Local Guide: Brooke Walter


I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following Brooke and the rest of the “girl tribe” over at “It Takes A VILLEage” (they also all have seriously great IG feeds). A little about Brooke in her own words:


I moved to Greenville two and a half years ago and count it as one of the best decisions I’ve made both personally and professionally.  I’ve never felt so at home, and felt welcomed right away.  Greenville has a blend of everything I enjoy: a thriving arts scene, restaurants fit for a foodie,  and space dedicated to outdoor enthusiasts. My hobbies include tennis, reading, photography, and going out and exploring all the new places popping up around Greenville! I love the vibrancy of our city.

Favorite Outdoor Spots:

Poinsett Bridge – Either a great short excursion, or stopping point on your way up to the Table Rock/ Caesar’s Head area, the Poinsett Bridge is both an interesting historic site and great photo spot. It is the oldest surviving bridge in SC.

Table Rock – Table Rock is home to some of my favorite views and also my favorite hike in the upstate. It is challenging but oh so rewarding!

Caesar’s Head – Home to many hiking trails, but more so known for its scenic overlook (that requires no hiking at all from the visitor center). Stunning panoramic view.



“Poinsett Bridge & Caesar’s Head”

Favorite Caffeine Fix:

Greenville is home to so many wonderful caffeine fixes, and constantly adding more with the likes of 101 Espresso Bar and Barista Alley in nearby Greer. However, my personal favorite is The Village Grind, with their carefully curated selection, delicious doughnuts, and rustic interior.


“The Village Grind”

Date Night:

There are so many great spots in the area to suit different moods, but I love Vault & Vator for its intimate environment and craft cocktails. The low lighting and limited seating capacity makes it a great spot for a couple to enjoy drinks.

(And no cell phones allowed! So you can have real conversations!)


“Vault & Vator”

Favorite Local Shopping:

I’m a huge fan of shopping local, but even more so in finding that “one of a kind” piece. In my opinion, there is no better way to do that then consignment shopping, where duplicates would be hard to find. My two favorites in the areas are Labels Designer Consignment and Saige.  Both have an excellent curation of designer clothes for a fraction of the price!

Best Spot for Locally Sourced Eats:

This was one of the hardest for me to decide, as I am a true foodie at heart! For locally sourced, I have to go with Bacon Brothers,  with personal bias as it’s close to my house, but also for the richness of flavor of every entree I’ve tried there. Their charcuterie board is both savory and a sight to see, and it has constantly rotating ingredients. Their burger is my favorite in Greenville!