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Tips for the Perfect Tubing Adventure on the Catawba River

How to have the best tubing experience: Looking for an easy group water activity? Tube the Catawba River with your own tube on your own time! We recently had friends in town and instead of hitting the breweries, we hit the water. We bought our tubes from Academy Sports (don't forget one for your…

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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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10 Things to do at the Anne Springs Close Greenway

Located just 17 miles south of Charlotte, The Anne Springs Greenway is exactly the place you need to be to reconnect with nature. Boasting 2100 acres of pristine land, the Greenway contains 36 miles of hiking trails, a 28-acre Lake, biking, and horseback riding trails. We've rounded up the top 10…

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Pick Your Own Strawberries at These York County Farms

Looking for a place to pick your own strawberries while having fun with the whole family? Here are the York County farms offering U-pick strawberries this season! Bush-N-Vine Saturdays only 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM $20/gallon $11/half gallon 📍 1650 Filbert Hwy York, SC 29745 Cherry Place Farm…

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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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York County Spring Break Bucket List

Find a Thrill Learn how to wakeboard at SouthTown Wake Park! You can also enjoy the water on their stand-up paddleboards and kayaks or relax in lounge chairs on the lake’s shore. Take a trip to Camp Canaan and follow your dreams of flying! Camp Canaan offers their visitors The Canaan Zipline Canopy…

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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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