The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 55 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 SURROUNDING TOWNS perfected the art of pampering and create lasting memories for guests who stay in private cottages and rooms in the inn. Amenities are too many to name but foremost is the view and serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you are lucky you can see Mary's horse, My Little Secret, from the line of Secretariat. Crossing the line into the other Carolina (North) is worth the short drive from Landrum to Tryon. The foothills town has a taste for the arts, wine, distinctive events and is a haven for horse lovers. Wineries are a part of the town's rich agricultural heritage. Since opening in 2010, "Overmountain Vineyards has experienced tremendous growth due to a lot of hard work, some good karma and mostly thanks to the loyalty of our customers," said winemaker, Frank Lilly. "Elevated Tastings" (appointment only) teach those interested in learning more about the grape-to-glass experience. The arts are alive in the art-focused community with museums, performing arts and galleries. The Tryon Historical Museum highlights Tryon's railroad history, equestrian background and the toymakers and woodcarvers industry. The equestrian community comes out for Annual Block House Steeplechase in May. Sponsored by the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club, the race is the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina. The event ushers in spring with picnics, elegant hats, tailgating, and the sounds of thundering thoroughbreds. The Blue Ridge BBQ Fest (June 10-11) held at Harmon Field kicks off summer in the Foothills town. Set with the mountains as a backdrop and the Pacolet River running through the park, the family friendly event promises a good time for all with food, barbecue competition, music, art and more. Performing art venues, large and small, are found in Pickens County from visual art at the Museum of Art and History in Pickens to local community theater. On Saturday evenings (April through August), live music takes over at the Pickens Downtown Amphitheater. At Pumpkintown Mountain Opry, theater goers have dinner and a show every Saturday night. In Spartanburg County the small towns of Lyman, Wellford and Duncan have rich histories. Lyman is a former mill and factory town that is reinventing itself with renovations to the town hall, a new pedestrian bridge over the Middle Eats. Antiques. Boutiques. Tyger River and the adjoining River Place Park. Historic buildings mark the town of Wellford. New Hope Farm, also known as New Hope Post Office and Snoddy Farm, is a historic farm complex built in 1885. The oldest church in Wellford is the Wellford Presbyterian Church which was established in approximately 1833. These small towns are just a tank away from larger metropolitan cities. Fill up and take a drive away from it all to experience life as it should be — relaxing, fun and always inspiring. []

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