The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUmE 12 — ISSUE 1 54 surrounding towns Surrounding Towns by lynne brandon Most people would agree that the small towns of Upstate South Carolina are more than fresh air. Here, away from larger cities, these surrounding Upstate towns have plenty to see, do and experience with personality plus. Landrum, Travelers Rest, Pendleton, Fountain Inn, Lyman, Welford, Duncan and other small towns have unique stories. Neighboring Tryon is in the Carolina foothills of North Carolina. Farms, agricultural, horses and history make these towns worth a visit. To the surprise of many, South Carolina ranks as the second highest peach producer in the nation after California. Each year roughly 200 million pounds of peaches are harvested in the state, primarily from the Upstate and Piedmont regions. Stopping at Perdeaux Family Farms on Scenic Highway 11 is a must for peach lovers. The family owned 20-plus-acre fruit farm has berries, apples, peaches and other produce lined up at the roadside market. The peach preserves are considered the best in the state. Museums in small towns tell their story with exhibits that preserve the past. In Pendleton, the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina is now open on History Lane. Interactive exhibits, STEM education activities, live chickens, teaching gardens, summer camps, monthly Kids' Days and new exhibits, introduce agriculture to new generations. Slowing down is a part of small town charm and quaint towns like Travelers Rest makes visitors want to stop and stay awhile. Bikers get of the Greenville Health System's Swamp Rabbit Trail that runs from Greenville to Travelers Rest to eat at area restaurants. Favorites are the Café@ Williams Hardware, and Sidewall Pizza Company with homemade ice cream for dessert. Sisters, Joyce and Nancy McCarrell are behind the success of the Café@ Williams Hardware, where locals and those just "passing through" stop in to have bite and sit a spell in the renovated hardware store. Eat outside under the shady deck or on the screened in porch. Soon bikers will be able to get of the path for a beer when a German Style Beer Garden is completed near the trail. At Fountain Inn, walk through a historic downtown and have lunch at Sweet Catherine's. Book lovers browse through books signed by famous authors and fnd frst editions at Book Quest Book store. To get a signed book by Harper Lee, bring your wallet and plenty of cash. Highlighted by Southern Living on its list of "Best Small Towns," Landrum is noted for its scenic foothills location, small-town charm, pedestrian friendly downtown, unique shopping, equestrian heritage and local eateries that make it a destination. The town that sprouted up from a train depot built in the 1800s is attracting tourists and visitors who shop in antique stores clustered in the center of town and visit the restored train depot to relive history. But, the real beauty of Landrum is found in exploring the countryside in the surrounding foothills. Horse farms dot the landscape reminding newcomers this is equestrian country. A mild climate and strong community support are drawing cards for those in the equine world. Horse lovers came out in force when the majestic team of Budweiser Clydesdales appeared in the equine parade leading up to "horse week" in 2014. Afterwards locals made their way to local favorite Hound and Hare for upscale pub food. The equestrian set also gravitates to Stone Soup Restaurant and Market where local owner Suzanne Strickland has been a main-stay for more than a decade. Foodies can start and end their day in one place with a spinach pastry crossiant for breakfast, farm fresh salad with mixed greens for lunch and blackened salmon for dinner. End the evening on a high note with a slice of decadent chocolate cake and a glass of Velvet Devil Merlot. For one of the best overnight stays in the Upstate, travelers head to Landrum's own Red Horse Inn for a room and a view. Accolades are aplenty and Travel & Leisure recognized it as "One of America's Most Romantic Inns." Owners Tom and Mary Wolters have peaches, horses, and country inns

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