Got just 36 hours in Newberry, SC?
Consider these FUN-filled possibilities. Why Newberry? Simply put, it’s a little, accessible gem that’s Southern to its core, and we mean that in a good way. Drive to Newberry on I-26.It’s about 45 minutes west of Columbia, and about an hour east of Greenville. Once you arrive, choose your accommodation. We suggest the Hampton Inn Newberry-Opera House. It's downtown, in the middle of the action, and frequently offers packages to entice visitors to enjoy the many charms of this remarkable town. Safely ensconced, it’s time to explore.
Newberry is home to some of the state’s oldest homes and richest history. Stop by the Visitor Center on Main Street and pick up some downtown walking/driving tour guides to enrich your sightseeing experience. If you like to plan ahead, call or e-mail the City’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and they will ship out a visitor packet quick as a wink. Phone: 803.321.1015 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consider Carter and Holmes Orchids. Bill Carter and Owen Holmes began selling orchids as cut flowers in the years following World War II when corsage flowers were in great demand for Valentine's Day, Easter, and Mother's Day. In the 1960s, they began producing orchids for home growing. You will be amazed at these blooms.
If you want to take a late morning stroll, consider nearby Lynches Woods. This forest preserve is located just east of Newberry, off US Highway 76. There are horse trails, as well as designated loops for hikers and bikers. It’s part of the 425-mile-long Palmetto Trail that traverses SC from the mountains to the sea.When hunger strikes, head to Figaro-The Dining Room, in the middle of town for a unique and memorable dining experience. Their cuisine is an eclectic fusion of international classics with a home grown feel. Enjoy your steak? After your meal, cross the street and get your own special cut in Figaro Market, a specialty grocery store with nice selections of craft beer, wine, deli meats , gourmet snacks and carrot cake that will melt in your mouth!
Afterwards, stroll the streets in search of bargains. For antiques, there’s Eurolux. Michelle’s is a great little gift shop and Out on a Whim features unusual gifts. Newberry College is a very pretty campus with beautiful old buildings and friendly students. You may want to return to your room to rest before venturing out to Steven Ws for another wonderful meal. It’s downtown as well. You can’t go wrong with the pecan-crusted chicken and blackberry sauce.
And then, it’s on to the Newberry Opera House, where you can have the chance to enjoy intimate theatre in an historic performance venue. Check to see who’s performing, but don’t expect to walk up and find a seat. Reserve your tickets ahead because people travel from all around to enjoy the shows.Want a nightcap before bed? Try the Storm Cellar for a convivial atmosphere.
By now you’ve figured out that there’s much to enjoy in this historic small town. Grab a bite and stroll some more. You’re close to two lakes for the recreationally minded. Lake Murray and Lake Greenwood both offer great fishing and boating, in a lovely wooded setting. Or, you can opt for the fruit of the vine.
Didn’t know there was wine tasting here? There is and it’s a fun little excursion. Enoree River Vineyards and Winery is nestled in the heart of Newberry County, South Carolina, best known by locals as the “Center of the Universe.” Their winery offers guests a local wine tasting experience surrounded by beautiful vineyard views. Guests can also purchase their favorite bottles of wine, including Muscadine, fruit and Vinifera wines, to enjoy at home. If you pick the right Sunday you can spend an afternoon at their “Pack the Porch” events and enjoy wine and live entertainment to complete your “Sunday afternoon drive” near Newberry.
Note: Even if you prefer dry wine, consider using their very tasty flavors (peach, for example) to make a stunning summertime sangria.
If your timing is right, there are special events held throughout the year.
An annual chili cook-off kicks off the event year in conjunction with the Souper Bowl of Caring where proceeds benefit a local food pantry.
The Irish Fling celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with downtown shops open extended hours and the downtown bars/restaurants feature Irish specials and live music.
If you like BBQ, in April you won’t want to miss the Southern BBQ Network sanctioned Pork in the Park! The event in downtown Newberry features live music, kid’s rides and great BBQ from cookers from across the southeast.
Held annually in May, A Taste of Newberry is a quintessential small town event! Sample food, beer and wine, and full meals from the best of our local restaurants throughout the county. This event also features live music performed by local musicians. So come on down and wine and dine with us!
The Oktoberfest is the city’s signature event, held annually on the first Saturday in October. The festival is attended by over 20,000 people. It is a festival of German heritage with enough art, entertainment, and children's activities to satisfy the whole family... and the best part is that it's all for free!
With or without a festival or party, eventually, it’s time to wind down, head back to your hotel and decide what’s for dinner. There are lots of options, including The Grille on Main with its American Southern dishes (try the Sesame ginger salmon or a pimento cheeseburger). Check the Opera House – there’s something almost every night – or head back to the Storm Cellar. It’s a great way to toast a wonderful road trip.