Canoeing Down the Buffalo National River {Arkansas}

Canoeing Down the Buffalo National River {Arkansas}

I went back to my hotel in Denver professionally tired from the non stop days at the conference I had attended and carrying notebooks full of conference notes of all that I learned. I was looking forward to enjoying having a hotel room to myself for one last night. I had big plans to stay [...]

A Walk to Cataract Falls – Great Smoky Mountains National Park {Tennessee}

A Walk to Cataract Falls – Great Smoky Mountains National Park {Tennessee}

Ah, the Great Smoky Mountains- so beautiful, so majestic. No trip to this part of Tennessee is complete without a visit to this historic park. Great Smoky Mountain National Park encompasses 522,419 acres across Tennessee and North Carolina and is a part of the greater Appalachian Mountains that carry on through to the north part [...]

Food, Fun, and Kitsch in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg {Tennessee}

Food, Fun, and Kitsch in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg {Tennessee}

The areas of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg sit right in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. These areas have become sort of resort towns in a way with the millions of visitors that go through on their way to the park. Because of this high volume of tourists, there is no end to [...]

To Dolly With Love – A Day at Dollywood {Tennessee}

To Dolly With Love – A Day at Dollywood {Tennessee}

There is no question that Tennessee loves its music artists. Nashville of course is teaming with stars that have found their place in country music. The west part of the state boasts of being home to the King himself where visitors can tour Graceland and see where Elvis came from. But the east part of [...]

Exploring Downtown Knoxville {Tennessee}

Exploring Downtown Knoxville {Tennessee}

Of Tennessee's favorite cities Knoxville is high on the list coming just under Nashville. We found ourselves with a few hours of enjoying this beautiful city and we quickly saw why this is such a favorite place in Tennessee. Knoxville (photo:: architecturaldigest.com) Our first stop was a visit to the campus of University of Tennessee. [...]

Along the Natchez Trace Parkway {Tennessee}

Along the Natchez Trace Parkway {Tennessee}

This last weekend took us along the Tennessee part of the Natchez Trace Parkway. This parkway is a 444 mile stretch that begins up around Nashville and continues down through Mississippi. The Natchez Trace is a parkway built to follow an old trail that has been used for centuries by first the Native Americans and [...]

Experiencing the Immersive Van Gogh {Tennessee}

Experiencing the Immersive Van Gogh {Tennessee}

It was summertime last year when I first started seeing the advertisements for the Immersive Van Gogh experience. I looked when to see it would come to Nashville and was happy to see that tickets were open and the exhibit would begin a few months later. So I ordered tickets for December thinking that would [...]

Stairs to the Top- Chimney Rock State Park {North Carolina}

Stairs to the Top- Chimney Rock State Park {North Carolina}

Our last morning in Asheville and we were getting ready to leave for home. We had experienced the lively downtown area of Asheville but felt we couldn't leave without seeing some of the beautiful natural areas outside the city. Brad's aunt suggested a visit to Chimney Rock State Park which is a local favorite for [...]