Enjoy A Weekend Taste of the Smokies During Townsend’s Grains & Grits Festival

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Fall weather is finally here in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, and with it comes beautiful foliage, cool mountain air and the most anticipated festival of the year: Grains & Grits. This festival of southern spirits and gourmet grub takes place November 3 and draws whiskey lovers from across the region to the quaint,… Read more »

Have a Free Saturday Morning? Visit Local Farmers Markets and Experience the Flavors of the Region

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Farmer’s markets are enjoying a resurgence, and there are very few communities in which at least one farmer’s market is not operating regularly. This allows farmers to access a much broader market and find buyers for an increasing amount of produce or food, but it is also even more beneficial to shoppers. After all, once… Read more »

Once Closed to Public, Renowned Maryville Retreat Space Now Thrills Guests

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Gary Doyle didn’t want this treasure to remain hidden. For 20 years, RT Lodge in Maryville, Tenn., hosted corporate retreats, weddings and other events in its elegant, secluded setting next to the Maryville College Woods. But by 2016, demand had climbed high enough to justify opening the Ruby Tuesday-owned deluxe hotel and restaurant to the… Read more »

Blount County Mountains Hide Iconic Couples’ Getaway

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When realtors Mike and Becky Johnson were charged with the task of selling a stunningly scenic 1,000-acre property along the Foothills Parkway in Blount County, they passed. Instead, they bought the land for themselves and turned it into a camping and fishing haven for their family. The result? Memories that were so special, the Johnsons… Read more »