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The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

Why vote for Travelers Rest as Coolest Small Town

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Quite a few of you have visited me here in Travelers Rest but many of you have not.   I thought I would give you insight into why you should vote for Travelers Rest in the Budget Travel Coolest Small Town Contest.  We are currently in 4th place.

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Note:   I just saw on the Budget Travel website that they are having trouble with voting if you use Internet Explorer.  They are trying to fix it.

Here are 20 reasons people think TR is Cool.

Let’s start with the name of this town – Travelers Rest. How cool is that? Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this town is the resting spot for travelers going over the beautiful mountains. Enjoy the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a nearly 14 mile multi-use (walking & bicycling) greenway that traverses along the Reedy River, an old railroad corridor and City parks to connect Travelers Rest with the City of Greenville, SC. Main Street businesses support the outdoor lifestyle of the backpacker, paddler, cyclist, hiker and climber. Local stores feature a wide variety of crafts made by local artists. You and your dog are welcome at a dog friendly (and people friendly) pub. Try the award winning coffee. Excellent restaurants cater to the Swamp Rabbit Trail crowd with delicious soups and sandwiches including gluten free items. The fine dining restaurants will amaze you. Our southern hospitality makes everyone feel welcome.– Fay Choban

My husband and I could have lived anywhere in this great country. After 5 years of searching we moved from Minnesota to Travelers Rest. We could not be happier. It is a beautiful place with lots to do and wonderful people. – Fay

 Travelers Rest, SC is a cool town that gets cooler every day! We have a growing arts scene, restaurants serving all sorts of tasty treats, and recreation abounds! Mountains? We got ’em! Waterfalls? We got ’em! Biking/Walking Trails? We got ’em!  Cool, friendly people? We got ’em! – Rich Nicoloff

Travelers Rest, SC is a wonderful place to live and raise your kids. There are wonderful schools, good churches, and various places to eat out. It is a safe, well protected little city with close proximity to Greenville SC. There are several colleges and universities close by and opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities year round. The arts are available and encouraged. It’s citizens are friendly. – Edna Wrifht

The town is small and friendly. I live only seconds from the Swamp Rabbit Trail. From morning till night people are enjoying exercising and just being outdoors. Everyone seems to be glad to be a part of all the changes that are taking place. We are proud of our town for incorporating a sense of a loving community. – Sheila Holliday

Revamped downtown area with shopping and cafes. Fresh air & green trees. Connected to Greenville via a 14 mile paved trail. Traveled by many on foot and bike. Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Love it here! – Lisa Phillips

Revamped downtown area with shopping and cafes. Fresh air & green trees. Connected to Greenville via a 14 mile paved trail. Traveled by many on foot and bike. Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Love it here! – Lisa Phillips

My wife and I passed through TR many times on our way to the mountains. After stopping here a few times, we decided to move here. Incredible people, great restaurants, and the Swamp Rabbit Trail is AWESOME. We’ve lived here for 5 years now, and plan on being here for life. – Brady Gilbert check out reasons why it is great!! – Candin

Surrounded by mountain scenery, warm friendly folks, have seriously upgraded town activities and appearance in recent years, has a town museum, a town that is in the 21st century but respects and honors history as well. lots of activities for adults and kids through festivals, parades and other events. – Marian Cooper Bryan

No place like HOME—that is Travelers Rest. SC – Joann Jones

Being near Furman University, North Greenville University and Bob Jones University offers so many activities from the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI), theater, music and sports events. Several golf courses very nearby. Lots of fun festivals. – Fay

Also we have beautiful state parks so close – Paris Mountain State Park, Table Rock State Park, Caesar Head State Park and the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area…tons of waterfalls and hiking trails within a 15 minute drive. We love to go for a hike, sit near a waterfall for a picnic or even go to one of the state park lodges to hear blue grass music on a Saturday afternoon. – Kathleen Johnson

Traveler’s Rest is a beautiful, gracious small southern town full of charm and personality. So much to love! – Marcia

Beautiful up and coming city. Lot of history and old town/historic atmosphere to roam and see. Close to airport, BMW manufacturing tour, wine countries, pristine colleges, watched a kayak shoot the rapids nearby downtown stream/waterfall. Great food, great entertainment, great site seeing. All around great, convenient location to stay or use as a home bas as you visit other near by locations. – Gary M. Riley

You may be wondering how you get to this gem of a small town. You can fly into Greenville, SC airport just 20 minutes away or into Asheville, NC 45 minutes away. We are 4 hours from Charleston, SC, 2 hours from Charlotte, NC, 3 hours from Atlanta, 3 hours from Knoxville, TN, 5.5 hours from Nashville, TN. It’s a great place so stop on by. – Fay

Although I no longer live in South Carolina, returning as a visitor to my home town of Travelers Rest has become such a wonderful treat. With the recently revitalized Main Street, TR has many cute, quaint little boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops, all within a walkable distance from one another. The award winning Swamp Rabbit Trail was completed about five years ago and is a “Rails to Trails” path that connects people from the small town to the heart of downtown Greenville, SC which just ads to the charm of this quaint town. The scenery makes it even more wonderful with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you drive into town. located just 25 minutes away from Table Rock State Park, the town lends itself well to the outdoor enthusiast. Overall, the town has become such a beautiful haven for me to get away to when I live my current residence of Telluride, CO (another wonderful small town on the list!). – Emily

Best coffee in town…Leopard Forrest, the start of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, great restaurants, bakery, outdoor adventure store. – Colleen Zeigler

I first moved to TR around 1999, loved it then but unfortunately moved away when I got married(mistake). When the chance arose to move back here, I didn’t hesitate for one second. I’ve always liked it here and always will. And now with the Barker Bar and Swamp Rabbit Trail, who could not love this place on earth. Great people, great food and great times. Come check us out. – Randy Day

The Barker Bar – dog and people friendly.  If you are out walking your dog, you and the dog are invited into this bar to have a drink.   There is also a nice shaded area in the back if doggie prefers that.


Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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