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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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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Sustainable Coffee & Juice Shops in Johnson City You Must Try

Northeast Tennessee is no stranger to unique stores, restaurants and cafes. Johnson City is evolving as a college town and we’ve handpicked three local baristas that are among East Tennessee State University’s student favorites, all while taking sustainability and healthy eating seriously. Java Juice House  Java Juice House was founded in 2017 and is deemed […]

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