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Celebrate Dad on Father's Day in York County

Dads are special and should be celebrated just as much as moms. However you wish to celebrate the father in your life, York County is filled with fun activities to make this Father’s Day exciting or relaxing! Here are some ideas to get you started. For the dad who loves to fish York County is…

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Live Music in York County, SC

One of our all-time favorite things to do during summer is to grab a beverage and sit back and enjoy some live music. Discover some of the top places to catch live music in York County! Concert Series Clover The Town of Clover is excited to bring back its Summer Concert Series! Live music will be…

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Meet the Mother-Daughter Duo behind Fort Mill's newest Wine Bar

Coming soon to downtown Fort Mill, Illumination Wines is an urban winery and tasting room offering an intimate gathering place, both for locals and visitors who want to slow the pace of their everyday lives.Co-owners and mother-daughter duo, Linda Calloway and Amanda Tellier have big plans for the women-owned business scheduled to open later this month at 201 Springs Street.  Over the years, Linda and Amanda enjoyed frequently traveling to wineries around the country and, as with any good idea, the Illumination Wines concept came about over a bottle of wine.  "We were enjoying the views at one of our favorite vineyards when Amanda looked at me and said, 'We could do this, mom.' Not long after, I put my house on the market and it sold in one day," Calloway said. "Talk about a kairos moment." Why Fort Mill? Having lived in the Carolinas for the better part of their lives, Linda and Amanda originally liked the concept of a destination winery that was more off the beaten path in South Carolina. The pair's plans quickly changed when they fell in love with Fort Mill's Main Street and opted for a more urban setting to begin their venture. "We stumbled upon Fort Mill and immediately fell in love with the small-town feel that you don't find in most cities," Calloway said. "The town's support of small businesses was a major draw for us and the Whiteville neighborhood, in particular, has been incredibly welcoming." To start, Illumination Wines will offer retail wines with 50-60 domestic and international rotating varieties. An assortment of beer, wine flights, and in-house charcuterie shareables from Brie's Boards' will also be available. Charcuterie sliders, brie bites, and a chocolate ganache torte are among the food menu options that will leave patrons wondering how to choose.   The Chemistry of Winemaking Having previously worked in the scientific community, the name, Illumination Wines is a nod to Linda and Amanda's backgrounds and the gifted inventors before them. The lightbulb associated with their logo references Thomas Edison's invention and, to further the science-based theme, the pair will offer wine-based cocktails, called Elixirs.  As a women-owned business, the front hallway of Illumination Wine's space features photos and educational content to preserve the legacy of many female inventors throughout history…

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York County Ice Cream Spots You Have to Try

From vine-to-cone ice cream fresh from the farms to some of the best family recipes around, York County is guaranteed to have an ice cream shop for you! We've gathered the best ice cream places in York County to make your day oh so sweet! Enjoy our “scoops” of the day! Rock Hill Two Scoops…

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Upcoming Carowinds Events You Don't Want to Miss

Straddling the state line, Carowinds theme park has been a Carolina staple since 1973! Not only is Carowinds is home to more than 50 rides and attractions, but it's also famous for its world-class events. Here are six events you don't want to miss at Carowinds this upcoming season. Opening Day…

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Pup-Friendly Itinerary in York County, South Carolina

Day One Start the day off at the Anne Springs Close Greenway to explore nature! After, head to Main Street in downtown Fort Mill. Stop at Hobo’s to enjoy a burger while in a perfect fenced green space. Wind down for the evening at one of York County’s breweries on the Yoco Brew Trail. With 12 craft…

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The Best Places to Hang Out on the Patio in York County

When the weather is just right, one of the best hang-out spots is a great patio! Whether you're having a cold drink or just hanging with friends, a patio is a great place to gather. Here are some of our favorite places with outdoor seating that also provide a great view organized by location: Rock…

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York County Brunch Spots You Have to Try

There's nothing better than catching up with friends over brunch. Whether you're into sweet or savory, or just on a mission to discover the best patios to sip mimosas on, York County has quite a few options for brunch! Check out these York County restaurants to satisfy that brunch craving! Old…

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