Most people go on vacation with a certain budget in mind. Everything you choose to do takes a piece of that pie. Perhaps a fancy meal Or a shopping trip to stock up on salt-water taffy and ninja stars. And so, planning becomes a game of deciding what activities are worth taking and which ones don’t offer the bang for
Tennessee loves the lore of its moonshine. From mountain boys outrunning revenuers in hopped-up hot rods to the illicit pleasure of drawing a sip of untaxed apple pie whiskey made in a copper still in someone’s mountain barn. There’s a rugged outlaw poetry that even the most straight-laced, law-abiding East Tennessean embraces when it comes to the original mountain dew.
I learned everything I know about the Blue Ridge Mountains from a pair of musicians from the other side of the country. For me, a child of the 70s and 80s, New Mexico native John Denver was an omnipresent part of my youth. On TV with the Muppets, on the movie screen with George Burns, on the radio singing about
You did it. You took the plunge and traded your precious time to save money on lodging during your vacation. I mean, 90 minutes listening to a timeshare presentation for three days and two nights of free hotel? That’s a deal. But is it? I mean is it, really? I have a friend who used to be in the timeshare
You haven’t been ziplining if you haven’t been Smoky Mountain ziplining. If you’re visiting East Tennessee or Western North Carolina, definitely consider doing a zipline activity while you’re here. If you’ve never tried it before, it’s a tour in which you’re strapped to an aerial runway with a pulley suspended on a cable, and then you fly through the treetops
Vacationing with kids is never stressful at all! … said no one ever. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great until someone starts feeling a bit hangry in the backseat. And it can feel daunting to find an affordable lunch spot that will make both kids and adults happy. But fortunately, there are lots of great lunch spots in Pigeon Forge
Did you know that Gatlinburg, Tenn., is considered the official honeymoon capital of the South? In fact, my own parents honeymooned in Gatlinburg after their marriage more than 40 years ago. Love is always in the air in Gatlinburg. But for couples looking to wed at one of the many cute mountain chapels, the options can sometimes feel a bit
East Tennessee’s most notorious showman came into the world two years after the turning of one century and left two years before the arrival of another. It’s fitting, in a way, that Orton Caswell “Cas” Walker of Tennessee fit all his living within the confines of the 20th century. Because few people encapsulate the width and breadth of the wild