We fell for Falls Park on the Reedy!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2012

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Falls Park on the Reedy Greenville
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Thursday, November 8, 2012

  A little less than an hour away from our spot here in Fair Play, South Carolina, is Greenville - a beautiful city, larger than I expected, and very vibrant.   Saw a couple of theaters (wish we were going to be here long enough to catch the play "Million Dollar Quartet", which opens later this month.  

We parked across from what used to be the municipal water building, re-purposed into offices, and walked the few blocks to find Falls Park on the Reedy, our reason for coming out this way.

  As we approached the area, we walked across a concrete bridge, which crossed the Reedy River, and looked down into the park.  There, alongside the river, was a sweet wooden "porch swing" - a perfectly cozy spot for a couple of lovers to cuddle up and enjoy the serenity of this place.

  I loved the way the steps, walkways, landscaping, and walls all complemented each others' geometry - winding and curving and leading us toward the unique Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge supported on the backside only by two masts that lean away from the bridge - allowing the curving front of the bridge to "float" over the park and the cascading waterfalls.
While bridges with similar structural concepts have been built in Europe, this bridge
is unique in its geometry and there is nothing like it in the United States.
It has won a number of Design and Engineering awards.


  After a long and leisurely walk across the bridge and through the park, we stopped at High Cotton, a lovely restaurant and bar overlooking the river.  I was surprised to find "Pimm's #1 Cup" on their cocktail menu - a drink normally found only in London, and one I've enjoyed now and then over the years - so while Greg tried a new tap beer, I enjoyed a tall, refresing Pimms, complete with lots of fruit, and even a slice of cucumber!  While we were visiting with the very cordial bartender, I realized that the many, many liquor bottles on shelves all the way up to the very high ceiling, were of the "Maverick" label - the corporate name that was on their menus and cocktail napkins.
 I asked about it, and learned that they are all distilled there in Greenville, and they have some very unique spirits - the one that captured my imagination, and sent my tastebuds into fantasyland, was Bacon-Infused Vodka, which he said they use in their Bloody Marys.  I was wishing I hadn't just finished that very tall Pimm's, as I would have LOVED to enjoy one of those - and I've been thinking about it, ever since!

   Anyhow - it was a beautiful, relaxing, enjoyable day!

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