Snow Memories

January 31, 2017

Because snow in the South is such a big deal, not only do we slow down time to enjoy every minute of it, but a Southern snow day can also have us all reminiscing over the hot cocoa and the piles of wet snow clothes by the fire.   Our Staff Writer Melinda Long is …

A Small Town Christmas with a Very Big Heart

December 5, 2016

Nothing compares to Christmas in a small town. Travelers Rest is no exception. Even though it’s become the place to be in the upstate due to the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail and all the wonderful restaurants and attractions, it’s still a small town where people know each other and spend that extra bit of time …

Making Space and Rearranging

November 29, 2016

You know how when your Christmas tree comes in your front door right after Thanksgiving and you suddenly have to rearrange the entire living room furniture to make the tree fit? You find yourself pushing a leather ottoman into the hall and stashing that extra lamp in your guest bedroom and filling your hall closet …

A New Old Fashioned Way to Celebrate the Holidays

November 20, 2016

Spend any time in the coastal South in the colder months of the year, and you will hear it said that months that end in “R” are the time for oyster roasts. If you have ever been to these events, you know they bring good friends together for fresh shellfish, roasted over open heat. This December 1st, Upcountry …

The Best Kind of Goodbye to Travelers Rest

November 14, 2016

Two years ago, I started this blog with a post titled, simply, “No Wonder Travelers Rest Here.” Now, more than 45,000 words later, I’m saying goodbye. But not how you’d think. Love at First Sight I remember the very first moment I ever saw the town of Travelers Rest. How could I have guessed then, …

Tigerville Comes Back to Life with Renovated General Store

November 7, 2016

Did you know the recently updated general store in Tigerville has been the community’s center gathering spot since the beginning? If you ever find yourself traveling north along SC Hwy. 253 and look to the right, just a few hundred yards past the main North Greenville University campus entrance, you’ll see the restored Wood Building general …

A Children’s Cemetery and Other Unusual Things in South Carolina

October 24, 2016

Dark has fallen, and even with the glow from street lights and businesses nearby, there’s an eerie feel to the place. Weeds grow unchecked around broken gravestones. This is the cemetery of the Duncan Chapel Methodist Church in Greenville, SC. A small mesh fence has been trampled to the ground. Many of the stones are …

Can You Guess Which Greenville City Jason Greer’s Family Founded?

October 10, 2016

Your first guess is probably Greer, right? But, no, in a real-life case of situational irony, Jason Greer’s family didn’t found the city of Greer, S.C. But his great, great, great grandfather (That’s a lot of greats!) Peter Simpson did, in fact, found Simpsonville in the 1830s. Simpson owned a general store near where the …

It’s Here! Weird New Instrument Gets Made in Travelers Rest

September 19, 2016

Sarah Jackson just wanted to be able to jam with her nephews — bluegrass musicians who form the band Bedhead Boys. That’s why she started building one-of-a-kind instruments at her home in Travelers Rest, S.C. You may have seen Bedhead Boys perform around Travelers Rest before. The three-brother band has previously played live at venues like Upcountry Provisions, …

Look Out and Up at the Amazing Caesars Head Hawk Watch

September 5, 2016

The Upstate of South Carolina is full of surprises. Not only are people flocking to visit all our scenic area has to offer, but apparently birds of prey are doing the same! Thousands of raptors fly past Caesars Head State Park annually — a South Carolina State Park located in Cleveland, SC, at the gorgeous …

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