(Closed) Tennessee vacation

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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californiabride2013 :  I live in Nashville and I’m aware that people visit here for vacations but I am here for my PhD so I can’t help with that but have you considered Chattanooga? It is beautiful! My Fiance (then bf) and I went for our 1st anniversary. I really enjoyed myself. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I don’t know where you’re staying, but Brother’s Cove is a resort with the most beautiful wood cabins in the mountains. They have porch swings and hot tubs on the porches that are backed into the mountains. So freakin’ relaxing and beautiful.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It depends on the type of vacation you’re wanting. I love Nashville. It’s one of my favorite cities. It’s got great places to eat and lots of attractions if you’re wanting to stay busy. The Smoky Mountains are great if you want a relaxing vacation. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have gotten insanely touristy, but getting a cabin in the mountains is awesome for relaxing.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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californiabride2013 :  Nashville is a blast – if you’re into the bar and music scene, you will love it. It’s one of my favorite places to visit for a long weekend getaway. What kind of things are you into? You would definitely want to check out Broadway – it’s the strip where all of the bars are. Check out Rippys, Tootsies, Legends, Second Fiddle, Tequila Cowboy, Whiskey Bent. There’s often live music at all of them, especially on a weekend. We did a bar cycle and a music city scavenger hunt bar crawl last time I went, and both were really fun! (FYI, if you happen to be planning a last min trip for this week/weekend, Nashville won’t be an option most likely. It’s CMA Fest and you prob won’t find a hotel and it will be NUTS there – it’s on my bucket list to go but you have to plan at least a year in advance)

Gatlinburg is really nice if you are wanting a more relaxed vacation. We rented a cabin 2 years ago and it was beautiful.. though this was before the fires – I have not been back since then. We went zip lining and it was beautiful there. The downtown area is very touristy, but there is a lot to do. I think it would be a really good place to take kids, too. DH and I also went when we first met, and took his motorcycle so we could go up to the Dragon’s tail about an hour away on the Tennessee/NC border- if you happen to ride motorcycles it’s an awesome ride!

 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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californiabride2013 :  I went to Nashville years ago, I’m a big country music fan so most of the activities were related to that, Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame. I thought it was great. My husband is from Northeast Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains and we were there about a month ago. It’s absolutely beautiful, both the mountains and the quaint historic towns, and I recommend trying to encorporate that. We were staying with family in Jonesborough, but a lot of people rent cabins in the mountains there. Pigeon Forge is pretty cool too, like a mini Las Vegas in the mountains. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

when i traveled to tennessee, we did nashville and memphis.  it was a great trip.

 

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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californiabride2013 :  

We live in Knoxville and love it!  We moved here from SoCal in 2015, best thing we ever did.

Knoxville is a great city with only one major problem–traffic.

There is plenty to do here, you’re an easy drive to Nashville or the beach in NC.  But Knoxville’s

claim to fame is the number of restaurants per capita!  Hopefully, you like bar b que.  In any case. Knoxville is very beautiful and the people are super friendly.  People are surprised at how much diversity we have.  Medical care is world class, thanks to the university.

Oh, and be sure to wear something orange in honor of the UT Vols.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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californiabride2013 :  My DH and I did a roadtrip of Tennesse for our honeymoon.  We visited Memphis, Nashville and Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We had an amazing time… there is so much to do, see and eat!

Memphis was both of our favorites… Beale Street, BBQ, Graceland and the Memphis Zoo (they have pandas!!) are all a must. I wish we had enough time to visit the Civil Rights museum too.

Nashville was a little too touristy (and more expensive) for my taste. We both enjoyed the honky tonks and our Opry tour. I thought the Country Music Hall of Fame left a lot to be desired, but maybe it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Andrew Jackson’s home the Hermitage is just outside of town and I am really glad we made the stop there. It’s a beautiful property and the museum was very informative.

Smoky Mountain NP was gorgeous, we mostly toured by car since the weather was wet and my allergies were awful. I had hoped we would be able to hike but we still saw a fair amount of the park. DH was very excited to see Elk on the NC side, since he had never seen any in the wild before.

Neither DH nor I are into whiskey, but I heard several other people raving about the Whiskey tasting trail… we saw lots of signage for it between Memphis and Nashville.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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californiabride2013 :  

we did 3 full days in nashville, drove to memphis, 2 days in memphis, drove back to nashville for 1 night to catch our plane the next morning.

this was plenty of time.  we were there thanksgiving week and in memphis during thanksgiving and some restaurants that we wanted to go to were closed.

in nashville we stayed on broadway the first time, went to country music hall of fame, ryman, parthenon, lots of restaurants and honkey tonks.

for the 1 night back, we stayed across from the gaylord and then explored the gaylord and activities around there.

in memphis we stayed a heartbreak hotel.  a bit run down, but novelty.  we went to graceland, explored beale st, the peabody hotel and took a trolley around the city.

in memphis you must try gus’s fried chicken and dyers burger. also, brother junipers for breakfast 

i wasn’t impressed with the food in nashville, nothing really sticks out in my mind.

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: A restaurant on the beach

I live out in the sticks of TN but I go to knoxville on the weekends. If you’ve ever been to DC then knoxville is…a ghost town. But if you aren’t comparing it to larger cities it really is beautiful. If you decide to visit then go on a Saturday and visit Market Street. They have a farmers market on Saturday thats really great and the restaurants on market street are VERY good. Try Stock and Barrel for burgers and fries (fried in duck fat, omg so good) and Blue Coast has amazing chicken and waffles. There’s also the big golden globe that was built when the World’s Fair was held there, it’s a good place to visit, you can see the entire city from the top. Someone said Knoxville has traffic…I guess that’s relative because compared to DC the ‘traffic’ here is a dream. 

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Bumble Beekeeper

I was in Memphis recently. It’s actually a pretty cool place although it’s also known for crime in some parts of the city. Beale Street is lively. The riverfront is gorgeous. The Bass Pro Shops Pyramid is also awesome inside and out. 

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