Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

The Blue Ridge Parkway

In the stunning backdrop of Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee are the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Winding through the beautiful Appalachian mountains is a scenic road comprised of over 450 miles known as the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Making its way through 29 counties, this National Parkway is America’s longest linear park.  Protected within this park are… Read more »

Eggs Up Grill of Downtown Greenville

Food in Downtown Greenville…for anyone who frequents this vibrant city, the mere mention brings to mind memories or images of gastropubs, fine dining, and overall excellent cuisine. All of this is correct and no doubt a meal from downtown Greenville completes any afternoon or evening but too often we forget about the champions of the… Read more »

South Carolina’s Nickname: The Palmetto State

Residents of The Cliffs Communities and The Reserve at Lake Keowee enjoy so many things that upstate South Carolina has to offer. They will tell you that The Palmetto State is a great place to visit and to live. But what about this nickname, The Palmetto State? Our state’s nickname is from the sabal palmetto tree. Not many… Read more »

Jump Off Rock of Hendersonville, NC

Hendersonville, North Carolina is home to many beautiful sites! This area is known for its stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, quaint shops, local produce and much more. One of the many reasons this is a favorite for some of The Cliffs Communities and The Reserve at Lake Keowee residents. One particular great overlook… Read more »

Owning a Piece of Cinematic History

The Oscars have come and gone but the awards show reminds us of the many great films, not just from the last year or so but in all of cinema’s history.  Many of the classic movies capitalized on filming in stunning locations for audiences to see and experience places around the world.    Many of classic… Read more »

EarthSkills Upcoming Class on March 12th

Spring is fast approaching and one of the all-time favorite activities is to go hiking and enjoy nature! Before you set out for that trek, consider how well prepared you are in the event of something happening. Perhaps you and your family enjoy camping in the warmer months but what tools and skills do you… Read more »

Touring Top-Rated Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina, is a popular place for residents of Lake Keowee to shop, dine and find great music and entertainment. What you may not know about this vibrant and growing city is the history. That is where Greenville History Tours come in! John M. Nolan started this city tour company in 2006 and has grown… Read more »

Devils Fork State Park Has Lots to Offer

Residents of the lake communities of The Cliffs and The Reserve at Lake Keoweee enjoy the many benefits and beauties Keowee has to offer but let’s not forget about Lake Jocassee. This man-made lake was constructed at the same time as Lake Keowee, the early 1970’s by Duke Power in partnership with the state. Known… Read more »

Ready to Visit A Jail? A Look at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History

Are you ready to go to jail? But not just any old jail but a really old jail! The Pickens County Museum of Art and History is housed in the old Pickens County jail. The hand-rolled brick with its turret and copper-colored tin roof is a great example of turn-of-the-century architecture. The 1902 Victorian jail portion of the museum… Read more »

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