Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Small Town Spotlight: Elloree

Posted 2/1/2011 9:33:00 PM

Interested in a day trip but aren’t sure where to go? You should definitely consider Elloree. This week’s small town spotlight epitomizes successful small-town revitalization, and the town has a lot to offer visitors.

Elloree’s downtown area is definitely its biggest draw. There, you’ll find a variety of quaint shops that feature art, jewelry, apparel, collectibles and lots and lots of antiques. In fact, Elloree’s wide variety of antique stores draws in visitors from all around. Even if you’re not an antique shopper, you’ll have a lot of fun strolling the town’s well-kept Main Street and admiring some of the brightly colored store fronts and window displays.

During a recent trip to Elloree, I spent most of my time on Main Street checking out the shops, businesses and other interesting finds like Prayer Alley -- a pretty little prayer garden located between the ivy-covered sides of two brick buildings. Locals say volunteers spruced up the alley to provide a nice and safe place for people to move between streets. It’s also a nice place to sit and reflect.

Speaking of reflection, if you want to look back on Elloree’s beginnings, check out the Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, a big and unexpected surprise in such a small town. The museum houses dozens of interesting and interactive displays that provide an up-close-and-personal look at the people and events that have shaped Elloree’s rural past.

No trip to any small town is any good without a taste of the local food. Elloree is no exception. I stopped in at Amporn’s, Elloree’s Thai restaurant, for a quick lunch bite. Amporn’s offers an impressive selection of Thai cuisine. If you like a little ‘kick’ in your food, I highly recommend that you try one of the spicy shrimp rolls. They are very tasty!

Antique shopping, world-class cuisine and rich history -- you’ll find it all in Elloree.