Get Lost!

It’s that time of year—when the mountain laurel and hillside rhododendron start blooming, the temperature starts rising, and the waterfalls pick up speed after a slow winter’s pace. People from all over flock to our little neck of the woods to lace up their hiking shoes and set out for an afternoon on the trails…. Read more »

Historical Hale Springs Inn

These days, Mother’s Day is celebrated with macaroni necklaces, handpicked flowers, homemade cards and—if Mom is lucky—something sparkly and the day off from doing the laundry. It’s a time to show gratitude to the maternal figures in your life.   Throughout the world and over thousands of years, there have been many celebrations of motherhood…. Read more »

Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga

We often refer to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area as the place where “Our Heritage Comes to Life,” and that it does!  With thanks to a great staff and a host of volunteers who love to share our remarkable history, we are able to meet our goal of presenting educational family programs throughout the year. … Read more »

Birthplace of Country Music

“The Bristol Sessions is the single most important event in the history of country music.” – Johnny Cash          The Bristol Sessions, recorded on State Street in 1927 and 1928, are recognized internationally as the “Big Bang” of country music.   The Birthplace of Country Music®, a non-profit organization formed to celebrate and… Read more »

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) is a regional performing arts center located in historic downtown Greeneville, TN, adjacent to Greeneville High School. Since opening in December 2004, NPAC has hosted hundreds of concerts and events in a modern venue with over 1100 seats. During the past year NPAC has increasingly become recognized nationally as… Read more »

Bristol Caverns

Come and visit the largest and most beautiful caverns in the Smokey Mountain region.  While on your tour, you visit all three levels of the caverns including walking by the stream on our third level.  You will have a guide to lead you along on your hour long excursion to educate you on various topics… Read more »

Roan Mountain State Historic Park

Roan Mountain State Park is nestled against the base of the majestic 6,285-foot Roan Mountain, one of the highest peaks of the Southern Appalachians.  This special Tennessee state park encompasses 2,006 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges.  The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park, and… Read more »

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

One of the nation’s largest city parks, Kingsport’s Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3,550-acre nature preserve offering an assortment of activities for all seasons featuring 39 miles of trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking, a 44-acre lake with barge rides providing the perfect prescription for a quiet escape to nature, native animal… Read more »

Rocky Mount Living History Museum

Step back in time to the year 1791 at Rocky Mount Museum, and experience the life of the early frontier settlers of Tennessee. Rocky Mount is a historic home and farm first established by William Cobb around 1770.  From 1790-1792 William Cobb’s home served as the capital of the Southwest Territory: which became the State… Read more »

Girlfriend Weekend

Day One Begin your weekend of elegance by enjoying the beauty of the Northeast Tennessee countryside. First, visit the family owned and operated Countryside Vineyards in Blountville. Countryside Vineyards & Winery is dedicated to extracting some of nature’s most enticing flavors and making them into award winning wines. The vineyard offers tours and sampling to… Read more »

Family Fun (Young Children)

Day One Start your day at Hands On! Regional Museum and take a ride down the Katie Ellen coal mine, forecast the weather on WKID-TV and check out our ever-changing exhibits. Kids can become a pioneer, an explorer or an inventor – imagination is the only limitation. Next, travel down I-26 to the Gray Fossil… Read more »