Early Blooms

These newly planted trees have popped up in bloom during the warm weather. The normally cool winter weather will return by the weekend, so I hope this type of tree will not be damaged by blooming early.

Even the bees are out to take advantage of the flowers and warm weather. The bees do not bother trail users because they are so focused on the flowers.

Vardry Mill Wheel

Photo by Mike Nice

This round stone is seen by the RiverPlace walkway under the Main Street bridge. More than just a stone, it is thought to be one of the grain grinding wheels from the original Vardry McBee grist mill back in the early 1800’s. Several years ago, it was retrieved from the bottom of the Reedy River and moved under the bridge.

Upstate Craft Beer Co

The Upstate Craft Beer Co is open inside the historic Claussen Bakery building on Augusta Street. It is unique in that it offers a U-Brew service: they offer a selection of about 30 recipes to serve as a starting point. Customers can adjust the recipe to optimize to their liking and brew a batch of beer there.

They also have a bar with a restaurant menu for lunch and dinner, and have a retail section with supplies for home brewers.

Entrance to Upstate Craft Beer Co