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SOUTH CAROLINA
Be ready to roar when you come to
Clemson, South Carolina. This college town is the home of the Clemson Tigers, the football team that
won the national championship
game in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 9,
2017, beating the Alabama Crimson
Tide.
So now, during late summer and
fall, all rightfully roar in Tigertown,
where I settle into a spacious, suitestyle room at The Abernathy (864654-5299) on Old Greenville Highway. Then I stroll along the sidewalk
until I reach TDs (864-654-3656), a
popular watering hole and eatery on
College Avenue.
"It is the most exciting thing,"
says longtime TDs waitress and
Clemson student Fern Johnson, 23.
"For football season, it's the exciting adrenalin of just everyone being here and loving, like, the same
team. It's really cool."
Close to campus, Clemson University operates the South Carolina
Botanical Garden (clemson.edu/
scbg), where you can see the state
tree, Palmetto, uniquely growing in
a sandy, coastal habitat. Or beware
the prickly cactus facing the walk
outside the Bob Campbell Geology

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Museum (864-656-4600).
For Sunday brunch, I stop in the
SunnySide Cafe (864-653-9532) on
College Avenue. And I order what
looks like a football: Lines of cheddar cheese on the "Miami Breakfast
Sub" resemble the lace on a pigskin.
This Cuban-influenced breakfast
sandwich is both hearty and hulky,
packing pulled pork, Applewoodsmoked bacon and Boar's Head tavern ham into a French roll with local
over-easy eggs, tomatillo salsa, chipotle sour cream and an avocado aioli.
"It's easily the most popular dish
on the menu," says restaurant manager Randy King.
Fortified like a football player, I
take off for Table Rock State Park,
driving about a half-hour into rural Pickens County. Then I paddle
the soft waters of Pinnacle Lake on
a kayak, enjoying the best views of
Table Rock's shiny slope and listening to the laughter of the sunbathers
on the beach.
Two miles east, I crunch on crispy
catfish and juicy green beans plus
ice tea and ice cream at the folksy
Aunt Sue's Country Corner (864878-4366), a longtime landmark
facing the Cherokee Foothills Scenic
Highway/S.C. 11.
I also take a tour of the Victoria

Valley Vineyards (864-878-5307),
about a mile off S.C. 11.
The winery's managing director,
Brittany Jayne, tells me peak fall color in Pickens County comes during
the last week of October or the first
week of November. "And the view is
just incredible when the colors turn.
It's honestly just so gorgeous. The
foothills are breathtaking."

GEORGIA
Edie Rich built up the anticipation,
oh, so cleverly.
Rich guided our tour of the historic Union County Courthouse,
showing off spaces dedicated to veterans, athletes, churches, schools
and the county's claims to fame.
And then?
We arrived at the old courtroom
in this 1899 structure, standing at
the center of Blairsville, Georgia.
"We have a ghost here," Rich says
with a deadpan tone. "His name is
Hector."
Saying that, Rich also presents a
picture-a sketch by a woman who
said she saw "Hector" here, inside
the courtroom. And that's when my
10-year-old son John's jaw dropped,
and his eyeballs opened like an owl's.
Turns out, says Rich, that ghost-


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Features
Romance, Reunions and Family Fun for Summe
Mountain Summer: A Photo Essay
When Asheville Took over the 1970s’ Paper Dress Fad
Bateaux along the James River
On the Appalachian Trail, the Easy Way
BBQ!
Departments
Letters / Worth a Click
Contributors
From the Editor
Mill Creek Stories
Creature Feature
Mountain Report
The Good Walk
Country Roads
Singing in the Garden
Festivals & Events
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Letters / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Contributors
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 8
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Mill Creek Stories
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Creature Feature
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Mountain Report
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - The Good Walk
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Country Roads
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Romance, Reunions and Family Fun for Summe
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Mountain Summer: A Photo Essay
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - When Asheville Took over the 1970s’ Paper Dress Fad
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Bateaux along the James River
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - On the Appalachian Trail, the Easy Way
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Singing in the Garden
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Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - Guest Column
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