This area in Western North and South Carolina includes the towns of Landrum, SC, Tryon, Columbus and Saluda, NC. Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce. It covers topography seldom seen in such a small geographic area. It ranges from rolling foothills, perfect for horses, and level plains on one side and wild high- timber rugged mountains on the other.
On top of White Oak mountain near Shunkawaken Falls one can see “the greatest view east of the Rockies at night breath taking twinkling tens of thousands of lights frame a height of 3000 ft by day it’s a clear majestic view of fields and farmlands stretching 50 miles”.
The landscape of the area is steep rugged mountains, gorges, coves, pastures and cultivated fields, apple orchards, streams and lakes.
Not only is the landscape beautiful, the weather is relatively mild in all four seasons. The area is known for its “thermal belt” temperate weather. The US Department of Agriculture stated,
“An outstanding characteristic of Western North and South Carolina is the thermal belts which are probably more pronounced here than at any other place in the eastern United States. Frequent observations have shown temperature inversions of 20 degrees or more along some mountainsides”.
This means on cool nights the temperature is relatively high on the slope of the mountain- much higher than at the base.
The benefit of such temperate weather is that it creates a comfortable, healthy environment for people to enjoy as well as a climate that is superior for agriculture. The area boasts many small organic farms but is especially proud of its grape production for wines.
Known as the Tryon Foothills of Polk County Wineries, guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the local vineyards. Over Mountain Vineyard, Parker-Binns Vineyard and Mountain Brook Vineyard invite guests year round to their wine tastings. One can bring a picnic, enjoy the view and soak up the history of the area.
At one time before Prohibition, this was known as the largest grape producing area in the United States. Several vineyards here were producing over 19,000 vines at a single vineyard. Some say it all started with Brig. General Ulysses Doubleday who retired here in 1890 for the mild climate and established a large vineyard for grape production not wine.
With the waterfalls, mountains and rolling hills of the Carolina Foothills outdoor recreation is almost unlimited. There are numerous golf courses, equestrian activities, festivals, fishing, kayaking, boating, tubing, hiking, cycling and camping.
About The “Our Carolina Foothills” Campaign
Meet your guides to the wonders of Our Carolina Foothills. Both Madelon Wallace and Suzanne Strickland are business owners, invested in the area’s success. They are passionate about sharing the unique features of this amazing region with as many people as possible. This media kit was designed to provide snippets of the area and help others to discover Our Carolina Foothills as the perfect place to Eat, Stay & Play!
Originally from Coral Gables, Florida, Suzanne Strickland’s first career was in commercial interior design. Suzanne moved to the Carolina foothills fourteen years ago from Boston and worked as a sales rep for an international manufacturer. Nine years ago she opened Stone Soup Market & Cafe which has become a successful farm to table restaurant. On any given day most of the menu items are all made from scratch. Suzanne is committed to sourcing local ingredients from the wide range of farmers in the area which provide organic eggs, produce, beef, chicken and trout.
Suzanne studied Culinary Arts at Greenville Tech and took that knowledge and passion to manage Stone Soup and build it from a little cafe to a successful restaurant and catering company. On her time off, Suzanne competes in Three Day Eventing with her horse “Chip.”
Madelon Wallace has been a member of the Foothills community for over 45 years. She first came here, from Ohio, As a student at Converse College, and after graduation accepted a job galloping race horses for Tony Wallace at Fairview Farms. She married Tony in 1975, and together they managed and operated Fairview Farms, a thoroughbred race horse training facility and the producer of such nationally known stakes horses as Eclipse Award winners Chris Evert and Turkoman. When Tony retired from the management of Fairview Farms in 1995, she embarked on a new phase of her career as a full time Realtor and a co-owner of Walker, Wallace & Emerson Realty in Landrum. Working with the market to protect and conserve land, Madelon says she says she has seen “too many communities like ours swept away by the urban sprawl that follows in the wake of un-planned, destructive development. I have made it my mission to protect and conserve the land and the community that I love.” In 2005, Madelon was honored with the Conservation Steward of the Year Award from Upstate Forever in Greenville, SC.