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Black Mountain

A mystical peak that offers hiking for all levels An hour west of Knoxville rises a place lost in the folds of geographic time. Lightly boot-kissed paths disappear maze-like, labyrinthine, into thinning air. Sandstone spires jut
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Keeping Warm

How to stay toasty on the deck and in the elements As the temperatures drop and the need to keep our distance persists, the question on all of our minds is how to stay warm while still enjoying all that East Tennessee has to offer. For
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Summertime Bliss

Meads Quarry stacks one leisure-time activity upon another With trees a vibrant green and temperatures on the rise, it’s evident summer’s nearly here. Many East Tennesseans anxiously await this change of season for all the beauty our
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Homegrown Horticulture

With winter’s frosts becoming more and more infrequent, we firmly set our sights on spring. As life blossoms around us, now is the perfect time to exercise that potentially green thumb. The soil in East Tennessee can vary greatly
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Campfire Cooking

Culinary creations that go beyond the marshmallow You don’t have to travel to the Smokies or even a local park to enjoy a meal al fresco—your backyard makes the perfect place to start. Campfire cooking is seemingly a way of the
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Winter Wandering

Don’t let the cold scare you indoors Winter in East Tennessee can bring a variety of weather, from a light frost to inches of snow. This time of year offers the chance to see and experience local hiking trails in a new way—tree
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Priceless

Making memories on Lake Michigan The weather is near perfect as we leave the marina. Guide Eric Haataja has the boat fueled up and loaded with rods. In the giant body of water that is Lake Michigan, I wonder just how you pinpoint
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Let’s Scoot!

A blast from the past or a glimpse into the future? Knoxville is one of the most recent cities to receive scooter-share programs called Spin and VeoRide. According to Spin, they are “transforming cities and communities by offering
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