Greenville, S.C., is one of those Southern gems that doesn't get a lot of attention but is an unexpected mix of Old South charm, cosmopolitan chic and hipster hangouts. As a romantic destination, Greenville promises great food, a laid-back atmosphere and enough nightlife to keep you both on your feet. Whether you want to enjoy fine dining or escape to a quiet nature trail, Greenville makes for a special getaway.
Larkin's on The River
The Reedy River sets the mood for candlelight dining at one of Greenville's most established restaurants. Specializing in steak and fresh seafood, Larkin's on the River (larkinsontheriver.com) gives you and your significant other a warm atmosphere with exposed brick walls, columned vaulted ceilings and large windows that open out to the river. Certified sommelier Mark Hammond has put together a wine list including the finest bottles from California, France and Spain, and chef Alex Castro delivers some of Greenville's most sumptuous dishes.
For a taste of nature in the middle of the city, head to Falls Park (fallspark.com), site of the beautiful Liberty Bridge. The park includes nature trails, waterfalls and natural stone landings that let you get as close to the water as you want. The bridge arcs over the Reedy River and is the ideal place to share that first kiss or even pop the question. At sunset, the bridge is illuminated by soft white lights, making the atmosphere just right for two.
The Pettigru Historic District is home to Pettigru Place (pettigruplace.com), Greenville's answer to the Southern Bed and Breakfast. Housed in an early 20th-century Federal-style home, the tree-lined street provides an oasis to get away and enjoy time together. The inn has a large common area and five distinctive guest rooms that come complete with a two glasses of wine and a cheese plate on your arrival. You can share time in the authentic English garden, or stroll down Main Street and take in Greenville by night.
Coal Fired Bistro And Wine Bar
Chef Carlos Echeverri brings the taste of Northern Italy to Greenville, mixed with a 1920's New York Art Deco-styled interior at Coal Fired Bistro And Wine Bar (coalfiredbistro.com). The restaurant's combination of high-end cuisine and a one-of-a-kind self serve wine bar, gives couples a chance to enjoy a special evening on the town. Reservations are strongly recommended to experience premium table-side service that includes food cooked in the largest coal-fired oven in the United States. If you want to go all out, try the six-course Banfi wine dinner.
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