Renewal Coalition comes to Greenwood

Renewal Coalition comes to Greenwood!

This past Labor Day Weekend we were blessed with the opportunity to host two USMC service members with their wives at the Inn on the Square in beautiful Uptown Greenwood, SC.  Wesley Oldham, one of the hotel owners, and also a United States Veteran along with his wife, Kathy, have been major supporters and contributors of the Renewal Coalition for several decades now.   It didn’t take them long do decide, that Greenwood, and the Inn on the Square were also going to be involved.

Here’s a little back story on the Renewal Coalition, and a link to their page,“The Renewal Coalition evolved from and is guided by our enthusiasm and sense of gratitude for this country. We are so blessed as Americans and consider it a privilege to offer assistance to those who have given so much in the name of duty.

When our Wounded Warriors return from Iraq and Afghanistan, they can spend months or even years at military hospitals and rehabilitation centers from all over the country. 

Although these hospital stays are life saving and transformational, it is a tedious experience as the healing process takes time. The families of these soldiers are often uprooted from their homes and communities and are relocated to cramped hotel rooms or apartments near the hospitals. The emotional and financial adjustments these families are forced to make are often life altering. These issues are unrelenting. The Renewal Coalition offers a relaxing week where they can step away from the hospitals and small apartments to reconnect and concentrate on just being a family again.

When they arrive, each family settles into their own private ocean or waterfront residences. These residences have been generously donated by Sandy and Sara Lankler with great respect and honor for our military and the individuals who safeguard our freedom everyday. The families are then welcomed with baskets full of items to make their stay just a little more comfortable. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are donated by local residents and organizations. During their stay, the families can choose from a long list of activities that include: deep sea fishing, spa treatments, water slide excursions, jet skiing, sporting events, golf, trips to local attractions or just private time at the beach or movies!”

Obviously, we don’t have oceanfront accommodations, or a beach, but we do have a great lake, and our warriors were able to enjoy it while they were here! Thanks to our dear friends Brian & Sara Pinson.  We spent an evening cruising Lake Greenwood, and enjoyed dinner at the Break on the Lake. The fun didn’t stop there!  The warriors and their wives were the recipients of great seats and parking passes to the Clemson Game donated by our friends at County Bank. We were also able to show them some Southern Hospitality Tailgating ~True Clemson Tiger Style of course ~ with some more help from our friend Heather Simmons Jones and the culinary team here at the Inn on the Square!

We did our best to spoil our couples while they were here and treated them to couples massages, thanks to the incredibly talented, multi-skilled, Bess Park. You can check out some of her upcoming theater talent here!  (She’s also my yoga teacher! Told you she was talented and multi-skilled!)

Each night we joined together as a family and enjoyed dinner and shared in stories and fellowship.  It was a weekend we are proud to have a part in.  Thank you again to each of you who donated your time, talents, and friendship to make this a successful weekend for our Renewal Coalition Members!

If you would like more information on how you can help please contact claire@innonthesquare.net for more information.

 

 

Valentine’s Getaway

A month of Romance! You pick the day Valentine’s Getaway

Celebrate your special someone with a Romantic Valentine’s Getaway at the Inn on the Square.  Available the entire month of February, so you don’t miss this opportunity to tell that someone special how much they mean to you.

Use the promo code ROMANCE and make your reservations with accommodations in Uptown Greenwood’s only boutique hotel. This Valentine’s Getaway includes accommodations for two, a $50.00 food and beverage credit, Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and other passion provoking treasures.

Call for details (864) 330-1010

Experience the LOVE Uptown Greenwood, South Carolina

There are a number of great reasons to visit Uptown Greenwood this February.

If you have plans to attend the Hearts for the Art’s Gala the first weekend of February, make it an extended Valentine’s Getaway. Details for the event include Hearts for the Arts returns…on BROADWAY!   On Saturday, February 3 @ 7:00 – 10:30 pm, join us at the Art’s Center for the glitter and glamour of opening night with “Hearts for the Arts on Broadway!” Guests will enjoy a “romantic” evening of extravagantly decorated tables, an elegant buffet dinner, entertainment and desserts. A wonderful show is lined up for the evening which will feature Greenwood’s local talent in a Broadway revue!

Greenwood Community Theater will be showcasing:  9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Just another great reason to visit Uptown Greenwood and enjoy this Valentine’s Getaway.

Showtimes are: February
16, 17, 22, 23, 24 @ 7:30PM

February
17, 18, 25 @2:00PM

 

 

 

Christmas Uptown Greenwood

Christmas Uptown Greenwood is our favorite time of year!

Each Holiday season beginning just before Thanksgiving Uptown becomes to stir with wonder.  Christmas Uptown Greenwood, SC is a winter wonderland. We are committed to bringing Christmas Magic to Uptown Greenwood for families near and far to share and enjoy.  The Inn on the Square has a display of themed Christmas Trees in each common area.  One of the Inn’s owners, Jim McGuinness, brings gingerbread building to another level.  Come Uptown and enjoy a stroll along the dazzling display of lit trees, join us for one of many featured dinners, and finish in the Fox & Hound Lounge for an evening nightcap before you head upstairs to one of our beautifully appointed guest rooms.

Introducing Greenwood Inn Gingerbread

Join us this holiday season and enjoy a display of community participation, highlighting Greenwood and the surrounding areas, made of Gingerbread.   It is our goal to encourage individuals and community groups and organizations to re-create, from gingerbread, homes/buildings/and landmarks in Greenwood.

HOW IT BEGAN – Three years ago when we first opened the hotel we knew that we needed a signature fundraising event.  Jim McGuinness, owner and operator, has always loved Christmas and began building gingerbread houses with his boys when they were just children.  We decided to incorporate this family memory into building new ones in Greenwood. With the help of the Bowers Rodgers Children’s Home, the Inn on the Square has continued to develop this event year after year.

In the past two years the event was limited to one gingerbread house on display made by McGuinness himself and the gingerbread building event for the children.  This year we invite you to join us in growing greater as we introduce “Greenwood Inn Gingerbread”.

Come check out this year’s construction of our very own Mayor’s home.

 

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.

artist, guitar, guitarist

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.