While summer might be the best time for tent camping, fall’s brisker weather makes it the perfect time for no-tent-necessary experiences. Ever tried staying in a treehouse? In a micro cabin on an alpaca farm? Fall’s the time.
Come for the horses, stay for the history. Situated a few hours southwest of Greenville, a cluster of small towns hugs the border of Georgia- Aiken, North Augusta, Allendale and Bamberg and Barnwell Counties. Here, life slows down a bit […]
Summer 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.
Picture 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 […]
Deep 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 […]
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.
As autumn ushers in, 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.
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, hiking alongside creeks and waterfalls, and camping under the stars are not […]
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 […]
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.
There’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 […]
Anderson 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 […]
With 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.
Now that the sweltering summer heat has mostly dissipated, it’s time to once again head outdoors. South 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. […]
Well before the current zip-line explosion erupted, Jeff Greiner, Marketing and Development for Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours, was already planning to make the high-flying activity the next big thing in Western North Carolina. He got the idea from years […]
The 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 […]
Trains, 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 […]
South 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 […]
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 […]
Heritage 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 […]
While 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 […]
Five Star Trails: South Carolina Upstate, is now available! You can purchase online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble and it is available in local Greenville, SC stores such as Barnes and Noble, REI, Mast General Store and Moon Outfitters. […]
Beyond 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 […]
As 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 […]
To really get a feel for how life was like back “in the day”, take a tour and visit one of several Upstate plantation homes. These grand homes and gardens provide glimpses into our past. See how meals were prepared […]
Greenville is a vibrant, revitalized and award-winning downtown nestled against the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. And while every destination promises something for everyone, few can deliver like Greenville. From fabulous restaurants, incredible museums, unique shops, an award-winning baseball […]
Dubbed 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 […]
Rated 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 […]
Now that the weather is turning nicer and outdoor activities are in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with the kids during the summer months. Depending on which school district you reside in, there’s only […]
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 […]
Goats and trains and the Revolutionary War all come together in this city “where there’s always something blooming.” Located on the shores of Lake Greenwood, the 11,400 acre lake is obviously a big attraction but there’s more here than just […]
Tucked away in a nondescript 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 […]
Looking for a fun place to take the kids? 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 […]
For the past twenty-two years, Hollywild Animal Park in Wellford, South Carolina has opened up its 100-acre safari from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day for their annual Hollywild Lights Safari. This unique holiday experience allows visitors to drive through the […]
The leaves are falling and the temperatures are finally starting to get cooler. What does that mean? That it’s almost Halloween in the Upstate. The Upstate has a ton of great options for Halloween, whether you want a scary woods […]
The South Carolina Century Farms Program was created in 1974 to honor families whose farms have been in the same family for one hundred years or more. Since the programs inception, over three hundred properties have been designated Century Farms […]
Fall in the Upstate becomes not only a time when the temperatures start to drop and the leaves turn to vibrant shades of red and gold but also a time when we tend to slow down and reflect. Performing and […]
Columbia, S.C. — As the days grow shorter and temperatures begin to cool, it’s time to start thinking about a road trip to the mountains to enjoy that annual rite of autumn — leaf gazing. For those looking to take […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 café but you’ll find they serve high-quality, fresh local cuisine. […]
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 […]
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 […]
This sounds like a fun event! CAR EVENT ON KIAWAH ISLAND, SC SHOWCASES CLASSIC, ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE AUTOS Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat to Feature 100 Pristine Cars; Kicks Off with Fundraising Gala KIAWAH ISLAND, SC—Are you a car enthusiast, or […]
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 […]
Sometimes travel only needs to be as far as within your hometown. From now until November 6th, Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby will be performing at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC. This spectacular production includes a highly talented cast […]
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 […]
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. From a waterfall in our own backyard (almost) to Table […]
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 […]
Greenwood’s slogan is “There’s Always Something Blooming”, and this just about sums up this quaint community. Wildflowers are abundant in the spring and it’s the home of the South Carolina Festival of Flowers (held in June each year). On the […]
Deer, Lights, and Marshmallows…oh my! Each year from Thanksgiving to New Years, Hollywild Animal Park in Wellford, South Carolina opens its 100-acre safari to provide a unique holiday experience while raising money to care for their resident animals. The rest […]
South Carolina boasts more than 30 waterfalls.Take a short drive north of Greenville, SC and discover Wildcat Falls and savor country charm at Aunt Sue’s. Wildcat Falls is a popular spot with locals. Get there by taking Highway 276 until […]
Walking into Mary’s Restaurant at Falls Cottage feels like going to Grandma’s for lunch.The warmth of the fireplace and the smell of baked desserts greets hungry patrons. Head on over to Mary’s Restaurant at Falls Cottage which is located in […]
Isle of Palms is arguably one of the best beaches in South Carolina. With it’s white sand, wide beach area, lifeguards and close proximity to Charleston, SC. Just North of Charleston and across the Cooper River Bridge lies Isle of […]
Downtown Greenville While visiting downtown, be sure to visit Falls Park and Liberty Bridge. Falls Park sits on the site of an old sawmill and has a self guided walking tour with historical markers. It also boasts the only waterfall […]
The leaves on the trees are red and gold. The air is crisp. And on the second weekend in October, downtown Greenville hosts its award winning and highly popular event, the St. Francis Fall for Greenville festival. It’s the Upstate’s […]