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Small Town Charm: What to do in Pendleton, SC

When you spend time at Lake Hartwell, you’ll find there are countless things to do with your time. From jet skiing to fishing and hiking, every day brings a new adventure. An underrated favorite past time while at the lake, however, is visiting all the cute towns all around.
A personal favorite is the city of Pendleton, SC. It’s got all the quintessential small-town charm you could dream of, along with all the modern amenities you crave.

Where is Pendleton?

Pendleton is located in Anderson County at the north-east tip of Lake Hartwell, just minutes from the lake. It’s bordered by the city of Central to the north and Anderson to the south.

What to do in Pendleton, SC

This small town is filled with plenty of historical things to explore. This area is one of upstate SC’s oldest communities, and it’s frequented by people visiting the downtown area as well as nearby Clemson University.
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Botanical gardens tour

Take A STEM Class

Ever wanted to use a 3D printer? Or build a radio controlled airplane?

Well, the Brain Barn in Pendleton offers classes on those exact subjects…and a whole lot more! Curious learners of all ages are welcome at a variety of science and math events.

Take the whole family or let the kids explore while the parents get a night out. Make sure to follow their Facebook page to keep up with current events.

Tour Historic Homes

A good historical home tour can be just the thing to spark imagination by taking a step back into history. Pendleton has one of the largest National Historic Districts in the region. Spend a day browsing through two well-known homes in the area, Woodburn and Ashtabula.

Both Woodburn and Ashtabula are open for paid tours seasonally. The hours of operation may vary, so it is best to check the website for details before planning your visit. If you have a larger group and would like to schedule a private tour, you may do so, but reservations must be made seven days in advance.

Pendleton Village Green

Pendleton Village Green

Shop In Downtown Pendleton

Downtown Pendleton is the place to be if you are looking for small-town charm. Stroll through the streets and wander in and out of local shops where you can find plenty of souvenirs to bring home.

Plus, if you time it right, you can catch one of the local festivals or the farmer’s market nearby.

Visit An Art Gallery

The Art Gallery on Pendleton Square is a must stop for all art lovers. You’ll be impressed by the variety and talent at this local artist cooperative.

Shop for handmade jewelry and bags, as well as home decor and one of a kind wall art. Take a look around their website to view examples from their artists.

Places to Eat in Pendleton

Ready to eat? You’re definitely in the right town. Pendleton has numerous local flavors to enjoy. Outside of the local food trucks you can find downtown,  there are several local dining options to choose from.

Enjoy Southern BBQ

If you are craving a good rack of ribs (and you often will in the south), make sure to visit the fine folks at The Smokin’ Pig. The restaurant is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 am until 9 pm (or when they are sold out). Choose from several smokehouse sepcialities such as the dry-rub ribs, brisket, and veggie sides.

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Enjoy fine dining at 1826 On The Green

Dress up for Dining Out

Ready to feel a little fancy? Try the local hot spot, 1826 on the Green. This restaurant serves a small, rotating menu filled with local ingredients, along with both classic and inventive cocktails. It’s also filled with historical charm and plenty of locals.

Fuel Up on Brunch

Fresh-baked goods and a generous offering of breakfasts makes The Village Cafe and Bakery another town favorite. Cozy up to locals and enjoy feasting on freshly baked breads, muffins, and cakes while fueling for the day with omelets or a village benedict.

Where to Stay in Pendleton, South Carolina

Liberty Hall Bed and Breakfast

Stay in a beautiful southern mansion.

Of course, Pendleton and the surrounding area offers some chain hotels for lodging such as the Wyndham and Hampton Inn, but if you are looking for a local spot to rest your head, try Liberty Hall Bed and Breakfast.

The B & B was built and 1849, and has worn many hats over the years. Some of these include a dairy farm, boarding house, a restaurant and it’s original intent as a family home.

Which one of these charming places in Pendleton are you excited to visit?

If you have a local favorite spot, drop it in the comments below.

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