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46 | Asleep no more; Dunwoody begs a visit

It’s time to fill the tank and break out the boat! The beautiful lakes that make up the eastern border of Oconee County are beckoning. Calm waters await skiers and tubers, fish are begging to be caught and the islands of Lake Keowee have hung out their welcome signs for weekend sunbathers. Sailboats will be vying for a summer breeze, and pontoon owners will be enjoying a glass of wine while floating toward another spectacular Keowee sunset. There is simply no better time to live in the Upstate. Bolstered by the beautiful blooms of spring, we have undertaken to present a colorful collage of summer starting with acre-upon-acre of daylilies in June and closing out the summer with the unmatched beauty of Monarch butterflies. Bill Bauer invites us to spend a summer weekend in Dunwoody, where food, shopping and entertainment have turned a one-time farm community into a bustling tourist mecca. Bill also suggests a round of golf while staying at North Carolina’s Greystone Inn or one of the 14 Lake Toxaway Company’s lakeside homes also at Lake Toxaway. Meanwhile, North Carolina-

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based Vanessa Infanzon suggests exploring historic Asheville B&Bs, where owners are serving up creative, gourmet breakfasts that will have you coming back time after time. If the heat gets too stifling, consider starting your day on the Upstate’s “other” cool fishing venue, Lake Jocassee. Capt. Steve Pietrykowski says the size of Jocassee’s trout and bass more than make up for getting a few less bites. And, if the fish aren’t biting at all you can simply sit back and enjoy pristine views of mountains and waterfalls. Summer doesn’t get much better than that. Another “cool” summer place is Cashiers. A short 75-minute drive into North Carolina could find you dining at the truly unique Orchard Restaurant, a hot spot even among the locals. Finally, our calendars are full, from theater offerings to a plethora of festivals and weekend events guaranteed to put some pep in your step this summer. Please enjoy this edition and, as always, I welcome your comments and suggestions at: Brett McLaughlin, editor

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Take the Bait

story by Brett McLaughlin photos courtesy of Fishski Business



hat makes it such a special lake is how big it is, how many miles of shoreline, the clean water and all the healthy bait fish and stuff that the fish can eat and get big.” — Yamaha Pro Angler Justin Lucas

The outriggers are set on Capt. Steve Pietrykowski’s pontoon boat, just waiting to reach into the depths of Lake Jocassee in search of a lunker trout or bass.

“… the Hartwell Dam and Reservoir Project succeeded in creating one of the most famous and recreationally treasured lakes in the Eastern U.S. A true gem with rich historical relevance, Lake Hartwell offers an ideal venue for some fortunate angler to write their own chapter in history …” — from the Bassmaster website, March 2018 Yada, yada, yada … yah, Hartwell’s great, and we all know it … home to more Bassmaster tournaments than there are bass … lunker, lunker, lunker … “Lake Keowee tends to live in the shadow of its more publicized neighbor lake, Lake Hartwell. That’s too bad. Keowee is a beautiful, clear-water reservoir that’s filled with spotted bass and home to far more bruiser largemouths than most bass fishing fans probably realize.” — from

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Fishski Business led these three anglers to Lake Jocassee and a nice array of bass with a trout in the middle. Harder to fish, the lake typically produces fewer but bigger catches of game fish.

There’s been a ton of tournament activity in the last few weeks on Lake Keowee, with the BFL two weekends ago, a large dealership tournament this past Saturday and the 150-boat Boating Atlanta tournament on Sunday. — a 2016 post from Blah, blah, blah … yup it’s beautiful … the Keowee beat goes on … Hartwell, Keowee; Hartwell, Keowee … when it comes to fishing that’s all one ever seems to hear about. What about Jocassee? Is it just the redheaded stepsister of Upstate lakes or what? Doesn’t anyone fish it? 16 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

As a matter of fact they do. And, according to one of the guys who makes his living helping other folks catch fish on Lake Jocassee, they do it with sizeable success. “It’s a tough lake to fish, but I love Lake Jocassee,” says Capt. Steve Pietrykowski, a Midwestern native who has been plying his Fishski Business on lakes Hartwell and Jocassee for the past 10 years. Clear, deep water is generally a bane to serious fishermen, but Capt. Steve says Jocassee has its upside as well. “It can be deep right off the bank, and a lot of people haven’t fished that kind of depth

before,” says the young captain, who grew up foregoing water skis for a chance to fish with his grandfather. “But DNR (Dept. of Natural Resources) has been releasing trout into the lake for a long time, and they’re the main draw. “There are bass though and they’re big. The possibility is always there to hook into a real quality fish,” he adds, noting that bass may average 2.5 to 3.5 pounds on Jocassee compared to 1.5 to 2 pounds on Hartwell. Pietrykowski said most folks who seek his guide services with Jocassee in mind know what his plan will be. In the winter months, he particularly enjoys trolling along the shorelines

where the water depth is less than 100 feet. “I’ll use live bait,” he explains, “and troll for trout. The chances are good in Jocassee that you could land a 20-inch trout, and that’s considered a gold medal fish.” In the process of catching a variety of fish, Pietrykowski said he is always looking for those two or three good bites from trout. Through May regulations limit the number of fish that can be taken from Jocassee to three. They must be 15 inches and only one can be greater than 21 inches. Those restrictions are lifted in June when, as the water warms, the fish move deeper. “They have to go deep to stay cool. It’s not unusual to find them at 150 to 180 feet,” the captain says. “Oxygen and temperature determine where the fish will be. Summer fishing generally involves trolling with artificial bait. Fishing after dark also picks up. “You can put out some sodium or halogen lights. They attract plankton and that, in turn, brings out the fish,” ” he explains, adding that the best fishing is often on “dreary, rainy, ugly days.” “Trout are finicky feeders to begin with,” he notes, “but I’ve worked with different rods and experimented with certain baits and, while you can’t guarantee anyone success, we generally do all right.”

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Pietrykowski took a circuitous route to the Upstate. After a season as an Alaskan fishing guide, he struck up a friendship with his brother’s college roommate, and the pair hatched a plan to work fishing charters in the Florida Keys. As they worked as deckhands, they chatted up local charter captains who, according to Pietrykowski, are among the most knowledgeable ocean fishermen in the world. “Every morning we were at the dock talking with these guys,” he recalls. “Eventually, they started asking us to clean their boats; then they asked us to be mates when some of their full-time people were off. After a couple of months it became full-time. So I ran charters and tourney fishing for two years.” The road then led to Clemson where he became the turkey-hunting companion of a Clemson professor. One day as they drove across Lake Hartwell his friend suggested that there were great striped trout in Lake Hartwell and that he should start a guide service. “I wanted to be successful and that meant putting together good trips,” he says. “I did a lot of research, and I think it paid off. Last year I probably took out 200 groups.” Pietrykowski lives a mile from Hartwell, meaning much of his business is done on that lake. However, he doesn’t mind the 25-minute drive to Jocassee where outings usually run 5-6 hours, compared to 2-4 hours on Hartwell. “It’s certainly the prettiest lake. You can find some real solitude up there. And, if the fish aren’t biting, you can always visit the waterfalls,” he said, recalling a husband-wife outing that involved equal parts of fishing and sightseeing. “I think that’s how the guy got to go out fishing,” he smiled. n For more information about Fishski Business visit: or text or call Capt. Steve at 864.353.3438.


Now those are serious bass! Two proud anglers show off their winter catch while working the waters of Lake Jocassee with Capt. Steve Pietrykowski of Fishski Business.


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of keeping Keowee clean FOLKS mission has never changed story by Brett McLaughlin | photos courtesy of FOLKS



or 25 years Friends of Lake Keowee Society has been doing everything it its collective power to help maintain the quality of water in Lake Keowee. It has been a mission simply stated, but not so easily accomplished. Much of its work has been done behind the scenes with little fanfare: tedious hours spent testing water in the basements of member homes, scaling lakeside embankments to inspect septic systems, slogging through swollen streams and prying into manholes bubbling with human feces. Members have spent countless hours sweeping trash from the lake, posting “no fire” signs on dozens of islands, erecting bird sanctuaries and implementing erosion control measures. However, not all FOLKS’ initiatives have been so quietly undertaken. The organization has made its share of headlines, and its members have been verbally scourged as being interlopers at best and carpetbaggers at worst. “I don’t look at us as litigious,” said Ben Turetzky, who, as executive director, has been the most public face of FOLKS since 2005. “I think a lot of animosity stems from a lack of understanding of the importance of a clean lake.”


Island 23B is close to the Cliffs Vineyards. It is the home of 11 blue heron nests. The island had been eroding badly (top photo) until FOLKS provided stabilization using funds provided by the Habitat Enhancement Program.

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{at top} Construction of a pervious driveway at the FOLKS office on Keowee School Road is shown here. Water goes from the drive to a 2,000-gallon tank to be used for watering a garden. • {middle} In the past six years there have been serious fires on an island on the south end of Lake Keowee and at an island near Mile Creek Landing. These signs were purchased jointly with Duke Energy, and FOLKS members erected 71 across the lake. • {at bottom} FOLKS was able to purchase this building on Keowee School Road for use as an office, library and laboratory. Pervious paving, examples of green roof garden plants and other environmentally sound landscaping have been added over the years.


It was this overriding desire to protect the lake that actually drove a Dept. of Health and Environmental Control official and Clemson professor Haines Murray to encourage the formation of FOLKS and to recruit Keowee Key resident John Barnes as its first president in April 1993. Barnes guided meetings held in basements of homes and recruited a band of volunteers to begin testing water quality from their boats or docks using Secchi devices, a disc used to gauge the transparency of water by measuring the depth at which the disk ceases to be visible from the surface. FOLKS’ efforts to be informational, rather than confrontational, surfaced early. In August 1993, the organization’s newsletter, The Sentinel, noted that flyers bearing FOLKS name and opposing a local developer’s dockage plan were having a negative impact on the organization’s image. An editorial noted, “We did not encourage our membership to support either side in the dispute.” The following fall, an initial lake sweep was organized. The event not only garnered positive publicity, but also bolstered the membership rolls. Those additional numbers would come in handy soon as members raised concerns about proposed speed boat races on the lake and implored FOLKS’ involvement. “I think that’s the first time some people suggested we were sticking our noses where they didn’t belong,” Turetzky said, “but, honestly, we were never looking for fights.” Fundraising efforts produced money to buy equipment for testing 1-liter bottles of water. That testing was made easier as FOLKS sold property it had been bequeathed and used the proceeds to buy a new home at 4065 Keowee School Road. An office, library and lab were the first priorities. Building on its relationship with DHEC, the Society obtained a $250,000 EPA matching grant in 1999 that funded extensive testing to determine sources of lake pollution. “Most lake areas are pretty clean,” Turetzky said, “but the concentration (of pollutants) goes up in the tributaries that feed the lake. Cane Creek is the worst.” To that end, FOLKS undertook a variety of programs, including septic tank inspections and remediation, and an erosion control program. Working in conjunction with Clemson University, stream cattle crossings were identified, fencing installed and new water wells dug away from the streams for watering cattle. Meanwhile, meetings were underway with builders to encourage better erosion control measures during construction, and Turetzky was lobbying county leaders to require 75-foot septic tank setbacks for new homes. Both efforts propelled FOLKS back into the headlines. “We were making some progress when the housing bust hit in 2008-2009 and the county agreed to grandfather all the plotted lots at 50 feet,” he said. The retired chemical engineer argues that the number and maintenance of septic systems is one of

the biggest threats to the lake’s water quality. “With the development of remaining lakeside properties, there will likely be upwards of 9,000-10,000 individual septic systems on the shoreline,” he said. While FOLKS “came in late” in the successful effort to block MonteLago, a 12-story condominium development proposed for Luther Landing Road, the organization was front and center in two other development controversies — Palmetto Point Marina in Oconee County and Warpath Landing in Pickens County. In Oconee, developers sought a permit in January 2010 allowing for a 56-slip marina complete with a restaurant, store, 20-room lodge and a 250-boat dry storage area. FOLKS argued that the resulting boat traffic would be unsafe. Eventually, the development was licensed for 13 homes. Similarly, on the Pickens County side of Lake Keowee, Warpath Landing developers proposed a potential hotel and conference center with 100 boat slips. The project, however, wound up in a court battle among the partners and, in 2016 Duke canceled the Warpath license. “Anything we went to the mat for had a pretty good effect on water quality,” Turetzky said. “… It wouldn’t be as clean as it is now.” Others agree. FOLKS has been recognized by the EPA for the work done in the Cane and Little Cane Creek Watershed; by The South Carolina Environmental Foundation; and has received the Honor Roll Award from the Izaac Walton League for promoting good conservation and stewardship. FOLKS’ active participation as a stakeholder in the recent 30-year relicensing of the Keowee-Toxaway Project was instrumental in including water protection, dock extension opportunities and habitat enhancement. Those efforts may have also led to another chapter in FOLKS’ rich history. Last fall, Duke Energy presented a check for $1,044,050 to the three incorporators of the new Lake Keowee Source Water Protection Team — David Bereskin, Greenville Water chief executive; Bob Faires, Seneca Light and Water director of utilities; and Turetzky. The formation and work of the LKSWPT is expected to be crucial to the lake’s viability for years to come. “I estimate that the combined population growth over the life of the new license, for the three counties withdrawing water from Lake Keowee, will result in 500,000-750,000 people getting at least part of their drinking water from Lake Keowee,” Turetzky said. That makes FOLKS’ mission viable and unchanged as the organization embarks on a second quarter-century. n

{above} Lake Sweeps have become regularly scheduled events involving dozens of FOLKS members as well as volunteer divers. • {at right} Volunteers are shown constructing an osprey platform on one of the Lake Keowee islands. • {below} FOLKS has partnered with a variety of organizations to promote environmental issues. Here, Walhalla Boy Scout Troop 50 members mark drains with “Don’t dump” signs as water from these drains flows into Lake Keowee.

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story by Brett McLaughlin | photos courtesy of Richardson’s Daylily Farm

The road into Richardson’s Daylily Farm is long and winding, lined on both sides with daylilies as far as the eye can see.

eil Richardson was born with a green thumb; an appendage that he had no idea would fill the days of his “retirement” with a good deal of hard work but even more days surrounded by nature’s astounding beauty. Richardson and his wife, Taunia, grow daylilies … not just a few scattered blooms here and there, but clump-after-clump, row-after-row, acre-after-acre. When the blossoms bloom in late May and June, people throng to their Murphy Road farm, many to buy plants, but hundreds of others to simply walk through fields of endless color. “Lilies come in every color,” Richardson explains,


pausing before adding, “except blue. “Oh, I’ve got flowers with blue in the name — blue sky, blue water, blue this and blue that — but they’re really not blue. The first person that comes up with a true blue daylily is going to make a fortune.” Richardson never intended to create a business when he started planting lilies. He thinks growing things has always been in his DNA. “My father loved flowers,” Richardson says, recalling his days growing up near Lancaster, SC. “He grew roses, but eventually settled on poppies. He loved them. He’s the guy that got the state to grow them in the highway medians. They called him ‘the poppy man’.” Even before moving to the Upstate, Richardson was planting daylilies as part of his landscaping. When he purchased 200 acres outside of Anderson in 1992,

his primary intention was to dig a pond on which he could hone his competitive water skiing skills. The result was a 2,200-foot long “lake” with an island at each end, which his boat could circle around without creating disruptive waves. By the time he began building a house on the property in 1998, daylilies were already blooming, as was Richardson’s physical therapy business. “I started offering therapy in a small building across from the hospital in Anderson,” he said, “and before we sold everything a few years ago, my partner and I had built it into 32 clinics.” It was in 2003, however, that the daylily business really took root. “There was a lady who had 238 different cultivars (varieties) and she wanted to sell them all. I told her fine, and we started loading them up. I wasn’t going to take the labels but she insisted. In fact, she told me she was going to come here and make sure I had put the labels out.” She did. In the genus Hemerocallis (daylily) business, labeling is important. Gardening enthusiasts and professional horticulturalists have long bred daylily species for their attractive flowers. Richardson said that some 90,000 cultivars have been registered by local and international Hemerocallis societies, 3,500 of which are represented on his farm. Each label contains the hybridizer’s name and the date the cultivar was accepted into the American Hemerocallis Society. At that time, the creator of the flower is given the honor of naming it.

Every variety of daylily has a tag that contains the name of the hybridizer, the year the plant was recognized by the American Hemerocallis Society and the name the creator gave the cultivar. The center row in this photo is named “A Legacy from the Heart.”

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With that initial purchase of plants, Richardson put together his first daylily beds, eight rows measuring 12 feet wide and 200 feet long. Each row contained a label. As both his enthusiasm and his daylily business has grown, Richardson has gone in search of more specific cultivars, paying as much as $200 for a single lily. He has also invested accordingly in an effort to see that his plants thrive. His beds now line the long drives into his farm, as well as fill several acres in different locations around the home. New beds are being developed using compost, river sand and an expensive potting mix that he buys by the semi-load. “You can’t imagine what I paid for that 65 yards of potting mix,” he says while driving his golf cart past a massive mound of rich soil. “Let’s just say that the lilies (we sell) don’t pay for it.” Typically, daylilies, when cared for and irrigated as Richardson’s are, will triple in size in a single year. Every years he digs up twoyear-old sprawling clumps and separates the fans, putting at least two trimmed fans in every pot that will be sold. When sales began this year the farm had prepared 30,000 Dug up lilies are shown being divided. They will be potted for sale next year. Beyond this work area is one of the vast lily fields at Richardson’s Daylily Farm.


Neil Richardson’s farm features 3,500 different cultivars of daylilies. Each year, 30,000 three-gallon containers featuring 700 different lilies are sold to customers eager to capture a bit of the beauty.

three-gallon containers, offering 700 different cultivars. The going price is $8-$15 per pot. “We send out 600 postcards to repeat customers every year,” Taunia said. “We love it when folks start coming out.” The couple chuckled recalling a visit by four ladies who arrived in a Jeep Cherokee the first year they opened for business. They spent the entire morning walking the fields and picking out the colors they wanted. When they were done, there was barely room for them to get back in the car. “And they came back the next day too,” Taunia laughed. The flowers and the visitors they attract have led to other undertakings. One friend suggested they should open a wedding venue on Neil’s “pond.” Five years ago the Richardsons introduced The Oaks, a lakeside, 350-person venue reached by traveling down a lily-lined road. Guests enter through massive French Oak doors (circa 1800) to find a sprawling indoor-outdoor center that overlooks the lake/pond where the daylily story all began. An avid hunter, Richardson is also developing a skeet range on a hill overlooking the lake. “Of course, it won’t be open when the lilies are blooming,” he smiled. “That wouldn’t be good for business.” n Richardson’s Daylily Farm is located at 505 Murphy Road. For more information or to check on the status of daylily sales, visit: Richardson Daylilies on Facebook. More information about The Oaks can be found at:

{above} Lilies that have become too thick are separated and repotted for sale. • {at right} Neil Richardson conducts an interview with a local television reporter during last year’s sales season. Richardson operates one of the largest daylily production facilities in South Carolina.

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ascinated by a story that features more questions than answers, a growing number of Upstate residents are joining a national effort to save a species of Monarch butterflies that brightens our lives for a few weeks every fall … … Unfortunately, in fewer and fewer numbers. “We are a big refueling stop on their migration,” said Stephen Schutt, superintendent of Oconee County’s South Cove Park. “They travel 25 miles a day as part of a trip of more than 2,500 miles, and we see them coming and going for a month.” As he has for the past three years, Schutt will teach three small classes, as well as individual organizations, tips for catching, tagging and releasing Monarchs in advance of the fall migration. Persons interested can obtain details by following @southcovecountypark on Facebook. These majestic orange and black butterflies travel from Canada to their wintering grounds in Mexico every fall, following a number of routes, one of the primary ones hugging the Appalachian Mountain chain. Sadly, they have declined more than 80 percent during the past two decades, in part because agriculture and

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development have overtaken the only food their caterpillars eat: milkweed, and because illegal logging is destroying their winter grounds. “Twenty years ago the October sky would be orange with Monarchs,” Schutt said. “Now we see a lot, but not like we used to.” Still, those who make the trip continue to astound both citizen scientists and university researchers. “Their endurance and ability to navigate the route are amazing. There’s just so much we don’t understand,” said Schutt. The butterflies that travel the Appalachian route and funnel into Mexico via Texas are the fourth generation of butterflies that began migrating back to Canada in the spring. Thus, the trip to winter in Mexico is their first.

“We don’t know if they somehow recognize landmarks or are just following the sun or streams. There are a lot more questions than answers,” the park superintendent said. Monarch butterflies migrate because they cannot withstand freezing weather in the northern and central continental climates and because the larval food plants they need do not grow in their wintering sites. So, the spring generation must fly back north to places where the plants are plentiful. Monarch larvae appear to feed exclusively

This map depicts the spring and summer migratory routes of Monarch butterflies. Only those that funnel through Texas to Mexico make a spring migration back to Canada, and only the fourth generation of those northbound butterflies survives to make their first and only trip to Mexico the following fall. Photo courtesy of

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During the fall MonarchWatch program at South Cove Park participants — young and old — are shown the proper way to handle the fragile Monarch butterflies.


on milkweeds, ingesting the plants’ toxins into their wings and exoskeletons, thus making the larvae and adults toxic to many potential predators. Unfortunately, these life-saving toxins aren’t capable of fending off human interference such as illegal logging that is ravaging their winter grounds 60 miles northwest of Mexico City. Schutt explained that in 2013-14 the winter grounds had been reduced to the size of typical backyard. However, through the efforts of the grounds are being restored. Overseen by the University of Kansas, sells tags to anyone who wishes to participate, regardless if they have taken Schutt’s two-hour class. The sale of these tags helps fend off illegal lumbering and also provides a monitoring system as tagged butterfly sightings are reported back to the organization. Monarchs are one of the most recognized species,” Schutt said. “Even kids know what they are and are fascinated by them. Anyone can do it (catch, tag and release). Sometimes you will find 20 in five minutes. Other times you can come out here and not see any for 90 minutes.” South Cove makes a point of planting a lot of wildflowers and pollinating plants to attract the Monarchs. Both Schutt and Oconee County 4-H Extension Agent Mallory Dailey have been encouraging local residents to plant pollinator gardens, and Dailey is overseeing development of the Oak Grove

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Thirteen bed and breakfast innkeepers in Asheville have decided the way to a tourist’s heart may be through his stomach. Gourmet breakfasts, such as this classic Italian offering of eggs di Parma, are now standard morning fare. Photo by Erin Adams Photography

Come for the Breakfast, Stay for the Charm ASHEVILLE’S INNKEEPERS ARE THE PERFECT HOSTS story by Vanessa Infanzon



f your summer calendar includes a long weekend or a quick mid-week jaunt to Asheville, you should know that the city’s bed and breakfast inns are making it increasingly easy to select the perfect accommodations for an overnight stay. Thirteen innkeepers have formed the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association (ABBA) to promote luxurious bed and breakfast experiences. Not only are they using gourmet breakfasts to entice visitors, they have even created “Morning in the Mountains,” a beautiful cookbook that includes recipes of their most popular dishes. Historic homes in the group feature large front porches, inviting sunrooms and breathtaking architectural design. Each home has its own special story such as Engadine Inn & Cabins at Honey Hill. Built by a former Confederate Army captain in 1885, the house was a family home through the late 1980s. It was originally a vineyard until Prohibition, according to innkeeper Rick Bell. The original woodwork in the home — molding, doors and floors — is pristine and unpainted. Seven fireplaces have intricately carved mantles, and even the door hinges are delicately designed. Private rooms and bathrooms, gourmet breakfasts and an innkeeper’s insight into Asheville’s hidden gems are what make the bed and breakfast experience different from other accommodations.

A Gourmet Morning You can start your day with a gourmet meal as each inn serves two to three courses of sweet and savory items. “We (ABBA) place a real high priority on the kind of food we serve,” Bell said. Dishes with pretty names such as savory egg soufflés, wine poached plums and bourbon orange-baked French toast are served in Bell’s well-appointed dining room at a community table. Each innkeeper puts a lot of thought into the morning menu, knowing guests need to be fueled for a day of hiking and sightseeing. Enjoying the meal with strangers may start out awkward, but, as Bell explains, “It’s meant to be a common experience. Meaning, everyone eats together.” From the kitchen, the innkeeper can listen to guest conversations. He’s noticed how the group is usually quiet the first morning, perhaps sharing a bit about where they’re from and their plans for the day. By the second day, breakfast is noisier with discussions about adventures from the day before and the swapping of recommendations for that day’s itinerary. For guests that don’t want a communal experience, other inns such as Beaufort House, offer individual tables. Daytime Excursions Spending the day at the inn is always an option. There are plenty of niches for reading, chatting and playing cards. The porch swing at Carolina Bed & Breakfast and the gazebo at Beaufort House are perfect for a well-deserved break. Or, take in the view from Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast’s treehouse-like sun porch.

{at top} The innkeepers in Asheville realize that a hearty breakfast is needed for an active day of sightseeing, hiking or shopping. For that reason, gourmet breakfasts are becoming commonplace. • {middle} Historic homes in the group, including A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast, feature large front porches, inviting sunrooms and breathtaking architectural designs. Here, a stay in the turret suite is particularly memorable. • {bottom} Spending the day at the inn is always an option. Most inns feature plenty of niches for reading, chatting and playing cards, including this historic parlor at A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast. Photos by Murray Lee

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Every home has a story and Asheville innkeepers are happy to share them. Pictured here is Beaufort House. A gazebo on the grounds also affords guests the perfect place to get away for a well-deserved break. Photo courtesy of

{at left} Engadine Inn & Cabins at Honey Hill was built by a former Confederate Army captain in 1885. The original woodwork in the home — molding, doors and floors — is pristine and unpainted and seven fireplaces have intricately carved mantles. Photo by Rick Bell • {at right} Perfectly manicured gardens and opulent interior décor highlight a stay at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast, one of 13 inns in Asheville’s B&B Association. Photo by Jane Stoffer

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ley Company offers a private Apple Country Wine tour. Get picked up from your B&B in a fully equipped bus. Enjoy 10 wine tastings at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards and Burntshirt Vineyards for just $89 per person. Outdoor enthusiasts may enjoy biking or hiking on one of Asheville’s greenways. The French Broad River Greenway is 2.8 miles and offers views of the river. Reed Park Greenway begins at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville and has an urban feel to the .7-mile trail.

Need a good book for when you return to the B&B? Visit Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar. Grab a sparkling wine, or a local beer or coffee while you peruse the stacks. Insider Dining Information Asheville’s innkeepers have the inside track on where to eat. Here are a few of their recommendations: • Bouchon’s menu features French dishes made with local ingredients. Leave room

GOURMET RECIPES FROM “MORNING IN THE MOUNTAINS” Quiche Provencal from Carolina Bed & Breakfast 1 large or 2 small red bell peppers, roasted 1/2 tsp. olive oil 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar 1 tsp. fresh oregano 1 tsp. minced fresh basil Salt and pepper 1 partially baked piecrust 1 to 2 cups crumbled goat cheese 5 large eggs 1 1/2 cups half & half

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This tasty quiche Provencal features roasted bell peppers, crumbled goat cheese and a blend of special spices. It is just one of many recipes featured in “Morning in the Mountains,” a new recipe guide compiled by Asheville’s B&B innkeepers. Photo by Erin Adams Photography

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place piecrust on a baking sheet. Layer half of goat cheese and red peppers in piecrust, top with remaining half of goat cheese.

Whisk together eggs and half & half in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over goat cheese layer in piecrust. Bake until puffed and set, 40 to 50 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting. Note: To partially bake piecrust, fit pastry in pie plate and line with a large piece of nonstick foil, shiny side up. Fill with pie weights, uncooked rice, or dried beans. Bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Carefully lift foil and weights from hot crust. Let cool on wire rack. {Serves 6-8} Orange Glazed Fresh Berry Salad from A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast For Dressing ¼ cup sugar 1/3 cup orange juice 1/3 cup water 1 tbs. Grand Marnier 1 tbs. pure vanilla extract For Salad 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries 2 ½ cups fresh blueberries 1 cup green grapes, halved 1 cup red or black grapes, halved 1 to 2 cups mandarin orange slices, rinsed and well drained Combine sugar, orange juice, water, and Grand Marnier in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves; reduce heat and simmer 12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool slightly. Toss fruit with warm dressing in a large bowl; serve on lettuce leaves or spoon into fruit cups. {Serves 10}

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What could be better at a summer breakfast than this orange-glazed fresh berry salad? It is a featured recipe in “Morning in the Mountains,” a new cookbook compiled by Asheville’s B&B innkeepers. Photo by Erin Adams Photography

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B&BS IN THE ASHEVILLE BED & BREAKFAST ASSOCIATION Engadine Inn & Cabins at Honey Hill Chestnut Street Bed & Breakfast Dry Ridge Inn Asheville Bed & Breakfast A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage Sweet Biscuit Inn Beaufort House Inn Wildberry Lodge The Inn Around The Corner The Reynolds Mansion Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast Crooked Oak Mountain Inn Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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Enjoy a private, gourmet breakfast and take in the view from Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast’s treehouse-like sun porch. Photo by Jane Stoffer

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It’s Time For A Change! Meet Your Neighbor and Candidate John Elliott: • Graduate of The Citadel (Bachelor of Business Administration) • Graduate of Clemson University (Masters in Accounting) • Spent 37 years in accounting and finance, including as a certified public accountant. • Served as a company controller and the chief financial officer of a global textile company. “There are gaps in the way the current county council majority exercises its financial responsibilities. These gaps will ultimately lead to a financial crisis that can only be resolved through significant long-term financing or significant future tax increases. I will work with other council members to rectify this situation using my strengths and expertise in business and financial management. “Currently there is inadequate leadership and governance by the county council majority. With my expertise in directing different types of organizations, I will work with the other council members and the county administrator to strengthen our leadership. “Oconee County is growing with little control on development activity from the county council majority. I believe we must start planning now or our main corridors will end up congested like Easley, Simpsonville and Clemson. I will work with other council members, planning commission and community development to develop appropriate long-term plans to manage this growth.” —John Elliott

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Your Leaders Support John Elliott Oconee County is experiencing unprecedented commercial growth, and industrial growth not seen since Duke Energy’s construction of the Oconee Nuclear Station. Clemson University’s impact on Oconee County cannot be overstated. Growth is here, and much more is coming. And at a time when Oconee County needs planning more than ever, the majority of county council refuses to plan. Like me, John Elliott believes in growth and development. John also understands the importance of planning for growth. That’s why I am endorsing John Elliott for District One on Oconee County Council. The future is just too important not to plan for. — Paul Cain

I support John Elliott. He will bring respect, dignity and professionalism back to our county government and the citizens we represent. His financial knowledge as a CPA and chief financial officer, plus strength of character as a Citadel graduate are just a few of the qualities that he brings to the county. With the loss of our administrator, these skills will be needed more than ever. — Julian Davis

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Caffeine and Octane is now the largest monthly car show in North America. It happens every Sunday morning in the Perimeter Mall parking lot in Dunwoody, Ga. Photo courtesy of Dunwoody CVB


Sleepy, farming village gives way to destination hot spot story by Bill Bauer

hat a difference a highway can make! When Atlanta’s I-285 bypass opened back in October 1968, Dunwoody was a sleepy, little, unincorporated village. A farming family, the Spruills, whose roots date back to the 1890s, owned most of the land along Ashford Dunwoody Road. A few scattered farmhouses and the Dunwoody Baptist Church were all that occupied both sides of I-285, and there was only one shopping center with a Big Apple Grocery Store and a King’s Pharmacy. Today, the farmhouse where Stephen and Mollie Spruill raised their family has been preserved on the corner of Meadow Lane and Ashford Dunwoody Road. But, now amidst an area known as Perimeter Center, just a few miles from the confluence of highways known as “Spaghetti Junction,” lies the hub of modern day Dunwoody. Entertainment, shopping, dining, culture and a host of accommodations define the 21st century version. While the house, now the Spruill Art Gallery and Gift Shop, serves as a reminder of the past, the young and vibrant city of Dunwoody has awakened and transformed itself into a major player on the destination scene. Just 10 miles from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, it is an ideal and affordable getaway location.

If you like sushi and burgers, a stop in Perimeter Mall’s unique Cowfish restaurant is a must. Cowfish’s menu offers every sushi roll imaginable, complemented with an equal number of specialty burgers and sandwiches. Photo by Bill Bauer

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VISITORS COULD VISIT DUNWOODY MANY TIMES OVER AND NEVER DINE AT THE SAME EATERY. We recently spent three days in Dunwoody that began with a little pampering at Angela Michael Skincare & Spa on Jett Ferry Road. Angela has been in Dunwoody since 2005 and offers a variety of wellness treatments to relax, rejuvenate and purify your mind, body and spirit. Private rooms are aptly named Believe, Hope, Dream and Faith. It was the perfect beginning to our visit. ACCOMMODATIONS ABOUND Dunwoody may only be 90 minutes from the Upstate but, with all it has to offer, it’s mighty deserving of an extended stay in any of the seven hotels in Perimeter Center. All are within walking distance of Perimeter Mall and dozens of restaurants and retailers. There is a free shuttle service within a three-mile radius, and to and from the nearby MARTA station. Many, like The Hampton Inn & Suites Perimeter Center where we stayed, are right on Ashford Dunwoody Road, just off I-285 and only 10 miles from Atlanta. The Hampton has all the comforts of home and shares a plaza with The Corner Bakery and a steakhouse. SHOP ’TIL YA DROP There are malls and then there are malls. Anchored by Macys, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Von Maur, Dunwoody’s Perimeter Mall is the second-largest shopping center in the Southeast. The center hosts over 200 retail stores, six signature restaurants, a food court and three first-class spas. Ample parking is free, and MARTA will bring you to the Mall’s front door. Beyond the Mall, Perimeter Place and Dunwoody Village house a swarm of locally owned boutiques and eateries. And, if you feel the need, Atlanta’s Lenox Square and


Phipps Plaza, which feature upscale shopping, are right down the road. YOU NEVER GO HUNGRY From sushi to steak and desserts to die for, dining in Dunwoody offers every conceivable cuisine. Ethnic cafes, upscale steakhouses, wine bars, burger joints and family-owned authentic Italian restaurants, are just a few of the culinary choices. Visitors could visit Dunwoody many times over and never dine at the same eatery — we did our best to make the rounds. Upon arrival we chose Eclipse Di Luna, a restaurant and Spanish tapas bar with an artistic flair that’s a short stroll from the Hampton Inn. Encouraged to “explore the menu” and try a little bit of everything, we did. The menu is huge as is the assortment of tapas. But if you can handle it, try the house favorite dessert, Tres Leches — cream, coupled with condensed

and evaporated milk, poured over a sizeable hunk of sponge cake, drizzled with caramel and topped with whipped cream. Right across the plaza was Café Intermezzo, where a plethora of pastries, coffee, tea and wine are served in an intimate setting. The Black Mountain Cake and Chocolate Truffle accompanied by a glass of paired wine was the perfect place to end the day. A quick phone call to the Hampton and the free shuttle arrived to return us to the hotel. After a light breakfast (It’s a long day of dining in Dunwoody.) we headed for DaVinci’s Donuts, famous for its “design-your-own doughnut station.” Customers can choose from a wide variety of toppings and drizzles or choose from a wide selection of premade selections. (Hint: don’t leave without trying the maple bacon and salted caramel.) A few hours later it was time for lunch at the E.48th Street Market, one of Dunwoody’s oldest dining establishments. Owner Charley Augello opened the family-run, Italian grocery/restaurant, back in the ’80s and has turned it into a neighborhood haunt for seekers of Italian foods. The aromas of freshly baked breads, aged cheeses, spices and family recipe sauces are but a few of the specialties that stir the appetite and delight patrons, many who have grown up visiting the Market. The Augellos

One of the specialties at the E.48th Street Market is the Soppressata Hero with roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella. The Market is one of Dunwoody’s oldest dining establishments and the neighborhood haunt for seekers of Italian food. Photos by Bill Bauer

{above} Bring yourself, your imagination, a sense of humor, and light food and drink if you like to Painting With A Twist, where fun art, as opposed to fine art, is created by you. • {at right} The Spruill Art Gallery exhibits the work of professional artists, holds a multitude of classes and sells the works of local artists. The gallery also happens to be the original home of the Spruill family, which once owned most of the land that is now Dunwoody. Photos by Bill Bauer

have captured the intimacy and hospitality of the typical neighborhood store whose shelves, counter and deli case are awash with Italian specialties. A menu featuring 27 Hero Sandwiches, pizza, salads and entrees is accompanied by a huge selection of Italian wines by the bottle or glass. The Portobello and Soppressata Heroes, both with roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella, were truly Italian. Eat in or take out, but don’t pass on the homemade cannoli! At the end of the day, Vino Venue, proved to be more than a typical wine bar and restaurant. We were treated to a winefriendly menu of bistro-style cuisine designed for sharing, plus a fine selection of charcuterie, cheese and dessert plates. They offer over 200 bottled wines for dining or purchase, and 50 wines by the glass, where you choose the size of the glass and self-pour from automated machines that take a pre-purchased wine credit card. An appetizer of Southern pimento cheese with tomato jam and French bread, set the stage for sharing a Peep Burger, a chicken burger with melted raclette cheese, sautéed spinach, and a black truffle aioli, and a healthy Beef Short Rib, braised in red wine, over a bed of polenta and a side of blistered green beans. Our next visit to Vino Venue will be on an evening when they are offering a wine paring event or a special cooking class in their huge kitchen and workroom. If you like sushi and burgers, a stop in Perimeter Mall’s unique Cowfish restaurant is a must and was the final feast of the food fest. Originally opened in Charlotte in 2011, Cowfish’s menu SUMMER 2018 › 49

offers every sushi roll imaginable, complemented with an equal number of specialty burgers and sandwiches. We began with the signature Cowfish Chardonnay and the calamari appetizer. Next came the All American Double Bacon Cheeseburgooshi, a cheeseburger comprised of natural beef, white and yellow cheddar, and Applewood bacon, all wrapped in soy paper and potato strings, disguised as a sushi roll with a side of fries. In keeping with the “burgushi” portion of the menu, the final entrée was the Fusion Specialty Bento Box, a combo meal featuring mini burger rolls and two sushi rolls, sweet potato fries, Thai cucumbers and edamame. Needless to say, a “to go” box was requested. A full service bar backed by a massive aquarium highlights the décor, as does the fish tank where a real cowfish swims. ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE ABOUND In between dining and shopping, Dunwoody’s ongoing and changing event calendar provides ample opportunity to keep visitors on the go. Throughout the summer, Food Truck Thursdays and the Summer Concert Series highlight a schedule built around special holiday events, art gallery exhibitions, theater performances, walks in the park and hot cars.


The Spruill Art Gallery exhibits the work of professional artists, holds a multitude of classes, and has a gift shop housing one of the best local artists markets in Metro Atlanta. Admission is free and the Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Brushes, a palette of paint, and a blank canvas are ready and waiting for you to create your own art masterpiece at Painting With a Twist, where fun art, as opposed to fine art, is created by you. Just bring yourself, your imagination, a sense of humor and light food and drink if you like. Everything else is ready and waiting. To find out about special events or reserve a session, call 770.676.9524 or visit, and locate the Dunwoody studio. With seven parks and more than 170 acres of green space, Dunwoody is all about the outdoors and returning to nature. Brook Run Park has a two-mile trail for runners, hikers or bikers, and its Treetop Quest has over 50 obstacles and 12 ziplines that will take you 55 feet into the trees. Complete with wetlands and boardwalks, the 22-acre Dunwoody Nature Center has both wooded and streamside trails for hiking, a picnic meadow, playgrounds, and its unique hammock garden for just hanging out and relaxing in the forest.

The Nature Center is open seven days a week from sunup to sundown and is just a short ride from Perimeter Center. Hardly anyone sleeps late on the first Sunday of every month when over 2,000 muscle, classic, high performance, and exotic cars rev their engines in the Perimeter Mall parking lot. It’s called Caffeine and Octane, and what began as a humble meeting between car lovers is now the largest monthly car show in North America. Expect to be among as many as 10,000 folks from all generations from 8 to 11 a.m. The parking lot is known to fill up by 7:30 on most mornings so you’ll definitely want to arrive early for this one-of-a-kind event. n For more information on accommodations and dining, and to find out about events, contact the Dunwoody Convention & Visitors Bureau at 678.244.9806 or visit their website at

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Originally the home of George and Lucy Armstrong in 1915, The Hillmont was eventually sold to Reg Heinitsh Sr. in the 1960s. It served as the clubhouse for the Lake Toxaway Country Club until it was restored and reopened as the Greystone Inn in 1985. Under new ownership since last year, the Inn reopened last month and is now accepting guest reservations.

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y early this century the Heinitsh family’s involvement at Lake Toxaway, a pristine mountain lake community surrounded by a private golf course and historic inn, had already spanned four decades. However, it has been Reg Heinitsh Jr., current owner of The Lake Toxaway Company and Country Club and the son of founder Reg Sr., who has overseen a 21st century modernization and renovation of just about everything located on some 9,000 mountaintop acres. Toxaway, a private, 640-acre North Carolina lake with 14 miles of shoreline, was built in 1903, but went dry when a catastrophic flood destroyed its dam in 1916. The famed Toxaway Inn never reopened and a few private homes

This past October, the Lake Toxaway Country Club completed the latest line of property improvements — a $7.1 million renovation of the clubhouse.


were abandoned — the exception being the Moltz mansion. Columbia-based Reg Heinitsh Sr. purchased the property in 1960. Under his leadership, forest overgrowth was cleared from the lakebed, the dam rebuilt and the Lake Toxaway Country Club formed in 1963. As luck would have it, Ms. Lucy Armstrong Moltz, owner of the property now known as the Greystone Inn, was looking to downsize. When Heinitsh approached with the idea of using her mansion as a clubhouse, she was enthusiastic. Ms. Moltz’s only wish when she sold the property was that “her home be enjoyed by many.” With his father retiring in 1985, Reg Jr. purchased the majority of stock in the Lake Toxaway Company and Country Club and undertook two decades of work and strategic development that included new clubhouses, the Meadow Ridge conservation area, the Toxaway

River Trail and, in 2003, the Fazio Golf Learning Center. All that remained was an upgrade of the anonymously built golf course itself. Enter up-and-coming golf architect Kris Spence. They say timing is everything, and the availability of the “hottest golf course designer in the Southeast” made it easy for Heinitsh to launch a $9 million undertaking by inviting Spence to view his aging golf course. A Donald Ross restoration specialist, Spence had just completed impressive restorations of Ross designs at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville and the Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton. “His passion for golf architecture is unsurpassed. He’s like an archeologist,” Heinitsh said. “And, when he talks about that, you feel the passion.” There was little doubt Spence would be the man for the job, and that Toxaway would be

the setting for his first original design. “I couldn’t ask for a better setting to create my first original 18 holes. Everywhere you look there’s dramatic scenery, from mountains with rock outcroppings to stunning lake waters,” Spence said after viewing the landscape and accepting the challenge. The designer strolled the hills and valleys of the original layout and found blind tee shots, golf shots over hills and a growing canopy that “made you walk sideways down the fairways,” Director of Golf Lou Biago said. “We’ve always had this beautiful setting, but the course was cramped and never took advantage of the scenery Mother Nature provided … What Kris has done on this piece of property is nothing short of amazing.” Greystone guests also have full access to the Lake Toxaway Country Club’s amenities, including exquisite croquet facilities pictured here with the Inn in the background.

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Spence decided the rotation of holes did not fit the property and did not take advantage of the natural scenery. “There were turns that inhibited play and destroyed views,” he said. His plan reversed direction on nine holes and repositioned five others. The result was a layout that fits naturally in its surroundings. “My intention was to build a graceful, subtle design that’s both strategic and interesting,” Spence said. “I tried to create a course more in the mold of an Augusta style of play, where you have a lot of room off the tee and it’s very inviting off the tee. The game really begins on your shots into and around the greens.” Much like Ross, Spence created challenges around the greens with swales, hollows and grass-faced bunkers. The front nine stretches longer than the back and is more open. It flows through a valley surrounded by mountains. The back nine features more rise and fall, playing up to a plateau and back down again. The back is also more secluded, favoring accuracy over distance. After the 17th green, there’s a 100-foot climb to the tee at No. 18. From there golfers are exposed to a panoramic view of the mountains and lake, before hitting downhill to a challenging par-5 closing hole resting below the clubhouse and putting green. Ten years have passed since Heinitsh hired Spence to work his magic, and as one might imagine, his vision did not end when the redesign was completed. This past October, the Lake Toxaway Country Club completed the latest line of property improvements — a $7.1 million renovation of the clubhouse. “The renovation project began and ended with one goal in mind: enhancing the Lake Toxaway community and the member and guest experience,” said Heinitsh. “The design team at Kuo Diedrich along with award-winning interior designer, Traci Rhoads, and renowned landscape architect, Mary Palmer Dargan, helped us accomplish this and more through the creation of an attractive and energy efficient space that suits the needs of both future and current guests.”

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Club members and vacationing guests can now enjoy multiple dining venues including the Firestone Bar & Grille featuring an expansive indoor and outdoor bar, casual grille area and a sweeping covered dining porch with scenic lake, mountain and golf course views. Improvements also include fully renovated locker rooms and wet areas. The men’s locker room has an adjoining card room, and the ladies’ card room also serves as a private dining room in the evening. Both card rooms grant access to an outdoor porch with signature views of Lake Toxaway. A completely redesigned façade features cedar shake siding, stone accents and rustic trim. In addition to its five tennis courts, heated outdoor swimming pool, 18-hole golf course and training center, the Lake Toxaway Country Club has developed a reputation as one of the country’s leading croquet facilities, featuring a robust program for the club members. While the club remains a private golf community, there are two ways to experience all that it has to offer guests. The first is to book a stay in the newly restored and reopened Greystone Inn (See related story.).

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The second is by renting one of The Lake Toxaway Company’s 14 vacation homes or cottages. Each well-maintained and fully furnished rental is tucked along the shoreline, the mountainside or golf course. A typical rental, like the Happy Bear Cove, is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, rustic but elegant cottage, situated at the end of an inlet on the lake. It sleeps six and is pet friendly. The clubhouse is a short golf cart ride way, and the community dock is just around a bend in the lake. Boating, fishing, golf, tennis, croquet and dining are all part of the inclusive country club experience. n For more information on staying at Lake Toxaway or securing a rental property, contact the Lake Toxaway Company at 828.966.4260 and speak with rental manager, Dave Guest. Or, go online at or

Club members and vacationing guests can now enjoy multiple dining venues including the Firestone Bar & Grille featuring an expansive indoor and outdoor bar, casual grille area and a sweeping covered dining porch with scenic lake, mountain and golf course views.


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t was slightly after the turn of the 20th century when a young, vibrant and headstrong socialite, Lucy Armstrong, and her husband George, vacationed on Lake Toxaway. At the expense of sounding trite, Lucy fell in love with the place. Its charm so captured her that she asked her husband, a prominent Savannah businessman, to build her a vacation home on a little knoll overlooking the lake. George made her an offer that in hindsight he probably wished she

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had refused: “Pitch a tent and stay here for the summer and I’ll build you a house.” After living under her personal, 2,000-square-foot bigtop, Lucy got her wish and ground was broken for her dream home. In 1915, the Armstrongs moved into The Hillmont. Lake Toxaway was a thriving vacation destination for the rich and famous. The Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and Firestones regularly frequented the Toxaway Inn. But, the great flood of 1916 broke the dam and emptied the lake.

Vacationers quit coming and the Toxaway Inn closed. A determined Lucy, however, never left and eventually made her retreat her permanent residence after the death of her husband in 1924. Eventually, Lucy remarried local businessman, Carl Moltz, and held fast to the belief that, someday, the lake she had loved would be restored. Her wish came true when Reg Heinitsh Sr. purchased the lakebed, rebuilt the dam and recreated the lake.

The original Lake Toxaway Inn opened in 1903. It flourished as a resort for the rich and famous until a hurricane-induced flood washed out the lake dam in 1916. The inn never reopened and remained abandoned until 1940 when its contents were sold at auction and the building was razed.

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It wasn’t until 1984, though, that Heinitsch and Maryland investor Tim Lovelace began a restoration of the Hillmont, which was being used as a temporary clubhouse for the Lake Toxaway Country Club. Lucy’s beloved property, having barely survived nearly two decades of decay, opened for business July 15, 1985, under a new name – The Greystone Inn. The highly acclaimed inn is not only listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but has become famous with travelers from around the world, having won countless awards including Country Inn magazine’s Most Romantic Inn awards and a Most Romantic Spots in the South designation by Southern Living magazine to name just two. In 2013, The Greystone and an additional lakeside row of suites, the Lakeside and Hillmont buildings, were taken over by Natural Retreats, that two years later chose not to reopen. The property remained dormant until November 17, 2017, when an enterprising young couple, Shannon and Geoffrey Ellis, purchased the estate and vowed to continue Lucy Moltz’ legacy of gracious hospitality. Having successfully tackled a similar project at the historic Willcox in Aiken, SC, in 2009, the couple employed a similar strategy and worked feverishly to reopen the Greystone this past month. “We see ourselves as stewards,” Geoffrey said, “and wanted to restore Lucy’s dream and preserve the Greystone for generations to come, long after we are gone.” Finding the original architectural drawings from 1913, the couple has returned the home to its intended flow to allow for more gracious spaces for entertaining; something that had been lost through years of alterations. Thirty guestrooms and suites ramble among various levels of the original mansion and two lakeside annexes. Many feature fireplaces and magnificent views of the lake and mountains. All are comfortable, quiet and have sumptuous cloud beds. The Greystone Inn has two dining areas, The Lakeside Dining Room, serving full breakfast and beautiful dinners daily, and the Mansion where a grab and go provides items for breakfast, picnic lunches and an hors de oeuvres menu. The Ellises have brought award-winning Executive Chef Regan Browell from the Willcox in Aiken, to oversee all food and beverage service. Guests can also dine at any of the Lake Toxaway Country Club’s facilities. “We want our guests to have a choice as to what to do, what to eat and where to dine,” Shannon said. “We do not have a resort fee and guests can enjoy a la carte activities and dining experiences.” Greystone guests also have full access to the Lake Toxaway Country Club’s golf, tennis and croquet facilities, as well as the fitness center and the Lake Toxaway Marina. The Inn will happily coordinate all guests’ schedules for any and all activities including tee times via a temporary membership card to the LTCC. Shannon and Geoff have continued the grandeur of The Greystone’s historic past, with luxurious accommodations, exceptional dining, an intimate lakeside spa, rambling terraces, screened porches and cozy fireplaces. “Our goal is that The Greystone become the living room of the community and second home to out of town guests. Our renovations are intended to keep the building structurally sound, while ensuring the luxurious comforts expected by our guests and providing lots of gathering places for them to enjoy this very special place,” she said. Complimentary amenities include a champagne cruise on the Miss Lucy, 24-hour concierge, high-speed internet, valet parking, turndown service, kayaks and paddleboards and even a shoeshine. A wealth of activities awaits guests on the lake, in the mountains and on the tennis courts, croquet lawns and golf course of the Lake Toxaway Country Club. “There are endless things to do, although it’s perfectly alright to do nothing at all,” Geoff said. n For information and reservations contact the Greystone at 828.966.4700 or online at

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avid and Candice Hooker remodeled their Lake Keowee house just enough to give it the feel of a French country home … that is once you get past a magnificent entryway staircase that just oozes Southern charm and hospitality. But really, isn’t that as it should be for a Colorado couple solidly replanted in the Heart of Dixie? “It’s really the best of both worlds. It has the privacy and view that he wanted,” Candice said, referring to her husband. “And, we can be skiing in North Carolina in two hours and spend five months swimming, kayaking and jetskiing on this beautiful lake.” It was the lake, in fact, that sold the Hookers on the home they eventually purchased. Once their thoughts turned to retirement living, they undertook an internet search for clear, warm water lakes. One in Georgia and Lake Keowee became the focus of a short-lived road trip. “We fell in love with Lake Keowee as soon as we saw it,” Candice recalled. The subsequent search for a home was also quick, David being drawn to a nearly one-acre, lake point lot with nearby amenities, and he and Candice both visualizing the potential of the 5,600-square foot home they purchased in 2011. “We finished the attic, making it an actual living space rather than just using it for storage,” Candice said. “We have some exercise equipment up there and two queen beds. When the grandkids come, they can really have their own space.” » CONTINUED ON PG.72


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New windows, an additional sliding glass door, major renovations to the home’s baths, some alterations in the kitchen and new paint throughout, made the home move-in ready. Part of the attraction was the fact that much of the furniture and many of the accessories in their Colorado home, fit perfectly in their new home. “Practically everything in the master suite and formal dining room came from Colorado,” she said, adding that even a pair of mirrors from Colorado fit exactly the space above remodeled granite-topped vanities in the master suite. It’s not uncommon for visitors to stop in their tracks upon entering the home and seeing the spiral staircase leading to an upper level balcony and guest rooms. However, passing the staircase takes one to the formal living room where a fireplace dominates one wall and windows scale two stories of another, offering a 180-degree view of the lake. The arch atop the window is the first indication of a design style repeated throughout the home, from additional arched windows to similarly shaped doorways that provide passage to the master suite, the formal dining room and the adjacent kitchen on the main level.

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The master is both spacious and an architectural delight. Crown moldings highlight an inverted trey ceiling that gives the bedroom an almost dome-like appearance, especially when the room’s inset lighting is in use. French doors lead to a sizeable sitting area with additional views of the lake and access to an outside porch. The bath is also spacious and features a barrel ceiling, tile shower, granite countertop vanities and a Jacuzzi tub. On the other side of the living room is a combination family room and kitchen with an excellent lake view. Candice enjoys cooking, and an island and lower counter provide plenty of room for food prep. An upper counter affords casual dining. Countertops were replaced, new tile added around the stove and the walk-in pantry was redone as part of the remodeling.

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This busy area of the home has several unique features, including wellcrafted cabinetry, a built-in desk area, a small breakfast nook and access to both a sunroom and another small reading area. A butler’s pantry provides access to the formal dining room, which features a bay window. A magnificent dining set includes a stunning china cabinet in which the couple displays David’s mother’s blue Spode china. The lower level of the home has an open area for relaxing, a small kitchenette and a bath that is handy for those coming in off the lake. There is access to an expansive and grassy backyard, which slopes gently to a lakeside dock. The view of the lake is even better from the second floor balcony and a nearby library area. Looking out over the living room, one can see well into the

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most magnificent view of the lake awaits. “It’s a peaceful place to live,” Candice said. “We love the lake in all the seasons, and we also love to just sit and watch a full moon rise at night or the sun rise over the lake in the morning.” n

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COOL OFF IN CASHIERS The Orchard offers good food, well served

You can spend a cool, relaxing evening at The Orchard even if all you choose to have is a glass of wine and the Whiteside brie appetizer featuring St. Andre triple cream Brie cheese, served with house made blueberry port wine preserves, sliced apples, spicy walnuts and slices of French baguette.



xactly how good are the food, service and atmosphere at The Orchard? Good enough that, for nearly 19 years, Travis and Chad Boswell have been operating a year-round, fine dining establishment in a community whose last census produced 157 permanent residents. So good, in fact, that, for the first dozen years, their restaurant flourished even when serving alcohol was against the law. “Cashiers was dry until 2013, but we succeeded anyway. A lot of people wondered how we did it, and even I have to admit that, once we were able to sell alcohol, I wondered how we did it,” quipped Chef Travis. It certainly doesn’t hurt that, from late spring until early fall the greater Cashiers population swells from 1,700 to over 10,000. Several thousand make the North Carolina mountain community their summer home. Thousands of others visit for from a few days to a few weeks.

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(TRAVIS) CALLS THE MENU SOUTHERN — A LOT OF GRITS, CHICKEN LIVERS AND FRIED GREEN TOMATOES — WITH A MOUNTAIN FEEL — VENISON AND A HOST OF TROUT OPTIONS. “It ramps up in April and May and it’s very busy from June through September or October, but we have a lot of repeat customers,” Travis said. A clue to the Boswell brothers’ success was found while browsing the reawakening village. Having made the 75-minute drive from Oconee County in early March, we made a point of mentioning our intention to dine at The Orchard to several locals. “Oh, that’s going to be good,” the clerk at a boutique told us. “You’re going to love it.” “That’s a great place to eat,” commented our waitress at the nearby Sapphire Brewing Company. “I wish I could get my boyfriend to take me there more often.” Travis believes those kinds of accolades and The Orchard’s ability to attract diners throughout the year is attributable to one thing: good food, well served in a casual atmosphere. He calls the menu Southern — a lot of grits, chicken livers and fried green tomatoes — with a mountain feel — venison and a host of trout options. “I wanted to create an approachable menu,” he said, “based on solid cooking methods and good ingredients.” Diners can choose from four different fresh trout entrees, all of which come from North Carolina streams. “Our folks like their trout, and we serve a lot of it,” owner/chef Travis Boswell said.


While Cashiers’ remote location makes if more difficult to obtain local ingredients, the brothers do incorporate local vegetables, goat cheese and chicken and pork raised in North Carolina. The menu has some variation, but Boswell has found that his regular clientele enjoy knowing what the menu will contain. Seasonal ingredients are frequently what “nightly specials” will include. “We do what we do the best that we can,” Travis said. “We may tweak the preparation but, for instance, we have offered Orchard chicken for 15 years. People are happy to know they can get that item year after year.” The “mountain” flavor of the menu is clearly reflected in four trout offerings, ranging from the lump-crab-stuffed, char-grilled Continental Divide, to the lightly dusted, sautéed Trout Chattooga filet with a splash of wine sauce. As tempting as the trout entrees being served up around us appeared, we chose to follow the locals and split our order between the Orchard chicken and the nightly special. We prefaced the meal with an abundant appetizersized order of chicken livers, lightly breaded, perfectly fried and served with caramelized onions. It was a great start! The Orchard chicken lived up to its billing.

The breaded and lightly fried all-natural breast took on a unique taste as it was rolled around a golden delicious apple, walnut, sage and provolone cheese stuffing. Fingerling carrots and tender asparagus added both color and flavor to the plate. The special was a sizeable portion of grilled corvina, a firm, white fish similar to sea bass. Its mild, sweet taste blended well with panseared sea scallops, both of which were served over jasmine rice, finished with lemon basil butter sauce. Grilled asparagus and a field pea stew completed the plate. Mid-meal, Chad, who oversees the front of the house, stopped by to inquire how things were going. We had nothing but praise, but did get a couple of questions answered regarding the décor of the 100-year-old farmhouse in which we were eating. Originally the private residence of Methodist pastor Rev. William Hawkins, a circuit-riding preacher who became known as the “Shepherd of the Hills,” the home was purchased in the 1940s by Edwin Menninger, brother of renowned psychiatrist Karl Menninger. Edwin summered at the home and planted many plum, pear and apple trees, some of which still adorn the orchard After their father sold his restaurant in downtown Cashiers in 1998, Travis, who was running the eatery at the time, and Chad bought the then-empty home and undertook a massive renovation project. Several different dining rooms all offer rustic charm, including inside dining and outside dining on the porch or patio, all overlooking the orchard, lawn and gardens. Artifacts of yesteryear adorn the walls of the building. A new events barn was built three years ago, offering seated dining for up to 90 people inside and up to 140 when the barn doors are opened. Up to 200 can enjoy smaller cocktail receptions at the facility. If the heat of summer

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The Orchard restaurant occupies a former private residence. The main dining room, which seats 40, was added when the Boswell brothers purchased the home in 1999. Several smaller dining rooms, as well as a porch and patio provide additional seating, all in a rustic atmosphere.

drives you up the mountain, make a point of enjoying dinner at The Orchard. Be sure to make a reservation by phone or online at You can even spend the night in The Orchard Cottage, a 500-square foot cabin that features granite countertops, a wet bar and small refrigerator, flat screen television, fireplace, tiled shower tub and fine linens. n

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World Equestrian Games coming to Tryon


ne of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar is coming to our doorstep this fall. Combining eight equestrian world championship caliber events, The FEI World Equestrian Games will be hosted by the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC, from Sept. 11-23. Daily attendance of 40,000-50,000 people is expected. “The 2018 WEG is expected to be the largest sporting event in the United States and fourth largest in the world in 2018 and should be on everyone’s to-do list. We are anticipating a soldout event,” said Mark Bellissimo, founder and CEO of TIEC. The FEI World Equestrian Games is administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport. More than a half-million people attend the 14-day event, which features eight world championships, making it the largest equestrian competition in the world.

The games are the major international championship event for jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. In addition to the competitions, attendees will be able to take in a variety of demonstrations of these skills throughout the event. The games were last held in the United States in Kentucky in 2010. Fifty-seven countries were represented by 800 people and their horses at those games. The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games were hosted in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany and France in 2014. The FEI World Equestrian Games is just one part of a trifecta of equine events taking place at TIEC. The inaugural World Equine Expo will run during the WEG, providing a platform to honor,

{clockwise from top right} Driving is one of 10 international equestrian sport disciplines. Conceptualized by HRH Prince Phillip, it is modeled after the mounted equestrian discipline of three-day eventing or, the human equivalent of a triathlon. Competitors can drive a turnout of a single horse, a pair of horses or a team of four horses. Photo courtesy of FEI • Riders and horses from all over the world compete at Tryon International Equestrian Center in front of spectators viewing from the comfort of elevated viewing areas around each ring. In September the resort will host the Olympic-like international equestrian games. Photo courtesy of Tryon Resorts • Eventing is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against other combinations across the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping. Photo courtesy of FEI


celebrate and promote horses and horsemanship through a trade fair, demonstrations, educational seminars, clinics, panel discussions, an equine art and film festival, and competitions on topics critical to raising awareness and expanding global equestrianism. The Expo will include the WEQx Games, which are spectator-friendly derivative equine competitions that highlight the accessibility, diversity, athleticism and passion for horse sport for athletes of all ages. In addition, the Expo will host and debut the inaugural World Horse Day with a charity gala. “World Horse Day will be the ultimate celebration of the horse, an animal that has supported humans since the beginning of time. While often an unsung hero, this incredible animal

or the entire games. Tickets are available online at All tickets and passes grant access to the general event grounds including the expo, vendor areas and demonstrations. Individual competition tickets are available for all disciplines. Individual competition tickets range in price from $20 to $175. Some all-session day passes have already sold out. n

tion, security, entertainment, friendship, therapy and sport throughout the world. The love of the horse is universal and profound. The opportunity is to better package the spirit of the horse and make it known and accessible to a broader audience.” With all competitions happening onsite, attendees can come for the day, a weekend, a week

is overdue for its turn in the spotlight. World Horse Day honors the horse and its unparalleled contribution to our world,” said Bellissimo. “All of our countries were discovered on the back of a horse. The horse and other equines (donkeys, mules) have been partners in humanity for over 4,000 years … these amazing animals continue to provide sustenance, transporta-

TIEC is located at 25 International Blvd., Mill Spring, NC. South Carolina attendees should take I-26 west to exit 67 to US 74 E Columbus/Tryon. Go straight through the roundabout off the exit then veer right towards Forest City/Shelby to get on US 74 east. Drive eight miles to 170. Satellite shuttle stops and parking areas will be identified throughout the region and around the TIEC area to help facilitate traffic flow in and out of the facility.

Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC, has quickly established itself as one of the world’s premier equestrian destinations showcasing some of the top riders in all equestrian disciplines and offering an array of activities, from golf and skeet shooting to dining and shopping. At the center of it all, however, are the equestrian grounds. Photo courtesy of Tryon Resorts





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calendar of events JUNE The ARTS Center of Clemson offers children’s Summer Art Camps throughout June and July; a complete list of camps, dates and more information is available at:

THRU OCTOBER 7 Biltmore will host Chihuly at Biltmore. This exhibition of monumental glass sculptures by multi-media artist Dale Chihuly will be set throughout areas of Biltmore House, gardens and grounds; requires daytime estate admission; for more information visit:

JUNE 2 Fresh Fest kicks off the season for the Walhalla Farmers Market to be held at Walhalla Performing Arts Center. Inflatables for the kids; pancake breakfast by the Lion’s Club; displays by 4-H, Clemson Extension Service, Walhalla Civic Auditorium and more; plus, lots of locally grown fresh produce; 8 a.m. to noon. Fun in the Sun in downtown West Union; enjoy live music and family events; food vendors and a marshmallow-eating competition; visit:

JUNE 4 First Gateway Golf Tournament at Cross Creek Plantation in Seneca; 8 a.m.; proceeds benefit the Gateway Arts Center and the girls varsity golf programs in Oconee County; for information email: Hendersonville Monday Night Live! concert series opener features Virginia & The Slims playing jump blues and swing. The free live performances happen every Monday night thru June 25 at the Visitor Center, 201 South Main St.; 7-9 p.m.

JUNE 9 I Battled Bad Creek Third Annual 5K; certified course above Lake Jocassee Bad Creek Road, Salem; registration, 8 a.m.; race begins at 9 a.m.; for registration/information contact Jordanie Mertil at 864.885.7153 Seneca Rotary Club sponsors the Lake Keowee Poker Run; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1290 Doug Hollow Road; best hand wins $2,500; registration at Pickens Amphitheater hosts Left Lane Bluegrass, 7-9 p.m.; 114 W. Main St., Pickens.

JUNE 13 Join the Reserve Foundation to hear Michael Ciaccia, program director at the Peace Center, to learn about the shows of the 2018-2019 season; 7-9 p.m. Following the presentation, Glenis Redmond, poet in residence at the Peace Center where she provides community workshops and readings, will present her life and works. Wednesdays at the World of Energy free summer program for children ages 6-12; activities begin at 10 a.m. and last one hour; visit for more information.







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Know the aids to navigation and buoy system in your areas. Don’t operate the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When operating sailboats, be aware of overhead power lines and wires. If someone falls overboard, throw something that will float (Personal Floating Device (PFD), raft or cooler). All boats approaching from the right have the right of way. Always anchor from the bow of the boat and pull the anchor before leaving. If the boat capsizes, stay with the boat. If caught in a storm, head into the wind, put on PFD’s and keep passengers low in the boat.

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JUNE 16 Hagood Mill’s Americana & Folk Festival — A Tribute to 1968; stories of Apollo 8, Women’s Lib, RFK’s assassination and Vietnam in the headlines musicians such as the Beatles, Otis Redding, Steppenwolf and Simon & Garfunkel were translating our lives through their music. Join us as we look at the year 1968 through a musical lens; free admission, $5 parking; 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens.

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JUNE 20 Wednesdays at the World of Energy free summer program for children ages 6-12; activities begin at 10 a.m. and last one hour; visit duke-energy. com for more information.

JUNE 23 Pickens Amphitheater hosts RetroVertigo, 7-9 p.m.; 114 W. Main St., Pickens. Hendersonville’s Antique & Vintage Show on the sidewalks of Main Street; features vintage, handmade, rustic, Mid-Century, industrial, collectibles galore; held rain or shine; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

JUNE 26 Walhalla Presbyterian Church presents a patriotic concert to honor veterans; 7 p.m.; free, but donations will go to the Oconee County Veterans Relief Fund; for more information, call 864.638.5640.

JUNE 27 Wednesdays at the World of Energy free summer program for children ages 6-12; activities begin at 10 a.m. and last one hour; visit duke-energy. com for more information.

JULY 3 Independence Eve in Walhalla; music, children’s activities and fireworks at the Walhalla soccer field; 7-10 p.m.; visit:

JULY 4 Hillbilly Day at Mountain Rest; 120 Verner Mill Road; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; bluegrass music, clogging contests, fiddle and banjo competitions, barbecue and more; bring a chair; visit: mountainrestcommunityclub. com Pickens Amphitheater hosts Jake Bartley Band for its July 4 Celebration; 7-9 p.m.; 114 W. Main St., Pickens. Seneca Fest 4th of July: Enjoy a free concert featuring Stone Echo and Funk Factory from 6-9:30 p.m., followed by fireworks over Gignilliat Field in downtown Seneca. Visit:

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Hendersonville Fourth of July Fireworks Display; 9:30-10 p.m.; South Main St & Hwy 176.

JULY 7 Pickens Amphitheater hosts Jack Greer; 7-9 p.m.; 114 W. Main St., Pickens.

calendar of events JULY 8 Join the World of Energy, 7812 Rochester Highway, Seneca, for its year-round celebration of Oconee and Pickens counties’ sesquicentennial (150 years) anniversaries as Thomas Heard Robertson, P.E., presents “Andrew Ellicott, the Stargazing Surveyor of the Mountainous Upstate;” 3 p.m.; free; for information:

JULY 9-31 Duke World of Energy hosts Keep Oconee Beautiful Association Photo Contest Display.

program is part of a series that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Oconee and Pickens counties.

JULY 28 Walhalla Performing Arts Center hosts An Intimate Evening with Larry Gatlin. As part of a trio with his younger brothers Steve & Rudy, Gatlin performed on 33 Top 40 singles. He is known for his rich falsetto singing style and for the unique pop-inflected songs he wrote and recorded in the 1970s and ’80s. Premium tickets to this show include a PreShow meet and greet and photo opportunity; tickets and info:

JULY 18 Wednesdays at the World of Energy free summer program for children ages 6-12; activities begin at 10 a.m. and last one hour; visit for more information.

JULY 20 Pickens Amphitheater hosts Young Appalachian Musicians and Carolina Blue; 7-9 p.m.; 114 W. Main St., Pickens.

JULY 20 THRU AUGUST 30 Blue Ridge Arts Council, 111 E. South 2nd St., Seneca; annual member show; free entry for BRAC members; opening reception July 20; for more information, visit: www.

JULY 21 Come join your friends at Hagood Mill as we host a “Banjo Extravaganza”; this educational event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and will trace the long history of the banjo, and feature live music beginning at 11:30 a.m.; free admission, $5 parking; 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens. Historic Flat Rock Home Tour, 2-8 p.m. See three of the earliest estates in Flat Rock, all on the National Register — Beautiful Mountain Lodge c1827, acknowledged to be the first estate built by the Charlestonians when they established Flat Rock as The Little Charleston of the Mountains; Saluda Cottages c1836, now completely restored to its finest glory days; and Beaumont c1839, one of the finest estates in Flat Rock; tickets and information, call 828.698.0030.

JULY 24 “History of Tamassee DAR,” free public forum at 10 a.m. at the World of Energy, Rochester Highway, Seneca; this educational

AUGUST 3 Walhalla Performing Arts Center hosts James Gregory, the funniest man in America. James creates an evening of non-stop laughter with a wry sense of the absurd, a Southern accent and universal storytelling. His show turns the clock back to a time when life was simpler; to a better time, before the death of common sense; a time when people sat on the front porch and actually talked to each other; tickets and info:

AUGUST 4 Pickens Amphitheater hosts Jamie Wright Band; 7-9 p.m.; 114 W. Main St., Pickens.

AUGUST 6-23 Hi-Fiber Quilt Show at the World of Energy, Rochester Highway, Seneca; visit worldofenergy for more information.

AUGUST 18 Walhalla Performing Arts Center hosts Black Jacket Symphony – Led Zeppelin IV, a unique concert experience recreating classic albums in a live performance setting with a first class lighting and video production; tickets and info:

The Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Revue will be turning and the hills resounding in song as Hagood Mill hosts an old-time gospel singalong. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and be prepared to belt out all the familiar old gospel songs with our heritage singers; free admission, $5 parking; 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens. Pickens Amphitheater hosts Angela Easterling and the Beguilers; 7-9 p.m.; 114 W. Main St., Pickens.

AUGUST 25 Walhalla Performing Arts Center hosts John Berry; pre-show opportunity available with VIP Experience package; tickets and info:

AUGUST 31 – SEPT. 1 72nd North Carolina Apple Festival, Downtown Hendersonville; street fair, arts & crafts, entertainment, children’s activities, parade, food; Fri.- Sun. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Mon. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; King Apple Parade on Labor Day, 2:30 p.m.

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D I G I TA L MUSEUM SCARBOROUGH-HAMER COLLECTION Seneca, South Carolina has acquired the Scarborough-Hamer Collection of 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts. Robert Lee Scarborough assembled the core of the Scarborough-Hamer Collection to assist in the interpretation of the social, political, and economic history of lower Richland and Sumter Counties. The Collection contains many of the furnishing styles popular during th the Victorian period, including Eastlake, Federal, Eclectic, Rococo Revival, Renaissance Revival, and American Empire. Other items in the Collection include glass, porcelain, housewares, linens, art, and books. 88 ‚ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

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Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy.


Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics, including “Where the Boys Are,” “Sweet Sixteen,” “Calendar Girl,” “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and of course, the chart topping title song.



Henry Crocker’s family has long been in dread of his tantrums, which are worse now due to business reverses. So when Jed Tracy visits the family, Henry’s long-suffering wife sees a chance for action. Jed is Henry’s idol who saved his life in the war and was his commanding officer. She gets Jed to bet Henry he can’t go for a week without losing his temper. Of course, everything goes wrong that week — enough to make anyone blow his stack. A comical and rollicking look at learning self-control.


JUNE 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Disney’s beloved musical enchants us as we meet Belle, an intelligent, misunderstood woman, who trades places with her father to be held captive by a menacing Beast. But appearances may not be what they seem, as Belle realizes the castle is under a spell that only love can break. Lumière, Mrs. Potts, and Cogsworth help her understand her new world, and Belle learns that adventure isn’t just found in the pages of a book.


One of the most enduring musicals of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s irresistible family show is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. The sensational musical is full of unforgettable songs, including “Go Go Go Joseph,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door” — a winning, rollicking show that’s ideal family entertainment.


Saturday, July 28 @ 7:30 pm Known for his rich falsetto he achieved considerable success in country music. Enjoy many of the Gatlin Brothers hits during Larry’s acoustical performance.


Friday, August 3 @ 7:30 pm An evening of non-stop laughter, James has a wry sense of humor and is a master story teller. This show turns back the clock to a much simpler, common-sense time of life.


PRODUCTION BY SHERRI DUNLOP Friday, August 10 @ 7:30 pm Saturday, August 11 @ 7:30 pm Sunday, August 12 @ 3:00 pm A group of Southern women, as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel, bond and gossip at a local beauty shop.


Saturday, August 18 @ 7:30 pm A unique concert experience with a first class lighting and video production. The album is performed, then the Black Jacket Symphony returns to perform Led Zeppelin’s greatest hits.


Saturday, August 25 @ 7:30 pm The singer-songwriter rose to stardom on the country charts with such mega hits as Your Love Amazes Me, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye and She’s Taken a Shine. Come explore his songs and stories.


Saturday, September 8 @ 7:30 pm Country music icon and Grand Ole Opry member, John brings you classic hits like Rose Colored Glasses, Friday Night Blues, Backside of 30, I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You, and more! Walhalla Farmers Market • Saturdays June to September In Our Parking Lot • 8am to Noon

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Gospel music and dance underscore and support this moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning.


The Wolf: villain or victim? The Three Pigs: innocent or at fault? The Jurors, solid citizens or characters with a past? And what about Judge Wise O. Al? Is justice on his side, or does he have a secret to hide? Goldilocks: Guilty or innocent? Was the young girl a selfish, spoiled brat, intruding where she didn’t belong? Or was she the victim of three conniving bears and their animal “band of

hoods” in the woods? The answers to these profound questions and more are revealed once and for all. These delightful stories with their intriguing storylines and vivid characterizations will appeal to audiences of all ages.



The ultimate love story continues in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Ten years after disappearing from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has a new life in New York where he lives amongst the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Christine Daaé, now one of the world’s finest sopranos, is coming to perform in New York. In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island. Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of

intrigue, obsession and romance.


Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria, the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious plotting penguins bound onto the stage in a musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, this production will captivate your heart from start to finish.



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Located at Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, S.C., the center opened in July 1969, when Oconee Nuclear Station was under construction. The World of Energy is the longest continually operating nuclear visitors center on the planet. Whether you are looking to fill an hour or spend an entire afternoon, the World of Energy engages you with informative exhibits and displays. Begin with a tour of our new educational exhibits inside and outside. Pack a picnic and enjoy nature on the grounds. The Story of Energy offers fun and interactive ways to learn about electricity. Visitors of all ages will discover how energy is made from water and uranium, as well as wind and solar. The self-guided tour lets you explore at your own pace, but plan to spend at least 30 minutes viewing our exhibits. We are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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For details and directions to any of our 26 beautiful Oconee County waterfalls, grab a brochure on waterfall hikes, a local visitor’s guide or download our SC Waterfalls mobile app. Plan ahead and be prepared for your hike! 1. Bee Cove Falls 2. Big Bend Falls 3. Blue Hole Falls 4. Brasstown Falls 5. Bull Sluice Falls 6. Cham Ram Park (Ramsey Creek Falls)

7. Chauga Narrows 8. Cheohee/Miuka Falls 9. Fall Creek Falls 10. Hidden Falls 11. Issaqueena Falls 12. King Creek Falls 13. Laurel Fork Falls

14. Lee Falls 15. Long Creek Falls 16. Mills Creek Falls 17. Opossum Creek Falls 18. Pigpen Falls 19. Reedy Branch Falls 20. Riley Moore Falls

21. Secret Falls 22. Spoonauger Falls 23. Station Cove Falls 24. Whitewater Falls (Lower) 25. Wrights Creek Falls 26. Yellow Branch Falls


Enjoy all there is to offer in the “Land Beside the Waters” with family and friends! 27. Enjoy a boat tour of Lake Jocassee 28. Whitewater raft down the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River 29. Enjoy the view at Chattooga Belle Farm 30. Hike the Foothills Trail 31. Grab a flashlight and visit Stumphouse Tunnel 32. Enjoy the many offerings of the Sumter National Forest 33. Take a drive and see the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail 34. Pick-up fresh Oconee grown fruits and vegetables at one of our four local farmers markets 35. Grab a bike and see Oconee County on two wheels 36. Cast a line on Lake Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee 37. Pull on some waders and fly fish on the Chauga and Chattooga Rivers 38. Rent a pontoon and enjoy the day on Lakes Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee 39. Play a round of disc golf 40. Hit the pavement for the Seneca Half Marathon 41. Hike the Chattooga Trail 42. Head to one of Oconee’s four State Parks for a picnic or swim 43. Pitch a tent or park your RV at one of Oconee’s 3 County Parks 44. Rent a kayak or learn to paddle board at South Cove County Park 45. Paddle around Lake Tugalo 46. Hit the links at any of our many golf courses 47. Saddle up and go horseback riding 48. Try local honey from one of our 100+ beekeepers ... Sourwood honey is local specialty. 49. Build a campfire, tell ghost stories, and eat s’mores 50. Rent a vacation cabin for the weekend 51. Take a family picture on the suspension bridge at Chau Ram County Park


52. Find some hidden treasure on a geocache or letterbox outing 53. Pitch in for the Think Oconee/Keep Oconee Beautiful litter campaign 54. Enjoy spring break programs at South Cove County Park 55. Catch a trout on Lake Jocassee 56. Find an Oconee Kindness Rock and share on Facebook (Oconee Rocks) 57. Check out the fall foliage 58. Run a 5K 59. Feed the fish at the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery 60. Hike the East Fork trail from Fish Hatchery parking lot 61. Get your adrenaline pumping with a zipline canopy tour at Wildwater LLC 62. Enjoy fresh Oconee apples at one of our many U-pick orchards OR roadside markets 63. Take the kids for a family outing to “Go Fish” stocked \ catfish pond 64. Try your hand at Pickle Ball 65. Visit the South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair and see how an old-fashioned fair should be 66. Try guided striper fishing on Lake Hartwell 67. Take a jump off the high dive at Oconee State Park 68. See the rare elusive Oconee Bell via the Oconee Bell trail at Devils Fork State Park 69. Attend a Farm-to-Table dinner 70. Watch a movie at the World of Energy Movie Night 71. Sport your Halloween costume at Boo by the Lake at South Cove Park 72. Cool off with a family tubing trip down the river 73. Take in the panorama at the Oscar Wigington Scenic Overlook 74. Take a stroll down any of our cities’ charming main streets for shops and snacks.


Visit a museum or historic site and learn about our local area and what has made Oconee County so special for the last 150 years! 75. Oconee History Museum (Oconee Heritage Center) 76. Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum 77. General Store Museum 78. Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina 79. Patriot’s Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum 80. Lunney House Museum 81. Oconee Station State Historic Site 82. World of Energy 83. Historic Old Pickens Church 84. Oconee State Park 85. Westminster Depot

86. Blue Ridge Field 87. St. John’s Lutheran Church 88. Old Saint John’s Meeting House 89. Bethel Presbyterian Church 90. Alexander Cannon Hill House 91. Retreat Rosenwald School 92. Russell Farmstead Site in Sumter National Forest 93. Historic Ballenger House 94. Foothills Farmstead 95. Tour a historic cemetery 96. Visit all of our historical markers


Oconee’s history, heritage, and natural beauty has inspired many wonderful artists and musicians 97. Take a class or view an exhibition at the Blue Ridge Arts Center 98. Support the Full Moon Artists 99. Visit End of the Road Studios 100. Paint a picture at Walhalla Art Works 101. Visit Arts off the Alley for some unique souvenirs or gifts 102. Check out the unique crafts at Kudzu Kabin Designs 103. Grab a book or enjoy a program at one of our 4 public libraries 104. Catch a musical act or play at Walhalla Performing Arts Center 105. Relax at Seneca’s Jazz on the Alley 106. Local music at the Westminster Music Centre 107. Immerse yourself in a comedy or drama at Oconee Community Theatre 108. Bring your lawn chair for Westminster’s Music on Main

109. Enjoy the pickin’ and grinnin’ at Long Creek’s Silver Dollar Music Hall 110. Spot the cats on historic Ram Cat Alley 111. Kick up your heels at the Oconee State Park Square Dance 112. Complete a Passport to Arts, Treasures and History from Oconee Arts & Historical Commission 113. Learn a new instrument at Oconee Heritage Center 114. Get in the Christmas spirit at one of Oconee’s Christmas parades 115. Take a walking tour of historic downtown Walhalla, Westminster, or Seneca 116. Share the beauty of Oconee and enter the “Keep Oconee Beautiful Association” Photo Contest

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Oconee’s calendar is dotted with festivals and fun all year long. 117. Seneca Fest 4th of July 118. South Carolina Apple Festival - Westminster 119. Oktoberfest - Walhalla 120. July 4th Hillbilly Day – Mountain Rest 121. Labor Day Brew N Que – Seneca 122. South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair – The F.A.R.M. Center in Seneca 123. Oconee Belle Fest at Devils Fork State Park 124. Mayfest Art of Living - Walhalla 125. Long Creek Music Festival 126. Fun in the Sun Festival-West Union

127. Cruzin on Main Classic Car Cruise Ins with the Big Show 128. Tamassee Brew Festival 129. Long Creek Fall Picnic/Music 130. Appalachian Homecomin - Salem 131. Issaqueena’s Last Ride Cycling Challenge 132. Home, Health and Life Expo - Seneca 133. INT Wakeboard/WakeSurf event-South Cove Park 134. Rally in the Valley cycling event - Walhalla 135. Mountains to Main Triathlon-South Cove Park 136. Old Keowee Contra Dance-South Cove County Park 137. Seneca Jeep Fest

FOODIE TREATS You gotta eat! Oconee has something for everyone… 138. Ice cream scoop at Ye Old Sandwich Shoppe, CC Fudge and More, or Sweet Retreat 139. Try the South Carolina State Snack, boiled peanuts, at Pelfrey’s (corner of Whetstone Road and Highway 28) 140. Get saucy and have some BBQ at Black’s BBQ, Brasstown BBQ, Heavenly Hog, Little Pigs BBQ, or the Spotted Pig 141. Order the fried chicken at Walhalla Steakhouse Cafeteria 142. Relax with a view of Rabun Bald from Belle’s Bistro at Chattooga Belle Farm 143. Savor a sandwich or salad at Presst or Blue Marble

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144. Have a fancy date at Vangeli’s Bistro, Paesano’s, Capone’s or The Lighthouse 145. Meet some friends after work at Sole Sushi Bar & Grill or The Tiki Hut 146. Grab a burger at Time Drive-In, Bantam Chef, or Lucky Strike 147. Try something spicy at Taco Riendo, Puerto Nuevo, Three Amigos or Los Amigos 148. Pick a meat and three at Kountry Kupboard or Mountain View 149. Enjoy a slice at Carolina Pizza, Humble Pie, or Joe’s New York Pizza Kitchen 150. Find your drinks at Solé, Brews on the Alley, Spot on the Alley or the Beer Station

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Getting started in kayak fishing


ecently an opinion survey of kayak anglers by a popular kayak and accessory manufacturer revealed some not-so-startling realities of the largest growing segment of the fishing community. At the top of the list was the fact that the overwhelming majority of kayak anglers, even those who are leaders and innovators in the sport, have been involved in kayak fishing for less than 10 years. It’s no surprise then that every angler who steps up to a plastic boat with a fishing rod in one hand and a paddle in the other has questions. Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked questions.


bined air and water temperature is less than 120 degrees. If it’s cold or even cool, an outer layer that sheds water is recommended. Wear your life preserver every time. With today’s inflatable flotation devices there’s no excuse not to. Don’t forget waterproof footwear. WHAT SHOULD I TAKE? Plan your trips with a specific fishing pattern, maybe two, in mind. You don’t have a lot of room for extra tackle and gear to catch everything in one trip. Keep extra clothes, phone, safety gear, first aid supplies, food and plenty of water stored in watertight containers below deck.

WHAT BOAT SHOULD I BUY? WHAT ARE THE HAZARDS OF KAYKayaks come in two flaAK FISHING? vors — sit on tops and cockpit Drowning is number one. boats. Some anglers may not Always wear your flotation debe happy fishing from a cockvice, even on short trips. pit style boat. Sit on tops allow Second are powerboats that more freedom of movement don’t see you in the middle of and have scuppers to let water the lake or waterway and run that gets in the boat drain out. over you and your boat. Wear A one-piece, roto-molded Kayak fishing is the largest growing segment of the fishing industry. [photo by Phillip Gentry] visible clothing, outfit your boat is generally better than boats with hi-vis flags, always use a a two-piece seamed boat because 360-degree visible white light with fresh. Most anglers start off in freshwater eventually the seam will leak. It at least 36 inches of elevation when fishing at lakes and reservoirs catching bass, bream and is better to buy a good used boat than a bad night and always assume anyone in a power catfish. As their skill sets increase, kayakers new boat. Holes or wear spots in a good used boat doesn’t see you. begin to target other species such as inshore boat can be repaired more cheaply than buyStrong currents, wind, fog and lightning, saltwater and even fish in the open ocean. ing a new high-dollar boat. all require the same amount of caution and Many anglers find bass fishing just as adDon’t buy the biggest and best new kayak preparation when fishing from a kayak as dictive from a plastic boat as a bass boat and on the market when starting out. If you start they do when fishing from a powerboat. begin accumulating gear and tackle for bass with a good entry level used boat and like the fishing pursuits. sport, you will want to go better … meaning pricier … in your next boat. Kayak anglers WHAT DO I WEAR WHILE KAYAK FISHING? are always swapping out boats. Plan on falling in the water every time you If you don’t like the sport, getting your Phillip Gentry is the host of “Upstate fish from a kayak. You won’t, but if and when money back on a good used boat is easier. Outdoors,” broadcast from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays on 106.3 WORD FM you do, you’ll be dressed for the occasion. or online at Wear clothing that doesn’t hold moisture; WHAT SPECIES OF FISH SHOULD I FISH FOR? that means all cotton, especially if the comEverything that swims — saltwater and 94 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

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The latest in dockside convenience



t has been nearly 33 years since my wife Sara and I started Kroeger Marine and built our first boat dock on Lake Keowee. Now, with our son Ben being involved as general manager, we hope there are many more years to come. The first dock we built is still on the lake and being used today. I remember bringing the first HydroHoist boatlift to the Upstate SC Boat Show and people looking strangely at it asking, “What the heck does that do?” Now, most boat owners with a dock have some type of lift to keep their boat out of the water and protected. Boat docks have also come a long way from that first flat-roof, galvanized structure we built. Many docks are now built from aluminum and have architectural styles that include hip and gable roof lines covered with coated metal, cedar shake or copper roof materials. These floating structures are very maintenance-free and durable and do an excellent job blending in with the lake and surrounding landscape. We have always had a passion for innovation and enjoyed recognizing the needs of our fellow lakefront property owners. We have found it is the simple things that make a difference when it comes to enjoying time at the lake and on your dock. Our company holds patents and represents many products that are popular conveniences: SWIMEZE A safe and easy way to get in and out of your kayak from your dock, plus a secure stor-

age device. It allows for storage above the water line and is angled, when stored, so no rain gets inside. KAYAK STOW AND GO As you may have discovered, one of the most active times for using your waterfront is when you have family or guests visiting. Your guests may not be familiar with boating, swimming or just being around the water. Keep this is mind as you operate your boat or other equipment around your dock. A little supervision and guidelines for children can go a long way in keeping everyone safe.

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For the past five years, I have had the pleasure of writing articles for Upstate Lake Living magazine, touching on topics related to your waterfront lifestyle. These have included permitting guidelines, safety around the water and structure maintenance. I feel we are, for the most part, current with this information. That said, I will be taking a sabbatical from writing. However, I will stay in contact with Editor Brett McLaughlin. If at any point a topic needs to be addressed, we will work together to explore and distribute necessary waterfront information. For now, I will sign off and wish you a fun and safe summer on the lake. Dave is president/CEO of Kroeger Marine Construction, which has excelled for decades, offering unmatched experience and quality in boat dock building, erosion control and boat lift installation.



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Glen Falls


f the cool breezes of the Blue Ridge Mountains beckon you in the summer, consider a visit to Glen Falls, a nice falls just below Highlands, NC. The trail to the falls takes the hiker through a pleasant forest of hardwoods and pines and, as Overflow Creek plunges over the ledge below, you really get two falls in one. There are two distinct tiers totaling over 200’ in height, each with an entirely different look and feel. Makes for an excellent half-day, moderate hike. From the corner of Main Street and NC 106 in Highlands, follow NC 106 West for 1.6 miles. Turn left at the sign for the Glen Falls Scenic Area, then immediately right onto the gravel road. The road crosses a bridge and ends after one mile in a small cul-de-sac. Park here. GPS coordinates for the parking area are: 35.03335, -83.2357 Begin the trail behind the signboard. A trail leading up Chinquapin Mountain immediately turns right, but stay straight on the Glen Falls trail, which begins level and wide. You’ll come upon a nice overlook off the escarpment. The view is of the Blue Valley, the foothills and beyond to the South Carolina Piedmont region. The trail turns right here, and begins a moderately steep downhill. On its way down, the trail has many steps built in to ease your descent, but with lots of roots, a wet spot or two, and some erosion, the trail is moderately rough. You’ll reach a switchback near some cascades above the falls. A side path leads to a small overlook with railing to keep onlookers out of the creek and off the slick rocks. The trail then pulls away from the creek, and you’ll reach a split. Turn right to reach the creek again, and another railed overlook at the brink of the main upper falls. You get a spectacular view of the water spilling over the sheer rock


cliff, as well as the distant mountains and valleys. The trail travels away from the creek for a short while before turning back and coming out at the bottom of the upper falls. The trail makes a left at the falls, which

marks the tip of another switchback, and continues down the ridge. You’ll wind through another set of short switchbacks before coming out at the base of the lower falls. A perfectly safe viewing area is located on the trail at the edge of the creek, so enjoy the view from there.

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