A Cherokee war party appears suddenly out of the thick foliage of the surrounding trees. A group of women standing outside the fort take notice. The first scream pierces the air. A moment later the first rifle is fired, sending a billow of smoke into the air as a shot echoes. The Siege of Fort […]

Roaring Fork is a bit of a misleading title for this amazing destination just minutes from downtown Gatlinburg. That is until you pass the Grotto Falls parking area where the road meets the creek and suddenly the roaring sound of dozens of cascades echoes through the forest. Welcome to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail […]

Looking for a place to enjoy a fantastic breakfast or lunch in Big Stone Gap, Virginia? This story is for you.

In the thriving 1930’s tourists driving from the Great Lakes to Florida for a warm vacation would take Highway 21 through Wytheville, Virginia. The vital transportation corridor helped the small country town grow, including the old Esso gas station. In 2011 the gas station was renovated and opened as a museum, giving visitors a look […]

Tennessee has them. You need them. Read on to discover 5 hidden gems throughout this region of the state.

The place is called Skeeter’s. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall on Main Street in Wytheville, Virginia. An old sign painting on the side of the brick building claims they have sold over 6 9 million hot dogs. I was hooked on this place even before I walked inside and was greeted by a friendly staff, a […]

Southwest Virginia is full of amazing outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the Appalachian Mountains, including the Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, seven state parks, and countless campgrounds, trails, and rivers. Deep in these mountains you will find the city of Norton. Despite being the smallest city in Virginia, this area is big on beautiful scenery including […]

The hike along the Appalachian Trail from Grayson Highlands State Park to Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia, is pretty spectacular for day hikers or backpackers.

Planning a travel photography trip around blooming spring flowers, the peak of the summer tourism season, or the peak of fall foliage is fairly simple. You have to work around weather conditions such as a cloudy days and thunderstorms, but you at least know you have a 2-3 week period to capture the best photos […]

Wonders’ Way is a 12′ wide bicycle-pedestrian path on the south side of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge between Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The beautiful path is open for anyone to walk, jog, or bike across and offers splendid views of Charleston Harbor and Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. The path is […]

1 year. 365 days. 8,760 hours. 525,600 minutes. Looking at numbers like that would make you think you have all the time in the world to get work done. But as I write this on the last day of 2013 I realize, with a very heavy heart, that I did not have enough time this […]

The Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel is one of the beautiful Christmas light displays to attend in Southwest Virginia. Ride a chair lift to the bottom of a ravine, sit around a crackling bonfire with hot chocolate, and admire the lights and music. I went one year and it’s something I’ll never forget. Follow the […]