May 2015 Artisphere - The Perfect Time to Explore The Cliffs in the Carolinas

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Now is the time clear the calendar to attend the 11th Annual Artisphere Festival in Greenville, South Carolina while exploring The Cliffs, a collection of seven private luxury lifestyle communities in The Blue Ridge Mountains and Upstate lake district of South Carolina. This trendy art event will feature 120 exhibiting artists for a three day event starting May 8th and running through May 10th. Artisphere has been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, recently ranked number 25 of the “100 Best” Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine and top ten ranking as a Fine Arts and Fine Craft Festival by Art Fair Sourcebook. This outdoor festival will take place in Downtown Greenville with exhibitor booths located along Main Street stretching from Court to Augusta Streets and overlooking the beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy River.

Artisphere draws tourists from all over the country to one of the top places to live in South Carolina. It's the perfect chance to experience the quality of life in Greenville by enjoying award winning visual artists and some of the best local performing arts groups, artists, local youth groups as well as top name performers from around the world. With a sophisticated display of local artists and top regional galleries in a Gallery Row along Main Street, this highly-anticipated event has continued to grow annually and has placed Greenville on the map as a “cultural destination” with tourism boosting area businesses and economic development. With a wide array of venues planned for the arts and music festival, folks of all ages can enjoy a weekend of fun, entertainment and exploring North Carolina golf communities like The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, less than an hour away. Here's a summary event schedule for this year:


Opening Night Gala: Thursday, May 7 (6pm - 10pm)
Artist Check-In: Friday, May 8 (6am – 11am)
Festival Hours: Friday, May 8 (NOON – 8pm)
Saturday, May 9 (10am – 8pm)
Sunday, May 10 (11am – 6pm)
Artist Load-Out: Sunday, May 10 (6pm – until)

Artisphere has become one of the top ranking events for the art-loving community and encourages artists to participate by offering complimentary food and beverages, convenient set up, parking, security and booth sitters as well as reduced hotel rates. With the incentive of $12,500 - $15,000 in prize money some world renowned artists will be on board to showcase their creations. Awards will be given to Best in Show, 2nd Place, 3rd place, four merit awards and a Mayor’s Choice Award and will be awarded at the discretion of the on-site judges. Award winners are invited to exhibit the following year and are exempt from jury. Award-winning visual artists of national and international caliber will be showcasing their work at an open-air Artist Row located in the West End of the event.

For those not familiar with the hip and fast growing city of Greenville, the region is located in the western most part of South Carolina and is referred to locally as the “Upstate”. In 2013 Greenville had an urban population of 400,492 and is the largest city in the area. With a booming economy, this highly sophisticated town located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offers residents and visitors quaint shops, chic boutiques, and fabulous restaurants; a world-class collection of museums, galleries, and theaters are also found here as well as some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world. Greenville’s international and multicultural diversity have made it one of America’s favorite destinations. That explains why this is one of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina.

Baby Boomers are flocking to settle here at retirement and visionary real estate developers have taken heed. One of the top places to live in South Carolina is unquestionably The Cliffs, a collection of seven of the finest private club communities in the United States. All seven of the communities are situated within a 100 mile radius of Greenville. Three of The Cliffs communities are on Lake Keowee. One of the finest North Carolina golf communities, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove is located in Asheville. The Cliffs at Mountain Park, The Cliffs at Glassy and The Cliffs Valley are the three exquisite golf communities in South Carolina.

Lake Keowee spans 20,000 acres encompassing 3 distinctive landscape options within close proximity to each other, the lake, mountains and nearby city of Greenville in the foothills. Three of the 7 communities are set on the shores of the pristine Lake Keowee; The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards, The Cliffs at Keowee Falls and The Cliffs at Keowee Springs. The amenities throughout The Cliffs' seven communities represent a luxury lifestyle with first class amenities: 7 championship golf courses, 6 wellness centers, 2 marinas, a beach club, equestrian center, a very lively social and event calendar. More than 4,000 social events are planned annually.

Having access to the mountains, forests and lakes while enjoying the unparalleled amenities offered at all 7 properties is a dream come true for hundreds of Cliffs’ property owners. Whether enjoying a mountain hike, fitness class at one of the many wellness centers, or enjoying a round of golf at one of the award winning golf courses, Boomers enjoy the ultimate retirement when living at The Cliffs.

The Cliffs also has golf pro shops, upscale boutiques and 21 restaurants for residents to choose from. The Cliffs Storehouse at Keowee Falls was recently awarded the “Best of the Best” Golf Shop of 2015, and placed in the top 10 for the best golf shops in the country. Retail shops abound and sporting gear can be found right on the property. This ideal retail collection provides even the most discerning shopper the “primo” selection of merchandise. Sommelier Eric Cooperman provides members with the ultimate wine selections for all seven clubs and Lee’s Carolina Smokehouse or the premium pub food at the Tavern add diversity to culinary sophisticates in addition to a total venue of 21 restaurants to choose from. The culinary team creates artful menus infused with a southern twist using only the freshest of product and local produce from Broken Oaks Organic Farm at The Cliffs.

While attending Artisphere, there are a few fabulous hotels available that offer the ultimate luxury stay-cation when exploring South Carolina golf communities.

One of Real Estate Scorecard's favorite chic hotels is Hotel Domestique which overlooks manicured vineyards and provides first class accommodations with elegant gourmet cuisine at Restaurant 17. Start the day with a brisk guided bike ride through the hills followed by coffee and fresh fruit in the quaint café found here. A mid-afternoon tee time at the nearby championship golf courses is an added bonus of staying here. Hotel Domestique is a great place near The Cliffs to rest after enjoying the festival.

Three Pines View Bed & Breakfast is another charming choice for an intoxicating stay in the Blue Ridge Mountains only minutes from both Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee. With a healthy living theme, organic fresh foods from their gardens are used to prepare gourmet meals while dining folks can enjoy the spectacular mountains found here. With a cozy relaxing environment, the thoughtfully designed suites provide the perfect escape in the modern luxury retreat. Three Pines View has received the Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence in both 2013 and 2014 and certainly is in the running again this year.

Just to the north in Asheville is perhaps the most famous house in America. The Biltmore Estate is a large private estate (more than 8,000 acres) in Asheville, NC that attracts countless visitors — young and old — each year to take in its historic architecture, grand rooms and furnishings, sprawling manicured gardens, and the popular Biltmore Winery, housed in a converted dairy barn. Designated a National Historic Landmark, The Inn on Biltmore Estate will leave a memorable impression while attending the Artisphere and exploring The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, one of the best North Carolina golf communities.

Don’t miss the 2015 Artisphere in Greenville and the chance to discover the perfect destination in one of the top places to live in the South Carolina, The Cliffs. Seven communities set in the “Rocky Mountains of the East”, the Blue Ridge Mountains equals seven times the fun. For an information package or to schedule a tour, call The Cliffs direct at 866-411-5771.

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