Town Green and Newberry Opera House (photo courtesy of City of Newberry)
Newberry South Carolina is a short drive up I-26, and is surprisingly a great way to spend a day. Surprisingly because it doesn’t get a lot of publicity, and yet has a lot to offer a couple or a group of friends looking for some adventure without a long car trip.
Try and incorporate a show at the Newberry Opera House into your outing. They offer performances in the afternoon, as well as the evening. Upcoming shows include A Carolina Christmas on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 3pm, Christmas with The Lettermen on Thursday December 6, 2018 at 3pm and again at 8pm
and Classic Nashville Roadshow on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 3pm and again at 8pm. The Opera House is a small venue where you really get to see the performances up close and personal, unlike the huge arenas and performing arts centers in larger metro areas. Comedian James Gregory performs on February 23 at 5pm and 8pm, and the Church Basement Ladies bring their show to NOH on March 9, 2019 at 3pm and 8pm. Take a look at their entire season by clicking here.
Recently, our group, the Daytripper Club, headed to Newberry for lunch at Figaro (very, very special… everyone loved it) and then shopping downtown, all within walking distance of the Newberry Opera House. We loved the free parking on the street, and none of us had any trouble finding a spot. We found a number of nice shops and boutiques to browse in
– The Gallery, filled with fine art, local crafts, home decor, gifts, antiques and a unique tea room; Elizabeth’s on Main, a trendy women’s clothing store; Lucy’s, a women’s clothing store with an emphasis on very cool shoes… and there are others too.
Another interesting place to visit in Newberry (not far from downtown) is Carter & Holmes Orchids. Since 1947, this company has been providing quality orchids of many varieties to flower enthusiasts, botanical gardens and orchid societies around the world. You might visit Hawaii and admire an orchid,
only to find out it came from Newberry! You are invited to tour their greenhouses at any time during normal business hours, Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm. They can arrange special tours for groups of ten or more with advance notice. Here’s a link to the Carter & Holmes Orchids website.
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Lunch: Figaro The Dining Room. Although it took a while to get the food after we ordered, our only concern, we absolutely loved this restaurant. It’s unlikely that 17 people would all enjoy lunch, and yet that’s what happened when the Daytripper Club had lunch at Figaro. Everyone liked their meals. The food has a gourmet flair with unique and interesting ingredients. Sandwiches, salads and soups (She-Crab soup was a big hit) were all outstanding. Some had breakfast which was still available at lunch. The restaurant is located in a restored bank building across the street from Newberry Opera House.
Dinner: Steven W’s Downtown Bistro. Steven W’s was established in 1996 by Steven and Renee Foulis in a renovated pharmacy building across the street from Newberry Opera House. Chef Foulis brings a lifetime of culinary experience to fruition in each dish served here. The menu, “fresh. flavorful. handcrafted.”, offers entrees like Pecan Crusted Chicken, Cajun Shrimp & Scallop Fettuccine, Veal Picatta, Grilled Filets (with optional Crab Cakes) and more. See the menu here. The restaurant opens at 5:30pm each evening, Tuesday – Saturday (and occasionally opens for shows at the Opera House). For the holidays, pick up an exceptional dessert (whole) to take home… order ahead. Choose from chocolate mousse cake with pecan crust, key lime pie with oreo crust and raspberry sauce, pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust, and pecan pie with cranberries! Call (803) 276-7700 to place your order. Make your dinner reservation online here.
For Grandparents or Kids at Heart: A Very Berry Christmas.
Fridays November 30, December 7, 14, and 21
North Pole Nights
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
The Wonders of the North Pole are coming to Newberry! Come downtown on Fridays in December for faux snow and pictures with Santa in Memorial Park and Story Time with Mrs. Claus at the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce office in Community Hall. Visit the Gingerbread House Competition winners at the Newberry Arts Center! Events are free, however photos with Santa are $5 each (visitors are allowed to take their own photos should they so choose). More about A Very Berry Christmas here.