Town Guide

Travelers Rest is more than a little stopping point along the way to somewhere more important. In fact, it’s become a destination all its own.

It’s a growing, vibrant city with a revitalized downtown and a growing economy, which includes a growing food scene. Travelers Rest’s boom in growth is thanks, in large part, to the creation and success of the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, a more than 20 mile long rails-to-trails pathway that begins just north of Travelers Rest and runs all the way into downtown Greenville and beyond.

Many folks – more than half a million every year, in fact – hop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail to walk, jog or bike from Travelers Rest to Greenville or from Greenville to Travelers Rest. It serves as a wonderful connection between the two cities.

But don’t worry. Even with all its changes, Travelers Rest still feels like the peaceful mountain town it’s always been, where there’s still enough time in the day to slow down and stop what you’re doing to watch that beautiful sunset in the sky or to grab a seat out on the porch, sweet tea in hand.

It’s the sort of place where you’re bound to see an old friend or make a new one every time you visit one of our unique restaurants, shops, attractions or lodging.

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Tandem serves a menu of seasonal and classic crêpes as well as high quality coffee and tea. Located at the intersection of Center Street and Main Street in downtown Travelers Rest, Tandem is a great destination near the end of the Swamp Rabbit trail. Opened in August of 2014 by husband and wife Brad and Kristen Hartman, Tandem was started out of a passion for hospitality and strives to provide a welcoming atmosphere accompanied by delicious food and great coffee.

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The Glade


As an Aveda Concept Salon, our attention to service and quality has made The Glade Salon and Day Spa a place where you can relax and enjoy the Aveda experience. Whether it’s a complimentary hand massage or a stress relief ritual scalp massage, our guests always come first, and we constantly strive to exceed your expectations! With our skilled professionals and wide range of products and services, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. Our qualified staff is ready to provide you with expert guidance and service, from your head to your toes!

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Whistle Stop at the American Cafe


The Whistle Stop at the American Café has been a family-owned cafe since 1945, when it was purchased by Troy Styles, Sr.
The building has served as a Travelers Rest landmark since it was first built on Main Street in Travelers Rest in 1932.
Located along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, the American Café (as it was then known) was a “whistle stop,” a place the conductor would stop when signaled.
Expanded and renovated in 2013, the Whistle Stop features the cafe’s vintage bar stools, hand made chestnut counter, exposed beam ceiling and brick walls.
We offer both indoor and seasonal rooftop dining as well as a full service bar.  And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, be sure to visit the Caboose Express, located out back along the trail.

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