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JUL-AUG 2017

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4 0 T 2 0 1 7 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E Courtesy Visit Greenville GREENVILLE'S SWAMP RABBIT BICYCLE TRAIL Epicureans in your group will enjoy sampling the barbecue around Columbia, where the local style is characterized by shredded pork and a yel- low, mustard-based sauce. There are plenty of small barbecue joints around town to check out, but perhaps the most unusual is Top of Carolina. "It's at the top of a high-rise dormitory in the heart of the University of South Carolina campus," Baker said. "It slowly rotates, so it's great for people who would like to view the campus and also enjoy a barbecue lunch." The restaurant is open Fridays for lunch and Saturdays for brunch during the school year. Groups should make reservations. GR E EN V I L L E In the mountainous territory of northeast South Carolina, Greenville is known for its vibrant down- town scene complete with restaurants, shopping, nightlife and history. But groups that venture beyond the downtown area will find a variety of historic and natural sites to visit. In the town of Greer, Suber's Corn Mill was built in 1908 and is one of the oldest surviving gristmills still operating in South Carolina. Visitors can see the millstone, gears and pulleys that oper- ate the mill and watch as corn is ground into corn- meal. There, meal and other products are available for sale on-site. Six miles outside of downtown Greenville is Lake Conestee Nature Park, which comprises 400 acres along the Reedy River. The hardwood and evergreen forests along the riverbank are inhabited by more than 200 species of birds, as well as deer, raccoons, beavers, foxes and other animals. Active groups might also enjoy a trip on the Swamp Rabbit Cycling Trail. "We have a number of affordable ways to rent bikes, so a whole group could go out on a ride together," said Taryn Scher, spokeswoman for Visit Greenville. "The trail is more than 20 miles long. It goes through the campus of Furman University and out to the city of Travelers Rest, a charming small town that has exploded in popularity thanks to the trail. There's a brewery, a rum distillery and about 15 to 20 restaurants." Meanwhile, back in downtown Greenville, there are more than 70 pieces of public art on display, and visitors can take a self-guided walking tour to see the artwork and learn about the people who created it. for group rates Debbi Zimmerman 843-769-2630 Charleston, SC america's oldest preserved plantation house open to the public.

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