The Beacon Drive In is a restaurant located in Spartanburg, SC. Shawn told me that this place supposedly had the best sweet tea, so I was definitely down to go because I love me some sweet tea. We got Beacon Drive In around 1 or so, wasn’t too crowded.
Luckily we were prepared for how Beacon Drive In take your order. I have never seen anything like it. The Beacon food menu is on the wall right as you walk into the restaraunt. Take a look at the menu and tell the man at the counter what you want and he yells it out to the cooks and somehow they can understand it all. Once you give the man the order you continue down the line and order you drinks and then on to the cashier. The cashier is really quick with the money and ringing up your order.
I was so excited to try out this sweet tea. I couldn’t wait to sit down. Once we sat down I took a big gulp of that tea and was just disappointed. Sweet tea tasted as if they added some sort or artificial lemon sweetener to it which I do not like in my tea. I love freshly brewed sweet tea and this is not what I got.
Cheeseburger and Sweet Tea at the Beacon Drive In
I got the cheeseburger with fries which was just the average cheeseburger that you would find at a baseball game. I don’t recommend that you travel out of your way to visit Beacon Drive In, but if you live in the Spartanburg area this would be a good lunch occasionally.
Chimney Rock is located near Asheville, NC. Shawn and I drove up to Asheville and stayed a couple of nights to visit a few places including Chimney Rock. It was a beautiful drive to the bottom of the mountain, twisting and turning through the mountains. Once we reached the entrance to Chimney Rock we were told that the elevator was being worked on, so we had to go to the top old fashion style.
About half way up the mountain there is a small cave you can walk down in, which was called the Moonshiners Cave. The walkway down into the cave is very tight, but only goes a few steps down. After leaving the cave we continued walking up the mountain, continuously taking breaks because it is a steep hike. Once we reached the top the view was gorgeous. It took us about 30 minutes to climb to the top of Chimney Rock. I was so happy once we got up there because my calves were on fire!
Nick entering Moonshine Cave
After walking down the mountain we saw on the map that there was a waterfall right around the corner, or so we thought. We started to hike the trail to the Hickory Nut Falls, and the trail kept going on and on until we saw a map that showed we were only half way there. The hike to the Hickory Nut Falls was nice because it was a flat trail through the woods with a nice view down the mountain. Once we reached the waterfall, I was amazed at how tall this thing was. When you reach the waterfall there is a little deck you can walk out on that gives you a great view of the waterfall, but that wasn’t enough for me. I climbed down off the porch and got right underneath of it. The mist from the waterfall felt great on a hot summer day.
If any of you guys love hiking, beautiful views and a great atmosphere I highly suggest going to Chimney Rock and checking it out, or even if you don’t like hiking that much they have an elevator you can take all the way to the top of the mountain and still have the same beautiful view as if you were to hike up to it.
Nick underneath Hickory Nut Falls