Sangria, Slushies, and Scenery

  If you take the time to tackle the winding hills of Johnson County, you’ll be treated to beautiful vistas, which includes Watauga Lake and breathtaking mountain views. Tucked inside one of those hills is Watauga Lake Winery. This winery is Johnson County’s first and is located inside the former Big Dry Run Schoolhouse. Some […]

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Drive Up Date Night: Our Claim to Iconic Drive-In Theaters

The summer season brings fresh mountain air, country back roads, and road trips close to home. And, we’re betting you wouldn’t mind a cozy night under the stars, your favorite snacks, and a classic movie. Although there were drive-in theaters as early as 1933, they’ve become more of a rarity in the 21st Century with […]

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Digging Big: A Hands On Experience at Gray Fossil Site

  There aren’t many places in the world where you’ll find an active pre-historic fossil site that actually allows visitors to dig for remains of animals dating back more than 4.9 million years. Northeast Tennessee is home to the Hands On! Discovery Center at the Gray Fossil Site, an active Pliocene-era fossil dig site, operated […]

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What to Do in Winter in Northeast Tennessee

Let’s face it, looking forward to your summer vacation while it’s still the middle of winter feels a lot like looking for the finish line in a marathon. You know you’ll get there sooner or later, but at the moment it seems impossibly far away. Luckily, Northeast Tennessee has a huge variety of attractions that […]

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Prohibition to Present: Marion’s Downtown Landmark

If you are fascinated with all things circa 1920, the General Francis Marion Hotel is a must-see. Located in downtown Marion, it is convenient to local shopping and dining. The hotel was originally opened in May 1927 and has 36 well appointed guest rooms. The rooms are decorated with an understated elegance including dark wood […]

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