Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Small Town Spotlight - Ridge Spring

Posted 5/10/2010 10:20:00 PM
Small-town charm, big city culinary options, year-round southern hospitality -- Ridge Spring has it all. Founded in 1771, Ridge Spring is in Saluda County, one of the state's highest agriculture producers. That distinction means that fresh, locally grown produce is readily available.

If you visit Ridge Spring, be sure to check out the town's farmer's market. It's a weekend favorite. Each Saturday, dozens of area farmers gather in Town Center to sell a variety of freshly picked fruits and vegetables. You'll also find locally raised beef, unique crafts, flowers and herbs.

A trip to Ridge Spring wouldn't be complete without lunch, dinner or brunch at Juniper. Upscale yet unpretentious, Juniper is an unexpected dining delight in the heart of downtown Ridge Spring. Chef Brandon Velie and his wife Jeanne own the restaurant and use local produce to whip up creative dishes that range from shrimp and grits paired with edamame succotash to flash-fried collard greens. Visitors are sure to love Juniper and will go nutty over a shop just down the street. The Nut House is a pecan lover's paradise. Roasted, spiced, clustered or brittled -- the Nut House offers a pecan pick for every taste bud.

Ridge Spring is the perfect destination for a leisurely Saturday ride. See www.ridgespringsc.com for more information.

Juniper is open every day for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner Thursday- Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Juniper at (803) 685-7547 for more information. Visit www.ridgespringnuthouse.com for details on the Nut House.