Old Cigar Warehouse, a cir-
ca-1882 cigar and cotton storage facility with 45-foot ceilings
updated for event rental. With
past lives including stagecoach
factory and the first production facility for tangy Southern
favorite Duke’s Mayonnaise,
Wyche Pavilion hosts events
alongside the Reedy River.
“Shoeless” Joe Jackson, of
World Series game-fixing infamy in 1919, is remembered at
his namesake Museum & Baseball Library. Private tours of the
venue, Jackson’s former home,
are available by appointment.
With 100-plus restaurants in
greater downtown and another
600-plus county-wide, delegates
have a universe of culinary
options all over town.
Main Street choices include
The Loft at Soby’s. This elegant
private dining destination
comprises a fully furnished
apartment complete with kitchen, dining room, rooftop patio,
living room and two luxurious
bedrooms. With customized
menus prepared on-site, options include receptions for 100
guests utilizing the patio and
lounge, plus seated dinners or
meetings for 24 attendees.
Epicurean excursions include
“At the Chef’s Table” and the
Greenville BBQ Trail tour
from Greenville History Tours
(also see “History Q&A”).
Groups can also arrange guided
craft brewery tours with The
In downtown’s West
End, Zen is a contemporary
12,000-square-foot venue with
a fully equipped commercial
kitchen available to outside caterers and chefs. Also featuring
two bars, a private conference
room and a Japanese garden,
this elegant space is ideal for
dinner parties and receptions.
Groups hungry for arts
and culture (also see “Culture
Q&A”) are also well served in
Home to five resident companies, including the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and
Carolina Ballet Theatre, the
Peace Center is an architectural
and acoustic resource in the
heart of downtown.
Home to the third-largest collection of religious art
in the world outside of the
Vatican and British Monarchy,
the event-capable Museum &
Gallery at Bob Jones University also entices visitors with
preeminent Baroque paintings,
Romanov-era Russian icons
and antiquities spanning time.
Among the nation’s premier
American art museums, the
Greenville County Museum of
Art features the world’s largest
public collection of Andrew
Wyeth watercolors, plus significant works of Jasper Johns.
Under two miles from downtown, the historical mill Village
of West Greenville is home to a
colorful palette of artists, galleries, restaurants and shops.
Delegates can also stretch
their legs—and roar their
BMW has been a major man-
ufacturing force in Greenville for
two decades. At the BMZ Zen-
trum Museum (presently under
renovation, re-opening in late
2016), facility rentals include the
250-seat auditorium, expansive
exhibit space and guided plant
tours as available. Groups can
also get behind the wheel with
professional instructors at the
$12.5 million, 64,000 square-
foot BMW Performance Driving
School, which includes a state-
of-the-art conference center.
The Greenville Drive, Class
A affiliate of the Boston Red
Sox, play at Fluor Field at the
west end. Seating 5,000 fans,
the group-capable park is a
mini-replica of Boston’s Fenway
Park, 30-foot-high “Green Mon-
Running along the Reedy
River, the 21-mile, multi-use
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail is for
jogging, biking and group geocaching. Two state parks, Caesars Head and Paris Mountain,
offer hiking and other outdoor
excursions amid the panoramic
splendor of the Upcountry region and Blue Ridge Mountains.
Groups can also saddle up for
Horseback Waterfall Tours with
HOTELS: Westin Poinsett (200 rooms); Hyatt Regency (330 rooms);
Hilton Greenville (250 rooms); Greenville Marriott (203 rooms); other
MEETING SPACE: TD Convention Center (280,000 sq. ft. contiguous
exhibit space; 60,000 sq. ft. meeting/ballroom/conference space); Bon
Secours Wellness Arena ( 15,000 seats).
GROUP SIZE: 10 to 5,000 delegates.
GETTING HERE: Located on the I- 85 corridor between Atlanta and
Charlotte, N.C., Greenville is serviced by Greenville-Spartanburg
International Airport ( 15 minutes from downtown) and Greenville
Downtown Airport for business, charter and personal aircraft.
UNIQUE VENUES: Liberty Bridge; Peace Center; BMW Zentrum
Museum; “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Museum & Baseball Library.
KEY AC TIVI TIES: Dining, performing arts, guided tours, outdoor
Nathan Kittrell, Sales Manager, VisitGreenvilleSC
TEL: (864) 421-0000
How would you characterize Greenville’s culinary scene today?
Since starting out as pastry chef
at Soby’s in 2001, I’ve witnessed
Greenville’s dining story explode. Today,
Opening Passrelle in 2013, part of the seven-restau-
rant Table 301 group along with Soby’s, I’ve proudly
contributed to expanding and diversifying the scene.
How can groups experience Passrelle Bistro?
We offer flexible dining and meeting arrangements
for groups small and large—buyouts included—in
spaces that include our patio, enclosed outdoor
area and cozy dining room. With an open kitchen,
seating at our chef’s bar is especially popular. Along
with interactive experiences at the restaurant,
I also personally teach private programs at our
neighboring kitchen and appliance store The Cook’s
Chef de Cuisine, Passerelle Bistro
( www.passerelleinthepark.com), and one of four South Carolina
Chef Ambassadors selected by Gov. Nikki Haley for 2016
Special Advertising Section
Shoeless Joe Jackson Statue