While a lot of my time in Rock Hill was spent eating yummy homemade food, I did get the opportunity to get out and explore a bit. I got to explore a lot of neighborhoods around the area (Riverwalk, Downtown Rock Hill, Ballantyne, Fort Mill). My favorite was the Riverwalk near the Catawba River. It’s an in development area, with a sweet wine and coffee bar (Grapevine) and a restaurant called the Pump House the was created out of an old mill building on the river.
On one Saturday, we went floating down the Catawba River from the dam down to the Pump House, the river is slow, warm, and makes for a great afternoon. My friend and I also spent time walking on the extensive trail system, viewed the nearby BMX Supercross Track, and dining in style at the Pump House for my birthday dinner (which was capped off with a lightening storm overlooking the river).
In Fort Mill, there’s a small nice village that has another Grapevine, a Starbucks, the Cupcrazed Cakery, and a lot of paths in and around the homes. The homes have that southern charm with the front porches. We also made our way to the best burger place – Blacow. I had the FROG, which was to die for. I can’t wait to go back!
My friend also wanted me to see the Ballantyne area, and we took a tour through the Country Club neighborhood where all the McMansions stood. We did some window shopping at a great consignment shop called Nouveaux Couture Consignment. You can definitely find some great deals on high end clothes (particularly if it’s been there for over a month). I think some of it may be that Southern women have lots of events to go to, and don’t particularly wear things multiple times (because, well who wants to be seen in the same outfit!). I have to say it gives the rest of us an easier way to nice stuff! After looking for a bit, we had lunch at Mellow Mushroom.
Rock Hill has a good variety of places. From long standing places like White Horse, sweet newer cafes like Amelie’s Bakery, busy brunch places like Famous Toastery, and the local brewery, Legal Remedy. I waited until my last day in town to visit their BBQ place, The Dixie Pig. The food was great, but the staff there were what made it memorable. Lastly, near my friend’s place is a local consignment shop called the Clothes Mentor. Which is packed full of quality consignment clothes, which my friend and I had fun cramming into a small dressing room with the baby to try on :).
For my ~2 weeks there, I got lots of time to relax, workout, visit local places, go to church, and play in the pool at the local country club. For a place that’s not far from a big city, it didn’t feel like a suburb, but a community of people where we couldn’t go out without running into people my friends knew 🙂 – even I had people remember me from one week to the next at their church (North Rock Hill). I loved the feeling of community and friendliness of the south. I can definitely see why people would live there.
Ate At: (1) Mellow Mushroom – $19.99 – Pacific Rim Medium, dog friendly; (2) Blacow Burger – $12 F.R.O.G Burger, Sweet Potato Fries, $2 Soda; (3) The Pump House – $10 House-Smoked Chicken Wings, $36 Pan Seared Filet Mignon, $7 Cheerwine Chocolate Cake, $12 Herrons 575, $9 Jalapeno Rita; (4) Amelie’s Bakery – $4.15 Café Caramel Crème, $3.99 Strawberry Cheesecake Danish, dog friendly; (5) Famous Toastery – $5.49 2 eggs, potatoes, toast, fruit; (6) The Dixie Pig – $9.50 BBQ Pork Plate, $1.50 Sweet Tea, $5 Peanut Butter Pie
Drank At: (1) Grapevine – $13 Rose bottle (Cork fee waived Mondays), $27 White bottle, dog friendly; (2) White Horse Ltd; (3) Legal Remedy Brewing – $6 Cider, $6 flight – 4 4oz beers (Bribery Bittersweet Orange Wheat, Sequestered Blueberry Saison, Jury Panel Jalapeno Pineapple Ale, Malice Maple Bacon Russian Imperial Stout)