Knoxville, Tennessee is the perfect place for a holiday weekend getaway! As soon as we arrive in downtown Knoxville, fat flakes of snow begin drifting down from the sky as if on cue. It lends a decidedly festive feeling to this historic city, already festooned with Christmas lights, ribbons and greenery. We’ve decided to begin […]

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December 13, 2017

A Holiday Weekend Getaway in Knoxville, Tennessee

One of the world’s rarest wonders is just three hours from Nashville. We gathered around the raft on a beach lit only by the full moon. Just around the river’s bend was the mighty Cumberland Falls, aptly nicknamed The Niagara of the South. As my husband and two children climbed inside the raft and perched […]

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August 9, 2017

In Search of the Elusive Cumberland Falls Moonbow

I wondered whether Gatlinburg was ready for tourists after last year’s wildfires. I’m so glad we gave it a chance and scheduled a Gatlinburg vacation this summer — Tennessee’s most famous mountain town is back, and better than ever. Thanks to  Visit Gatlinburg for hosting our weekend getaway.  Like most Tennesseans, my ties to Gatlinburg are […]

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August 1, 2017

Gatlinburg, After the Fire

My son knows what he wants … at least until he doesn’t want it anymore. The streets of downtown Gatlinburg are lined with storefront windows, all filled to overflowing with souvenirs. There are airbrushed t-shirts and leather handbags, knives and swords and cowboy hats, billowy caftans and homemade fudge, lace tablecloths and wood carvings — […]

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July 26, 2017

Souvenir Shopping, Kid Style

Whether you love food, shopping, interactive museums, or the great outdoors, you won’t run out of things to do with kids in Columbus, Ohio! Here are 30 of our favorite family activities. This post was written in partnership with Experience Columbus. If you’re looking for the perfect  spot for your next family vacation, I can’t […]

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July 13, 2017

30 Amazing Things to Do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio

Just a short drive from Nashville, Twin Creeks is the resort community I’ve always dreamed of, at a price that proves dreams can come true. This post was written in partnership with Twin Creeks. It only takes a few episodes of Gilmore Girls to become smitten with the series — But  the real reason I stuck with […]

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June 23, 2017

Tennessee’s Twin Creeks Resort is My Southern Stars Hollow

Thanks to Ally May for hosting our Athens getaway! I spent my college years in Athens, Georgia — and I’ve said many times since then that if the town had had a TV station (I majored in Broadcast News), I would have happily lived there forever. Athens really does have it all. It’s small enough that […]

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March 29, 2017

My New Favorite Place to Stay in Athens, GA

This post was written in partnership with Explore North Myrtle Beach. South Carolina’s coast is a good four hours farther away from our home in Nashville, Tennessee than the Florida beaches — Yet we return to South Carolina over and over again. That’s because we’re looking for more than just a beach on our beach trips — We want […]

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March 23, 2017

Four Days in North Myrtle Beach: A Fun-Filled Family Itinerary

When it comes to the Walt Disney World, the more you know, the better your overall experience. We’ve discovered this to be true through years of trial and error, and I’ve shared much of what we’ve learned on this blog. But there’s something new afoot at Walt Disney World and friends, it is a GAME CHANGER. It’s […]

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February 23, 2017

Express Transportation is a Walt Disney World GAME CHANGER

I’m getting ready to take my daughter and stepdaughters to Walt Disney World in a few weeks for a girl trip–  We couldn’t be more excited. There’s so much to do and see at the resort that planning ahead of time really, REALLY helps — That’s why my husband and I consider guides and websites about Walt […]

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January 18, 2017

5 Fantastic Disney World Tips From a Disney Expert