Travelers Rest, SC: Things to Do, Where to Eat and Everything Fabulous About TR

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Have you visited Travelers Rest, SC? The northern Greenville town of Travelers Rest has seen a recent revitalization that is getting the attention of people from all over the Upstate. Wonderful dining options, beautiful outdoor spaces, and affordable living make Travelers Rest a great place to work, live, and play. Our guide lists some of the best things to do, places to stay, and dining experiences to enjoy in Travelers Rest, SC.

This article includes:
Local Opinion: What Our Readers Say About Travelers Rest, SC
A Full Day Trip Itinerary for Travelers Rest, SC
Where to Stay in Travelers Rest, SC
Things to Do in Travelers Rest, SC
Places to Eat in Travelers Rest, SC
Local Shopping in Travelers Rest, SC

Looking for more places to spend the day with your family? Here’s our list of Day Trip Towns, just a short drive from the Upstate.

What Our Readers Are Saying About Travelers Rest

We love going to the farmers market when they are open, the flop shop on Main Street has ALL the cute stuff and a $1 jewelry wall my daughter loves picking a necklace, our favorite restaurant is farmhouse tacos even though you really can’t go wrong with anything to eat, monkey wrench has story time on Fridays or else they used too, pink mamas has THE BEST ice cream, the library is also right there and they used to have an amazing lady who did the mother goose on the loose, the park is fun and if you have boys they have a pretty awesome area for some trick riding like hills and stuff to ride your bike and try to jump so it’s cool to even just sit and watch sometimes, you can also use the football field for play area so we usually have a soccer ball in the car the kids love to kick around, go to upcountry provisions and get a sandwich and cookie they are sooooo good too! We LOVE travelers rest!

Stephanie B.

I grew up near TR! Great little town. Tandem coffee shop, monkey wrench, whistle stop, chicora alley, and swamp rabbit trail!

Jennifer M.T.
Breakfast at Tandem Creperie
Breakfast at Tandem Creperie

Itinerary: Spending The Perfect Day in Travelers Rest, SC

If you’re considering making a move to Travelers Rest or just looking to have some fun exploring, we have a day full of fun suggestions right here for you!

Breakfast: We suggest starting the day off with breakfast at one of our reader’s favorite places for Crepes! Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse offers up sweet and savory crepes, along with waffles and fruity bowls of granola.

I drive from inman to go to tandem once in a while😂

Kristin J.

In the morning: After Breakfast, you can browse the shops on Main street while enjoying a to-go coffee from Tandem or take the kids to the Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve. This 180-acre wildlife preserve features a family-friendly 1.25-mile hiking trail. While visiting, you can observe wildlife and look for the endangered plant that the park is named for.

Lunch: Once everyone works up an appetite for lunch, you can head over to the Whistle Stop at the American Cafe. They even have live music!

Afternoon fun: Head over to the Swamp Rabbit trail to work off lunch with a family-friendly hike. While you are on the trail, keep your eyes peeled for all the murals that adorn the buildings in the area. Here’s a list of where to find the murals in Travelers Rest and all over the Upstate.

If the weather doesn’t permit outdoor fun, you can head to TReehouse Cafe & Studio for some family crafting fun.

Dinner: Deciding on dinner is more difficult because of all the wonderful options the downtown area of Travelers Rest offers. Here are some of our reader’s favorites!

The Whistle Stop in Travelers Rest
Whistle Stop Cafe

Where To Stay in Travelers Rest, SC

If you are just visiting the Upstate and want to base your trip around Travelers Rest there are hotels and other accommodations available to guests.

Hotel Domestique

10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest | 864.635.4268
A European-influenced high-end boutique hotel, in the foothills of Travelers Rest. The hotel offers full-service dining at its restaurant and provides guests with complimentary BMWs to use. Hotel Domestique also hosts seasonal events that non-guests can attend with the purchase of a ticket.

Swamp Rabbit Inn – Travelers Rest

426 South Main Street, Travelers Rest | 864.345.7990
Conveniently located right in the heart of downtown Travelers Rest, this rental property offers several options for guests. You can take a dip in the pool or rent a bike and hop on the neighboring Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Hampton Inn Greenville / Travelers Rest

593 Roe Center Court, Travelers Rest | 864.834.5550
Located close to Furman University, this Hilton brand hotel offers guests complimentary breakfast and an on-site swimming pool.

Travelers Rest / North Greenville KOA Campground

2400 North Highway 25, Travelers Rest | 864.834.8150
The campground offers cabin rentals, RV sites, and tent sites for guests. Conveniently located just minutes from everything in Travelers Rest. Onsite amenities include a seasonally open swimming pool, a playground, a dog park, and sports (basketball, ping pong & cornhole).

Spring Park Driving Range in Travelers Rest
Spring Park Golf Range in Travelers Rest, SC

Things to do in Travelers Rest, SC

Visit The Farmers Market
If you happen to be in town on a Saturday, the Travelers Rest Farmers Market shouldn’t be missed. The Traveler’s Rest market is so much more than just a produce stand! The market offers visitors yoga sessions, cooking demos, live music, food trucks, and more. Open seasonally from April through September, there is also a weekly Thursday night Harvest market in October, and a special holiday market in December.

Ride a Bike
The Swamp Rabbit Trail runs right through Travelers Rest. Or, if mountain biking is more your speed, you’ll want to check out Gateway Park for trails with a variety of skill levels.

Get Creative at the TR Makers Co.
Located on Main Street downtown is a beautiful little shop that sells goods from local artists, including soap, printed shirts (that are the softest I’ve ever felt, by the way), sweatshirts, jewelry, dolls, and pottery. The coolest part, at least for the kids, is all of the neat stuff Kristin has for the art section of TR Makers. Read more about why KAG’s Kristina loved her visit to TR Makers Co.

Have Some High Spirited Fun at The Poinsett Bridge Preserve
The Poinsett Bridge is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2020. All the history the bridge has seen makes for a place that visitors often report as haunted. The bridge is part of a 120-acre preserve, and one of the oldest bridges in the southeast United States.

Go Have Some Fun At The Park
Travelers Rest has several parks to enjoy. You can visit one, or make a day of doing a park hop.

Head To Trailblazer Park for Live Music & Movies
The same park that hosts the summertime Farmer’s Market hosts other family-friendly events.

Grab Some Coffee and Get Creative At TReehouse Cafe
You and your family could spend hours at the TReehouse Cafe with all the art supplies laid out to use! Kidding Around Contributor Kristina went and spent time there with her kids. You can read all about their experience at the art bar & cafe.

Go Visit a Local Farm
Travelers Rest is home to several farms offering all kinds of different crops for purchase. Some offer the chance to pick-your-own produce.

Go Practice Your Swing
Spring Park Golf Range is a family-friendly range, where you can practice your golf swing. There is a golf instructor on-site, in case your swing needs more than a little help. Who knows you might be fostering a love that blooms into your child being the next Tiger Woods.

Dining Options in Travelers Rest, SC

TopSoil Kitchen & Market – Recent nominees for a James Beard award, the kitchen at Topsoil bases their menu on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Sidewall Pizza – Hands down the favored local pizza place with KAG readers! Don’t forget to try their ice cream on a visit, they make it in-house.

Monkey Wrench Smokehouse – The smokehouse offers a kid’s craft and story hour on Friday mornings that is really popular. Sunday brunch is served as a buffet that includes scratch-made pastries.

Chicora Alley– Boasting TR’s largest bar, here you can enjoy a cocktail, coffee, pastries, and items from Chicora Alley’s full menu. Our readers RAVE about their Nachos!

Farmhouse Tacos – American-style Mexican food served from locally sourced ingredients.

Restaurant 17 – Located inside Hotel Domestique, Restaurant 17 serves locally sourced meals. Guests can enjoy dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy ice cream or a frozen treat from Pink Mama’s Ice Cream.

Shopping in Travelers Rest, SC

Charlie’s Southern Rustiques – Located in an old service station, Charlie’s offers a unique collection of vintage collectibles, antiques, and decor for your home. They are open Wednesday through Saturday, with occasional Sunday hours.

The Carolina Honey Bee Company – Not only does The Carolina Honey Bee Company sell pure, raw honey straight from their hives, but they also sell bees themselves! Whether you are looking for fresh honey, or to become your own beekeeper, they have all the bee supplies you will need.

Beyond the Threads – A boutique clothing store that offers hand-selected items like apparel, beautiful clothing, and personalized gifts.

Retro Marketplace – Retro Marketplace contains a plethora of vintage clothing and upcycled pieces. They occasionally host events such as wine tastings and vintage clothing fashion shows.

The Crescent Olive – An olive oil and balsamic vinegar distributor that sells premium oils produced in various countries throughout the world! They have specialty oils, flavored oils, and a selection of vinegar to purchase. Their highly knowledgeable staff will help you locate something new and delicious to add to your kitchen.

Kramers Korner Shops – Kramers houses over 85 artisan goods and creations! They have a large selection of vintage goods, as well as locally made handcrafted items.

We hope you decide to explore Travelers Rest! Did we leave out your favorite part of this southern town? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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Meg Stovall
2 years ago

You did not mention shopping in TR! What about Charlie’s Southern Rustiques, Retro Marketplace, Silver Lily Boutique, Flop Shop, Beyond the Threads, The Crescent Olive, and others? Great way to spend an afternoon!!

2 years ago
Reply to  Meg Stovall

We will consider this in our next update!