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Susanna Barbee

When folks think of the Smoky Mountains, visions of glorious mountain peaks tucked in low-hanging clouds emerge. But when romance is out of the question and it’s time for family fun, the valleys of Tennessee offer their own exciting destinations. more

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We love coffee

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In today’s world, fresh roasted coffee beans are all the rage, and folks are using French presses and pour-over methods to create the perfect beverage. more

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Truffles in the Smokies

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In 1979, Franklin and Betty Garland pioneered truffle growing in North America, leading to the first commercially-grown truffles in the United States in 1992. Since then, they have shared their expertise with chefs, farmers and researchers. more

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Tucked away in the mountainous woods of beautiful Jackson County, North Carolina, sits an old landfill, a burial ground for bottles, cartons and phonebooks. more

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Savor the sweetness of the season with this delicious holiday log roll. more

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The Northeast Georgia Arts Tour is a popular year-round activity, but it's especially fun to visit this talented region during the holiday season. more

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It's that time of year when Biltmore Estate transforms into an enchanting, candlelit escape. More than 100 Christmas trees will adorn the 250-room home, including a 35-foot-tall Fraser fir. Visit to see the lights and enjoy the holidays at Biltmore. more

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If there's ever a time to visit the Smoky Mountains, it's during the fall. Vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and even hues of purple delight the eyes of visitors and locals alike. Take a trip to the mountains and enjoy this one-of-kind foliage. more

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For many folks, fall in the Smokies means apples. Whether you're sipping warm cider, making homemade pie or frolicking about in an orchard, there's something about an apple that signifies the dawn of autumn. more

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Beyond the marionette

Jim Kransberger photo

Down a dusty dirt road just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of North Carolina sits an unassuming workshop made of plain wood and nails. Birds chirp and leaves blow in the wind, offering an inviting melody for what awaits inside. more

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