A couple's massage at your favorite spa is always a great way to enjoy a romantic experience together. Greenville's Drift Float & Spa, however, puts its twist on this kind of fun with a variety of services that go well beyond a traditional massage. A couple can go their separate ways and enjoy a private, sensory depriving float and then meet back and compare notes on the experience in a state of total relaxation. Drift also offers an infrared sauna for two, an oxygen bar, and a Lucia Light treatment, all of which help you get in touch with yourself, before getting in touch with your partner.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Nothing relaxes the body and mind than a spa day ahead of a romantic evening.
Brett's expert tip: Drift recommends three float visits to fully adjust to the experience for maximum benefits.
An appreciation for art can often be a deeply personal matter that, when shared, can strengthen the bond two people enjoy. As such, the Greenville County Museum of Art is the perfect destination for a day on the town as you leisurely tour the vast space just steps off of Main St. in Downtown Greenville. The nationally acclaimed museum is best known for its collection of Andrew Wyeth watercolors, its representation of Southern artists, and significant collection of African-American artists such as David Drake and William H. Johnson. The icing on the cake is that admission is always free so you do not have to break the bank to enjoy a date in Downtown Greenville.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The museum experience is an intimate one best shared with a partner for a great romantic afternoon.
Brett's expert tip: Admission is free everyday.
Gliding across the ice, hand in hand, on a frozen pond or at Rockefeller Center is an iconic romantic image often seen on film. In real life, however, one participant falling down and bringing their partner down to the ice with them is also a totally realistic, hilarious, and bonding experience. Whatever your skill level, Ice On Main puts all scenarios on the table for a perfect romantic evening or afternoon right in the heart of Downtown Greenville. Purchase the 10-skate season pass and hone your skills all winter long as you enjoy skate date magic over and over again.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Skating around an outdoor ice rink hand in hand is the perfect date night adventure.
Brett's expert tip: Obviously a seasonal activity, go on a weeknight so there are fewer families and children to navigate around on the ice.
Once a textile storehouse, the Warehouse Theatre is now one of the premiere playhouses in Downtown Greenville. This intimate theater is located in the West End District, right off Augusta Road, which means patrons can enjoy dinner downtown and then walk over to catch a performance. Warehouse specializes in offering a wide range of shows, from late-night improv and fresh takes on classics to the newest contemporary dramas. As an added bonus, the theatre's Shakespeare in the Park series invites couples to pull out their picnic blankets and take in an outdoor show at Falls Park for the perfect summer date night in Downtown Greenville.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Both in theatre and at Falls Park, the Warehouse Theatre offers some great date night opportunities all year long.
Brett's expert tip: No, you're not crazy, the seating and stage arrangements change with every performance.
A trip to the theatre has been a popular date night activity since practically the beginning of time, so that should be an integral part of any couple's date night routine. With shows changing every month, Center Stage offers a wide variety of genres and performance styles from traditional plays to musicals and more. Plus, the convenient location on River St. just a block away from Main St. means that you can enjoy a great meal before the show or a nightcap cocktail after for the perfect date night experience and celebration of all the great things Downtown Greenville has to offer.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Taking in a movie is a classic date night activity but upping the ante by making it a live performance is always so much better.
Brett's expert tip: Each show only runs for about a month so plan accordingly to avoid missing out on a good one.
On the list of things that make the Poinsett Bridge significant, one has to wonder where to even begin. It is the oldest bridge in South Carolina and, quite possibly, the Southeast as a whole. Built in 1820 as part of a road connecting Charleston to Tennessee, it was named after Joel Poinsett, a prominent Greenville resident and eventual US ambassador to Mexico. Perhaps most notable is the fact that its architect was Robert Mills who went on to be the architect for a little thing known as the Washington Monument. There is so much history here that it should be a legal requirement for Upstate residents to walk across this bridge at least once in their lives, preferably in the company of a loved one.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The walk across Poinsett Bridge is a trip back through time, something best performed while holding the hand of a loved one.
Brett's expert tip: As long as you are in the neighborhood, nearby Restaurant 17 at Hotel Domestique is worth a visit. Watching the sun set with a seasonal cocktail at the restaurant's bar is the perfect end to your adventure.
Located right in the heart of Downtown Greenville in the historic family courthouse, this is a beautiful landmark that makes for a perfect romantic outing. Whether you are sharing a conversation over a coffee or tea, getting to know each other through shared literary tastes, or attending an evening event like Book & A Beer featuring a local, regional, or touring author, M. Judson offers a host of scenarios for the perfect romantic outing. The love of literature can be a deeply intimate thing, especially when shared with a loved one, and M. Judson provides plenty of avenues to do just that.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The unique partnership of M. Judson Booksellers and The Chocolate Moose offers any number of date night (or day) adventures.
Brett's expert tip: Visit for Book & A Beer or other author readings for a great twist on date night activities.
The bald rock face of Table Rock Mountain is unmistakable and, even if it is only South Carolina's third tallest peak, it is the most recognizable. The hike to the summits of Table Rock and nearby Pinnacle Mountain both offer some quality time that makes for a great date. The bond you share with someone you care about after a successful trip to either summit is unparalleled making this a perfect romantic destination. After the hike, do not miss the chance for a glass of wine and a sandwich at Victoria Valley Vineyards just a couple of miles from the park's entrance.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Enjoying a hike in each other's company brings about a bond few other activities can offer.
Brett's expert tip: The view from the top of Table Rock is the popular one, so a hike to the top of nearby Pinnacle offers much more in the way of privacy.
Victoria Valley Vineyards is situated on 47-acres, styled after a French chateau, and would seem fully at home in Southern France. Fortunately for us, it is just up the road off of Highway 11 in northern Greenville County. Enjoy lunch on the terrace from Thursday through Sunday for the perfect setting for a romantic outing. Tours and wine tastings are available or you can keep to yourselves as you enjoy each other's company while overlooking the picturesque vineyards. There are few things more romantic than sharing a bottle of wine with a great view and Victoria Valley has you covered on both fronts.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: There are few more perfect settings for a date than one that includes wine and a view of the vineyard.
Brett's expert tip: Work up an appetite for good food and drink with a hike at the nearby Table Rock State Park.
The covered bridge was a practical invention as the siding and roof would allow a wooden bridge to last a century, versus less than 20 years in the days before steel was readily available. While covered bridges were once a common sight across the globe, Campbell's Covered Bridge is the only one of its kind still standing in South Carolina. Built in 1909, the bridge has been restored twice and is now the centerpiece of a park managed by Greenville Rec. The park invites visitors to stay for a picnic making this historic bridge the perfect backdrop for a great date day excursion.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: This is the perfect place for a picnic next to a mountain stream and the only standing covered bridge in South Carolina.
Brett's expert tip: Visit during the week when the park is not busy and you can potentially have the bridge all to yourself.