Whether you’re strolling past downtown Landrum storefronts in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains or taking in the fervor of new activity in Woodruff, it’s easy to see the small-town charm Spartanburg County has to offer.
Towns across this upstate county are growing more and more vibrant as locals bring to life their creative visions for historic buildings and new business opportunities that attract visitors and boost the pride of locals.
One of the northernmost points in Spartanburg County, Landrum is in the middle of equestrian country. The town’s proximity to the Tryon International Equestrian Center is clear when visiting any of the many antique shops Landrum has to offer.
The small town with mountain views has gained a regional reputation for its antiques and furniture, and for being home to pieces you can’t really find anywhere else. Walking through the heart of Landrum is like taking a trip back in time to a quaint small town straight out of a movie.
Along with great shopping and showstopping scenery, Landrum’s food scene is cooking.
Just outside of town, 2018 SC Chef Ambassador Sarah McClure’s popular Southside Smokehouse has some of the best barbecue and Cajun-inspired dishes anywhere in the state. Chef Sarah showcases weekly specials that are creative and eclectic, using seasonal and locally sourced vegetables and fruits from farmers in the Landrum, Tryon and Columbus area.
Soulisa’s Fine Thai Dining brings an international flavor with Thai favorites and great sushi.
Stone Soup Café & Market offers made-from-scratch lunch, brunch and dinner menus, wood-fired pizza, and also has a market that carries local and imported products to add a little something extra to your next homecooked meal. Oh, and there’s a dog park behind the restaurant that is open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk at no charge.
The Hare & Hound Pub has a sign in front of the restaurant that perfectly sums up the restaurant’s classic pub food and American favorites: “Good food, good beer, good times.”
Not far from Landrum is another northern Spartanburg County town, Inman. The small town with a big heart features historic storefronts and a plethora of local shopping activities.
For most of the year, Inman welcomes festivals and farmers markets to give people a figurative and literal taste of what the town is all about.
One of Inman’s biggest draws to locals and visitors alike is the chance to get outside. Inman is filled with parks and outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking trails, the chance to cast your line and go fishing, and proximity to Lake Bowen, one of the most-utilized waterways Spartanburg County has to offer.
Woodruff has seen its downtown jump back to life in recent years while staying in touch with the town’s historic roots.
The ever-popular Humble Grounds coffee shop helped kickoff the revitalization of Main Street in Woodruff. With warm jolts of caffeine, and a welcoming environment accented to comfy seating, brick walls and an exposed ceiling, Humble Grounds has become a go-to for anyone in Woodruff.
Shops have joined Humble Grounds along Main Street, making the stroll down the heart of town chock-full of sights and window-shopping opportunities.
New to the scene is Rotties 221 Biergarten, which sits in a 118-year-old building on Main Street. The biergarten features 24 taps of craft beer and a variety of food options, including pretzels – a good partner for any beer – and more. For those warm South Carolina days, outside seating is available letting you enjoy a good brew and the sights and sounds of downtown at the same time.
Small town charm is everywhere in Spartanburg County. From the rolling farmland of Campobello to the history-packed streets of Cowpens, the municipalities of Spartanburg County have an authentic southern charm that makes them special to visitors and locals alike.