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 »

Blount County, Tennessee Captures Beauty, Adventure of Fall in the Smoky Mountains

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TOWNSEND, Tenn. – There’s a nip in the air, chili is on the stove and leaves are painting the early strokes of their yearly masterpieces. There’s nothing like fall. But while autumn’s pastoral beauty colors landscapes across the United States, things are just a little more special in Blount County, Tennessee. Nestled in the towering… Read more »

History in the Hills: Blount County’s Oldest Inn Serves Guests for Centuries

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When a group of Pennsylvania investors stumbled upon Blount County, Tennessee at the turn of the twentieth century, they were looking for resources to produce leather. They found a great deal more than they bargained for. East Tennessee’s rich natural bounty wasn’t limited to the virgin forests and streams they sought for their factories. The… Read more »

Find Inner and Outer Peace in the Smokies

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Find Inner and Outer Peace on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies Even weekend getaways and vacations can be more stressful than fun. Skip the crowds and visit us in Townsend, Tennessee, just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We’re known as The Peaceful Side of the Smokies because here we live life at nature’s… Read more »