Hand-Made Quilted Items to be Displayed in Townsend Visitors Center in March

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During the month of March, the Foothills Quilters Guild Showcase will be on display at the Townsend Visitors Center, located at 7906 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Townsend.  The exhibit will include unique homemade quilts and items such as table runners, jackets and pillows.   “This exhibit, including hand-made and machine-made large and small quilts,… Read more »

Rising from the Ashes: Dancing Bear Lodge Resurrects Powerful Memories

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Mark Oldham faced a dream disguised as a dilemma. He had sold his business and traveled the world for six months with his wife, Sharon. Now, he was hunting for a fresh career venture. “When we sold the business in Nashville, we could have retired,” Oldham said. “We felt too young to retire, but we… Read more »

Smartphones and Tablets help leaf peepers make the most of a Smoky Mountain visit in the fall

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Every autumn travelers journey to the Smoky Mountains from all over the world to experience the crisp air, comfortable temperatures and fall foliage. Affectionately called “leaf peepers,” these visitors seek the best and brightest leaves of the season, stay in the coziest inns and eat popular local cuisine, all at the best rates. Planning a… Read more »

A Weekend of Appalachian Heritage

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The Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers’ Day in Cades Cove are taking place this weekend, September 25-26. This annual festival started with the original Old Timers’ Day 23 years ago. It was and is a day set aside for old timers, some of them descendants of the Cove, to gather and pick and play… Read more »

Local Harley-Davidson Dealer Contributing to East Tennessee’s Draw as Tourist Destination

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With attractions like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Ober Gatlinburg; University of Tennessee athletics; and Dollywood; hundreds of hiking trails and fishing areas; a seasonably mild climate and as much shopping as one could ask for, it is no surprise that East Tennessee has become a popular tourist destination in the Southeast. While much… Read more »

Running for the Mountains

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It’s no secret that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park draws a lot of vacationers to Blount County every year. Blount County tourism has been growing, and last year expanded to include a new type of attraction: destination racing. In 2014, Blount County caught the attention of a fledgling company called Vacation Races. VR was… Read more »