There’s a handsome vacation spot tucked neatly in the south end of Greer. Once known as the Amberian Peaks Resort, this 40-year-old property is now Greer Peaks Lodge, a family-oriented all-inclusive relaxation destination.
Ryan Nelson and his partner Brian Lemmermann acquired the property with a shared vision. They noticed a shortage of places for families to gather. The location leaped out as the perfect way to connect large families with wide age ranges and space to accommodate family reunions.
“We take groups as small as 15 to as many as 60,” Nelson says. Typical arrangements for groups that large take on a more formal aspect, with hotels and reservations for separate restaurants and activities.
Brother Nelson has used his experience with the hospitality industry to bring this vision to life. He studied culinary arts after his mission and, after working for Hilton Hotels and Resorts, found he had an aptitude for large-group meals and entertainment. He and his wife live onsite, so managing the Lodge is a family affair.
“We do just about everything,” he says, “though it took quite an adjustment.”
Greer Peaks Lodge proudly boasts an onsite dining hall with large-group menus. The Lodge is constantly adding activities and amenities to appeal to every age group. Brother Nelson is particularly proud of the game room, a favorite with teenage guests. The Lodge also has an exercise gym and a wet and dry sauna available for those interested in indoor recreation and relaxation. It’s the outdoor adventures, however, that have been the mainstay for the property’s appeal.
Guests coming up for the cooler temperatures in summer can spend their time enjoying kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. For lodgers unfamiliar with the area, or for families that would prefer to leave the planning to someone else, local guides are available to ensure that guests don’t miss a thing on their travel to-do lists.
While visitors are welcomed at all times of the year, Greer Days (held June 10-11 this year) adds an extra dimension to the experience. This highlight of the summer season brings out local crowds and visitors from around the state to appreciate the town’s unique personality. Festivities include an annual parade honoring the history of the area, friendly vendors with arts, crafts, and antiques, and a number of fun activities for families and kids of all ages.
The Nelson family also looks forward to the highlight of the winter season, Greer’s Winter Wonderland. While the town of Greer opens its heart and shop doors, Greer Peaks Lodge assures guests a first-class experience with the snowy hayrides around town.
“It’s the sledding, though, here at the Lodge, that’s a real family favorite for our kids,” Brother Nelson says. Snow fun and warm fireplaces make for great winter memories.
The Nelsons put in work year round to create a comfortable, casual place for families and friends to gather and reconnect. They have big plans and a special place to make them happen!