Making History Inn Uptown Greenwood -part 1

The Inn on the Square

Uptown Greenwood, South Carolina

It has been an exciting two years at the Inn on the Square located in Uptown Greenwood.  The team has been buzzing about the upcoming celebration of our 2nd Anniversary.  We would like to take an opportunity to share some of our history and how we came to get here. As some of you know, the Inn on the Square was originally two buildings.  The original structures were built in 1905 and 1906, as far as we know.  They served a multitude of purposes from furniture shops to funeral parlors.  Some of the ghost stories of Bill, our friendly spirit that frequents the Fox & Hound Lounge, located within the hotel, say that there was a waiting area for the train located there at one time. That waiting area is where Bill was when he fell ill and died while waiting on his train home.  Hence why they say his spirit remains there.  You’ll have to come in some time and say hello.

In 1985 there was a major push to revitalize the Uptown Greenwood area.

The community investors thought a small hotel in the Uptown Greenwood district is exactly what it needed. With assistance from the City of Greenwood the alley between the buildings was condemned and the two structures were combined. Two local developers, Bob Coleman and Ben Lawrence were the masterminds behind the hotel and ran it successfully for a number of years.  The picture below is of construction when they were taking out the railroad tracks and joining the two buildings.

Making our own Memories

After many years and transitions the current owners, Jim McGuinness, Wesley Oldham and their wives, Cj and Kathy, have blessed us with the opportunity to do it again. The Summer of 2015 the Inn on the Square yet again went under a complete renovation and re-opened it’s doors to the Uptown Greenwood community in October! We’ve been blessed to have acquired and maintained an incredible team of managers and line level employees.  Our guest satisfaction and reviews continue to glow and encourage us that we’ve been doing a pretty good job succeeding at bring hospitality back to Uptown Greenwood.  Again and again we tell anyone who will listen, that we’ve come this far because of our team.   We’ve grown together as a family and wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

You know we’re going to throw a party!

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Best Food in America

Food Network Declares, “Best Food In America”

What to Eat – South Carolina

At the Inn we offer all of our dining guests complimentary homemade peach corn muffins, served warm with each meal. They are our signature muffin. We knew when we opened the hotel that we wanted to create a memorable trademark for our dining room—something people would remember, something they would take home and tell their friends about.

Jim McGuinness, owner and operator has been in the business for quite some time. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and he has crossed the country exploring and experimenting with local ingredients. At one point in his career he was the executive chef and opened the Banana Reef in Santa Barbara, California. While there he created a banana muffin made with local La Conchita bananas and infused with spiced rum and banana liquor.

Upon arriving in Greenwood he quickly noticed the love of southern staples and how us Southern folk love bread with every meal. It’s pretty serious stuff around these parts. As I mentioned earlier, we were looking for a signature item, and Jim thought what better than a peach corn muffin. It takes our love of corn bread, peaches, and puts it together for a magical fit. We struggled in the beginning to get just the right balance of corn versus peach. Jim worked tirelessly to achieve it, and he did with great success. We even have folks ask to purchase them to take with them. We try and use as many local and fresh ingredients as we can in our kitchen. It is so important to us we have invested with a local, organic farmer, Metts Organics, to supply the restaurant with quality produce.

We believe it makes a difference and as South Carolina being the largest producer of peaches… it’s easy to do. 🙂

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Getaway to Greenwood, SC

Join us for a Getaway to Greenwood, SC this Weekend!

Festival of Flowers, Festival of Stars, and Lights on the Lake!

Looking for a quick weekend Getaway? Getaway to Greenwood, SC!   Look no further than the Inn on the Square in Greenwood, SC.  Located in the heart of the uptown district, the Inn on the Square is the perfect place to spend a few days for a little fun. Call the hotel and inquire with the front desk and ask for special weekend rates and packages.   (864) 330-1010.

Greenwood lies roughly an hour from the two closest largest cities, Greenville and Columbia. Greenwood is only an easy couple hour drive from Georgia, North Carolina, and the South Carolina Coast.  When everyone else is headed for the Lowcounty, beat the rush and head to the Upcountry.  Temperatures are typically ten degrees cooler and the chance of rain significantly less.   No need to do any research on what to do.  We’ve already done the leg work for you, and we’ve got an action packed weekend for you June 29-July 1! Including the Festival of Flowers, Festival of Stars, and Lights on the Lake!  There is something for everyone in this lineup.

Lake Greenwood is the perfect place for boating, fishing, camping and a number of water sports and activities to keep you busy.

~Greenwood, South Carolina is home to Lake Greenwood. This lake was created by a hydroelectric dam built across the Saluda River, with more than 212 miles of coastline, and 11,400 acres of surface area.

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Take an early afternoon and drive into Greenwood and check in at the Inn on the Square with their four o’clock arrivals.  Allowing just enough time to get unpacked and head down to the fox and hound for a nice glass of wine, locally crafted beer, or a refreshing cocktail.  If you’re hungry from your trip, there is a light bar menu to choose from or feel free to order dinner from the dining room.  Each night featuring different specials.  Thursday just happens to be steak night where you can score a three course Filet Mignon meal for 17.95!

Topiary Tours, Wine, and Jazz Thursday!

At 6pm walk across the street for a guided topiary tour of uptown.  Here you’ll experience some of the Souths finest Master Gardners as they walk you through each of our 43 “signature” topiaries.   I’d suspect that will last a little over an hour perhaps.  Surely it will conclude just in time for you to finish the tour at the Art’s Center for “Jazz at the Gallery”.  The evening will include live jazz by Greenwood’s very own Steven Galloway & the Jr’s to ease you into a wonderful evening of art, jazz, and fellowship.  There will be food, beer and wine available for purchase.  One of the great benefits to staying at the Inn is you’re just a short walk home to your pillow at The Inn on the Square.

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Friday morning, wake up and head downstairs to the dining room for a complimentary, cooked to order, hot breakfast.  This breakfast is worth the stay.  You have your choice of four of ten house made breakfast items.  Surely the right start for any adventure’s day! Friday afternoon you have a list of options to fill your day.  We’re happy give you directions to near by peach farms for hand picked harvesting.  The Greenwood Museum is also currently showcasing a dinosaur discovery tour that is great for kids.  We can’t count out an afternoon at the Greenwood Market featuring local farmers, producers, and our one year old interactive splash pad for a quick cool down!  Head across the street and grab a pie from the Mill House, best Brick oven pizza and craft beer brewery in the region.

Country Music History comes to life Friday Night!

Not into pizza and beer?  Head back to the hotel for Fish Friday and get yourself ready for the 96 Festival of Stars concert featuring country music’s Aaron Tippin!  Yes.  you read that right, County legend Aaron Tippin!  Here’s another perk to staying at Greenwood’s very own Inn on the Square.  We have a complimentary shuttle that will provide transportation for hotel guests to and from the concert Friday night!  No need to worry about a thing…  We’ve got you covered!  Check with the front desk at check in to arrange shuttle transportation.  Seats are limited, so be sure to do that in advance.

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If you’ve made it this far, you can stay the last day for FREE!

Saturday morning, once again, downstairs in the dining room for a hearty breakfast to get your day going.  Festivities and events in 96 start off by hosting the Town’s Main Street Parade. Then down to the park for that delicious Festival food, Amusement Rides,  Classic and Custom Automobiles, Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Contests and Events, Live Music/Entertainment throughout the day until the night time Fireworks Show. (Fireworks are on July 1st at 9:45 pm) The event is FREE to attend and is held in Ninety Six, South Carolina- home of the National Historic Site of Star Fort Battle Site. Also home of the site of the first land battle of the American Revolution fought in the South.

However, if you didn’t think you had enough options…  There are more fireworks!  Saturday night, if you’re in the mood for a change of scenery, or perhaps you chose to spend the day on the lake…  there are “Lights on the Lake” Saturday July 1, 2017

On Saturday, July 1st, the region’s largest patriotic fireworks display will ring, thunder and boom over Lake Greenwood, South Carolina as the Connect Lake Greenwood’s 4th Annual Lights on the Lake comes to life from Fellowship Camp & Conference Center.

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Connect Lake Greenwood’s Annual Independence Day celebration will dazzle thousands of spectators with an unparalleled display of color, shapes, light and sound. The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at Fellowship Camp & Conference Center with food, beverages and live music by The Jake Bartley Band.Fireworks about 9:15 p.m.  Enjoy Delicious Food & Cold Beverages available from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or until sold out.

We look forward to seeing you this summer for an exciting festival weekend!  Call the front desk for more information on special rates and packages.

Getaway to Greenwood, SC!

 

An evening sunset on Lake Greenwood, SC

The 25 Best Small Lake Life Towns in America

Dreaming of living a Lake Life?

Listed in CountryLiving Magazine as one of the 25 Best Small Lake Towns in America. With 212 Miles of Shoreline spanning three counties and over 11,000 acres of surface area there is something for everyone to enjoy. On any given sunny afternoon you are sure to find families boating, friends kayaking and paddle boarding, and enthusiasts on jet skis and wave runners. There are coves and train trusses for some of the best Crappie fishing in the country. The life at Lake Greenwood offers a two lakefront golf courses, The Links at Stoney Point, Host to the Symetra Tour’s women’s golf tournament and Grand Harbor Golf and Yacht Club. Do you like to camp? We do! At one of South Carolina’s finest State Parks,  Lake Greenwood State Park hosts 125 camping sites for year round family fun.  All part of Lake Life Living in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Lake Greenwood is owned by Greenwood County and has borders on the three surrounding counties of Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry.  Sustainability of the lake is an important part of Greenwood living. Greenwood and the surrounding counties are committed to making Lake Greenwood safer, more accessible, and expanding opportunities for recreation, trails, and open spaces.

Relax and enjoy the peace and solitude Lake Life in Greenwood, South Carolina provides: a slow pace with Southern Hospitality at every turn.

Camp Fellowship located on Lake Greenwood has programs and events for families throughout the summer.

Do you need to see the lake life it to believe it? Our friends at Greenwood Travel and Tourism with the help of the talented David Holloway of Story Reel productions.

Stay with us and see for yourself.

Looking for a slower pace? Looking for a change in pace?  Looking for a place to retire?  Looking for a better quality of life? Look no further than Lake Greenwood Lake Life Living. Visit Uptown Greenwood, experience all of the small town charm, uptown shopping and dining located less than a ten minute drive to Lake Life!

When you visit, it would be our pleasure to host you during your stay. Our guest rooms and on-site dining options will be a perfect complement to the hospitality you enjoy in our community. When you finalize your itinerary, visit our booking page to secure your rooms.

Best hotel for the 2017 Festival of Discovery BBQ and “Blues Cruise”

The South Carolina Festival of Discovery is the premier event of the year sponsored by the Uptown Greenwood Development Corporation. The event started in 2000, and has become the most highly anticipated event in the region. The festival celebrates the history, culture, food, arts, crafts, music and people that make South Carolina and Greenwood County such an incredible place to live and visit.

The Inn on the Square is the best hotel for this annual event.

Family fun offered at the 2017 Festival of discovery held Thursday, July 6th through Sunday, July 9th.

The Festival of Discovery’s “Blues Cruise” celebrates the unique musical sound of the blues with numerous musical artists performing at Uptown Greenwood restaurants and venues.

Uptown Greenwood presents the 17th annual Greenwood Blues Cruise.  The Blues Cruise is the music component of the South Carolina Festival of Discovery. In celebration, Greenwood Blues Cruise Artistic Director Gary Erwin AKA Shrimp City Slim has pulled out all the stops with our lineup.  The Greenwood Blues Cruise is sponsored by  The Index Journal.  The Main Stage, where a lot of fantastic music can be found, is sponsored by CenturyLink.  We hope you ENJOY the 2017 lineup!

 

Here at the Inn on the Square we are excited to be host for four night of live blues.  Here is our line up below:

Inn on the Square

104 E Court Street

Thursday, July 6         8-11 PM Luckyman Beall
Friday, July 7                8-11 PM Studebaker, Howell and Stricklin
Saturday, July 8          8-11 PM Joey Gilmore
Sunday, July 9          11 AM – 3 PM Skyla Burrell

 

For four days in the hottest part of the summer, Uptown Greenwood shuts down and cools off.  Throughout the weekend two city blocks are closed to traffic, BBQ teams and vendors set up shop, amusement rides grow lines with children, and an arts and crafts center is created!

The Inn on the Square is not only the best hotel, but it is the only hotel located inside the perimeter of the Festival of Discovery 2017 BBQ & Blues!

Hurricane Matthew’s Attempted Wedding Event Disaster — And How We Saved the Date

Sometimes things just line up. And other times they totally blow up. Like epic wedding event disaster blow up. Then sometimes, in the strangest of “coincidences,” both things happen and the outcome is even more beautiful than it could have been otherwise.

This was what happened when Christopher Burch and Kristy Hughes planned their beach wedding on what became the weekend of Hurricane Matthew. They found themselves evacuating the Lowcountry with, oh, you know, pretty much everyone else but FEMA and meteorologist Jim Cantore. The Inn was a go-to place of escape during the mandatory evacuations, so there was already a steady flow of additional guests. What’s two more? And their wedding party? And guests? We got this.

Long story short, our team came together and made a beautiful event (if we do say so ourselves…). The Index-Journal was kind enough to cover the wedding — they even sent a photographer to help commemorate the special day.

We don’t wish this kind of disruption on anyone’s wedding plans. But when it happens, you can count on us. We LIVE to make beautiful events happen — with or without hurricanes barreling down on the coast!

~ Claire

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Steven Galloway & Saxy Wednesday

Steven G.

Steven Galloway is starting to become a Greenwood icon. Having him play his saxophone every Wednesday in the Fox and Hound Lounge has become our regulars’ weekly hangout go-to. He went to Lander University, right here in Greenwood, and credits his professor for influencing him to jazz. (Thanks, professor!) The Index Journal wrote a great article about Steven’s talent and even mentions our Bar Manager, Nic Massey. (After playing with Steven, Nic insisted he be our weekly jazz act.) We thank you, Steven, for playing for us each week! You make our Saxy Wednesday super saxy! (Don’t forget we have $1.00 oysters every week, too!)

Read the Index Journal article here.

 

BBQ, Blues, & Beers, oh my!

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