Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival brings entertainment, food, activities and parties during the more than two-week span of time of celebration.  But the Open Gardens event offers visitors a bit of serenity as they quietly roam some of the area’s most stunning gardens. Sometimes you just take a look at dogwoods, tulips, and flowering shrubs.  Sometimes […]

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Travel theme: Freedom

To honor the men and women who protect our freedom, the City of Knoxville placed wreaths for the month of December on the graves of our veterans.  Although we posted pictures of this cemetery for our Memorial Day 2014 tribute, we thought we would share this lovely sight of over 6,000 wreaths honoring our service […]

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Staying calm at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Stay calm?  At the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center?  Is that not an oxymoronic question in itself?  With 2,711 guest rooms and 171 suites on six floors, you would think it an impossibity to indulge in rest and relaxation. Especially when an event such as the conference I attended last week —  Learning Forward 2014 […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

The glittery, twinkly magic of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel delights thousands of visitors each December.  No matter how chill the night air, guests push open the doors of the Magnolia entrance of this Nashville, Tennessee, convention center and stroll down the tree-lit sidewalks. Horse-drawn carriages await their guests at the fairyland entryway.  And then the clop-clop sound of […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

While driving through one of our favorite Middle Tennessee towns — Franklin — we paused near the entrance of St. Philip Catholic Church to take a closer look at the Nativity laid out beautifully on the front lawn. It was old-world, if you will — beautiful figures in colorful clothing, animals gathered ’round, all focused on […]

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Travel theme: Inviting

UT Gardens beckons travelers along Neyland Drive in Knoxville, Tennessee, to drive onto campus, pause, sit a spell, and reflect.  The never-static gardens reveal colors of the seasons which means the pinks and rosy reds of spring give way to the brighter yellows of summer and then fade to the muted tones of fall grasses, […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

One of the joys of being a grandparent:  showing off the city you love with your granddaughter who still loves wherever you take her!!! Summer in the City of Knoxville from the Sunsphere’s Observation Deck!  Our version of summer lovin’! Want to see more of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’ ?  Click here!   […]

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Dogwood Arts 2014: A beautiful beginning!

We always know the dates of the Dogwood Arts Festival in advance — websites, posters, and billboards keep us informed.  But it’s not until we see the redbuds blooming in town and along I-40 that we know dogwood blooms can’t be far behind. Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival 2014 officially runs through April, but blooms don’t […]

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ROOST: Fresh ideas for feathering your nest

“Come HOME to ROOST” is the tag line of a new home furnishings, home accessories store in Maryville, Tennessee, that owner Paula Osborne defines as a store with a “casual flair brought to life with a distinct designer vibe.” And it’s that fresh designer vibe that welcomes you in to Roost — through the twiggy […]

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