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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Mountain Wildflowers and Where To Find Them

  Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. From the banks of the Nolichucky River to the top of Roan Mountain, wildflowers paint colors across Northeast Tennessee. As warmer days take over winter’s cold snap, hikers will find an array of blooms throughout the Cherokee National Forest. […]

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Meet a Farmer: Dana York

  Dana York’s family farm has been around longer than Tennessee has been a state. Since 1778, now in its 10th generation as Grand Oak Farm, Dana continues with tradition while providing space for new farmers with hopes of restoring Northeast Tennessee’s longstanding reputation with local agriculture. Dana grew up moving around the country 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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Biking Along South Holston in Bristol

The South Holston Dam area of Bristol has four new mountain biking trails thanks to the Tennessee Valley Authority. The trail system includes six miles of terrain that even the newest level of rider can comfortably handle. The trails are multi-use but bike-optimized, offering an easy ride with some optional features for more advanced mountain […]

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