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Sasha, my oldest sister, had to travel to South Carolina for work and invited me along to entertain her. The two of us can make ourselves laugh until our sides hurt with ease, so we were bound to create memories. We left Milwaukee earlier before the birds woke up in the smallest airplanes I have ever flown in. If the airplanes were any smaller we would have been distributing weight and becoming BFFs with the pilots.
Spartanburg // Greenville // Wyche Pavilion // Falls Park on the Reedy // Liberty Bridge // Brewery 85 // Synnex // BMW Zentrum Spartanburg // Morgan Square // Hampton Heights Historic District // The Loft at Huguenot Mill
Most Memorable Moment: Scared Silly
I’m a planner and had a list of sites ready to visit before I went to South Carolina. The Hampton Heights Historic District in Spartanburg was at the top of my list because of my architecture background and love for old Victorian homes.
Sasha and I were driving back to our hotel late at night and decided to drive through the historic district for a preview. The drove past gorgeous homes lit with vintage porch lights. I’m pretty sure our jaws dropped as our imaginations turned us both into Scarlett O’Hara. We pulled the car over almost instantly as we decided the view was worth a stroll.
We walked along the sidewalk in the darkness with only a tiny streetlight illuminating the path. I’m pretty sure someone was using Harry Potter magic and the deluminator to set the scene for us. We approached a dark lot with a home that appeared to be surrounded by a large hedge fence with a wide opening into the yard. The home appeared vacant with overgrown grass and no lights. Our combined love for horror films meant we had to investigate. Sasha started to walk toward the front door as I snapped a few photos in the dark safely from the sidewalk.
It was eerily quiet as my sister reached the front steps. My breathing started to speed up as she took her final step on the porch and started to turn around. My thoughts instantly went to, “Oh no. Leatherface is going to step out the front door, grab her, and grab her back inside. What should I do? I can’t do anything. If I go after her I’m a goner too, but she has the car keys. I’m not going to get very far. Do I really trust the neighbors when their houses are straight out of the Skeleton Key? Or what about the nice looking house at the end of the street? They probably have a creepy doll room I would be forced into. Nope, why did she have to take that last step?” Yep, crazy thoughts in the moment of fear and panic.
At the same moment, Sasha had a strange feeling rush over her. She knew in that instant that she had made a mistake. It was every horror movie we’ve ever seen coming to life. She instantly started running back to me and was scared too. We had to get out of there and get back to the car, but first she tried to convince me it was my turn. No way! If they didn’t hear her the first time, they would definitely hear my now.
Once in the car, we followed the fastest route back to our hotel, which meant crazy GPS back roads. We drove past more vacant lots and dark corners. Again, our minds kept drifting to who might be lurking in those spots or what happened there. Then, we rounded a corner and the tiny streetlights were replaced with random railroad tracks and dark woods. No lights and lots of hiding spots. I looked at Sasha and said, “If metal spikes come out of the street then we are doing a 180 and not becoming the next Hills Have Eyes.” Again, more fear building and laughter. We called our mom and started telling her the story. She couldn’t understand half of what we said in between our laughter, fear, repetition, fear and amusement.
We scared ourselves and knew we had to go back. The next afternoon we drove back to the neighborhood. The scary house looked much different in the daylight. Not as scary as it once was, but still eerie. The hedge fence didn’t exist, just a trick of the night. The home wasn’t as disheveled as we thought and I braved my way to the porch. Not so scary today. We drove down the street to find the vacant lots. They didn’t exist. It was small parks with free book libraries and quaint benches. We did see a few homes with bars on the windows and peeling paint, but it wasn’t the same experienced as night. I laughed thinking we were just like Kevin in Home Alone, scared of what we couldn’t see.
Most Amazing Location: Falls Park on the Reedy
I found my dream wedding venue, Wyche Pavilion, in Greenville.
We landed in South Carolina on a rainy day and decided to do some exploring in Greenville. I fell in love with a dream wedding venue: Wyche Pavilion. This old paint factory is a gorgeous, open-air brick building with scenic views. Destination wedding here I come!! It’s also walking distance from a a beautiful landscape and the architectural Liberty Bridge. Plus, there were some adorable baby geese running around following their mama.
Most Starstruck Moment: Synnex Celebrity Party
The final night of our trip we attended a celebrity party in Greenville. We had no idea what to expect, since the dress code was casual. We arrived to find free drinks, delicious food (macaroni bar!), silent auctions, games and more. It was a great mingling event that only got better with celebrities and live music. Keep reading for random celebrity thoughts.
Oliver Hudson is my new boyfriend. I crushed on him during his Dawson’s Creek days, so it was a dream to meet him. Dennis Haysbert is the best smelling man we’ve ever met. Andy Buckley and Danny Masteron are very down-to-earth and would have chatted for hours. Richard Karn was the best dressed man at the party in his zubaz. His pal Debbe Dunning is beautiful and so sweet to compliment me. Gary Valentine is hilarious and spent the night playing Jenga with Joe Don Rooney and Mark Bryan. Alfonso Ribiero’s voice is a million times deeper in real life. Michael Pena only made a ten minute appearance. Javier Colon performed a few acoustic songs and has an amazing voice!