These local destinations offer fun getaways for the whole family
Perhaps this is the summer of the staycation for your family. Or maybe Aunt Linda and the cousins are coming to the Upstate to visit you this year. And now you’re looking for some new ideas on where to go and what to do that’s not too far away.
Whether you’re looking for an afternoon activity or a day trip to beat summer boredom, here are a few ideas to add to your summer bucket list.
If you’re up for a little adventure but you have small people in your posse, check out Chau Ram Park in Westminster. There’s a 40-foot-tall waterfall right at the parking area complete with picnic area so you can pack your lunch and your bathing suits and enjoying a refreshing afternoon. The country’s longest suspension bridge is also at Chau Ram and is a delight for visitors of all ages. There are also camping sites here available for a small fee if you want to bring a tent. Visit www.oconeecountry.com/chaurampark.html for more information.
Carry on a little farther out past Westminster and you’ll run across Chattooga Belle Farm. This working farm is a slice of heaven on earth. Families can enjoy a farm-to-table meal at the bistro, children can play on the playground, and everyone can walk through the muscadine vines. Chattooga Belle is home to many pick-your-own items like apples, peaches, blueberries and more. It is also home to a disc golf course, a distillery and a small shop. This is the perfect spot for photos, too. Find out more at www.chattoogabellefarm.com.
Brevard, North Carolina is just over an hour northwest of Greenville and is home to all sorts of treasures perfect for a family day trip or weekend. Visit O.P. Taylor’s, named one of the top 10 toy stores in the world by USA Today. There are specialty shops and restaurants as well as stunning gardens and fun for all ages. Brevard is also one of the few places you can find snow white squirrels, and they are actually protected within the city limits. You can also walk the trails in the Pisgah National Forest located just outside the city. Visit brevardnc.org for details on this exciting little city.
If you’re heading up towards Brevard, a must-see is the Talking Tree Trail. Just about 20 minutes from Brevard, this trail is perfect for little hikers and is located in the Holmes Educational State Forest. Along the half-mile trail children of all ages can press buttons on “trees” and and hear recordings about some of the natural beauty located on the path. The trail is especially exciting for the littlest hikers. Check out www.ncesf.org/holmes.html for more.
For a special treat, why not try out Aunt Sue’s? It’s conveniently located in Pickens, just two miles from Table Rock State Park. More than just a restaurant, Aunt Sue’s features several little shops like a mercantile, a glass works shop, and more. Visitors enjoy browsing the wares, and having a bite to eat — or maybe just some refreshing ice cream. Aunt Sue’s also hosts concerts on a regular basis. The events list and more are at www.auntsuescountrycorner.com.
If you’re planning a visit out towards Pickens, head downtown and try to find the turtles that are hidden. Much like Greenville’s Mice on Main, Pickens’ Turtles on the Town showcases small bronze turtles for passers by to find. A map can be found on the city’s website at cityofpickens.com.
Regardless of what little hidden treasures you experience this summer, you’re sure to make a lifetime of memories with your family. Enjoy!