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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- 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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