Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

NC and TN Rhododendron Festivals

Our area is bursting with Rhododendron plants… and festivals! Yes, both Tennessee and North Carolina are holding Rhododendron Festivals in the Road Mountain area this weekend. First host is the small town of Bakersville in North Carolina. Thousands of visitors are welcomed to the Creekside park on Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd. Dozens… Read more »

South Carolina Aquarium’s Interactive Rover in Oconee!

The South Carolina Aquarium of Charleston is coming our way! Yes, the interactive rover from the aquarium is a wonderful outreach program that brings various artifacts, fun activities, and some of those fantastic animals right here to Oconee County! With two locations and four time slots, you have ample opportunity to bring any curious one… Read more »

“Music by the Lake” at Furman University Begins This Week!

This week begins the much enjoyed “Music by the Lake” at Furman University! This concert series runs on Thursday evenings through the summer (with the exception of Thursday, July 4th). All concerts will be held at the amphitheater of Furman University’s always beautiful grounds, with the exception of June 13th and 20th which will be… Read more »

Pisgah Inn Restaurant

The warmer days are here and we hope you have enjoyed cruising with the windows down (or top down for those convertible drivers)! As always, driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a joy. While in the area, be sure to check out the Pisgah Inn Restaurant, the only eating establishment on the Blue Ridge… Read more »

Coming Soon: Keowee Family Pharmacy!

The sign is up and the paint is drying and we are excited that the Keowee Family Pharmacy will be our new neighbor! Scheduled to open this Summer, this independent, community pharmacy will offer a full range of prescription and nonprescription medications plus special dosage forms and custom compound medications. With the primary concern to… Read more »

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 »

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