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People don’t take trips; trips take people. ~John Steinbeck

 

The Palmetto State has more than enough attractions, historical landmarks, picturesque small towns, beaches, natural wonders and even a few ghost stories to keep you and your family “chilled,” excited and interested. So, come “Carolina Shag” with us as we drive through South Carolina with the top down and our shades on.

Florence

As the Florence Mayor Stephen J. Wukela once said with optimism years ago during his State of the City address, Florence is in a state of a renaissance. From the National Recreation Trail following the scenic Lynches River to Broadway musicals, concerts, and plays to culinary trails dedicated to the pecan as well as the SC Pecan Festival, the momentum Florence has and continues to develop is part of what makes life full forward here.  If you are lucky enough to experience Florence during the last two weeks in April, you should consider attending “ArtFields” which is the largest arts competition in the Southeast. Florence Is only 74 miles East of Columbia and 94 miles Southeast of Charlotte making this city a no-brainer when it comes to big-city convenience. Sweetgrass Baskets

 

Gaffney

The Emmy Award winning Netflix original series, “House of Cards” has its ties to this city with Kevin Spacey’s character, Francis “Frank” Underwood, a Democrat from Gaffney representing the state’s 5th district. One episode in particular made its mark bringing in fans from far and wide to see The Peachoid for themselves. The “Big Peach” is a 135-foot water tower that can be seen from Interstate 85 and has notably become one of the regions’ most recognizable landmarks. Outside of Gaffney’s link to Hollywood glitter, it is the quintessential small southern town, midway between Charlotte and Greenville that is filled with history, boutiques, antiques and friendly faces. With big cities just down the road, you’ll find a beautiful way of life here. The Peachoid

 

Spartanburg

Quietly nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between Atlanta and Charlotte and less than 4 hours away from vibrant Ashville, Spartanburg is known as the Hub City. An eclectic mix of activities for everyone including the history buff, the artistic bohemian, the academia nerd, the outdoor enthusiast and even the business tycoon. Oh, and as we continue to tour the Palmetto state, let’s stop in at BMW’s only North American facility and make sure our tires are full and the oil is topped off. While we wait for our car, we should enjoy a bite to eat as it’s well known that much of the city’s culinary diversity is linked to its international business community.  Japanese, Chinese, Thai, French, Italian, Greek, Jamaican, Irish, Mexican, German… they are all here.  Pace yourself as you eat your way through Spartanburg or you might fall victim to “too much of a good thing.” Low-Country

 

Columbia

The capital city of South Carolina, is home to where three rivers come together and those who call this beautiful city “Home Sweet Home” are enamored with the strong emphasis on sustainable, healthy lifestyles that include walking trails, farmers’ markets, bike rides and pocket parks. This is a city that is always doing something. It doesn’t just create goals, but achieves them. It doesn’t just house businesses but advances them. The city is doing more because it has evolved to do nothing less. Even more, Columbia is an expert in wooing because it is intentionally not experiencing the hyper growth of some other southern cities, and that is a good thing. Columbia is thoughtful in its urban planning and prides itself on Southern style like it was meant to be shown with grace and beauty and modern elegance. Palmetto

 

South Carolina is a state that should be explored to its fullest—if the Spanish moss (oh so very Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) doesn’t lure you in, then the epic wrap-around porches, sweet tea, grits and fried green tomatoes certainly will. Trust me, it won’t take long for you to fall in love and want to call this place your home. South Carolinians are taught their manners before they’re taught anything else (well, maybe with the exception of the shag dance). So when you move here, you’ll quickly be introduced and most likely use, the phrase “Bless your heart!”  One more thing…… Homemade biscuits. All day. Everyday!

** South Carolina not your perfect fit? Not to worry; we have great opportunities in 10 states. See for yourself!**

 


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