The 10 Best Hotels in Bristol TN/VA (With Pet-Friendly Options!)

Hotels in Bristol TN VA

Much like Lookout Mountain (which straddles the border between GA and TN), Bristol is a town in two states. The north side of its main street lies in the state of Virginia, while the south side is in Tennessee. Bristol is probably best-known as the birthplace of country music. But it’s also home to the Bristol Motor … Read more

The 10 Best Restaurants in Chattanooga TN for Foodies

Dining Room at Alleia Italian Restaurant in Chattanooga TN

After 7 years working in the restaurant industry and nearly 30 years of reviewing restaurants professionally, I’ve learned a few things about what makes certain eateries more successful than others.  Good food, fresh ingredients, and a unique menu are obvious must-haves. But there’s also something to be said for innovative interior design, personable staff, and … Read more

The 8 Best Train Rides in the Smoky Mountains of NC & TN

Riding the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City NC- Lake Fontana Train Trestle

The Smoky Mountains are renowned for their spectacular natural beauty. And in our experience, there’s no better way to see them than by taking a Great Smoky Mountains train ride. Train rides have a rich history in the Southeastern US, and carry a rich sense of nostalgia that bridges generations.  Sadly, many old passenger trains have … Read more

10 Must-Visit Blue Ridge Mountain Resorts for 2024

Best Blue Ridge Mountain resorts NC

Blue Ridge Mountain resorts come in all shapes and sizes.  Some upscale luxury resorts in the Blue Ridge Mountains focus on foodie-friendly restaurants, outstanding golf courses, and top-notch spas.  My favorite mountain resorts go all-in on the rustic feel, offering breathtaking scenic vistas, hiking trails and/or waterfalls. Of course, there are also Blue Ridge Mountain ski resorts for … Read more

The 10 Best Restaurants in Gatlinburg TN to Visit

Cliff Top restaurant at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Our latest visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee elevated all our senses, seeing breathtaking scenic vistas, hearing local bluegrass bands, and tasting Southern cuisine from some of the best places to eat in Gatlinburg. We feasted on traditional Appalachian food (fried chicken, BBQ, fresh local trout), had some amazing Tex Mex, and enjoyed standard American fare as … Read more

The 10 Best Things to Do in Chattanooga TN (2024)

Walnut Street Bridge, one of the Best Things to Do in Chattanooga TN

The fourth-largest city in Tennessee, Chattanooga (population nearly 185,000) has been a major town in the TAG (Tennessee-Alabama-Georgia) area since before the Civil War.    Originally known as a major hub for Southeastern railroads, the city of Chattanooga emerged as one of the region’s largest heavy industrial hubs in the early 20th century.   Convenient … Read more

The 10 Best Things to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains in Winter

Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in Winter

The Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee are spectacular at any time of year, including Winter. Sure, the chilly Smoky Mountains Winter weather drives some folks indoors. But for visitors interested in snow skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, hiking, and/or exploring waterfalls, Winter is a perfect time to visit! Whichever category you fall into, … Read more

10 Fun Things to Do During Winter in Gatlinburg TN

Winter in Gatlinburg TN Lead Image

If you dream of a European snow skiing trip, but prefer to avoid the hassles of international travel, we recommend the charming Winter wonderland of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Gatlinburg combines the look and feel of the Bavarian Alps with loads of Southern hospitality, moonshine, and bluegrass music. As a gateway … Read more

Winter at Ober Gatlinburg, the Best Snow Skiing in Tennessee

Snow Skiing in Tennessee

During an Autumn trip to Gatlinburg, we visited Ober Mountain, an amusement park in the Smoky Mountains that celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2023. After sampling all their warm weather offerings, we knew we had to come back during Winter to experience snow skiing in Gatlinburg TN. Ober Mountain is Tennessee’s #1 destination for skiing, … Read more

Christmas in Chattanooga TN: 10 Festive Events Worth Attending

Santa Sleigh at Asian Lantern Festival during Christmas in Chattanooga TN

This year was not the first time we’ve celebrated Christmas in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But aside from day trips to see the Rock City Christmas lights, this was the first time we’ve ever devoted multiple days to attending all the biggest Christmas events in Chattanooga. With a population of around 185,000 people, Chattanooga is the fastest-growing city … Read more