Monday, February 24, 2020
In need of a solid man-cation with your friends? Spartanburg has some great options for spending that quality time hanging out and catching up with your guys.
Full of natural beauty and history, setting up camp at Croft State Park gives you the convenience of staying within a 20-minute drive of downtown all while sleeping under the stars. This former WWII Army training facility features miles of trails for hiking or biking, in addition to fishing and boating on Lake Craig — perfect for that guys weekend spent outdoors.
If you and your friends want to spend a bit more time downtown during your weekend, then check out the AC Hotel Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Marriott. The fun doesn’t have to stop downtown though since both hotels offer bars where you can grab that night-cap before you rest up for your next adventure.
Not sure where you want to stay and want to see a full list of area hotels? We’ve got you covered.
If you happened to bring your own kayaks or maybe a canoe, head over to Lake Cooley and spend your day paddling the 330-acre reservoir. Don’t have a boat but still want to soak up the sun on the water? Croft State Park’s Lake Craig has fishing boats, canoes, and kayaks all available for rent for a couple of hours or the whole day.
Spartanburg is dedicated to the outdoors, and with over 120 miles worth of trails for you and your guys to check out there will always be more to explore for the next time you visit. If you would rather bike than enjoy a hike, then you’re in luck because Spartanburg was the first South Carolina city to be named a Bicycle Friendly Community. From the 102.7 mile journey known as the Assault on Mt. Mitchell, to the Bike Park at The Rail Yard, Spartanburg can be a great place to spend time on two wheels for you and your friends.
Put the pedal to the metal and drift around corners behind the wheel of some of BMW’s top-performing cars. With an off-road course showing off the locally-made X Series’ capabilities, and a track experience you’ll never forget, it’s easy to have a great time at the East Coast’s only BMW Performance Center.
The adventures don’t just stop here, check out some other Things To Do to plan the perfect trip for you and your friends when you visit Spartanburg.
In between the excursions you have planned, you’re going to need to refuel and Spartanburg has you covered with some great options to check out before your next adventure.
Start your day off with a Bloody Mary and a breakfast burger when you check out brunch at Dray Bar + Grill in Drayton Mills. While you can get your typical eggs, sausage, and bacon for breakfast; don’t just stop there when you can go all in and treat yourself to the steak and eggs during your man-cation?
Maybe you guys are looking for something a little sweeter for breakfast? Downtown Deli and Donuts serves up handmade donut creations just for you, in addition to their delicious breakfast sandwiches like the Red Rooster, a biscuit with fried chicken, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy.
Opened in January 2020, the Flock Shop is a great place to grab lunch with your friends just outside of downtown. Serving Nashville-style hot chicken, you will be in fried chicken heaven no matter which level of spice you get your food. If you’re looking for recommendations, then grab the Freebird sandwich flock-style for the full experience, and you can’t forget the pimento mac-n-cheese and Rail Trail Pale brewed locally in collaboration with RJ Rockers.
While the Flock Shop may be new to Spartanburg, you can’t go wrong with one of Spartanburg’s more established food staples, Sugar-N-Spice. For over 50 years, this spot has served up a slice of ‘Americana’ with their burgers, just be sure to get yours “a-plenty” for that signature Spartanburg style.
Before you hit the town for the night, be sure to fill up on pizza from Sidewall Pizza in the Montgomery Building downtown. Whether you all like pineapple on your pizza or the more traditional toppings like pepperoni, there’s something for you and your guys to share at Sidewall.
Spend one night of your man-cation treating yourself, and there’s no better way than at The Kennedy. Start your dinner with a round of oysters before you dig into the grilled ribeye cooked to perfection for a dinner you and your stomach won’t forget. It also helps that their drinks menu is chock full of options to start your night on the town off right.
Did you really think we were going to let you visit Spartanburg without highlighting our breweries? Spartanburg’s craft beer scene continues to grow, and with four breweries and one cidery/brewery, you and your guys may even find a new favorite brew to bring home.
Downtown you will find the OG of the craft beer scene in Spartanburg, RJ Rockers. Famous for their Son of a Peach and Lost Boy IPA, stay awhile and enjoy a flight of your favorite styles. Don’t just stop at RJ Rockers though, with Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery also downtown, you can enjoy various brews such as their One Eyed Pterodactyl American IPA or the Sparkle City Cider for those looking for something a little lighter.
Outside of downtown, you will find Holliday Brewing in Drayton Mills and their wheelhouse of West Coast-style IPAs. From Stouts to Belgians to Red Ales, New Groove Artisan Brewery in Boiling Springs features a variety of beers on tap in addition to some non-alcoholic options for those that may be driving the crew around town. Finish off your brewery tour at Plankowner Brewing also in Boiling Springs for their nautical-themed brews such as the King Neptune DIPA or the Juicy Scurvy Dog Pale Ale.
When the weather is warm and the beer is cold, it’s a great time to check out FR8yard in Downtown Spartanburg. This Biergarten was built from repurposed shipping containers and often has live music or the top football games showing on their big screen when you visit. If you or someone in the group is more in the mood for a cocktail, then check out our list of crafted cocktail places just for you!
Spartanburg is a great place to hang out with the guys for a getaway, whether you all just saw each other last week, last month, or years ago. Take some time to yourselves and explore the great things Spartanburg has to offer.
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