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House Sitting Job In North Carolina – Part 3

Photo tour of our third day trip while house sitting near Asheville, NC.

This is article #3 of our recent house sitting gig in North Carolina. We took a day trip back into South Carolina and explored many of the local hiking trails. House sitting is a wonderful way to explore a part of the country, or even the state you live in, that you wouldn’t usually get to visit otherwise. We thoroughly enjoyed our weeks stay, rent free and with lots of time to take day trips, into the North Carolina mountains. Scroll down to find links to Parts 1 & 2 of this mini photo tour series.

Let’s start out with a visit to the Victoria Valley Vineyard in South Carolina. We brought our home owner a bottle of this wine, it’s always a good idea to bring a small gift when house sitting, which we purchased at a wine store in Summerville, SC.

Victoria Valley Vineyard

This vineyard, one of just a handful in South Carolina, was only an hours drive from our house sitting gig near Asheville, NC.

The Victoria Valley Vineyards are located just outside a little town called Cleveland, SC. As usual we pulled up from the wrong side and didn’t see any signs until we pulled through the gates of this vineyard. The winery has been styled after a French “chateau”, complete with a tasting room, gift shop and a small deli.

Victoria Valley Vineyard SC
Wine tasting in SC during a house sitting gig in NC

SC Wines for Sale

Victoria Valley Vineyard Giftshop

We are not exactly wine connoisseurs, but we could certainly see why this forty-seven acre site was chosen. It’s a beautiful location with the right elevation to grow and produce their Vinitera Wines. We enjoyed the wine tasting and ended up purchasing a few more bottles of their wine for future house sitting home owner gifts. If you’re in the neighborhood you should stop in for lunch and have a wine tasting yourself.

Next we were off to enjoy the gorgeous mountain scenery at the Table Rock State Park.

Table Rock State Park

Table Rock State Park is a 3,083-acre park at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Pickens County, South Carolina. The park includes Pinnacle Mountain, the tallest mountain within the state. (Source – Wikipedia)

Blue Ridge Mountains in SC

Cabin #5 at SC state park

SC state park - travel tips

Lake in SC state park

NC hiking trail

Waterfall Blue Ridge Mountains

It had rained pretty hard the day before, so the little stream running through these woods had a strong current and overflowed the hiking trail in a few spots. We were lucky once again to have a day full of sunshine and perfect hiking weather.

Hiking in South Carolina

SC Table Rock Park

NC Area Travel and Hiking Tips

There is so much to see and do in the Asheville NC area that even a week wasn’t nearly enough time to explore this beautiful area.

There are a ton of hiking trails in the area, we sampled just a very few of them. It seems that hiking is a very popular activity in North Carolina and a variety of trails are available suitable for novices and seasoned hikers. We only went on easy to moderate hiking trails and left the strenuous trails for some other time.

Top 50 Asheville Hikes & NC Mountain Hiking Trails

Hiking trails near Asheville NC

We hope you enjoyed our North Carolina photo tours.

If you want to learn more about house sitting and how to get started to get your first gig, visit our House Sitting Tips page. It’s filled with lots of resources and links!

Be sure to visit the articles below:
House Sitting Job in North Carolina – Part 1 – Visiting Black Mountain and Montreat, NC
House Sitting Job in North Carolina – Part 2 – Exploring downtown Asheville and a few local breweries

Did you enjoy our third photo tour while house sitting near Asheville, NC? Leave us a comment below.

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