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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Coolest Small Towns 2013

Even though we are new to the town of Travelers Rest, we have fallen in love with the hospitality, restaurants, Swamp Rabbit Trail and accessibility to the moutains and Greenville. Someone else who loves our little town submitted it for Budget Travel's "Coolest Small Towns in 2013"! We need people to go to This Link to Vote on our little town!! You can vote once a day! If you look at the list, A LOT of towns have been nominated and some have as many as 5,000 votes already. We have about 90 so we need to get a lot more votes in!!! Below are only a few things that make Traveler's Rest such a fun little town. (This list only includes the places that had pictures online and/or links for them)
Click the photos to get more information on each of them ~

Swamp Rabbit Trail brings in several families and college students from Greenville to the Travelers Rest by foot, bicycles, skateboards, and roller blades.

Don't own the equipment to go exploring? Check out Sunrift! They have bikes, canoes, kayaks and anything else you need become one with nature.

When you want to get a little energy boost before or after a trip on the trail stop by The Forest Coffeehouse! Students, musicians, and artists are often seen relaxing or entertaining here.

The Barker Bar is a great place to socialize without feeling guilty about leaving the pooch at home. Here man and man's best friend is welcome with open arms!

 The Cafe at Williams Hardware is a lovely place to grab lunch or dinner. You can also enjoy your meal on a back porch overlooking the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Trailside Creamery is a cool break in a small southern town. They're flavors change continuously but they always have vanilla and chocolate!

Home Color is a new store on Mainstreet with beautiful and bright art to brighten your home.

Chef Giovanni's is a new restaurant that not only has delicious italian dishes but also tasty steak and seafood selections.

Duke's Doggs @ Swoll's Place
 (still waiting to find an updated photo of Duke's)
Duke's Doggs serves only hotdogs and man are they good!! They now have a screened in porch so you can enjoy your eats while watching the trail.

Upcountry Provisions is a quaint bistro and cafe just off of Mainstreet. Their breads are delicious!

As I mentioned before, Travelers Rest has a prime location. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, you have access to trails, rivers and campsites while also being 15 minutes away from downtown Greenville.


 Even if you don't live in Travelers Rest, but have enjoyed one of these wonderful places, show your support and go vote!!


  1. Thanks for your support of TR best small town contest. We now have almost 250 votes which puts us in the top 20 vote getters our of over 600 nominations. I'm trying to figure out how the top vote getting town with less than 3000 people has over 6000 votes.

    I moved here 4 years ago from MN. You might like my blog http://lifeparttwo.wordpress.com I signed up for your blog. Love what you did with the post on TR business.

  2. We can vote yet today. We currently have 591 votes which by my counting makes us number 13 on the list. Everyone please vote one more time today.

  3. The contest has closed. Here is where we stand.
    Thought you might like an update of where Travelers Rest stands in Budget Travel Magazine Best Small Town Contest.

    Budget Travel Says: “Coolest Small Towns 2013 nominations has closed — we had 96,605 votes and 2,415 comments in support of 924 towns, our biggest turnout ever!
    We'll be reviewing all the nominations, along with any other gems we discover on our own, to narrow the list to 15 finalists -- we'll use your votes as a guide, but also look for diversity in geography, attractions, architecture, and more. We'll post those in January and ask you to vote on the winner. Stay tuned!”

    As far as I can tell Travelers Rest came in number 15 in votes with 628 and 18 very good comments. Here is our competition.

    Bay St. Louis, MS 9816 votes
    Watkins Glen, NY 8437
    Shepherdstown, WV 3207
    Elkhard Lake, WI 2900
    Eagle River, WI 2608
    Camden, ME 2076
    Le Claire, IA 1847
    Mount Carroll, IL 1266
    Berkley Springs, WV 977 art community
    Mount Morris, NY 823
    Quincy, CA 822
    Flagler Beach, FL 802
    Minocaqua, WI 777
    Belfast, ME 749 seaport town
    Travelers Rest, SC 628

    Thanks to all of you that voted and left comments. I would guess the top 15 list comes out in early/mid December. Let's hope we make it to the new list and then voting starts again.