CREATING THE PERFECT INVITATION WITH BASIC INVITE

CREATING THE PERFECT INVITATION WITH BASIC INVITE

When Basic Invite reached out to collaborate on a post I was thrilled because I knew that a lot of us could use their services for an upcoming celebration. Basic Invite specializes in creating the perfect custom card for every noteworthy event in your life. They offer a wide variety of designs for wedding showers, baby showers, and birthday parties to name a few. Continue reading “CREATING THE PERFECT INVITATION WITH BASIC INVITE”

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T TRAVEL

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T TRAVEL

Y’all know I love to travel. I started You, Me, and Tennessee because of my passion for travel and it has been incredibly fun to share my adventures (big and small) with all of you. Here’s the thing… the “hitch in my giddy-up” if you will… I work a full time job as a nurse. I don’t have unlimited funds or unlimited vacation days. I saw something on Facebook yesterday that made me laugh out loud. It said, “How are you guys going on trips so often? How is your time off being approved? Who is paying your bills?” I’ve had the same thought a hundred times! Since I started writing on the blog I’ve felt pressure to post about “all the fun I’m having”. I’ve felt like if I’m not posting from the Seven Wonders of the World every week then I’m somehow a fraud as travel blogger and that’s simply not true. So this week I wanted to share with you the 5 things you can do when you can’t travel as much as you’d like. You’re not a failure because your Instagram feed isn’t flashy and color coordinated. Remember that through those avenues people can pick and choose the parts of life they want you to see. Here are 5 things you can do to live your best life when larger trips seem out of the question. Continue reading “5 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T TRAVEL”

5 HIKES IN THE SMOKIES TO EXPLORE

5 HIKES IN THE SMOKIES TO EXPLORE

One of the best things about living in East Tennessee is having access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In a short drive you can be in the middle of the most visited national park in the country. How amazing is that? When I’m in the park I feel at peace with the world. It’s a spiritual retreat for me.

If you’re interested in hiking the Smokies in the coming months it can be hard to know which trail to choose. In an effort to offer guidance I made a list of 5 of my favorite tried-and-true hikes to go on this spring. For the most part these are easy hikes so bring the family and make a day of it! Continue reading “5 HIKES IN THE SMOKIES TO EXPLORE”

5 OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE

5 OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE

This week’s “Friday 5” are 5 of the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge. When you drive down the Parkway there are restaurants everywhere and it can be overwhelming. You can find yourself going to the same places over and over again instead of eating somewhere new. Hopefully this will help the next time you’re having trouble deciding what’s for dinner. I included places that were unique to Pigeon Forge and not big chains. Let me know your favorite in the comments!  Continue reading “5 OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN PIGEON FORGE”

BLOOM CAFE AND LISTENING ROOM

BLOOM CAFE AND LISTENING ROOM

Bloom is a new coffee shop and cafe in downtown Bristol that has been on my radar since Rhythm and Roots back in September. I popped in to this State Street newbie for a coffee a few weeks back but last night I was able to stay for trivia. The theme was “Stranger Things” and it was a huge success. Many patrons, much like the owner pictured below, dressed as his/her favorite character. The list of team names included “Barb’s Search Party” and “The AV Club”. The dinner special was called “The Upside Down” which consisted of bacon, gouda cheese, turkey, apples, and apple butter sandwiched between two Eggo waffles and served with a side of maple syrup. It was strange, of course, but also delicious. Eleven would definitely approve! I snapped a few pictures so you could have a look around the shop. Not shown are the gorgeous herringbone hardwood floors and the stained glass trim around the door frame. I’ll have to go back when the natural light is beaming through the windows. Continue reading “BLOOM CAFE AND LISTENING ROOM”

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”

A GIVEAWAY TO START THE NEW YEAR (NOW CLOSED)

A GIVEAWAY TO START THE NEW YEAR (NOW CLOSED)

I hope everyone had a wonderful celebration this weekend! We went to Ohio to be with Christopher’s family since we didn’t make it there for Christmas. On the drive up, I started noticing LOTS of snow. Once we got to West Virginia the roads were terrible. There were no salt trucks or scrapers in sight. At one point we were going 30 miles an hour on the interstate. Continue reading “A GIVEAWAY TO START THE NEW YEAR (NOW CLOSED)”

2017 TRAVEL RECAP + 2018 TRAVEL PLANS

2017 TRAVEL RECAP + 2018 TRAVEL PLANS

2017 has been one of the best years of my life. I got married this year, I finally asked the universe for this great big thing called being a writer, and I traveled to places I had never been before. I am looking forward to 2018 with a personal expectation to pursue the business side of blogging, learn more about photography, and create various city guides. I also want to start vlogging via YouTube which is an extremely intimidating undertaking but I’m stoked. Basically, I could stop everything I’m doing now (aka my full-time job) and commit myself to nothing but learning new programs and equipment. However, I love being a nurse which means that making progress on the technical side of things might happen at a slower pace around here. I would ask you guys to be patient with me but you’ve already proven your magnificence up to this point. This blog, much like its author, is a work in progress. Let’s all be messy and understanding together, yes?

Now for a recap of my travels in 2017…

Asheville, NC- Blog posts about my bachelorette weekend and hidden gems around Asheville here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. I’m realizing now how much time we spent in Asheville this year. It’s only an hour and a half from Bristol but the drive feels much shorter.

Cleveland, OH- My first major league baseball game here and Chris’ birthday present here.

Gatlingburg, TN- The latest hotspots here and here as well as dog-friendly trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park here.

Hot Springs, NC- Post on soaking in Hot Springs here.

Kingsport, TN- I started my love affair with Gypsy Circus Cider here.

Knoxville, TN- Christopher’s birthday party here at Maple Hall.

Mendota, VA- Our kayaking experience at Adventure Mendota here.

Mexico- Honeymoon posts hereherehere, and here.

Nashville, TN- Red Bull Flugtag here. Where we ate here and here.

Put-in-Bay, OH- This bride got two bachelorette parties and one of them was here.

…and the trips I have planned in 2018 so far! 

New York City, NY

Portland, OR

Seattle, WA

Norfolk, VA

Jonesborough, TN

Chattanooga, TN

Memphis, TN

Nashville, TN

Knoxville, TN

Please let me know if you have any recommendations for these cities! I would really appreciate suggestions for what to see, where to eat, etc. Definitely fill me in on something that isn’t worth the time/money. I’m blessed to even be able to go on these adventures so let me know what kinds of things you’d like to see on the blog. Lastly I want to say that I’ve been astonished at how kindly everyone has received You, Me, and Tennessee these last 6 months. I couldn’t be more grateful to you guys for reading my posts. Here’s to us taking 2018 by the horns.

Until next time,

Carly

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”