South Carolina

Missed Out on Summer Camping? 8 Dazzling Nature Stays That Prove Fall Is Where It’s At

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.

Explore: South Carolina’s Thoroughbred Country

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 […]

Splash Down In One of These Upstate SC Water Parks

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.

Abbeville, South Carolina is rich in history

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 […]

Discover Landrum and The Red Horse Inn

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 […]

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.

Fall Foliage excursions in the South Carolina Upstate

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.

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, hiking alongside creeks and waterfalls, and camping under the stars are not […]

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 […]

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.

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

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 […]

Downtown Anderson Offers Small-Town Charm

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 […]

Experience the French Countryside at Hotel Domestique

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.

Sleep Under the Stars in the Upstate

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. […]

Zipping through the trees in Oconee County

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 […]

Summertime Hiking in the Upstate

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 […]

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

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 […]

On the BBQ trail in the Upstate of South Carolina

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 […]

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 […]

Heritage Green in Greenville, SC Gets a Makeover

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 […]

South Carolina Upstate’s rapidly growing craft beer industry

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 now out!

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. […]

Haunted Places in the Upstate of South Carolina

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 […]

Great Fall Hikes in the Upstate SC

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 […]

Plantations of the Upstate, South Carolina

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 […]

Getaway to Greenville, South Carolina

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 […]

Live Chickens and Fresh Flowers at the Anderson Jockey Lot

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 […]

Artisphere Attracts Local and National Artists

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 […]

Summer Camps in the Upstate of South Carolina

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 […]

Luxurious Weekend at the Sanctuary at 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 […]

There’s Always Something Blooming in Greenwood

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 […]

The Pickwick – A Family-Run Business for Generations

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 […]

Family Fun at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, South Carolina

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 […]

Holiday Lights Safari at Hollywild

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 […]

Halloween is Brewing With Fun at These Upstate Attractions

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 […]

South Carolina Century Farms: Honoring South Carolina’s Historic Farming Families

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 […]

Performing and Visual Arts Events this fall in the Upstate

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 […]

Unique places and ways to see fall colors in South Carolina

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 café but you’ll find they serve high-quality, fresh local cuisine. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat

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 […]

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 […]

Escape to Neverland

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 […]

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 […]

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. From a waterfall in our own backyard (almost) to Table […]

Get a Glimpse of the Past in Beaufort SC

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 […]

Spend a Day in Greenwood, South Carolina

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 […]

Take a Drive on the Wild Side this Holiday Season at Hollywild in Wellford, South Carolina

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 […]

Wild Cat Falls and Aunt Sue’s, Greenville, SC

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 […]

Lunch in Falls Park in Downtown Greenville, SC

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, South Carolina

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 […]

Things to do in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina

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 […]

It’s Time to Fall for Greenville, South Carolina

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 […]