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Solar Eclipse Fest 2017

Written by Stay In SC

Situated minutes from the Chattanooga River in the quaint town of Long Creek, South Carolina lies a 138 acre farm built to make lasting memories. The ideal location for weddings, family reunions, and corporate activities is opening its grounds this summer to travelers from around the world eager to witness the two and a half minutes of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Chattanooga Belle Farm and Distillery will celebrate with the rest of the state over good food, good music and a great view during its Solar Eclipse Fest.

Chattanooga Belle Farm is located inside of Sumter National Forest where the mountains meet the river. Spectacular views of rolling hills and mountains surround the property, along with rows of fruit vines and trees. In October of 2016, the farm’s owner Ed Land gained certification as Oconee County’s first legal distillery. Land is focused on providing a great tasting product. He says, “The longer it stays in the barrels, the better it gets.” The distillery is one of few that can say they grow the fruit, ferment it, distill it, bottle it, label it, and sell it right on the farm!

Land’s tasty selection of liquors will be available to taste and purchase at this years Solar Eclipse Fest, along with an opportunity to tour the distillery. Chattanooga Belle will provide a savory menu for visitors and local food trucks will be offering additional delectable options. Astronomy talks, fruit picking, children’s activities, craft vendors, and yard games will begin at 10:00 am on Monday, August 21st and the day will continue as regional bands entertain on two stages. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, which includes viewing glasses. A $30 VIP ticket is  also available, which includes an event t-shirt and food voucher. Primitive lakeside camping is available Sunday and/or Monday to those that want to spend the night sleeping beneath the stars. If you’d prefer more amenities, the staff at Chattanooga Belle can recommend nearby lodging that will make your mountain stay complete.

As South Carolina takes center stage to the event of the year, allow yourself a moment to unwind and absorb it. Chattanooga Belle is situated directly in the “path of totality” allowing for full darkness beginning around 2:35 pm. The farm, with its already breathtaking vista views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, will be the perfect place to witness this once in a lifetime event.

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