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About Ellen Liston

If it has anything to do with East Tennessee, this Dollywood blogger loves it. Ellen Liston was born in Kingsport and grew up in a rural environment that she says has many similarities to the Sevier County area and the beautiful Smoky Mountains here. When she’s not at Dollywood or enjoying the multitude of activities and attractions in these mountains, Ellen can usually be found cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, particularly at football and Lady Vols basketball games, or hanging out with her family – sometimes cheering on the Vols together! Some of her favorite things are reading almost any kind of book imaginable, history, crime dramas (especially Perry Mason and Forensic Files), old movies, ‘80s music, and most anything to do with her Scottish heritage, including kilts and bagpipes. She and her husband Scott live in South Knoxville on 6 acres with their yellow labs, Charlie and Rudy, and a Maine Coon cat with a major attitude, Sam.
7 August 2017

East Tennessee Eclipse Time!

By | 2017-08-08T10:51:11+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Nature|0 Comments

When you live in the Great Smoky Mountains, you get used to the spectacular sights from Mother Nature. But this time, she’s outdoing herself. On August 21, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible through a wide area of the United States, including East Tennessee. How does this happen? It’s when the [...]

1 August 2017

Cabin Comforts

By | 2017-08-01T17:16:18+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Lodging|0 Comments

My grandmother always said you shouldn’t save the good china just for special occasions. To her, life was a special occasion and you should celebrate every day. That’s how I feel about days off and vacation time. Every getaway should be a celebration, and one of the best ways to do that is in [...]

14 July 2017

Our American Symbol Up Close and Person

By | 2017-07-27T17:22:18+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Attractions|0 Comments

Treasures abound in East Tennessee. Mountain vistas. Flowing streams. Fireflies lighting up a summer night. And the majesty of bald eagles in flight. A primary reason that the Great Smoky Mountains hosts scores of our national symbol, the bald eagle, is due to the work of the American Eagle Foundation (AEF). The Foundation makes [...]

3 July 2017

Celebrations Abound for July 4th Holiday

By | 2017-07-27T17:23:16+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

When I start planning what to do for the 4th of July, I want it to truly be an All-American experience. A parade, fireworks, a baseball game, more fireworks, a roller coaster ride or two, some shopping and good food. My family and I can find all of those activities and options for celebrating the [...]

21 June 2017

Summer Nights Sizzle in the Smokies

By | 2017-07-27T17:25:10+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Entertainment|0 Comments

Summer nights are the best nights. Warm and comfortable evenings after sunny days. And summer nights also bring lots of really fun activities that aren’t available at any other time of the year. The Smoky Mountains offer lots of amazing entertainment after dark - here are some twilight time favorites! Stars and Sunsets. Perhaps [...]

29 March 2017

There’s an Extravaganza of Easter Events Happening!

By | 2017-07-27T17:35:40+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Family Visits|0 Comments

Spring. Just thinking about dogwood trees blooming, tulips in the front flower bed and more hours of daylight in the evening makes me so happy. And Easter candy. Particularly the deliciousness of marshmallow Peeps. Seriously though, one of my favorite things about spring is Easter weekend. It marks the re-birth of so many different [...]

13 February 2017

S is for Smokies – and So Much Fun!

By | 2017-07-27T17:40:20+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Attractions, Couples, Dining, Family Visits, Trip Planning|Comments Off on S is for Smokies – and So Much Fun!

Every year, thousands of people have some part of the Smoky Mountains experience on their list. But if it’s not part of your winter “must do” list, then you’re passing up a great time of year to experience the area’s attractions, outdoor, shopping and dining options. Ski and Soak Up the Smokies’ Splendor.  The [...]

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