Every day, the Peabody Ducks leave their palace on the roof of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, waddle into an elevator, descend to the main floor, and parade along a red carpet to the hotel’s grand fountain under the tutelage of Anthony Petrina, the current Duck Master. Anthony is […]
Despite tranquil scenes associated with America’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s a busy place. Stretching across western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee, it’s visited by millions of diverse tourists year-round. For instance, motorcyclists are enticed by the “Tail of the Dragon.” That’s 318 challenging curves along 11 miles of […]
MOONSHINE, Tennessee. You won’t really find Moonshine on the map, but the wickedly potent brew “still” runs deep along the Smokies in East Tennessee. Legally, and otherwise. A number of licensed distilleries have sprung up in recent years, and just about everyone has either a wild uncle or curious nephew […]
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE–This friendly city has long been a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains and is the epicenter of the indigenous culture associated with the early American pioneers beginning with veterans of George Washington’s Revolutionary War army who settled much of the land in this largely unspoiled paradise of mountains, […]
I first met Knoxville two years ago following a family junket to the Great Smoky Mountains, America’s most visited nature preserve, and the fringe towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Before flying home from Knoxville, we spent a few hours vetting this unique East Tennessee anchor city and, well before plane-time, I was hankering for a longer look.