The 2017 Harvest is Upon Us…

North Carolina Apples are in Harvest!As the summer wraps up, the kids return to school, and the Labor Day weekend approaches, the harvest season of this year continues the century’s old tradition of bringing food and goods from the farm to the table. Both North and South Carolina produce a number of crops that ripen throughout the year but all of this peaks during the fall; specifically for two of the more popular crops – Apples and Grapes. Numerous festivals and events for the apple and wine industries occur over the Labor Day weekend making it the start of an exciting, beloved, and much anticipated season that people look forward to year after year. Both apples and grapes start their harvest earlier, apples typically in August and grapes as early as July, but there is no doubt that the output and interest of these industries significantly increase as Fall approaches. The cooler temperatures and beautiful Autumn scenery have a lot to do with the increased interest.

Eclipse Memories…

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 has come and gone but what an incredible experience it was!  We were fortunate enough to view it unobstructed from any clouds for the full 2 minutes 37 seconds of totality.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for some people in some viewing areas as there were clouds rolling through that day. While there were a few stories of people who missed it, it sounded like most people didn’t have any issues and experienced the totality they expected.

Seven Waterfalls You Can View Without Hiking

The Carolina’s have hundreds of beautiful waterfalls that are accessible to the public. The majority of these waterfalls are not roadside and require some type of a hike to reach them. While most of these hikes aren’t too difficult there are still more that will require some significant effort to reach. Fortunately, some of the more beautiful waterfalls are available without any hiking at all and those waterfalls are the subject of this post, waterfalls that require little or no hiking! While some are literally roadside, we think you should get out of your car if you are able so you can more fully enjoy their beauty.  Here is a list of seven waterfalls in North and South Carolina that you can view without ANY hiking! These are truly no hike waterfalls. Here is our list in no particular order:

Great American Eclipse Ideas

With just a few months before the “Great American Eclipse” of 2017 casts its shadow across the Carolina’s, you need to have a plan of where you are going to be when the event happens. While the eclipse is going to pass over both North and South Carolina, only a small portion of the states will be in the full shadow and provide the optimal viewing of this rare phenomenon. You can view the path of this shadow on the map section of our website by clicking on the “Show Eclipse Path” button on the bottom of the map. However we thought we would specifically point out a few spots of interest that you might consider for viewing the eclipse.

Chimney Rock to Close 2 Days this Summer

Chimney Rock State Park is expanding to better serve guests visiting the park. Part of the expansion requires the use of a helicopter sky crane to airlift out the old and bring in the new. While this sounds exciting to see, you would have to watch it from outside the park because it will be necessary for the park to close during this phase of construction. The actual flights and closure dates will depend on the weather but the tentative dates for park closures are June 22nd and June 30th. If you are planning a visit to Chimney Rock State Park around this time we recommend that you check their website for the latest news and updates.

So what is being upgraded with this construction? For starters, they are working on the elevator which the park is eagerly working on to restore regular service. Additionally they will be expanding the deck at the Gneiss Cave area. Overall these improvements will make Chimney Rock a better park so that it can provide outstanding service to more visitors including patrons with limited mobility that couldn’t take the stairs. Be sure to check their website during the coming weeks for exact closure dates.

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