Though we love a good trip to the mountains, there is much to see in both Carolinas. This time, we head south across the Carolina border to visit a few of the towns that comprise York County. Approximately 50 miles from Uptown Charlotte and the Lake Norman area, York County is home to Rock Hill, Fort Mill, York, Tega Cay, and Clover. These small Southern gems offer a dynamic day trip meandering through the Carolina backcountry, along open country roads and down idyllic main streets. The activities in York County offer a vibrant look into a lively community in the middle of a rural renaissance. McCelvey Center The historic McCelvey Center in York is brimming with rich history and stellar performing arts. Home to the Yorkville Players and the Southern Revolutionary Institute, an educational research center focused on historic preservation, the McCelvey Center is also a treasure for live music. Don’t miss the lineup for the Southern Sounds Series where established and emerging Southern acts perform in this intimate and special venue. www.chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries/Bush-n-Vine Down the wide open country roads of York lies Bush-n-Vine Farm, a family owned farm that has been in the Hall Family for more than 150 years. What started as a peach orchard now grows a variety of fruits and vegetables to enjoy from the farm stand. Most notably, Bush-n-Vine is known for their strawberries which enjoy an extended season from summer through the fall. www.bushnvinefarm.com/Flipside Cafe Flipside Cafe in Fort Mill is the creation of Charlotte chef Jon Fortes (formerly of Mimosa Grill and the reigning Competition Dining Champion in Charlotte) and his wife Amy who opened this locally-inspired cafe together. Stop in on the way down for breakfast or grab dinner on the way home. The Fortes are using fresh ingredients in a casual atmosphere that feels like family. www.theflipsidecafesc.com/Windy Hill Orchard When the temperature takes a dip, Windy Hill Orchard springs to life. Every fall until Christmas, visitors can come pick their own apples, enjoy freshly made apple cider, and eat the coveted apple cider doughnuts made fresh on the property. Is there any better way to welcome the cooler months? www.windyhillorchard.comMuseum of York County Originally, the Children’s Nature Museum of Rock Hill, the Museum of York County is an educational wonder for adults and children alike. Catch a glimpse of what the Carolina Piedmont looked like 600 years ago before settlers moved into the region. Then head to the Naturalist Center for a hands-on experience with fossils, skulls, and other specimens from around the globe. www.chmuseums.org/
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