Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

Scenic Mountain Drives

As beautiful as this area is, we acknowledge that some of our Summer days can be rather warm. But that does not mean you can’t enjoy the stunning area! There are many drives that afford the compelling vistas with the luxury of your vehicle’s air conditioning (with a stop or two to stretch the legs… Read more »

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 »

The North Carolina Arboretum’s Winter Lights

The North Carolina Arboretum is worth seeing anytime of the year but they do put on a special display for the Christmas Season! From now through December 31st, you can experience the extravagant Winter Lights show – and yes, this involves over 500,000 lights. Walk through the transformed gardens and see the winter wonderland display… Read more »

Local Christmas Tree Farms

With Thanksgiving this week, many homes are already being decked out for the Christmas season, right around the corner. If you enjoy having the tradition or want to start experiencing the fun of “choose and cut” at a Christmas Tree Farm, you have many options in the area. In Upstate South Carolina, you can go… Read more »

Cashiers Leaf Festival

One of the many joys of living on Lake Keowee is the easy drive to the welcoming and beautiful Mountain towns nearby. Cashiers, North Carolina is one such favorite of The Cliffs Communities and The Reserve at Lake Keowee residents. This weekend, you can enjoy the Cashiers Leaf Festival, held Friday, October 5th through Sunday,… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

WNC Nature Center

For many of the residents of The Cliffs Communities and The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Asheville, North Carolina is a frequent stop. From shopping to dining, this town is bursting with things to experience. One of the great things regarding this town is the location and natural surroundings. Western North Carolina has much to offer… Read more »

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