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Downtown Camden

Small-Town Itinerary

If you’re looking for a taste of classic Americana, the Olde English District offers it in spades. Pack your bags for a two-day culinary, historic and cultural adventure in South Carolina.

Start the day off right with a delicious cup of Joe from The Caffeinated Cow in Cheraw. Then hit the town to browse authentic treasures at Sentimental Journey Antiques, The Vintage Dandelion, and From Another Time Antiques. Visit the Town Green and learn about legendary jazz figure Dizzy Gillespie at his memorial statue and his Homesite Park, which is just a short walk away. Gillespie was born and raised in Cheraw before moving away in his late teens.

Small-Town Itinerary
the caffeinated cow

Drive to Camden and enjoy an eclectic lunch at The Loopy Lemon Café or relish upscale American dishes at Sam Kendall’s on Broad Street.

Explore Camden’s incredible antique scene. Check out Menagerie Antiques and Collectibles, Sterling Fox Antiques, Camden Antiques Market, or AAA Pickers. While there, visit the Camden Town Green to admire the vibrantly painted butterflies along the Town Green Alley, a mural by Colt Shirley and Lori Isom-Starnes. End your afternoon with tea or coffee while browsing through an extensive book selection at Books On Broad.

Shopping at Menagerie Antiques & Collectibles
Menagerie Antiques & Collectibles

Head to Downtown Chester for brick oven pizza at Hillside Restaurant & Bar, then head next door to Wild Bees Bottle Shop to savor a glass of wine or a cold pint.

Check into the Inn Upon Moon River Plantation Blues B&B. This 1904-built plantation-style home offers modern conveniences in a vibrant blues and jazz atmosphere. Located in the historic district, it’s the perfect place to unwind and delve into the blues at the inn’s library before retiring to your comfortable room.

Begin your day with a cup of coffee with hosts David and Elizabeth Claytor at the B&B. Or set off to Ridgeway for a lovely pot of tea along with sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts at Laura’s Tea Room. Take a stroll and shop for vintage pieces at Ridgeway Marketplace and unusual finds at Ruff Hardware.

Small-Town Itinerary

Post-shopping spree, enjoy a satisfying meal or a refreshing drink at Olde Town Hall Restaurant & Pub or grab a slice and a soda at Sarah-n-Geo’s.

Travel to Historic Downtown Clover to indulge your sweet tooth at the Carolina Chocolate Company with its array of homemade fudge, chocolate-dipped pretzels, ice cream and chocolate treats. Then shop for unique items from yesteryear at High Cotton Antiques or Treasures & Junk.

Recharge with a coffee at Brick & Mortar Coffee & Mercantile, or for those who prefer a sturdy drink, The Vault Bottle Shop offers an array of beers, ciders and wines. Cap off the day with a farm-to-table dinner at Clover Harvest. The restaurant boasts a gorgeous rustic interior and a three-season patio.

Retreat to your comforting abode for the evening: Magnolia House and Gardens, a historic home in downtown Clover, now a cozy bed and breakfast. Antiques blend seamlessly with nature, providing a relaxing ambiance, all within walking distance of local dining and shopping. Nestled within 2.5 acres of gardens, it provides ample space for morning strolls to kick start your next day.