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How to Spend a Day in York, South Carolina

Located just 13 miles west of Rock Hill is York, a friendly town rich in history and southern charm. Founded in 1785, York serves as the county seat and is known as the "White Rose City" after The War of the Roses in the 1400s in England between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. The…

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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! Fort Mill/Tega Cay…

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A Fort Mill Now Favorite on the YoCo Taste Trail

From August 7-14, let the YoCo Taste Trail Week be a guide to exploring the unique restaurants' York County has to offer. Powered by U.S. Foods, this is a fun opportunity to discover new dishes, step outside the box, and experience local flavors. Try a restaurant you've never been to or order a dish…

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

It's that time! The sun is brighter, the air is warmer, laughs are louder, smiles are bigger, drinks are colder. We've curated a list of our favorite restaurants and bars equipped with patio seating. Grab some friends and beat the South Carolina heat. Rock Hill The Pump House View…

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