New Developments in South Carolina Travel and Tourism by zhouwenjuan


									New Developments in South Carolina
Travel and Tourism
Following are notable new developments in South Carolina’s tourism products including attractions,
destinations and lodging properties. The list begins with a few honorable mentions, and then outlines
some of the state’s most noteworthy awards and accolades received in 2011 and early 2012.

The complete list of updates by destination follows a brief on hotel and lodging expansions and

Honorable mentions
       A new South Carolina-made cologne – Eau de Cheval-the Scent of a Horse – is now being sold as
        part of a fundraiser for the protection and restoration of a historic livery stable near Aiken. The
        cologne includes scents of sweet alfalfa, leather and musk, and will be sold in 2-oz. bottles
        online and at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Organizers hope to raise most of the
        $250,000 needed to protect Gaston Livery Stable, a circa 1893 all-brick barn that served the
        Winter Colony in Aiken. The barn has one of only four carriage lifts remaining in the United
        States. The group is also selling an air “De Freshener” of a yet undetermined scent. For more
        information, visit the website at or call 803-648-4123.

       Windseeker is a new, 30-story-tall swing ride at Carowinds theme park, scheduled to open in the
        spring of 2012. The three minute ride begins when the carriage of 32 two-passenger swings
        slowly rotates while climbing to the top of a 301-foot-tower. The swings eventually reach up to
        30 mph in speed while the arms of the ride extend in a 45 degree angle. It will give the rider a
        sense of weightlessness and flying. Not only will it provide big thrills, Windseeker also will give
        panoramic views of Carowinds and surrounding regions.

       In addition to naming Charleston the best city in the United States, readers of Conde Nast
        magazine named The Willcox hotel in Aiken among the Top 50 Best Small Hotels. The Willcox
        was one of only three hotels in South Carolina to be recognized by Conde Nast readers, and the
        only one off the coast. The Willcox’s reputation for fine lodging and dining dates to the late
        19th-century when it was first built as an exclusive property for wealthy northerners who spent
        winters in the South. They came in such large numbers that the small community has been
        fondly considered the “Winter Colony.” Famous guests included Winston Churchill, Elizabeth
        Arden and Harold Vanderbilt. The Willcox continues its impeccable service today, offering horse
        and dog concierge services for its guests.
Awards & Accolades
       Bon Appetit magazine has named the new Husk restaurant in Charleston as the Best New
        Restaurant in America for 2011.
       Open Table readers have named at least seven restaurants in South Carolina to its list of best in
        the country, including:
             o Aspen Grille – Myrtle Beach – Southern food with the chef’s personal twist, like fried
                 green tomatoes with Bearnaise sauce. The restaurant excels in using local seasonal
                 ingredients in its dishes.
             o Charleston Grill – Charleston -- the signature restaurant in the Charleston Place hotel in
                 downtown Charleston. Serves traditional dishes but offers them in four different
                 categories – Lush, Pure, Southern and Cosmopolitan. The restaurant encourages its
                 diners to be courageous and try dishes from each category!
             o Devereaux’s – Greenville – whose contemporary American dishes have been described
                 as masterpieces, is housed in an old cigar factory in downtown Greenville. The culinary
                 team works in an open-air kitchen, allowing guests to get a front row seat of the team at
             o FIG – Charleston -- considers itself a neighborhood eatery in downtown Charleston with
                 a commitment to using local and sustainable food. Its chef, Mike Lata, was given a
                 James Beard award in 2009 for Best Chef in the Southeast.
             o Hall’s Chophouse – Charleston -- Family owned and operated, this American steakhouse
                 serves prime steaks, Lowcountry and fresh seafood in a visually striking space in
                 downtown Charleston.
             o Parson’s Table – Little River near Myrtle Beach – the restaurant uses material from a
                 variety of churches in the coastal area of South Carolina, including stained glass
                 windows from the Baptist Church of Mullins and a dining hall that was once the
                 sanctuary for the Little River Methodist Church built in 1885. Aside from its historic
                 preservation, the restaurant serves traditional beach and coastal fare, stepped up a few
                 notches to make it one of the best fine-dining experiences in Myrtle Beach.
             o Peninsula Grill – Planters Inn, Charleston – one of South Carolina’s most award-winning
                 restaurants continues to impress its visitors with sophisticated cuisine served up in a
                 handsomely appointed dining room.
       Conde Nast Traveler readers have named Charleston the Top U.S. city for travel in 2011.
        Charleston annually places in the top five, and was number 2 in 2010. Readers nudged it up one
        spot for 2011. Conde Nast readers also named the John Rutledge House Inn and Wentworth
        Mansion in Charleston, plus The Willcox hotel in Aiken among the Top 50 Best Small Hotels in
        the country. Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Hilton Head Island were named among the Top 10
        islands in America. Winning in the best resorts category were Harbour Town on Hilton Head
        Island and the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton.
       Greenville, an Upcountry city growing in popularity for fine dining, shopping and cultural
        attractions, has been named one of “America’s Top 10 Downtowns” by Forbes Magazine. Its
        recent downtown redevelopment has transformed Greenville from a “backwater to a really
        functional and beautiful place,” the magazine writes.

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       Boating Magazine named Lake Murray, a 48,000-acre reservoir near the capital city of South
        Carolina, one of the top 10 places to live and boat. The lake provides a place to “bust loose” and
        serves as a “water playground for the Midlands” of South Carolina, the magazine writes.
       This Old House magazine names the North Charleston neighborhood of Park Circle as one of
        2012’s Best Old House Neighborhoods.

Hotel / resort updates & expansions
       The Society House is Charleston’s newest luxury lodging experience. Originally built in 1801, it
        combines the charm of Historic Charleston with comfort that discerning travelers have come to
        expect. Located at 292 King Street, the Society House offers the privacy and space of a
        downtown apartment with the indulgence of a luxury hotel. The nine suites boast full kitchens
        with stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite countertops, spacious living rooms,
        contemporary furnishings, state-of-the-art flat panel satellite televisions, complimentary high-
        speed wireless internet and spa quality bath amenities.

       The beloved Elliott House Inn is scheduled to reopen this Fall after a two year
        renovation. Returning guests will find 25 cozy rooms with remodeled bathrooms, flat screen
        televisions and new furnishings that maintain the Inn’s historic Southern charm. Structural
        renovations include reinforcement of interior and exterior walls, an enlarged building housing
        laundry facilities and new stairs and walkways. The Inn will continue to provide guests’ favorite
        amenities including an afternoon Manager’s Reception, a large heated courtyard hot tub and
        continental breakfast delivered on silver trays. Previous Inn guests will find a revitalized Queen
        Street featuring the new Husk and Petticoats restaurants joining Charleston classics Poogan’s
        Porch and 82 Queen.

       Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston is developing new state-of-the-art pool facilities in
        Night Heron Park and near the West Beach Tennis Center. These projects include a large
        children’s pool at Night Heron, complete with a curving waterslide; a renovated and re-
        purposed pool at Night Heron into an adult-friendly setting, with time set aside for adult
        relaxation, lap swimming and water aerobics; and a third pool in West Beach featuring both an
        adult section and a large play area with water toys and slides.

       Kiawah has also embraced its Southern roots in the development of two new restaurants at the
        resort. Cherrywood BBQ and Ale House at Osprey Point features genuine house smoked
        Southern BBQ, slow-cooked using local hardwoods. It offers traditional BBQ fare like hearty
        ribs, brisket and pulled pork platters, gourmet burgers, unique salads, house smoked salmon
        and fire-grilled shrimp that can be complemented by house-made sides and chef signature
        sauces. Meals are paired with local handcrafted beers. At the West Beach Straw Market is
        Southern Kitchen, where diners can find Lowcountry favorites like country-fried steak and pork
        chops, collard greens, mac and cheese, and fried green tomatoes.

       The Inn at Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island has just completed a major renovation with new
        features including sound- and light-proofing of guest rooms; new fabrics, furnishings and
        updates to guest bathrooms; a sleek, state-of-the-art media center, iPod and laptop docks and a

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        glass door mini bar in guest rooms; enhanced lobby with bright, airy coastal design; newly
        installed tropical landscaping and lighting.

       The Westin Resort & Spa on Hilton Head Island recently renewed its WestinWORKOUT fitness
        center to include more highly defined activity zones for cardio training, strength training and
        stretching. The Westin also will be restoring guestroom corridor carpeting by the first quarter of

       The Holiday Inn Express in Bluffton is currently undergoing renovation that will update its guest
        rooms, lobby, breakfast area and meeting space. New furnishings, carpet and fresh paint will be
        included in the project; each guest room will get new 32” HDTV flat screen televisions, updated
        fixture and new bedding; and the fitness center will have new state-of-the-art equipment.

       The Grand Shores Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach will receive a renovation and update of
        hotel rooms and all common areas. Renovations include updated oceanfront pool decks,
        resurfacing of the Lazy River, a new ceiling for the indoor pool, a new covered walkway at the
        main entrance, renovated elevator interiors and new furniture in the lobby. Guestrooms are
        being updated with new closet organizers, paint, new bathroom vanities and lighting.

       Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach is working to become a wedding destination. The
        resort has hired a weddings specialist experienced in product sales, development and
        management. The specialist will provide expertise to sales and customer service teams about
        the distinctive needs of wedding planners, couples and their parties. The resort has also created
        wedding packages that address some of these needs.

       Springmaid has also become dog-friendly. The resort now offers affordable rates for guests who
        travel with pets, and have designated dog friendly-specific rooms. A fenced doggie run was also
        created with ample room to play, and has benches and waste containers for owners.

       The Lake Murray Marina and Yacht Club in Irmo will become a 216-unit luxury residential
        community. Residents will enjoy a heated swimming pool, a fitness center, a grilling deck with
        seating and a stone fire pit, Wi-Fi connections throughout, a theatre and entertainment room
        and other resort-style amenities. Residents and guests will also have access to the marina
        center that includes a launch ramp, 269 boat slips, the Lake Murray Boat Club, a car and boat
        wash facility, full service shop store and fueling dock and a new restaurant.

       The Courtyard by Marriott in Rock Hill has opened a new bistro-style restaurant, serving
        breakfast choices in the morning and a variety of dinner and cocktail options in the evening. The
        restaurant will also offer specialty Starbucks® drinks.

Regional and Statewide New Developments
       South Carolina’s vacation guide is now on iTunes! The guide is a must-have item for anyone
        planning a trip to the Palmetto State. Full of details ranging from major attractions and best

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        places to find barbecue to golf highlights and tips, the vacation guide is now downloadable for
        iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads.

       The collard green is now the official state vegetable of South Carolina, after a 9-year-old
        Lexington County girl suggested it to her state senator. The collard is a dark-green leafy
        vegetable with a tough texture suitable for slow cooking. In South Carolina, collards are most
        often cooked with ham hock or other smoked pork. The collard green is one of several
        agricultural exports of South Carolina.

       A new Heritage Quilt Trail is taking shape in the South Carolina Upcountry, featuring painted
        wood panels of existing quilt patterns mounted on public and private buildings. The trail begins
        at the South Carolina welcome center at exit #1 on Interstate 85 (Fair Play) and travels north
        through the high hills of Oconee, Anderson and Pickens counties. A map of the sites can be
        found on the quilt trail’s website at

       The official website of the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor has been developed. The
        site provides historic details about this unique culture found only in the Lowcountry and sea
        islands of the Southern United States, and outlines the attractions in South Carolina that
        travelers can visit to experience some of the culture. See more at

       A new welcome center and museum opened on the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway
        (SC 11) in the restored 1870s John H. Goodwin Store. It is located just west of the National
        Byway’s junction with US 25 N. The building housed one of the area’s earliest post offices,
        Orleans (formerly Pickett’s Valley and Lima, after 1852), and was a general store for the
        community. The welcome center and museum is manned Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10
        a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Blythe-Goodwin-Hagood House behind
        the welcome center was originally built in the late 1700s. Both the house and store building are
        listed on the National Register for Historic Places. The house is currently being restored.

New Developments by destination
       The otter habitat at Charles Towne Landing, one of the more popular features at the historic
        site’s Animal Forest, has reopened with a new design that, for the first time, provides views of
        the animals’ movements underwater. The new habitat is larger and it features two viewing
        areas of 6-foot-high, 24-foot wide aquarium-type acrylic glass.

       New website for people who travel with their pets,, helps
        travelers find dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, parks and businesses. It also helps the traveler
        plan canine activities utilizing the site’s interactive Calendar of Events. The website is an
        innovative and fun resource that provides specific dog-friendly information on a spectrum of
        subjects as well as great feature articles.

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       Charleston Area Family Fun and New Charleston Explorers Club -- Families are invited to
        embrace a theme—adventure, encounter, imagine or unplug—while using the newly
        launched CharlestonFamilyFun.comto create a customized vacation itinerary. Age-appropriate
        activities at area attractions, a list of local beaches, child-friendly restaurants and tours, vacation
        packages, coupons and a portal to the brand new Charleston Explorers Club are key components
        of the site. The adventure begins at any Official Charleston Area visitor center, where families
        receive a keepsake passport upon registering for the free Charleston Explorers Club, a creative
        program that combines a tangible passport and inked stamps with social media-style check-ins.
        With passport in hand, families embark on a journey to more than 30 participating attractions.
        Every site has an emblematic icon and unique secret code. Explorers then log in at and turn the secret codes into prizes while working up the ranks from
        deckhand to admiral. As ranks are achieved, secret prizes arrive in the mail. The Charleston
        Explorers Club never expires, meaning families may map out visits to participating attractions
        over the course of several vacations and prizes will continue to arrive. More info. Contact.

Hilton Head / Bluffton
       Zip line Hilton Head opens at Broad Creek Marina in April. The new attraction consists of seven
        zip lines in a 2.5 hour tour over vistas in Hilton Head’s Broad Creek, some from as high as 75
        feet. Near the end of the tour is a dual cable racing zip line! The zip line tour is the first of
        several outdoor attractions opening up this spring and summer at Broad Creek Marina, including
        a new ropes course, a bungee trampoline and rock climbing wall.

       Gullah Museum of Hilton Head – The museum and its collection of buildings located on Gumtree
        Road restore, preserve and interpret the Gullah culture that existed on the island before the
        bridge was built to the mainland in 1956. Much of the museum is still under restoration and
        development. The Gullah culture is unique to the Lowcountry South, considered a blend of
        African and English cultures that developed during America’s period of slavery.

       Robert Irvine, chef of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” and “Dinner: Impossible,”
        opens up a new restaurant on Hilton Head – called nosh, located in the Tanger Outlet 2
        shopping mall. He takes on Southern Cuisine by using regional ingredients and classic

       Station 300 will be the latest addition to Buckwalter Place in the heart of Bluffton. This high-tech
        entertainment center will be a dazzling 33,000 square feet of bowling lanes, a restaurant and
        lounge, and the latest arcade games.

Myrtle Beach
       New Pat Boone Family Theater at Myrtle Beach -- The Pat Boone Family Theater is slated for a
        grand opening in August 2011. Approximately $1 million in renovations will turn the former
        NASCAR Café restaurant into a 600-seat theater where only 50 feet will separate the back row of
        the audience from the stage. Pat Boone, who rose to fame in the 1950s and 1960s and
        continues to record, will help book acts and also perform several times a year. A Boone Museum

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        will feature some of his memorabilia. The theater will have a resident illusionist and mentalist,
        Morgan Strebler who will perform three shows six days a week in peak season with interactive
        and mind bending illusions. The theater will also host gospel concerts, Christmas shows and
        other family friendly events. The venue will also feature a late-night lounge, set to open in early
        fall. More info. Contact. Other New Developments in Myrtle Beach! Photography

       First Electrical Charging Stations on the Carolina Coast -- Ocean Lakes Family Campground now
        has the first set of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the Coastal Carolinas. Ocean Lakes
        built two stations as part of its award-winning iCare Program aimed at reducing the
        environmental impact of its campground and guests. The Level 2 EV Charging Stations are open
        to the general public, as well as Ocean Lakes guests. Contact. Photography. Additionally, Plug In
        Carolina has installed electric vehicle charging stations at Ocean Lakes and other locations
        around the Grand Strand, with a larger goal of installing 80 active stations in South Carolina.

       Grand Park Athletic Complex -- The Grand Park Athletic Complex will open in early 2012. Three
        full-size and two youth-size multipurpose fields, as well as a new roller hockey rink, will make up
        the athletic complex. This project is owned by the City of Myrtle Beach.

       South Carolina Warriors Basketball Team – South Carolina has a new semi-professional
        basketball team based in Myrtle Beach. The South Carolina Warriors is a franchise of the
        American Basketball Association. They will play their home games in Little River. For more
        information, visit

       Myrtle Beach International Airport Extension -- To accommodate growing numbers of visitors
        arriving by air, Myrtle Beach International Airport is planning to expand with the recent addition
        of a new general aviation terminal, which opened in 2010, and the continued expansion of a
        new passenger terminal. The massive projects, which will expand the passenger terminal from
        seven to 12 gates, are expected to increase the airport’s capacity and efficiency for vacationers,
        business travelers, and locals alike. M.B. Kahn Construction is serving as the program manager
        for the $130 million-passenger terminal expansion which began in June 2010 and will be
        completed in early 2013. For more information visit:

       Target Store -- A new Target shopping center will be coming to Myrtle Beach. SayeBrook Town
        Center, a 700-acre development, is planned for development near the U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C.
        544, ranging from commercial to single-family homes. The Target will be about 135,000 square
        feet and include a produce section. The shopping center will be anchored by Target, but include
        space for additional stores. For more information, call (843) 294-6197 or visit

       International Technology and Aerospace Park (ITAP) -- ITAP is a 460 acre class A aviation and
        technology park owned by Horry County and located on the Myrtle Beach International Airport
        property. The park has a public entrance in the Market Common district known for upscale
        shopping and dining. Completion of phase 1 of the park was completed in November 2011. This
        included the installation of utilities, access roads, storm drainage and landscaping. For more
        information, visit

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       Kings Road Boat Ramp -- $2 million dollars will be spent to build the Kings Road Boat Ramp,
        pave the parking lot, and build public restrooms. The project is a joint effort of the Horry County
        Transportation Committee and the Horry County Parks.

       Improvements to Springmaid Pier -- A historic landmark in the heart of Myrtle Beach,
        Springmaid Beach Pier is undergoing a few changes in 2012. BARnacles, the pier bar and grill will
        receive a reinvigoration as Myrtle Beach’s newest waterfront hot spot. There will be outdoor
        seating and the deck will be revamped with a full bar drink line up added and new menu. There
        will also be weekly Friday live entertainment and happy hour. A pier hurricane simulator will be
        added to the pier as well as a giant beach chair to be used for photo opportunities. For more
        information visit

       Highway 17 Bypass Interchange Project at the Back Gate -- The Highway 17 Interchange will
        eliminate the traffic signal at the intersection and provide uninterrupted movement on Highway
        17. The Interchange will decrease traffic delays and construct a U-turn at the north end of the
        Interchange under the bridge.

       Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery, located about two miles out of downtown Greenville, features
        locally grown produce and baked goods. Their goal is to source at least 50 percent of their
        products from within 150 miles of Greenville.

       Dark Corner Distillery – South Carolina’s first legal moonshine distillery was the vision of two
        electrical engineers who wanted to craft spirits in the tradition of their ancestors. The distillery
        is now a popular stop in downtown Greenville, offering their 100 proof corn whiskey and some
        creative cocktails only found at this bar, like Appalachian Margaritas.

       UBS Ice on Main – The open space in front of the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Greenville is
        iced over for a few months during the holidays, and it becomes the Upstate’s only open-air ice
        skating rink.

       Cedar Falls Park – The new park opened in October 2011 along the Reedy River in southern
        Greenville County. At this spot, the river widens to 200 feet and gently cascades over rocks and
        boulders to form one of the river’s most beautiful vistas. The park includes trails, picnic groves
        and a playground.

       New exhibit – Lunch Counter at Mann-Simons Cottage -- Historic Columbia Foundation is
        pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit at the Mann-Simons site. The exhibit tells the
        story of the lunch counter, in operation on the site from 1891 to 1909, from an archaeological
        perspective. More than 3,700 artifacts were recovered during an archaeological dig at the site.
        Thanks to the discovery of a large, well preserved trash pit during excavations in 2006, the day-
        to-day operations of the lunch counter can be told in remarkable detail and offers visitors a
        glimpse at what fast food looked like 100 years ago, as well as why Jim Crow segregation took
        the form it did in the American South. The exhibit is composed of five display cases, offering a

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        representative sample of the artifacts recovered in terms of architecture, food and beverage,
        tableware and food preparation, infrastructure, and household trash. More info. Contact.

       Tourism Going Green in Columbia, SC --          The growing concern worldwide over global
        warming and climate change has led to dramatic changes in consumer attitudes, travel
        seasonality and other travel trends. With an ever-increasing number of well-informed travelers
        looking to significantly reduce their carbon footprint by opting for environmentally-friendly
        travel and tourism services, our region is excited to offer travelers a greener option. The
        Columbia Museum of Art implemented a renewable energy project using an array of solar
        panels on the roof of its building which is reducing the amount of energy the museum has to
        purchase. The Museum received a grant to fund the 177 solar panels, special installation
        equipment, 6 electrical inverters and a web based monitoring system. The solar panels will
        produce up to 10% of the Museum’s daily usage, offset 40 tons of carbon every year, save 379
        trees per year and generate 53,340 kilowatts per hour. A special educational webpage at provides visitors with fun facts, live readings of energy saved, photos and
        interactive games for kids. At the Holiday Inn® & Suites Columbia - Airport, they are passionate
        about green lodging. Designed to meet LEED certification, the hotel features eco-friendly
        materials and efforts with rainwater harvesting and recycled pool-side furniture. Travelers can
        also breathe easy at this eco-friendly property. They are the first hotel in South Carolina to meet
        EcoRoom Certification, designed for LEED certification. And, they’re 100% smoke free. More
        info. Contact.

       Vanity QR Codes -- The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office (CCLMC)
        released 2 new mobile websites featuring vanity Quick Response, or “QR,” codes for visitors to
        gather information about the region. The code links directly to the mobile version of and links to the mobile site. was established due to volume of traffic on interstate I-26 and visitors
        passing through the region. It provides visitors information on where to stay, dine and shop in
        the Harbison area. CCLMC plans to soon release a similar campaign for the Columbia Northeast
        shopping area.

Rock Hill / York County
       Giordana Velodrome -- The Giordana Velodrome is scheduled to open Spring 2012. The 250m
        world-class Giordana Velodrome, endorsed by USA Cycling, will host national and UCI caliber
        events while introducing the local community to the Olympic sport of track cycling through a
        variety of rider development and outreach programs. The Giordana Velodrome is part of the
        Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk.

       The Rock Hill Outdoor Center, a dynamic collection of recreation amenities, is under
        construction at the new Riverwalk community. When completed, these amenities will add
        approximately 250 acres of public recreation space to the City of Rock Hill’s current parks
        inventory. The Piedmont Medical Center Trail opened in July 2010 and is available year-round,
        offering beautiful views of the Catawba River. The first of several cycling venues, the Giordana
        Velodrome also has opened. Additional cycling venues, athletic fields, parks, gardens and
        greenspace will be added in the future along with programmed activities and events.

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       Searching for Our Beginnings, an exhibit of artifacts from the Topper archaeological site, is on
        permanent display at the campus library of the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie in
        Allendale. The excavation changed theories about ancient man’s movements in the world
        because it revealed humans existed in this country before the ice age. Artifacts like flake tools,
        choppers, blades and others from the pre-Clovis period are on display, as well as interpretive
        panels that describe the excavation and emerging new theories about man’s existence and
        evolution. 803-584-3446.

       The US Army Corps of Engineers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the development of Lake
        Hartwell this year with a variety of events and commemorations. Most events will be posted on
        its web page as they become available at

       Renovated, Historic Beaufort Arsenal -- The historic Beaufort Arsenal, a tabby structure built in
        1798 to store weapons for Beaufort’s Volunteer Artillery, was recently renovated. Still
        maintaining its historic significance, the building now houses the visitor center and the offices of
        Beaufort’s Visitor and Convention Bureau and is open to the public as an event venue. The
        arsenal was used in every war fought in the United States. More info. Contact. Photography.

       The Beaufort History Museum will be open to the public in the new City Hall on Boundary St.
        (Uptown Beaufort) in the spring of 2012. The first exhibition will include items from the original
        collection, describing Beaufort from early Native American presence to more recent military
        uniforms and will encompass the highlights of our history.

       150th anniversary of the creation of Penn School (Penn Center) -- This event begins in 2012,
        but continues through 2014 and includes several events such as cultural presentations, a book
        publication, ribbon-cutting of a new library, health center and heritage trail, as well as an
        unveiling of a new Robert Smalls Resource Center. First established as Penn School, the
        compound of dormitories and meeting halls on St. Helena Island off the coast of Beaufort was
        one of America’s first schools for freed slaves. As the campus converted to community buildings
        and other use, Penn School later became a site for strategic planning for Dr. Martin Luther King,
        Jr. Today, Penn Center is a community center that offers educational history and cultural
        programs in its museum and other facilities on campus. The annual Penn Center Heritage Days,
        held annually the second weekend in November, celebrates the unique and influential history of
        the center and of the Gullah people of the sea islands. More info. Contact.

       The new Cypress Wetlands Park in the town of Port Royal will be complete in the spring of 2012,
        and it will include a trail system, boardwalk and amphitheater. It focuses on restoring the
        habitat for natural wildlife in the wetlands, which will allow visitors to see various bird species
        from several look-out points while reading the informative and educational signage. 843-986-

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       Lowcountry Produce opens storefront in downtown Beaufort in the Old City Hall Building on
        Carteret Street. Having many accolades, including their Sweet Potato Butter being featured in
        last December's issue of O Magazine, Lowcountry Produce is a purveyor of regional Southern
        delicacies. All of their products are handmade and hand packed using only all-natural
        ingredients. Renovations were done to preserve the building, and now Lowcountry Produce will
        feature all their products, as well as a deli area to serve lunch.

       Historic Cheraw has developed a new cell phone tour that brings to life some of the small town’s
        most impressive architecture and history. Haunted houses, racing preachers and Dizzy
        Gillespie’s musical roots are all part of the 25 homes, churches and business, some pre-dating to
        1860, on the tour. The tour covers Cheraw’s 10-block historic district and is a self-guided tour.
        Tour maps are available at town hall, the chamber of commerce and other public facilities. For
        more information, contact David Sides at or 843-537-8425.

       Francis Marion Performing Arts Center -- The Performing Arts Center, completed in 2011,
        provides unparalleled performance venues for the region featuring national, regional, and local
        performing artists. Additionally, the Performing Arts Center provides instructional facilities,
        practice rooms and faculty offices for the Music Industry Program offered by the FMU
        Department of Fine Arts. 843-661-4444.

       Oconee County in South Carolina and Rabun County in Georgia will engage in dueling banjo
        contests and other events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the movie Deliverance. The
        special events are expected to take place in June during the annual Chattooga River Festival.
        They will also collaborate with Warner Brothers Productions, producers of the film, to release a
        special edition of the movie in Blu-ray format, and to invite actors to the festival as celebrity
        guests. 1-877-685-2537.

       Saluda River Rafting Adventures is a new outfitter in Oconee County that offers river tubing,
        horse back riding lessons, trail rides (seasonally) and river site tent camping.

       The renovated 1850’s General Store, Hunter's Store in Pendleton, re-opens its doors to the
        public. It now serves as headquarters for the local tourism organization. 125 Queen Street,
        Pendleton, SC 29670. 864-646-3782.

       Spartanburg’s new Music Trail honors native sons and daughters who have made a national or
        international impact in the world of music. The first phase is open, and covers five downtown
        blocks in this Upcountry city. Artists recognized include Arthur Prysock (soul/R&B), Ira Tucker of
        the Dixie Hummingbirds (gospel); Clara Smith (jazz); Singin’ Billy Walker (shape-note signing),

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        Marshall Tucker Band (rock), Pink Anderson (blues), Hank Garland (country, rock), Johnny
        Blowers (jazz), Champ Hood (Americana), Walter Hyatt (Americana), Don Reno (bluegrass), and
        the Blue Ridge Quartet (gospel). A cell phone audio tour takes visitors through the trail., 864-577-9349.

       The historic Earle House in Walhalla is now home to the Walhalla Chamber of Commerce and
        the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau. 1-877-685-

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