Hallo-Weekend

Celebrating the year’s eeriest holiday in Greenville? Spooktacular! Some think the holiday is all about the costumes and candy, but not in Greenville! It’s all about going to the most epic parties of the year!

With the kiddos? Head over to #Glow with the Flow Rave hosted at Bons Secours Wellness Arena. A family friendly dance party that’s  appropriate for all ages. Tickets begin at $30 and go up in price for VIP status. The doors open at 8 pm for guests, earlier for VIPs. With over 5 hours of dancing and 10 DJs your sure to burn off all of your candy calories and then some! Proceeds of the event go to the Cardiac Arrest Awareness Foundation.

If a Rave isn’t your scene, check out 6 Feet Under: Party to Die For at Old Cigar Warehouse hosted by Liquid Catering. The company’s 5th annual Halloween bash is a crowd pleaser! Party starts at 9 pm, tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. They include snacks from Krystal Burgers and 5 drink tickets- don’t be scared, after your drink tickets run out you can use cash or card to continue the party. With a fully stocked bar, music from celebrity DJ EZ, and costume contest you’re sure to enjoy the thrills and chills they’re hosting!

Halloween may be on Friday, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get dressed up on Saturday too! Thomas Creek Brewery is a local award winning brewery and this year they are hosting their 10th annual Brewery Bash. This kid friendly, pet friendly event is literally fun for the entire family. With all you can eat BBQ, brats, and over 11 different types of beer to choose from you’re sure to be in flavor heaven! Tickets are $20 at the door and includes 3 complimentary beers. There will be live music from The Matt Fassas Trip and a costume contest. This is an outdoor event, rain or shine! All proceeds from the event will go the The United Way Found- there’s nothing better than partying for a cause!

However you choose to spend your thriller weekend, remember to be safe! Always check your candy before you start snacking and always have responsible fun. Use a designated driver and book a room with us downtown so you don’t have to drive home if you have been living it up with libations. We’ll have a room ready for you- have a ghoulishly good weekend!

Fall at RiverPlace

“Life at RiverPlace is a blog about the on-goings and social life in downtown Greenville, SC. Nestled in the heart of downtown, along the Reedy River at Falls Park, The Hampton Inn & Suites at RiverPlace is an urban sanctuary for visitors. Not your typical “Hampton Inn’” and backed with our 100% Guarantee, we are sure you will enjoy your stay.”

Fall for Greenville: A Taste of Our Town

To quote Anne of Green Gables:

“I’m so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers”

In the South, October brings relief from the sweltering summers that usually carry on long after the “First Day of Fall”. It seems as if over night October brings a wave of cooler air and festive feelings to our city as we begin to prepare for what some call the ‘Season of Eating’. With Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinners, and Christmas feasts in our future it seems only fitting that we kick off the fall season with our favorite food festival “Fall for Greenville”.

Fall for Greenville is the largest free admission, street food festival in the Southeast. A tradition that started many years ago, Fall for Greenville kicks off autumn in the Upstate on Friday, October 10th and ends that Sunday evening. Although the festival seems like a short weekend, it is jam packed with fun for all age and a plethora of food. Over 40 of Greenville’s finest restaurants participate as vendors along eight blocks Main Street. Visit the website below for a list of all food vendors. A few of our RiverPlace Team favorites include Funneldelicious (great for the kiddos!), Mac’s Speed Shop, and Sobey’s New South Cuisine.

Come for the food, stay for the music…and the competition. 

Over the weekend there will be 60 music performances from some local and regional favorites including Ken Knox & Company, The Piedmont Boys, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues, and many more. Does football season bring out your competitive side? We’ve got you covered! All weekend long you can vote for your favorite vendors to win the Tent Decorating Contest and U.S. Foods Silver Spoon Award. Cheer on some of Greenville’s finest serving staff as they take on the the annual “Waiter’s Race” challenge. Sample and vote for you favorite unique, fall themed concoctions  mixed up at the Absolut Bartenders’ Mix Off by our local watering hole heroes.

Advice from a Fall For Greenville Pro:

Bringing the family? Head out to the festivities and park downtown on South Main Street by 10:45 am. By getting there early you have a better chance of finding free parking and have time to unload strollers before the crowds start. Get tickets, wrist bands, and grab some tasty treats as you head to East Broad Street with the kids. East Broad Street will be blocked off as a Kid’s Area with rides and games for younger children. Moms be prepared, there are usually at least one or two face painting stations at Fall for Greenville, so be sure to bring head bands or hair ties for little girls with longer hair! Once the kids have had their fill at the Kids Area, start walking towards North Main Street and watch a few music performances. Make your way to Charleston Cooks! and say ‘Hi!’ to Chef Mark who will be teaching cooking demonstrations all weekend. He will help inspire you to put a southern-twist on your classic seasonal goodies for the family!

Going with friends for a fun night out? Any time is the perfect time to head down to the festival, but keep in mind that there will be more families out earlier in the day. If you have a favorite musician playing at the festival I suggest being parked downtown and buying your Tasting Tickets half an hour before their performance time. This gives you time to get to their stage and grab any food or drink before showtime. If you aren’t dead set on seeing a specific performance, any time Friday after work and Saturday around 5:30 is the perfect time to head downtown. The best part about going to the festival in a group is being able to try everything! Food plates are perfect for sharing so that everyone gets a bite or two, not to much to fill you up so you can try a variety of different restaurants and vendors. Food vendors tasting plates range from 2 to 6 tickets, depending on what’s being served. Be sure to visit the Wine and Beer Gardens set up along Main Street as well. Wine will cost you about 8 to 10 tickets and beer prices range between 5 to 8 tickets depending on the brew. No matter what you’re craving, Fall for Greenville is sure to have a dish or drink to tempt your taste buds!

Other Helpful Tips:

  • Bring cash- but don’t worry, if you run out there will be ATMs set up along Main Street. 
  • If your out during the day, be sure to bring a hat or wear sun screen! The weekend weather is predicted to be in the high 70’s with full sunshine. 
  • Be sure to pick up a map when you get your tickets, and come up with a game plan if you are looking specially for your favorite food vendor or band. 
  • Ticket Sheets (8 tickets per sheet) cost $5
  • Wrist bands to consumer alcoholic beverages are $1
  • Come hungry! 

Festival Hours:

  • Friday: 5 pm to 11 pm, last call 10:30 pm 
  • Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm, last call 8:30 pm 
  • Sunday: 12 pm to 7 pm, last call 6:30 pm

Fall For Greenville

We’ll see you soon at #RiverPlace! For more information about all things Fall for Greenville please visit their website: http://www.fallforgreenville.net/index.php

#yeahTHATgreenville #LifeIsSuite #RiverPlaceLife

The Beginning of RiverPlace

Over the past decade Greenville has become a thriving metropolis for business and leisure travelers. Thanks to Mayor Knox White and the revitalization of the downtown area, a river that was once filled with pollutants from abandoned textile plants has become the life-blood of of our beautiful city. Eight years ago Hampton Inn & Suites at RiverPlace opened our doors and  welcomed guests into our home.

If you were to sit in our lobby, enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, you’d see guests traveling and coming together for many different reasons: business travelers excited to start new investments, friends reuniting to relive their stress-free youth,  families celebrating a wedding, couples celebrating anniversaries and long happy lives together, every day is a new adventure. The purpose of our blog is to entice you to visit Greenville. Rich in both history and hospitality, our city offers a variety of activities for visitors no matter their age or interests. Welcome to RiverPlace, we love having you here and the doors are always open.

#yeahTHATGreenville.