Hopefully, y’all are reading this newsletter this morning with a hot cup of coffee in hand and a fresh dusting of powder falling outside. ❄️ If that’s not enough to put you in the spirit for some winter activities, we don’t know what is.
Yet another great thing about Greenville is that there are plenty of options for everyone for the *ski-son* that are just a road trip away – whether you’re a pro-skier or snowboarder, total beginner, or just enjoy hanging out and taking pictures of the snow.
Cataloochee Ski Area 📍 Maggie Valley, NC | 🚙 ~2 hour drive from Greenville | 💰 $28-73 (lift tickets) + $33 (rentals) As the oldest ski area in North Carolina, Cataloochee is a great mountain for beginners + skiers and snowboarders looking to improve skills. The mountain has 18 trails and five lifts. #ProTip: If you have time, see if you can do some elk watching while you’re in the neighborhood.
Beech Mountain Resort 📍 Beech Mountain, NC | 🚙 ~2 hour 45 minute drive from Greenville | 💰 $30-84 (lift tickets) + $28-34 (rentals) With 17 trails and eight lifts, Beech Mountain makes for a great day trip from Greenville or an overnight trip with night skiing. There are also tubing and ice skating activities on the mountain. #ProTip: Stop by Fred’s General Mercantile for a hot bite or all your ski rental needs.
📍 Snowshoe, WV | 🚙 ~7 hour drive from Greenville | 💰 $55-118 (lift tickets) + $35-40 (rentals) Okay this one may be a stretch for a reasonable road trip length – but trust us, it’s worth the drive. With 61 slopes, Snowshoe Mountain is the largest ski resort in the Southeast + there’s a large variety of slopes for all skill levels.
Disclaimer: Many resorts are offering limited lift tickets + requiring advanced purchases this year to prevent overcrowding because of COVID-19. We recommend checking individual resort websites for updated protocol information + case counts in nearby areas before booking a trip.
Weather ○ 43º | Rain + Snow | 75% chance of rain ❄️ ○ Because of today’s expected inclement weather, schools + other local businesses might be closed or operating on a delay. To see a list of closings and delays in our area, click here. (WSPA)
Development ○ TR Hospitality Group LLC has requested the City of Travelers Rest to annex + rezone 5,435 acres of land for “The Staytion” – a new hospitality venue and event center. The Staytion will include cottages, treehouses (yes, you read that right), one-bedroom lodging units, a 6,400 sqft event space, and more. 🌳 (Greenville News)
Dish ○ Lean KitchenCo. will be opening up theirsecond location in Greenville at 2017B Augusta St. – right next to The Burrow. The date of the grand opening is still TBD, but you can expect the same freshly prepared, convenient meals at this new spot. 🥦
City ○ In 1916, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce raised money for a large electric sign with the words “Our Country First, Then Greenville” with an animated American flag in the background to express patriotism in light of WWI. Read more about the history of this sign that “stood as a beacon on Main Street for 18 years” here. 🇺🇸 (Greenville Journal)
Biz ○ Greenville local Meg James recentlycreatedGo and Do Good – a directory of hotels that give back to charities, ministries, or their local communities.Booking a trip soon? Check out their website to find the right hotels that are also giving back. 🌎
Coronavirus ○ Bon Secours St. Francis Health System has announcednew visitation restrictions for patients. Patients will now be allowed to have one visitor per day between the hours of 2-6 p.m. at the downtown location and from 12-4 p.m. at the eastside location. Get all the details here. (WSPA) ○ Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled all trips in the United States through March 31, 2021. In addition, the Carnival Sunshine (which frequently stops in Charleston)will not be operating from Oct. 11-Nov. 13, 2021. Read more here. (WCIV) ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, andhere for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
Digs ○ New year, new home for all your 2021 needs: home office, bigger backyard, and more tricked out kitchen (hey, we can dream). Explore what’s on the market with CB Caine’s open houses this weekend. 🏡 Ⓟ
Finance ○ The holidays are over, but you can still give yourself the sweetgift of ownership in Lumineux Chocolate. With a new year, it’s time to save + investagain – and now you can do that with local companies you love. See how here. 🍫Ⓟ
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IICYMI – Local artistLacey Hennessey has created a colorful, empowering mural atÉleos Ministry – an organization in the Nicholtown community “serving our neighbors and equipping them in their God-given potential for the good of our community.”
This beautiful work of art was funded by over $3,000 in community donations + some special help from @mattthedrivewayguy who power washed the wall at no cost. (P.S. – Lacey even dislocated her shoulder while finishing this bad boy. Now that’s what we call dedication.)
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Active ○ Therapeutic Yoga| Fri., Jan. 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Relax with a comfortably paced yoga lesson intended to increase balance and flexibility while promoting greater self-awareness and inner calm. 🧘♂️
Edu ○ January Sky Talk | Fri., Jan. 8 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free for members, $5 for nonmembers | Learn all about the January night sky + discover which planets will be visible, how to find prominent constellations, and more. ⭐
Saturday ○ The Toasty Farmer| Sat., Jan. 9 | 11a.m.-2 p.m. | Brewery 85, 6 Whitlee Ct. | Free entry | Support your local growers and makers + shop freshly harvested greens, root veggies, cheeses, and more. 🥕 ○ Wine Around Greer Station| Sat., Jan. 9 | 2-5 p.m. | Greer Station | $20 | This inaugural event will include more than 20 locations in downtown Greer featuring various wines (and a few non-alcoholic options). 🍷 ○ Beers and Balance| Sat., Jan. 9 | 10-11 a.m. | Tetrad Brewing Co., 603 E. Stone Ave. | $10 | Start your Saturday with a one-hour mindful flow yoga class. Make sure to bring your own mat. 🍺 ○ Mead Making for Beginners| Sat., Jan. 9 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Wandering Bard Meadery, 1320 Hampton Ave., Ste. 3 | $20 |Curious about how to make your own mead at home? This class will teach you everything you need to get started. 🍯
Sunday ○ Sunday Brunch Market| Sun., Jan. 10 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Greer City Park | Free entry | Join in on the second Sunday of each month for Sunday Brunch Markets. Enjoy tasty treats, locally grown goods, and fun activities. 🥂
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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