Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Spartanburg is home to friendly people, innovative businesses and stunning natural resources, each combining to make Spartanburg a place like no other. There’s Only One. Spartanburg.
The Hub City Bookshop, a Downtown Spartanburg mainstay, is a revolutionary independent bookstore and one of only a handful of nonprofit bookstores in the country. Titles from Spartanburg’s own Hub City Press are featured and all proceeds from book sales go to creative writing education and independent book publishing in the community. Plus, the bookshop shares space with Little River Coffee Bar and Cakehead Bakeshop. Mmmmm, coffee, pastries and books!
With an array of programs covering everything from basic car control for new drivers to advanced techniques used by the pros, the BMW Performance Center is the only one of its kind for the German automaker, and it’s right here in Spartanburg County. Visitors from all over the country make the trip each year to try their hand behind the wheel.” Plus, there is the Zentrum, the official car museum of BMW and you can take a factory tour. Read and Insiders Experience at the BMW Performance Center
Spartanburg is becoming a beer town, with a trio of great spots brewing up and serving delicious craft beers. RJ Rockers, the Hub City’s original brewery, is an institution. Its signature Son of a Peach and other brews can be found all over Spartanburg. Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery brews beers aligned with German purity standards but also embraces their creative side. They work to Make Absurd the Norm and their beers definitely reflect that. In Boiling Springs, New Groove Artisan Brewery has established itself as a favorite among locals and anyone looking for unique takes on popular beer styles.
The handcrafted spirits scene in Spartanburg is booming, too. Motte & Sons Bootlegging Co. on East Daniel Morgan Avenue in the City of Spartanburg infuses a historical touch into its spirits, including whiskey, vodka, rum, gin and even moonshine. In a building built in the 1800s in Downtown Reidville, Sugar Tit Moonshine was inspired by the real, homemade thing. Read more about the area’s bootlegging and spirts history.
Visit RevWarTour.com to learn where you can get an up-close lesson in the role Spartanburg played in America’s independence. Just outside Spartanburg County is Cowpens National Battlefield, where The Battle of Cowpens was fought. The battle was a complete victory for the Patriot militia and became a turning point in the South during the Revolutionary War. Cowpens National Battlefield provides a great experience with a visitor center, interpretive trails, recreational facilities, restrooms, and full-time staff.
The world-famous Beacon Drive In, the second oldest drive-in still in operation in the country, calls Spartanburg home. Known for their piled-high plates “a-plenty” and the landmark lighthouse outside, the Beacon is a draw for locals and tourists alike.