THE DONUT FRIAR

THE DONUT FRIAR

I’ve said this before but I like to consider myself somewhat of a donut connoisseur. I’m constantly on the hunt for the new greatest donut of my life. In Gatlinburg, there is no better place than The Donut Friar. Located in The Village this shop is a  donut hole in the wall. Once you enter The Village from the parkway just go straight back. Look for the sign with a friar holding a piled high plate of perfection and get in there! Continue reading “THE DONUT FRIAR”

BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM

BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM

Happy Monday everyone! I’m enjoying my day at home since the clinic is closed in observance of MLK Day. I hope you’re all staying warm and getting your Vitamin C. Our area of Tennessee has been frigidly cold this month but that doesn’t mean your only choice is to stay inside. Not that I have anything against snuggling up under a fuzzy blanket in my favorite sweatpants. That’s what we did all weekend until we decided we should take showers and rejoin humanity. We ended up at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in downtown Bristol and learned a lot about this city’s heritage. Continue reading “BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM”

THE MEAD BAR

THE MEAD BAR

Gatlinburg has been a tourist destination for years but just recently it’s been on the map for moonshine, whiskey, and wine tastings. Now, there’s one more adult beverage you have to sample on your way to the national park. The Mead Bar can be found inside The Savannah Bee Company next to Anakeesta on the Parkway. In case you aren’t as familiar with the ancient libation, mead is made primarily of honey. The term “honeymoon” comes from medieval times when it was customary to gift the bride and groom with enough mead to last one full moon. Continue reading “THE MEAD BAR”

THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME

THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME

Since I grew up in Sevier County, going home and seeing all the decorations feels like Christmas to me. I love to watch my hometown go nuts for the holidays. I look forward to driving to my dad’s store on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and seeing the “12 Days of Christmas” scenes. God help me, I even like to drive the spur on the way to Gatlinburg at night just so the darkness of the tree cover can open up to an electric light parade. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite places to visit in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to ring in the Christmas season. Continue reading “THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME”

CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTOS

CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTOS

I wanted to share these photos taken by Tara Hodges with Sweet Snaps based out of Kingsport, Tennessee. She shot our wedding photos and we continue to fall in love with the way she captures our little family with her camera. Of course Joe had to be in our Christmas card picture since we’re all Kiblers now and he’s no longer illegitimate. October 28th was a big day for him, too. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of us.

 

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a bountiful new year. We pray for God’s protection and provision in your life. We thank you for being on this journey with us. I want to personally thank you for taking the time to read my posts here on “You, Me, and Tennessee”. Your support means more than you know.

Until next time,

Carly

GIFT GUIDE: TENNESSEE EDITION

GIFT GUIDE: TENNESSEE EDITION

Since I named the blog “You, Me, and Tennessee” I couldn’t think of a better gift guide to share with my readers. This guide is here to help you find something special for the VFL on your Christmas list. I’ve compiled practical and “just for funzies” items that every fan needs to deck the halls in orange and white this holiday season. If the person for whom you are shopping is die-hard and doesn’t already own the checkerboard overalls then those would be my first choice. Let’s have a look at all 7 of my top picks. Continue reading “GIFT GUIDE: TENNESSEE EDITION”

CHRISTMAS VACATION

CHRISTMAS VACATION

Every year around this time I wonder what it would be like to go on a big vacation at Christmas. I think it would be special to visit a new city during the season that is famous for love and good cheer. I’m sure if you were to go back to the same place any other time of year the city would leave a different impression. Christmas lights act as a sort of face lift for communities everywhere. Suddenly what was dull is sparkling and illuminated. The eye is drawn away from imperfections toward the brightest beauty. After drooling over social media posts from all over the world, here is a list of places I hope to someday spend my Christmas vacation.  Continue reading “CHRISTMAS VACATION”