South Carolina has no shortage of beautiful and charming towns. The wave of revitalization of downtowns hit here and spread like wildfire, which was a good thing. A lot of our small towns (which for some strange reason a lot of them are categorized as cities) had really went down the tubes. Buildings were falling down and in much disrepair. Miscreants had broken windows and vandalized the outside as well as the inside of some of these beautiful timeless structures. Now, they are better than ever and I have more of them to share with you!
1. Seneca, SC
Seneca has been dubbed the mini-metropolis of the Upstate. It is a beautiful town mixing upscale flair with southern hospitality. Historic downtown Seneca is the place to be here with the little boutiques and delightful restaurants.
2. Ninety Six, SC
Ninety Six is full of history from the war with the Cherokee to the Revolutionary War. The little town is absolutely beautiful with a historic downtown walking trail and many spots of interest.
3. Summerville, SC
When the residents of what is now a beautiful historic downtown saw that their dream was crumbling along with the vacant buildings, they threw on their hard hats and boots and got to work. Now, Summerville is the quintessential place you would love to be on any given day. You can't help but to fall in love with this place.
4. Newberry, SC
The town square is still where everyone meets in the afternoon for business and pleasure. Blocks upon blocks of buildings are all on the National Registry of Historic Places. Visiting Newberry is like taking a trip back in time. There are little boutique shops and antique shops for you to browse through before heading to a production at the Newberry Opera House with dinner afterwards. It's a very lovely place.
5. Camden, SC
You will fall in love all over again. Camden has it all with antebellum neighborhoods and historic sites. Downtown offers unique boutiques, museums, and art galleries. If you time your visits just right you will get to see world-class horse racing.
6. Ridgeway, SC
I wish I had more pictures to show you as although this is a nice picture, it really doesn't do justice the town that is Ridgeway, SC. It may be small, but this town packs a lot of punch! They are known to have the world's smallest police station, but they have so much more. We are talking about museums, boutique shopping, walking tour guides, and historic homes for you to see. They have art walks and festivals. To add more to this, every first Friday they have something going on.
7. Edgefield, SC
Got the art bug? Then go to Edgefield. I don't know if they meant for it to happen or not, but they have turned into quite the little place to be if you are an artist. They have not one, but two pottery studios that sell their own pieces as well as other art shops and boutiques. They even have a blacksmith! Antiques, historic sites, wonderful restaurants, and so much more!
8. Gaffney, SC
Gaffney will delight you on all fronts. They definitely have shopping covered with 80+ stores in their shopping district. They are home to Harold's which is a restaurant that was featured on the Food Network, there are many historic sites such as Cowpens and Kings Mountain. Limestone's art and music departments are downtown as well as Gaffney's Little Theatre and there are many performances that happen for the public. There is so much to do you could take a relaxing weekend and spend it here especially if you love the mountains and want to see those majestic views.
9. Bennettsville, SC
You might want to take your time here and go ahead and make it a weekend. Take a room at a bed and breakfast. Then you can roam around at your leisure. Tour the historic downtown and take coffee at one of the little cafes they have there. You can then shop your way through downtown, stop for lunch, and take in a show.
10. Fort Mill, SC
Nestled between Charlotte, NC and Rock Hill, SC, Fort Mills has made a name for itself. It has become a self-sufficient town with beautiful parks, amazing shopping, and local restaurants.
11. Union, SC
Union is one of many small towns in the Upstate that has a vibrant downtown. Shops line the streets for your shopping and viewing pleasure. In fact, there are more than 100 shops! Don't forget the museums, art studios, and galleries.
12. Walterboro, SC
Walterboro has its own beauty as well as quite a busy downtown. Local diners are just waiting for you to pop in for a quick bite before heading back out again and they are serving up lowcountry foods that you wouldn't expect to see. Don't forget to take home a piece of the past from one of many antique shops.
13. Abbeville, SC
Instead of me telling you about Abbeville, I found this wonderful video that can show you better than I can tell you!
These are more than just a day trip, a weekend is more like it! Just get a nice little room at a bed and breakfast and settle in for a day or two. These small towns really pack a lot in them so you wouldn’t want to miss anything.