Sometimes finding authentic, hidden attractions make more of an impact than a trip to Disneyland. That’s what Allan and I discovered yesterday as toured the area around our campground.
We took a short drive to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, SC. This 380 acre garden is a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature while getting some exercise. They say first impressions are important (do you ever wonder who “they” are?) and we got a bright first impression at the Visitor Center. As you enter, light streams down through a 100 year-old stained glass dome. The gardens offer arbors, sculptures and a cozy glass house displaying over 3,000 orchids. We both took a risk and sauntered through a tunnel fountain where you never know if water will suddenly spurt up. With all the flowers, we thought we’d take a Springtime picture of the RV.
A few miles down the road, we visited Historic Brattonsville, a Culture and Heritage Museum. I’ll admit, I enjoy these self-guided tours best, because I don’t have the patience to listen to lengthy historical narratives from tour guides. Don’t tell the curators, but Allan stepped over the guard rail to take a picture of him in the authentic brick kitchen.