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DISCOVER LOC AL FAVORITES

ANDERSON, OCONEE, AND PICKENS, SC | 2019


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6 Important Numbers 8 Contributors 9 Publisher’s Note 10 SCDMV 12 About the Area 14 Dining Guide 21 Famers’ Markets 22 Family Perspective 24 Shopping Guide 28 Transportation 30 Schools 32 Family-Friendly Attractions 34 Mills River Brewery Tours 36 Hospitals & Health Systems 38 How to Host a Tailgate 40 Libraries 41 Golf Courses 43 Places of Worship 44 Pet’s Perspective 46 The Best BBQ in Town 48 Things to do 53 Top Sports Bars 54 Lake Life 58 Waterfalls with Hikes

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DINING GUIDE The Anderson, Oconee, Pickens areas each have thriving restaurant scenes. From your upscale white table cloth restaurants, to your always great mom’s and pop’s whole in the wall greats!

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SHOPPING GUIDE The Tri-County area has some great small town charm. We’ve rounded up the best off-the-beaten-track boutiques and charming shops that even locals at heart may not know of yet.

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MILLS RIVER BREWERY TOURS Looking for a great day trip? Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.Sierra Nevada is a great option. Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a whole family you could easily spend a leisurely afternoon here.

GOLF COURSES There’ no secret! The the TriCounty area has some of the most beautiful and iconic golf courses the upstate has to offer.

LAKE LIFE Living in the Tri-County area is lake living. This area is known for its beautiful lakes and the leisure activies to do on and round the lakes. There’s plenty of options!

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LOCAL > NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT NUMBERS VOTER REGISTRATION SC Election Commission www.scvotes.org

EMERGENCY:

Dial 9-1-1

American Association of Poison Control Centers Call 800-222-1222

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Anderson Police Department 401 S. Main St., Anderson, SC 864-231-2277 Clemson Police Department 1198 Tiger Blvd., Clemson, SC 864-624-2000

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Easley Police Department 220 NW Main St., Easley, SC 864-859-4025 Seneca Police Department 205 N. Depot St., Seneca, SC 864-885-2718

TRANSPORTATION Cat Bus (Free fare) 200 West Ln., Clemson, SC 29631 www.catbus.com 864-654-2287 Electric City Transit (Free fare) 401 S. Main St., Anderson, SC 29624 https://www.cityofandersonsc.com/ transit/ 864-231-2223

Medicaid Transportation Pickens County: 866-831-4130 Seniors Unlimited Pickens County: 864-843-2275

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS Anderson County Public Health 20 McGee Rd., Anderson, SC 864-260-4358 Oconee County Public Health 609 N. Townville St., Seneca, SC 864-882-2245 Pickens County Public Health 200 McDaniel Ave., Pickens, SC 864-898-5965

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FUN FACT In the tri-county area, over the course of the year, the temperatures typically vary from 35 degrees

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to 90 degrees and is rarely below 23 degrees or above 97 degrees.

MENTAL HEALTH Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Mental Health 200 McGee Rd., Anderson, SC 29625 www.aopmentalhealth.org Anderson County: 864-260-2220 Oconee County: 864-885-0157 Pickens County: 864-878-6830 Substance Abuse Anderson-Oconee Behavioral Health 226 McGee Rd., Anderson, SC 29625 864-260-4168 (Anderson) 691 South Oak St., Seneca, SC 29678 864-882-7563 (Oconee) www.aobhs.org Alcoholics Anonymous 864-233-6454 Narcotics Anonymous 800-922-5305

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LAUREN TACKETT is a native of Greenville, SC. Lauren graduated from Clemson University with a degree in business. Lauren is now part of the real estate sales team for Patrick Square, a premier neighborhood in Clemson, SC.

ASHLEY HALLBACK is a native of Pendleton, SC, and attended Lander University. Ashley is now co-owner of Low Key Productions, a multi-media service company. ashley@lowkeyprod.com 864-940-5171

ROBERT SMITH is the publisher of BeLocal Tri-County. Robert is also the publisher of Elevation Living, an exclusive publication for Cliffs residents,

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LOCAL > PUBLISHER’S NOTE

WELCOME TO THE

TRI-COUNTY AREA

(Anderson, Oconee and Pickens County)

FUN FACT Whether you’ve moved across the town or from another city or state, settling into a new area can be both exciting and overwhelming. Within the first few months, you will likely be establishing new routines, getting to know local hotspots, looking for local professionals and influencers, and exploring your new community’s vast resources. With so many nuances and so much on your plate from this new change in your life, it can be daunting to think about everything you need to do to get used to your new surroundings. Enter BeLOCAL Tri-County. In your hands, you hold the best of the best everything Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens County has to offer. From dining and shopping to family outings and attractions, this is your locals’ guide to what you need to know and what you want to know about tri-county area you now call home – and with so much to offer, you’re going to need a guide to truly understand the tri-county vast resources, from current residents’ point of view.   Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties are one of the fastest-growing areas in the Southeast, and it isn’t slowing down by any stretch. With over 220 days of sunshine with community-oriented driven downtown areas and beautiful scenic outdoor adventures, enjoying the tri-county area is easy. Take a trip to one of many gorgeous waterfalls and hiking trails, and have lunch off the lake of various lakeside restaurants. Partake in many festivals or colligate venues offered in various downtowns across the counties, or just scroll 2019

A popular legend says that Six Mile was named by the Indian maiden, Issaqueena, who rode her horse on a journey of 96 miles to warn her lover, an English trader named Francis Allen, of a coming Cherokee attack on the fort where he was staying called star fort.

down various main streets, and enjoy the many great shops, galleries, and eateries. Don’t forget to take a moment in the late afternoons and watch the beautiful sunsets across the tri-county area. BeLOCAL Tri-County gives you the best of the best in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties, written by the residents who are experts at their crafts and influencers in their fields. Learn about hidden gems and insiders’ tips; indulge in the best parks and dining experiences; discover trips to take with the kids, or places to get away from it all; and become versed in top shopping excursions.   So, sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home in the tri-county area of the upstate of South Carolina!  

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GET YOUR ROLL ON! There are four SCDMV offices servicing Anderson, Oconee and Pickens County. Find out which services are offered at each location, along with wait times, at the SCDMV website: http://scdmvonline.com/Locations Seneca 13009 South Radio Station Rd. Seneca, SC 29678, 864-882-8698 Pickens 2133 Gentry Memorial Hwy. Pickens, SC 29671, 864-878-1396 Anderson 331 29 Bypass N. Anderson, SC 29621, 864-260-2205 Belton 123 O’Neal St. Belton, SC 29627, 864-338-5114

HOW TO GET A DRIVER’S LICENSE If you have a valid driver’s license or identification card from another state and permanently move to South Carolina, you must apply for an SC license or ID. You must turn in your out-of-state license or ID when you get one in this state. You must visit an SCDMV branch and bring all of the following types of documents that prove your identity: • Proof of identity, U.S. citizenship, and date of birth (government-issued birth certificate or valid U.S. passport) • Proof of Social Security Number • Two proofs of current, physical SC address • Proof of legal name change, if applicable The United States Citizens’ Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-93) and International Customers’ Checklist (SCDMV Form MV-94) have a complete list of accepted documents for each category above. In addition to the required documentation, you must take a vision

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test at the SCDMV and pay all applicable fees. Currently, an eight-year driver’s license is $25. HOW TO TITLE AND REGISTER A VEHICLE If you move to South Carolina, you have 45 days to transfer your vehicle registration to this state. Before you transfer your title and registration, you must pay any property taxes with your county treasurer. You cannot receive your new title in the mail until your out-of-state title is cleared through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. Once cleared, your new SC title will be mailed to your SC address. You will receive your new registration before this check is complete.

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LOCAL > ABOUT THE AREA

Here Are Some Cool Facts About the Three Counties in the

TRI-COUNTY AREA! Bowman Field, Clemson University

PICKENS COUNTY Population: 119,224 Median Age: 36.2 Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher: 84.7 percent Median Household Income: 45,332 Total housing units: 52,957 Number of Companies: 8,997 Located in South Carolina’s northwest corner, Pickens County is an area of lakes and mountains, including the state’s highest peak, Sassafras Mountain. In addition to manufacturing, Pickens

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County’s economy relies on education, especially Clemson University. The college was founded in 1889 on the property that had been John C. Calhoun’s plantation and then was willed to the state by Calhoun’s son-in-law, Thomas G. Clemson. Tourists attracted to the county’s natural and historical resources, and a long list of attractions come from across the country. The climate, natural beauty, historic sites, and Clemson University all made tourism a vital part of Pickens County’s economy. Best Counties for Outdoor Activities in South Carolina: Number one of 46 Niche.com

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ANDERSON COUNTY Population: 187,126 Median Age: 40.5 Educational Attainment: Percent high-school graduate or higher: 84.4 percent Median Household Income: 45,551 Total housing units: 86,796 Number of Companies: 15,115 Anderson is a growing city and will continue to prosper over the years. Industrial growth in Anderson has been among the highest in the nation. The people enjoy a bustling downtown, a striking number, and variety of restaurants, and world-class cultural venues. People recognize each other on the street, and there are dozens of leafy neighborhoods and a strong sense of community. Lake Hartwell, historic Pendleton, and the Anderson Jockey Lot and Farmers’ Market have become major tourist attractions, thanks in large measure to the access created by the 37 miles of Interstate 85 that cut through the county. Land values have soared, fine homes have been built, and recreation and tourism have added millions of dollars to the economy. Best Counties for Families in South Carolina: Number nine of 46

Downtown Anderson then

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Lake Keowee

OCONEE COUNTY Population: 74,273 Median Age: 45.0 Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher: 84.1 percent Median Household Income: 43,978 Total housing units: 39,753 Number of Companies: 5,580 The name Oconee derives from the Cherokees and has several interpretations, the most popular being “water eyes of the hills,” in reference to the area’s many waterfalls and streams. There are 18 waterfalls in the county,

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by far the most in the state. The Chattooga and Chauga Rivers provide rafting, kayaking, and fishing opportunities. Recreation has become a major asset to the county. In addition to the Sumter National Forest, there are four state parks (Oconee, Lake Hartwell, Keowee-Toxaway, and Devil’s Fork) and several county parks. Hunting is popular in the National Forest. Hiking and horseback riding are popular pastimes; and because Oconee has some of the prettiest, clearest bodies of water in the nation, boating is a way of life here. Best Counties for Retirees in South Carolina: Number five of 46 Niche.com

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The Anderson, Oconee, Pickens areas each have

thriving restaurant scenes. Residents dine at fine places such as Restaurant 4126 in Anderson or Rick Erwins in Clemson’s Patrick Square. Neighbors gather at popular spots like The Smokin’ Pig off of Clemson Boulevard. There are plenty of happy hour deals, and lots of good choices for kid-friendly dining. Here are some of the local picks for favorite restaurants and dining experiences. Earle Street Kitchen and Bar This place is a gem, offering Southern comfort food with a twist. Many dishes have locally sourced ingredients. Here you can taste trendy and delicious cuisine without breaking the bank. Pick anything from their menu and you will not be disappointed. They also offer a very popular Sunday brunch with outdoor seating. 134 W Earle St, Anderson, SC; 864-965-9052

Summa Joes Summa Joe’s is a charming, retro restaurant with very good food with fresh ingredients, great variety and friendly and efficient service. Whenever you have that feeling like: “I’ll know what I want when I see it”, go here. Just be patient, this place can get busy. 127 N Main St, Anderson, SC; 864-965-9030

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“NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop: Went here for breakfast this weekend. Excellent egg bagel sandwiches. Loved the orange and purple bagels – was a big hit at our tailgate. Would highly recommend it!” – Nichole K.

Sullivan Metropolitan Grill Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill is a favorite local restaurant we support. It’s a wonderful sit-down restaurant for the whole family. Originally opened as a hardware store during the late 1800s, our unique building has morphed into the fine dining destination for lunch, dinner, business meetings, catering affairs and weddings in Anderson. 208 S Main St, Anderson, SC; 864-226-8945 Raines On Main Great atmosphere. Great food. Great prices. The owner and his wife are super nice and always take time to speak to every guest. Best pool tables in the area, and drink prices are cheaper than almost every place downtown. 312 S Main St, Anderson, SC; 864-622-8339

The Smokin’ Pig Three words — get the brisket! The Smokin’ Pig may look like a country shack, but serves some of the BEST Barbecue in South Carolina. 6630 Clemson Blvd, Pendleton, SC; 864-646-5150 720 Anderson Dr, Williamston, SC; 864-841-2323 701 S Pendleton St, Easley, SC; 864-442-5074 The Boondocks The menu is southern, i.e. plenty of options to have a burger, chicken fingers and salads. They feature the bird-dog, a tasty, uniquely southern treat. The food is great, and the hushpuppies are out of this world. They use only quality ingredients to bring their customers the best food possible. 3819 N Hwy 81, Anderson, SC; 864-540-8181 J Peters Grill & Bar Really great service in a restaurant with a superior atmosphere. For the quality of the restaurant, the prices are reasonable, and the early bird specials are practically a steal. The menu at J Peters includes true recipes such as She-Crab Soup and Slow Roasted Prime Rib, but also includes some amazing new flavors as well. 202 S Main St, Anderson, SC; 864-224-0040 115 Interstate Blvd, Anderson, SC; 864222-0090 Restaurant 4126 4126 brings a special and unique fine dining restaurant to Anderson, SC. The aesthetically pleasing environment and the food is presented in a thoughtful way that is simple yet elegant. It’s an experience that should be shared with family and friends. Order signature dishes inspired by local favorites with a southern fine dining twist. 4126 Clemson Blvd, Anderson, SC; 864-844-9820

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Elkmont Tap and Cellar Quaint pub with excellent service and food. There are about 15 craft brews to choose from and several excellent wine choices. The Elkmont Club is a popular item; we recommend it with a side of delicious potato salad. 100 Liberty Dr Unit #3, Clemson, SC; 864-653-7002 Rick Erwin’s Clemson It is an A+ experience from start to finish. Rick Erwin’s Clemson offers a dining experience like no other in the area. The restaurant’s atmosphere and interiors are lovely, the food is delicious and the craft drinks are on the mark. It is obvious that the staff are all well trained and that they enjoy their jobs. You will thoroughly enjoy the entire dining experience. 127 Market Street, Clemson, SC; 864-654-9466

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313 Café This cafe is beautifully decorated in a rustic/industrial style. The staff is friendly and the restaurant is clean and quiet. The coffee, waffles and omelet are delicious. Lots of room to breathe in the simple, well-decorated combo of a classic coffee bar with farmhouse-restaurant style. The menu isn’t huge, but everything on it is excellent. 807 By Pass 123 #16, Seneca, SC; 864-539-2131

Joe’s New York Pizza This is the home to superb pizza, pastas, and other eats. This pizza is the specialty here, and there are various specials throughout the week. The service is always great. Enjoy the some of the best pizza in the south, where your taste buds are sure to dance a jig; even the most picky of eaters will be satisfied — it will fill up the soul. 104 Thomas Green Blvd, Clemson, SC; 864-722-5464 685 By Pass 123 # D, Seneca, SC; 864-888-0009

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LOCAL > DINING GUIDE Pot Belly Deli An absolute staple in the Clemson & surrounding areas. PBD serves up an amazing breakfast, lunch & dinner for anyone looking for a fresh and quality meal. If you’re looking for an authentic Clemson experience, this is a spot worth checking out. 109 Wall St, Clemson, SC; 864-653-3663 The LightHouse Restaurant Fantastic food, creative menu, friendly and efficient staff, all wrapped up in a fun lake-themed environment. The Lighthouse offers a lovely dining experience on beautiful Lake Keowee. The menu has lots of options for anyone and the prices are fair for the style of food. They even have a cabana down by the lake that serves its own food and drinks. 1290 State Rd S-37-15, Seneca, SC; (864) 888-4446

Solé Grill and Sushi Bar Locals says it’s the best sushi in Seneca. Get reservations Friday and Saturday if you don’t want a 30+ minute wait. The restaurant is clean with a nice, yet casual atmosphere and friendly staff. On Wednesdays, they even offer BOGO on a large selection of rolls. 700 By Pass 123, Seneca, SC; 864-882-9463 Sole On The Green A full service restaurant and bar. They open for lunch and dinner. Located inside the Clemson University Conference Center and Inn. The dining room and outdoor patio look over the beautiful Walker Golf Course and Lake Hartwell. The fountain, lake and all the greenery at the course is soul soothing therapy. 230 Madren Center Rd, Clemson, SC; (864) 656-7444 Blue Marble Deli & City Market By far one of the best places to eat in Seneca. They offer fresh baked breads, sandwiches, soups & salads, a butcher shop, fresh pasta, imported cheeses, and fresh seafood. 286 Market St, Seneca, SC; 864-280-6717

Blue Heron Restaurant & Sushi Bar Blue Heron offers the finest steaks and fresh seafood. The restaurant is dedicated to providing its customers with delicious and innovating food with select dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients. Choose between dining upstairs in a more formal setting or downstairs at the bar or outside on the patio. 405 College Ave #130, Clemson, SC; 864-653-3354 PRESST food and wine The best at putting together tasty and fresh combinations for wraps and salads; or satiate your lunch cravings with a delicious pressed sandwich on freshly baked breads. All the employees are attentive and eager to please. Give it a try — you will not be disappointed. 12019 N Radio Station Rd, Seneca, SC; 864-973-8978 Calhoun Corners Restaurant Located in a historic building, Calhoun Corners is an upscale restaurant with delicious food and a full bar- the perfect place for your special events. In an area of limited restaurant options, this is a quaint upscale establishment with excellent steak and seafood. 103 Clemson St, Clemson, SC; 864-654-7490 Groucho’s Deli Groucho’s is a chain restaurant that is known for their classic deli sandwiches and signature sides. You definitely cannot go wrong with an Apollo and the Formula “45” sauce. Great place to eat, especially during Clemson game days. 104 Fendley St, Clemson, SC; 864-653-7764 SunnySide Café SunnySide Cafe brings a new flare to Southern comfort food. Specializing in locally sourced ingredients, SunnySide Cafe offers fresh, feel good food in a comfortable atmosphere. Local, fresh & delicious! No need to add salt or butter to the grits; and the eggs taste like they were just gathered that morning. 101 Market Street, Clemson, SC; 864-653-9532

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LOCAL > DINING GUIDE > CONTINUED Tipsy Taco A locally owned and operated Seneca restaurant. Enjoy a fun, laid back environment specializing in made- fromscratch Tex-Mex favorites like street tacos, tamales, fajitas, and much more. The bright painted walls create a warm, inviting energy with a creative Mexican Twist. Definitely a five star destination when you’re craving nachos. With an extra order of chips you have plenty for two, because they are generous with the toppings. 13430 Clemson Boulevard, Seneca, SC; 864-654-0188 BREWS on the Alley Great brewhaus; combines beer brews and coffee brews and has a great selection of both. They also have a set of shelves dedicated to beers you can take home. You can bring in food to eat while you are enjoying drinks. Popular local hangout; come to relax after a long day at work. 109 Ram Cat Alley, Seneca, SC; 864-973-8923

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Palmettos Smokehouse and Oyster Bar A coupon brought may bring you in the door. The great food and excellent service will keep you coming back. This full service bar and cozy dining room sells fresh oysters from the Gulf, Atlantic, and North Atlantic that are shucked right in front of you. 199 Old Greenville Hwy, Clemson, SC; 864-810-7339 Copper River Grill Copper River Grill serves traditional American cuisine made from only super-high quality ingredients and offered at moderate prices. The Atmosphere is casual and comfortable; and features wide-open show kitchens, stone fires, comfortable booths and other inviting elements reminiscent of an Alaskan mountain lodge. Great place for casual dining. 514 US-123, Seneca, SC; 864-888-8788

The Pizza House Greek & Italian Restaurant The food is amazing, and the method they use to build pizzas is above and beyond most places (toppings in between the layers of cheese? Smart!). Just be careful when you ask for extra cheese, the amount of cheese is unquestionably ‘extra’. 50 Halter Dr, Piedmont, SC; 864-605-0065 Greentop’s Kitchen Unpretentious from the outside, but every little detail has been thought out inside. The quality of the food and presentation is impeccable. Simple, homey food made special. Excellent options for gluten-free diners. The staff is well-informed and friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed. 2907 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC; 864-349-1214

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LOCAL > DINING GUIDE N the Midst Ice Cream Watch them make the ice cream right in front of your eyes. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze the cream. Makes it an experience with the little ones. They also serve with almond and cashew milk allowing everyone to enjoy this treat. 1109-A Jennings Ave, Seneca, SC; 864-973-8777 Mellow Mushroom Funky, art-filled chain pizzeria featuring craft beer, calzones & creative stone-baked pizzas. It’s somewhat New York style, but Mellow Mushroom started out in the South’s own Atlanta, GA. 1007 Tiger Blvd, Clemson, SC; 864-718-5062

Serendipity Café Cheerful venue with exposed-brick walls serving American cafe eats, including soups & sandwiches. Even when it’s busy, you can often find a table that offers a little privacy for thoughtful conversation. Need to take your buddies out for lunch? Excellent custom catering services for every occasion; treat your guests to delectable dishes like the pot roast or their exclusive range of homemade soups. 104 E W Main St, Easley, SC; 864-855-8921 Clemson Wine Bar Clemson Wine Bar is a social eatery with happy hour food and happy hour specials. Learn about wine in a comfortable, fun environment. Experience new wines by exploring flights from their large selection of wines from around the world. Pair your wines with some tasty food selections like the charcuterie boards. 149 Thomas Green Blvd, Clemson, SC; 864-904-9845

The Appellation Wine Bar It’s a neighborhood wine bar and wine shop with a variety of seating areas; where people can gather with friends and enjoy a glass of wine, or craft beer, and a small bite to eat. 1510 Blue Ridge Blvd suite 106, Seneca, SC; 864-873-9463

Pixie & Bill’s This signature fine dining establishment has been operating in Clemson since 1971 and is often considered a landmark restaurant for the area. The steaks and chops are outstanding; the delicious sides and appetizers pair perfectly; and service is excellent. 1058 Tiger Blvd, Clemson, SC; 864-654-1210

Skins Hot Dogs Nobody has cooked a hot dog quite like Skin Thrasher’s. With their special blend of pork and beef hotdogs and their family-friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder they have been featured in magazines and polls around the country. 3420 Clemson Blvd, Anderson, SC; 864-226-4588

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant Tokyo’s is a very good, high quality Japanese restaurant. The staff is quick to get the food out to you and the taste is great. There’s a big selection of sushi and it is made fresh from their sushi area. 906 Tiger Blvd, Clemson, SC; 864-654-0037

The Scoops Ice Cream Shop Home of the Six Mile High Sundae. The Scoop Ice Cream Shop serves an eclectic mix of homemade goodness in a family friendly atmosphere. Besides ice cream, shakes, sundaes and floats, they make great New York style pizza to order too. 108 N Main St, Six Mile, SC; 864-481-5137

The Village Bakery & Cafe The village bakery and cafe has been providing excellent sweets and food for over 20 years. An open dining room atmosphere invites you and your family to come enjoy a delicious meal and some sweet pastries. 108 E Main St, Pendleton, SC; 864-646-5800

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1826 Bistro Part of historic Farmers’ Hall, this inviting bistro serves American fare such as steaks & seafood. The food is great and they change the menu regularly. Great wait staff, excellent menu, and good wine. Make your reservation for a truly enjoyable evening. 105 Exchange St, Pendleton, SC; 864-646-5500 Mac’s Drive In Customers enjoy looking at the Clemson memorabilia that decorates the walls of the diner; a must stop for all Clemson Tiger fans. Great nostalgia and drive-in food! THIS IS A CASH OR CHECK *ONLY* RESTAURANT. 404 Pendleton Rd, Clemson, SC; 864-654-2845 The Pompous Pig Fine meats smoked to loving perfection; sides prepared like momma used to make; sauces are the real deal, especially the mustard sauce; southern sweet tea like it’s supposed to be made; and outstanding service by staff. 3320 N Main St, Anderson, SC; 864-231-7447

NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop is pleased to bring the authentic flavors of New York to Clemson, South Carolina. Not to mention a true, New York bagel which is hard to find the further you go down the East Coast. 125 Anderson Hwy, Clemson, SC; 864-986-3040 All In Coffee Shop Espresso drinks, baked goods & light fare offered in a warm space with global flair & a roomy patio. There are multiple sections where you can enjoy the coffee/breakfast/lunch, either by yourself or with your friend(s). One of the better meeting places to work or study, and enjoy whatever you just ordered. 106 Earle St, Clemson, SC; 864-372-4510 Your Pie Pizza Diners choose their dough, sauce, cheese & toppings for their pizza and then pair with gelato & microbrews. 111 Earle St, Clemson, SC; 864-643-4180

Good Karma Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe A cute ice cream shop with good prices, great ice cream, and a cool atmosphere. The shop is in the same building as the karma shop. The employees are happy and willing to help you select from hot sauces, candies, drinks and so much more. Truly a great attraction for any age. 203 W Main St, Easley, SC; 864-360-9658 Sardi’s Den Sardi’s is a hole-in-the-wall Clemson tradition known for their southern-style cuisine. A few customer favorites are: BBQ ribs, peel-n-eat shrimp, and wings. 520 Old Greenville Hwy, Clemson, SC; 864-654-7427 Spill The Beans A local favorite for ice cream in Clemson. The ice cream is always extremely fresh and tastes natural. Their coffee is good, but most go for the ice cream. 102 N Clemson Ave, Clemson, SC; 864-654-1515

Clemson Confectioneries A unique gourmet cupcake and dessert bakery featuring endless one-of-a-kind flavors, beautiful creations, and the tastiest treats. They have a huge variety of cupcakes, cookies, macaroons, and even cupcakes for your pets 405 College Ave, Clemson, SC; 864-722-5164 Walnut Street Bakery They offer a wide variety of baked goods and their new location is beautiful. Pick up cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other baked goods to take home or place an order for custom design cakes and special treats. 106 Ram Cat Alley, Seneca, SC; 864-882-5364

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LOCAL > FAMERS’ MARKETS

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“Tipsy Taco: The best tacos anywhere. Great service, unique tacos, and drinks. This place is always packed out, but great service and food will do that!” – Grant C.

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TRI-COUNTY FAMERS’ MARKETS IN THE AREA Whether you’re craving heirloom tomatoes, artisanal cheeses, or you just want to stroll and browse, farm-fresh produce is never far away. Here’s a sampling of the markets in our area.

Anderson County Farmers’ Market Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (June 1 through November 26, 2019) 402 N. Murray Ave., Anderson, SC 29624 Easley Farmers’ Market Open Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (April 6, 2019-October 5, 2019) 205 N. First St., Easley, SC 29640 City of Clemson Farmers’ Market Open Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. (May 2, 2019-September 26, 2019) Special Market First Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. (October 3, November 7, December 5, 2019) 578 Issaqueena Trl., Clemson, SC 29631 Belton Farmers Market Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7-10 a.m. (June-September) 102 Blake St., Belton, SC 29627 Foothills Heritage Market Open Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (May 4, 2019-September 2019) 2063 Sandifer Blvd., Westminster, SC 29693 Pendleton Farmers’ Market Open Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (June 1-September 28, 2019) 310 Greenville St., Pendleton, SC 29670 Palmetto Farmers’ Market Open Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. (June 6-August 29) 121 W. Main St., Williamston, SC 29697

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johnsons LIVING IN SMALL TOWN WITH A BIG-TOWN FEEL

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By Anna Johnson, local resident Photos Kristin Clardy, Kristin Clardy Photography, LLC and local resident

he tri-county area is a unique place to live because you have a small-town feel with big-city accessibility. We have mountains, lakes, and the best college football in the country ... all in our backyard. If that isn’t enough, we are bordered by two big cities, Atlanta and Charlotte, that take less than two hours to arrive at either destination. If you have to have the beach, it’s only a few hours away. Throughout the tri-county area, there are theater/art centers, festivals, golf courses, botanical gardens, etc. all around. On the weekends, many enjoy getting the family together and going out on the lakes, friendly matches of golf, and of course watching

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as many football games as they possibly can. A local small-town favorite for dining in Pendleton is the Smoking Pig (which now has new locations in Easley and Williamston). There is no better barbecue in the United States. If you are looking at doing a date night or just want to go more upscale, there are great places like Rick Erwin’s Clemson, Calhoun Corner’s, and Sullivan’s in Anderson. The school districts in the tri-county area are wonderful. Our kids have experienced schools in both Pickens County and Anderson School District One. Our youngest child has high-functioning autism and our private

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making you feel at home. Families feel like they are a part of and well connected into the community, not just another resident living in a small town. The kids play sports through the recreational centers, ask to be involved in church functions, and have a diverse group of friends. The tri-county area offers opportunities to those of all ages and at any walk of life. It is a place where everyday needs are easily accessible, but big-city splurges are never far away.

therapists had told us before starting him in school for me to be ready to be “mama bear� and fight for him. Thankfully, in both school districts, they have gone above and beyond to meet his needs. He is even in the gifted and talented classes! Living in Clemson is a wonderful experience and a great place to raise a family. You receive warm hospitality everywhere you go. The tri-county area has a way of

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Tri-County Retail Therapy

BeLocal is a place to celebrate living local, especially shopping local. We’ve rounded up the best off-the-beaten-track boutiques and charming shops that even locals at heart may not know of yet. We chose shops for their standout indie offerings, so you can refer back to this list at any time. ELKMONT TRADING COMPANY The staff is attentive and very helpful when searching for the perfect gift or locating the items you need. The products they sell are more on the high-end side of the outdoor market, but there is something for everyone – everything from clothes to kayaks to fly fishing. 100 Liberty Dr., Clemson, SC; 864-653-7002 EMILY’S Popular advice is not to miss out on this women’s clothing store, claiming you could go in there with your eyes closed and pick out the perfect piece. 263 Market St., Seneca, SC; 864-882-0500  

SIMPLY COUNTRY CHIC Shop sells unique and fashionable clothing. Great place for one-of-a-kind gifts too, like jewelry, purses, soaps, candles, and stationary. 402 S. Main St., Anderson, SC; 864-712-9565

LOCAL TIP “Elkmont Trading Company: I love adventure. I was so glad to find Elkmont in Clemson just 10 minutes from Lake Hartwell. Here you can find great outdoor gear and staff with a wealth of local Intel about the best places to enjoy the outdoors either around the lakes or on nature trails.” – James T.

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UNDER THE CAROLINA MOON The staff is accommodating, friendly, and their new store is beautiful. You will always enjoy browsing their store and seeing all of the new things they have gotten. Locals are super grateful for them and how they serve the community. 5424 Calhoun Memorial Hwy., Easley, SC; 864-220-0000 SCARLET MACAW Scarlet Macaw began in Easley, SC, and after many years of success with her women’s clothing boutique, Edith Smith has opened her second store in Greenville, SC. Scarlet Macaw specializes in fashion for the stylish woman – all with a Southern flair. 5051 Calhoun Memorial Hwy., Easley, SC; 864-855-4232  

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PLUM SUEDE BOUTIQUE Plum Suede is a charming boutique located in the heart of Anderson, SC. It features a collection of affordably priced, on-trend clothing, shoes, and accessories. 208 N. Main St., Anderson, SC; 864-375-5400

out on this clothing store in Seneca. You could literally go in there with your eyes closed and pick out the perfect piece. Love the staff.” – Susan F.

ALL INSPIRED CLEMSON It offers a unique variety of charming jewelry, home decor, cute gifts, apparel, and all things Clemson. There are so many things to love about this one-of-akind boutique, and one of them is their love for fun and desire to give back. 362 College Ave., Clemson, SC; 864-650-2370 ENTOURAGE CLOTHING Women’s apparel store carrying a trendy selection of casual dresses, shoes, swimwear and accessories; known to host VIP events with top-notch DJs, awesome buffets and great sales. 382 College Ave., Clemson, SC; 706-783-2515 NOJ BOUTIQUE NOJ is the place to shop for any occasion. The staff is super sweet and helpful, the selection is great, and the sizes vary for any shape and size. 2 Halter Dr., Piedmont, SC; 864-940-7252   M.H. FRANK Sophisticated, established shop carrying classic, casual-to-formal menswear, plus custom-tailoring. 380 College Ave., Clemson, SC; 864-654-4484  

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FUN FACT Lake Hartwell and dam are actually one of a set of three lakes and dams created by the Savannah River project.

A. SMITH CLOTHIERS A. Smith Clothiers is a beautiful menswear store located in the downtown district. They offer a unique shopping experience with a wide selection of high-quality professional men’s apparel at affordable prices, tailored to your individual needs. The staff is very professional, courteous, and knowledgeable, providing superior customer service to ensure you have a custom fit and an overall enjoyable shopping experience. 233 N. Main St., Greenville, SC; 864-671-1433 PHIL JEWELERS Every person that works here is professional, friendly, and helpful. They want you to be happy with your jewelry purchase or repair; no matter the size of the job or purchase. 116 N. Main St., Anderson, SC; 864-226-7635

LOCAL TIP “Phil Jewelers: This shop is fantastic! I have bought many gifts here for my mother, sister, and girlfriend, and they all love them. Jewelry is unique.” – Alex C.

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TURNER’S JEWELERS Locals love the service they receive from Turner’s. The jewelers are willing to go the extra mile to make sure each shopper gets what they are looking for, even if it’s not something they carry in stock. 281 Applewood Center Pl., Seneca, SC; 864-882-5414 MCAULEY’S UNIQUE BOUTIQUE Shop the exquisite jewelry pieces at Anderson’s McAuley’s Unique Boutique and treat yourself or someone else to a fine piece of jewelry. The clothing at McAuley’s Unique Boutique will flatter any figure. Whether you need a new pair of jeans, a new wardrobe size, or just a new look altogether, this store is every woman’s fashion dream come true. 3312 N. Main St., Anderson, SC; 864-226-7773 JUST A SMALL TOWN GIRL Ladies from all around love the fun, vibrant styles, and can’t wait to get them quickly shipped straight to their front doors. They offer fast, low-cost shipping. 725 E. Front St., Iva, SC; 864-348-7671 TALBOTS Women’s apparel chain offering workwear, dresses, casual clothes and accessories in classic styles. The personal customer service is fabulous, and the clothes are of high quality. 2500 N. Main St., Anderson, SC; 864-225-7066  

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DIVVA STYLE Fashion boutique in Upstate SC. Specialized merchandise — fashion handbags, affordable jewelry, and plus-size lingerie. 1016 Sullivan St., Anderson, SC; 657-204-6717 CHICO’S Clothing chain offering women’s fashions including career wear, dressy separates and more. Sign up for text message alerts — these include “flash sales” when you can get 50 percent off regular merchandise; sign up for email notifications and get an additional 10 percent; become a “passport” member for an additional 5 percent, and free shipping for online purchases. 3131 N. Main St., Anderson, SC; 864-932-4409 GIRLS GO THERE BOUTIQUE Passionate about fashion, this mother/ daughter team decided to turn their children’s boutique into a women’s/ juniors boutique! It’s their goal to bring all of their customers the cutest and latest trends. They believe that every lady should always feel beautiful every second of the day. 4152 Clemson Blvd. B., Anderson, SC; 864-314-8982 CAHALY’S CUSTOM CLOTHING    Craig Cahaly started his own company, Cahaly’s Custom Clothing, in 2009. He has since grown it with locations in Anderson, SC; Greenville, SC, and operation in Macon, GA. He has a passion for custom clothing and for helping people with their clothing needs. 208 S. Main St., Anderson, SC; 864-637-9030 14 W. McBee Ave., Greenville, SC; 864-637-9030 SOUTHERN FRIED COTTON A relaxed store selling South Carolina-inspired shirts, hats and accessories, plus decorative items. 393 College Ave., Clemson, SC; 864-654-7500 118 N. Main St., Greenville, SC; 864-263-3709 2019

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TRANSPORTATION Transportation in and around Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties: Contact SCDOT: 855-467-2368

TRANSIT Riding the Electric City Transit Bus transportation in the Anderson and Pendleton areas, as well as the surrounding areas. It has never been more convenient for senior citizens and disabled citizens. Every bus is now permitted to leave regular routes (up to three-quarters of a mile) to pick up or drop off riders who live outside the regular routes. Call at 864-231-7625 Note: You may request a bus by calling the Electric City Transit at least one hour before you wish to travel.

AIRPORTS Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Near Greer, SC, midway between Greenville and Spartanburg, the major cities of the Upstate region. The airport is the second-busiest airport in South Carolina, with about 2.31 million passengers in 2018. GSP is serviced by six-passenger airlines and their regional affiliates. 2000 GSP Dr., Greer, SC; 864-877-7426

CAT Bus – everyone rides free Clemson Area Transit is a public service provided fare-free by Clemson University, the City of Clemson, the Town of Central, the Town of Pendleton, the City of Seneca, Anderson County, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration. Call at 864-654-CATS (2287)

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FUN FACT There were 27 Cherokee villages in what is known today as Oconee County. “Aequonee” in Cherokee means “besides the water.” Centuries ago, before there were lakes, “besides the water” referred to the rivers and numerous creeks in the area.

Anderson Regional Airport The Anderson Regional Airport serves the citizens and business of Anderson County and surrounding areas. Fueling, aircraft storage, aircraft maintenance, pilot services, and aircraft services are provided by well-trained and courteous line staff. Other Airport amenities include flight planning and catering, as well as a pilot lounge, quiet room, free crew car, car rental, and conference room. 5805 Airport Rd., Anderson, SC; 864-260-4163

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Oconee County Regional Airport County-owned municipal airport in Oconee County. The airport’s 5,000-foot long runway has a precision GPS instrument approach and a non-precision GPS instrument approach and is home for 75-based aircraft. It also hosts the Clemson University Flight Dept. and the Clemson University Flying Club. The airfield can host up to 75 transient aircraft with ramp and tie-down spaces for both turbine and piston-engine aircraft. The FBO, Van Surdam Vintage Aircraft offers top-notch aircraft maintenance services. Car rentals are provided by Hertz and ENTERPRISE Rent-a-car, both serve the airport six days per week. 365 Airport Rd., Seneca, SC; 864-882-2959 Pickens County Airport Pickens County Airport is a great place to base your aircraft, but even if you are only passing through, you’ll enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and hospitality here 365 days a year. Providing excellent facilities that include an outdoor picnic area, flight planning room with weather service, and a snack bar. If you are staying for a longer period of time overnight and long term, aircraft tie-downs are offered, and enclosed hangar space for based aircraft. 240 Airport Rd., Liberty, SC; 864-843-5803

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school info & education Register your child for school In South Carolina, children aged 5 through 17 must go to school. For information regarding school assignment and student registration, call your district office. Parents may request that their children attend another school through Change in Assignment Choice and/or applying to the school system’s magnet academies. Anderson County School District One – Williamston 864-847-7344 Anderson County School District Two – Belton, Honea Path 864-369-7364 Anderson County School District Three – Iva 864-348-6196 Anderson County School District Four – Pendleton 864-403-2000 Anderson County School District Five – Anderson 864-260-5000 Pickens County School District 864-397-1000 Oconee County School District 864-886-4400

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Private Schools There are dozens of private schools in the area, with programs emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, religious studies, and college preparation. Find the right school for your child by using the National Center for Education Statistics’ search tool: https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch/ Higher Education Many nationally recognized colleges and universities are located within or in close proximity to Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. Tri-County Technical College Tri-County Tech is a public college located in Pendleton, SC. It is a small institution with an annual enrollment of 3,351 undergraduate students. The Tri-County Tech acceptance rate is 100 percent. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Welding, and Industrial Electronics Technician. Graduating 24 percent of students, Tri-County Tech alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,700. http://www.tctc.edu/

FUN FACT Clemson University began as an all-male military school called Clemson College.

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Anderson University Anderson – South Carolina is a private, Christian university. It is a small institution with an annual enrollment of 2,550 undergraduate students. Admissions are somewhat competitive as the acceptance rate is 79 percent. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Education. Graduating 57 percent of students, Anderson University alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,900. http://www.andersonuniversity.edu/ Southern Wesleyan University Southern Wesleyan is an above-average private, Christian university located in Central, SC. It is a small institution with an annual enrollment of 820 undergraduate students. Admission is fairly competitive as the Southern Wesleyan acceptance rate is 53 percent. Popular majors include Business, Human Services, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 44 percent of students, Southern Wesleyan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,900. https://www.swu.edu/

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Clemson University Clemson is a highly rated public university. It is a large institution with an annual enrollment of 18,642 undergraduate students. Admission is fairly competitive as the Clemson acceptance rate is 47 percent. Popular majors include Business, Biology, and Marketing. Graduating 82 percent of students, Clemson alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $43,600. http://www.clemson.edu/

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F A M I L Y - F R I E N D L Y

Anderson Labor Day Festival

Kid-friendly attractions will provide your children a proper and playful environment while providing you, as a parent, peace of mind and an opportunity to form long-lasting memories with your family. WORLD OF ENERGY

DENVER DOWNS

Located on beautiful Lake Keowee beside Oconee Nuclear Station, Duke Energy’s World of Energy is an education center with self-guided exhibits that teach visitors of all ages how electricity is made. Visitors can explore interactive games, a topographical map of the Keowee-Toxaway Project, a short nature trail, a butterfly garden and a picnic area with a view of Lake Keowee. Admission to the facility is free. The World of Energy is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special events are held throughout the year. 7812 Rochester Hwy. or Hwy. 130 – about 5 miles north of Seneca; 864-885-4600

Denver Downs Farm, which offers a huge corn maze, a jumping pillow, zip line and much more. Barnyard bonfires on Friday and Saturday nights from sunset until closing — guests relax around the bonfire, enjoy live music, and roast some marshmallows for s’mores. After dark, guests gather around the main stage for an exciting musical and light show. Three giant singing jack-o-lantern faces will entertain you with their lip-sync to various pop songs. Guests are invited to join the dance party on stage during the show. Bring your glow items and flashlights to help find your way through the 10-acre maze; it’s a fall evening adventure in a beautiful field under a starry sky. 1515 Denver Rd., Anderson, SC 29625; 864-305-1268

LOCAL TIP “Denver Downs Farm: We love going here on the weekends. Lots of good family activities. There corn maze, pumpkin patch, and farm animals are always a big hit!” – Tonya B.

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KID VENTURE

P I C K E N S J AYC E E PA R K

The Kid Venture playground was built for the children of Anderson County through a volunteer organization, “Community Partners At Play.� Kid Venture is open daily for community children to enjoy. The age limit inside the playground is 12 years old. At times, the playground might be closed due to large events on the grounds of the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center. This popular park with soccer and baseball fields also features a large playground and lake with ducks. 7 Jim Ed, Rice Cir., Anderson, SC 29625; 864-231-7275

Jaycee Park has something for everyone. Town Creek meanders through the 23-acre recreational area with access to both sides of the park made available via Collins Bridge. The park boasts two lighted tennis courts, the Playground of Promise, a Picnic Pavilion which is also lighted with fans, two picnic shelters, two lighted youth baseball fields, concession and bathrooms, one lighted senior baseball field, one lighted football field with grandstands and press box and two paved parking lots. 149 N. Homestead Rd., Pickens, SC 29671; 864-878-2296

FUN FACT Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee host an annual firework show on the Fourth of July at dusk.

Fireworks on Lake Keowee

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GREAT GETAWAY:

MILLS RIVER

BREWERY TOURS

In many ways, Sierra Nevada Brewery, located on lushly landscaped grounds near the Asheville airport, is as good as a destination resort. Established in 1979, with the mission to brew the highest-quality beer with the least environmental impact possible, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has been reducing waste and reusing materials in creative and thoughtful ways ever since. The brewery comes with 215 acres of land, mountain biking trails, patios, gardens, an amphitheater, an airy brewhouse, and a bustling taproom. It is evident in the attention to detail that the North Carolina brewery was a labor of love for the Sierra Nevada. Many have referred to it as the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory of breweries. For beer-lovers that are looking for an extraordinary experience that encompasses an interesting look into one of America’s best breweries, lively tasting and delicious culinary experiences in a beautiful setting, the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, NC, is a must-visit. There is something here for everyone. I enjoy beer, but by no means am I an expert. My wife, however, has a vast knowledge of beers (she has been to over 200 breweries). To her, Sierra Nevada Brewery was the equivalent of Disney World — the Malt Disney World. 34 BeLocal

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We loved the conservation efforts, scenery and friendly staff. Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a whole family, you could easily spend a leisurely afternoon here. The attention to detail and taste is evident from the beautifully landscaped entranceway to the brewing of the beer; it’s almost as if the beer is poured from the line it’s so fresh. After walking the grounds we built up an appetite so we went to the Taproom for a meal. The food is out of this world. We enjoyed the duck fries, empanadas, summer veggie pizza, and, of course, pretzels with pimento cheese. Everything we experienced on this visit was so much more than we expected.

Whether You Are A Single Person, A Couple, Or A Whole Family, You Could Easily Spend A Leisurely Afternoon Here.

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A TOUR FOR EVERY TASTE There’s a lot going on at the Sierra Nevada, so they’ve created numerous tours — different topics, lengths, and beer samplings. Note: You must make reservations online for all tours except the Guided Tastings and the self-guided Visitor Corridor. BREWERY TOUR Duration: 45 minutes | 12+ | Complimentary | Reservations Required Tour of production facility; navigate the entire beer-making process from raw ingredients through fermentation and packaging; finish with an educational tasting of a few Sierra Nevada beers. HERITAGE TOUR Duration: 90 minutes | 12+ | $15 | Reservations Required Explore the pioneering production facilities and the journey that led from a small homebrew shop in California to becoming one of America’s premier craft breweries; End the tour with a full, educational tasting of some of our year-round and seasonal brews. BEER GEEK TOUR Duration: 3 hours | 21+ | $50 | Reservations Required Discover what makes the Sierra Nevada tick. This tour is ideal for beer lovers who already have basic beer knowledge and are looking for a behind-the-scenes look and taste of the facility. Talk ingredients and beer history before being invited into the 200-barrel production brewhouse. Wander into the hop cooler; take in the aromas; scope out the cellar where you’ll sample beer right from the tanks; prepare for a few surprises along the way and a Sierra Nevada experience like no other. Note: Long pants and close-toed shoes required 2019

HOP HEAD TOUR Duration: 90 mins | 21 + | $30.00 | Reservations Required A special brewery tour celebrating crisp, hoppy goodness in the aromatic hop room, copper-clad brewhouse and more. Dive into the evolution of craft beer’s most popular style, and explore the storied history of how India Pale Ales took over the palates of beer drinkers everywhere. Ready your brain and your taste buds for an immersive IPA adventure that you won’t soon forget. Note: Long pants and closed-toe shoes required TRIP IN THE WOODS Duration: 2 hours | 12+ | $20 | Reservations Required This specialty tour will feature a guided nature walk through the beautiful, forested property. On this 1.5-mile, moderate hike you will learn about the natural resources surrounding the land: like the French Broad River, native plants and trees, sunshine and all that North Carolina rain. Learn how engineers harness and protect these resources and about the long history of making great beer while minimizing the impact on the environment. Wrap up with a sampling of a few of our award-winning brews. GUIDED EDUCATIONAL TASTING Duration: 30 minutes | 21+ | $12 | Same-day Ticket Sales* One of the knowledgeable guides will walk you through a sampling of eight beers. Discuss beer styles and their history, as well as what makes Sierra Nevada’s beer unique. Provided paper and pens allow for tasting notes. Bring an adventurous palate and thirst (for beer and knowledge).

LOCAL TIP “Raines on Main: This has become our favorite bar and grill restaurant in Anderson! Everyone is so friendly, and the food is always delicious. It’s great for date night.” – Katie H.

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HEALTHCARE

hospitals & HEATH SYSTEMS

Two major healthcare systems currently serve the people of Anderon, Oconee, and Pickens counties, with campuses and facilities throughout the community:

Prisma Health is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. 32,000 team members are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of you and your family.

AnMed Health is a dynamic, comprehensive health system in Anderson, SC. AnMed Health’s medical staff includes more than 400 physicians, and with over 3,600 employees, AnMed Health is Anderson County’s largest employer.

Neighboring Greenville is also home to Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Greenville, a 50-bed pediatric orthopedic hospital and research and teaching center providing comprehensive medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children with orthopedic conditions.

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AnMed Health Medical Center AnMed Health Medical Center is a 461-bed acute care hospital. The Medical Center is the anchor facility for AnMed Health. Services provided at the Medical Center include open-heart surgery, vascular surgery, general surgery, bariatric surgery, emergency/trauma medicine, a stroke/neurological center, and diagnostic MRI, CT and laboratory medicine. Other facilities located at AnMed Health’s medical center campus include Pediatric Therapy Works, speech, occupational and physical therapy programs for children; and CareConnect, a walk-in facility that treats non-life-threatening ailments such as influenza, broken bones and minor nosebleeds. 800 N. Fant St., Anderson, SC 29621; 864-512-1000 Baptist Easley Hospital Baptist Easley Hospital provides the Easley community with top-quality surgery, obstetrics, orthopedics, emergency medicine, and imaging and diagnostics (including state-of-the-art stereotactic biopsy technology). The hospital houses 109 beds for providing care to individuals who need an inpatient stay. Adjacent to Baptist Easley Hospital is a 40,000-square-foot outpatient services facility that houses Fleetwood Convenient Care, In addition, Prisma Health primary care physician offices are conveniently located throughout the community. 200 Fleetwood Dr., Easley, SC 29640; 864-442-7200 AnMed Health Cannon AnMed Health Cannon is a 55-bed facility with staff physicians who specialize in areas such as urology, orthopedics, cardiology, and gastroenterology. The hospital also added medical practices including family practices locations, surgical and orthopedics. The hospital offers a full range of state-of-the-art medical technology, equipment, and services to meet the health care needs of the community. The expanded services of today’s hospital include a 24-hour Emergency Department, a full-service laboratory, on-site CT and MRI, physical therapy, critical care unit, sleep clinic, wellness programs for both children and adults, and diagnostic imaging for both inpatient and outpatient. 123 WG Acker Dr, Pickens, SC 29671; 864-878-4791 Oconee Memorial Hospital SC BlueCross honored Oconee Memorial Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care, which recognizes hospitals that demonstrate expertise in patient safety and positive health outcomes as well as a Blue Distinction for total hip and knee. The Emergency Department provides emergency services 24 hours a day. The department features 20 beds and physicians and nurses with advanced training in emergency medicine, including advanced cardiac life support. Oconee Medical Campus consists not only of a 169-bed hospital featuring a range of inpatient and outpatient services, but also a host of community-based services. An inpatient stay at Oconee Memorial Hospital will be provided by doctors on the hospitalist team. These doctors specialize in providing care to patients in the hospital and will communicate important information about your stay to your primary care doctor. 298 Memorial Dr., Seneca, SC 29672; 864-882-3351

Greenville Memorial Hospital Greenville Memorial Hospital offers 710 beds and access to numerous specialized medical programs. The hospital houses Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, the Upstate’s only comprehensive program dedicated exclusively to children, along with a Children’s Emergency Center. Greenville Memorial Hospital offers the only comprehensive stroke center in the Upstate, which is the highest quality of care that can be provided to stroke patients, and is home to a 24-hour Level I trauma center, along with the Upstate’s only pediatric trauma center. In 2018, Greenville Memorial Hospital achieved Magnet recognition, reflecting a level of nursing professionalism that translates to better satisfaction for both patients and staff, and better care for patients. 701 Grove Rd., Greenville, SC 29605; 864-455-7000 ` Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, St. Francis – Downtown St. Francis Downtown includes a 245-bed hospital and the St. Francis Outpatient Center. This location offers Emergency Room, Heart Care, Heart Surgery, Inpatient Cancer Services, Bone Marrow Transplantation Center, Orthopedic Surgery, Osteoporotic Fracture Program, Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Radiology and Imaging Services, Sleep Center, Outpatient Surgery, Laboratory Services, and more. 1 St. Francis Dr., Greenville, SC 29601; 864-255-1000 Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville One of the 22 hospitals in an international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville prides itself on presenting fun and comfortable atmosphere for all of our visitors. 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605; 864-271-3444

LOCAL TIP “Hubbard Young Pharmacy: This pharmacy is an absolute treasure. I’ve lived all over and never experienced a place like this. It’s unique. It takes you back to a simpler time where you knew your neighbors, and people looked out for each other. The staff there remembers you. They help you. They give you advice. They are friendly. It’s really nice to have a place like that in Clemson.” – Bill M.

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LOCAL > TRADITIONS

Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC

HOW TO HOST A

TAILGATE

Tailgating is one of the best things about sporting events. It is a time for friends and family to get together and enjoy cheering on their favorite team. While preparing for the game, you’ll want to be sure your team is well represented at your tailgate, whether you yell “Go Tigers,” hang your team’s flag, or dress everything up in orange and purple to personalize your tailgate. Make sure you buy more than enough food; you never know who just might happen to show up at your tailgate. No tailgate can be complete without some sweets to accompany the grilled goodness and snacks.

Some rules and regulations you should know tailgating at Clemson sporting events: No parking in areas not designated as football parking areas.

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Golf carts, mopeds, motorcycles, and scooters are prohibited inside the interior of Clemson’s parking areas unless they have the proper credentials. Golf cart passes are issued to university vehicles, vendors and working staff; these are not for sale or general distribution.

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Tailgating and tents are restricted to the space behind each vehicle. Drive aisles must be kept clear or cleared when another fan is trying to access their assigned space. Tailgating items are to be stored and out of the drive aisles when you enter the game. CUAD is not responsible for stolen items, so please store, hide and lock all valuables in your car.

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Solicitations of any kind are prohibited. Items will be confiscated, and you will be removed from the campus.

FUN FACT The official name of Clemson’s football stadium is Memorial Stadium but is more commonly referred to as Death Valley.

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TOP LIST OF ITEMS TO BRING TO A TAILGATE: Corn-hole boards

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Portable generators are allowed as long as they are rated at 70dB or lower, as to not disturb other tailgaters.

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Outside catering companies are not allowed without prior approval from CUAD.

Football Canopy TV with cable and satellite connector Folding chairs Spirit clothes Food (hot dogs, burgers, Chick-fil-a nuggets, chips, dip, etc.) Desserts (cookies, rice crispy treats, brownies, etc.) Drinks (water, beer, alcohol, Gatorade, mixers, etc.) Portable grill Portable power or generator Folding tables Table cloths or plastic covers Cups, plates, napkins Coolers and ice Outdoor fan

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The goal is to provide great parking and a tailgating environment that can be enjoyed by your family and friends that come onto campus each Clemson football game day. Go Tigers!

2019 PARKING RATES: CAR SINGLE GAME PASS: $25 All car single game pass holders must present a printout of the receipt to gain admission to the lot and the license plate number of the vehicle must match the receipt. No refunds will be issued. The parking lot opens at 6 a.m. for noon game for all other games.

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Pets are welcome, provided they are wearing ID and current rabies tags, and are kept on a leash at all times . Pet owners are required to clean up after their pets. Overnight parking is not allowed.

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LOCAL > LIBRARIES

LET’S >> GET >> READING Anderson County Library System Anderson County Main Library 300 N. McDuffie St., Anderson, SC 29621; 864-260-4500 Belton Branch Library 91 Breazeale St., Belton, SC 29627; 864-338-8330 Iva Branch Library 203 W. Cruette St., Iva, SC 29655; 864-348-6150 Jennie Erwin Branch Library 318 N. Shirley Ave., Honea Path, SC 29654; 864-369-7751 Lander Memorial Branch Library 925 Greenville Dr., Williamston, SC 29697; 864-847-5238 Pendleton Branch Library 650 S. Mechanic St., Pendleton, SC 29670; 864-646-3045

Piedmont Branch Library 1407 S. Carolina 86, Piedmont, SC 29673; 864-845-6534 Powdersville Branch Library 4 Civic Ct., Powdersville, SC 29642; 864-295-1190 Westside Community Center Branch Library 1100 W. Franklin St., Anderson, SC 29624; 864-260-4660 Oconee County Library System Walhalla Library 501 W. South Broad St., Walhalla, SC 29691; 864-638-4133 Seneca Branch 300 E. South Second St., Seneca, SC 29678; 864-882-4855 Westminster Branch 112 W. North Ave., Westminster, SC 29693; 864-364-5760

Salem Branch 5B Park Ave., Salem, SC 29676; 864-944-0912 Pickens County Library System Central-Clemson Library 105 Commons Way, Central, SC 29630; 864-639-2711 Hampton Memorial Library 304 Biltmore Rd., Easley, SC 29640; 864-850-7077 Sarlin Library 15 S. Palmetto St., Liberty, SC 29657; 864-843-5805 Village Library 124 N. Catherine St., Pickens, SC 29671; 864-898-5747

LIBRARY CARD >> You can register for a library card in person at any county library branch. Bring a photo ID and proof of residence to obtain a library card. If your SC driver’s license or state ID card has your current address listed, that’s all you need. For minors ages 0-17, a parent or legal guardian must complete and sign an application.

LOCAL TIP “Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University: We love the talent that visits the Brooks Center! The facility is always well kept, and there are attendants placed strategically to help guide you to your seat.” – Cameron M.

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Pickens The Rick Golf Club and Resort Pickens County Country Club Pendleton Woodhaven Golf Club and Pro Shop Boscobel Golf and Country Club Clemson The Walker Course Easley Rolling Green Golf Course Smithfields County Club Southern Oaks Golf Course

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Anderson The Club At Brookstone Stone Creek Cove Golf Course

TOP GOLF COURSES IN THE AREA:

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Westminster Foxwood Hills Golf Course Chickasaw Point Golf Club Walhalla Falcon’s Lair Fold Course Seneca Cross Creek Plantation Golf Oconee County Club Sunset The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Clubhouse The Reserve at Lake Keowee Golf Pro

“South Carolina Botanical Gardens: There is so much to see here. It is quiet and peaceful. Love this place.

Central Grand Central Station Disc Golf Course

The geology museum was very interesting. The kids really enjoyed this. Lots of history in the Hanover house wished the Hunt cabin had been open.” – Kathy B.

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WORSHIP The comprehensive listing of places of worship in Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, SC. Find your place of faith here. BAPTIST CHURCHES: First Baptist Church Rock Springs Baptist Church East Pickens Baptist Church Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Landmark Baptist Church Orville Baptist Church Hopewell Baptist Church Bethel Baptist Church Parkwood Baptist Church Brushy Creek Baptist Church Return Baptist Church Utica Baptist Church Grace Baptist Church CATHOLIC CHURCHES: Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Saint Mary of the Angels Catholic Church Saint Joseph Church Saint Andrews Catholic Church CHURCH OF GOD: Seneca Church of God River of Life Church of God Belmont Church of God Homeland Park Church of God Clemson Church of God Pickens Church of God Bethany Church of God Seneca Church of God High Falls Church of God Bountyland Church of God 2019

EPISCOPAL CHURCHES: Grace Episcopal Church Saint George’s Episcopal Church Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Episcopal Church of Ascension Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church LUTHERAN CHURCHES: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church Holy Trinity Lutheran Church University Lutheran Church Faith Lutheran Chapel Amazing Grace Lutheran Church Eternal Shepherd Lutheran Church Saint Matthias Lutheran Church METHODIST CHURCHES: Trinity United Methodist Church Saint John’s United Methodist Church Mt Carmel Methodist Church Grace United Methodist Church Clemson United Methodist Church Saint Mark United Methodist Church Zion United Methodist Church Saint Andrew United Methodist Church Bethesda United Methodist Church

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES: Clemson Presbyterian Church Midway Presbyterian Church Living Hope Presbyterian Church Central Presbyterian Church Pickens Presbyterian Church Seneca Presbyterian Church Fort Hill Presbyterian Church Easley Presbyterian Church Keeper Presbyterian Church TEMPLES, SYNAGOGUES: God’s Empowerment Temple Temple B’Nai Israel MORE CHURCHES, RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS: Newspring Church Rejuvenate Church Foothills Church Crossover Community Church PowerHouse Christian Church The Mill Church LifePoint Church Masjid Mu-Minun

FUN FACT The town of Andersonville was once a bustling textile and trading community but was plagued by frequent flooding from the Savannah River. The city was later abandoned and ruins of the town of Andersonville remain under lake Hartwell today.

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ROSCOE & LAILA By Roscoe and Laila, local residents

ALL T WO BOXERS LOVING R THE AREA HAS TO OFFE If you have four legs and love to play, I know some of the best places to go. Have you ever heard of the Dikes on Clemson’s campus? There are acres of open fields to run and play with my furry friends. In the summertime when the weather is warm, we love to run over and down the hill to the lake. The people here are so friendly; they always give us treats and rub our bellies. It’s a cool town; everyone always dresses up in orange and yells “Go Tigers.” My furry friends and I love to go for car rides up the scenic highway to the mountains where we occasionally see our bear friends along the trails, sticking our heads out the window experiencing the wind blowing through our ears, smelling the crisp apples in the air and seeing whitetail deer in the woods along the way home. My furry friends and I love to visit downtown Anderson and go shopping around the area. Many shops allow us to come in, whether we are trying on new collars and leashes or our owners are buying a fashion item for themselves. Leaving the stores, there are so many drool-worthy smells every street we walk down with all the restaurants in the area.          Every season out of the year brings my furry friends and me joy. There is always something for us to do, whether we are going out or staying in. We want to bark; welcome to the tri-county area! If you and your owner explore one of our favorite spots, we would love to come up and give you a paw. 44 BeLocal

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THE BEST

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What Makes Little ol’ South Carolina A Heavyweight Contender in the Eternal Competition Over Which State Has the Best Barbecue in the U.S.?

By Kurt Van Natta, local resident

Living in South Carolina, you eat barbecue with the people who know the most about it and have the longest history of preparing it. We’re talking authentic barbecue — good, tender, juicy, smoke-filled pieces of meat, prepared on pits that can each cook up to 2,300 pounds at a time, smothered in your choice of four different sauces: mustard, vinegar and pepper, light tomato and heavy tomato. The sauces are sometimes mopped on during the cooking process or can be served on the side, a subject of much debate among barbecue pit-masters. Sauces are like religion, politics and college sports in the South; everyone has a stated and unbreakable opinion. It’s the sauce that determines what kind of barbecue you’re eating in the Palmetto State. When we say “barbecue” around here, we’re always talking about pork. Beef, chicken and other critters can be barbecued, grilled or cooked with or without sauce, but only pork – most often pulled pork cooked in a smoky pit – is barbecue. More often than not, South Carolina barbecue restaurants are a family affair. Some are second- and third-generation owned, others are named in memory of family members or built as the realization of a parent’s dream. The stories behind South Carolina’s barbecue restaurants are nearly as flavorful as the food itself. Folks come to South Carolina’s barbecue restaurants for more than just a meal, but a true Southern experience.

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LOCAL > BBQ SPOTS Here are seven surefire ways to taste true barbecue in Upstate South Carolina; all you have to do is make your way to the table. Little Pigs BBQ One can never say you don’t get enough food at Little Pigs. They serve heaping helpings of delicious meat, cooked to the point of tenderness when it falls off the bone, either shredded or chopped and served with or without the buns. 1401 N. Main St., Anderson, SC; 864-226-7388 261 Market St., Seneca, SC; 864-885-1133 Heavenly Hogs BBQ Appropriately named for the heavenly flavor of the pulled pork and ribs, served alongside options like chicken strips and burgers to satisfy any palate. 1328 S. Walnut St., Seneca, SC; 864-710-4394 Brasstown Creek Gathering Place BBQ The simple fact is that people LOVE Brasstown Creek Gathering Place BBQ. There are good restaurants, homey restaurants, and then there are places like this one, where owners and family pour their heart and soul into the entire operation. Great BBQ in a beautiful, family-friendly setting. 275 Brasstown Rd., Westminster, SC; 864-647-2458

The Pompous Pig Fine meats smoked to loving perfection; sides prepared like Momma used to make; sauces are the real deal, especially the mustard sauce; Southern sweet tea like it’s supposed to be made; and outstanding service by staff. 3320 N. Main St., Anderson, SC; 864-231-7447 Creekside Bar-Be-Que The dishes are overflowing with flavor. Bring a healthy appetite – just for the sides. The portions could be a meal in itself. This is a true BBQ restaurant. The smoker outback is always working hard. 1115 Salem Church Rd., Anderson, SC; 864-260-9093 Circle M Barbecue At Circle M BBQ in Liberty, pit-master Marion Martin, the Picasso of Pork, smokes whole pigs, only using hickory wood coals in the 12- to 24-hour cooking process. This pit BBQ brings to the table a taste unlike any other. In addition to the hand-pulled BBQ pork, they offer smoked ribs and chicken. 345 Martin Sausage Rd., Liberty, SC; 864-375-9133

The Smokin’ Pig The Smokin’ Pig Restaurants have four very unique locations in Pendleton, Easley, Anderson and Williamston, each featuring a menu of barbecued ribs, brisket and pork platters in a shack-like atmosphere. The walls and thick wooden tables are scribed with thousands of signatures of who was there last; like scribbles of namesakes of who someone loved back in high school. 6630 Clemson Blvd., Pendleton, SC; 864-646-5150 701 S. Pendleton St., Easley, SC; 864-442-5074 1696 Evergreen Rd., Anderson, SC; 864-841-2323 720 Anderson Dr., Williamston, SC; 864-841-2323

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Looking for something to do? Why not attend an outdoor concert at the William A. Floyd Amphitheater, or stop by a farmers’ market to pick up a picnic before heading to one of the many state parks in the area perfect for a family adventure or weekend camping trip. Whatever you choose, there are plenty of options and places to relax and play year ‘round.      World-class performers, musicians, and other artists entertain locals at numerous locations throughout the region. The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts in Pickens County and several live theater stages, including Clemson Little Theater and Electric City Playhouse, are located within the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens community.     

Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens each sponsor many events and festivals each year, summer concerts and movies, art shows and theatrical performances.   If nature calls you, those who like the outdoors can enjoy state parks with man-made lakes, hiking trails and ball fields; opportunities to hike, kayak, fish, and whatever else your playful heart can imagine in Sumter National Forest, or have a relaxing float on Lake Hartwell.      Locals agree, the Foothills Trail reigns supreme. Whether you choose to start in Table Rock State Park or Oconee State Park, you’ll come across sites that will blow you away.

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Music Venues Whether you are in the mood for bluegrass, classical or rock, you won’t have to travel far to hear great music. Brooks Center for the Performing Arts The Brooks Center Opened in 1994, a hub for the performing arts in Clemson. This 87,000-square-foot facility hosts world-class professional dance, theatre, and musical performances throughout the in its spacious, yet intimate, 979-seat proscenium auditorium. 141 Jersey Ln., Clemson 864-656-3043 Westminster Music Centre The Westminster Music Centre is a community-focused nonprofit venue. Proud to host the region’s finest musicians, artists, and performers. With its professionally designed sound system and intimate environment, the Music Centre provides the perfect place to fully experience musical performance and seating for approximately 200 people. 101 W. Main St., Westminster 864-280-6067 Walhalla Performing Arts Center Originally a grade school built in 1903, this auditorium was added in 1913. When the building no longer suited school district needs, it lay empty until a group of citizens began discussing how to breathe new life into a wonderful building. In 1993 the Walhalla Auditorium Restoration Committee created a charter, obtained a lease and restoration began. The first performance happened in August 2003 when Emile Pandolfi played to a full house. 101 E. North Broad St., Walhalla 864-638-5277

FUN FACT The city of Seneca presents an event called Jazz on the Alley featuring America’s touring musicians at the Ram Cat Alley every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.

William A Floyd Amphitheater This outdoor, terraced grass seating concert facility, considered one of the largest in South Carolina, can accommodate 12,000plus spectators for major concerts and other entertainment events. Some of the biggest names in country music, R&B, hip-hop, Southern rock, Top 40, and more have performed on the stage of the William A. Floyd Amphitheater since it opened in 1999. 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Anderson 864-260-4800 Music on the Mountain at Table Rock State Park These bluegrass jam sessions are held monthly at the Table Rock Lodge. Bring your acoustic instruments or just sit back and enjoy the bluegrass jam sessions held from 2 to 6 p.m. Local musicians are invited to come out and play along. The jam sessions are free of charge, and refreshments will also be served. Donations are accepted to cover the cost of refreshments. 158 E. Ellison Ln., Pickens 864-878-9813

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FUN FACT Every time Clemson University gets a road win against one of the top-ranked 25 teams they add a tombstone to the “graveyard” in front of the indoor football practice facility.

The Great Anderson County Fair

Festivals and Special Events There’s always something going on — from literary festivals to antique car shows to holiday parades. OCTOBER Walhalla Oktoberfest What: Three-day event includes carnival rides, German music, dancers, arts and crafts, food, Saturday night fireworks Where: Sertoma Field, 272 Tulip Dr., Walhalla SC 29691 Blue Brunch and Indigo Harvest What: Brunch followed by Indigo harvest to create a fresh leaf and organic vats, dye fabrics, papers and more – benefits the Rensing Center Where: Rensing Center, 1165 Mile Creek Rd., Pickens, SC 29671

NOVEMBER Holiday Ice in Carolina Wren Park What: Take a spin around the ice rink in Downtown Anderson Where: 111 E. Whitner St., Anderson, SC 29624

Fall for Liberty Bluegrass Festival What: Live bands and entertainment, craft and food vendors, kids games and activities Where: Downtown Liberty on South Commerce Street and the surrounding area

Anderson Christmas Lights What: Over a million multi-colored light display – benefits local charities Where: At the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Woodcrest Drive, across the street from the Anderson Civic Center and behind the Anderson Mall.

Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast What: Oysters, dinner buffet, beer, wine, music, silent auction, corn-hole competition – benefits Friends of the Pickens Guardian Ad Litem Where: Arran Farm, 820 Lenhardt Rd., Easley, SC

FUN FACT The Civic Center in Anderson is utilized for community events, performances as well as craft shows. The Anderson County arts center features exhibits by local and national artists.

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DECEMBER Christmas Park What: Lighted displays in Mineral Spring Park Where: Mineral Spring Park, Hwy. 20 West Main Street, Downtown Williamston Holiday Ice in Carolina Wren Park What: Take a spin around the ice rink in Downtown Anderson Where: 111 E. Whitner St., Anderson, SC 29624 Anderson Christmas Lights What: Over a million multi-colored light display – benefits local charities Where: At the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Woodcrest Drive, across the street from the Anderson Civic Center and behind the Anderson Mall.

APRIL Spring Fling What: Equine classes including H/J, dressage, combined training, western, gaited – plus vendors, silent auctions – hosted by the SC Upstate Equine Council Where: T. Ed Garrison Arena, 1101 W. Queen St., Pendleton, SC Pickens Azalea Festival What: Three-day event includes music, classic car cruise-in, 5K, arts and crafts, amusement rides Where: 102 W. Main St., Pickens, SC 29671

Central Railroad Festival What: Food, craft vendors, kid’s games, activities, magic show, music, and more Where: Downtown Central, SC SEPTEMBER South Carolina Apple Festival What: Five-day event includes, golf tournament, parade, rodeo, contests, live entertainment, arts and craft show, quilt show, car show, children’s activities Where: 225 E. Main St., Westminster, SC 29693

FEBRUARY The Cinderella Project What: Gathers donations of gently worn formal gowns, shoes and accessories for disadvantaged high school students Where: Anderson Mall (next to Dillard’s in old LensCrafters space), 3131 N. Main St., Anderson 29621

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TOP

SPORTS BARS Celebrate Your Team Wins!

The Local Uptown      301 N. McDuffie St., Anderson, SC 29621 Earle Street Kitchen and Bar 134 W. Earle St., Anderson, SC 29625

FUN FACT

Simons Bar and Grill 3907 Clemson Blvd., Suite F, Anderson, SC 29621

The ESSO Club, one of Clemson University’s

Dazzlers Sports Bar 3450 Cinema Ave., Anderson, SC, 29621

most famous game-day restaurants used to be a gas station.

SENECA The Spot on the Alley 122 Ram Cat Alley, Seneca, SC 29678 The Beer Station 115 Bountyland Rd., Seneca, SC 29672 Blue Marble & Pub Blue 286 Market St., Seneca, SC 29678 Tipsy Taco 13430 Clemson Blvd., Seneca, SC, 29678 CLEMSON The Esso Club 129 Old Greenville Hwy. #1, Clemson, SC 29631 Tiger Town Tavern 368 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631 TD’s of Clemson 339 College Ave., Clemson, SC, 29631 Sloan Street Tap Room 109 Sloan St. #1, Clemson, SC 29631

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The Dugout Sports Lounge 4016 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, SC 29621

Nick’s Tavern and Deli 107 Sloan St., Clemson, SC 29631

EASLEY Steddy’s 408 Washington Ave., Easley, SC 29642

Loose Change Bar and Grill 349 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631

On the Rail Bar and Grill 465 E. Main St., Easley, SC 29640

Charleston Sports Pub 359 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631

Lennie’s Main Street Pub 111 NE Main St., Easley, SC 29640

Goober’s 614 SC-93, Clemson, SC 29631

Siler Moon Sports Lounge 416 Ross Ave., Easley, SC 29640

Study Hall 101 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631

Hide Out at the Mill 900 E. Main St., Easley, SC 29640

Itsurwiener 101 Keith St., Clemson, SC 29631

CENTRAL Dakota’s Sports Yard Ale and Wine House 217 W. Main St., Central, SC 29630

ANDERSON Pass N Time 1304 Williamston Rd., Anderson, SC 29621 Growlers Haus 313 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621

PENDLETON Bottoms Up Tavern 5915 US-76, Pendleton, SC 29670 Islander Pub and Grille 134 Exchange St., Pendleton, SC 29670

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LAKE LIVING BEST LIVING! TRI-COUNTY

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FUN FACT Lake Hartwell has never hosted an All-American Championship, but it has hosted numerous major FLW bass-fishing tournaments over the years, including four FLW tour events, two YETI FLW college fishing tournaments, and 44 BFL qualifying events.

Photo by Julian Sanders, local resident

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LAKE KEOWEE Keowee can satisfy your need for adventure. Paddleboard and kayak rentals are available on Lake Keowee, allowing for true family time, great exercise and enjoying the outdoors. Keowee-Toxaway State Park has access areas for kayaking or paddleboarding, and designated boat ramps can be found nearby. High Falls and South Cove County Parks, on the shores of Lake Keowee, have an endless variety of lake-centered activities, including lakeside camping and boat access on a deep-blue body of water that’s legendary for fishing and recreation. LAKE HARTWELL Hartwell is a perfect lake for kayaking, boating, fishing, and more. You can catch fish at just about any time of year at Lake Hartwell, but spring and early summer are generally the most productive. If you’re looking for an entry point to Lake Hartwell, then Lake Hartwell State Park is a perfect place to start.

In the tri-county area, lake life is a way of life!

Located on Lake Hartwell, Portman Marina is the largest inland marina in South Carolina: a full-service marina, with over 500 wet and dry storage spaces. Another, Clemson Marina, has put together a fleet of modern, well-maintained watercraft for rent at great prices. Whether you want to fish, meander about soaking up the sun, or hit the lake for a day of skiing and tubing, they have the boat for you.

LAKE JOCASSEE Jocassee is a gem. Its pristine waters can be enjoyed via state parks or boat tours. The Jocassee Gorges was recently named one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places — Destinations of a Lifetime” in a special edition of National Geographic magazine. Do you have children or grandchildren interested in learning to kayak? Let them learn basic strokes and maneuvers, how to safely get in and out of a kayak on land and in open water, and correct paddling posture for a fatigue-free morning of paddling on beautiful Lake Jocassee. From Canebrake Access to Laurel Falls Access on Lake Jocassee, this popular day hike trail segment contains both steep ascents and descents, as well as spectacular views of Lake Jocassee. Most groups complete this hike in from three and a half to four hours. There is one quite steep ascent, which leads to the best views of Lake Jocassee. Hikers call it “Heartbreak Ridge.”

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LAKE HARTWELL Restaurants: Tiger Cove Grill The Local Pub and Eatery The Grill at Clemson Marina Redneck Yacht Club Cove Galley Restaurant Attractions: Lake Hartwell State Park Clemson University The Walker Course (Clemson Golf Course) Darwin Wright Park/Anderson Beach Sadlers Creek State Park Twelve Mile Recreation Area Anderson/Lake Hartwell KOA Holiday Marinas/Docks: Freedom Boat Club Lake Hartwell Clemson Marina Lake Hartwell Fishing and Marina Big water marina and campground Harbor light marina south Hartwell marina Keowee key marina Portman Marina Inc.     

FUN FACT Lake Hartwell is the largest lake in the southeast United States, with over 50,000 acres of water and a maximum depth of 185 feet.

LAKE KEOWEE   Restaurants: The Tiki Hut Lakeside Grill Cabana at the Lighthouse The Lighthouse Keowee Springs Private Beach Club (membership required) Attractions: High Falls County Park Keowee Lake Shop South Cove County Park Pickens County Park – mile creek           Marinas/Docks: Lake Keowee Marina Sunset Marina on Lake Keowee Keowee Key Marina Carolina Dock Keowee North Marine Jocassee Outdoor Center

Carol Storz, local resident

LOCAL TIP “Clemson Marina: The staff at the marina is very helpful and courteous. We rented an eightperson motor boat one day, and the next day we rented a pontoon boat for tubing during our vacation on Lake Hartwell. Both boats were clean and in excellent condition. We would highly recommend using Clemson Marina for your boat rental needs.” – Jessica Y.

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Ramsey Falls Westminster, SC Located in Chu Ram County Park, this falls is great for summertime swimming and does not require a hike. 1220 Chau Ram Park Rd., Westminster, SC 29693 GPS Coordinates: N 34.68171 W 083.14542 Issaqueena Falls Walhalla, SC Located in Stumphouse Park, this falls has a viewing platform that is a short walk from the parking lot. Stumphouse Tunnel Road, Walhalla, SC 29691 GPS Coordinates: N 34.80740 W 083.12158

King Creek Falls Mountain Rest, SC This waterfall in the Sumter National Forest is accessible via an easy, 0.7 one-way trail. King Creek Falls Trail, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 GPS Coordinates: N 34.97128 W 083.11465 Opossum Creek Falls Long Creek, SC Getting to this gorgeous falls requires hiking a 2.2 mile, one-way trek through the Sumter National Forest. Turkey Ridge Road, Long Creek, SC 29658 GPS Coordinates: N 34.77332 W 083.30361 Riley Moore Falls Westminster, SC This family-friendly falls is easily accessible via a 0.9 mile, one-way trail in the Sumter National Forest. State Road S-37-748, Westminster, SC 29693 GPS Coordinates: N 34.74106 W 083.18535

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Spoonauger Falls Mountain Rest, SC Spoonauger Falls is accessible via a short .25 mile, oneway trail in the Sumter National Forest. Burrells Ford Road, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 GPS Coordinates: N 34.97480 W 083.11478

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“Issaqueena Trail: In an attempt to depart from electronics, with much protest, I rented bikes for myself and a 9-year-old grandson. It was a new adventure for us both. The child who was ‘forced’ to do this ended out the trip with his approval, who exclaimed it was the ‘best day ever.’” – Laila S.

Station Cove Falls Walhalla, SC The 0.8-mile, the one-way trail to this falls is easy for families and has a pool at the bottom for summertime wading. Oconee Station Road, Walhalla, SC 29691 GPS Coordinates: N 34.84867 W 083.07463

Lee Falls Tamassee, SC Look for the gate to park for access to the beautiful trail that leads to this waterfall. One-point-five miles one way. Government Road 715A, Tamassee, SC 29686 GPS Coordinates: N 34.89344 W 83.08131

Twin Falls (Eastatoe Falls) Pickens, SC To get to the overlook for these falls, follow an easy 1.2mile, the one-way trail for a two-in-one deal. 287-243 State Rd. S-39-100, Sunset, SC 29685 GPS Coordinates: N 35.0098, W 82.8214

State Parks: Oconee State Park High Falls County Park Larry W. Abernathy Waterfront Park South Cove County Park Lake Hartwell State Park Hart State Park Tugaloo State Park

Yellow Branch Falls Mountain Rest, SC This multi-tiered waterfall is a visitor favorite and can be accessed via an easy, 1.3-mile trail. 2907-, 3023 Hwy. 28 S., Walhalla, SC 29691 GPS Coordinates: N 34.80557 W 083.12876

Sadlers Creek State Park Devil’s Fork State Park Keowee Toxaway State Park Camp Cedar Creek at Keowee-toxaway Coneross Park Mountain View Park Chau Ram County Park

FUN FACT Sadlers Creek State Recreation

Long Creek Falls Long Creek, SC The moderate/difficult trail to this waterfall is not well marked, so use caution when exploring. One-point-seven miles one way. Turkey Ridge Road, Long Creek, SC 29658 GPS Coordinates: N 34.77767 W 083.31212

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The Kitchen Center

AUTO REPAIR

530 By Pass 123 Suite C

(864) 280-5989

My Garage by Essex

Seneca, SC 29678

www.thekitchencenter.com

Roxana Essex

(864) 985-1110 LAW FIRM

551 Old Greenville Hwy (Hwy 93) Clemson, SC 29631

HAIR SALON & SKIN CARE

Fiuzat Law Offices

(864) 633-5800

Artistry Hair & Skin

(864) 710-4401

www.mygarage.us

(864) 885-5050 www.artistryhairandskin.net

BAGEL SHOP/DELI

OUTDOOR LIFESTYLES Elkmont Trading Company

NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop

HOME & OFFICE CLEANING

100 Liberty Drive

(864) 986-3040

Think Clean LLC

Clemson, SC 29331

www.nycbagelclemson.com

(864) 506-0749

(864) 653-7002

BAR & GRILL

HOME THEATER SYSTEMS

Raines on Main Bar and Grill

Home Theater, Inc.

PAINT STORE

(864) 622-8339

(864) 224-4599

The Paint Place

www.elkmonttradingcompany.com

Rainesonmain.com

(864) 882-4440 INSURANCE

BOAT DEALER / REPAIR

Allstate - Friar Dixion

PATIO & CASUAL FURNITURE

Watercrafters

(864) 643-2895

Patio and Fireside

(864) 224-4929

www.dixoninsuranceagency.com

(864) 888-4413

watercrafters-inc.com

patiofireside.com Daniel Webber State Farm

CABINET MAKER

(864) 722-9083

PET BOARDING/GROOMING

Eastbridge Cabinetry Co. LLC

www.insuringclemson.com

The Pet Spa Jeanne Johnson

(864) 934-5628 www.eastbridgecabinetry.com CARPET, TILE, WOOD & VINYL

Powell Insurance Group Inc.

3019 Keowee School Rd

(864) 888-2275

Seneca, SC 29672

www.powellinsgroup.com

(864) 710-0277

Thomas Carpet One Floor and Home

thepetspa.net

(864) 882-3583

Senior Insurance Advisors

thomascarpetoneseneca.com

(864) 723-6986

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PHARMACY

REMODELING AND INTERIOR FINISHES

SWIMMING POOL CONTRACTOR & SERVICE

Hubbard/Young Pharmacy

Harris Flooring America

Oasis Pools Inc.

Tom Teasley

51 Civic Center Boulevard Ext

(864) 882-3333

402 College Ave Suite A

Anderson, SC 29625

123goswimmimg.com

Clemson, SC 29631

(864) 225-8631

(864) 654-1771

www.harriscarpets.com

TUTORING/ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT The Tutoring Center, Clemson-Seneca SC

www.hubbardyoungpharmacy.com RESTAURANT TEX MEX

(864) 481-0481

PRESSURE WASHING & WINDOW CLEANING

Tipsy Taco

clemson_seneca.tutoringcenter.com

Sea to Summit Pressure Washing, L.L.C.

(864) 553-9964

(864) 653-0123

www.tipsytaco.net

www.seatosummitpressurewashing.com ROOFING Family Roofing (864) 261-0841 www.callfamilyroofing.com

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