Visiting Clemson, SC

December 21, 2021

My last day of work until January 5th was this past Friday, and I wanted to get away just for a minute and relax. We wanted to go see the Elk in Cataloochee, but the weather did not look good for the area. So, we changed our mind and headed to Clemson, SC. We had never been there, so perfect. 
We left around 10 am on Saturday morning.
Clemson is about 3 hours from home.
 I know we could have made a day trip out of it, but honestly, we are not day trip people. 
We like to stay in hotels.

Clemson mural
Y'all know we love some murals

 Where We Stayed- 

 We booked our stay at The Abernathy and it was nothing short of amazing. Close to everything and just steps away from Clemson Campus, where we spent a lot of time exploring the grounds.

The Abernathy located steps off of Clemson Campus

Nicely appointed bar area with microwave, refrigerator, sink and keurig coffee machine

Full bar with tapa menu and soft drinks, snacks and grab and go breakfast

Spacious bathroom with plenty of room 

I love this cute "cue to the Tigers" token that is your room key

Relaxing living room area with couch and TV

Decorated so pretty and plenty of room

Lobby of The Abernathy

This King size bed was so comfortable

Where We Ate-

Clemson is about 3 hours from our house and we were starving when we arrived. We knew right were to go, the famous Esso Club. Google says this about it, "Raucous institution with a bar menu located on the lot of  a historic service station"and this is probably true on a Clemson home game day, but the day we ate there it was families and couples and pretty quite, you did hear the occasional guy yelling about his team on the TV. The food was delicious and plenty of it. Gary got the cheeseburger and chips and I had the bird dog with chips, and we each had a beer. Our bill was $33.44

The Esso Club in Clemson, SC
The Esso Club in Clemson, SC

The food is delicious
You must stop by for the food, but also the history

The Esso Club menu

We ordered a pizza later in the night in our room because, Marshall played a game at 9 and we wanted to see that.
We picked up Your Pie- a local pizza place. Sorry I was hungry, no pictures were taken. Just picture a pizza with black olives, mild sausage and mushrooms. It was a perfect night snack/dinner.

For breakfast Sunday morning, we ate at Eggs Up Grill in Clemson before heading to our next stop Abbeville, SC.

Eggs Up Grill has an extensive menu 

Our Breakfast

 Other places I would like to try if I find myself in Clemson again-
The Pot Belly Deli 
Tiger Town Tavern
Loose Change

What We Did-

We started by looking for old churches in the area because with the history of Clemson we knew there had to be a few

St Andrew Catholic Church
St Andrew Catholic Church

Old Stone Church in Clemson, SC
Old Stone Church

We then came onto the campus of Clemson and took a private tour of  Fort Hill. The family that started Clemson University has an old home place on the property and it is a National Historic Landmark. 
You can get more information about Fort Hill here. We were given a private tour of Fort Hill and it was beyond stunning. It is amazing what wealth bought you back in 1803.

The Calhoun House at Fort Hill

This blue and white dining room was so pretty

Clemson University has a beautiful campus with plenty of old buildings. We walked around the campus and just enjoyed the day. We literally never saw another person as everyone had left for Christmas break.

Trustee house
Trustee House

Trees by reflection pond on Clemson campus
Trees by reflection pond on Clemson campus

Reflection Pond on Clemson Campus
Reflection Pond on Clemson campus

We spent most of our time exploring the campus and the area around it. Everything is dripping in Clemson Tiger orange. 
 Clemson is a small town, but I am sure it can get crazy on home football game day.  We hope to visit again soon, maybe in the spring when everything is in full bloom.
Until next time, Cheers! 

Dana & Gary

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