Family Camping Doesn’t Get Any Better – Great Smokies KOA in Townsend, TN

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Summer comes every year, and with it, the call of the wild! Longer days and warmer weather mean plenty of opportunities to spend time outside, surrounded by rugged natural beauty. Roughing it, though, just isn’t for everyone, especially families with children. Thankfully, Great Smokies KOA has family camping in its DNA, and is ready to… Read more »

Once Closed to Public, Renowned Maryville Retreat Space Now Thrills Guests

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Gary Doyle didn’t want this treasure to remain hidden. For 20 years, RT Lodge in Maryville, Tenn., hosted corporate retreats, weddings and other events in its elegant, secluded setting next to the Maryville College Woods. But by 2016, demand had climbed high enough to justify opening the Ruby Tuesday-owned deluxe hotel and restaurant to the… Read more »

Rising from the Ashes: Dancing Bear Lodge Resurrects Powerful Memories

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Mark Oldham faced a dream disguised as a dilemma. He had sold his business and traveled the world for six months with his wife, Sharon. Now, he was hunting for a fresh career venture. “When we sold the business in Nashville, we could have retired,” Oldham said. “We felt too young to retire, but we… Read more »

Blount County Mountains Hide Iconic Couples’ Getaway

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When realtors Mike and Becky Johnson were charged with the task of selling a stunningly scenic 1,000-acre property along the Foothills Parkway in Blount County, they passed. Instead, they bought the land for themselves and turned it into a camping and fishing haven for their family. The result? Memories that were so special, the Johnsons… Read more »