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Abbeville, South Carolina is rich in history

Abbeville Opera HousePicture a town square surrounded by shops and restaurants. Brick-lined streets, historic homes and golden-age era opera house. These are but a few surprises awaiting visitors to Abbeville.

Located in the southern section of the Upstate, about an hour south of Greenville between Anderson and Greenwood, the small town of Abbeville was once a center of culture, agriculture and commerce. Today, with most of the town on the National Register of Historic Places, Abbeville marks its place with historical significance.

This article was published November 2015 at OurUpstateSC.info and SeetheSouth.com

Fall Foliage Excursions in the Upstate

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Paris Mountain

As autumn arrives, forecasters are already predicting that this year’s fall foliage season will be one of the best we’ve had in years. Vibrant hues of purple, orange, and red will drift silently in the wind as trees shed their green coverings.

“We had a little bit of drought in the summertime that added just the right touch of stress that helps condense the season and cause a bunch of colors to pop all at once,” says Clemson University Forest ecologist Donald Hagan. “Early October should be prime on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then the color will move its way downward throughout the month, finally peaking in the Clemson area and much of the Upstate in late October and early November.”

So whether it’s a hike in the mountains, a picnic lunch, or a leisurely drive down a country road, there’s no better time than the fall to get outdoors and experience nature in its entire splendor.

Here’s a look at a few of the many fall foliage excursions in the Upstate.

This article was published Sept. 2015 at See the South and OurUpstateSC.info

The SC Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, Where Every Quilt Tells a Story

It all started in 2009 with one quilt square mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla.Today, the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail has more than 160 quilt panels mounted on barns, businesses, homes, and public buildings across Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties.The idea was based on similar quilt trails in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Oconee County was the first county in South Carolina to embrace the quilt trail concept after a group of dedicated citizens came together to establish the Oconee Heritage Quilt Trail in an effort to promote Oconee County. The first quilt square was sponsored by the Wynward Point Ladies Group and was mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla in the fall of 2009.

This story was published Aug 2015 by The SC Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail and The SC Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.

Splash Down In One of These Upstate SC Water Parks

Shipwreck Cove 3Summer officially began June 21—a mere two weeks ago. With record temperatures already on the books, it’s turning out to be a scorcher of a summer and has all of us looking for ways to cool down.

Water parks become the shining beacon in the sizzling heat. Out-of-school and bored kids are entertained for hours splashing around in the cool waters and navigating slides, while parents can stick their toes in the water and float endlessly along those lazy rivers.

This article was published July 2015 by OurUpstateSC.info and SeetheSouth.com

Enjoy Summer in the Great Outdoors at Table Rock State Park

As the summertime temperatures continue to heat up, shaded tree canopies and cool lakes and streams don’t just sound nice, but they become a necessity. A brisk swim( dont forget to checkout these bikinis for girls), hiking alongside creeks and waterfalls, and camping under the stars are not only ways to stay cool and experience nature but are also an inexpensive way to make lifetime memories.

This article was published June 2015 at OurUpstateSC.info and SeetheSouth.com.

Furman’s Younts Center a Best Wedding Venue

The Upstate has no shortage of scenic backdrops available to provide the perfect picturesque setting for pending nuptials. Couples can opt to tie the knot at places like the Fred W. Symmes Chapel at Camp Greenville (aka Pretty Place), near Caesars Head in northern Greenville County. Or they may choose to get hitched at one of the area’s sprawling farms or historic houses.

But for a unique venue, happy couples need to look no further than a local university campus, which can provide the perfect venue and setting—at a reasonable cost.

This article was published April 2015 at OurUpstateSC.info and SeetheSouth.com

 

Nature & Culture Merge at the South Carolina Botanical Garden

Meandering pathways and reflective ponds, along with plenty of benches to sit and gaze at the scenery, make the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University a perfect respite any time of the year.

The 295-acre preserve began in 1958 as a camellia preserve on a small parcel of land adjacent to John C. Calhoun’s 19th-century Fort Hill estate. It was designated the state’s botanical garden in 1992.

This story appeared at SeetheSouth.com and OurUpstateSC.info April 2015.

Take a Tour on Three of the Upstate’s Best Lakes

Lake Jocassee at Bad Creek Whitewater FallsThere’s no doubt that the Upstate is home to an amazing array of outdoor wonderlands. Whether it is mountains, hiking trails, rivers, waterfalls or lakes—there’s a never-ending natural assortment for outdoor enthusiasts to choose from.

Even though it’s not quite full-blown “lake season” yet, our area lakes are spectacular no matter the weather. One of the best ways to get acquainted with our lakes is to take a guided tour. Here’s a look at a few options on Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, and Lake Hartwell.

This article was published February 2015 by OurUpstateSC.info and See the South.

Discover Landrum and The Red Horse Inn

The Red Horse InnDeep in the heart of the Upstate’s equestrian country—where horses outnumber people and parking signs include directions on where to park your horse trailer—sits the small town of Landrum and the Red Horse Inn.

 

A quaint Main Street filled with antique shops and locally owned (and sourced) restaurants are a surprise for first-time visitors to Landrum. And then there’s the Inn.

This article was published January 2015 by OurUpstatesc.info and See the South .

Downtown Anderson Offers Small-Town Charm

display at the Anderson County MuseumAnderson grew up as a textile town. Several mills in the area provided the groundwork for a rich and vibrant city while still maintaining its rural roots. When Lake Hartwell was created in the 1950s, it brought those seeking boating and fishing along its 962-mile long shoreline.Anderson is also commonly referred to as the “electric city” as it was the first city in the United States to have a continuous supply of electricity, powered by a water mill on the Rocky River. A statue of William Church Whitner, who devised a method to transport electricity from the river into the city, sits prominently in the downtown city square.Today, Anderson’s downtown offers great dining, eclectic boutiques, museums, and cultural activities that are definitely worth exploring.

This article was published Dec. 2014 at OurUpstateSC.info and SeetheSouth.com.

Experience the French Countryside in Travelers Rest at Hotel Domestique

Whether you’re searching what to do in Turks and CaicosWith, or looking to access the most premium 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

Sleep Under the Stars in the Upstate

Now that the sweltering summer heat has mostly dissipated, it’s time to once again head outdoors.

Cabins at Lake HartwellSouth Carolina has more than 3,000 campsites statewide with a good majority of them in our area- and that’s just in the state parks. Add in private and commercial campgrounds and that makes for a lot of places to hang your head in the great outdoors. There really is nothing to compare with sleeping under the stars in the great outdoors. Tasting the fresh air, hearing the dawn chorus and counting the stars always makes for a fantastic trip.

Camping takes on many forms here in the Upstate- there are primitive and trailside campsites with no facilities, campsites that can only be reached by boat and campgrounds that have playgrounds and offer restrooms and showers. Some campgrounds have RV-hookup’s and others have facilities to bring your horses. Don’t have a tent or camper? That’s covered too with camper cabins on Lake Hartwell and rustic cabin rentals across the region. What we often fail to remember is that sleeping under the stars is often cold, uncomfortable and windy! There’s no Tempurpedic mattress or puffed up pillows in the great outdoors. Sleeping on hard ground, particularly for the first time, can often be somewhat alarming. Don’t panic though, with the right preparations and sleeping pills from ukmeds, you’ll soon be coming out under the stars every chance you get!

This article was published September 2014 at OurUpstateSC.info and SeetheSouth.com

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, good hike shoes, I found at Boot Bomb the best outdoor footwear information, you can take a look if you want, bring some water and cool down with one of these great summer-time hikes. You can buy complete AR15 rifles here, for your next hike.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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

 

Live Chickens and Fresh Flowers at the Anderson Jockey Lot

Tombstones at the Jockey LotDubbed as “a flea market on steroids” the Jockey Lot has been an Anderson institution since 1974. Over 1,000 vendors set up shop each weekend selling everything from live rabbits, books, used tires and tombstones. Locals joke that if “you can’t find it at the Jockey Lot then it ain’t to be had anywhere.”

Attracting 30,000-60,000 people each Saturday and Sunday year-round, the open outdoor marketplace sprawls over 65-acres on U.S. Highway 29 between Anderson and Greenville. Regular vendors that are there each weekend usually opt to lease space in the 130,000 square feet of several interconnected or container buildings, some with air-conditioning. New vendors and individuals wanting to sell excess household goods usually rent one of the outside spaces that go for as little as $10.00 for a one-day rental.

This article was published in the July OurUpstateSC.info newsletter and at See the South.com.

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Artisphere Attracts Local and National Artists

ArtisphereRated as one of the top ten fine arts shows in the country, Artisphere comes to downtown Greenville for its ninth year on May 10th-May 12th.  This family-friendly festival showcases Greenville’s thriving arts and cultural community and attracts tens of thousands to the area each spring.

Artisphere invites both local and national artists and announced a record 13 local artists will exhibit at this year’s annual event.  The festival received applications from 854 artists in 41 different states competing for one of the 120 spots on Artist Row.  The artists selected to participate represent 24 different states and one international artist; 56 of the artists (47 percent) are new to the festival this year.

This article was published May 9, 2013 in the OurUpstateSC.info newsletter and online at See the South.

 

 

Making the Rounds in Moore County, Tennessee

Welcome Center in Lynchburg TN

Welcome Center in Lynchburg TN

Moore County, Tennessee is probably best known for its most famous resident, the Jack Daniels Distillery. But the small town of Lynchburg and the surrounding countryside offer up charm, history and other “spirits”.

This article was published in the April 2013 edition of the Simpsonville Sentinel and online at See the South.

 

 

Seaside Getaway on St. Simon’s Island

Shrimpin' on the Lady Jane

Shrimpin’ on the Lady Jane

Another seaside gem just off the Georgia coast, is St. Simon’s Island. The largest island in Georgia’s Golden Isles-four barrier islands that also include Jekyll Island, Little Simons Island and Sea Island-, St. Simons was formed by the Appalachians and settled by English Colonists in the 1700’s. As a former rice and cotton plantation, it’s steeped with history and tradition.  Building restrictions keep high-rise condos out of the picture and a strict no big-box retail policy keeps the island laid back and mostly residential, with locals who are warm and friendly and eager to share their island.

This article was published in the March 2013 edition of The Simpsonville Sentinel and at See the South.

 

Celebrate Upstate International Month

Upstate International Festival

Upstate International Festival

March kicks off a month-long, multi-venue, multi-event celebration of all things international here in the Upstate. Events are hosted by Upstate International, a local non-profit organization that provides information, programs and services to foreign residents and immigrants for cultural diversity in our community.

This article was published by OurUpstateSC.info

Take a Hike: Five Great Places to Go Hiking in the Upstate

Table Rock

Table Rock

The Upstate is an outdoor lover’s paradise with abundant trails, waterfalls, lakes and mountains. And while it may not seem like it, February is an ideal time to get outdoors. Spring allergies haven’t quite hit, the weather is still cool and the views are even better through the leaf-bare tree limbs. From waterfalls to mountains, here are five easy hikes the whole family can enjoy.

This article was published in the February 14, 2013 edition of the OurUpstateSC.info newsletter and at See the South.

 

Luxurious Weekend at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

The beach on Kiawah Island

The beach on Kiawah Island

When February rolls around, I begin fantasizing about the beach; the sound of rolling waves washing across the sand, the seagulls belting out their never-ending harmonies and the feeling of sand squishing between my toes. I want a beach weekend and I want to be pampered and feel like a Queen (or King). South Carolina’s the best beaches are those in the Charleston area and no one does luxury and pampering like The Sanctuary at Kiawah.

This article was published February 2013 on SeetheSouth.com and in the Simpsonville Sentinel.

Spring Performing and Visual Arts Events in the Upstate

Performing Arts in the Upstate

Performing Arts in the Upstate

Spring is a time of renewal. A time when the cold, dreary days of winter begin to turn into warmer days filled with the sights and smells of blooming trees and flowers. Springtime also starts to heat up with performing and visual arts performances and calendars are packed full this season. From Edwin McCain at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium to Denyce Graves at the Clemson Brooks Center, these shows are just a few of the many great performances happening in the Upstate through June.

This article was published January 2013 by Ten at the Top on the OurUpstateSC.info website.

 

 

The Pickwick – A Family-Run Business for Generations

Pickwick Soda Fountain

Pickwick Soda Fountain today

Tucked away in a non-descript strip center on the outer edge of downtown Greenville, this family-run business has been serving the local community since 1933. It’s a landmark on Augusta Road, and with a restored soda fountain, personal service from the pharmacy (they will deliver prescriptions to you) and a variety of local items for sale (including their own BBQ sauce), this local business is poised for the future.

This article was published in the January 10, 2013 OurUpstateSC.info newsletter and website and at See the South.

Family Fun at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

Looking for a fun place to take the kids over the holiday break?  The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is a great hands-on, learn-about-how-things-work kind of place.  Children can grocery shop and make healthy food choices, complete with grocery store shelves and a checkout counter or learn how to make a movie using a green screen in the animation studio.

This article was published by OurUpstateSC.info and SeetheSouth.com.

 

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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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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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 with the beautiful roofs if you want to avail why not try here- Palm Beach Roofing Expert, 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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The Revolutionary War Comes Alive at Musgrove Mill

The battle that took place at Musgrove Mill on August 19, 1780 was a short (about 30 minutes) but very bloody battle. In fact, Isaac Shelby, a Colonel that fought both at Musgrove Mill and Kings Mountain stated in his memoirs that the battle at Musgrove Mill was the fiercest battle in which he ever fought. The brief battle was between a small detachment of Colonial Patriots against a larger group of British Loyalists.  But despite the odds, the Patriots were victorious and the battle was considered an important turning point in the war.

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

 

 

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Follow the Hunger Games in North Carolina

The bottom of Triple Falls at DuPont State Recreational Forest is a great place to channel the spirit of Katniss Everdeen, heroine of “The Hunger Games.” The film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel was filmed at the forest and other sites in North Carolina. Bill Russ — VisitNC.com

Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy, The Hunger Games, hit the big screen on March 23rd.  The young adult novels are set in a post-apocalyptic world where the citizens of Panem (what used to be North America) live in twelve different districts.  Read more…

This article will appear in the March 2012 edition of the Simpsonville Sentinel and online at See the South.

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Immerse Yourself in the Past at Historic Brattonsville

Even though the South is steeping with revolutionary history, there are very few places that have the number of acres and buildings in one location that Historic Brattonsville does. With over 775 acres and 30 buildings it’s considered to be one of the most important and heavily visited historical sites in South Carolina.

This article was published February 2012 at Seethesouth.com and in the Simpsonville Sentinel.

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Head to Beech Mountain Resort for Winter Fun

I have to admit that I had always thought Beech Mountain was just a ski resort, so I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to find a whole little town at the top of the mountain. Dubbed “Eastern America’s Highest Town”, Beech Mountain sits at an elevation of 5506 feet and offers amazing views of neighboring states. Once there, you will find a lot of Fun things to do with kids in Auckland, your kids really never want to leave from this place. Restaurants’ offer fare ranging from pizza and beer at Brick Oven Pizzeria, to fine dining at Jackalopes, and Fred’s Mercantile has a little something of everything, serving as the town’s deli, grocery, hardware, and clothing store.

This article was published in print in the January 2012 edition of the Simpsonville Sentinel and online at See the South.

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Ring in the New Year at Moon Pie Over Mobile

Who needs to watch a ball drop when you can have the truly Southern experience of watching a giant Moon Pie drop from the sky instead?  Yes, you heard that correctly.  In Mobile, Alabama on New Year’s Eve, a 12-foot-tall, 350 lb. cookie descends 317 feet from the RSA BankTrust Building downtown while people line the streets cheering in the New Year.

This article was published December 2011 at See the South and in The Simpsonville Sentinel.

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Head to Helen, Georgia for the Holidays

Nestled at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia, lies the town of Helen, a German-ish village with burgeoning vineyards against a Bavarian backdrop. This family-friendly destination is only two hours from Simpsonville and offers activities for everyone. From wine-tasting for the adults to seeing where Cabbage Patch dolls are born for the kids

This article was published November 2011 at  See the South and in The Simpsonville Sentinel.

Fun Fall Festivals in the South

Fall is a great time of the year. The air begins to cool down and turn crisp.  The leaves begin to change to vibrant shades of rust, orange and red. But the very best things about this time of year are the fabulous fall festivals going on in our area. From the quirky Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, NC to the prestigious Euphoria event taking place right here in the Upstate, there’s an event for everyone.  So get out and enjoying the fresh air and celebrate all of the fun fall festivals that the South has to offer!

This article was published September 2011. To read the complete article, click on one of these links; See the South or Simpsonville Sentinel.

 

A Florida Beach Town with Character in Rosemary Beach, Florida

FloridaNestled between Panama City Beach and Destin, Rosemary Beach has its own character and flair that sets it apart from other Panhandle beach cities.  Established in 1995 as a new urbanism town, it was designed to offer a sense of community and neighborhood conveniences.  A lot of planning went into the pedestrian lanes, boardwalks and green spaces that make this town unique. Commerce is centered in the town square and on Main Street. The town hall and post office are often a gathering place where residents visit with their neighbors. There are no big box or chain retailers in this seaside retreat, everything is locally owned. From boutiques offering quality merchandise to great restaurants offering everything from casual fare to four-star dining, this Gulf Coast beach community has something for everyone.

This article was published in the June 2011 edition of the Simpsonville Sentinel and online at See the South.

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Take a Hike- five great places in the Upstate to go hiking

May is an ideal time in the Upstate to get outdoors. Allergy season is winding down, the trees are green, the flowers are blooming and it’s not too hot yet. For quick and safe relief from these discomforts, it’s always best to use natural allergy products. From a waterfall in our own backyard (almost) to Table Rock Mountain, here are some easy hikes the whole family can enjoy.

This article published in the May 2011 edition of the Simpsonville Sentinel and online at See the South.

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Get a Glimpse of the Past in Beaufort

Referred to as the heart and soul of the low country, Beaufort, SC is a small town steeped with history. In fact, the entire downtown area has been named a National Historic Landmark District. Southern hospitality abounds and you’ll be greeted everywhere with a smile and a hello. Antebellum and Victorian mansions sit in the shadows of oak trees that are hundreds of years old and are dripping with Spanish moss. Even a visit to the cemetery at St. Helen’s Church will uncover gravesites dating back to the 1700’s.
Here’s a weekend itinerary for your inner explorer.

This article was published in the April 2011 edition of The Simpsonville Sentinel and online at See the South.

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Spend the Holidays at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

Since 1895, when George Vanderbilt and his wife Edith invited family, friends and estate employees into the home’s banquet hall for an annual Christmas party, Christmas has been a special time at the Biltmore Estate.

Inspiration abounds while visiting the Biltmore during the holidays. There are 52 Christmas trees inside the house, with a fresh-cut Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall, ranging from 4 to 35 feet tall.  There are another 45 more decorated throughout the estate.  Add in the 150,000 lights, 5000 feet of white pine and Fraser fir garland, 450 wreaths, hundreds of ornaments and 1200 poinsettias and you’re sure to find some ideas to use in your own home.

This article was published December 2010 in The Simpsonville Sentinel and online at See the South.