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Girls Weekend in the South Carolina Mountains

Enjoy some lake life, beautiful small towns, and libations!

· Outdoor Adventure,Itinerary,Beautiful Drives,Food and Drink,South Carolina

Hi ladies! It’s time to get the group back together again for a weekend full of laughs, making new memories, and having fun together. We’ve got your plans all figured out in Lake Hartwell Country. And don’t worry, what happens here, stays here!

First thing’s first, you need a place to stay, and we have suggestions.

Wildwater Yurts

Why stay in a chain hotel when you can stay in a yurt? A yurt is essentially a circular tent, but these have all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. They are a great choice if you want to give glamping a try!

The Bleckley Inn

The Bleckley Inn is a boutique hotel in downtown Anderson that offers guests a touch of southern sophistication. It’s conveniently located near several shops and restaurants in Anderson.

When you arrive to your home for the weekend after traveling, getting dinner will certainly be a priority. Here’s a few of our favorites:

1826 Bistro

The bistro uses fresh ingredients to make unique, southern inspired food. Enjoy the Pendleton square and take in the great atmosphere.

Brasstown Creek Gathering Place BBQ

You’ll want to get here when the doors open, because the food goes fast! The barbeque here is a favorite amongst locals.

Day 1

It’s time to start the day! For a breakfast that can fuel your fun day ahead, head over to one of these local favorites:

Waters

Waters is a breakfast staple in Westminster. Head here for some delicious, homemade food.

Mr. Rivers Breakfast Joint

If you’re in a brunch mood, Mr. Rivers is a great option. The food is fresh, and people rave about the fried green tomatoes.

After breakfast, it’s time to explore. If you’re in Anderson, you may want to take time to stroll along downtown to take in the atmosphere of the city. There are several shops to check out that can easily take an entire morning! While you’re there, take some time to talk to our friends at Visit Anderson for more advice on the best places to shop, dine, and explore.

Picture Credits: Downtown Anderson

If the outdoors are more what your group is into, then head over to Chattooga Belle Farm. This place can provide a day’s worth of entertainment by itself! Depending on the time of year, there are several fruits and berries that you can pick including apples, peaches, grapes, blackberries, and blueberries just to name a few. If it’s warm, consider getting a peach sloshie (a peach and bourbon slushie) and enjoying the panoramic views of the mountains. They have a distillery on site that offers tastings of their farm grown spirits as well as a disc golf course.

After a morning of exploring the city or the farm, it’s probably time to get some lunch. If you’re at Chattooga Belle, check out their restaurant Belle’s Bistro, where their ingredients come fresh from the farm. If you’re in Anderson, make an excursion to Clemson to check out Sunnyside Cafe. They also use fresh, farm to table ingredients to make delicious southern food.

Now, the afternoon awaits! Head up highway 28 through the charming town of Walhalla to explore some waterfalls. Two of our favorites that don’t require a strenuous hike are Issaqueena Falls and Yellow Branch Falls. For something a little more relaxing, a walk through the South Carolina Botanical Gardens will help to work off that delicious lunch. Springtime is an especially beautiful time to go when the many varieties of flowers are in bloom. Also, they have awesome events going on throughout the Spring and Summer, so check out their website to see what’s going on!

Still have time to kill? These nearby cities have great downtown areas to walk through with lots of cute shops and coffee shops with a touch of southern charm:

A long day of exploring requires time to unwind. If you’ve got dinner on the brain, consider these nearby choices:

Steak House Cafeteria

This place is one that locals rave about! If you’re here, you need to try the fried chicken. Many people say it’s the best they’ve ever had.

The Village Bakery and Cafe

Situated on Pendleton’s picturesque square, you can have delicious quiche, soups, sandwiches, and more here. Don’t forget to pick up some pastries on the way out!

Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little fancier:

What better way to cap of the day than with some craft beer or wine?At Jocassee Valley Brewing on Scenic Highway 11, you can enjoy one of their many craft beers or wines on tap while listening to local bands. There’s also usually a food truck there, so you can head straight here for dinner if you choose!

Day 2

Good morning! For breakfast today, try one of our other favorites that we didn’t mention for Day 1:

Seneca Family Restaurant

Simply put, if you want good southern food, then this is one place that you need to try!

Eva’s Restaurant

Another local favorite, chow down on some southern staples that taste as good as something home made.

With hunger at bay, it’s time to head out and explore once again. For some scenic views and a beautiful drive, head up to Scenic Highway 11 to see the Blue Wall up close. The Cherokee Indians called this part of the Appalachian chain, known formally as the blue ridge escarpment, the Blue Wall. Here, the mountains plummet hundreds of feet to the piedmont below, creating this natural wonder, which in the distance looks as the name suggests, like a Blue Wall.

Did you know that South Carolina is the only state in the US that grows tea? At Table Rock Tea Company, you can tour one of these tea farms and see for yourself how the process is done! Be sure to call ahead to reserve your spot.

On highway 11, you’ll find a couple of great options for lunch and for places just to look around as well. Aunt Sue’s Country Corner has several gift shops as well as a wonderful restaurant. For a caffeine pick-me-up and another great lunch option, the Pumpkintown Mountain Opry is an awesome option. The lattes are to die for! For a side excursion and more incredible views, Sassafras Mountain is worth a visit. As the tallest point in South Carolina, it certainly does not disappoint!

If you’d rather spend a day on the water, then you’re in the right place. To rent a pontoon, ski boat, or sail boat on Lake Hartwell, head out to Big Water Marina. They’ll set you up so that you can enjoy a relaxing day on the boat. If you and your gals are more of a nature-exploring crew, then head out to Devil’s Fork State Park and rent some kayaks from Eclectic Sun LLC. To explore Lake Jocassee on a boat, consider taking a tour with Jocassee Lake Tours. They’ll tell you all about the geography and history of this beautiful lake, and you may even see a waterfall flowing into the lake!

What’s a girls’ weekend without a trip to a winery? Just off of highway 11, Victoria Valley Vineyards needs to be on your list. With beautiful mountain views and a lovely patio seating area, this is the perfect place to spend time with your girls and relax. If your day needs two winery stops, then check out Lazy Bear Winery in the Dacusville/Easley area. They have wine made from locally grown fruit that will have you talking for weeks afterward!

We hope that you’ll consider a few of these options when planning your next trip! For more itineraries and trip ideas in Lake Hartwell Country, visit crownofthecarolinas.org.

Also, feel free to visit us at our visitor center in Pendleton or our satellite office in Pickens.

125 E Queen St.

Pendleton, SC 29670

(864) 646-3782

or

222 W Main St.

Pickens, SC 29671

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