Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

Mariner’s Compass Quilt Block in Pickens

The Pickens Visitor Center, which opened in November of 2018, now displays a quilt block. These quilt blocks may be found all along the Upstate of South Carolina. To read more about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, click here. This particular quilt square is the Mariner’s Compass design, which dates back to 1726 when it… Read more »

Shoreline Buffers along our Lakes

For those who enjoy the beautiful blue and clear waters of Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee, we must understand and appreciate the role that shoreline vegetation and buffers play. Plant life along the shoreline of a lake provides much more than just a natural look. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, this vegetation protects the… Read more »

The ’55 Exchange of Clemson

With these days that are warming up with the sun shinning down, what could be better that getting a delicious ice cream? Knowing that with every scoop, you are helping local college students and their academic and professional training! The ’55 Exchange of Clemson is a student-run business that sells Clemson’s renowned ice cream, shakes,… Read more »

Cherry Blossoms at Keowee Towne Market

Spring is here and so are the bountiful blossoms to announce the arrival! We have mentioned the rare Oconee Bell that has bloomed in abundance this year at Lake Jocassee but even in our day-to-day activities we can enjoy the fresh colors all around us. One such place is the Keowee Towne Market. Yes, there… Read more »

“Dobby’s Sock Drive” with OCPL!

The Oconee County Public Library is hosting the “Dobby’s Sock Drive” now through March 31st! The socks collected will go to Collins Children’s Home to help with their mission of caring for needy children and families. They are asking that you bring in a new pair or a package of socks to join in this… Read more »

Annual Oconee Bell Fest

It is that wonderful time of year once again for the Annual Oconee Bell Fest! The celebration of the very rare Oconee Bell wildflower will be held at Devils Fork State Park on Saturday, March 16th from 10am to 3pm. This delicate bell-shaped flower is only found in the most isolated places in the southern… Read more »

Public Art of Greenville, SC!

So many reasons to visit Greenville, South Carolina but regardless of what attracts you, be sure you look out for the numerous original pieces of art that honor and celebrate Greenville and the American spirit. Whether it makes your smile or is thought provoking, we are sure there is something for all to enjoy. Even… Read more »

New Sweet Shop on South Main in Greenville – River Street Sweets!

One of Savannah, Georgia’s staples in sweet treats and delicious goodies has recently opened a store in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina! River Street Sweets at 12 S. Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina held their grand opening this month. Holding true to the feel of the original store’s opening in the 1970’s in Savannah, this… Read more »

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