25 May 2012

The Upstate

For Mothers Day weekend, I flew back to South Carolina and enjoyed some good quality time with family and friends back in the Midlands and Upstate.  It also happened to be Artisphere weekend, so that meant even more fun walking around the ever-charming Downtown Greenville Main Street and exploring all of the visiting artists' booths and live demos. 

Downtown Greenville during Artisphere 2011

Black chocolate sorbetto = pure joy.
Love and miss you (and Stitch)!

Greenville will always have a special place in my heart.  I first moved there for a summer internship with GE in 2007 then returned during my time on program with IMLP in 2010, where it remained my home-base during my expat and repat time.  The Upstate is a beautiful, growing area of South Carolina, and there plenty of gems to discover. 

A few of my favorite places in Greenville:
  • Henry's Smokehouse off Wade Hampton for pulled pork and ribs. Peach cobbler or banana pudding - if I get there before it's sold out for the day!
  • Luna Rosa for gelato.  Each new flavor I try, I'm blown away.  I could eat a black chocolate sorbetto and almond gelato waffle cone each day and never get tired.
  • Falls Park on the Reedy River. The nearby gardens were beautiful in bloom.
Places from this trip that make me wish I could visit more often:
  • Pedal Chic - I could have spent all day browsing their shop/boutique and LOVE their slogan "Roadways are the new runways." Not only have they brought in a great selection of bikes and activewear, but it sounds like they've got an awesome calendar of events ranging from clinics to rides.  Open one in the LA-area, please!
  • Kitchen Arts & Pottery - Liz has put together an amazing shop full of foodie treasures.  I'm jealous of her collection of vintage prints and tea towels and wish I could be there for the tea (towel) party for the Queen's jubilee! 
  • Art Crossing galleries - specifically Patti Rishforth's silhouette work, Guy Stevens' paintings and Christina Nicole's jewelry.

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