Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

Waterfalls Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Cliffs Communities and The Reserve at Lake Keowee are in the prime location – foothills of the mountains. This allows not only lake living but a short drive to be in the mountains of North Carolina! A prime feature of said mountains is the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along this road, you will encounter sweeping… Read more »

Greenville, SC’s Coffee Addiction!

Greenville, South Carolina, is becoming well known in the world of food as quite the destination but let’s not forget the hero of the morning (and many an afternoon too!) – coffee! In the heart of downtown Greenville is a cozy gathering place which is actually below-street-level known as Coffee Underground. Wonder how they decided… Read more »

Montford Historic District of Asheville

Need to get away for a long weekend? Look to one of the many charming bed & breakfast inns of the Montford neighborhood in Asheville, North Carolina. Just north of downtown Asheville, this neighborhood is part of the National Register Historic District with over 500 buildings that date between 1890 and 1920. Many of these… Read more »

Cherokee County History & Arts Museum

Upstate South Carolina has a rich cultural history. One facet of this heritage is displayed in Gaffney’s Cherokee County History and Arts Museum, led by the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society. Here, you will find world-class displays and exhibits showcasing the cultural heritage. There are many permanent displays, including galleries featuring interactive tools about the… Read more »

2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC

Only two more months for the FEI World Equestrian Games to commence in Tryon, North Carolina! This event is one of the largest in the world of equestrian sports and for anyone interested, you do not want to miss this. With an expected draw of nearly 500,000 people, you do want to ensure you either… Read more »

Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day is here and many of us enjoy going to the lake to enjoy with friends and family or perhaps a cookout at home. But what about some interesting facts regarding the day we are celebrating? For starters, it is worth noting that only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July… Read more »

Tamassee DAR School’s 6th Annual Golf Tournament

Tamassee DAR School is holding their 6th Annual Golf Tournament on the second Tuesday of September! Held at the beautiful Cliffs Valley golf course, this tournament is in support of the children who attend the Tamassee DAR School off Highway 11. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well as some spots for players so act fast… Read more »

Small Towns of Western North Carolina

Many people are familiar with Asheville, North Carolina, especially residents of The Cliffs and The Reserve, as this stunning city is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is exploding with art and delicious restaurants (and so much more)! But what about some of the smaller towns nestled in the surrounding areas? Let’s explore a… Read more »

The 24th Annual Upstate Shakespeare Festival

The Upstate Shakespeare Festival is underway!  Held in Downtown Greenville’s beautiful Falls Park, shows begin at 7pm Thursday through Sunday each week during the run of the shows.  This year, the festival will feature “The Winter’s Tale” and “The Taming of the Shrew”. And before you ask, yes! Admission is free! “The Winter’s Tale” is… Read more »

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