Looking for a New Year adventure? We suggest you head to Newberry because there’s nothing like it!

December 28, 2021

Named one of the “Most Charming Small Towns in America” by the Travel Channel (2021), Newberry is known for its downtown district where the streets are lined with picturesque shops and restaurants and nearly every building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Start your Newberry day trip with a cup of coffee from Half Full Coffee and Wine located on Main Street in Newberry.

Then, head to Carter & Holmes Orchid Nursery, a quick drive from Main Street.  The nursery began in the late 1940’s and today ships orchids to hobbyists and commercial growers throughout the United States and to many countries around the world. Carter & Holmes features 18 greenhouses and is known for unusual and heirloom companion plants propagated by a talented crew. The talented crew will give you a nursery tour and help you shop for the perfect orchid.

Stop in the Newberry Opera House for a sneak peak or to book a seat for an upcoming show. The Newberry Opera House has been the heart of Newberry County since the late 1800’s.  It has become known as the entertainment center of the Midlands and has hosted thousands of performances from Grammy winners to internationally renowned performers to regional and local acts. The grand French Gothic Newberry Opera House, ca. 1882, fully restored and technologically advanced, hosts everything from the Glenn Miller Orchestra to contemporary jazz and country, from plays to comedy, Broadway to opera.

Hungry for lunch?  Enjoy a delicious meal at Figaro the Dining Room, just steps from the Opera House.  Figaro’s describes their food as fine dining with an eclectic southern twist. Menu highlights include the bacon-wrapped scallops and crispy fried green tomatoes.  And, ask the waiter to tell you the story behind the wine vault!

Spend the afternoon shopping and antiquing on Main Street or head to Enoree River Winery to wind down with a wine slushy.  This intimate winery serves local, hand-crafted wines and guests can relax outdoors on the covered porch overlooking the vineyard.  And, while you’re there, take home a few bottles to enjoy another day and to remember your stay.

For those that would like to stay the night, consider the Newberry Manor B&B.  You’ll love the staff’s Southern hospitality, the rocking chairs on the porch, its early 1900s décor, claw foot tubs and, of course, the gourmet breakfast.

For more itineraries, visit LakeMurrayCountry.com.  Some of the itineraries include Recreation and Relaxation in West Columbia and Cayce, Golf and Good Times in Blythewood, Saluda’s Scenic Backroads, Lexington is Lovely and Head Into Irmo.

By: Jayne Baker