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Swing Dance: What: Children cool off via a lakeside rope swing. Where: Lake Lure, North Carolina. When: June 12, 2015. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey (see “Summer Place,” page 65)

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See, hear, read, react. The month’s must-dos.



Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.



The Merrimack Canoe Company; Linville, NC’s Eseeola Lodge; kayaker Lee Timmons; treehouses on the Edisto River; and Hook & Gaff’s tough timepieces.


A Greenville County farm pond is the unlikely birthplace of world-class waterskiers.


Destination dining meets the outdoors; plus, Cook’s Flips bring the sustainability movement to summer-ready flip flops.



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Lake Lure, NC, is a seductive summer getaway with plenty of ways to cool off: from the heights of Chimney Rock to cozy shoreline coves.

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As the heat of midsummer sets in, there’s no better time to take a dip. Get your fix, from Hartwell’s watersports, to Keowee’s plentiful islands, to Jocassee’s natural splendor.

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Take heirloom tomatoes to the next level on a Southern classic; a blackberry pie that inspires devotion; a downto-earth approach to local barbecue and fine wine in Travelers Rest.


Got plans? You do now.

SECOND GLANCE Andy Warhol’s pop art influence extends to the present day.

MAN ABOUT TOWN The Man’s childhood disco daydream turns into dance floor disaster.

THIS PAGE: Lake Jocassee is an otherworldy landscape, right here in the Upstate. Photograph by Chris Isham COVER: Illustration by Alice Ratterree for the July 2015 Cool Issue

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Water Logged



here’s no denying—it is hot. We’re smack in the middle of one of the warmest summers on record, so it makes sense that we’re thinking about water. Our annual Cool Issue has typically played on the theme in less obvious ways, but here we get right down to literal business. Dive in. Cool down. Spread your summer wings. And take to the heart (heat?) of the season in classic style. For this special issue, artist Alice Ratterree created a whimsical map for our cover, showing the lake culture of the Upstate. Inside, our feature story (“Lake Allure,” page 70) centers on our area’s three major lakes—Hartwell, Keowee, and Jocassee—but with bents you might not yet know. Like the handmade boats of Upstate outfit Merrimack Canoe Company (“Princes of Tides,” page 40), the granddaddy lakes of our region have singular details that make them one-of-akind. Undoubtedly beautiful, each has its own character. Though familiar, each has compelling history—and there are plenty of opportunities for the taking: a sunset sail on Lake Hartwell; geocaching treasure on Lake Keowee; losing yourself in the wilds of Lake Jocassee. Or just do what many do: jump in. That’s what siblings Rusty Hamrick and Natalie Hamrick Halt did when they competed professionally on the water-skiing circuit (“Wake Runners,” page 51). The Greenville family’s lake history begins on their parents’ farm pond, where their dad Dr. Tommy Hamrick introduced them to the sport. Similarly, native Greenvillian Lee Timmons seeks out the best water around the world to engage her kayaking passion (“River Rush,” page 44). From Class 5 rapids in the Green River Gorge, just outside of Greenville, to South America, New Zealand, and other far-flung reaches, Timmons goes with the flow, letting the water lead her. Maybe that’s what summer’s all about—jumping in, letting go, living easy. From stories that inspire, to our selects for your best experiences, we encourage you savor the day. Take another slice of blackberry pie, slice into that heirloom tomato, and find your pleasure during these long, hot days. Because soon, it will be cool again.

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle Jac Valitchka CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, Stephanie Burnette, Kathryn Davé, John Jeter, Kathleen Nalley, Stephanie Trotter & Heidi Coryell Williams CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, Will Crooks, Wayne Culpepper, Jivan Davé, Rick Fontenot, Kate Guptill, Chris Isham, Alice Ratterree, Nill Silver & Eli Warren EDITORIAL INTERNS Alec Hernández & Emily Phillips DESIGN INTERN Kayla Pellegrino Holly Hardin OPERATIONS MANAGER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Whitney Fincannon MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Nicole Greer, Kristi Jennings, Donna Johnston, Annie Langston, Lindsay Oehmen & Emily Yepes Kate Madden DIRECTOR, EVENTS & ACCOUNT STRATEGY

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

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Editorial interns Emily Phillips and Alec Hernández enjoy a break from hard work at the Lake Lure photo shoot. For more, see “Summer Place,” page 65.


Danielle Car DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER Kristi Fortner EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Lorraine Goldstein, Sue Priester & Hal Weiss CONSULTING MEMBERS TOWN Magazine (Vol. 5, No. 7) is published monthly (12 times per year) by TOWN Greenville, LLC, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, (864) 679-1200. If you would like to have TOWN delivered to you each month, you may purchase an annual subscription (12 issues) for $65. For subscription information or where to find, please visit Postmaster: Send address changes to TOWN, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

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Ron Rozzelle (born 1950) Elements: Water, 2012-2015 (detail)

With a deep and abiding love of the integrity and beauty of the land, Ron Rozzelle examines the impact of mankind’s actions on the planet. His apocalyptic images depict the results of a consumer-driven society fecklessly charging down an unchecked path. Rozzelle’s prophetic pictures invite viewers to ask questions and consider the consequences of their own consumption.

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Ron Rozzelle: Environmental Activist July 11 through September 6, 2015

South Carolina Icons continuing on view The exhibition features the work of three AfricanAmerican artists from South Carolina, David Drake, William H. Johnson, and Merton Simpson. Their work echoes the stories of slavery, the struggle for equality, and the Civil rights movement.

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Among the most important American artists of the 20th century, Andrew Wyeth (1917- 2009) focused on two locations: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, his birthplace, and Cushing, Maine, his second home since childhood. Drawing inspiration from these locations, he revealed universal attributes in his depictions of landscapes, objects, and people. The Greenville Collection encompasses the full scope of Wyeth’s extraordinary career. The artist himself described it as “the very best collection of my watercolors in any public museum in this country.”


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Andrew Wyeth Watercolors: Selections from the Greenville Collection on view through September 20, 2015

Sidney Dickinson (1890 – 1980) studied at the Art Students League, where he later taught for more than 25 years. He was an active member of the National Academy of Design, becoming a full Academician in 1927. Dickinson occasionally visited Calhoun, Alabama, where he worked with his maternal aunt, Charlotte Thorn, who with guidance from Booker T. Washington, established the Calhoun Colored School. It was there that Dickinson created many of these paintings, some of which he later exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

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Come see for your self. Palmettopalooza on view through September 6, 2015 Palmettopalooza spans more than 170 years of artistic achievement in South Carolina, beginning in the mid-1800s with an early utilitarian storage vessel and two rare pitchers turned by enslaved Edgefield potter and poet David Drake and ending with a painting by John Moore, a major American realist painter, whose visit to Greenville resulted in a body of work that extols the Upstate’s transition from textile town to quality-of-life leader in the New South of the 21st century.


Southern Impressionism continuing on view Impressionism, the first bombshell launched against academic tradition, defined light as color, becoming the first modern language of paint. Sun-drenched and spontaneous, these American Impressionist paintings from the GCMA collection invite viewers to consider the ideas and techniques that opened the door to modern visual expression.

July at the GCMA Third Thursday Tour July 16 11 am FREE Travel through South Carolina history via Palmettopalooza Sunday at 2: Music in the Galleries July 12 2 pm FREE Relax to the sounds of saxophone quartet, Quatrophonics Food Truck Friday on Heritage Green July 17 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Join us on Heritage Green for delicious food truck fare. After lunch, stroll through the GCMA galleries. Sunday at 2: Greenville Shakespeare Company July 19 2 pm FREE Settle in for an hour of chaotic, comedic romance in “Love’s Labor’s Lost” Sunday at 2: July 26 2 pm FREE Check for details Closed Saturday, July 4

The GCMA is home to the world’s largest public collection of watercolors by iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth. The GCMA also has an impressive collection of work by contemporary artist Jasper Johns, who grew up in South Carolina. The museum’s permanent collection explores the breadth of American art through the Southern experience from the colonial era to the present. Among the highlights of the Southern Collection are an exceptional group of pre-Civil War vessels created by the enslaved African-American potter and poet David Drake, an extensive collection of American Impressionism, a survey of the career of modernist William H. Johnson, and an array of works by such 20th-century masters as Georgia O’Keeffe, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol.

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Contributors Alice Ratterree Cover artist Alice Ratterree is an illustrator based in Greenville. She spends most of her days (and many nights) drawing pictures of good stories or reading good stories and daydreaming about how to draw them. You can see more of her work at

Stephanie Burnette The Hungry Drover (page 80) glutted new contributor Stephanie Burnette with oldschool biscuits and tomato pie so fresh she promptly returned to the Travelers Rest diner with her family . . . and half of her downtown neighborhood in tow. Often called the queen of the small story, Stephanie cheers for the foods, culture, and artisans of the Carolinas. She likes old houses, local produce, and happy hour. In July, she thinks everyone needs to drink more sangria.

Kate Guptill

Heidi’s daughters Ashby and Lizah Jean enjoy a day on the water.

Kate Guptill is a graphic designer based in Greenville. A self-pronounced “foodie at heart,” Katie works full-time in marketing for Table 301 Restaurant Group, merging her passions of good food, wine, and design. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her fiancé and their new puppy. “I grew up spending my summers at camp in Northern Maine. Now that I’m older, there’s something to be said about unplugging and heading into the woods for the weekend, but good friends (and drinks!) are necessities!”

Heidi Coryell Williams Heidi Coryell Williams is a Clemson-based writer and weekend warrior. Her weekday hours are spent editing and writing for Clemson University, while weekends are devoted primarily to applying sunscreen to her two young daughters. She occasionally indulges her mediocre water-skiing habit on various Upstate lakes, along with her husband Larry, behind their Toyota Epic ski boat. She is a regular contributor to lifestyle magazines throughout the Upstate and Western North Carolina, and she claims to have invented the lifejacket “swim diaper.”

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Nothing says “Fourth of July” like a few pyrotechnics bursting in the summer night sky. Sponsored by the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and presented by AT&T, this fireworks display is one of the largest in the Palmetto State. Even better? It’s free. The celebration will feature live music, a kid’s fun zone, and plenty of bites and brews provided by local vendors. Pick your spot in Falls Park and watch Greenville light up. Downtown Greenville. Sat, July 4, 5–10pm. Free.

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For one day only, Blueberry Lane materializes at the Roper Mountain Science Center. The fifth annual festival, which celebrates all things blue and berry, will feature blueberry bushes, pies, jelly, baked goods, ice cream, and fresh berries. And if that’s not enough, there’ll even be craft and trade demonstrations at the Living History Farm and a pie-eating contest. Just plan to arrive early—the berries go fast!

If you love great shagging music (you’re from Greenville, so we know you do), then head on out to the Reedy River to take in one of South Carolina’s most beloved beach bands. Fronted by nine-time Carolina Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year winner Jim Quick, Coastline performs a variety of Southern rock standards that are perfect for whiling away the summer night. For those of you with two left feet, free shag lessons will be available at the Wyche Pavilion.

Back in 1997, this Canadian country-singing sensation had everyone singing “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”—even if you weren’t one. Although it’s been over a decade since her last tour, Twain is coming back with a vengeance during her “Rock This Country” tour, which will feature Gavin DeGraw as a guest performer. The summer tour will serve as a precursor to the singer’s fifth studio recording, a soul album set to be released within the next year.

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Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, July 18, 7:30pm. $46-$136. (864) 2413800,

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Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. Sat, July 11, 9am–1pm. Adult, $6; children (5–12) & seniors, $5. (864) 355-8900,

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THE EAGLES There are few rock bands that can boast numerous music awards, a decades-long career, and a worldwide fan base. The Eagles, however, are an example. In the wake of their recently released History of the Eagles documentary, the band has embarked on what is rumored to be their last tour. The two-year-long run covers the band’s extensive career, and will include classic hits and some that have never been seen. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, July 12, 8pm. $65-$175. (864) 241-3800,

zWhat-Not-To-Miss / SOUTH CAROLINA PEACH FESTIVAL Georgia may be known as the Peach State, but South Carolina is actually the largest Southern producer of the sweet summertime treat. In celebration of this title, the city of Gaffney is set to host its annual Peach Festival on scenic Lake Whelchel. The weeklong (and then some) affair will have all of your favorite fest activities: beauty pageants, a dessert contest, road races, carnival rides, and fair foods. This year’s edition will even debut the festival’s championship truck- and tractor-pulling event.

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Lake Whelchel, Victory Trail Rd, Gaffney. July 9–19; Thurs–Sun; times vary. Prices vary.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Ah, if only it were this easy to go from window washer to board chairman! With the help of a how-to manual, lowly employee J. Pierrepont Finch cons his way into the top ranks of the World Wide Wicket Company— meeting and greeting plenty of eccentric characters along the way. How long will it be before this house of cards finally topples? You’ll just have to read the next chapter to find out. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Thru July 12; Wed–Sat, 8pm; Wed– Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm. $15-$40. (828) 693-0731,

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Quick HITS GYPSY z Step aside, Toddlers and Tiaras! You haven’t seen a stage mom until you’ve seen Rose. Raising two daughters on her own, Rose has high expectations for June and Louise to become major stars on the vaudeville show circuit. But the more she continues to push, the more they seem to pull, cutting ties with their mother as they venture out on their own. An audience favorite since 1959, Gypsy has spawned standards like “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” and has been nominated for numerous Tony awards. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. July 23–Aug 16; Wed–Sat, 8pm; Wed–Thurs, Sat– Sun, 2pm. $15-$40. (828) 693-0731,


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z Transforming songs like Michael Jackson’s “Bad” into “Fat” or Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” into “Amish Paradise” seems more akin to doodles in a middle schooler’s notebook than the stuff music careers are made of. But somehow, “Weird Al” has made it work. With numerous hits spanning four decades, the comedic musician’s latest release Mandatory Fun has spawned spinoff tracks from Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”) and even reached the Billboard Top 40. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, July 8, 7:30pm. $35-$45. (864) 467-3000,

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW z Let’s do the time warp again! The Richard O’Brien musical has become a cult classic, lending itself to numerous international tours and a smash film starring Tim Curry as the “sweet transvestite” doctor himself. But you have not truly had the Rocky Horror experience until you see it live. The production relies heavily on audience/actor interaction that includes having “virgins” of the show hop on stage for the time warp dance. Both campy and endearing, you may never want to leave Dr. Frank N Furter’s freaky castle. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. July 24–26 & 30–31; Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 12am. Adults, $25; seniors, $24; students, $17. (864) 583-2776,

CYCLE TO FARM BICYCLE RIDE z This 60-mile-plus route through minimally populated rural farmland is broken up by local farm stops, where riders can sample and purchase handcrafted treats and eats, courtesy of local farmers. The ride culminates with the fabulous afterparty, where a farm-to-table meal will be served along with local music and farm tours. Black Mountain Recreation Park, 715 Blue Ridge Rd, Black Mountain, NC. Sat, July 18, 8am–5pm. $85 registration.

An Evening with Chris Botti Besides enjoying a successful solo career, musician Chris Botti has also duetted with Sting, Michael Bublé, and Jill Scott, among others. With a unique musical flavor and plenty of onstage enthusiasm, it’s not difficult to see why Botti has become the highest-selling instrumentalist. His latest album Impressions garnered a mainstream following, and it’s clear the best is yet to come. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Aug 1, 8pm. $45-$65. (864) 467-3000,

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For local charities, the BMW Pro-Am is always a hole-in-one. At Soby’s in downtown Greenville, more than 450 guests mingled with celebrities, including actors Frankie Muniz (from the TV series Malcolm in the Middle), Terry O’Quinn (from the TV series Lost), and comedian/actor Rob Riggle. Later in the evening, the party moved to Main Street for a public concert with Mark Bryan and Dean Felber of Hootie and the Blowfish. The BMW Pro-Am, presented by SYNNEX Corporation, raises money for South Carolina charities and has distributed over $10.8 million since 2001. Photographs by Will Crooks ))) FOR MORE PHOTOS, CHECK OUT TOWNCAROLINA.COM

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May 1, 2015 The Village of West Greenville served as the epicenter of Black Sheep’s (BLK SHP) #May_One daylong activities. BLK SHP, a social collective that fosters creative atmospheres in communities across the country, made Greenville the fifth stop on their East Coast bus tour. The event featured family-oriented art workshops, tours of the city’s textile history, and more. The day culminated in a block party that coincided with the neighborhood’s First Friday festivities, complete with food trucks and live entertainment.

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Greenville Center for Creative Arts Grand Opening April 30, 2015 Artists and visitors alike gathered for tours, talks, and treats at the grand opening for the Greenville Center for Creative Arts on Draper Street in West Greenville. With more than 500 guests in attendance, the event officially revealed the new studio and exhibition spaces to the public. Bryant Brown, chairman of the GCCA’s board and son of artist and co-founder Carrie Burns Brown, delivered special remarks to the crowd. Photographs by Will Crooks

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Bodies of water have been the best wingmen for Jeffrey. He first caught Sara’s eye with his wakeboarding skills on a lake near Clemson, and then, six years later, he won her hand with a surprise proposal on Sunset Beach in North Carolina. In between those two milestones, the couple frequently escaped to the Ruffner family home on Sunset Beach. One weekend, Sara was staying there with only her family—or so she thought. However, she found Jeffrey with a ring at the end of her evening stroll in the sand. In his mind, it only made sense to have the ocean pull them together again—this time for a lifetime. They were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville and now live in Johnson City, Tennessee. Sara is a communications consultant with speech pathology practice Deborah L. Curlee, and Jeffrey is a general surgery resident at East Tennessee State University. PHOTOGRAPH BY AMY AND DAVID RAYCROFT // RAYCROFT ART PHOTOGRAPHY

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“Obviously, we are not an assembly line,” says O’Mara, who bought the company from third-generation canoe craftsman Randy Pew four-and-a-half years ago. O’Mara leads me over to a finished canoe, the Souhegan, and points out Mimms’s, Bigsby’s, and operations manager Jason Kusak’s signatures inside the hull and a solid brass medallion affixed to the cherry deck: finishing touches that epitomize the quality in every Merrimack canoe. “It’s gratifying to see that [he points to spools of fabric Merrimack Canoe Company takes the and lengths of locally harvested wood] turn into this,” prize for impeccable craftsmanship O’Mara says. “There’s nothing like seeing a customer’s expression when he first sees his boat.” / by Kathleen Nalley // photography by Paul Mehaffey The canoes are not just beautiful; they are equally designed for optimal function. As one customer said, “[Merrimack] makes a canoe that could rightly become a museum piece. But it’s not too precious to launch, nor be ucked off of Highway 25 in Travelers Rest, in a defiled if dinged.” nondescript brown warehouse, a few men handcraft The company has been around since 1954 when some of the nation’s finest canoes. I have difficulty founder L.H. Beach had the idea to reinforce a thin finding the building, expecting a brightly colored sign, fiberglass hull with wood ribs. Today, the canoes are a showroom, something to scream Merrimack Canoes made crafted in a similar process, using modern composite here! I don’t notice the building until a second drive-by. materials and sustainable woods. “Hi! I’m Andy!” Locals know Merrimack owner Andy The crew constructs only 120 canoes each year, and they O’Mara as a prominent fixture in the TR community, first for relocating the canoe company from Tennessee, and, second, aren’t interested in boosting production for the sake of profit or market share. for founding the artisanal Sidewall Pizza Company in the “We don’t just build canoes,” O’Mara reiterates. “We craft old tire building on Main Street. Once inside, I meet Nathan Mimms, composite specialist, family heirlooms.” Perhaps it’s fitting that the Merrimack building doesn’t who tightly weaves nylon for a canoe seat. Further in, I flag cars from the road with flashy signage, and instead sits meet woodworker (and sculptor by trade) Waylon Bigsby, unassuming, the folks inside quietly preserving a tradition who adheres black cherry to a composite hull. worth saving. O’Mara shows me the difference wood-framing makes. Previously flexible and pliable, the hull takes shape and strength as soon as the wood is attached. I admire the Merrimack Canoe Company (888) 396-7267, subtle beauty of a white ash yoke waiting to be applied.

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s July’s oppressive humidity seeds your brow with sweat, how do crisp breezes streaming over the Appalachians in North Carolina’s High Country sound? This temperate escape awaits in the small resort community of Linville, resting on the edge of Pisgah National Forest. Just two-and-a-half hours from Greenville, a daytrip is worthy, but an overnight stay at Eseeola Lodge is unparalleled for those seeking a cool adventure in the mountains. The Eseeola has anchored the town and served as a tranquil haven for vacationers since 1892. Today, vintage charm blends with modern amenities to greet all stepping off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Signature chestnut bark covers the main lodge, framed by bold rock walls and bright flowers in bloom. Most of the 24 rooms and suites feature private porches—perfect for breakfast at sunrise or cocktails at sunset—to soak up the fresh mountain air. Although razed by fire, rebuilt, and renovated by multiple generations, the Eseeola maintains its quaint past, complete with Audubon prints, hand-tufted rugs, and antique furniture. Visitors step back in time, yet enjoy current comforts that include thick spa robes, L’Occitane bath products, and wireless Internet. “Anticipating needs: that’s what sets a great place apart from a good place,” explains General Manager John Blackburn. “‘No’ is not in our vocabulary. We like to build relationships and anticipate needs.” That ability to grant visitor’s wishes has brought many additions to the Eseeola across the turns of two centuries. Last year, a full-service spa and fitness facility opened on the grounds, complementing the

on-site Linville Golf Club with its legendary Donald Ross course. Athletes can utilize an impeccably manicured tennis center and croquet green, where U.S. professional David Maloof provides lessons every Wednesday. Energetic counselors are also on-hand to play with children, providing a respite for frazzled parents. Nature’s beauty abounds across the 3,000-acre grounds, yet more splendor beckons just down the road. A short drive will bring you to Grandfather Mountain, or Banner Elk, with opportunities to fly fish, raft, and rappel. Those wishing to hike have dozens of local trails to explore, including some with views of Linville Falls. The Cherokee called the multi-tiered falls “Eeseeoh,” meaning “River of Many Cliffs,” which serves as the namesake for Eseeola Lodge. Back in the main kitchen, French chef Patrick Maisonhaute secures local produce to create four-course, formal dinners that are included with many overnight packages. Informal fare can be found at Linville Golf Club’s Grill Room, or the Old Hampton Store. Barbecue and bluegrass top the menu at the latter, where diners can grab dessert and wander next door to 87 Ruffin Street to shop for pottery, paintings, and folk art. The time to set off for Linville is now. Come fall’s freezing temperatures, the Eseeola will close for season, shoring up her unique allure and appeal for new visitors next spring. Eseeola Lodge 175 Linville Ave, Linville, NC (828) 733-4311, Rates start at $289 and include breakfast.

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he pull was stronger than a flooded stage-five on the Chattooga. The instant Lee Timmons sat in a kayak as a young girl at Camp Illahee in Brevard, North Carolina, she was sucked in by a love of the sport. That initial lesson has bubbled over into a fist-pumping, adrenaline-soaring pursuit that sends her to get as wet as possible around the world. At 28, the native Greenvillian likes to return to the Carolinas for summer, but come fall, she will float where the river carries her to warmer waters in the Southern Hemisphere. Summer’s flying by. >> Yes and I’ve come full circle, which is kind of cool. I’m teaching kayaking here at Camp Illahee, where I first fell in love with it. It’s rare to advance from simple lake kayaking at camp to your level. >> Right, but because of the mountains and different rivers here, we have the option of progressing to white water. We start on the Lower Green, which is the headwater for Greenville County’s watershed, then we progress to the Tuckasegee, Nantahala, Chattooga, and then the Pigeon River and Ocoee in Tennessee.

Into the Breach: Kayaker Lee Timmons navigates her way down the Wind River in Washington. Timmons takes on gnarly waters worldwide, including Class 5 rapids.

Kayaking’s your passport. >> I just got back from four months in New Zealand. I’ve been to Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, and Patagonia. In the States, I’ve paddled all over the Southeast and out west in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Washington.

“The outdoors constantly humbles you. You’re always learning new things and pushing your limits. It makes you a better person.” —Lee Timmons

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Have you recognized a common theme when meeting people? >> We all have an understanding that adversity and the outdoors are our greatest features. They constantly humble you. You’re constantly learning new things and pushing your limits. It makes you a better person. It prepares you for everything you are going to face in life. In all of the world, what’s your favorite run? >> It’s what most people who know me would expect: The Green River Narrows. That’s my home run and where I trained for Class 4 and Class 5 rapids. That’s where I learned the best maneuvers, made the best friends. It has the best community and is close to Greenville. Sounds like simply drifting downstream is not your style of kayaking. >> To me, it’s a full-body sport. Your legs and hips are a major part; your arms are the least-involved muscles, and you have to use your head. One of the first things I do on the river is teach folks how to read the water. It’s an introduction to hydrology. That’s your best friend on the river: your ability to read water. Be a water bender. Have you ever competed? >> Oh, no! (laughing) I don’t have a competitive nature. I’ve only been in one kayak competition. I did it just to push myself and get to the next level.

Climbing is also a passion. >> It’s a great balance for kayaking, because it’s so methodical and very deliberate. You’re going against gravity and scouting ahead and using ropes; it’s almost very mathematical. Kayaking is rapid and intuitive. It’s water versus rock. You’ve seen pockets of the outdoors many of us never will. Your assessment? >> The outdoors is our greatest asset, and we don’t appreciate it the way we should. I think we’re throwing it away pretty quickly. The environment is helpless, and if people don’t start to do things to preserve and protect it, it won’t be there for the next generation to enjoy. What’s next for you? >> I don’t think about it too much. I focus on my passions and what makes me happy, what makes me feel most alive. You can’t make a plan. You should have parameters, and just go where the river takes you.


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re you a watch guy?” This was the first question Michael Sims asked on a warm June afternoon as he discussed Hook & Gaff, the watch company he recently founded. It was a conversation that covered everything from the inner workings of watchmaking to wade fishing to the perils of unloading boxes at a Chick-fil-A. How a 34-year-old Clemson graduate comes to start his own watch company begins with fishing. Sims is an avid fisherman who knows fishing is hard on a watch. “I wade fish a lot,” he says, explaining that his watches would get “very sandy and very muddy and get a lot of salt water on them. Every watch I bought would only last about a year, two at the most.” This led him on a search for a watch that would look good, hold up, and not “break the bank.” After two years of searching, Sims still wasn’t able to find that magic mix of design, quality, and price, so he said to his wife, “I want to make my own watch.” Then Sims began a different type of research. He met with watchmakers in the Columbia, SC, area, where he lives, to learn the inner workings of the watch business, and scoured the Internet for quality watchmaking companies willing to create prototypes. He finally settled on a Swiss manufacturer because, according to Sims, “Nobody does it better than the Swiss.” Around the same time, he called up a college friend named Gash Clayton, a full-time attorney and part-time artist, to commission a logo. But Sims soon realized Clayton was a fellow “watch guy,” and the two became partners.

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Sims and Clayton designed the watch, had prototypes produced in Switzerland, and then wore the watches for a year. “We tested it under the harshest conditions,” Sims says. “I can say that, because I unload trucks at Chick-fil-A (Sims’s wife Britt operates two franchises in Columbia) and I bang the thing around and subject it to harsh temperatures.” After a year of unloading trucks, fishing, and everyday wear, the watch still looked— and worked—great. The only problem Sims could find was that the crown would dig into his wrist while fishing. The solution: simply redesign the watch with the crown on the other side. In January of 2014, after a year of testing, Sims and Clayton commissioned 300 Hook & Gaff “Sportfisher” watches, which took almost a year to produce. The watches are now available online and locally at select retailers including Rush Wilson Limited, Smith & James, and Ace Hardware in Simpsonville. “We designed this watch for sun, sand, and saltwater,” Sims says. “And people are amazed at how well it holds up.”

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t’s shortly after 11 a.m. in Canadys, South Carolina. The air is thick with mosquitoes and the promise of late-afternoon rain, but Anne Kennedy seems not to notice. She’s too busy rounding up supplies for the afternoon walk-through to come. Her dog Bear matches every stride, tentatively glancing up every so often, as though to make sure he doesn’t miss out on this daily ritual. “Bear gets personally offended if he’s ever left behind,” Kennedy says with a laugh. “So I usually bring him along to visit the property.” The “property” she’s referring to is a 100-acreplus stretch of land owned by Kennedy and her husband Scott. This private slice of the Lowcountry brims with wildlife from the sandy shores of the Edisto River to the tiptops of the mighty oak trees: leatherback turtles, egrets, bobcats, and other creatures have called this place home for centuries. Look deeper and you’ll spot another of South Carolina’s natural gems: the Edisto River treehouses.

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Mug Shot: Though no electricity or running water, each treehouse has a loft bed and kitchen essentials, including a propane grill and oil candles.

The trio of “Treehouse Island” homes, handcrafted by Scott Kennedy over 15 years, blend seamlessly into the folds of this thriving ecosystem. Kennedy sawed and shaped most of the wood materials himself, even cutting pathways around what was considered “waste” territory by the state. Unpredictable river flooding spurred the decision to build upward, and now the houses sit 16 feet high, cradled and perfectly shaded by the sturdy arms of surrounding live oaks. This choice to build with the environment instead of stifling it is, according to Anne Kennedy, just one of the elements that makes treehouse living so exceptional. “We realized long ago how quickly natural resources can disappear and how important preservation is,” she says. “We love what we do, and we do it for fun. But we also believe in it.” Though absent the luxuries of running water and electricity, the treehouses provide a rare and fleeting opportunity to untether from the

Current Affairs The adventure itself begins long before you reach the treehouses on the Edisto. An overnight stay at Treehouse Island (or any other camping locale on the Carolina Heritage Outfitters property) starts off with a 23-mile paddle down the Edisto River. Currents are typically mild, and guests are encouraged to set their own pace. Just be wary of fallen trees that can pop up throughout the stretch. For those seeking a less strenuous excursion, the Kennedys also offer a shorter, 10-mile day trip that casts off from the swamplands and travels down to the Carolina Heritage Outfitters outpost.

constraints of daily life and build a more intimate appreciation with nature. Days—spent floating down the encircling river or exploring the vast web of trails—melt into evenings firing up the cabin’s propane grill and reading by candlelight in loft-style beds. Like an intoxicating brew, the more you drink in, the more you wish you had just one more night to spend on high. “People cannot care about something that they haven’t experienced,” Kennedy explains. “One thing essential to our success now is how real and very close to nature you are in this place. That’s what has put us at the top of our field.” And at the top of the trees. Edisto River Treehouses; 1 Livery Lane, St. George, SC (843) 563-5051,; Treehouse and canoe rentals are available; April to mid-November

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Family Sport: Rusty Hamrick and Natalie Hamrick Halt took up water skiing as children under the tutelage of their father Dr. Tommy Hamrick and their mom Jan.

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one which continues to win championships today. The Hamrick family tree casts a shade across the sport as broad as the Kennedys in politics, or the Fondas in film. “He always had aspirations to compete, but didn’t start early enough,” says Tommy’s son, Rusty Hamrick. “He really From a humble Greenville farm pond wanted my sister and I to be able to do it on a professional springs a water-skiing dynasty level.” Rusty’s older sister Natalie adds, “He never pushed, either. He was the perfect mix of what you need to have a / by Stephanie Trotter // photography by Eli Warren child be successful: patience, commitment, and diligence. The way he would light up when we would perform well—I he hot summer sun beats down on Big Lake, scorching remember that making me feel like a million.” Natalie gave her old man plenty of times to light up. Over the tall, reedy grass around the perimeter a golden yellow. Out in the middle, far from the dock, the water the years, the self-proclaimed family exhibitionist racked is dark and still, with only the occasional bubble drifting up no. 1 rankings in college and the world, as well as 15 professional and three World Cup titles. She was such a to the top from the brim and bass swimming deep below. phenom as a teen, she left Christ Church High School a year As Dr. Tommy Hamrick surveys the 25-acre lake on the before graduating to take early admission at a Florida college family farm in silence, he can’t help but hear sounds from where she could train year round. She still remembers her the past: boat engines revving, skis slapping against the point of no return at the Junior World Championships: “I wake, and his children’s playful jabs as they bested each won on a random lake in Mexico. The conditions were other across buoys and jumps. “I was close to 40 when they unpredictable. It was a stroke of luck. But once you get that started skiing,” recalls the retired Greenville periodontist. kind of a buzz from a win, from that moment on, there was “I taught myself to ski and do tricks, but my mom and dad no turning back,” she says. never helped me with it. I skied in tournaments, but there The irony is that although Natalie was older, baby brother was no pro tour when I skied. I wanted to give my kids the Rusty was the first to ski. “I was not the most adventurous opportunity I never had.” Hamrick’s dream became reality when his two tall, athletic girl. I didn’t like getting my hair wet, I was terrified of snakes in the lake. But I kept thinking, if Rusty can do it, I can do it,” children converged with a recreational sport exploding into she chuckles. “I think my dad had me on skis when I was as worldwide, professional competitions. In this union of skill young as five,” Rusty elaborates. “I did my first tournament and circumstance, that humble farm pond in the middle of when I was 10, maybe in Gray Court on Lake Martin. southern Greenville County birthed a water skiing dynasty,


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“I won on a random lake in Mexico. It was a stroke of luck. But once you get that kind of a buzz from a win, there’s no turning back.” —Natalie Hamrick Halt

skiing nowadays difficult. “I probably haven’t skied in eight years,” shares the 35-year-old NAI Earle Furman broker. “I have some nostalgia looking back on it. It was a lot of fun traveling and fun hanging out with people you skied with since you were a junior.” Once she became a mom, Natalie, too, felt it was time to retire even though she was still winning. “I thrived on competitiveness. I had to shift my focus and get out of that mindset. Yoga is the antithesis of that. It’s helped me cope with early retirement.” Now a yoga-based business owner in Charleston, Natalie still watches the circuit like a hawk. Frederic Halt, her Swiss husband, is just now peaking in the sport, recently winning the Senior World Championships. Back in the Upstate, Tommy gazes out across Big Lake and thinks about his grandsons, Natalie and Frederic’s boys, the offspring of two world champions. Six-year-old Nash is sampling a variety of sports including karate and wakeboarding. Three-year-old Ford? Well, it’s still too early for him . . . or is it? Tommy quietly ponders the situation, talking more to himself than anyone else. “We have a pontoon boat, and I pull ’em on tubes, but if they show an interest in skiing, I can put the buoys back up, I can get a boat . . . a Malibu, that’s what Natalie likes.” His mind is speeding ahead, envisioning the dynasty’s next generation, as it pops up out of water smooth as glass, racing toward the future, one buoy at a time.

Air Time: Natalie (top left) and Rusty (bottom right) competed both as amateurs and on the professional circuit, achieving #1 rankings at various points in their careers.

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I didn’t do terrible, but I don’t remember bringing home any trophies either.” The baby of the family would earn trophies soon enough. He won nationals in slalom in 1997, and was ranked no. 1 in the world as a junior, as well. The Hamrick siblings spent summers training under the tutelage of the legendary Jack Travers in Florida, or competing across the Southeast, with mom Jan organizing the traveling squad from out of an RV. Natalie reflects upon both of her parents’ sacrifices. “Mom doesn’t ski, but she was the force behind it all. Dad never complained. There were days when it was raining and cold and he would still get behind the wheel of that boat to pull us.” Rusty ended up attending the College of Charleston, which allowed him to train at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island, while Natalie studied and skied further south. She concentrated solely on slalom, while Rusty nailed the skiing trifecta: slalom, jumps, and tricks. His highest ranking as a professional was #27. “Jumping was really a thrill. It was an adrenaline rush,” he recalls. “You pull out as far as you could, make your turn, cross the wake and basically haul ass as fast as you could to jump going 60–70 miles per hour. It feels like you’re soaring through the air.” As high as the highs, the lows hurt. Between brother and sister, injuries included cracked ribs, broken wrists, torn biceps, dislocated shoulders, and tendonitis in the elbows. Rusty was the first to put his pro skis in storage, and a car accident not too long ago makes even recreational 52 TOWN /

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n a warm spring afternoon in 1980, I sat in the back of a car with my friend Mark as his mom Sheryl drove us home from the movies. Sheryl was the “cool” mom in town: she drove a sports car, listened to disco, and had frosted, Farrah Fawcett hair that fell down across the shoulders of her tight silk shirts. She had taken us to see Saturday Night Fever, a film not exactly meant for ten-year-olds, but the movie had a profound effect on me. On the ride home, I realized I desperately needed two things: dance lessons and a suit. My parents were always eager to encourage my interests, no matter how absurd. I didn’t play sports or hunt or fish like most of the other kids in our small mountain town, and so whenever I showed enthusiasm for any extracurricular activity, they were anxious to support the endeavor. So it wasn’t surprising that the day after I announced my intention to become the next Tony Manero, my mom signed me up for a dance class. The dance studio was an old garage that, despite a fresh coat of paint and a hardwood floor, still smelled faintly of motor oil. My concerns didn’t end there. Where was the mirrored ball? Where were the flashing lights? Where was the fog machine? The instructor, a woman named Ms. Jean, came over to welcome me and then asked my shoe size. She disappeared into a closet then returned with a pair of patent-leather shoes with metal plates attached to the soles. My confusion was apparent. “They’re tap

shoes,” she said. “Try them on.” Ten minutes later, as Dixieland Jazz filled the room, Ms. Jean stared at my feet and yelled “Back, swing, forward, step.” The wheels were quickly coming off my “Night Fever” dream. Instead of strutting across the illuminated floor of a smoky discotheque, I was learning the Charleston in an abandoned Jiffy Lube. When my mom picked me up two hours later, she pointed to a Sears shopping bag in the back seat and said, “I got you a surprise.” I reached in and pulled out a blue and white seersucker suit. “It will be perfect for the recital,” she said. The last wheel had officially fallen off. I never made it to the recital. I only suffered through two more classes before finally convincing my mom to let me quit. I turned in my tap shoes and banished the seersucker suit to the back of my closet where it hung for years. As a kid, that suit was a joke. An example of how off the mark my mom could sometimes be. But in reality it represented something much more. It was her way of letting me know I could be whatever I wanted to be. A belief she repeats even now when I call to tell her about auditioning for a play or starting a novel or trying to lose ten pounds. “You can do anything you put your mind to,” she’ll say. Of course she’s wrong, but she’s never uncertain. ))) Catch up on the Man at

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Lake Lure is a North Carolina gem that draws more than film buffs / by M. Linda Lee

Cruise Control: (above, from left) Chimney Rock offers a commanding view of the area, with visibility up to 75 miles; during summer, Lake Lure’s population balloons with seasonal residents; Washburn Marina provides plenty of boating options, from pontoon boat tours to stand-up paddleboarding.

t’s a lucky thing that Missouri physician Lucius B. Morse contracted tuberculosis in 1899. Otherwise, he would never have come to the mountains of western North Carolina to recuperate, and he would never have discovered—and later purchased—the towering monolith known as Chimney Rock. This is where Lake Lure’s story begins. In 1902, Dr. Morse paid $5,000 for 64 acres of land on Chimney Rock Mountain, including the rock itself. He hatched a plan for a resort community here, complete with hotels and private residences. He even envisioned a casino, a golf course, polo fields, and a yacht club. Thinking that a lake would make a good addition to the community, Morse began construction on a dam across the Rocky Broad River in 1925. The dam, completed the following year, created a lake that the doctor’s second wife Elizabeth proclaimed to be so beautiful it would naturally lure people to its waters. Thus Lake Lure was christened. Unfortunately, the Great Depression dashed Morse’s grandiose vision for his land. Even so, the 720-acre lake he created, located 63 miles north of Greenville, enjoys milder temperatures than nearby regions and still captivates visitors year-round. Summer, the high season, sees the tiny town of Lake Lure swell from 2,000 to 12,000 people. Whether they come for the weekend or stay for three months, all enjoy the myriad attractions of the lake. Washburn Marina, on Memorial Highway (Hwy 9/US-64), is the place to start for watersports. There, you can rent kayaks, paddleboats, hydro-bikes, and stand-up paddleboards. One of the most popular pastimes is traversing the lake by pontoon boat with Lake Lure Tours. Your captain will regale you with the lake’s history and point out Firefly Cove, where the famous lift scene from Dirty Dancing was filmed. Fans of the 1987 movie starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze will recognize several sites around the lake, as about 40 percent of the movie was shot on location here. On the shore of Firefly Cove you can see the foundation of the gym at the Boys Camp where many of the inside dance scenes were J U LY 2 0 1 5 / 6 5

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Lured In: (this page) A lakefront home with boat house; (opposite from left) Bubba O’Leary’s General Store in the shadow of Chimney Rock; the fried fish platter at Larkins on the Lake.

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EAT La Strada at Lake Lure Homemade Italian-American favorites, from eggplant Parmigiana to New York–style brick oven pizzas, fill La Strada’s menu. In nice weather, pick a table on the outdoor patio that overlooks the lake. 2693 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC. (828) 625-1118, Medina’s Village Bistro Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this casual spot is famous for its fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, slathered with cream-cheese icing. Served warm, the decadent delights can be ordered à la mode. 430 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC. (828) 989-4529, Larkins on the Lake Perched on the bank of Lake Lure, this grill and bar welcomes diners who come by car or boat. The outdoor deck is the place to sip a margarita in summer. 1020 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC. (828) 625-4075, STAY Esmerelda Inn Dating back to 1891, the Esmerelda Inn preserves decades of Lake Lure history. The inn’s big front porch and outdoor patios provide charming spaces for relaxing. 910 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC. (828) 625-2999, Lake Lure Inn & Spa An amazing collection of antique music boxes graces the lobby of this Spanish Revival–style inn, where you can book a room or rent a Dirty Dancing–style cabin. 2771 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC. (828) 625-2525, Play Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park On a clear day you can see for 75 miles from atop Chimney Rock. The park also offers miles of hiking trails plus opportunities for birdwatching and rock-climbing. US-64 East, in the Village of Chimney Rock, NC. (828) 625-9611, Lake Lure Tours Departing from Washburn Marina, these hour-long pontoon-boat tours provide a fun introduction to the lake and its legends. 2930 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC. (828) 625-1373,

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Canopy Ridge Farm Outdoor Adventure Park Get your thrills here zipping above the tree line or taking a guided kayak tour on the lower Rocky Broad River. 7115 US-64. (828) 625-4500, SHOP Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine If you don’t have time to mine for gemstones yourself, you’ll find cut stones and an array of jewelry at the gift shop. 397 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC. (828) 625-5524, Bubba O’Leary’s General Store From dime-a-cup coffee and penny candy to castiron skillets, Bubba O’Leary’s offers a nostalgic selection of goods. They also own the outfitter across the street. 385 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC. (828) 625-2479,

filmed. Elsewhere in the area, you’ll find the original dance floor from the movie lining the rustic lobby of the Esmerelda Inn; and you can stay in the same rooms at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa where Swayze and Grey slept during the filming. Die-hard devotees won’t want to miss the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure in mid-August. The two-day event includes a nighttime screening of the movie, along with music, dance lessons, and a Lake Lift Competition. More watery fun awaits on the lake with water skiing and wakeboarding lessons from the experienced instructors of Lake Lure Adventure Company. Fishermen can cast for bass and bluegill on the lake or take a guided fishing trip with one of several local outfitters. If a weekend of leisure is what your soul seeks, head for the beach at Lake Lure. If you stay at the Lake Lure Inn & Spa, you’ll be right across the street from the sandy beach, where you can float in an inner tube, picnic in the shade, or just kick back and sunbathe on the shore. Off the lake, six zip lines sail above Hickory Nut Gorge at Canopy Ridge Farm Outdoor Adventure Park, and the 42-mile-long Broad River Paddle Trail beckons canoers and kayakers. Bikers enjoy Buffalo Creek Park’s 7-mile mountain-biking trail, while the less energetic can take the .7-mile walk around the lake at Morse Park. The real challenge is the climb up 491 stairs to the top of Chimney Rock. (If you can’t handle the stairs, there is an elevator that will whisk you up 26 stories to the summit.) After Dr. Morse purchased Chimney Rock in 1902, he built a bridge and a road to make the viewpoint more accessible to visitors. Morse developed Chimney Rock Park over the next 20 years as a tourist destination. In 2007, the Morse family sold the 996 acres of Chimney Rock Park to the North Carolina Division of State Parks. Today the park’s trails and stairways are being renovated and rebuilt. However you choose to get there, the 315-foot summit of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park commands an expansive view of the spreading hand of Hickory Nut Gorge, with Lake Lure glinting like a sapphire in its palm. Another trail leads .75-mile through the forest to a platform at the base of Hickory Nut Falls. Featured in the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans, the frothy waters of the falls tumble 404 feet. Elsewhere in the park, sheer cliff faces are the haven of rock-climbers. Just outside the park gates, the little Village of Chimney Rock encompasses some worthwhile shops and restaurants, such as Featherheads for Native American art; Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine, where prospectors can dig for emeralds, rubies, and amethysts; and Medina’s for a lovely lunch. To explore farther afield in Rutherford County, hop in your car and drive the Cherry Bounce Trail, named for the moonshine once distilled in these hills from local cherries. The 50-mile route loops through the Golden Valley, passing through small towns of Rutherfordton, Bostic, Spindale, and Forest City. Along the way, in Bostic, you can take a trip back in time at the Washburn General Store and see how American single-malt whiskey is made by stopping for a tour and tasting at Defiant Whiskey Distillery. Roam all you please, but at the end of the day you will likely find yourself, like Mrs. Morse, drawn back by the siren song of Lake Lure. J U LY 2 0 1 5 / 6 7


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SAIL AWAY For more than fifty years, the Western Carolina Sailing Club has been navigating the waters of Lake Hartwell with wind-powered grace and style. Today, the club is home to more than 200 sailing enthusiasts and touts a full schedule of events, including races, beach parties, theme cruises, and junior camps. The club also offers “Learn to Sail” classes for those interested in discovering the ins and outs of cruising in a sailboat— but its annual two-day Bloody Mary Regatta in November sounds like a good reason to learn. Western Carolina Sailing Club 5200 W Wind Way Anderson, SC

during the Revolutionary War, was accosted by several Tories in her log cabin in northeastern Georgia. The men broke in the cabin and demanded Nancy cook a turkey they had just killed in her front yard. She feigned hospitality, cooked the turkey, and offered the men generous quantities of whiskey. Full bellied and buzzed, the Tories didn’t immediately notice Nancy stealing their muskets. When one of the men perked up and rushed toward her, she shot him dead, then held the others at gunpoint. And when her husband and his friends arrived, she demanded her captives be hung. Which they were, right there in the front yard while Nancy sang “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” It’s fitting that Lake Hartwell is named after such a patriotic woman, because is there anything more American than a day at the lake? There’s water-skiing, jet-skiing, wakeboarding, and being dragged behind a speedboat while clinging to an oversized inner tube. There’s also kayaking, fishing, canoeing, and just lazily cruising on a pontoon boat with good friends and a full cooler. Welcome to summer in the South. The lake was created in the early ’60s by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of a flood control and hydropower project. Today, it’s one of the top-five most visited Corps sites in the United States. Hartwell is considered one of the best lakes for boating and watersports in the region for many reasons. First off, it’s huge: 56,000 acres of water with almost 1,000 miles of shoreline covering parts of six counties in two states. The lake runs 49 miles up the Tugaloo River and 45 miles up the Seneca River. The main section of open water, which stretches six miles at its widest point, is perfect for sailing, jet-skiing, and leisurely cruising, while the hundreds of fingers and coves that branch off in every direction offer miles of quiet exploration in a canoe or kayak. Water-skiers also love these stretches of still and unpopulated water. Whether you’re gracefully rowing a canoe, haulin’ ass on a jet ski, or sailing into the sun, a day on Lake Hartwell is a day of independence. And all this freedom is just an hour from Greenville.


ACRES OF WATER WITH ALMOST Photograph by Rick Fontenot


WATER FIGHT Lake Hartwell derives its name from Nancy Hart, who defended her home from the Tories during the Revolutionary War.



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’CACHE IF YOU CAN No sooner did GPS technology become publicly available than outdoorsy geeks figured out how to use satellite navigation for hiding stuff and finding it again. That was May 2000, the birth of “geocaching,” Today, proclaims that 6 million hobbyists worldwide hunt for more than 2.6 million caches. What’s a cache? They’re usually oddball containers: ammo boxes, Tupperware, or film canisters. All of them contain at least a logbook and a writing implement; geocachers always sign the logbook, noting their

code names and the date and time of discovery. Caches often contain trinkets, too, the sort of tchotchke you’d find in Crackerjack box—hardly a pirate’s treasure. “Take stuff, leave stuff,” the rules say. And always put the cache back exactly where you found it.

Join in on the fun at the first-ever Keowee geocachers’ picnic, Sat, July 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at Mile Creek Park, 757 Keowee Baptist Church Rd, Six Mile, SC. (864) 868-2196,

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stood as go-to harbors for our adventure-hungry imaginations. For today’s swashbuckling treasure hunters, Lake Keowee serves up more islands per square mile than the other two Upstate lakes—71 of them, to be exact.

There’s an app for that. Welcome to the world of geocaching, a worldwide community of high-tech explorers who use GPS technology to find hidden “caches.” Caches may be old .30- and .50-caliber ammo boxes, faux pinecones, birdhouses, film canisters, even old appliances. About 30 caches are hidden within five miles of Sunset, South Carolina, where the camping/ boating/fishing paradise Keowee-Toxaway State Park takes up 1,000 acres along Lake Keowee’s 300 miles of shoreline. The lake’s waters cover 18,372 acres, or roughly half the size of Washington, D.C. While the Cherokees called Keowee “the place of the mulberries,” geocachers call its islands the happiest of hunting grounds. “You’re going out on a scavenger hunt, you’re putting yourself to a test and going out to find something that other people can’t find,” says Ashley Berry, chief of South Carolina State Parks’ Budget and Revenue office. “It lures people to an area,” says Larry

Easler, 54, a Spartanburg electronics technician whose wife Kerry and four children geocache, too. “When people hide something for others to find, they want to show off the good in their area”—“geotourism,” he calls it. “Any body of water that has an island has a natural sense of adventure. You’re removed from everything else in the world,” Easler says. “As a child, you could almost pretend you were on a desolate island. At Keowee, it’s almost like every island is its own little treasure hunt, and that brings the kid out in anybody.” Islands may not be accessible to everyone, but for geocachers they are. That’s because ’cachers are apt to share a boat ride or paddle alongside a kayaker. You’re likely to see that at Keowee geocachers’ first-ever picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18 at Mile Creek Park. They might even take you on a hunt, where Keowee’s finest gems glitter in plain sight: waterfalls, hiking trails, the popular Jumping Rock, spectacular mountain views and, of course, all those treasured islands.

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churches, hotels, even the occasional tale of a 20-foot catfish sitting on the lake floor. Its 75 miles of shoreline and 43,000 acres of surrounding forest feel undiscovered and seemingly untouched, marked by dense foliage, abundant wildlife, and towering waterfalls. The wall of mountains that surrounds the lake provides a rainforest-like habitat for foliage: The Eastern Continental Divide bisects the gorges, and warm rivers that wind their way through the rock and forest release humid air. As it cools, the air condenses and creates an unusually rainy climate, supporting wildlife and plants unlike anything else along the Divide. For the average boater, this means an acute awareness of afternoon storms, which come up quickly, violently, and often without warning. But the equatorial-like climate also contributes to the area’s biodiversity—bobcat, black bear, wild turkey, deer, river otters, hawks, and even bald eagles. Threatened mosses, wildflowers, and rare orchids make their home in the Jocassee basin, including the threatened Oconee Bell, or Shortia. The Eastern Continental Divide is what separates where water flows off the land, and it is largely responsible for this sought-after natural wonder. The Cherokees called this mountain range the great Blue Wall, and its natural wonders, including one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the eastern United States, are rare. On one side of the divide, water travels to the Gulf of Mexico; on the other, the Atlantic. A handful of rivers flow off of the Divide, including Whitewater, Toxaway, and the Chattooga. These tributaries transform as they enter the Jocassee Gorges—cutting through the Blue Ridge Escarpment and plunging dramatically into deep waterfalls that rush into Lake Jocassee.

PAY TO PLAY Jocassee Outdoor Center offers access to both land and water. Opt to go without a guide, and they’ll deliver you and your kayak to the lake and pick you back up when you’re done. You can also choose to be dropped at one of the three Foothills Trail access points and paddle down the entire lake to your pick-up destination. For the less intrepid set, Jocassee Outdoor Center also offers boat rentals and waterfall tours by boat, providing an easy option for enjoying the lake’s rugged surroundings from the comfort of a pontoon. JOC also offers fishing supplies as well as provisions for hiking, camping, kayaking, water-skiing, swimming, and diving. These offerings, along with a small café, all make this a go-to spot when heading to the relatively remote Lake Jocassee.

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SOUTHERN “BELL” The Jocassee Reservoir was dammed in the mid1960s, and one minute at a time, the rivers that occupy the valley slowly began filling it until well into the 1970s. Entire towns were abandoned and eventually engulfed by the rising waters. Homes, businesses, churches, road signs, and the like were not demolished but instead became suspended in time and space. During that decade of submersion, a rare species of flower—one of the world’s most

threatened—also slipped away: Half of the world’s known Shortia disappeared when the 7,500-acre reservoir, now 300 feet deep, was filled. Better known by its common name Oconee Bell, the shiny-leafed herbaceous perennial blooms in early spring with solitary white and pink bell-shaped flowers that perch on leafless stalks. As the waters rose, botanists such as Western North Carolina-based wildflower rescuer Maxilla Evans, climbed the basin’s banks and carefully gathered the bell plants, one by one, being careful to protect the underground runner roots that allow it to spread and propagate. In bundles, she ferried them to higher, safer ground, and they still exist in native gardens near Lake Junaluska, among other protected spots. Despite these efforts and others like them, 90 percent of the world’s Shortia still is found in the Jocassee Gorges. It grows along the banks of

streams and those of Lake Jocassee. The elusive plant remains a draw for photographers and botany lovers near and far. TRAIL MIX Lake Jocassee was recently named one of “50 of the world’s last great places,” by National Geographic for its plentiful waterfalls and unspoiled landscape. The Foothills Trail, which connects lake points with forested areas in the gorges, offers off-water paths and possibilities for those seeking an experience with nature in its grandeur. From land or the water, Lake Jocassee feels more akin to Alaska or Oregon—a world apart from the Upstate and beyond. And yet, the lake is only an hour removed from Greenville proper, making Jocassee an easy day trip. During busy summer months, visitors should expect to wait an hour or longer to get on the water at the lake’s single public entry point.

Devils Fork State Park offers the only public boat ramps and lake access (with a few hundred parking spaces), as well as campsites, picnic areas, nature trails, and mountain villas for rent. Other options for experiencing Jocassee’s scenic offerings are a kayak or kayak tour, where visitors can enjoy the lake and experience its unique shoreline habitats.

Devils Fork State Park 161 Holcombe Circle Salem, SC Admission: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free. From late spring to mid-fall, the park is open 7 am–9 pm, daily. For more information, visit or call (864) 944-2639

PLANT LIFE Shortia, commonly known as the Oconee Bell, is a threatened species.

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Dish Local Flavor: (clockwise from far left) The Hungry Drover’s pork barbecue with cole slaw and mac ‘n’ cheese; the Drover Cuban Sandwich on homemade bread with pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard, and dill pickle; owner John Wilson; local molasses, carried by the Drover along with fresh produce and Appalachian crafts

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Local origins underpin The Hungry Drover’s Southern fare / by Stephanie Burnet te // photography by Paul Mehaf fey


he way locals frequent The Hungry Drover—with tenacity, persistence, and zeal—might suggest the restaurant has fed generations of Travelers Rest residents. In fact, John and Debbie Wilson opened the diner not quite three years ago. The Drover, as locals refer to it, sits at the intersection just past Sandy Flat Berry Patch, a pensive brick façade on a gravel lot. Maps from the 1800s show this crossroads on the old drover road, used to steer hogs and turkey from Tennessee to Charleston. What lies inside is nothing short of unapologetically good: chopped pork barbecue and tomato pie, sandwiches loaded on homemade bread, omelets with farm vegetables, biscuits laden with sausage gravy—all fresh, all local. If it’s produced within 20 miles, John Wilson will sit down over sweet tea and consider your goods. Eggs, raw milk, honey and molasses, grits and produce arrive from “thataway up this road” and “just there as the crow flies,” he says, gesticulating all the while. The building, erected in 1949, was first Neves and Thompson Grocery Market, a Gulf filling station. Owner Ruby Neves, now 92, never imagined it as a restaurant—she feared Wilson would burn it down. It was Debbie’s distaste for fried foods that swayed her. You’ll find no fried food on the menu, and no fryers in the kitchen. Today Neves’s granddaughter

Kelly works for the Wilsons, and though Ruby refuses to sell the building, the families boast a (very) long-term lease. It’s a tough call between breakfast and lunch at the Drover. Except for Friday Supper, the restaurant opens at 8am and closes by 2pm. Mornings are filled with eggs, long-simmered grits, and a sourdough French toast so luscious it rivals Southern bread pudding. At midday, diners contemplate barbecue and tomato pie. Pork shoulder, smoked every other day over a combination of hickory and local charcoal, appears on the barbecue sandwich as a Matterhorn of cascading ’cue on a homemade bun. Even the popular Cuban sandwich includes a stratum of chopped pork. As for the tomato pie, there are two types offered: a traditional quiche layered with cheese and tomato, or a smoked Gouda and bacon variety. Both feature an astonishingly unsodden bottom crust. There’s no shame in sampling both barbecue and pie, just be warned: the Wilsons frown on an unfinished plate. The Hungry Drover 2601 Tigerville Rd, Travelers Rest (864) 901-5040; Tues–Thurs, 8am–2pm; Fri, 8am–2pm & 5–7:30pm; Sat, 8am–12pm

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his is not just another story selling the allure of Wonder Bread and the artistry of tomatostained mayonnaise falling from chin to sink drain. This is not that Southern American drama—the one where heirloom tomatoes hold such a tangy stage presence that it overshadows the rest of the cast. This is a story that says the ripe summer tomato deserves partners of commensurate stature in sandwich pairing.



Though summertime is short and sweet, your tomato sandwich doesn’t have to be. Drag it out. Drag it out like you do your vowels and porch-swinging. Start with your whole-grain bread of choice. Those grains have had a long journey from seed to sandwich, and they deserve to cool off with a smear of homemade mayonnaise. Here in Greenville, we’re allowed to call Duke’s mayo “homemade,” thanks to our resident inventor, Eugenia Duke. Then add a couple slices of brie, slightly melted, so they slowly spread out for the entire experience. Now the heirloom tomato finally has a platform worthy of placement. Whether you find them in your own garden, the local farmers’ market, or your generous neighbor’s hands, remember—the uglier they look, the better they taste. Don’t be stingy with them. Pile that sandwich high with summer’s treasure. Titles such as Brandywine, Sun Gold, and Viva Italia stake deep claim in South Carolina, so look out for these. And before you top it off with the second slice of bread, add a bit of mashed avocado for cushioning. By no means does this disregard the convenience of white bread, mayo, and tomato. This is just an alternate route to the romance— one that may be slower, but begs to last. And, honestly, what isn’t done slowly in the South?


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Taste Maker: Evan Rutter (above), owner of the Tasting Room, provides his own detailed notes for each wine he carries at the bar and by the bottle. He offers several by-the-glass options on a rotating basis. Also on hand are craft beers, cigars, cheese, and charcuterie.

Bottle Service The Tasting Room in Travelers Rest brings wine down to earth / by Andrew Huang


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van Rutter drinks like it’s his job—mostly because it is. But as owner of The Tasting Room, a freshly opened artisan wine shop and bar in Travelers Rest, a certain amount of overlap between business and pleasure is to be expected. The shop—tucked in a strip beside Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse and the Carolina Honey Bee Company—is familiar and cozy. A stuffy wine cellar, this is not—although there is an impressive selection of bottled wines to go with the offerings available at the bar. There’s a distinct lack of pretension—Rutter is 31 years old, blessed with boy-band good looks, and friendly to boot—the antithesis of an imperious wine snob. The origins of Rutter’s passion for wine can be found in New Zealand. As a Furman University senior, Rutter spent five months in Christchurch on the country’s South Island. Rutter also took time to explore the Marlborough region— then a burgeoning hot spot for sauvignon blancs—in a beater

Mazda packed to the brim with friends. On one road trip, the group decided to stop at the wineries and tasting rooms advertised along the road. That experience catalyzed Rutter’s interest in wine. He began keeping track of what he drank, paying attention and taking notes. Mindfulness turned into dedication and a growing curriculum vitae: Rutter completed a winemaking certificate program through the University of California, Davis in 2014; he is certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers as an Introductory Sommelier; and he is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. Rutter even spent time at Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon, NC, where he put his knowledge of viticulture theory to use. Evan acknowledges he has plenty more to learn. “[The old guard of oenophiles] has been exposed to 30 or 40 more years of wine. They are coming from a base of knowledge—a base of experience—I don’t have,” he says. But Rutter has approached that inexperience as an invitation to indulge in his curiosity and explore. “There are so many things I haven’t been exposed to, and that’s one of the reasons why I started doing this.” Another reason? “People are reacting against the idea of being stuffy with wine,” he says. “Wine is a changing industry, and it’s a dynamic and organic living thing. I think young people, like myself, are going to be the ones to make it more accessible to everyone.” And if that requires sampling a few glasses of wine on the way, well, Rutter’s not complaining. The Tasting Room 12 S Main St, Travelers Rest, SC (864) 610-0361, Wed–Thurs, 12–8pm; Fri, 12–9pm; Sat, 11am–9pm; 11am–7pm

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Summer Love

Glorious blackberry pie inspires deep devotion / by Kathr yn Davé // photograph by J ivan Davé


o walk is too long if a blackberry pie waits at the end of it. At least, that’s what I assured my friend as I dragged her through Portland’s seedier neighborhoods on a late night quest for a famous pie shop. Pie, you see, does not inspire half-hearted passion. Summer is especially kind to pie lovers like me, bringing bushels of just-picked stone fruits and deep, tart berries. Blackberries, the jewels of summer, make a particularly good pie—one worth a walk in the dark or a couple hours in the kitchen. The onyx fruit, sour and sweet in the same bite, shines against flaky, buttery pastry crust. You can love pie without knowing much about its mechanics—food is forgiving, that way—but as in most love affairs, you might become more smitten the more you know. Start by tinkering with the crust: temperature, fat, ingredients. Maybe you’ll take up sides: lard vs. all-butter, vodka vs. water. Try your hand at different fillings, different baking temperatures, different crust crimps. Or, do no more work than plopping a scoop of vanilla ice cream beside a still-warm slice of blackberry pie. If it tastes like bliss, if you’d brave the world for another bite—you are a pie person.

BLACKBERRY PIE INGREDIENTS: 2 ½ c. all-purpose flour 14 Tbs. cold butter, cubed 6–10 Tbs. ice water 2 tsp. kosher salt 6 cups blackberries 3 tbs. cornstarch ½ tsp. lemon zest 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. nutmeg 1 Tbs. vanilla ¾ c. sugar, plus some for sprinkling 1 egg white beaten with 1 Tbs. water

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. For best results, chill mixing bowl and flour ahead of time. Stir flour and 1 tsp. salt together; cut butter into flour mixture, working quickly to avoid melting the butter. When the mixture resembles coarse meal with a few larger lumps, add cold water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together. Divide the dough in half and form two thick disks. Wrap them in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour. Meanwhile, prepare your filling. 2. Stir together blackberries, remaining salt, cornstarch, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and ¾ cup sugar, mashing berries slightly. Set aside. 3. Remove dough from refrigerator, place on a well-floured surface, and give each side a few gentle whacks with your rolling pin. Roll gently from the center of the disk outward, like the spokes of a bicycle, until each disk has formed a circle of crust about two inches larger than a 9” pie pan. Transfer bottom crust to pan and press gently to fit. 4. Fill the pie with prepared berries and cover with the second piecrust, cutting the crust into ¾-inch strips and arranging them in a lattice pattern if you wish. Crimp crusts to seal. Brush crust with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes at 425°; turn the heat down to 350° and continue baking for 30–40 minutes more, or until pie is golden brown and bubbling.

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BACON BROS. PUBLIC HOUSE You might have an inkling of what a meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From the board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to the glasswalled curing room on display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The menu’s flavor profiles extend to the cocktail list, which heavily features whiskeys, bourbons, baconinfused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 297-6000,


American Grocery offers refined American cuisine and a changing menu that emphasizes quality ingredients from local, regional, and national producers. Try the crispy farm egg and mushrooms on toast with arugula, truffle oil, and Parmesan. For an entrée, the confit of local rabbit with turnips, house-made gnocchi, wild mushrooms, and arugula with sauce moutarde. Finish with a chocolate terrine, or a trio of house-made sorbets. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665,

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The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths and the intimate private dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as breaded artichoke and leek stuffed chicken breast with roasted tomato vinaigrette. The lineup of entrees and appetizers changes daily, but regulars can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316,


Breakwater is a hotspot that serves beautiful food (Ahi tuna marinated in lime, soy & chili topped with avocado salad, wasabi aioli, soy syrup and wonton crisps) and creative drinks. Candy apple red accents (the bar, dining room chairs, and wall decorations) meld with mirrors and glass to produce a uniquely New York Citymeets-Lowcountry vibe. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St. (864) 271-0046, HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE

Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the Smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there are other things on the menu, but a rack of Henry’s succulent ribs with sides of beans and slaw (or sweet potato casserole and mac and cheese) will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 232-7774, HIGH COTTON

Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook picturesque Falls Park for an airy and relaxed dining room. The menu, steeped in locally-sourced ingredients, features fish, game, and steaks prepared with a Southern flair. Staples include the apple-mustard

glazed pork chop (paired with charred broccolini and bacon-bourbon jus) and the Maverick Shrimp & Grits (featuring Andouille sausage, stone-ground yellow corn grits, and tomato-scallion pan sauce). $$$-$$$$. D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 3354200, LARKIN’S ON THE RIVER

Located between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance upscale dining with comfort. Start with shecrab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dine in the enclosed outdoor patio to enjoy the river view, and polish off your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Daily), SBR. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777, NANTUCKET SEAFOOD GRILL

Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant brings us closer to the sea. The day’s fresh catch tops the menu, grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chef-designed specialties. Try the blue-crab hushpuppies with a drink at the elegant bar, pre–or post–Peace Center performance. A destination for a group dinner or a quiet date night, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere.


The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. A wide range of beer (local, domestic, international), wine, and an ambitious menu that hits nearly every continent make it hard not to dive in. Look for an elevated gastro pub experience at every meal, from fish and chips and lobster sliders to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located right on Main Street between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout, all in one package. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 3737300, RESTAURANT 17

Tucked away in the hills of Traveler’s Rest, Restaurant 17 blends the atmosphere of traditional European bistros with that of the Blue Ridge foothills. The sleek, contemporary interior puts the surrounding nature on display, with particular emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Pick up a freshly baked loaf of bread from the café (open daily) or peruse the wine selections at their market. For dinner, explore new flavors like the watermelon gazpacho or indulge in familiarity with a plate of seared Atlantic scallops. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 5161715,

$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 5463535,

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Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale dining at Rick Erwin’s. The dining room is decorated in rich, dark woods that, along with low lighting, create an intimate, stylish atmosphere. Entrées range from sashimigrade tuna and pan-seared sea bass, to certified Angus beef. A la carte sides round out any entrée.

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$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999, SMOKE ON THE WATER

Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beerbutt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202. (864) 2329091, SOBY’S

Local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade and sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. With an astonishing selection of 700 wines, you can’t miss the perfect complement to your meal. Featuring different selections every week, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007,

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Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of everyone’s favorite noodles, Pad Thai. The curries are also a surefire hit, though the green curry is of particular note: it is 12:59the PM only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room.

$$, L (Closed Sat), D (Daily). 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, LEMONGRASS

The airy dining room at Lemongrass is perfect for a quiet lunch or dinner date, while the kitchen brings flavor to please. Choose from curry, noodles, fried rice, or vegetarian dishes, while the chef’s specialties offer even more choices. $$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat). 106 N Main St. (864) 241-9988,

Hours: Sunday Brunch 11 am till 2:30 pm; Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am ‘til late; Closed Monday



$, L, D. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314, PURPLE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO & SUSHI

A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this place serves an Asian mix. There are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asian-fusion entrées, but sushi is a strong suit. The udon with Prince Edward Island mussels, mahi-mahi with a spicy crawfish glaze, or roasted duck are worthy options. The latter, perfumed with star anise, is roasted to order—and worth the wait. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 933 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-3255 SUSHI KOJI

Sushi Koji flaunts a contemporary air. Chef Koji Fujikawa presides over the five-seat sushi bar. If you order one of the two omakase menus, you’ll be treated to the chef’s choice of the freshest fish flown in from markets in Japan and the United States. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 247 N Main St. (864) 631-1145 TSUNAMI

$-$$, L (Mon–Fri), D. 106 E North St. (864) 467-1055,

Splashes of red and lime green play off the blend of traditional and modern influences at this sushi restaurant. Chef and owner Keichi Shimizu exhibits mastery over his domain at the bar, but also playfully blends modern-American elements into his menu.

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Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Among favorites is the grilled pork vermicelli, featuring marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and a chili-garliclime sauce. Or for some textural variation, try the broken rice platter, which puts julienned pork, a grilled pork chop, and a steamed pork omelet over broken rice.



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$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat), Closed Sundays. 1440 Pelham Rd, Ste M. (864) 458-7866,

$$-$$$, L, D. 18 N Main St. (864) 241-7999,

GREAT Burgers, Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits, Cubans, Salads, Nachos, Cold Beer, Sunday Brunch, and More!

$$-$$$ L, D. Closed Sunday. 1939 Woodruff Rd Ste B. (864) 534-1061,

Come here for fresh fish, sure, but if you’re in the mood for something hot, try one of the many hibachi selections, including filet mignon, or the teriyakis, stir-fries, and soups—steaming bowls of fresh udon or soba noodles. Perfect for slurping.

At lunch, sample items from a reasonably priced buffet with plentiful choices that change daily. From the menu, try the Handi Special: a sampler of tandoori chicken, lamb kabobs, lamb or chicken curry, and vegetable korma, served with basmati rice, naan, condiments, and dessert.

Sunday Brunch both locations 11 am - 2:30 pm

kimchi, japchae (glass noodles), marinated tofu, and more.

Kimchee’s kimchi has locals coming back for more. Try the Kalbi short ribs (marinated in soy sauce, onions, and sesame seeds) or bibimbap (served in a hot stone bowl for crispy rice). All dishes come with ban chan, side dishes that include


A traditional dive-bar atmosphere with an inventive menu, Dive ‘N’ Boar caters to the barbecue-loving Southerner. This spin on the neighborhood gastropub has 25 different local beers on tap in a laidback atmosphere. The bar specializes in house-infused liquors and cocktails using local herbs and ingredients. Stop by on the weekend for live music and a meal, or meet up with friends for drinks at a table on their screened-in patio. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 2541 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 509-0388 LIBERTY TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL

Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from the classic burger and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends around the long bar to enjoy one of the nearly 50 brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 770-7777, MAC’S SPEED SHOP

Across from Liberty Taproom, Mac’s looks to be family friendly for both the Harleyset as well as the post-Drive-baseball crowd with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. “Start your engine” with a plate of Tabasco-fried pickles, washed

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THE down (quickly, no doubt) with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St, (864) 239-0286 UNIVERSAL JOINT

Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to join cheer with (or heckle mercilessly) your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of the North Main area and features an outdoor patio and roll-up garage doors—perfect for summer. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh. $-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 252-4055, THE VELO FELLOW

Cozy in a funky way, the Velo Fellow is a hip pub under the Mellow Mushroom. Burgers and sandwiches form the core of the menu, which includes fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and—in a twist—tofu Marsala. In addition to the craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silverplated brouilleur. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126, Greenville. (864) 242-9296,


Treat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This eclectic café with an international flair serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. For Sunday brunch, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006, CHICORA ALLEY

Chicora Alley’s Caribbean riff on traditional Mexican and Southern fare offers signature crab cakes or mountain-high nachos, shrimp and chicken burritos, quesadillas, and more. With a Falls Park view or patio seat on a cool fall evening, you won’t leave unsatisfied. $-$$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-4100, EGGS UP GRILL

If your name has “eggs” in it, you’d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesn’t disappoint. From classic over easy eggs, to eggs Benedict, all the way to Patty-oSullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this breakfast joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Eggs Up also serves pancakes, waffles, and French toast—their bananas Foster french toast served with sautéed banana slices, and caramel sauce is a favorite. $-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 520-2005 MARY BETH’S AT MCBEE STATION

Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or don’t pick—get the Mega Breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon fillets. $$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 242-2535, MARY’S RESTAURANT AT FALLS COTTAGE

Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charming

atmosphere Mom will love. The menu includes the Ultimate Reuben and Chicken Salad Croissant, as well as Southern comfort favorites such as the black-eyed-pea salad and Mary’s Pimiento Cheese. $, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 615 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 298-0005, R E S TA U R A N T & B A R

Belgian inspired cuisine and over 150 belgian beers


Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the time of day. Enjoy brunch any day with eggs Benedict or the mini crab cakes topped with chipotle cilantro lime remoulade. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. Wash it down with selections from the tap and a premium beer list that leans toward the Belgian and German end of the spectrum.

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$$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 335-8222, SOUTHERN CULTURE KITCHEN & BAR

Expect an uptown spin on comfort food classics like tater tots served in a parchmentlined Chinese takeout container with pimiento cheese fondue. For something a little sweeter, don’t miss the weekend brunch. The apple-stuffed French toast (adorned with melted goat cheese, maple syrup, and applewood bacon) will send you into a contented slumber. $$, D (Mon–Sat), SBR. 2537 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 552-1998, TANDEM CREPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE

Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with the aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and guarantees of a happy stomach. Try the Fiesta crepe (shredded chicken, cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, and sour cream) or satisfy your sweet tooth with the Banana Nut crepe. If you can’t choose between savory and sweet, split one of each with a friend and enjoy in the spirit of Tandem’s Trappe 4thS TOWN July15 vRed.indd motto: “Together is best.”


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$, B, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245, TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ

Big Southern charm comes in the form of a steaming hot biscuit at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in the famous sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course) any time of day, or try one of the mouthwatering sandwiches like the Southern Fried BLT with maple-peppered bacon. The Southern small plates are built for sharing: baked macaroni-and-cheese with Cajun blackened shrimp, for instance. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Suite T, Greenville. (864) 451-6200,


Mornings (and afternoons) are made better at this quaint spot with a focus on local products and healthy options. Start your day with a signature breakfast sandwich or fresh-baked cinnamon roll paired with fresh coffee. Lunch shines with hormonefree chicken salad, pimiento cheese, or egg salad on house-baked bread. For dessert, try a slice of cake from the rotating counter selection. Gluten-free options abound. $-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 373-9836, COFFEE UNDERGROUND

Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, hot chocolate, and adult libations. The turtle cheesecake with creamy vanilla, chocolate swirl with caramel and pecans provides a sweet addition to the warm weather. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, J U LY 2 0 1 5 / 9 3

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soups, salads, pastries, and desserts.

and specialTEAS (tea-based lattes).

$-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St, Greenville. (864) 298-0494,

$, B, L, D, Closed Sundays. 131 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 509-1899,


Between the white marble countertops, the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, and the white-tiled loft, Methodical is a coffee bar built for Instagram. It’s no surprise, considering tastemakers such as the Vagabond Barista Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker are the forces behind Methodical. Even better: there’s plenty of substance to go with style. Single-origin espressos, housemade shrubs (showcasing unconventional pairings), and homemade treats ensure there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L, D. 101 N Main St, Ste D, Greenville.


Tucked between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is an essential destination for Greenville coffee lovers. With its emphasis on community, the coffeehouse uses only local ingredients—from milk and syrups to beans from Due South Coffee—to create one-of-a-kind beverages to be enjoyed with friends on the mid-century couch or solo at the pallet-inspired window bar. $, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1263 Pendleton St, Greenville. (864) 915-8600, facebook. com/thevillagegrind

A trip to O-CHA will have you considering tea in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea (flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls) but also offers a large assortment of loose-leaf teas, cold drinks, and snacks. $, B, L, D. 300 River Place, Ste 122, Greenville. (864) 283-6702, TEALOHA

As the weather warms up and Main Street fills, it pays to have a cool, quiet escape. Tealoha’s blend of raw and refined fills the bill. Recycled barn-wood panels and earthy brown and green tones impart the feel of a subdued oasis, while sleek, modern furniture is decidedly comfy and urban. A menu of exotic loose-leaf teas is fleshed out by smooTEAS (tea-infused smoothies)

$$. B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E. Court St, Greenville. (864)-271-8431, SULLY’S STEAMERS

When considering the ingredients for the perfect sandwich, steam isn’t often the first (or even last) thing to come to mind. For Robert Sullivan, hot air is the key to handheld nirvana. With a smorgasbord of ingredients like cut meats, veggies, and homemade cream cheeses, Sully’s stacks up custom bagel sandwiches served piping fresh. There are countless combinations, so plan on more than one visit to turn up the heat. $, B, L, D (closed Sunday evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St, Greenville. (864) 509-6061,



with each day of the week. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast.


Rough-hewn, knotty wood planks and an airy, sunlit interior give Green Lettuce a Mediterranean vibe fully matched by its menu of hearty salads. Fresh lettuce, crisp like a snare drum cadence, forms a base upon which buttery avocado, fresh feta, and other flourishes rest. Make sure you sample some of the homemade pita bread seasoned with fresh garlic and olive oil. $, L. 19 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 2509650 SOBY’S ON THE SIDE

Located just around the corner from Carl’s eponymous restaurant, Soby’s on the Side adds speed and efficiency to Soby’s reputation for high-quality food. Pick from their regular menu or try one of their chalkboard specials that change


Downtown Greenville, Swamp Rabbit Trail. Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café a staple. Stop by for breakfast and enjoy fresh-baked scones and muffins, or enjoy their roast beef and Havarti sandwich for lunch. And for a quick pickme-up at any time of day, try the café’s organic coffee from Counter Culture. While you’re here, peruse the grocery’s inventory to continue the local trend at home. $, B, L. 205 Cedar Lane Rd, Greenville. (864) 255-3385, TWO CHEFS DELI & MARKET

Count on this deli for fast, high-quality

food. Hot and cold lunch fare is available, ranging from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. If you’re not up to cooking, there’s a case of “crafted carryout” entrées and sides to go. Impress last-minute guests with the likes of roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the many options on the daily menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 370-9336,


Chef Carlos Eccheverri may hail from Colombia, but the menu at Da Vinci’s is a unique blend of Italian ingredients paired with French flavors. For starters, the soft egg yolk ravioli is a must—truffle butter, a soft-cooked yolk, ricotta, and spinach make this a decadent treat. The veal “Kristi”—named for Eccheverri’s wife and business partner—is similarly savory: veal scallopini is topped with eggplant, prosciutto, fontina cheese, and sliced tomato in a marsala wine and sage sauce and served over asparagus. $$$-$$$$, L, D, Closed Sunday. 27 S Pleasantburg Dr, Ste 160, Greenville. (864) 241–8044, DAVANI’S RESTAURANT

Heaping portions and a menu that mixes inventive flavors with customer favorites makes Davani’s a Greenville favorite. The friendly staff doesn’t hurt, either. Try the Anatra duck wrapped in pancetta and served with braised spinach, roasted apples, golden raisins, and pine nuts, or the veal shank osso


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$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A, Greenville. (864) 373-9013, THE LAZY GOAT

The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wines is available in addition to a full bar.

$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 495 S. Pleasantburg Dr, #B, Greenville. (864) 271-9895, POMEGRANATE ON MAIN

Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from the martini menu at the aquamarinetiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main.

$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl, Greenville. (864) 679-5299,

$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 241-3012,



Gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while digging into the mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy lighter dishes like the farro and strawberry salad, or go for the bistro burger with its caramelized leeks and mushrooms, arugula, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and Provençal lamb. $$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Daily), BR (Sat–Sun). 601 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 509-0142, PITA HOUSE

The Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside it’s bare bones, but the cognoscenti come here for tasty Middle Eastern fare such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Also check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant.

flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). For dessert—you guessed it— Belgian waffles are the ticket.

stacked with three meats, veggies, and extra cheese. Wash it all down with one of the artisanal brews on tap.

$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 4517490,

$-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 233-9020,



Exposed brick walls and an adjoining garden patio give Trattoria Giorgio an intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic night out. Chef Giorgio Todisco insists on preparing all of his pastas onsite. His dedication to dining excellence shows in the Pappardelle Bolognese, a favorite of restaurant regulars. Reservations are highly recommended. $$-$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 121 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-9166,

Ristorante Bergamo, open since 1986, focuses on fresh produce and Northern Italian cuisine: seafood such as fresh mussels sautéed in olive oil, garlic, and white wine, hearty meat such as veal, homegrown organic herbs, and pasta creations such as linguine with shrimp and mussels. The bar fronts 14-foot windows along Main Street, making it a prime location for enjoying a glass while people-watching. $$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 100 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-8667, THE TRAPPE DOOR

A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern that boasts an incredible beer program, with 10 on tap and more than 150 bottles. Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew), and carbonnades


Pizza and beer—flowing from more than 27 taps downstairs and another 31 upstairs—are what bring students and young revelers to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a list as long as your arm of selections by the bottle. Try your luck upstairs at the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes. $-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 232-3706, MELLOW MUSHROOM

Greenville’s West End outpost of this beloved pizza joint is perfect for families, parties, duos, or flying solo. Try the Kosmic Karma with sundried tomatoes, feta, and pesto, or the House Special,

Located in a renovated tire shop on the main drag of Travelers Rest, this pizza joint is sure to become a favorite with its handcrafted, brick-oven pizzas made from local ingredients. Build your own or try a signature pie like the Tommy, with creamy roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, pecorino romano, caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, and peppadew peppers. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-1406, VIC’S PIZZA

The sign that says “Brooklyn, SC” at this walk-up/take-out joint makes sense when you see what you’re getting: piping hot New York–style pizza, served on paper plates. Purchase by the (rather large) slice, or have entire pies delivered (as long as your home or business is within three miles). $, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 12 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9191,

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HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Ah, if only it were this easy to go from window washer to board chairman! With the help of a how-to manual, lowly employee J. Pierrepont Finch cons his way into the top ranks of the World Wide Wicket Company—meeting and greeting plenty of eccentric characters along the way. How long will it be before this house of cards finally topples? You’ll just have to read the next chapter to find out. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Sat, 8pm; Wed–Thurs, Sat– Sun, 2pm. $15-$40. (828) 6930731,

Nothing says “Fourth of July” like a few pyrotechnics bursting in the summer night sky. Sponsored by the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and presented by AT&T, this fireworks display is one of the largest in the Palmetto State. Even better? It’s free. The celebration will feature live music, a kid’s fun zone, and plenty of bites and brews provided by local vendors. Pick your spot in Falls Park and watch Greenville light up. Downtown Greenville. 5–10pm. Free.



What better way to celebrate America the Beautiful than to immerse yourself in some of its beautiful territory? After all, purple mountain majesties are just up the road. Suitable for climbers of any age, this family-friendly 1.5-mile hike winds its way up to Sunset Mountain’s peak, where you will have spectacular views of the evening sunset. Additionally, the location provides a superb setting to watch the impressive fireworks display across the way at Black Mountain. The Swannanoa Valley

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INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS HIKE Sat, July 4, 6 p.m. A 1.5-mile hike up Sunset Mountain in Asheville, NC, offers an ideal vista for this stunning fireworks display.

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Photograph (Independence Day Fireworks Hike) courtesy of the Swannanoa Valley Museum; (“Weird Al” Yankovic) courtesy of the Peace Center.


CAN’T-MISS CULTURE / EVENTS / ATTRACTIONS Museum, 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC. Sat, 6pm. Members, $35; non-members, $50. (828) 669-9566, history.

Photograph (Independence Day Fireworks Hike) courtesy of the Swannanoa Valley Museum; (“Weird Al” Yankovic) courtesy of the Peace Center.


Hot dogs? Check. Ice cream? Check. Fabulous fireworks? Double check. Looks like Spartanburg has everything covered at its annual Fourth of July soiree, which takes place in scenic Barnet Park. The evening will kick off with live music at the Zimmerli Amphitheatre, followed by a dazzling display courtesy of Zambelli Fireworks. Barnet Park, 248 E St John St, Spartanburg. Sat, 6–10pm. $5.


WEEKEND ACTIVITIES AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Kids climbing the walls now that school’s out for summer? Have no fear! The Children’s Museum is here. The museum will host a weekly series of cool, inventive activities— each of which will be accompanied by an interesting lesson on the craft. Already scheduled are activities on how to sew your own felt starfish, learning about buoyancy, and

reading up on nutrition with your own Japanese bento box. Children’s Museum of the Upstate, 300 College St, Greenville. Sat, 11am & 2pm. Free with admission. (864) 233-7755,


SWANNANOA CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL A staple of the summer season for chamber music connoisseurs, the festival encapsulates a variety of composers and pieces throughout its month-long run. Works by Brahms, Debussy, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and more are on tap to be performed by an ensemble of seasoned classical musicians, many have which have received top awards for their musical contributions. Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC. Sat, 7:30pm.



Tuesdays could use a makeover. They’re not quite Hump Day, and one more day removed from the memory of the weekend. Swamp Rabbit Inn gives you something

to look forward to on this most unremarkable of weekdays with Truck Inn Tuesdays. The combination of food trucks, local makers, live music, adult beverages, and bike rides is a surefire hit for summer nights. Swamp Rabbit Inn, 1 Logan St, Greenville. Tues, 5:30– 8:30pm. Free. swamprabbitinn



Transforming songs like Michael Jackson’s “Bad” into “Fat” or Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” into “Amish Paradise” seems more akin to doodles in a middle schooler’s notebook than the stuff music careers are made of. But somehow, “Weird Al” has made it work. With numerous hits spanning four decades, the comedic musician’s latest release Mandatory Fun has spawned spinoff tracks from Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”) and even reached the Billboard Top 40. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7:30pm. $35-$45. (864) 467-3000,



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You don’t have to travel all the way to Scotland to experience a little Celtic fun. The annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will have you covered with events spread out over four days. New this year is the Scottish Cultural Village, which will feature demonstrations of skills like blacksmithing, weaving, and piping, as well as other facets of Scottish culture. And, of course, there will also be loads of chances to showcase your athletic prowess, including wrestling, heavy athletics, and a five-mile uphill run known as “The Bear.” MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain, US 221 & Blue Ridge Pkwy, Linville, NC. Thurs, 4–11pm; Fri, 9am–11pm; Sat, 8am–11pm; Sun, 8am–4pm. $5-$55.


True, some classics should be left alone. But isn’t it so much better when an old favorite gets a spicy facelift? Such is the story behind The Hot Mikado. Adapted from Gilbert and Sullivan’s original 1885 operetta, The Mikado was rekindled in 1939 with a sultry, jazzy songbook and an all African-American cast. Presented by GLOW Lyric Theatre, the musical will feature the signature songs “A Wand’ring Minstrel” and “Three Little Maids,” and will be conducted by Christian Elser. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Sat, 7:30pm; Sat, 11am & 3pm. $15-$45. (864) 467-3000,

two left feet, free shag lessons will be available at the Wyche Pavilion. TD Stage at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $20-$35. (864) 467-3000,


SOUTH CAROLINA PEACH FESTIVAL Georgia may be known as the Peach State, but South Carolina is actually the highest Southern producer of the sweet summertime treat. In celebration of this title, the city of Gaffney is set to host its annual Peach Festival on scenic Lake Whelchel. The weeklong (and then some) affair will have all of your favorite fest activities: beauty pageants, a dessert contest, road races, carnival rides, and fair food. This year’s edition will even debut the festival’s championship truck- and tractor-pulling event. Lake Whelchel, Victory Trail Rd, Gaffney. Times, prices vary.



Keeping in line with the theme of timeless favorites getting a new spin, GLOW Lyric Theatre presents The Wiz, a soulful, funk-tastic rendition of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This contemporary rendition takes place in modern-day Kansas, where Dorothy lives on a farm with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. When a sudden tornado hits, she is transported to Oz, the magical home of an unconventional band of characters. With songs like “Everybody Rejoice” and “I’m a Mean Ole Lion,” you’ll want to “Ease on Down the Road” all night long. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville.







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If you love great shagging music (you’re from Greenville, so we know you do), then head on out to the Reedy River to take in one of South Carolina’s most beloved beach bands. Fronted by nine-time Carolina Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year winner Jim Quick, Coastline performs a variety of Southern rock standards that are perfect for whiling away the summer night. For those of you with

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The best types of races are those that have cold beer waiting at the finish line. Back for a second year, this road race wraps its way through East Asheville and over Swannanoa River Road, ending at Highland Brewery. Post-run prizes include pints of Highland’s year-round and seasonal

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brews, as well as awards for the top finishers. Proceeds from the race will directly benefit the Asheville Parks & Greenways Foundation. Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC. Sat, 8–11pm. $43 registration.



There are few rock bands still out there that can boast numerous music awards, a decades-long career, and a worldwide fan base. The Eagles, however, are an example. In the wake of their recently released History of the Eagles documentary, the band has embarked on what is rumored to be their last tour. The two-year-long run covers the band’s extensive career, and will include classic hits and some that have never been seen on stage. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 8pm. $65-$175. (864) 241-3800,

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He’s played alongside O.A.R., opened for Clapton, and been named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists. Now, you can see the steel-pedal specialist live in the Upstate as he joins his funky Family Band for an evening of great tunes and good vibes. Known for his lively stage presence and positive energy, dancing is highly encouraged at every Randolph performance. TD Stage at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 8pm. $35-$45. (864) 467-3000,

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SWINGIN’ COUNTRY Even if you don’t know the difference between the Texas Two Step and Cotton-Eyed Joe, there’s no denying that almost everyone looks cool grooving in a ten-gallon hat. Slide into your cowboy boots and mosey on down for this country music review. Featuring the works of your favorite pickin’ musicians, Swingin’ Country will be performed by up to seven vocalists, and is one music-filled evening guaranteed to get you up and moving. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$35. (864) 233-6733,

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Fusing youthful love of imagination with the wisdom of adulthood, this exhibition at the Spartanburg Art Museum challenges viewers to revive their childhood sense of wonder. Pot Boiler will showcase the works of nine artists and highlight a variety of mixed media such as performance art, largescale installations, and photography. Spartanburg Art Museum, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 582-7616,



It’s time to lace up those sneakers and give hunger in the Upstate a run for its money! Benefitting the local Harvest Hope Food Bank, the event includes a 5K run as well as a one-mile family fun walk for the less-jogging-inclined. Get out, breathe some fresh air, and take in the scenery as you hoof your way through Furman University’s beautiful campus. Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Sat, 8am– 12pm. $20-$35. (864) 478-4083,


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Nothing says Southern tradition like a good, old-fashioned war reenactment. Join legions at the historic Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck for an entire day of historical treasures. Storytellers will be on hand to provide narrative context for the Revolutionary War battle and other tales of the past. The afternoon climaxes with a breathtaking fight for freedom. Walnut Grove Plantation, 1200 Otts Shoals Rd, Roebuck. Sat, 11am– 4pm. Adults, $3; ages 5-17, $1.50.


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summer tour will serve as a precursor to the singer’s fifth studio recording, a soul album set to be released within the next year. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 7:30pm. $46-$136. (864) 241-3800,



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CYCLE TO FARM BICYCLE RIDE Sat, July 18 8 a.m.–5 p.m.


While the Upstate is known for being famously bike-friendly, this summertime event gives us a chance to show off our farm chops, as well. The 60-mile-plus route through minimally populated rural farmland is broken up by local farm stops, where riders can sample and purchase handcrafted treats and eats, courtesy of local farmers. The ride culminates with the fabulous after-party, where a farm-to-table meal will be served along with local music and farm tours. Black Mountain Recreation Park, 715 Blue Ridge Rd, Black Mountain, NC. Sat, 8am–5pm. $85 registration. black-mountain

This 60-mile route has plenty of stops and rewards: local farms with treats and eats, not to mention a celebratory after-party.



they try our conscience and leave us painfully ambivalent. This evening’s discussion will focus on the challenges those with mental illness face and the response of society. Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville. Thurs, 6:30– 7:30pm. Free.


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As if you needed another reason to get outdoors this summer. Join members of the Augusta Road Business Association for food, live music, activities, booths, and even a tomato pie contest. This community festival, which takes place all along Augusta Road, celebrates one of Greenville’s most historic business districts. Look for musical artists The Royal Scotsmen Band, Tim White, Spencer Rush, Charles Hedgepath, and Jeff Buchanan, as well as events such as the Block party at Capers Place, Shaggin’ on Augusta, and the Hound Dog Social. Locations vary, Augusta Rd, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, times vary. Free.

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MeetingPoint is an outgrowth of the Year of Altruism. This event features Dr. Carmela Epright, a Furman University philosophy professor, who will discuss ethical dilemmas that do not have simple yes-or-no resolutions—most often

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more she continues to push, the more they seem to pull, cutting ties with their mother as they venture out on their own. An audience favorite since 1959, Gypsy has spawned standards like “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” and has been nominated for numerous Tony awards. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Sat, 8pm; Wed–Thurs, Sat– Sun, 2pm. $15-$40. (828) 693-0731,

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Let’s do the time warp again! The Richard O’Brien musical has become a cult classic, lending itself to numerous international tours and a smash film starring Tim Curry as the “sweet transvestite” doctor himself. But you have not truly had the Rocky Horror experience until you see it live. The production relies heavily on audience/actor interaction that includes having “virgins” of the show hop on stage for the time warp dance. Both campy and endearing, you may never want to leave Dr. Frank N Furter’s freaky castle. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 12am. Adults, $25; seniors, $24; students, $17. (864) 583-2776,



Separately, they have performed with the likes of bluegrass legends Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson. But together, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent form a pair of talented musicians that are making a name all for themselves. Both exciting performers in their own right, the award-winning fiddler/singer combo are sure to rock you to your roots with a slew of hits including “Elizabeth” and “By the Mark.” TD Stage at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 8pm. $25-$35. (864) 467-3000,

August 1 AN EVENING WITH CHRIS BOTTI Besides enjoying a successful solo career, musician Chris Botti has also duetted with Sting, Michael Bublé, and Jill Scott, among others. With a unique musical flavor and plenty of onstage enthusiasm, it’s not difficult to see why Botti has become the highest-selling American instrumentalist. His latest album Impressions garnered him a mainstream following, and it’s clear the best is yet to come. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $45-$65. (864) 467-3000,

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ith the rise of the Kardashians, the Real Housewives, and other reality stars, one might argue that we’re just entering a golden age of celebrity culture. But before fame was made accessible through Instagram and TMZ, the mid-twentiethcentury’s Pop Art movement exploited the cult of celebrity. Artist Andy Warhol has become synonymous with the movement’s style, and his perspective on being famous simply for being famous is on display at the Columbia Museum of Art with the exhibit From Marilyn to Mao. Colorful portraits of cultural icons including Marilyn Monroe, Mao Zedong, Judy Garland, Muhammad Ali, Giorgio Armani, Superman, and more isolate these celebrity figures, and, perhaps ironically, have become complicit in enshrining those figures at the altar of fame.—Andrew Huang

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