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County Line Magazine

Enjoy a Great Greenville Getaway

Exploring Greenville, Texas, these days, visitors find plenty to enjoy for several days.

First, while Landon Winery — 2508 Lee Street • (903) 454-7878 • landonwinery.com — no longer serves meals, it does serve excellent wines and in an inviting and beautifully-restored historic building. They do have chocolates and cheese boards and they team up with Mac’s American Grille across the street for full dining deliveries. But for some, just sipping wine and visiting with a friend in this gem of a landmark is a wonderful way to enjoy a couple of hours in downtown Greenville. They also often have live music.

Mac’s American Grille — 2501 Johnson Street • (903) 494-5007 — is another experience all its own. The kitchen and grill with flames blazing are visible from the dining room. The menu features burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, wood-grilled steaks, and desserts. There’s a full bar and an artsy, contemporary vibe throughout the building. It’s a good idea to call for reservations on weekends.

While looking at food options, keep the County Line award-winning Ain’t Just Pie — 2205 Lee Street • (903) 455-4314 • justpie.net — in mind for soups, quiches, salads, lunch specials, desserts and pies of course. This is a good choice for breakfast too — they open at 8 a.m. and close at 3 p.m.
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For a bar and grill atmosphere, try Empty Glass Steakhouse and Saloon — 2808 Lee Street • (903) 494-5038 — or across the street Ashen Rose Pub — 2809 Lee Street • (903)-453-8111 — featuring a full bar, 20 craft beers, and homemade food by one of our hometown gals.

A great dining place for lunch is Pizzo’s Sicilian Cafe — inside Uptown Forum at 2610 Lee Street • (903) 455-2233. They serve delicious paninis, calzones, soups, salads, and pastas. This is a favorite local downtown hangout where Chef Ang (Angela Marie Melia) takes special care with every customer.

While at Uptown Forum — 2610 Lee Street • (202) 270-4276 • uptownforum.net — check out the shopping in this three-story historic building: Lenore Cole (art, jewelry, soaps, candles) — (903) 453-8003 • lenorecolecandles.com, The Wind, The Willow Bookstore — (903) 455-2665, At The Top Art Gallery, and Cheesebrough and Campbell Specialty Chocolate.

Then go up a block to Luanne’s Mary of Puddin Hill — 2518 Lee Street • (903) 453-8033 • goldbelly.com/mary-of-puddin-hill. Puddin Hill’s pecan fruitcake is a tradition whose recipe has never changed since 1839. Mary’s fruitcake is known as a symbol of Greenville and it’s long history. And they have many more treats including lots of chocolate.

More downtown shopping should include Greenville Boutique and Gifts — 2805 Lee Street — and The Muddle — 2408 Stonewall Street — a great little antique shop with two floors of interesting finds.

Also while in Greenville venture out from downtown a bit to visit Vintage and Lace — 7716 Wesley • (903) 413-1770. They are open until 6 p.m. and feature a variety of vendors with great home furnishings and clothing options.

A great little antique store is Connors Corner — 6501 Wesley • (903) 268-2749 • connerscornercollectibles.com.

Take an afternoon to go visit the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum — 600 Interstate 30 East • (903) 450-4502 • cottonmuseum.com. Much of the museum is dedicated to local World War II hero and movie star Audie Murphy. There’s also a turn-of-the-century Main Street area, and a popular section for visitors is the oddball stuff like the “hair wreath,” a famous wooden leg, a baseball autographed by June Allyson, and a vintage hair curling machine.

Besides live music at some of the restaurants and Landon Winery, Greenville has two dynamic downtown venues with great shows.

The Greenville Municipal Auditorium — 2821 Washington Street • (903) 457-3126 • showtimeatthegma.com — has national touring acts most weekends like Gene Watson, The Gatlin Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Johnny Rodriguez, and John Conlee, as well as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Russia Ballet Theatre, and other entertainment.

The Texan Theater — 2712 Lee Street • (903) 259-6360 • texantheatergreenville.com — also has shows most weeks in an intimate room complete with four-course dinners. Some of its upcoming shows includes George Ducas, Alex Williams, The Artimus Pyle Band, Tony Jackson, Bob Schneider, and Music of Cream. And make sure to get your tickets quickly to the all-new Road Less Traveled series where you get to hear the stories behind the music. Each show features one up-and-coming artist and one established artist. These seats sell out fast! The Texan is also home to the local’s favorite Hump Day Happy Hour taking place every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. It features local artists and musicians. And don’t forget to stop in the Texan Theater Coffee Shop to get a specialty coffee, cappuccino, espresso or tea.

If art is your thing, checkout all of the local murals and art galleries Greenville has to offer. There are 12 art installations located in and around downtown. To check out the Downtown Art Walk Tour go to ci.greenville.tx.us/1142/Downtown-Art-Walk.

Go check the calendar and get more information about all the events, tours and attractions that Greenville has to offer on travelgreenvilletx.com.