Hidden Gems in Mountain City

Did you know right here in beautiful Northeast Tennessee there is an amazing winery and vineyard as beautiful as anything located in Tuscany?  In fact, in 2016, Johnson County, Tenn. was included in the establishment of the Appalachian High Country Viticultural Area. This designation affords the region the distinct notoriety of a wine destination. It helps… Read more »

Northeast Tennessee Halloween Guide

We’ve narrowed down all the Halloween activities in the region to some of our favorites including haunted houses, scarecrow exhibits, spooky stories, Halloween bashes, a corn maze, ziplines, marathons and of course….trick or treating.  We found so much to do, that you’ll need November 1st to recuperate!  Here is our list, in order by date…. Read more »

45th Annual National Storytelling Festival

Make plans now to attend the 45th annual National Storytelling Festival, October 6-8, 2017 in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee!  Beginning on the first Friday in October each year, this world renowned, 3-day event celebrates storytelling at its most magical. Learn more about how the Festival works. View a Map of the Festival Grounds View the 2017 Festival Brochure to see how things work…. Read more »

40th Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival

The Unicoi County Apple Festival, drawing more than 110,000 annual attendees, has been consistently named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events in the southeast and is a three-year winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award. The 4oth annual festival will include over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the… Read more »

2017 Battle of Blountville Reenactment

Travel a few miles into NortheastTennessee, cross the fields and streams where the men of the North and the South gave their lives and here you will find the historic little town of Blountville. East Tennessee was of strategic importance during the Civil War primarily because the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad. Early in the war,… Read more »

The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration: Sept. 23-25

It was the year 1780. The tide of the Revolution had turned against the colonists.  The British, forced out of New England, gained new allies in the divided South and won victory after victory in a bloody civil war.  Charleston had fallen, and American forces had crumbled at the battle of Camden. But then the… Read more »

Exchange Place: Fall Folk Arts Festival

For Catherine Shook, it really all began when she was 12 years old. “Dad gave me my first pocket knife,” she said, “I thought, ‘this is cool, I want to figure out how to make this stuff.’”  Youthful curiosity grew and expanded until now, at the age of 21, she is a full-fledged blacksmith, a traditional… Read more »

Fall Foliage in Northeast Tennessee

If leaf looking is your thing, than this map is for you.  Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Northeast Tennessee attracts guests from all over the country in anticipation of peak fall foliage. The peak time for fall foliage in Northeast Tennessee is estimated to be the weekend of September 29 through October 1. Calculations are provided… Read more »

Watauga Lake Winery Grape Stomp

Its not often that you hear of a grape stomp taking place in Northeast Tennessee, but Watauga Lake Winery has turned the age old tradition of winemaking in to an event attracting folks from all over the country. Wayne and Linda Gay opened Watauga Lake Winery in 2012 in the historic Big Dry Run Schoolhouse… Read more »

Mountain Music: Long Journey Home Festival

Just about a far northeast in Tennessee as you can get, you’ll find a county that is half Cherokee National Forest and half Watauga Lake. Nestled within those hills, lies Mountain City (appropriately named), and each year a celebration takes place honoring the iconic old time mountain music style that eventually developed into country music. The Long… Read more »

Rogersville: Hot Sauce, History and Hot Rods

Rogersville has been on the map for longer than the United States has been a country, so they know a little something about history.  When you pair Rogersville’s heritage with slow cooked barbecue and a Main Street decked out in classic hot rods, you end up with a pretty sweet combination. Having a family of… Read more »

Enter to Win: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Prize Pack

We’ve teamed up with Believe in Bristol and Southwest Virginia for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion to offer a 2018 Prize Pack. Download the Festival App to enter and access the full 2017 schedule as up to 120 bands and more than 20 stages take on the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol. The 2017… Read more »