Our Summit alums live in some pretty fantastic places across the South (and beyond!), from small towns to large cities. And how they choose to spend their free time in these places no doubt inspires their creative efforts. One alum for whom this is certainly true is Cristin Cooper, the style blogger behind The Southern Style Guide and resident of Flat Rock, North Carolina. Cristin’s young daughters are often a part of her business’ Instagram feed, so it’s not surprising that Cristin’s local favorites are family-centric as well. Get to know a few of her local go-tos in this mini guide to Flat Rock, North Carolina.
Can you tell us a little about your hometown?
I live 30 miles north of Greenville, SC in the beautiful mountain village of Flat Rock, NC. Established in 1828, Flat Rock was founded by several Charlestonian families in the 1800’s who would spend their summers in the area. This earned Flat Rock the title of the “little Charleston of the mountains”
What are your go-to places for shopping and dining?
In the middle of the village there is a Mini Rainbow Row that is home to a couple of my favorite spots for shopping and eating. The Wrinkled Egg is a wonderful gift and decor shop and my go-to spot for picking up a sercie or two.
Right around the corner from The Wrinkled Egg is Flat Rock’s newest and (in my opinion) tastiest restaurant, Honey & Salt. We love taking the girls for brunch on Saturday mornings and my girls equally love the pancakes!
What is your favorite outdoor or cultural activity in Flat Rock?
Our favorite thing to do as a family is visit Sky Top Orchard during the fall. Located just a couple of miles from our house we go continuously to play, pick apples or, if I’m being honest, pick up apple donuts.
Flat Rock is also home to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. You can tour the poet’s home, walk the grounds, hike to a couple of overlooks and my girls especially love to the opportunity to pet the livestock. The great thing about living in Flat Rock is that I’m 30 minutes from Greenville or Asheville and a stone’s throw from scenic drives and overlooks like Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park, NC – a favorite spot to take my girls for a picnic.