Greenville named No. 3 small city in the US by Condé Nast

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The readers of Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine, one of the most highly-regarded and awarded travel magazines in the country, have chosen Greenville as the No. 3 Small City Destination in the country.

The magazine, which has won 25 National Magazine Awards and has a circulation of around 800,000, received hundreds of thousands of votes for their annual Big City and Small City categories, and Greenville came in behind only Aspen, Colo. at No. 2 and another South Carolina city, Charleston, at No. 1. This is Greenville’s first appearance on the Reader’s Choice list, though Charleston has appeared on it since 1993 and was voted the No. 1 City in the World in 2016.

Greenville’s entry reads as follows:

“Want to get in on a secret? Plan a trip to Greenville now and you might see it just on the cusp of stardom. The up-and-coming food lover’s town is getting its own outpost of Sean Brock’s Husk and its first food hall in late-2017, and its farm-to-table scene is rising to the ranks of Asheville (try Jianna for Italian and Vault & Vator, the city’s first speakeasy, after). Walk off your food coma across the 32-acre Falls Park that runs through the middle of town before going back for seconds.”

All the cities on this year’s list, which also included other Southern destinations like Asheville, N.C. and Savannah, Ga., will be profiled in the Traveler’s November 2017 issue.

Here’s the complete Small Cities list:

1. Charleston, SC

2. Aspen, CO

3. Greenville, SC

4. Santa Fe, New Mexico

5. Laguna Beach, CA

6. Savannah, Georgia

7. Telluride, CO

8. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

9. Park City, UT

10. Santa Barbara, CA

11. Portland, OR

12. Sedona, AZ

13. Monterey, CA

14. Asheville, NC

15. Newport, RI

  • Photo by Will Crooks

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