Justin Winter's Carolina Lake and Mountain Blog

BMW Performance Center

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make those tight turns or drift like a pro? What about just putting the pedal to the metal and flying down a straightway with no thought to speed limit? Just outside Greenville, in Greer on Highway 101, is the BMW Performance Center, a driving school that offers… Read more »

Chimney Rock State Park

There is so much to see and do in the mountains of Western North Carolina, from hiking and camping, to exploring a quaint picturesque town.  One of our favorite ways to experience the western NC mountains is visiting Chimney Rock State Park!  Just 25 miles from Asheville, North Carolina, this state park highlights the monolith… Read more »

Birding Clubs of the Area

The greater Upstate region of South Carolina is not only home to many beautiful and diverse plants, but also some fascinating and stunning birds!  With so many beautiful species of birds to study, our area has several “birding” clubs where members learn about area birds together. Here are the top organizations in the greater Greenville… Read more »

2022 Independence Day Events

This year’s Independence Day is back in full swing!  Throughout Lake Keowee, Western NC Mountains, and the greater Upstate area, area celebrations are outdoing themselves, giving all of us plenty of options to please the whole family!  Narrowing down the list, we’re featuring our favorite Top 3 2022 July 4th celebrations to attend.  Let’s get… Read more »

The Chautaugua Society Presents the History Comes Alive Festival

We’re continuing our mission of helping long-time residents and new homeowners in our greater Upstate SC area learn & enjoy all our area has to offer with a new Festival this summer. The Chautaugua Society once again brings history to life!  Step back in time and get to know more about the magician Harry Houdini’s… Read more »

Asheville – a Chocolate Lover’s Paradise

Looking for something “sweet” to do? How about taking a chocolate tour? Yes, Asheville, North Carolina is a chocolate lover’s paradise! Not only are there numerous wonderful restaurants with their own delicious desserts but there are several local chocolate shops worth visiting!   Chocolate Fetish The Chocolate Fetish uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and… Read more »

DuPont Forest Festival

DuPont State Recreational Forest, known for its multiple waterfalls and trails near Asheville, NC, is celebrating the beauty of the park & all public lands on National Public Lands Day.  On Saturday, September 25th, the Park will hold a family-friendly festival to build a love of nature in all young-at-heart.   Currently, there are over… Read more »

Downtown Greenville’s Window Decorating Contest

Downtown Greenville merchants are making window shopping even more fun! This year, Main Street shops are transforming their displays into Winter wonderlands and Christmas utopias! Residents and visitors will not only be able to enjoy these visual delights but also vote for their favorite display now through Saturday, December 19th on the City of Greenville’s… Read more »

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