Spartanburg Welcomes You!
We hope that you can enjoy just some of the many things that make Spartanburg an unforgettable meeting, sports and vacation destination.
This area has a rich history—from battles that changed the course of wars, to textile mills that spurred the Industrial Revolution, and is currently home to more international companies per capita than any other area in the USA. Spartanburg County has 13 municipalities within its borders, making up a diverse region that is also known as the Upcountry or Upstate.
There are five significant themes that highlight the C-H-A-R-M of Spartanburg:
· Culture and the arts
· History and heritage
· Recreation and sports
· Made in Spartanburg products
Located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Spartanburg is known for its Revolutionary War battles, as well as a rich textile and agricultural history. Home to a thriving arts and culture community, Spartanburg also offers visitors plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities as well as stunning scenic views.
Spartanburg has several hiking and biking trails, such as Croft State Park, the Palmetto Trail, the Mary Black Rail Trail and the Cottonwood Trail for those who enjoy a breath of fresh air. Or, walk through the arboretum of Milliken & Co., one of the largest privately-held textile and chemical companies in the world, headquartered in Spartanburg.
Visit the Chapman Cultural Center, an 86,000-square-foot facility that is home to the cultural community for visual and performing arts, science and history. It also is the home to the Spartanburg County Museum of Art, the Regional History Museum, Ballet Spartanburg, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Spartanburg Science Center, among others.
Spartanburg County grows some of the best strawberries and peaches in the country, and boasts several farmers markets that supply fresh, locally-grown vegetables and fruits almost year-round.
Originally called the “Hub City” for its railroad crossroads, Spartanburg is conveniently located at the junction of two major interstates and South Carolina’s only inland port. For those with more of a flair for business, Spartanburg is home to BMW, where every X-series sport activity vehicle is made. The Zentrum museum showcases the history of the "Ultimate Driving Machine," and for those with a need for speed, the BMW Performance Driving Center offers group and individual driving school experiences.
Small businesses and global firms call Spartanburg home and offer our visitors opportunities to take something made in Spartanburg home with them. Spartanburg is also known as a college town with eight diverse higher education institutions in its area.
And Spartanburg has been home to the Carolina Panthers Training Camp each summer since 1995, bringing thousands of NFL fans and media to the area. Just last summer, 135,371 fans visited the Panthers Camp, a new record. Panthers’ owner, Jerry Richardson, has a long history with Spartanburg, graduating from Wofford College before becoming an NFL player. Later, he and his business partner opened the first Hardee's franchise in Spartanburg, and he co-founded Spartan Foods, housed in what is now the Denny’s corporate headquarters.
If you plan to extend your trip to Spartanburg before or after the conference, here are some things you might like to do:
1. Enjoy some time at the historic Masonic Temple in Downtown Spartanburg for a triple treat—find a local author at the Hub City Bookshop while you enjoy freshly baked treats from Cakehead Bakeshop, and a steaming cup of locally brewed java from the Coffee Bar.
2. Tour the Chapman Cultural Center in downtown Spartanburg for three museums in one stop: history, art and science. And check out Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, which brings nine temporary art installations to public spaces in ten neighborhoods throughout the city.
3. Love history? Visit the Seay House, a small rural farmstead that existed prior to the development of Spartanburg or the Walnut Grove Plantation, an authentic mid-1700s plantation. Better yet, drive and explore all 12 historic sites on the Spartanburg Revolutionary War Trail.
4. Rent a bike at Spartanburg BCycle the first bike sharing system in the Southeast. There are 40 bikes at five self-service bike rental stations (BCycle Stations) on the Rail Trail, in Morgan Square, at Wofford and Converse Colleges and at Harvest Park.
5. Visit the Zentrum, where the past, present and future of BMW come together in a one-of-a-kind building. See the cars, the speed, the innovation–all for free in the only BMW museum in North America.
6. Or, hold on tight to the wheel as you test your driving skills at the BMW Performance Center, just across the street from the BMW manufacturing facility – home of the Spartanburg-made X3, X4, X5 and X6 vehicles.
7. Enjoy 7,000 acres of rolling, wooded terrain at Croft State Park, just a few miles from downtown Spartanburg. Croft offers 12 miles of biking and hiking trails, a playground, picnicking and camping, as well as fishing and boating in one of two lakes. Pick up a trail map, or use your mobile devise to explore at HikeCroft.com
8. At Glendale Shoals Preserve, you can walk beside a beautiful river and a waterfall, see remnants of a mill that made shoes for Civil War soldiers, and visit a working vineyard. Take a picnic lunch.
9. Explore our Textile Town, a self-guided tour of the textile heritage of the county, with 14 stops that let you travel through time. You’ll discover a business from the 1800’s that is still operating today, along with mills that now have a second life, and restaurants that served the “mill villages.”
10. Savor the Redneck Burger at the Nu-Way Restaurant and Lounge, chosen by the Food Network as Best Burger in South Carolina, and featured in Garden and Gun Magazine.
11. Learn all about our amazing musical heritage on the Music Trail in downtown Spartanburg. Take your phone and listen to music samples along the way.
12. Like craft beer? There are more than 50 taps between Growler Haus and Hub City Tap House. Or tour Spartanburg’s own RJ Rocker's Brewing Company every Thursday through Saturday, where they’ve been making great craft beer for almost 20 years.
13. If it's hard liquor you prefer, drop in at Spartanburg's first micro-distillery, Motte & Sons Bootlegging. Sample corn whiskey at Sugar Tit Moonshine, or traditional Appalachian moonshine at Rock Bottom Distillers.
14. Visit one of five arboretums in Spartanburg County, including the 10-acre secret garden in the city, Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve.
15. Wander the hallways of the West Main Artists Co-Op, established in an old church in Spartanburg, where more than 30 local artists have studios (Tuesday-Saturday).
16. Spend time shopping for fresh food at the Hub City Co-Op, South Carolina’s first food co-op.
17. Visit the Pacolet Museum to learn about the history of this textile town in an area known for its textile industry. While you're there, see the statue of the horse named after the town located at the Pacolet Mill Bridge.
18. Shop for antiques in quaint downtown Cowpens, and while you're there, visit the Cowpens Depot and Museum, an historic site that houses many World War II items.
19. Try Jägerschnitzel or Wienerschnitzel at Gerhard’s Café, Spartanburg's only authentic biergarten.
20. Test your disc golf skills at one of six courses: Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park, Wofford College, Century Park, Old Canaan Road Park or USC Upstate.