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Simply Carolina: South Carolina’s Hidden Gems

Travel the road less traveled, go off the beaten path…we all know the quotes that tell us to travel away from the busy places. You know what? Those quotes are true. Sometimes the best travel and memories are made within the “hidden gems.” For today’s Simply Carolina, there is anything better than the hidden gems of South Carolina.

Walahalla – A mountain city, full of history.


Chattooga River – Hiking, whitewater rafting, and waterfalls? What more could you want?


Abingdon Manor in Latta – A bed and breakfast inn, complete with a Greek Revival Style.


Cooper’s Country Store in Salters – Shop for smoked hams, shotguns, and everything in between before hitting the road again.


Bluffton – This little city is home to charm, cafes, and cute shops.

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Simply Carolina: Clemson,SC

Clemson, South Carolina, home of the Clemson Tigers, is today’s Simple Carolina featured city. Located in Pickens County, Clemons was originally called Calhoun after John Ewing Calhoun. In the late 1700’s, Calhoun bought land in Fort Hill. His fourth child, Anna Maria and husband Thomas Green Clemson moved into the estate in 1872. Years later, the Fort Hill Plantation was moved to the State of South Carolina, as stated in Clemson’s will, which said his wife wanted the family’s land to be used for a purpose. This family estate soon became Clemson University and in 1943, the city’s named was changed from Calhoun to Clemson.

Today, Clemson is known for it’s sites and entertainment, including the ones below. Trust me, there is something for everyone of all ages.

Fort Hill Historic House
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Hanover House

Places to Eat:
’55 Exchange
1826 Bistro
Calhoun Corners

Lake Keowee Marina
Hartwell Boat Rentals
Upstate Scuba
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Simply Carolina: Cheerwine Cupcakes

Happy Simply Carolina day! There is a special post planned for Wednesday, so I’m celebrating Simply Carolina two days early.

I love absolutely love this recipe and there is nothing more Southerner than a cup of ice cold Cheerwine.

Don’t know what Cheerwine is?  The beverage is a cherry soft-drink, founded in North Carolina. Trust me, it is a must-try! This soft-drink has multiple uses, including being made into quick and easy cupcakes!



  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 12 ounces Cheerwine
  • 1/8 teaspoon cherry flavor
  • Maraschino cherries
  • 4 cups Cheerwine
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups of powdered confectioner sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line cupcake pans with liners and set aside
  2. Whisk together cake mix, Cheerwine, and cherry flavor. Pour into prepared pans and bake according to package instructions. Cool completely.
  3. In a saucepan, boil down the Cheerwine until it has reduced to 1/2 cup.
  4. In a mixer, cream butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar on medium speed. Slow speed to low and add Cheerwine reduction. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, adding additional sugar if needed.
  5. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and top with maraschino cherries.


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Simply Carolina- The History of the Palmetto State

South Carolina is one of my top ten favorite places to visit. With each trip, I love learning more about the state’s history and importance. My appreciation for history takes over and I always leave with a few more little known facts.

Here are a few of my favorite South Carolina fast facts.

  1. The state was originally part of the English colony, Province of Carolina, and was named after King Charles I.
  2. There are 46 counties and regions include: the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charleston Metro Area, Coastal South Carolina, and Sea Islands.
  3. Roughly 4.6 million people live in the Palmetto state.
  4. Columbia is the state capital and largest city. Charleston is the 2nd largest city with nearly 660,000 people.
  5. A quick timeline of South Carolina’s history:

16th century- 1st explored by the Europeans

17th century- Native Americans expel most of the Spaniards

1670s- The English begin arriving to the colony

December 20, 1860- South Carolina becomes the 1st state to secede from the Union.

1960s- The Civil Rights Movement proved to be transformative in the state

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Simply Carolina- Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

It’s recipe time for today’s Simply Carolina! This BBQ sauce is a classic in South Carolina and is often referred to as the “South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce.” Trust me, it’s a can’t miss.


  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend well.


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Simply Carolina

North Carolina and South Carolina are two of my favorite states. As a traveler and lover of history, I always like to learn about the places I’m visiting. For this week’s Simply Carolina, here are five quick facts about each state. Did you know the Carolinas originated as one colony?

North Carolina:

  1. State nicknames include the “Tarheel State” and the “Old North State.”
  2. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was founded in Winston-Salem.
  3. Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
  4. North Carolina is the nation’s leader in furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production.
  5. The state’s motto is: Esse quam videri, meaning to be rather than to seem.

South Carolina:

  1. The state dance of South Carolina is the shag.
  2. The Palmetto state is leading the nation in peach production and shipper east of the Mississippi River.
  3. South Carolina entered the Union as the 8th state on May 23, 1788.
  4. The Civil War started at Fort Sumter.
  5. Duncan Park Baseball Stadium in Spartanburg is the oldest minor league stadium in the nation.

Don’t forget YOU can join in the Simply Carolina fun!

If you live in either state, I want to hear your stories, recipes, etc. about the Carolinas. Simply fill out the contact form on the contact tab at the top of my blog with your information and story

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My Tarheel Food Must-Tries


It’s almost time to reveal a fun and exciting project I’ve been working on! The project, Simply Carolina, will feature stories, recipes, and cities related to North and South Carolina.  For a little preview, here are the must-try restaurants in the Tarheel state.

Put food and travel together and I’m a happy camper! So, when I saw an article titled, “15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out of Your Mouth,” I knew I had to read it.

Out of the 15 restaurants mentioned, I made a 5 must-try bucket list.

1:Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill in Greensboro: Who doesn’t love BBQ with a signature sauce?
2: Hurricane Mo’s in Kitty Hawk: Dine on a meal of shrimp, wings, and tacos with a great view of the Outer Banks.
3: Dame’s Chicken and Waffles in Durham: Chicken and waffles, does anything get more Southern?
4: Johnny’s Pizza in Apex: You can’t keep me away for a good slice of pizza for too long!
5: The Cowfish in Charlotte: Where else can you get burgers and sushi at the same place?

To view the complete list, visit:

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The Road to the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 50 is just a few days away. No matter if you are rooting for the Broncos or Panthers, it’s always fun to know a little bit about the history of the game and it’s famous location- Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. 

  1. The Super Bowl was first played in 1967, following the 1966 regular season. 
  2. It was created as a merger between the NFL and the AFL, the American Football League. 
  3. The winning team is awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
  4. The game is an unofficial American holiday and is termed “Super Bowl Sunday.” 
  5. In 2015, Super Bowl XLIX became the most-watched American television program in history. 

Tomorrow, I take a deeper look into the game’s famous location. 

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The 4-Shoe Rule

When it comes to packing for a trip, I always follow an age old travel tip: pack only three pairs of shoes. Well, this piece of advice quickly failed me. I was in Charleston and it was pouring down rain. If you know Charleston in the rain, things can get a little muddy and messy, especially when you are wearing sandals and didn’t pack any closed toe shoes. Long story short, by the end of the day, my feet were a sight and I discovered this three shoe rule needs altering.

For each trip, I now pack one pair of:

  • Closed toe shoes (usually flats)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Flip-Flops
  • Something dressy (when it’s summer, this is where I use my sandals.)

We all have our travel mishaps, but trust me, the four shoe rule helps prevent them.


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My Happy Place


Wonder how many post I can write about my love for Charleston, SC? Well, not enough, because I now know what Scarlett O’Hara meant when she said the land of Tara gave her strength. Everyone has a special place, a place they call home, a place that gives them strength, and a place where all their worries go away. For me, that special place is Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston is more than just saltwater, beautiful streets, and Palmetto trees. It is a city full of history, meaning, and offers something for everyone. After exiting the highway each time I visit, all of the familiar sites and sounds captured my senses. Quickly, my worries washed away and I knew I was back at my second home.

From the history to the harbor, Charleston will forever be my special place.

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