All in Cities and Small Towns
With one foot in Tennessee and the other in Virginia you’re not just in Bristol, you are in a special STATE of mind. Here the music of the mountains made history, chasing outlaws moved to the last great colosseum, and nature’s wide paintbrush created a backdrop of sparkling waters and majestic mountains. Bristol may be small on the map but it’s BIG when it comes to things to do.
Having taken in Mardi Gras so many times, we certainly know the ropes, so if you’re thinking about reveling in this grand celebration here are a few things to know before you go.
Giant trees filled with lights, streets filled with marching bands and decorated floats, and holiday music emanating from the state, it’s Christmas time in East Tennessee and if you’re looking for things to do, you have plenty of choices.
A stroll along the river is often magical on its own, but when you add holiday displays filled with two-million lights, it becomes extraordinary. Christmas on the Cumberland in Clarksville is the centerpiece of Christmas Celebrations in that city, but there’s plenty to see beyond the riverfront.
When it comes to distilled spirits the state of Tennessee is legendary. While Dickel and Daniels have become household names around the world, some craft distilleries across the state are also making a name for themselves. One of those is Old Glory Distilling in Clarksville which opened in the fall of 2016.
When Tennessee celebrated its 100th and 200th birthdays the people of the state got a couple of great presents that are sure to be around for a long time.
When it comes to colorful places, Knoxville certainly fits the bill. From the golden sphere in the middle of it all to a wide staircase on the edge of Downtown, color is what you’ll find on a visit to the place once called a “Scruffy City.”
Back in the late 1990’s, Hollywood looked to turn Homer Hickman’s novel, “Rocket Boys” into a major motion picture. They needed a place to stand in for Hickman’s hometown of Coalwood, WV. With its old brick buildings, railroad tracks and small town charm, one small East Tennessee town turned out to be the perfect spot.
An 8,000 pound bronzed bell serves as a reminder of what can happen when differences are put aside for people to work together for the common good.