Thanks to their stellar four-season climates, drool worthy culinary and craft beer scenes, abundance of arts, culture and outdoor recreation coupled with thriving economies, U.S. News & World Report has named nearby Asheville and Greenville among the Best Places to Live in the USA.
Asheville, North Carolina
Coming in at number 24 on the list is Asheville, also known as “The Land of the Sky.” Nestled in the heart of the Carolina mountains and bordered by the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests and Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville offers endless opportunities to enjoy this natural splendor.
Asheville’s downtown also boasts James Beard Award-nominated chefs, renowned restaurants and enough craft breweries to earn this city the nickname of “Beer City USA.” The city is a haven for artists, with more than 25 galleries, studios and museums.
Located just 20 minutes outside of the bustling downtown is The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, Asheville’s only private, gated golf and wellness community. Bordered by the Pisgah National Forest, Walnut Cove is immersed in spectacular mountain views and a peaceful, serene setting.
It’s also home to a nationally-acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature course, delectable dining and a state-of-the-art Wellness Center, even a 60-acre working farm that provides fresh produce to residents through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.
Greenville, South Carolina
The energetic city of Greenville has undergone quite a transformation in recent years, earning it the number 31 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Places to Live. The city’s Main Street is ten tree-lined blocks of restaurants, bars and boutiques, but downtown’s true gem is the 26-acre Falls Park on the Reedy.
Outdoor enthusiasts need not look far for opportunities to get outside. Greenville is home to the paved, 21-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail — a multi-use trail that follows former railroad tracks through parks and the gorgeous campus of Furman University to the charming nearby town of Travelers Rest — as well as city and state parks for hiking, biking and endless exploring.
Just 30 minutes north of downtown Greenville is what we call the Mountain Region — home to The Cliffs at Glassy, The Cliffs at Mountain Park and The Cliffs Valley. Climb 3,200 feet atop Glassy Mountain on one of the most scenic golf courses in the country, race along our winding mountain roads with a Tour de France legend, hike miles of trails over babbling streams to awe-inspiring vistas — whatever adventure you seek, you’ll find it here.
Also nearby — a 45 minute jaunt from downtown Greenville — is the Lake Region, home to The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. Nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Keowee, The Cliffs’ Lake Region communities offer the perfect setting for year-round, lakeside living.