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This is an Insider's Guide to what makes Spartanburg memorable, eclectic, hip and fun. Our Insiders know the Spartanburg area better than anyone—they live, work and play here. These bloggers write about the places, people and experiences that have shaped Spartanburg County. From music heritage to international food festivals, come see for yourself…

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Drayton Mills Trail - A Getaway That’s Not Too Far Away

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016

Trail
Steve Wong

An urban trail in any city is a treat and retreat for both locals and visitors. It is a path of protected greenery that both skirts and winds through the concrete jungle of city life, giving walkers, runners, cyclists, and skaters a little time and distance to get back to nature without having to leave civilization. On Spartanburg’s east side, Drayton Mills Trail is one of those much sought-after jaunts that will allow you a nice little escape from all the hubbub of Sparkle City.  More >>


Visiting the alpacas at North Woods Farm

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Alpaca
By Rachel Richardson
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Peru and Inman, South Carolina, would not seem to share much in common. One is a mountainous country in South America, and the other is town in the Upstate. One is home to the ancient Incan site Macchu Picchu and the other isn’t. Both, however, support an entirely singular creature known to travel in herds and renowned worldwide for their fluffy fur.  More >>


Three Spartanburg County Chefs Serve Up Their Secrets

Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2016

By Latria Graham
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

As a fourth-generation South Carolina farmer, I’m always interested to see how chefs showcase our regional staples on their menus. While Spartanburg County is renowned for peaches, our unique corner of South Carolina is home to a number of seasonal delights. I talked to three local chefs about the ways they highlight our area’s artisanal foodstuffs and here’s what they had to say.  More >>


The Sparkle City Pizza Scene

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pizza
By Tim Marsh
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

When I told my girlfriend that I had been asked to write an article about Spartanburg’s pizza scene, she crunched her face into a quizzical smirk and asked, “What pizza scene?” The attitude was expected. My girlfriend is a bona fide Yank—born and raised just outside of New York City—which means, among other things, that she maintains a steadfast discrimination toward any pizza that hasn’t been hand-tossed and oven-baked north of the Potomac.  More >>


The Scholar’s Tour of Spartanburg County

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

By Latria Graham
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Historical documents often give researchers an understanding of the social history of a place and how residents interacted with one another in the past. Libraries are one of my favorite places to visit when I go to a new town. This type of historical preservation is a quieter more nuanced art and it tends to be overlooked by visitors. However, if you find yourself in Spartanburg yearning to learn more about the city’s history, there are several places to go, depending on your interests.  More >>


Spartanburg's German Connection

Posted on Monday, February 08, 2016

By Sharon Purvis
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Raise your hand if, when you think of Germans in Spartanburg, you think BMW? Me too—so I was surprised to learn that there are 27 German manufacturing companies in Spartanburg County and that the German community here predates BMW by decades, going back to the days when textiles were king of the manufacturing landscape.  More >>


The Buzz in Spartanburg: Coffee Culture

Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2016

Coffee
By Brad Wright
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

If you happen to be on the Mary Black Rail Trail during normal weekday business hours, you might find your curiosity piqued by a pleasant aroma as you arrive at the intersection with Marion Avenue. Follow your nose, and you will find yourself at one of Spartanburg's hidden gems: Little River Roasters. Inside you will find a coffee lover's paradise, with the smell of coffee from the roaster permeating the space and countless 150-pound burlap sacks of green coffee beans from around the world just waiting to be turned into a delicious cup of Joe.  More >>


It’s Official: Spartanburg is an Arts Town

Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2016

By Latria Graham
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Music on Main, one of Spartanburg’s celebrated weekly warm-weather events, ceases at the beginning of winter, but there are plenty of things to do within city limits. With over 1,335 annual events and festivals, 43 galleries and art exhibit spaces, 21 indoor live performance venues, and nine outdoor performance venues, options abound, and most are free. There is no famine of options here.  More >>


Meat and three: It’s what’s cooking in Spartanburg

Posted on Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Wades
By Jan Scalisi
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

If you’re visiting Spartanburg County—and would like to think that you’re doing a fine job of taking in its special culture—be sure to do this before you leave: Relax your belt buckle a notch, loosen your traveling pants, and take in some Southern-style comfort food. The locals will tell you that you haven’t experienced our true culinary character until you’ve tossed your diet aside and ticked off a meat-and-three (that’s one meat, three vegetables, best served with sweet tea and dessert) at a classic Southern restaurant.  More >>


A Tale of Two Distilleries

Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015

By Sharon Purvis
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

If you ask ten people to name ten things that they associate with the Southern Appalachians, it's a pretty safe bet that most of them will include moonshine on their list. And with craft breweries and distilleries on the rise, it was only a matter of time before legal hooch made an appearance-but it's not the stuff your granddaddy may (or may not) have enjoyed on the sly.  More >>


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