Greenville lands on list of best destinations for 2018

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Greenville residents looking to go to one of the world’s best travel destinations for 2018 only have to step out their front door.

Travel + Leisure magazine named Greenville one of its 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018. Other places on the list include international sites such as Buenos Aires, Argentina; Los Cabos, Mexico; Egypt; Marrakesh, Morocco; Fiji; Zambia; Toronto, Canada; Greenland; and Pyeongchang, South Korea; and domestic destinations Walla Walla Valley, Wash.; San Antonio; the Berkshires, Mass.; and New Orleans.

Travel + Leisure touted Greenville’s downtown restaurants and hotels.

“Once a sleepy second fiddle to Southern culinary powerhouses like Charleston and Nashville, Greenville is stepping into the limelight with hot new restaurants,” Travel + Leisure said. The magazine specifically mentioned Husk, chef Sean Brock’s newly opened restaurant, and Jianna.

Being named a top travel destination could help with another list the city and Greenville County made — RewardExpert’s list of best places to invest in a winter vacation home. Greenville was listed in the top 5 in the South Atlantic region based on real estate and economy, attractions and amenities, transportation infrastructure, and hazards to property and person. Franklin County and Apalachicola, Fla.; Watauga County, N.C.; Avery County, N.C.; and Buncombe County and Asheville, N.C., were the other top 5 South Atlantic picks.

While the other South Atlantic destinations on the list highlight the outdoors, Greenville’s does not.

“Not all vacationers are equally outdoorsy. For those interested in culture and the arts, Greenville, S.C., is your choice in the region for an affordable vacation property that will hold or grow in value,” the RewardExpert profile said. It cites the city’s population growth, yearly property value appreciation, and restaurants as reasons for the ranking.

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