The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina were smokier than usual with all the fires burning in the area when we arrived but the beauty of fall in the mountains was abundant! Once you battle your way through the bumper to bumper tourist traffic in Gatlinburg, you burst into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a peaceful awe settles over you. It is worth all the traffic….. Continue reading

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

There’s more to Nashville than music. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is a history lovers dream come true! There is so much to see and it’s a wonderfully relaxing park to just hang out in. Pack a picnic and go to the park for the day!  Continue reading

Boots, Bars and Beautiful Music

NASHVILLE! ~ Music City! Lower Broadway is the “Honky Tonk Highway” and it’s nothing but Boots, Bars and Beautiful Music! Every bar and Honky Tonk has live music and no cover charge! Music flows from every doorway and they all have tons of talent! Continue reading

More to Quilts Than Bedspreads!

WOW! These are not the quilts Grandma made for us and we loving draped over ourselves and our beds! These quilts are works of art that hang on the walls of homes and offices. They adorn the walls of the rich and famous. They are cherished and coveted as much as a work by your favorite painter. Once you see them, you know why. Come take a peek inside the National Quilt Museum with us!

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A Taste of Elkdom

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks, is an American fraternal order founded by Charles Vivian and friends in 1868.  It was originally started as a social club designed to elude New York City laws governing the opening hours of public taverns. The social club was the Jolly Corks! There is so much more to being an Elk than socializing. Arguably, it is the people that make the difference! And so our amazing tale begins. Continue reading

Awesome Oldest US Botanical Garden

We never pass up the opportunity to walk through an arboretum or botanical garden, especially when it is the oldest in the United States! The Missouri Botanical Garden is the most AWESOME one we have ever seen! You could spend hours walking this amazing park like setting. And then you could come back again and again to be inspired, relaxed and entertained! Continue reading