Jim and Jeanette Greiner have been helping people escape the concrete ecosystems of everyday life since 1971. That's the year that they founded Wildwater, and as its name suggests, it started as a rafting outfitter that led groups down the rushing waters of the Chattooga River. Today, Wildwater's trained guides still navigate a number of rivers?the Ocoee, Nantahala, and Pigeon, in addition to the Chattanooga?but they've expanded their reach to the land as well. The company offers canopy tours with a combination of ziplines and elevated bridges, inviting guests to take a thrilling trip through the treetops. If clients prefer to stay within a few feet of the ground, they can opt for jeep tours that explore paths beyond the main roads.
Since Wildwater's team values the beauty of the natural environment, they embrace eco-friendly practices intended to help protect the areas they explore. Each of the company's locations strives to minimize its impact by using solar-powered water heaters for the showers, composting leftover food, and painting all of the outdoor equipment with chlorophyll.
At the summit of Mount Yonah, hikers bask in the dying sunlight and soak up views of verdant foothills that span the horizon. Before the sun dips below the peaks, they meander back down the craggy trail toward Habersham Vineyard, where they can toast to a wholesome day of hiking. This scenic hike is one of dozens of possible routes led by Georgia Wine Hiking’s knowledgeable guides. They draw upon their knowledge of the region to showcase the best trails and wineries during daylong tours. Based on each group’s fitness level, interest, and ability to tolerate photo-bombing sasquatches, guides can plan easy-going three-hour hikes around Stone Mountain, or embark instead on a 10-hour journey up the steep foothills of Standing Indian. Regardless of the tour route, guides take time to point out local flora and fauna, and energize groups’ with a light lunch.
With a stay at Courtyard Marriott Clemson in Clemson, you'll be convenient to South Carolina Botanical Gardens and Clemson University. This hotel is within close proximity of Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and Memorial Stadium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 105 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a spa tub.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and laundry facilities. Free parking is available onsite.
Peppino's Pizzeria's pizza chefs toss homemade dough before slathering it in homemade sauce, blanketing it in Grande cheese and fresh toppings, and baking it to a tawny crispness. Culinary craftsmen can arrange more than 15 toppings, such as feta cheese and meatballs, onto thin and thick crusts, or hide the goods inside a calzone or stromboli. Fourteen cold and hot 6-inch and 12-inch subs satiate sandwich cravings, including the vegetarian and the chicken cutlet with provolone, while an order of garlic-cheese bread keeps fingers occupied so they don't return to unscrewing the tops of every salt shaker in the restaurant. Pasta dinners–including meat lasagna, cheese raviolis, and eggplant parmigiana–share stomach space with a crisp salad and bread, while a smattering of desserts from cannoli to tiramisu temper sweet teeth.
The notion of “fast and casual” isn't new—most chain restaurants adhere to the concept, as do many conversations with abandoned sock puppets. However, at Brioso Fresh Pasta, efficient service merges with local and organic ingredients to bump "fast and casual" into the glow of a new spotlight. Italian dishes range from house-made pasta to fork-free paninis, all of which arrive at tables on the arms of friendly servers. Brioso’s culinary team also respects special dietary needs with gluten-free pastas and vegan menu options.
Suite 200’s troupe of digit designers pampers hands and feet with indulgent mani-pedis and a rainbow of OPI or no-chip Shellac polishes. During the 30-minute manicure, a tender tech will slather finger farms with an exfoliating scrub and essential oils before wrapping appendages in warm towels to seal in moisture. Upon rendering clappers silky soft, the nail artist will delicately trim cuticles, file talons, and paint keratin canvases in a vibrant coating of polish or—with today's second option—no-chip Shellac that can last up to two weeks, like a mustache drawn in permanent maker. Meanwhile, feet relish sweet serenity in a bubbly footbath before relinquishing tension and sock animosity at the hands of a relaxing foot scrub. To finish each pedi pampering, the aestheticians shape toe shingles in perfect rectangles or tasteful parabolas, then apply a coat of OPI polish, leaving tootsies shining brighter than a cockatoo under a black light.