Destinations

Summertime Hiking in the Upstate

Falls Creek FallsThe Upstate is an outdoor lover’s paradise- getting outdoors is what we love to do.

And as the mercury rises- the mountains, with their lush foliage, canopied treetops and plentiful waterfalls beckon.

Our area is home to more waterfalls than anywhere else in the nation. The trail system in the Upstate is also quite extensive with hikes ranging from day hikes, like the ones below, to multi-day hikes along the Foothills and Appalachian trails. So pack a lunch, bring some water and cool down with one of these great summer-time hikes.

Outdoor activities often sound like a great deal of fun, and it is; however it does require some special preparation. Remember to always take a fully stocked first-aid kit when you venture out to take this trip. You can put together your own kit with bandages, gauze pads, tweezers, scissors, anti bacteria cream and antiseptic wipes in a sturdy container. Being close to nature is a wonderful experience but you must be prepared for any unexpected situation that can easily happen while camping.

This article was published by OurUpstatesc.info and See the South.

 

Peacocks, goats and trains rule the roost at Emerald Farm in Greenwood

emerald-farm-goats01Trains, goats and peacocks might seem like an unusual combination, but they all co-exist in a symbiotic unity at Emerald Farm in Greenwood.

This 75-acre working dairy and goat farm is owned by Kathryn and Paul Zahn who were looking for “a comfortably special place to raise a family and to welcome friends.  A place that was next to nature.” When they stumbled upon Emerald Farm they knew they had found that place.

This article was published May 2014 by OurUpstateSC.info and See the South.

 

Kings Mountain offers history and hiking

As one of 16 State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the 6,885-acre Kings Mountain State Park boasts two lakes for fishing along with camping, hiking, equestrian facilities AND an 1800’s living history farm.

You can also visit the adjacent Kings Mountain National Military Park which offers a peak into history as a Revolutionary War site famous for the Battle of Kings Mountain, considered a major turning point in the War. Thomas Jefferson called it “The turn of the tide of success.” Walk through the museum, visitor’s center and actual battlefield site and picture yourself as a Revolutionary Soldier, getting ready for the battle.

This article was published April 2014 at OurUpstateSC.info.

 

Backpacking Through India: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

India, the jewel of Asia and the travelers’ paradise. Every year thousands of people head for the majestic land that is India. While most stay in luxury, other choose to rough it and backpack their way through the countryside. While this sounds like the biggest adventure of your life, if not carefully planned the trip may go awry. If you are reading this article, then chances are you are already dead set on backpacking. If this is the case, or you not 100% on board then read on to learn the dos and don’ts of backpacking in India.

Expenses of travel through India

India can be as cheap as it is expensive, but with careful planning, you can make those pennies stretch. Before you go out to eat or book trains or buses, do your research on the cheapest rates available. Act like you are a local, otherwise, you are likely to be taken for a very expensive tuk-tuk ride when you could have taken a ride on the bus of less. Before you leave research and plan a route to take on your backpacking journey, so you can budget accordingly and never carry more cash than you need as pickpocketing of tourists is a common complaint. A portable solution from https://solarbackpacking.com to your device charging problems, a backpack with a solar cell can help you relieve your stress on those days where you forget to charge up.

Choose your destinations wisely

For the most part, India is friendly to backpackers but the expenses of living vary from state to state, so make sure you can afford to stay where you plan to travel and avoid tourist trap areas because they have the worst rate hikes I have ever seen.

How much time should I spend on a backpacking trip in India?

That is like asking me what the winning lottery numbers are. But if I am being serious the four weeks is ample time to be able to see all the hotspots and a few places off the beaten track. 

Where should I begin my journey?

Now that one is up to you. If you are the type of tourist who wants to backpack, then you probably don’t want to start in a major hub. Use the internet to research other backpackers route and see what works for you. If it was me, I would start my trip in the north (Dehli, Rajasthan) and then work my way down the country. If you want to end the trip on a high note, then head on down to Goa for sun, sand, and beaches!

What type of insurance do I need?

If you are backpacking then you are roughing it, so I would recommend you get full coverage travel insurance and make sure all of your health insurance will be covered. India is a beautiful country, but it also has diseases and bacteria that you may not be accustomed or immune to. On that note, it may be prudent to bring some water purification tablets with you as some backpackers have gotten a little green in the face from the drinking water.

As for funding, of course it’s best to prepare for the spending on this trip months before. However, if you do need immediate cash but have a negative credit rating, you can still borrow a considerable amount via bad credit rating payday loans. Just make sure that you borrow only what you can repay.

So those are just a few of the tips and tricks we have for a successful trip to India, Good luck and have a safe and happy journey.

 

On the BBQ trail in the Upstate of South Carolina

The Smokin' Pig_Pendleton_SC_5South Carolinians are serious about their barbeque – so serious in fact that the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) has a website solely dedicated to BBQ in the state. And whether it’s a debate on which sauce is the best, how the meat is cooked, or which BBQ joint does it right, you can bet there are some serious and varied opinions by Upstate residents.

This article was published in the Feb 2014 OurUpstateSC.info newsletter and website and at SeetheSouth.com

 

Duke’s World of Energy

Opened in 1969 as a platform to watch the construction of Oconee Nuclear Station, Duke Energy’s World of Energy in Seneca remains committed to educating the public about all forms of energy.

The interactive museum is free and open to the public six days a week. Touch screens and audio exhibits guide visitors through topics such as how electricity is generated using water, coal and uranium as well as learning about how the Bad Creek, Jocassee and Keowee reservoirs all interact to generate electricity. A large, 3-D topographical map shows the lakes and where hydro stations are located.

This article was published Feb. 2014 by Ten at the Top/OurUpstateSC.info and See the South.

 

 

Heritage Green Gets a Makeover

Robot Zoo at the Childrens MuseumHeritage Green, the urban arts and cultural campus in downtown Greenville, is in the midst of a makeover. New improved pedestrian access, signage, gathering spots and landscaping are all part of the upgrade plan that began in Oct. 2013 and is expected to be completed by the first week of Feb.

If you haven’t been to Heritage Green for a while, now is the time to go. In addition to the outside renovations, several of the museums also have new exhibits. On Jan. 18, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate debuted its new traveling exhibit, The Robot Zoo. Now through June 1, kids can explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work.

This article was published January 2014 by Ten at the Top/OurUpstateSC.info and See the South.

The Upstate’s rapidly growing craft beer industry

Blue Ridge Brewing CoWhile our neighbor to the North (that would be Asheville) may tout itself as being “Beer City, USA”, the Upstate holds its own for local-made, quality-crafted beers and is rapidly gaining popularity as a premier beer destination.

Craft breweries are becoming more mainstream and several new breweries in the Upstate were announced last year. Quest Brewing Company opened in July 2013 while Brewery 85 and the Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom are both expected to open in the next few months. They’ll be alongside Upstate veterans such as Thomas Creek Brewery, RJ Rockers and Blue Ridge Brewing Company.

The article was published in the Jan 9, 2014 OurUpstateSC.info newsletter

 

New Year’s Traditions in the Upstate

sparkling_2014_lightsNew Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions are as varied as the people in the Upstate and around the South. There are parties to ring in the New Year with glasses of bubbly and noisy party favors. Fireworks will be shot off at the stroke of midnight and some brave souls will bare all in Upstate polar bear plunges. Others will use New Year’s Day to start their resolution to become more fit by hitting area trails.

This article was published Dec 2013 by OurUpstatesc.info

 

Holiday Fun Around the South Carolina Upstate

Zebra Visit at HollywildNothing says the holidays are here more than twinkling lights and over-the-top Christmas displays and there are many in the Upstate to choose from.

But beyond the normal Christmas cheer these provide, some of these events have been around for decades and are run by charitable organizations that give back to the community.

If these aren’t part of your standard, must-go-every-year family traditions, consider adding them to your list.

This article was published in the TATT/OurUpstateSC.info Dec newsletter.

 

The Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University

Bob Jones Museum and GalleryThe Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University is located in an unassuming building on campus. The non-assuming structure belies a vast collection of over 400 paintings, 200 pieces of furniture and more than 1000 antiquities that Dr. Bob Jones Jr. amassed during his lifetime.

The museum has been located on campus and open to the public since 1965. As you walk into the dimly-lit but grand foyer, a large chandelier, thick draperies and tapestries adorn the walls and ceiling. The tapestries, sculptures and period furniture are just part of the world-famous collection that opened in 1951 and features cultural and religious history works from the 14th through 19th centuries.

This article was published at OurUpstatesc.info and See the South

 

Haunted Places in the Upstate SC

AbbevilleSC_operahouseBeyond the run-of-the-mill haunted houses and family-friendly Halloween events lies an underbelly of places in the Upstate where rumors of paranormal activity run rampant. Ghostly tales are passed down from generation to generation and the brave visitors to these places have reported eerie sounds, apparitions and other sightings.

This article was published at OurUpstatesc.info and See the South.

 

Kings Mountain State Park Gets Into Holiday Spirit

Old Bathhouse at Kings Mountain SP_webAs the weather hints of cooler days to come, leaves will soon begin their change to brilliant shades of red, purple and gold, announcing that fall is here and that it is a perfect time to get outdoors and visit Kings Mountain State Park.

With a Blacksburg, S.C., address, but only a couple of miles from Kings Mountain, N.C., the park is one of 16 state parks in S.C. built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). With 6,885 acres, the park boasts two lakes for fishing, plus camping, hiking and horseback riding AND an 1800s living history farm. You can also visit the adjacent Kings Mountain National Military Park, which offers a peek into the history of the Battle of Kings Mountain, considered a major turning point in the Revolutionary War.

This article was published in the Sep/Oct 2013 edition of Foothills Spotlight Magazine.

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Great Fall Hikes in the Upstate SC

Falls Creek FallsAs the temperature becomes cooler and the leaves begin to change into vibrant hues of red, purple and orange, fall paves the way in the Upstate and becomes an outdoor paradise. The wet summer has supplied waterfalls with plenty of water to cascade over rocks and rush along streams. And as thick tree canopies begins to shed their leaves, the mountain views become clearer and more expansive, making fall a great time in the Upstate to go hiking. Here are four area hikes where you can view fall colors in their entire splendor.

This article was published by OurUpstateSC.info and See the South.com