Category: Living in the Carolinas

7 Nov 2018

10 reasons you should consider moving to Greenville, SC

Reasons to move to Greenville, SC
Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find the quaint city of Greenville, South Carolina, known for our raging art scene, affordable living and gorgeous scenery. With less than 100,000 people living here, Greenville is perfect for those looking for a balance between the big city and small town feel. No matter where you visit in Greenville, you’ll find that this place is steeped in Southern tradition and American history. It’s perfect for new families, college students and retirees alike! We are so confident that you’ll love it here that we rounded up 10 incredible reasons why you should consider moving to Greenville.   1. There’s an abundance of outdoor activities year round Photo courtesy of VisitGreenvilleSC Greenville is settled in an...
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5 Oct 2017

6 things you must do this fall

There’s no doubt about it, fall is my favorite season. From the boots and scarves to the crisp air and the pumpkin-flavored sips and snacks— fall should be year ‘round, as far as I’m concerned. Make the most of the lower temps and breathtaking scenery this year by toting the family along to some of the best fall activities the Carolinas have to offer. Here are my picks for fall fun. Scarowinds Each October, the theme park known for causing big screams gets even louder when it's transformed into SCarowinds. Round up the kids and be brave as you come face-to-face with over 500 monsters, ghosts and goblins. Not into being scared out of your mind? Take the boo hoo out...
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16 Jun 2017

Father knows best

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has an observation about dads: You can always tell what their favorite year was, because they're still wearing clothes from it. For their unique fashion sense - and many other reasons - dads are pretty memorable. And while we sometimes fail to realize their wisdom in our youth, the life lessons and advice dads give us are irreplaceable when we grow up. David Huss' dad was a sales manager for a car dealership. His name is Noah Carse Huss, or N.C. for short - but his family calls him Bill (go figure). David, who leads the Frantilla and Huss Team in the company's Charlotte-Ballantyne office, calls him Pops and remembers a large map of the United States on...
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18 May 2017

Things to do in May

Ah, May. It may just be the best of all the months in the Carolinas. It makes you just want to get out and do something! Over my thirty years of living here, we’ve often gone to the beach in May. The sun, the surf, and the silence! The crowds haven’t come but the great weather has. One of our favorites is Oak Island, because it is one of the few Carolina Beaches that allows dogs on leash on the beach 24/7, and has hundreds of dog-friendly rentals. You may be looking to stay closer to home this May, though, so look no further than here to see what’s happening in your area of the Carolinas. You could, for example, visit Apple Hill...
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4 May 2017

Throw the best garden party!

Maybe you’d like to show off your new patio or maybe you just bought a huge fancy hat that you’re dying to wear or maybe, you’ll look for any excuse to throw a party— whatever the reason may be, there’s no better time than early spring to host the perfect garden party. First things first, some of you are probably wondering what a garden party even is; if that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up all the tips and tricks to help you successfully throw your first garden party gathering. Set a theme What’s a party without a theme? Picking a theme helps give your gathering a cohesive feeling, and it helps you with decisions. What should you...
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13 Apr 2017

5 tips for throwing a killer housewarming party

Thinking about giving a friend, neighbor, or even yourself a housewarming party? I love these gatherings because most people have no preconceived notions or expectations of what it should be—except awesome. Take a look at these five tips to get the ball rolling. 1) Celebrate the dream home with a dream theme. The possibilities are endless, so think about what the homeowners need, want or can handle. Will they be landscaping or did they just complete a landscape renovation? Could be a garden party. A “stock the bar party” is a great way to toast the new home. Or how about a “laundry day party” for first-time homeowners or newlyweds? The theme then sets the tone for food, decorations and gifts. 2)...
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7 Apr 2017

Play ball!

Spring in the Carolinas is a beautiful time of year – and it marks the start of another of my favorite seasons – baseball. Baseball has a great tradition in North and South Carolina, with hundreds of great ballplayers passing through our Minor League teams on the way to the Major Leagues. Players including Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, and Curt Schilling have all spent time honing their craft on Carolina diamonds. If you’ve driven past a local ball field in the past few weeks, you’ve likely seen young athletes practicing and playing, with their parents passionately rooting them on. I have a park right around the corner from my home in Lake Norman, and the best part of...
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28 Mar 2017

Take a walk on the wildflower side

Last spring, during a long weekend in the most visited National Park in the U.S., the Great Smoky Mountains, I took a trail touted as the best wildflower display in the park. My day along the easy Porter’s Creek Trail allowed for plenty of time to bend down and get face to face with beauties such as trillium, Solomon’s seal, Bloodroot, Hepatica, Crested Dwarf Iris, Wild Geranium and many, many more. It was the spring break I needed. So this year, I’ve decided to try to find some wildflower walks a little closer to home in the Carolinas and hit as many as I can before the summer sun shines. I uncovered that one of the largest displays of Rocky Shoals Spider...
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16 Mar 2017

We’re going green

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is right around the corner, and it suddenly occurred to me that this year, we might want a wee bit more than green beer to celebrate. So, you lassies and laddies who are handy in the kitchen, listen up. We’re going to need some food. Make that Irish food. Yes, there is such a thing, and despite an undeserved reputation of bland, mushy, tasteless fare, there are some recipes to try and Irish specialties to sample that might just change your mind—and bring you good luck. You never know. First, set the mood for some Irish food with fun and festive leprechaun hats, shamrock boutonnieres, a lucky banner, and a candle centerpiece made with split peas—just a...
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16 Feb 2017

Experience Winston-Salem

With the bustling nightlife, historic charm and vibrant arts culture, it’s no surprise that Winston-Salem is ranked #37 on the US News and World Report’s list of 100 Best Places to Live in the US. Keep reading to find out our favorite things about this up-and-coming southern city and why we think it’s the place to be! Vibrant Art Community Winston-Salem is often called The City of the Arts, and its residents take the nickname very seriously. Whether you live in or are just visiting the city, you’ll find a variety of studios, residences and businesses displaying and selling arts ranging from paintings to pottery to textiles. Join in a gallery hop the first Friday of every month, as well as regional...
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