Most families do not take vacations in the early year. With the cold of winter and the dead, barren land outside, this time of year doesn’t exactly scream warm, sun-kissed family fun. Getting out of town in the beginning of the year may not be such a bad idea though. In Northeast Tennessee most places… Read more »

In the 1920s, the hills of Northeast Tennessee were alive with the sound of country music. And when Ralph Peer headed to Bristol in 1927 to record authentic “hillbilly” artists, the future of this genre was changed for good.   Of course, country music had been recorded commercially for years, but the best artists in… Read more »

This time of year, thousands of road-hugging enthusiasts flock to Northeast Tennessee—motorcyclists in particular. Offering thousands of miles of scenic views, twists and turns, and fresh mountain air, The Southern Dozen is comprised of—you guessed it—12 routes highlighted for visitors.   The rides vary in distance—from 45-minute round-trips to daylong excursions. For the history buffs… Read more »

It’s Not Just Theatre…It’s Barter! With a rich history spanning eight decades, Barter Theatre still draws patrons from around the globe every day to Abingdon to enjoy the magic of live entertainment. Barter, the State Theatre of Virginia, helps visitors make memories through its talented cast of resident actors in shows ranging from comedies to… Read more »