The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 18 UPSTATE LIVING Financial success begins with thoughtful planning. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC 128 Millport Circle, Suite 200 Greenville, SC 29607 864.315.1639 | mitchellfinancialplanning.com • Retirement Income Planning • Investment Management • College Savings Plans • IRAs, 401(k)s, Retirement Plans I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM Professional with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Let's start planning your future today. Call 864.315.1639 for a free, no-obligation consultation. Jim Mitchell, CFP® Investment Consultant in the book "A Walk in the Woods," later made into a movie. These stories have introduced a new generation to the outdoors and resulted in renewed tourism efforts promoting natural attractions. "At the end of the day, our calling card is water," said Ken Sloan, president and CEO of Mountain Lakes CVB. "In my previous life, I was a partner in a consulting firm that required a tremendous amount of traveling throughout that world so I have been fortunate to have seen some magnificent destinations and play in some in some incredible outdoor adventures. But, my favorite place on earth has always been Lake Jocassee. And, if you are looking for a unique fall foliage tour, this is the place." The county is part of the ten-county region in northwestern South Carolina referred to as the "Upcountry" or "Upstate." Towns in the scenic region have unique attractions and natural assets that bring in thousands of visitors each year. The larger towns in the Upstate are Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson, with a combined estimated population of 1,426,625. Smaller towns of Simpsonville, Gaffney, Greer, Clemson, Travelers Rest, Seneca, Fountain Inn and others have their own unique attributes and attractions that contribute to the Upstate flavor. Chattooga Belle Farm in Long Creek is a perfect place to spend the afternoon with panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. After years of research, the family owned operation branched into making muscadine-based brandy as well as Block and Tackle, a grain whiskey. Owner, Ed Land touts its sustainability philosophy and said, "What we have is grown, harvested, fermented, distilled, bottled and sold here." While you are in town stop by the Silver Dollar Music Hall to listen to free bluegrass. Stay overnight at the Chattooga River Resort just 5 minutes from the Chattooga River on 34- wooded acres surrounded by the Sumter National Forest in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The town of Seneca is a short drive away. Ram Cat Alley is a favorite shopping area where shopping, dining and entertainment collide. Eat fresh, locally grown and sourced food at Vangeli's purchased that day. Or, have a cup of "Joe" at Brews on the Alley, Seneca's only craft beer and coffee bar experience. Music fills the area on Thursdays with Jazz on the Alley in the evening. Music for the masses is also found in nearby Westminster with the Music on Main series on the first Friday of each month from April through October. Pickens County is home of Clemson University where "orange mania" takes over during football season when the popular college team takes to the field, especially during home games. The university has a nationally ranked golf team that plays at the school's golf course, voted "number 10 university golf course" in the country by Golf Week magazine in 2015. The signature hole is number 17, a par 3 with a tiger paw shaped green. After a game, stop in the Hendrix Student Center at the '55 Exchange, to try a scoop of Clemson's homemade ice cream and other Clemson products like its famous cheese. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a must-see. The gardens located on Clemson's campus feature one of the largest collections of nature-based sculptures in the country, along with nature trails, pathways, ponds and woodlands. Also on the campus are the Bob Campbell Geology Museum and the Fran Hanson Discovery Center, which has exhibits by local artists. The Bob Campbell Geology Museum features more than 10,000 rocks, minerals and fossils. Landrum in Spartanburg County (predominantly in Greenville County), along with Greer, Inman

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