The cozy vacation rentals around the city of Greer give you and your family access to the beautiful Piedmont area of South Carolina, including Apalachee Lake and the South Tyger River. The river earned its name because of the fierceness of its current.

Golfers can head to the Greer Golf and Country Club, which has nice, walkable greens and views of Lake Apalachee. Greer is noted for its city parks, including Greer City Park and Century Park. Take the little ones to the Kids Planet at Century Park. If you can’t resist antiques, head to Carolina Treasures Antique and Vintage Goods or the Barnyard Flea Market. Choose from plenty of incredible Greer vacation rentals from a log chalet and cabin in the woods to a lovely guest house in Greer’s historic district. Check out the top attractions in and around Greer.

1. Greenville

Exactly 12 miles from Greer via State Highway 29, Greenville provides the pleasures of both the country and the big, bustling city that it is. View the waterfalls in Falls Park on the Reedy or beneath the Liberty Bridge, or go for a bike ride on the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. Bring the kids to the Children’s Museum with its dinosaur skeletons and interactive exhibits like robot tic-tac-toe. Like every big city, there are plenty of restaurants in all price ranges. For the upscale show, head for Halls Chophouse or Rick’s Nantucket seafood. Cheaper fare can be found at Swamp Rabbit Cafe, which serves pizza, and the Pita House.

2. Spartanburg

Spartanburg is the home of the beautiful and serene Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, the Glendale Shoals Preserve, and Croft State Park. Croft State Park is the place to get away from the energy of the city and have a picnic, hike, fish, or ride a horse. Car lovers will want to spend an hour or two with the vintage autos at the BMW Zentrum museum. You and the hubby just have to visit Motte & Sons Bootlegging Company. Yes, they sell moonshine. Buy some.

3. Woodland Forest

This suburb of Greer offers a wealth of ranch homes and cottages built on manicured lots made lovely by crepe myrtles and shaded by old oak trees. Places to eat include the Copper River Grill, home of the Copper River burger and she-crab soup. Go to Greenville Jewelers for their great selection of bling, including antique jewelry.

4. Chick Springs

About four miles west of Greer, Chick Springs is the home of PRO Pitch Hit Run, a batting cage center that the baseball players in your family will love. Have a cup o’ joe at Ally’s Coffee or Due South Coffee Roasters. Drop into Joe’s studio to appreciate and probably buy some of the artwork.

5. Brookhaven

You’ll find Cannon’s Fishing Lakes in the middle of this suburb of Greer. Fed by Maple Creek, there is one lake for carp and one lake for catfish. When the day is done, head to Mutts BBQ for the endless buffet.

6. Easley

Vacation rentals around Easley range from nice little cabins with sleeping porches, to McMansions on the waterfront, to Quonset hut abodes in the woods. All of them are just right for a laid-back town like Easley, which prides itself on its Foothills Playhouse and its beautiful and modern library with the cafe on the first floor. Other places to visit are the Skate Park and the Southern Oaks Golf Course.

7. Victor Mills

Vacation rentals include apartments and homes on well-laid out streets in Victor Mills, another Greer suburb. Relax or catch a ball game at Stevens Field. Visit the Barnyard Fleamarket to discover that item you didn’t know you wanted, then head to the homey South House Restaurant for great southern cooking and endless glasses of sweet tea.

8. Apalache

Vacation rentals in this part of town include lofts with views of Apalachee Lake. Apalache is also the site of the Greer Dragway, so take the racing lovers in the bunch the strip for some pulse-pounding fun. The drag way also offers old timer and bike nights. Take a side trip to Apalache Mill, which is right on the lake’s southern end. Duffers will enjoy an afternoon at the Greer Golf and Country Club.

9. Duncan

Duncan’s vacation rentals include lovely, gable front houses with front lawns. The kids will never forget the time they’ll have at Shipwreck Cove, a pirate-themed water park complete with pools, slides, and its own river. Later, head over to the Duncan Family Restaurant, a modest place that specializes in good American food and dessert. Take some time to attend Piddlers Auction, a family friendly auction house.

10. Lyman

The amenities in this smallish town are modest but comfortable. Relax in or watch the kids run around in tiny Lyman Park, then head to the Lyman Cafe for its American food, including chocolate muffins and buffet. Yellow Mama Music is a must for the guitar players in your family. They also have open mic nights and a coffee bar.