Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

Arabella Farm Event Venue

Arabella Farm of Sunset, SC is an event venue that offers a stunning setting while not compromising on space.  This family-operated Upstate location can seat up to 450 guests, the largest in the area. With outdoor spaces, including large patios, and dressing rooms, this venue has it all! You have the option of holding your… Read more »

Sassafras Mountain Overlook

Too often, although understandably, the most stunning mountain vistas require a grueling trek. Even though gorgeous mountain views are worth the work, it is nice to have a reprieve and take a short walk to enjoy our local stunning landscapes. Once such location is the Sassafras Mountain overlook in Pickens County. Although this mountain marks… Read more »

Whitewater Falls Upper in NC

One of the many treasures of our area (too many to count, in truth!) is Whitewater Falls Upper just inside the neighboring state of North Carolina. This spectacular waterfall is actually a combination of cascades and true waterfalls all in one stunning drop. If coming from South Caroling into North Carolina on 130, just as… Read more »

Sisters Restaurant in Salem, SC

A favorite eating place for those in the Lake Keowee area is Salem’s very own Sisters Restaurant! Whether you are just heading out to the lake or returning after a day of fun, Sisters is sure to satisfy the taste buds. Located at 281 Stamp Creek Road of Salem, the sisters offer a casual breakfast… Read more »

South Carolina 58th Annual Apple Festival

Get ready for the 58th Annual Apple Festival in Downtown Westminster! Beginning September 3rd and extending through the weekend, mark your calendars with an event that has something for everyone. The South Carolina Apple Festival kicks off the beginning of the apple harvest in Oconee County. Since the first appearance in 1961, this event has… Read more »

A Screened Porch that is calling your name!

Although we have a month remaining during our Summer season, we start to look forward to those cool, crisp Autumn mornings and evenings. One location that is always enjoyed during this transition time (as well as plenty of other times!) is the screened porch. Often enjoyed as much as any other room in a home… Read more »

Pickens World Honeybee Day Festival

Bee Well Honey Farm is hosting the Pickens World Honeybee Day Festival on Saturday, August 17th from 8am to 8pm. From start to finish, there will be something for everyone! Live music, local food trucks, various vendors and more will be on site. The Blood Connection will also be holding a blood drive from 10am… Read more »

Asheville’s “Shindig on the Green”!

Convenient to residents of Lake Keowee is the wonderful city of Asheville, North Carolina. Host to many wonderful shops and attractions, this town also I offering a free mountain bluegrass and dance festival every Saturday of the Summer until August 31st. From about 7 to 10pm, come and enjoy the many talented musicians and dancers… Read more »

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