Located just a short drive from Glassy Mountain, Forbes Magazine has called this one of America’s Best Downtowns. Set against the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville has hundreds of restaurants, shops and boutiques. It is home to the Greenville County Museum of Art and the Upcountry History Museum. Visitors enjoy Falls Park on the Reedy with its ‘floating’ suspension bridge. Families spend quality time at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate or the Greenville Center.
The Peace Center is a performing arts center composed of a concert hall, Gunter Theater and an amphitheater. It hosts over 300 events year, including Broadway shows, classical music, and appearances by popular artists. It is located adjacent to the beautiful Falls Park area.
Furman is the oldest private university in the state. It is home to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), offering courses to further learning, health and well being, creativity and enjoyment. Here you can try a new course with no thought given to tests, papers, or even homework. Learning never retires here!
Located just twenty minutes from Glassy mountain, the city of Landrum is nestled against the backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. While many small cities have lost their traditional downtowns as a result of commercial strip development, Landrum has held on to and strengthened its traditional pedestrian oriented downtown environment. Enjoy strolling through unique antique and speciality shops and dining in Landrum’s quaint eateries.
Several property owners at Glassy own or ride horses boarded in the Equestrian friendly towns of Landrum SC and Tryon, NC. Of interest to all property owners, is the Tryon International Equestrian Center, a year round venue located 50 minutes from Glassy Mountain. The center showcases some of the world’s premier equestrian riders and accommodates numerous restaurants, shops and sporting venues. Beginning on September 11 and through the 23rd of 2018, the FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be hosted here. These games are one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle. The Games will feature eight disciplines including Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance and Vaulting and Reining.
Escape from life’s hectic pace to the beautiful scenery and southern hospitality of Hendersonville. Sixteen blocks constitute Historic Downtown Hendersonville where you will find a mix of specialty shops, art galleries, museums, funky-to-formal restaurants and vibrant entertainment venues. Sierra Nevada along with Henderson County’s other wineries, breweries, and ciders provide tours and tasting rooms to sample mountain grown selections.
The community of Flat Rock began almost two centuries ago. Throughout Flat Rock the affluent Charlestonians, Europeans, and prominent plantation owners of the South’s Low Country built large summer estates in the English manner. This area is still affectionately known as “The Little Charleston of the Mountains” as the feeling of the Old South has been well preserved.
The entire district of Flat Rock is included in the National Registry of Historic Places. This area includes several attractions such as The Flat Rock Playhouse which produces a variety of comedies musicals and dramas. It is home to “Music on the Rock” Concert series, performing a mix of beloved favorites from Broadway, country, bluegrass, pop and rock. Patrons enjoy the intimate setting of 250 seats in a horseshoe fashion around the stage.
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is also found in Flat Rock. The home was built in 1838 and now houses his collection of 10,000 books. Along with a tour of his home, enjoy the hiking trails nearby.
Glassy property owners can enjoy boating on the pristine 26-mile Lake Keowee or beautiful Lake Lure located 45 minutes away. A Cliffs membership affords the opportunity to dock and store your boat on Keowee lake or to rent a boat or a pontoon for a relaxing day on the water. In addition, your membership allows you access to the Cliffs Community’s Beach Club. There you can enjoy a day at the pool, sun and luxuriate on a pristine, sandy lake beach, and set off on an adventure by canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Adjacent to Keowee lake is Jocassee lake, a 11.7 sq mi, 300 ft deep reservoir, which has some of the best SC trout fishing.
Travelers Rest sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, only a short drive from Glassy Mountain. This quaint town offers antique shopping, great restaurants, a farmer’s market, and a plethora of outdoor activities. Be sure to explore the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 15 mile paved pathway that weaves from Travelers Rest to downtown Greenville. Lined with large shady trees, this walking or biking trail is sure to delight all.
Built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, this is America’s largest privately owned house at 178, 926 square feet. George Vanderbilt lovingly referred to this as his ‘little mountain escape’. Still owned today by his descendants, Biltmore Estates is open 365 days a year with its hours varying seasonally. Be sure to allow for a full day exploring the estate as well as its grounds and also its winery. Located just south of Asheville, this is an easy one hour drive from Glassy Mountain.