With the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament tipping off Wednesday, LSU Tiger fans will be bound for Greenville, South Carolina. The seventh-seeded Lady Tigers take on the Ole Miss Lady Rebels (10th seed) in second-round action at 5 p.m. Thursday.
What's there to do in the city between games? Quite a lot, according to tourism officials and The New York Times, which recently named Greenville as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2017.
"The Bon Secours Wellness Arena — 'The Well' — where the games are played is less than 3/10 of a mile from Main Street, the center of Greenville's activity," said Taryn Scher, speaking on behalf of Visit Greenville S.C., in an email. "There are more than 120 locally-owned restaurants, boutiques, museums, a 32-acre park and waterfalls, the beginning of the 20-plus-mile Swamp Rabbit Bike Trail, a free trolley, more than 70 works of public art, a performing arts center and six major hotels."
Scher offered these specific ideas on where to enjoy the city:
- Dining: new eateries The Anchorage, theanchoragerestaurant.com; and Up on the Roof, eatupdrinkup.net; and old favorites Hall’s Chophouse, hallschophousegreenville.com; and The Lazy Goat, thelazygoat.com
- Drinking: The Dark Corner Distillery, darkcornerdistillery.com; and Methodical Coffee, methodicalcoffee.com
- Shopping: Southern Tide, southerntide.com; Beija-Flor Jeans, beijaflorjeans.com; Magnolia Scents, magnoliascents.com; and M. Judson Booksellers and Storytellers, mjudsonbooks.com
- Touring: The Brewery Experience, thebreweryexperience.com/brewery-tour-locations/greenville-brewery-tour/
- Also check out: The works included in the city's Arts in Public Places initiative, among them the iconic red steel “Untitled 2002-2003” sculpture (often called Gumby); bike rentals from Reedy Rides or B-Cycle for the novice-friendly GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail; the fresh-made cinnamon buns at the Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery, swamprabbitcafe.com; and The BMW Zentrum Museum, bmwusfactory.com/zentrum/tours/guided-factory-tour