How to make the most of girl time at the NewSpring Women’s Conference

Things to see and do in Anderson and the Upstate

A getaway to a women’s conference!?! You’ve probably had a season or two in your life when that may have felt like a dream.

For real! It’s happening. And you can use the time to build relationships with old friends and make new connections. There’s nothing like a little adventure or a fun activity to help you drop your guard and get to know each other.

Whether you drive down with friends or are hopeful to make fast friends at the conference, say “Yes!” to one of these suggestions for places to go and things to do in the Upstate.

30 minutes from NewSpring Anderson

Downtown Anderson

Sometimes sitting face-to-face and asking hard questions is just too much. (That’s real!) Head downtown to see homes on the National Register Properties in the Anderson Historic District and Carolina Wren Park for an easygoing time with friends. Sisters love to shop, and Anderson has a surprising number of unique stores to browse. When you’re ready for a drink, good food, and good conversation, these restaurants will hit the spot!


Anderson County Museum

If you're into history, art, and culture, Anderson County Museum has a number of exhibits that make pleasant distractions — and feed your mind, too.


202 East Greenville St., Anderson | Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.


Speaking of history, the Ashtabula & Woodburn Historic Houses in Pendleton are a treat! Great for a light, relaxing stroll and hangout time — and it’s just a short, 20-minute drive.


Woodburn is open at 10 a.m. for tours every Saturday and both homes are open Sundays from 2 pm-5 pm | Admission is $10 for each home.

Denver Downs Fall Festival

If your idea of girl time means fun and a little adventure, the Denver Downs fall festival and corn maze will make you feel like a kid again. It’s less than 20 minutes from NewSpring Anderson Campus, too!


Courtesy of TripAdvisor

1515 Denver Road, Anderson | Phone: 864-222-0336 | Hours: Monday-Thursdays: 10am-5pm ($12.50), Friday & Saturdays, 10am-10pm; Sundays: 1pm-6pm ( $17.50)

Hiking Trails

If clearing your head means getting your heart pumping or soaking up some landscapes, you and your gal pals can take a run, hike, or walk at Issaqueena Lake Trail or Hartwell Lake. Both are gorgeous in the fall!


About an hour from NewSpring Anderson

Downtown Greenville

If you have the time, you can’t visit the Upstate and miss the jewel that is Downtown Greenville. Falls Park on the Reedy offers a peaceful spot and plenty of opportunities for pics and selfies — and it’s nestled in the middle of a bustling urban scene. Downtown also has a wonderful assortment of shops if you love unique boutiques and amazing restaurants, including farm-to-table and nationally recognized eateries.


Downtown Walking Tours

Art is another gift that can feed the soul. Get your steps in and enjoy a public art walking tour or the Mice on Main scavenger hunt.


Outdoor Adventures

For the adventurous or thrill-seeking, take another night and hit Jocassee Lake Tours or Wildwater Rafting. Both are just about an hour away. Jocassee has spectacular waterfalls, kayaking tours, and fantastic hiking views. Wildwater takes the thrill up a notch with whitewater rafting and Zipline tours in Long Creek, SC.


Arts and Crafts Show

Take a walk around Artisanville at the Greenville Convention Center, see one-of-a-kind handmade treasures, and maybe knock out some early Christmas shopping with the girls?


The Greenville Symphony

Inhale a large dose of culture (Mahler’s No. 5!) with the ladies at the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at the Peace Center, the venue that kickstarted the city's renaissance. Nothing says “girls weekend” like treating yourself to music that speaks directly to the heart.


Whether you end up with time to check out some of these places or not, it’s always a party when girlfriends get together. (Am I right?) God will give you plenty of opportunities for encouragement and connection!

Oct 31, 2019

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