This mini-Gatlinburg is a haven for anyone who loves collectibles, trinkets and other items that cannot be found at your local mall. Brevard is home to the original O.P. Taylor store. Your kiddos will love the two tier toy wonderland.
I can’t write an article about Brevard without mentioning the absolute coolest store on the block. It’s called The Children’s Center. TCC is a not-for-profit clothing store that supports children in Transylvania County who are at risk for being abused and/or neglected. This store is THE place to shop for the little members of your family. It is a special home for name brand clothes and handmade gifts for less.
Where to Eat in Brevard
Whether eating breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re certain to find something to please the pickiest palate (bet you can’t say that five times fast). Our crew likes to eat a big breakfast before leaving on a day trip, so we usually snack for lunch and enjoy an early dinner. This brings me to my next recommendation. Have you heard of The Square Root restaurant? I immediately fell in love with this back alley surprise. In addition to the atmosphere, they have one of the most realistic children’s menus I’ve seen (every item is $4.95 and under). Your kiddos can enjoy their PB&J or corn dog while the adults at the table savor a more upscale entrée. My personal favorite was the juicy cheeseburger with a pickle and side of fries. Don’t forget to walk across the alley to Downtown Chocolates for dessert!
Other things to do in Brevard
In addition to all the food and merchandise, Brevard has historical sites you do not want to miss and practically sits in the backyard of Gorges State Park. The park offers weekly activities as well as monthly special events. You can visit their website for a full listing of family-friendly fun.
Brevard is only a hour and a half from Spartanburg and well-worth the trip. For even more ideas of things to do check out our list of Western NC Day trips on our sister site Kidding Around Greenville.
Now that I have peeked your interest, it’s time for you and your family to plan your next road trip!