Our morning breakfast began with fresh fruit that included blueberries and blackberries picked by the innkeepers earlier this morning on the grounds of Three Pines View. My wife and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary at Three Pines View, which is located near Lake Jocassee in the South Carolina Upcountry.
After breakfast, we enjoyed a walk around the Oconee Bells Trail in Devils Fork State Park, which is only a few miles from the inn. The trail's namesake Oconee Bells had finished blooming, but the rhododendrons was showing its colors in full force.
We also spent time exploring mountain roads and looking for roadside treasures. My favorite stop was Issaqueena Falls, a gem of a waterfall on a tiny creek that is located just off the highway near the town of Walhalla. A short and easy trail leads to a viewing platform partway down the falls. A short but slightly rugged climb down a less formal trail leads to much grander views.
Of course, given the view from our balcony and the total setting at Three Pines View, we didn't really nee to go anywhere today!