Legend or lawbreaker: The real story of Cocke County’s Popcorn Sutton and his moonshine

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 […]

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An insider’s guide to The Old Mill Shops of Pigeon Forge

The Old Mill strikes a distinct contrast against the amusement rides and T-shirt shops you’ll see on Pigeon Forge’s main drag. Likewise, the collection of Old Mill shops skips the standard souvenir stock for a mix of pantry favorites, distinctive kitchenware and handcrafted items that will serve as tasteful, if subtle, reminders of your trip […]

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Top 10 things to do in the Smokies when it rains

The Smokies is a beautiful place to visit year-round, but its wide elevation range can contribute to unpredictable weather patterns. Some days it feels like you experience all four seasons in one day — with rain at any given moment. In fact, according to the National Park Service, the Smokies averages about 8-11 days of […]

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Top 9 things explore in the Smokies during the winter (Including indoor activities that will warm ya right up)

Fresh snow on mountains, moonshine with cinnamon; bright Christmas lights and warm homemade mittens — these are just a few of my favorite things. In my opinion, nobody does Christmas like the Smokies. If you’re visiting the area in the winter, you’re in for a real treat. Here are some of the best things to […]

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Top 10 things you can do in the Smokies for FREE! (for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts)

Vacationing on a budget can be tough. When I travel, I like to “pack” in a day that is free from both scheduling and financial obligations. Luckily, there are plenty of fun, free things to do in the Smokies. For the outdoorsy type: #1 — Take a Hike! From natural falls to chimney tops and […]

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