Kayaking on Lake Jocassee

For those of us fortunate enough to call Travelers Rest home, we know what keeps us here in the Upstate.  Increasingly though, Travelers Rest is becoming a destination on its own, not just a stop until the next town or a pit stop between Greenville and Asheville.  One of the many benefits of living in …

An Afternoon at the Blue Wall Preserve

  There are many fantastic trail and outdoor adventure opportunities near Travelers Rest, but perhaps one of the most unique is also little known. While Travelers Rest and much of Greenville County has developed at a rapid pace the last few decades, there are still large areas set aside that have some of the most …

The Story (and the Artist) Behind the Swamp Rabbit Trail Benches

  Blogger’s Note:  Once again, I find myself in the strange position of interviewing someone that I’ve known for many years.  (Don’t tell anybody, but I used to babysit Danny Kyzer.  I lived across the street and have been friends with his grandparents, parents, and many of his extended family since we moved there when …

The TReehouse Cafe & Art Studio: A Guest Review

As a parent or a caregiver, ever wonder where the best restaurants are that lets kids eat free?  Or how to entertain your gang on a “snow” day?  Which preschools have openings or which parks are handicap accessible? These are the sort of questions that the website Kidding Around Greenville was born to answer. They’re …

Nearly a Thousand Acres of Mountain Land Preserved to Fill in the ‘Gap’ 

  One of the great jewels of northern Greenville county, Jones Gap State Park, has grown by about 25%. Sublime waterfalls, deep river valleys filled with rare plants and abundant wildlife, all are part of the experience at Jones Gap State Park, providing recreation and restoration for thousands yearly since its creation about 30 years …

From TR to Brazil: One Family’s Journey

Sitting on their sofa in their home in Travelers Rest, Lindsey and Tim Bayne are warm, funny and very people next door.  Maybe people next door with an artistic streak and a dog they adopted from the pound named Rio, but regular you-and-me sort of folks. They laugh easily, finish the story the other one …

I’ll Never Forget: Favorite Christmas Gifts 

  What was your favorite Christmas gift? Mine was a Crissy Doll with long red hair that could grow. (I got it when I was about ten years old. It wasn’t long before her hair was as tangled as mine.)         I asked my Travelers Rest friends to tell me one of …

More Than a Blanket: The Open River Imports Story

Perhaps it was Goose Feathers where you first noticed them. Those brightly colored and wonderfully unique blankets and table runners with an exotic look to them.     Once you reach out your hand and hold a Basha blanket, you can feel its weight and immediately recognize an unusual quality to it.  There’s a story …

Love the Smell of Real Trees? You Can Buy One in Travelers Rest

Turkey and dressing… DONE. Leftovers… GONE. Now it’s time to ramp up your search for the perfect Christmas tree. While the silver tree with the color wheel may be making a comeback, many holiday lovers still prefer live trees. Candles and sprays only go so far to add that pine scent to your home. If …

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