This month, we’re continuing the series with a 30-mile trip to Landrum for a quick getaway. From hiking to antiquing, this city offers a little bit of everything — making it the perfect end-of-summer vacay.
Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.
Drive time: ~45 minutes from downtown
Est. population: 2,614
Avg. high in July: 89°
🗻 Things to do
- The Blue Wall Preserve, Dug Hill Rd. & W. Lakeshore Dr., Landrum | Earning its name from the Cherokee Indians who called the Blue Ridge Mountains “The Blue Wall,” this 575-acre preserve, protected by global nonprofit The Nature Conservancy, features hiking trails with waterfall views. Plus, 114 different bird species have been observed at the preserve.
- Antique Shopping, Various locations| Hunt for treasures at the Landrum Antique Mall or Landrum Eclectics. Whether you’re window shopping or looking for something specific, there’s no shortage of shops.
- Music at the Tracks, 211 N. Trade Ave., Landrum | The Landrum Depot, built in 1877, was one of the earliest structures in town and is home to this musical event with select dates through the summer.
- Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, Oak Grove Rd., Landrum | Hike up the south side of Squirrel Mountain and down the north side to the South Pacolet River on this one way, 2.8-mile dirt trail.
- The Millstone Gallery, 221 E. Rutherford St., Landrum | Start your Christmas shopping early at this gallery featuring art, jewelry + woodwork from different makers.
🍔 Grub to eat
- The Hare and Hound Pub, 101 E. Rutherford St., Landrum | Grab a bite at this pub in a historic building that was once a mercantile providing supplies to those in the textile and agriculture industries. The menu features traditional American fare and a full bar.
- Southside Smokehouse and Grille, 726 S. Howard Ave., Landrum | Enjoy barbecue and other Southern classics from Chef Sarah McClure, named one of the Governor’s Chef Ambassadors in 2018 + even featured on Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games.”
- Stax’s Drake House, 511 N. Howard Ave., Landrum | Grab some Southern Food in this historic house, built in the early 1900’s for lodging Railroad workers during the day. Pro tip: Don’t forget to grab Stax’s seasoning to take home.
- Soulisa’s Fine Thai Dining, 208 E. Rutherford St. | If you’re craving Asian Fusion, grab Thai curry, sushi + hibachi from this family-owned spot.
- The Junction of Gowensville, 5599 SC-14, Landrum | You’ll want to get into town early enough for the breakfast buffet or Sunday brunch, featuring your favorite staples like eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits + pancakes.
🏨 Overnight accommodations
If you get a wild hair and decide to turn this quick day trip into an overnighter, here are some spots to stay.
- The Red Horse Inn, 45 Winstons Chase Ct. | Stay in a cozy cottage at this adults-only, award-winning country inn to unplug, because the cottages don’t have wifi. Grab a drink at the wine bar and enjoy breakfast in the comfort of your own room.
- Modern Base Camp Cabin | This private 7+ acre property has room for up to 14 guests + features an outdoor fireplace, pickleball and basketball courts, a creek with a small waterfall, a firepit with mountain views, and a hot tub.
- The Country Chateau | A short drive from downtown Landrum, this chateau boasts 23 private acres with mountain views. Grab 13 of your closest friends for a relaxing weekend away, complete with a salt water pool.
- Barking Fox Farm and Guesthouse | If you’re looking to bring along your dog(s), check out this dog-friendly bed and breakfast located on a 43-acre horse farm.
- Peaceful Belle Tent | If glamping is more your style, you don’t want to miss a chance to stay in this tent furnished with a queen bed. Plus, meet your neighbors by the community fire pit.