Settlers came to Spartanburg in 1753 when a treaty with the Cherokee Indian nation opened the area. In 1785, the county formed and adopted its name from local militia unit, the Spartan Regiment which fought in the Revolutionary War. Witnessing more battle sites than most other U.S. locations during the Revolutionary War, settlements sprang up quickly to form a district, creating the town of Spartanburg. The area, responsible for housing over 250,000 soldiers until 1947, is now Croft State Park, a site for fishing, hiking, cycling, and horse riding.
Stemming from a frontier trading post to a major textile center, with now more than 500 manufacturing companies, the area surrounding Spartanburg has become an international business magnet. Rooted in history and now eagerly reaching into the 21st century, both the city and county of Spartanburg, are some of the state's most culturally diverse areas.
Whether visiting for business or leisure, stay at one of the best hotels in Spartanburg, SC
The Courtyard by Marriott
If you are looking for hotels in Spartanburg accessible to interstates 85 or I-585 and located in the heart of the business corridor, the Courtyard by Marriott property is for you. This top facility gives you access to an on-site bistro, seasonal pool, fitness center, a meeting room, dry cleaning, and laundry services. One of the best things about the location of this hotel is its proximity to the Milliken Arboretum and the University of South Carolina Upstate. Plus, the Courtyard Inn by Marriott is twenty minutes' drive from the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.
Hampton Inn and Suites
Located adjacent to Summit Pointe Conference & Events Center with over 19,000 square feet of event space, enjoy the convenient Hampton Inn and Suites. Among the hotels in Spartanburg, SC that have won awards, it is a recipient of the Green Leaders Silver Level as well as TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence. Like many area hotels, it's a moderately priced hotel that offers free and high-speed internet. Apart from the shuttle bus service, you also get airport transportation.
Residence Inn Spartanburg
Residence Inn also holds a Certificate of Excellence. For a moderately priced hotel, its top amenities include free parking and breakfast, and a meeting room. Plus, there is a local restaurant delivery service serving the hotel. Like all the Spartanburg, SC hotels, this facility has a swimming pool and fitness center with a gym. This facility also welcomes pets with a maximum of two per room. Contact the hotel for details. One of the best things about the location of this hotel is its proximity to the Milliken Arboretum and the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Days Inn Spartanburg
You won't find too many top hotels in Spartanburg, SC that cost under $100 bucks per night, so this is an excellent deal. Book a room at the Days Inn Spartanburg, and you'll be conveniently located two blocks from I-85 and within walking distance to restaurants and shopping destinations. The airport is less than 30 minutes away. So, add in the freebies like a hot breakfast, wi-fi, a business center, swimming pool, and hot tub, and you've got a great bargain. It's pet-friendly too, so bring your family furball.
The Spartanburg Marriot is a recipient of Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence. Many hotels in this city fall into the moderately priced category, and so does this Marriott. If you work on the go, require the use of a business center, meeting rooms, and conference facilities, this Spartanburg hotel is for you. With an array of full-service amenities including two concierge floors, a shoe shine stand, valet laundry services and a coin-operated laundry, pamper yourself as a business traveler. There are three superb dining options including indoor and outdoor eateries and bars, so there's plenty to do after a long day at work. Families will also enjoy the 24-hour room service, mini-fridges, and microwaves, complimentary water, seasonal outdoor pool and larger one and two bedroom suites. Pets are not allowed in this facility; however, there are several pet-friendly hotels in Spartanburg.
Do you require a pet-friendly hotel in Spartanburg, SC?
Comfort Suites at WestGate Mall
Conveniently located near the Spartanburg Science Center and University of South Carolina Upstate is the Comfort Suites at WestGate Mall. Heralded as one of the few hotels in Spartanburg, SC that is a recipient of the Certificate of Excellence, this hotel also has several pet-friendly rooms available. For this moderately priced facility, you get breakfast included, and guest rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, hair dryers, and desks, along with premium bedding. As a traveler, enjoy the business center, access the meeting rooms or use the guest fax. Please contact the hotel to check for pets. It's 25.00 USD per night, limit of 2 per room, maximum of 50 pounds.
Or try one of these reasonably priced Spartanburg hotels which allow pets:
- Rodeway Inn Expo Center - Pet accommodation: $15.00 per night per pet. Limit of 2 pets Per room 30 lbs. or less.
- Red Roof Inn Spartanburg - Contact the hotel directly for details
- Days In Spartanburg Waccamaw -Service animals allowed.
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites -Service animals allowed.
So, what fun things are there to do while visiting Spartanburg?
You don't have to look very far for fun things to do in Spartanburg. You could visit one of the local brewing or bootlegging companies. Or, if you enjoy outdoor activities, consider biking or hiking trails, such as the Palmetto Trail and Cottonwood Trail. Slow down and look to the past by visiting the Walnut Grove Plantation, Price House or Hub City Railroad Museum.
Croft State Park
Previously a training base for the Army, Croft State Park stretches over 7,000 acres of wooded terrain just a few miles from the city. Within the park, explore 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, picnicking, camping, and a playground. If you prefer being on the water, the park allows fishing and boating in one of two lakes.
Croft State Park regularly hosts equine shows and offers 20 miles of equestrian trails for horseback riding. Explore the park during daylight hours for a small admission fee. Keep pets on a 6 foot or shorter leash as to not threaten wildlife. You might be amazed to see white-tailed deer, fox, coyote, raccoons, waterfowl, and birds of prey.
Microbreweries / Distilleries
Do you enjoy a little local flavor? Visit RJ Rockers at the west end of downtown Spartanburg to experience nearly 20 handcrafted beers in their line-up. Created by Mark Johnsen who had the epiphany in 1997 to start a local brewery while riding an Idaho ski-lift, the brewery hosts tours, and tastings weekly. The brewpub provides a unique tap room atmosphere in which to sample a few craft brews and often enjoy live music. They can even host up to 50 of your best friends, complete with a full bar staff, tables, and chairs for your special event. Plus, products are sold in draft, cans, and bottles throughout the southeast. Savor the many tastes of RJ Rockers flagship, seasonal, high gravity and chalk board beers and take home a growler of your favorite brew.
Another great Spartanburg microbrewery is Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery on John Street Housed within the Hub City Tap House, guests can sample beer and cider crafted on site and taste a broad range of brews from other brewing facilities. Inside the Tap House, experience a beer hall feel with long tables and a bar.
Do you enjoy distilled drinks? Visit Motte and Sons Bootlegging Company, Spartanburg's first Micro Distillery. Located at 220 Daniel Morgan Avenue and open Monday through Saturday 10 am-7 pm, take a tour and enjoy complimentary tastings of whiskey, light and dark, rums, brandy and vodka. Motte and Sons also sell a variety of candy and nuts to complement their assortment of distilled beverages.
Hatcher Garden Public Botanical Garden and Woodland Preserve
Open during daylight hours, take a stroll through Hatcher Garden located at 820 John B White Boulevard. Admission is always free, though donations are always welcome. Lakes and ponds are abundant in the park which boasts numerous walking trails, a paved brick terrace, and a butterfly garden. You'll also see a large conifer collection, medicinal garden, a hosta garden, and a serene garden of Hope and Healing. Plus, enjoy the ducks, a scenic bog, playground, and plentiful benches. Hatcher Gardens kindly requests pets remain at home to allow wildlife and visitors to relax.
Hub City Railroad Museum
Don't miss the Hub City Railroad Museum at 298 Magnolia Street showcasing the peach and textile industries and sharing development of railroading in South Carolina. Interestingly, the city of Spartanburg became known as 'Hub City' due to the many railroad lines entering the city. Located in Spartanburg's historic Southern Railway Union Depot, the museum offers interactive components young and old explorers enjoy. Pull the 1940's locomotive bell and try out the original caboose chair used by brakemen and conductors to oversee the train. Explore a restored caboose. View trains from the observation deck. Watch railroad videos and view an active HO scale train display depicting life in the 1950s. Before leaving the engaging museum, stroll through the gift shop and pick up a few souvenirs. Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 am-2 pm.
Walnut Grove Plantation
Are you hoping to explore a little more of Spartanburg's history? Visit the Walnut Grove Plantation to learn more about the history of Spartanburg County. Events, tours, and education programming occur at this beautiful property throughout the year.
BMW Zentrum Museum
A short fifteen-minute drive from Spartanburg, catch a glimpse of BMW's past, present, and future at the Zentrum Museum in Greer, SC. View the many vehicles on display, experience the gallery, history area, and dine at the cafe. Located adjacent to the USA's only BMW manufacturing plant, it's a fun and quick attraction to visit.
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