There’s no getting around the fact that Nashville has seen a lot of changes over the last decade. As a Nashville parent, I miss the days when I could take the kids for ice cream on Lower Broad without paying $30 for a parking spot and worrying they’d see something that would scar them for […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

September 18, 2018

35 Awesome Things to Do with Kids in Murfreesboro, TN

Whether you’re looking for in-town fun or an easy day or overnight trip, this list of things to do with kids in Nashville is tried, tested, and family approved! Between my two stepdaughters and my own two children, I’ve been finding things to do in Nashville with kids for a long, LONG time! We’ve tried […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

May 23, 2018

75 Things to Do with Kids in Nashville This Summer

  Looking for something new to do this summer? Give Smyrna a try!   If you live in Nashville, you might know Smyrna best as the town you pass through on your way to Murfreesboro. Trust me when I tell you there’s much more to this place than meets the eye. In a region exploding […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

May 14, 2018

15 Reasons to Visit Smyrna, TN This Summer

If you live within driving distance of the Great Smoky Mountains, visiting Dollywood is a rite of passage. Country legend Dolly Parton put her name on the theme park back in 1986 and since then, millions have flocked to the area, transforming sleepy Pigeon Forge, Tennessee into a bustling tourist town filled with hotels, restaurants, […]

Travel, United States

May 1, 2018

Dollywood: What to Do, What to Eat, and Where to Stay

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 […]

Travel, United States

December 13, 2017

A Holiday Weekend Getaway in Knoxville, Tennessee

This massive Music City hotel is ideal for tourists, staycationers… and anyone seeking to escape a zombie apocalypse. If you happen to be in Nashville and learn of an impending apocalypse, I can think of no better place to wait out End Times than the Gaylord Opryland Resort. I think of it as Music City’s […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

October 18, 2017

Everything Families Need to Know About Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort

Want to tour a mansion in the dark? Watch a skillet-throwing competition? Wander through the state’s largest corn maze? See dogs from around the globe compete in the nation’s top dog agility competition? It’s all happening in Rutherford County this fall — Check out this list of must-do events in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne, and Eagleville. […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

September 5, 2017

Put These 20 Incredible Things to Do in Rutherford County Tennessee on Your Family Bucket List!

‘Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him.’ –Annie Dillard In the days leading up to the eclipse, I read Annie Dillard’s classic essay on the subject. She described it perfectly — yet I still couldn’t wrap my brain around what exactly we […]

Global, Live, Travel

August 26, 2017

How a Total Solar Eclipse Will Rock Your World

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 […]

Travel, United States

August 1, 2017

Gatlinburg, After the Fire

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 […]

Travel, United States

June 23, 2017

Tennessee’s Twin Creeks Resort is My Southern Stars Hollow