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Ok y’all! I finally had the opportunity to sit down and write out all the wonderful things we experienced on our clamping trip to Behind the Pines! Derrek and I loaded up the kiddos the weekend after Christmas and headed out of town for a weekend get away. Y’all, it was so much fun, we cannot wait to go back. Behind the Pines is actually a barn that was turned into a “glamping” living space. It’s a one bedroom and one bath space and couldn’t be decorated more beautifully. It honestly looks like something out of a magazine.
The fact that this barn space does not have wifi and very spotty cell service really helped us unplug and do all the things they have to offer out there. We spent a lot of time outside exploring, hanging by the camp fire and swinging on their gorgeous swing bed. Our children were in heaven and it was so relaxing not being distracted by technology. When we arrived at Behind the Pines, we were welcomed by a big smores tray and lots of our favorite snacks so we went outside and made a fire. I think Nolan only came in to get food and sleep at night, he was so in love with hanging by the camp fire.
The interior of the barn is so gorgeous, you would never know it was an actual barn. It provides just enough space to keep it “homey” but not to little to make you feel like you’re on top of each other. For a family my size, that is a BIG deal! I love the built in bunk beds and the gorgeous view of the kitchen looking from the master bed.
Our first day of the trip, we took a short drive and spent some time in Spartanburg! We tried out this amazing restaurant Willy Taco, which was the most delicious Mexican fusion place I’ve ever been to! They have a robust menu of tacos, quesadillas, and entrees with something for everyone! The chips and salsa were to DIE for and the kids menu was even brag-worthy. They even have vegan and dairy free tacos for those who have special diets (like me, while I’m nursing!!!) and the menu diversity is truly awesome! The atmosphere was great and very welcoming for a large family like ours! I couldn’t recommend this place enough.
Later that afternoon, we headed back to “the barn” and relaxed with the kids. We all took a much needed nap and woke up in time for Derrek to grill us some dinner in the outdoor grilling area. We had stopped at Fresh Market on the way up and picked up a few items to grill and it made for a nice, chill evening with the kids!
The next day was one I’ll never forget and what made this trip so unforgettable! We decided to take a little 40-minute road trip to Greenville and see the sights there. For lunch, we stopped in at a little restaurant on Main Street called Trio which is the cutest Italian brick-oven cafe. The food there was amazing and they are famous for their brick-oven pizza. The kids loved it and we definitely plan to go back on our next downtown Greenville visit.
After lunch, we ventured over to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate which was absolutely incredible! The museum features 3 floors of interactive play and we spent no less than 4.5 hours in it. My 4 older kids were totally engaged the whole day and it was so much fun to watch them all using their imaginations and enjoying the exhibits. They have exhibits for the little ones all the way up through grade school where the STEM program comes into play. My kids especially loved the the Publix Market, Children’s Hospital, and Teddy Bear Clinic. The younger two also enjoyed the special toddler lily pad play area. We spent all day there and by the time we left the kids were exhausted.
We spent our last night grilling out back and the barn and had the best night’s sleep after playing all day! I really can’t say enough about this special weekend and can’t wait to take another weekend getaway to do it all over again!