Fall Splendor at Lake Keowee…
As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful place on the planet than Lake Keowee South Carolina. After the heat and humidity that South Carolina’s summers have to offer, the fall season is a much welcomed and anticipated. Residents of Lake Keowee look forward to the cool crisp breezes, apple and pumpkin harvests and the fall festivals.
Autumn in the upstate is generally earlier than the rest of South Carolina, typically showing its colors starting the second week thru the fourth week in October. Some year’s enjoyment of the colorful foliage lasts longer; 2005 was a very mild fall and the leaves were still stunning thru the first week in November.
From Lake Keowee to the mountains you can drive the 130 mile scenic hwy 11, finding the most amazing reds, yellows and oranges that nature has to offer. There are beautiful views to be seen around Lake Keowee and the surrounding mountains, which have become a huge magnet for onlookers each October. To celebrate the upstate offers plenty of fall festivals.
A few of Upstate’s Fall Festivals:
Greenville’s 24th Annual Fall for Greenville Oct 13th-15th
Started in 1982, as an opportunity for local restaurants to showcase there culinary arts, this festival has become a place for 200,000 residents and guests to feast on mountains of spectacular food; more than 40 restaurants participate. Planned events include 4 stages with a lineup of country music, gospel and bluegrass, a cycling classic, an ice carving completion, a trivia contest, and a chili cook-off.
Pumpkintown’s 28th Annual Pumpkin Festival Oct 14th
Go back in time to the Oolenoy Valley with the Pickens’s fall festival. The Pumpkin festival consists of pumpkins, arts, crafts, BBQ chicken lunch, Festival Quilt drawing, Country Bluegrass music, Clogging, and a greased pole climb. Free entrance and parking!
Walhalla’s German Heritage Festival, 28th Annual Oktoberfest (Oct 20th-22nd)
On the third week of October every year, Walhalla, tucked into the foothills of the mountains in the northwest corner of South Carolina, celebrates its heritage thru an annual festival.
A little about Walhalla’s Heritage: December 24, 1849, Trustees of the German Colization Society of Charleston, Christopher F Sheeba, John A Wagner, Claus Bullwinkel, John C. Henckel and Jacob Schoroder bought 17,859 acres of land, purchased for only $27,000 from Reverend Joseph Grisham of West Union. Grisham was one of the largest land proprietors of the upcountry at that time. Not long after Pioneer settlers arrived and Walhalla became known as a German Colony.
Located at Sertoma Field, on Hwy 183 in Walhalla; Oktoberfest consists of carnival rides, crafts, German Polkas, Authentic German Music, Bands, Dancers, Food Booths, 10K/5K /1Mile Runs. Over 500,000 people have celebrated Oktoberfest. For more information and schedule call 864-638-2727 or visit their website.
Historic Downtown Seneca’s 1st Annual Steam Fling Festival Oct 27-28
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Seneca Chamber of commerce, as well as the revitalization of downtown at the 1st annual festival. Events planned are live entertainment, fireworks, food and beverage vendors, children’s amusements, sports competitions, art show, shopping and fun. The festival is located in historic down town Seneca. For more information call 864-467-5780 or visit their website.
Kevin Costner visits Cliffs at Keowee Pro Am
The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards were recently the host for the BMW Charity Pro Am. The course saw a great turnout for the event with noticeable appearances by celebrities Cheech Marin, Catherine Bell and Oscar winner Kevin Costner. The celebrities joined players in a match for the $625,000 BMW Pro Am prize. All the players, celebrities and guests were treated to the magnificent views of Lake Keowee and magnificent weather that are a daily routine for many in the upstate of South Carolina.
The Cliffs Community on Lake Keowee and Jack Nickulaus designed golf course are located on the northern border of South Carolina, overlooking north Lake Keowee and with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the serene backdrop to the winding course. Offering some of the most breathtaking views around, the Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee area of upstate South Carolina is truly one of the south’s hidden jewels. Dotted by natural waterfalls and inlets, both visitors and residents find endless ways to enjoy the outdoor scenery that Lake Keowee and Jocassee offer. Lake activity can be spotted year-round, even in the mild winter seasons. Many also find the numerous nature trails and local culture to be a source of endless amazement. The Golden Corner has truly earned it’s nickname, nestled into a small area between North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
For more about this spectacular area and the real estate opportunities contact Jocassee Real Estate.
Amazing Waterfalls, Just a step or 2 away...
Although it is hard to get the majority of people to agree on anything, one thing that most residents in the Upstate of South Carolina will agree on, is the beauty of our local waterfalls. With some of the most spellbinding water shows in the USA, the western mountains of South Carolina are home to over 20 of the highest waterfalls in the country. The sound, sight and power will create an unforgettable experience. Although most are not visible from the road or parking lots, most are reached by a simple walk in the woods. Most waterfalls are just minutes from the shores of Lake Keowee. And several waterfalls pour into Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee. No matter how little or how much you do, hiking is a great therapy for anyone. Get out there, stretch those legs, breath some fresh air, put on those walking shoes, and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer in Upstate South Carolina!
Scwaterfalls.com offers many directions and guides to waterfalls (on the right side of the web page) just a short drive from Lake Keowee.
The Foothills Newcomers Club
If you are a new resident of Lake Keowee or the foothills area the Newcomers club is one of many choices you have for social activites with some of your neighbors. The non-profit club started back in 1972 and purpose is that of welcoming new residents to the area, promoting friendship, and acquainting members with the history, culture, and civic opportunities of the Foothills area. As you can see from the Lake Keowee Newcomers Club's monthly newsletter there are many activities and events to choose from. The Newcomer Club is open to all persons and holds its meetings the first Tuesday of each month at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Seneca.
Please visit the Newcomers website for more information.
Christmas at Lake Keowee...
As Thanksgiving nears you can start to feel the Christmas spirit rush into the Upstate of South Carolina and the shores of Lake Keowee. The leaves are falling and you start to smell the wood burning from neighbors fireplaces letting you know Christmas is just around the corner. At Lake Keowee you can enjoy the small town Christmas feelings you had growing up by going to one of the many city Christmas parades with your children or going to take pictures with Santa in the local stores. Also, with the many arts and crafts stores in the area you can find some local flair for the perfect gifts for all your family as they come visiting during the holidays.
Also, if you live at Lake Keowee you are just a short drive away from three major airports in Atlanta, Greenville and Charlotte for quick trips to family and relatives for the holiday season. So, come home to Lake Keowee and let Jocassee Real Estate Co. show you around.
Fall is Coming...
Lake Keowee is changing. With the days getting a little shorter and the temperatures a bit cooler fall is approaching. Looking north over Lake Keowee at the Blue Ridge Mountains you can start to see glimpse of brilliant orange and yellow hues as the hardwoods leaves begin to change colors. At Lake Keowee fall is another majestic tribute to the natural beauty of the area and the awe inspiring views of the Blue Ridge Mountains painted with the fall colors reflecting in the waters.
Not only can you enjoy these views from Lake Keowee you can also jump into your car and travel less than 45 minutes and be in the heart of the peaks and valleys of the mountains nestled between the Carolinas. The scenic view points along the road allow you stop and see miles and miles across the mountains and valleys. And if no cars are approaching you can usually hear the rushing waters of a stream or waterfall. Also, you will pass many parks and persevered areas along the way assuring this beauty of nature to continue for generations to come.
27th Annual Oktoberfest...
Located just minutes from Lake Keowee, Walhalla, SC was founded by German settlers in the 1850’s. This heritage is celebrated each year through the Oktoberfest Festival. The Festival features authentic German food such as bratwurst, sauerkraut and strudel as well as crafts, costumes, music and dancing. Also, you will find entertainment with games, carnival rides and more. This year the festival will be held at Sertoma Field which is located on Highway 183 on October 21-23. Tickets and admission information can be found at the Oktoberfest web site.