Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

Bare Dark Sky Observatory

Nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Bare Dark Sky Observatory located in the Earth to Sky Park, is a haven for stargazing enthusiasts. Imagine immersing yourself in a tranquil environment, far away from the bright lights of the city, where the night sky comes alive in all its breathtaking glory…. Read more »

Sunrise Farm Bed & Breakfast!

Our team of Upstate real estate agents love to take in all of what our local areas have to offer. From Lake Keowee and other nearby lakes, to Western North Carolina mountain towns and escapes. We love to share our favorite hot spots, events, and getaways. Down the road in our own town of Salem,… Read more »

Soapstone Church’s Fish Fry!

Known as the oldest African-American church in the Upstate of South Carolina, Soapstone Baptist Church in Pickens was established and built in the 1860’s.  Although this church’s location affords a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the church is named for the abundance of soapstone found in the area.   Not only is this… 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 »

DuPont State Forest

One true treasure in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the DuPont State Forest. Located between Hendersonville and Brevard, this 10,000+ acre forest is home to some of the most magnificent waterfalls! Located in an upland plateau of the Little River valley, this forest has many trails and roads for you to explore. One very popular… Read more »

Falling in Love with Fall!

It may be the cooler weather you like or perhaps the fact that football season is here…but no matter what, we all can enjoy the beautiful changing of the leaves during the Fall season. Here at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we have a front row seat to some of the best Autumn… Read more »