Clemson, South Carolina, named for the city’s Clemson University, is much more than a college town. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson offers the perfect mix of outdoor adventure, classic southern charm, delectable cuisine, and history.

Overlooking Lake Hartwell and surrounded by mountains and over 40 waterfalls equipped with plenty of hiking and walking trails, Clemson and Pickens County can be considered an adventuring hotspot. The Clemson Experimental Forest offers 17,500 acres of lakes, waterfalls, and hiking, walking, biking, and equestrian trails. Lake Issaquena, within the Clemson Experimental Forrest, could be considered the perfect escape for travelers looking for a peaceful getaway. Clemson is also home to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens, a 295-acre garden and natural area perfect for relaxation and exploration. Table Rock State Park, Sassafras Mountain, and Twin Falls are just a few examples of hiking destinations within Pickens County that are just a short trip from Clemson. While out exploring the waterfalls and overlooks of Pickens, Victoria Valley Vineyard provides the perfect spot to relax, have a glass of wine, and enjoy gorgeous mountain views.

A small town stocked with delicious food, eclectic shops, and a bustling downtown scene, visitors will find that Clemson has something for everyone.  For home-grown, classic southern cuisine, the Esso Club is a must. Opened in the 1950s, this delicious dive features a meat- and – three menu and Clemson’s favorite homemade chicken tenders. The Esso Club was even named the #4 bar in the South by Southern Living. Afterward, visitors are encouraged to take a walk to Downtown Clemson where they will find many more dining and shopping establishments along its historic strip that at night turns into a lively bar scene. You’ll find college students, locals, and Clemson University sports fanatics chatting with friends and eager to talk with newcomers about how they found Clemson and why they love it so much.

Patrick Square is a newer community with a refined Charleston style filled with restaurants, shops, and a beautiful boutique hotel, The Inn at Patrick Square. Nestled in the square is Rick Erwin’s Clemson which offers a dining experience like no other in the area. The elegant feel of the contrast of white linens and rich wood pieces welcome you as soon as you walk in. Rick Erwin’s Clemson offers fresh seafood, prime steak, and a lengthy wine selection. To top off your sophisticated evening, take a short walk down the block to the Clemson Wine Bar, a gathering spot for friends to chat over premium wines. Other Patrick Square favorites are Sunny Side Café, the most popular breakfast spot for locals, and Joe’s New York Pizza which features a stunning outdoor patio. Don’t miss the Clemson Farmer’s Market held on the Square on Thursdays from May through October.

Clemson, South Carolina is also known by travelers for its many historic features. Clemson University sits on land that was once owned by John C. Calhoun, South Carolina’s pre-eminent 19thcentury statesmen. Fort Hill Plantation, Calhoun’s once home, is still sitting on Clemson University’s campus preserved, restored and open for public tours. Other must-visit historical properties in the area include the Hanover House within the South Carolina Botanical Gardens, Old Stone Church, Woodburn Plantation and Hopewell Plantation.

Named the “Best Place to Escape to in South Carolina” by Expedia, Clemson is a hidden treasure. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, mountains, and waterfalls and full of mouthwatering cuisine, southern charm and history, Clemson is the perfect destination for travelers. Adventurers, foodies, history hounds and anyone looking for a getaway will find a haven within this small southern town.

, named for the city’s Clemson University, is much more than a college town. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson offers the perfect mix of outdoor adventure, classic southern charm, delectable cuisine, and history.

Overlooking Lake Hartwell and surrounded by mountains and over 40 waterfalls equipped with plenty of hiking and walking trails, Clemson and Pickens County can be considered an adventuring hotspot. The Clemson Experimental Forest offers 17,500 acres of lakes, waterfalls, and hiking, walking, biking, and equestrian trails. Lake Issaquena, within the Clemson Experimental Forrest, could be considered the perfect escape for travelers looking for a peaceful getaway. Clemson is also home to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens, a 295-acre garden and natural area perfect for relaxation and exploration. Table Rock State Park, Sassafras Mountain, and Twin Falls are just a few examples of hiking destinations within Pickens County that are just a short trip from Clemson. While out exploring the waterfalls and overlooks of Pickens, Victoria Valley Vineyard provides the perfect spot to relax, have a glass of wine, and enjoy gorgeous mountain views.

A small town stocked with delicious food, eclectic shops, and a bustling downtown scene, visitors will find that Clemson has something for everyone.  For home-grown, classic southern cuisine, the Esso Club is a must. Opened in the 1950s, this delicious dive features a meat- and – three menu and Clemson’s favorite homemade chicken tenders. The Esso Club was even named the #4 bar in the South by Southern Living. Afterward, visitors are encouraged to take a walk to Downtown Clemson where they will find many more dining and shopping establishments along its historic strip that at night turns into a lively bar scene. You’ll find college students, locals, and Clemson University sports fanatics chatting with friends and eager to talk with newcomers about how they found Clemson and why they love it so much.

Patrick Square is a newer community with a refined Charleston style filled with restaurants, shops, and a beautiful boutique hotel, The Inn at Patrick Square. Nestled in the square is Rick Erwin’s Clemson which offers a dining experience like no other in the area. The elegant feel of the contrast of white linens and rich wood pieces welcome you as soon as you walk in. Rick Erwin’s Clemson offers fresh seafood, prime steak, and a lengthy wine selection. To top off your sophisticated evening, take a short walk down the block to the Clemson Wine Bar, a gathering spot for friends to chat over premium wines. Other Patrick Square favorites are Sunny Side Café, the most popular breakfast spot for locals, and Joe’s New York Pizza which features a stunning outdoor patio. Don’t miss the Clemson Farmer’s Market held on the Square on Thursdays from May through October.

Clemson, South Carolina is also known by travelers for its many historic features. Clemson University sits on land that was once owned by John C. Calhoun, South Carolina’s pre-eminent 19thcentury statesmen. Fort Hill Plantation, Calhoun’s once home, is still sitting on Clemson University’s campus preserved, restored and open for public tours. Other must-visit historical properties in the area include the Hanover House within the South Carolina Botanical Gardens, Old Stone Church, Woodburn Plantation and Hopewell Plantation.

Named the “Best Place to Escape to in South Carolina” by Expedia, Clemson is a hidden treasure. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, mountains, and waterfalls and full of mouthwatering cuisine, southern charm and history, Clemson is the perfect destination for travelers. Adventurers, foodies, history hounds and anyone looking for a getaway will find a haven within this small southern town.