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Make it a Weekend!
How to Lap up Landrum
Friday - Check in to the Red Horse Inn.
Have dinner at the Hare & Hound.
Saturday - Enjoy breakfast in your
room or cottage at the Red Horse Inn.
Check out the shops and stores of
Landrum. Have lunch at the Stone
Soup Restaurant. Then take a drive,
heading west for about an hour on
Scenic S.C. 11 to reach state parks called
Table Rock and Caesar's Head. Return
to town, and feast on ribs or alligator
tails for dinner at the Southside
Sunday - Savor breakfast at the Red
Horse Inn and be sure to stroll the
grounds; check out the pond and the
mountains views. Then return to
Landrum for more antiques strolling
cuisine as salads and locally-raised
trout topped with toasted almonds
and lemon brown butter.
About a mile away, the Hare &
Hound offers pub fare - including
fish and chips, sandwiches and
steak. "Our menu is diverse for a reason," says the owner, Patty Otto.
"You can find something on our
menu whether you're a vegetarian
or whether you're a meat-eater."
Otto's century-old building has
been the home of the Hare & Hound
for 20 years. In a previous life, this
was a general store in Landrum -
and one known "for selling a lot of
sugar," Otto says with a smile. "The
old mercantile supplied sugar for
the moonshine makers."
Landrum remains a doorway to
the "Dark Corner" of South Carolina
- a montage of mountains where
moonshine-making links legends.
You'll also find an array of
antique stores in downtown
Landrum plus "charming gift shops
and little boutique-y stores," says
Mary Wolters, the operator of the
Red Horse Inn, located near
For a couple of nights, I stay at
the East Room of the Red Horse Inn,
Stone Soup Restaurant features farm-to-table fare, like farm-raised trout topped with toasted
almonds and lemon brown butter (top), plus space for outdoor dining (lower) in Landrum.
McClure also uses her artistic eye when designing
pretty plates of smoked chicken, pulled pork and
slumbering on a king-size bed. Each
morning, too, I awake to find my
refrigerator re-stocked with juice
and fruit for a do-it-yourself, eatwhen-you-want breakfast.
Taking off, I spend an afternoon
following S.C. 11, the Cherokee
Foothills National Scenic Byway.
Heading west of Landrum, this road
takes me to state parks called Table
Rock and Caesar's Head. I pass
waterfalls and hiking trails. And I
discover that my love for this road
is very much shared.
"It's scenic, and it's an easy
drive," Otto says. "And if you take
the time to read a little history of the
area that makes it more fun."
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