3 Great Reasons to Fall in Love With Landrum S.C.

Landrum is a small community with gorgeous mountain views and lovely antique stores in S.C. An old railroad track runs through Landrum. The city was founded in 1880 and incorporated in 1883. It is located west on Interstate 26 between Spartanburg and Asheville, N.C. 

Railroad track in Landrum. Photo by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

All photos by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023.

Here are 3 great reasons to fall in love with Landrum, SC

1) Shopping

All the antique shops has good quality antiques such as jewelry, fine china, books, records, carnival glassware and more!

Antique Stores

The Landrum Antique Mall (Thrill of the Hunt)

221 E. Rutherford St. Landrum SC 29356


The Landrum Antique Mall (The Thrill Of The Hunt)

Savvy Scavengers Antique Mall & Marketplace

105 S Randolph Ave., Landrum SC 29356


The Yankee Peach Antiques & Collectibles

120 E. Rutherford St., Landrum SC 29356


Landrum Eclectics

601 W Rutherford St. Landrum, SC  29356


Expressions Florist & Antiques

105 E Rutherford St. Landrum SC 29356


The Vintage Corner

110 S 562, Landrum SC 29356


Habitat For Humanity Store

132 S 562, Landrum SC 29356


Big John’s Antiques 

601 S Howard  Suite B Landrum, SC 29356



108 E Rutherford St Landrum SC 29356



Classic Couture

109 E Rutherford St.  Landrum SC 29356


Classic Couture

Lucy’s Botique

1508 E Rutherford St


Sissy Botique & Gifts

210-B E. Rutherford St, Landrum 29356


Galleries & Speciality Shops

Foothills Amish Furniture

106 E Rutherford St, Landrum SC 29356


Foothills Amish Furniture

White Buffalo Collectibles (Native American Goods)

205 E Rutherford St Landrum, SC 29356


The Millstone Gallery (Inside The Landrum Antique Mall)

221 E. Rutherford St. Landrum S.C. 29356

Covington & Co. Jewelry

210 E. Rutherford St, Landrum SC 29356


P3 Retail Rescue (Non-profit for animals)

112 E Rutherford St  Landrum SC 29356


2) Great Restaurants

There are  plenty of choices to satisfy your taste buds. Whether it be Americana to exotic food Landrum has it all. 


The Hare & Hound Pub

The Hare & The Hound
The Hare & Hound

Soulisa’s Fine Dining

Appetizer Sampler: Soulisa’s Fine Dining

El Chile Rojo

Stone Soup Market Cafe

The Carolinas’ Harvest House Restaurant

Southside Smokehouse & Grille

The Pasta Station

China Cafe

Harvest House

Stax’s Drake House

Dimitri’s Greek Italian Restaurant

Biazzo Deli

3) Romantic Getaway

Landrum, SC is the perfect romantic getaway. The city is quiet and peaceful so you can relax from daily stressors.

Hotels In & Around Laundrum

The Red Horse Inn

45 Winston Chase Ct, Landrum, SC 29356


1906 Pine Crest Inn

85 Pine Crest Lane, Tryon, NC 28782


Yellow House Of Landrum (Air B& B)

508 E. Rutherford St, Landrum 29356

Make sure to visit this picturesque and romantic city if you are ever in South Carolina.

Debra Roinestad

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Early Spring in the Mountains of S.C. Photo Gallery

Daffodils in the woods. Photo by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

Spring has arrived early here in South Carolina. The wildlife is more active, flowers are starting to bloom, and the sun is shining brightly over the mountains. Plus, the black bears around the woods will be waking up soon from hibernation.

Here are some recent photos that you might enjoy.

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Debra Roinestad

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Photo Gallery: The Woods & Table Rock Mountain, SC

(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2023

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The woods are alive with bright colors and wildlife during the cold winter months. There is a mystical feeling of viewing the clouds over Table Rock Mountain. At twilight, you can see pink and yellow sky surrounding the mountains.

Kind Regards,

Debra Roinestad

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The Effects of Hurricane Ian in the South Carolina Woods

All Photos by Debra Roinestad. Outer-bands from Hurricane Ian, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

A pink glow radiated in the evening sky in South Carolina from Hurricane Ian, as it touched down in Florida on that frightful Thursday. The outer-bands of the storm hovered high over our cabin. The leaves on the trees had a fluorescent green glow from the pink clouds. The woods became eerily quiet as the birds and small woodland critters prepared for the storm. 

Outer-bands from Hurricane Ian, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Outer-bands from Hurricane Ian, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

I hunkered down and nervously watched the weather forecast. The uncertainty of where the storm was headed in South Carolina was gut wrenching. On Friday, the storm had returned and pummeled the beaches of the South Carolina coast. The trees were bending from the strong wind gusts and there was a slight chill in the air. 

Colorful Sky on Friday Evening, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Saturday Morning, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

The sun shyly peaked from the clouds on Saturday morning. Luckily, there was no damage in the area, just a few tree branches on the ground.

I’m deeply saddened by the destruction Hurricane Ian left in Florida and South Carolina.

Here are a list of reputable organizations that accepts donations for those severely impacted from the hurricane. (Click on the links below to access their website.)


Red Cross

Global Giving

American Humane

Volunteer Florida

United Way

Salvation Army

Save The Children

World Central Kitchen

These disasters are a constant reminder to love and hug everyone around you and to appreciate the present moments. Things might change forever within the blink of an eye. Life is always uncertain. The only thing that is truly certain is what you hold dearly within your heart.

With Love and Gratitude,

Debra Roinestad

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Hummingbirds of South Carolina

All Photos by Debra Roinestad. Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

These majestic birds get their name from the humming noise their wings make in flight. Hummingbirds flap their wings 10 to more than 80 times per second. Here in South Carolina, we have four species of hummingbirds, the ruby-throated hummingbird, rufous hummingbird, black-chinned hummingbird, and calliope hummingbird. The most common one I have seen in my backyard is the ruby-throated hummingbird. The ruby-throated hummingbirds’ wings flap about 53 times a second. The males have ruby-red throats and the females have white throats. 

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Overall, research indicates that the hummingbird can fly 23 miles in one day. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backward. They can see ultraviolet light plus RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) due to the fourth cone in their eyes. Hummingbirds can see red and green colors very well. Plus, hummingbirds can recognize humans that feed them and change the contents of their feeder. They are in desperate need of nectar in the fall season for energy to fly back to Mexico or Florida for the winter. A few remain in the winter along the coast. In the spring many of them fly over the Gulf of Mexico back to the U.S. in one non-stop flight. 

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Fun Facts About Hummingbirds

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If a hummingbird crosses your path, or visits your home, know that it is a blessing. Throughout history, hummingbirds have been associated to be a symbol of light and joy. 

Art & Design: Debra Roinestad (c) Comfy Cabin, 2022

Here is a free guide to help identify hummingbirds in your backyard from
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Click Here.

Trochilidae–Kolibris from Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

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The Fascinating Opossum on Trail Camera

A misunderstood animal that is harmless and quite interesting is the opossum. Opossums are not aggressive and will run away if they encounter a threat or play dead. Opossums are resistant to venom and  prey on snakes such as copperheads and rattlesnakes. They can benefit your garden by consuming small insects such as beetles, slugs, and snails that damage gardens.

Kind Regards,

Debra & Kurt Roinestad

Virginian Opossum (Didelphis Virginiana) from the viviparous quadrupeds of North America (1845) illustrated by John Woodhouse Audubon (1812-1862). Original from The New York Public Library.

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Vintage illustration in the Public Domain

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8 Magnificent Moths of South Carolina

Illustration: Butterflies and Moths (1596–1610) by Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt

Throughout time moths have been a symbol of rebirth and transformation. Although, some may have negative connotations with moths such as death and dying or simply having holes left inside your expensive sweaters. The moth is a reminder for us to lighten up and not to take life so seriously. The Hopi Tribe uses the moth as their power animal and displays this mystical insect in decorative pottery and dance costumes.

Photo: Hopi Cylindrical Jar by Grace Chapella
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Since I moved to the woods in South Carolina, I have spent two years compiling photos of these magnificent moths that have briefly stopped by for a quick visit at my front door.

May the magic of the moth spark a light within you everywhere you go.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

Here are 8 Magnificent Moths of South Carolina

Anisota Moth (Orange-tipped oakworm moth)

They are found in the woodland and love to eat oak leaves. Both males and females are bright orange with a white spot on both sides of their wings. The white spots remind me of the ‘evil eye’ that symbolizes protection.

Clymene Moth

The clymene moth is rare and is thought to be a spiritual sign of a ‘blessing’ for those who come across this beauty. They are known for their gorgeous markings of the cross on their wings that extend inwards.

Imperial Moth

A lovely combination of yellow and brown. Its main purpose is to reproduce. This beautiful moth has a lifespan of one week because it doesn’t eat. 

More about the Imperial Moth.

Geometer Moth

Geometer moths are small to medium in size and have slender bodies. They are also known as the pepper and salt geometer or peppered moth because of the light and dark bands on their wings. The adult size range from small to medium.

Cossula Magnifica (Pecan Carpenterworm Moth)

When I saw this moth, I thought it was a piece of stick that got caught onto the front of the cabin after a rain storm. 😂 Their wingspan is 32-45mm and the markings have tiny black dashes with light grey wings. They eat wood and lay their eggs on the wood.

Azalea Sphinx (Sphinx Moth)

A very large moth with large chunky wings that can fly 12 mph. They are called sphinx moths because when resting their turtle-like heads retract and resemble the symbol of the sphinx. These moths need to raise their body temperature to 96 degrees F to fly.

Rosy Maple Moth

The rosy maple moth is known to be one of the most beautiful moths due to its vibrant pink and yellow colors. The females lay 10-30 eggs on the underside of the leaves. Their wingspan is 3.4-5.2 cm. These moths have thick and fuzzy bodies with long antennae that allow them to detect pheromones. Mating adults are looking for partners in the early summer through fall. In South Carolina, mating occurs in March-October.

Leopard Moth

I saw this one on my way to the local supermarket, Ingles. It was hiding on the white cement wall by the entrance. The leopard moth is recognized by its white wings and black spots. Their wingspan is 5.7-9.1 cm. The underside of the belly is a bright blue.

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Moths In Flight.

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The Best Relaxing Place to Visit is Pretty Place in S.C.

Pretty Place. Photos by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Pretty Place, the name that holds to its promise. The breathtaking views of the Southern Appalachian mountains at Pretty Place are stunning!  Many people have experienced a sense of solitude and comfort and leave refreshed after visiting this peaceful place. 

Southern Appalachian Mountains (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Diagram of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by Kurt Roinestad
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The chapel was built in 1941 by Fred W. Symmes and is part of the YMCA Camp Greenville.

Outside: Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Sign at Entrance: Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Inside Pretty Place after descending the stairs (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Pretty Place Chapel
Autumn: Pretty Place Chapel

Even though it was a cloudy day when I visited, I left with a sense of wholeness. A word of caution, check their website due to its popularity, the chapel is closed to the public for weddings and private events, and days and times are subject to change at any time. So, make sure you have a backup plan if the chapel is booked with an event. 

Leaving Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Warm Wishes,

Debra Roinestad

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Hawk: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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It’s so rare to capture a hawk on a trail camera. We feel very lucky to have captured footage of this guy (on the right) that landed at the back of our cabin. I love the attitude and entitled stare at the camera. 🥰 To read more about hawks in South Carolina visit Wild Bird World.

Warm Wishes,

Debra & Kurt

Hawk: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Hawk, Birds of America (1827) by John James Audubon, etched by William Home Lizars.
Goshawk female (Accipiter gentilis) 1929, illustrated by the von Wright brothers.


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