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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.
2 April 2018

Cast with Love: Explore the new Aunt Granny’s Restaurant

By | 2018-08-20T09:04:16+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Dining|0 Comments

One of my favorite Dollywood originals, Aunt Granny’s Restaurant, has been “re-cast” this year. It’s all thanks to a delicious new menu and the involvement of another of my favorite family traditions - the iconic cast-iron from another great Tennessee company, Lodge Manufacturing Company. I’ve been spending time at Dollywood and eating delicious food [...]

19 March 2018

Takin’ It To The (Dollywood) Streets.

By | 2018-03-19T15:57:17+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Festivals|0 Comments

Spontaneity, entertainment and Dollywood – three of my favorite things about life.  And when the three of these are combined together at the theme park’s Festival of Nations that started March 16 – well, it just doesn’t get any better in my world! Now I love the fancy choreography and special effects and spiffy [...]

9 March 2018

Mountains of Museums: Six Museums You Can’t Miss When Visiting the Smokies

By | 2018-03-09T14:45:49+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

No trip to the Smokies should be complete without a hike on a mountain trail, some delicious Southern cooking and – believe it or not – a trip to one of the area’s amazing museums.  Here are some of my favorite museums here in our mountains. All Things Dolly.  I have probably been in [...]

2 February 2018

Take the Fun Indoors This Winter

By | 2018-02-02T16:48:11+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Community|0 Comments

When it’s cold outside, I would just rather be inside. I know that the fresh crisp air is supposed to be good for me, but I just don’t agree. There’s a reason that generations of my family have lived in the warm climate of the South and just endure those several months a year [...]

15 January 2018

Inside Scoop on When to Book Your Stay

By | 2018-01-15T10:46:57+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Lodging|0 Comments

If there is a good deal out there when it comes to booking my family’s vacation or even just looking for a one-night hotel stay, I’m always searching for it. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a BOGO deal or a complimentary meal when I book by a certain date, incentives or options for savings are [...]

5 January 2018

Stories to Tell: Lyrics & Lore event takes center stage at Resort

By | 2018-01-15T10:51:54+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Lodging|0 Comments

If I could have one superpower, I would want to be able to write songs. And wouldn’t you know that one of my very favorite places to hang out – Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa – is giving me a way to take this off my bucket list and onto my “I did it!” [...]

20 December 2017

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

By | 2018-01-10T15:48:58+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Lodging|0 Comments

When the weather outside is frightful during the holidays and into January, most of the time I’d just as soon stay inside. But I’m also conflicted, because there are so many things that beckon me to come to the Smoky Mountains when the temperatures drop below my normal comfort level of 40 degrees or [...]

11 December 2017

Making the Most of New Year’s Eve!

By | 2017-12-11T18:04:14+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Some progress is finally being made on my To Do list for the holidays as Christmas Day is drawing ever closer. For my own sanity, I’ve decided that I better move one important item up on the list – what are we doing New Year’s Eve? Because after all the presents have been opened, [...]

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