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Experience the French Countryside in Travelers Rest at Hotel Domestique

domestique_1With manicured vineyards and long-range views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the luxurious Hotel Domestique is perched atop 29 acres of rolling hills amongst fountains, lush gardens, and courtyards.

Brothers George and Rich Hincapie purchased the 13-room French-inspired hotel, formerly named La Bastide, from foreclosure in 2011 and spent two years and millions of dollars transforming it into a luxury boutique hotel with a slant on cycling. Both George and Rich grew up in the cycling world. George, who retired from pro cycling, competed 17 times in the Tour de France, sometimes alongside teammate Lance Armstrong. George and Rich also own Hincapie Sports, which specializes in custom clothing and accessories for cyclists.

This article was published November 2014 at See the South and OurUpstateSC.info

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.

 

South Carolina’s Playground – Family Fun In Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach SkywheelPart of the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach has been attracting families seeking accessible beach vacations for years. In fact, it’s the go-to family beach getaway on the East Coast, boasting more than 15 million visitors each year. But behind the high-rise condos, mega souvenir shops and kitsch lies a quality destination with an impressive array of activities to suit every taste and budget.

This article was published in the Sep/Oct 2013 edition of American Eagle Latitude.

The Mysterious Brown Mountain Lights

Mysterious lights have been appearing at Brown Mountain in the Linville Gorge area of North Carolina for hundreds of years. According to Cherokee legend, around 1200 A.D. a great battle was fought between the Cherokee and Catawba Indians at Brown Mo

untain and the mysterious lights are from the Indian maidens still searching for their men who died in battle.

This article appeared in the October 2012 edition of Carolina Country Magazine.  It was also published in the November issue of Dashboards and Saddlebags Magazine.

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Singer, Songwriter and Distinctly Southern Artist:Angela Easterling

Angela Easterling is a soulful indie musician whose southern roots run deep.  Dubbed “a bright shining star on the country/folk/alt music horizon,” by Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, this talented singer-songwriter grew up in Greer, South Carolina on the family farm.  “We weren’t a typical rural family though”, says Angela, “I grew up listening to music, going to plays and the theater.”

This article was published in the Sept/Oct 2012 edition of Foothills Spotlight Magazine.

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Giddy Up to the Seventy-Four Ranch in Jasper, Georgia

jasper, georgiaNo need to go to Wyoming or the Wild West when you can drive about two hours to the Seventy-Four Ranch in Jasper, Georgia and get in touch with your inner cowboy.

This article was published at www.seethesouth.com and in the August edition of the Simpsonville Sentinel.  I also did a guest post for Writing Horseback.

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Lots and lots of trips!

As we hit the dog days of summer things are not slowing down at all.  I had to pull together a list of trips I have taken over the past year and ones I have coming up.  It’s quite a list!  I love my job.

 

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Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls

Located near the town of Walhalla are two of Oconee County‘s top attractions, Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls. Stumphouse Tunnel maintains a near constant 56 degree temperature and is a welcome respite on a hot summer day.  Nearby at Issaqueena Falls visitors can enjoy the waterfall and have a picnic at the shady retreat. This article was published by ourupstateinfo.info and at See the South.

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Hollywild

Want to go on a safari and see movie stars this summer without breaking the bank?  Well you can do both at Hollywild Animal Park in Inman, South Carolina.  Upon arriving at the park, you’ll soon realize this isn’t your typical zoo.  If the dirt parking lot and no-frills exterior doesn’t give it away, the prompt attention by one of the many roaming animals will. Chickens, peacocks, ducks and other tame animals greet visitors as they enter the park.

This article was published in the July/August 2012 edition of Foothills Spotlight Magazine.

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Dark Corner Day Trip

The Dark Corner of South Carolina has been shrouded in mystery for over 175 years.  Loosely defined, it’s the towns of Landrum, Gowensville and Glassy Mountain that make up the Dark Corner.  The area was named not from its reputation for moonshining as most people believe, but because in 1832 it was the only area that voted against the nullification act which gave South Carolina the right to ignore federal mandates.  A local politician said in one of his speeches that this was a dark corner where the light of Nullification could never shine. Thus the name the Dark Corner caught on. This article was published by ourupstateinfo.info and at See the South.

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Revolutionary War Sites in the Upstate

Independence Day, also known as July 4th, is when we, the citizens of the United States, celebrate our freedom from Great Britain.  It was marked by signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and we commemorate the event with parties, parades and fireworks. But did you know that there were more battles and skirmishes fought right here in South Carolina than in any other colony during the Revolutionary War? So to commemorate this year, plan a visit to one of these Upstate battlefields.

This article was published by ourupstateinfo.info and at See the South. For the whole article, click here.

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New Zip Line Adventure Park in North Carolina!



Nantahala Outdoor Center Announces New Zip Line Adventure Park (via PR Newswire)

WESSER, N.C., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation companies, announced plans to open its new Nantahala Zip Line Adventure Park at the company’s 500-acre Nantahala River campus near Bryson City, NC. The new Nantahala Zip…

Grits and Groceries

Grits and Groceries is a contrast of contradictions. It’s seemingly out in the middle of nowhere yet it’s a busy little place. It has the exterior of a greasy, dive cafe’ but you’ll find they serve high-quality, fresh local cuisine. You don’t expect to find seasoned Paris-trained chefs from New Orleans, who worked with Emeril Lagasse, but here they are.

This article was published by ourupstateinfo.info and at See the South. For the whole article, click here.

 

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Meet Jefferson Davis at the Cross Keys House in Union

The Cross Keys home is considered one of the oldest and most significant homes in the Upstate of South Carolina. The Georgian Colonial mansions’ claim to fame is that Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his military escort ate lunch here on April 30, 1865 on their way out of Richmond, Virginia.  Mary Ann Bobo Whitmire Davis, who lived in the house at the time, answered a knock at the door around mid-day and found five well-dressed men asking for a meal.  She didn’t realize who she had just served lunch to until Jefferson remarked as they were departing that they shared the same last name.

This article was published by ourupstateinfo.info and at See the South. For the whole article, click here.

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