As you leave Columbia, make a stop in Irmo, SC, at family-owned Heritage Fields Farm. Take home fresh produce, flowers, seasonal crafts, or art objects from the blacksmith shop. Next stop, downtown Newberry, one of Travel Channel’s "Most Charming Small Towns in America,” where entire blocks are on the National Registry of Historic Places. Special attractions include the Newberry Opera House, Newberry Arts Center, and the Newberry Museum. The Wells Japanese Garden is a Newberry landmark, with a temple, torri gate, moon bridge and tea house, all crafted using local materials.
Greenwood offers exciting expeditions for those who love fishing, golf, history, and shopping around town.
With 11,000 acres of fun just waiting for you, you can’t go wrong at Lake Greenwood, a year-round playground for all types of water sports. Two of the area’s 15 golf courses are located directly on the lake. A new five-mile Scenic Shoreline Trail attracts hikers and wildlife lovers, and a variety of camping options are available at Lake Greenwood State Park as well as private campgrounds. Lakefront parks provide swimming areas, volleyball, and boat ramps. The Blueway, a 34-mile paddling trail, brings kayakers, canoers and other water lovers to the area for both short or long routes.
There’s nothing like having a pontoon boat to yourself for an afternoon of cruising, swimming, tubing, paddling or wakesurfing. Several marinas on Lake Greenwood rent all types of boards, boats, and gear. Rent a pontoon boat and kick back on the water. You can stop in at the Jungle Float, get a treat from the ice cream boat, or catch some fish. When it’s time for a dinner break, there are planty of restaurants along the water, from Break on the Lake to Harris Landing, where you might catch some great burgers and live music.
Drop a line in the water. The fishing is incredible on Lake Greenwood, and you won’t want to miss it. Fishermen here can’t get enough of the catfish, crappie and striped bass in these blue waters. Fishing areas along the shore are plentiful, at Lake Greenwood State Park and other areas, but if you want to get out on the water, local guides like Daniel Skipper can help visitors find just the spot.
A fixture on Lake Greenwood for decades, Gunnells' Marine is a one-stop shop for all your Lake Greenwood adventure gear. From bags and bindings to vests, gloves and paddles, you’ll find what you need. Go in for a tee shirt, come out with a new wakeboard or, better yet, a brand-new Tige ski boat. If you’re looking for rentals, their knowledgable staff can steer you in the right direction. Several nearby marinas offer rentals for pontoons, boards, paddles, jet skis and more.
Greenwood locals and visitors alike love to relax lakeside at this cozy steak and seafood restaurant. The relaxing and panoramic views of Lake Greenwood make Break on the Lake a favorite spot, after a day on the water or just hanging out with friends. With two full bars, excellent cocktails and a family-friendly experience, you’ll have great food served in an intimate space. Enjoy the craft beers, meat and veggie lunch specials, full dinner menu—and a view from every seat.
Uptown Greenwood’s Emerald Triangle cultural district is an area of charming historic architecture and character, with restored buildings from the turn of the 20th century. The Greenwood Museum is one of the show pieces of the district. Visitors will find rotating exhibits, as well as permanent displays that include a 1900s Main Street, the Carolina Cave, an extensive gem and mineral collection, and the “Epic Journeys” of animal migrations. The Museum is one of three key Uptown cultural sites, along with The Arts Center and the Greenwood Community Theatre, just steps from the interesting shops and restaurants of Uptown.
If you’re looking for sporting goods, check out Hunters Headquarters, where you can find everything you need for hunting, fishing, shooting sports and archery. The staff is knowledgable and experienced, and the archery shop, the largest in the Upstate, has been named a Mathews Archery Top 100 retailer for four years.
Ask any Greenwood resident where they love to go for live music, and the answer will almost always include Howard’s. In fact, you could almost stay all day. Stop in for breakfast before you start exploring Greenwood’s charming Uptown area. Come back for a lunch of soups, salads, paninis, fresh-baked breads and tempting desserts. End the day here with live music, karaoke, trivia and a craft beer or cocktail in the Backroom Bar, where locals love to gather. Check Howard’s Facebook page for daily specials or find out which of Greenwood’s many musicians is playing.