The Best Attractions in Greenville

Greenville, South Carolina, the seat of Greenville County, is on the Reedy River 93 miles (150 km) northwest of Columbia. The city is near the Blue Ridge Mountains and textiles are the chief products for trade here.

Greenville was founded in 1797. It has a population of 56,002. It is centrally located between Atlanta (120 miles southwest), and Lexington, NC.

Greenville is at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. This is the main reason why the city has many hills and knolls. Sassafras Mountain is the South Carolina’s highest point. This is near the northern part of Pickens County. This county is adjacent to Greenville County to the west.

Gold and other minerals have been mined in Greenville since the early 1800s. Within 60 miles (97 km) of the city, there are amethysts, rubies, garnets and much other stuff like this are available. They are abundant in the nearby mountain. Granite abounds in the area are mined in Greenville as well as in neighboring counties.

When visiting Greenville, North Carolina for its nightlife there are a number of places you can go. These include Boli’s Pizza. This place is known for their cheap pizza and beer nights. Boli’s is located on f5th Street, Ham’s, a bar and grill most noted for its live entertainment.

Ham’s is located off of 9th street, Patana Bob’s or PB’s. It is located on Cotanche Street, Rumors Night Club. Rumors is the top choice for dancers to hang out downtown Rumors is also on Cotanche Street. The Pita Pit: Pita Pit serves the best and healthiest food. Pita pit is located on Fifth Street.

Greenville treats its guests to a good mix of urban life in a laidback rural setting. It is one rare experience you will have in your life. There are travel agency that offers best deals on not only hotels in Greenville, but also on car hire and flights. This site offers you the choicest hotels for booking, making it extremely easy to plan your holiday compared to the other booking sites.

For sightseeing, it is recommended that you visit Kilgore Lewis House, Gassaway Mansion, Christ Episcopal Church, Beattie House, and Cherrydale Mansion.

Kilgore Lewis has a roof made out of copper. The vast land is sprawled with many gardens responsible for its elegant charm. This house can be rented as a venue for special occasions like weddings and other social events.

Gassaway Mansion goes back to 1776. It is a stone castle that definitely withstood the many tests of time. This magnificent structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Place.

Beattie House is of Italian gothic design and with Victorian furnishing. Like Kilgore Lewis, this is also a perfect venue to hold social gatherings.

There are attractions that also children will enjoy. You can take them to Reedy River Falls Historic Park & Falls Cottage. There are two waterfalls here that children will enjoy looking at. It is a big park with 6 land trails, many scenic views, a pond and a bridge. The whole family can spend a few hours here without noticing the time slip by.

Greenville Zoo exhibits some wildlife animals. There is also a picnic area where a group can have lunch or snacks after the tour with the animals. There is also a tennis court inside.

Greenville also has many spa salons and fitness centers. A few recommendations would be Vandivers Rejuvenation Spa, The Spa at West End, Day Spa on Park Avenue, and Bravo Fitness Salon Spa.

Food As Medicine – Ten Regular Foods With Surprising Health Benefits

It’s easy for me to whip up an herbal remedy using herbs only found in health food stores, but not necessarily for everyone else. For the most part, when I am helping someone with a health issue, I like to use products found in your average supermarket.

Potatoes: As food, this vegetable is nutritious, providing us with Vitamin C. However, if you’ve got a minor burn it can help both with the pain and taking the heat out of the burn. Both are important. Scrape or shred the flesh, and place it on the burn. The water content will help with cooling, and covering it can help reduce the pain.

Vinegar: There are a lot of uses for this potent product. I use it as a means to extract compounds from herbs…both for cooking and as a remedy. Garlic vinegar can help reduce blood pressure and as a mild antibiotic. Even without herbal extracts, however, you can use it for healing. If you have a sunburn, vinegar can help to cool it. Mixed with water and brought to a boil, it can help with congestion. In that instance, you breathe the steam.

Cherries: Doctors recommend this to gout patients, as it seems to ease the symptoms of a flare up. The juice of the tart cherry is best, and it is wise to avoid brands with added sugar. To be honest, it is a little hard to find in a supermarket, though stores like Trader Joe’s carries a good juice.

Onions: All alliums, indeed all members of the lily family contain substances that can affect the heart. My great grandfather was asked why he lived for 90+ years, and he attributed it to eating green onions every day. That’s as may be, but we do know garlic helps. As for onions themselves, an old Appalachian remedy uses them as a poultice for lung congestion. They are fried, allowed to cool just long enough to not cause a burn and placed on the chest. It shouldn’t replace proper medical care, but in an emergency could make a difference.

Cinnamon: There are a lot of traditional uses for this common spice, and at least one seems to be making an impression after major studies. I use it as part of a decoction for people dealing with respiratory illnesses. Both the steam and the finished liquid seems to help a lot. The clinical studies I mentioned point to a possible use in dealing with diabetes. Keep your eyes open for more information as these studies are debated and possible medications approved.

Salmon: This fish has a couple of important properties. It is part of a low fat diet, providing protein without all the fat associated with other animal products. It’s also used for the omega-3 acids, which can do you a lot of good. It can increase your HDL cholesterol and improve your mood. It may even be helpful for acne.

Corn: Well, in this instance it’s actually the silky stuff between the husk and the kernals. A lot of stores provides a trash can next to the stack of corn on the cob, but I usually don’t use it. I want the silk, too. It is very helpful to the kidneys, made into a tea.

Cranberries: Both the berries and the juice can be a benefit, especially to women. It’s good for the kidneys, bladder and the rest of the urinary tract. While it may not always get rid of the infection, it can be a big help. Again, try to avoid products that have an excess amount of sugar added.

Olive Oil: This is another product I use to make extracts. It has healing problems of its own, both as an extract and when used in place of other oils when you are cooking. Adding herbs can extract their properties and add them to the mix.

Vodka: Believe it or not, this actually has at least one useful, healing aspect…though not in your cocktail glass. The most common means of extraction, both for cooking and healing uses vodka…unless you own a still. I use it to make vanilla extract for cooking and to extract healing properties of various herbs. The reason I use it over other potable alcohols is that it is indenatured, making it the best choice.

Thru-hiking on the Cheap

Thru-hiking on the Cheap

Let’s face it–taking several months off to hike the Appalachian Trail can be an expensive proposition. Your trip of a lifetime can easily cost thousands of dollars, so here are some of the most effective ways I’ve found to help ease the financial bite. Some of these require a little planning and discipline, but the financial rewards are well worth it.

Before You Leave

Take less stuff: Before you leave, split your gear into three piles – Essential (sleeping bag, toothbrush), Might Want (camp chair, extra towel), and Nice To Have (radio, espresso mug). Get rid of the last two piles–you’ll never miss them. Less gear means less to buy, less to carry, less to keep dry, and less to repair.

Make your own gear. There is a wealth of information available on making stoves, backpacks, clothing, and other gear. You can easily make an alcohol stove in about ten minutes from materials found in any recycling bin. The Wings homemade stove archive, (materials and patterns), and the Homemade Gear forum at are all great places to start.

Buy only the gear you need. Every year thousands of pounds of equipment are shipped home from the Mountain Crossing at Neel’s Gap after being used for a matter of days. The money used to buy that gear, and the postage to send it home, could be spent in much better ways.

Get as many days of hiking in before your through-hike as possible. This allows you to fine-tune what you are carrying, so you can avoid buying replacement gear on the trail.

Don’t start too early. The traditional day for a northbound through-hike is April 1st. Starting around that time, you will typically have much better weather than your fellow hikers who have started a month earlier. All the hostels will be open, and there might me less temptation to stay in town because of better weather conditions.

Purchase “rechargeable” phone cards at home rather than from convenience stores on the trail. Using a calling card from a payphone eats your minutes at an alarming rate, so use a regular landline if possible.

Send maildrops to places you plan to stay rather than the post office. If you arrive in town on a Saturday afternoon, you would have to either skip your maildrop or wait in town until the following Monday to pick up your supplies.

Consider purchasing a Pocketmail email device. We used one during our Mississippi River Expedition with great results. You can send and receive email from any phone, eliminating the need to chase down (and sometimes pay for) Internet access.

Cut all unnecessary expenses and impulse purchases. Cable TV, magazines, coffee, candy bars, and other small expenses easily add up.

Shop around. SierraTradingPost.comand often have gear for sale at tremendous discounts.

While out on the Trail

Minimize the amount of time spent in towns. This is the single best way to save money during your trip. You’re not going to spend any money while actually on the trail, but once you walk into town, your money flies away. Eating out, motels, laundry, supplies, postage, and other expenses quickly add up. A good strategy is to camp near town the evening before, walk or hitch into town in the morning, run your errands, then leave in the afternoon to a nearby campsite. It doesn’t matter how far you get out of town, just get out of town.

Minimize or eliminate smoking, sodas, and alcohol. These non-essentials can easily add up to a few hundred dollars over the course of six months.

Make a list before going into town of all your errands and supplies to buy.

Make your camping comfortable. It is much easier to skip a motel room if you get good night’s sleep outside. If you need something extra to make camping more enjoyable, take it (within reason.) An extra five ounces for different a sleeping pad or hammock can pay great dividends for comfort.

Eat at All-You-Can-Eat buffets whenever possible.

Get cash back at grocery stores and post offices to avoid ATM fees.

Buy from grocery stores instead of convenience stores whenever possible.

Eliminate town stops by carrying an extra day or two of food. This can also allow you to hike at a more moderate pace because you are spending your time on the trail instead of in town.

Carry less gear, so you can carry more food.

Work for stay at hostels.

Split the cost of motel rooms and other accommodations with other hikers.

Visit the hiker boxes before you go to the store for supplies.

Take days off on the trail rather than in town. Carry an extra day of supplies and enjoy resting at a great campsite. You can do laundry, wash off, and sleep the day away for free. Remember, many people would love to have the view you’re having instead of being stuck at home.