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From Austria...to Appalachia

Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Melnq8 View Post
I know absolutely nothing about Knoxville, but can relate to this bit:

We served a 20+ year sentence in Washington, D.C. and then were rewarded with 7 years in Vienna, Austria.

We served a five year sentence in Houston, a four year sentence on Sumatra and then were rewarded with seven years in Perth, Australia!

I wish you the very best fourfortravel. I, for one, will sadly miss your expat adventures.
Thank you! We’re taking an Ausländer approach to Tennessee and the region, if you will, since it as unknown to us as was Central Europe. There will still be adventures, no doubt; plus, with DD heading to Dublin next week for university I expect I will be accruing plenty of miles on Aer Lingus visiting her exploring the Emerald Isle.

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Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 05:20 AM
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Hi fourfor,

Huh, small/ish world, as always. I lived 10 years in Knoxville, in the suburb of Farragut. I think you'll enjoy it there. Sorry, so ideas of fun things to do....I was caring for my disabled sister until she passed, then for each of my parents as each got sick and passed, and then I was consumed with the logistics and planning for the move to Germany. I was also teaching part time at PSTCC, a small 2-year college. But, yes, lots of nice hiking in the low-ish mountains there.

I never went to Dollywood or Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, but my parents did...my mom was not impressed, calling it "Neon Gultch." Not even sure what that means...

Some cousins still live there, and their favorite holidays are at Hilton Head Island. I'll also suggest Asheville NC -- though I haven't been, I'm researching a trip for a wedding in May, and everything I've heard sounds delightful. Maybe especially the Biltmore House for Christmas??

Anyway, hope you enjoy your new hometown!

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swandav, trulya small-ish world. I just returned from Knoxville on Sunday following three days of rapid-pace househunting and we now have a contract on a house…in Farragut! The house is ridiculously more space than we sought; sadly, because my fantasy exposed brick urban loft with private garden and garage does not exist in Knoxville. More space to organize all those travel photos from our time overseas, I guess.

Asheville and Biltmore are on the explore list; DS has visited the former and friends, the latter, with both groups reporting them “must-sees.” Biltmore for Christmas sounds like a lovely holiday season day trip!

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Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 06:10 AM
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Likely not this trip, Biltmore takes a while, but put this on your list: https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/poi/folk-art-center/

Also, the Parkway itself. I've driven the BRP and Skyline Drive twice and recommend both. Lots of short hiking opportunities and some historiic sites. The BRP used to put out its own mile-marker by mile-marker guides but seems to have stopped. There are some alternatives.

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Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 07:51 AM
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thursdaysd, we collectively have pulled considerable time on Skyline Drive (at least the sections in the more northern part of Virginia) with our respective Scout troops. On a recent trip to Knoxville we drove part of the BRP back up and thoroughly enjoyed the drive; and the Asheville link is now on the list. Too bad that the marker guides have stopped; I'll try to do some research into the matter. Thank you.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 09:01 AM
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It might still be worth buying the marker guides off abebooks. The road hasn't changed, although the overlooks are a lot more overgrown. The guides were by William Lord, and Adkins' walking guides were also good.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2019, 10:41 AM
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For a little background, read The Girls of Atomic City.
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Old Aug 23rd, 2019, 08:34 AM
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I spent two Christmases at Folly Beach and loved it. It's relaxed and close to Charleston without being in Charleston.
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Old Aug 25th, 2019, 12:35 PM
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It might still be worth buying the marker guides off abebooks. The road hasn't changed, although the overlooks are a lot more overgrown. The guides were by William Lord, and Adkins' walking guides were also good.
I found a 2013 edition of the Lord guide on amazon and the Adkins book on abebooks; that's a good start for us now. Thank you!
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Old Aug 25th, 2019, 12:37 PM
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For a little background, read The Girls of Atomic City.
amazon.com dropped it at our doorstep yesterday. Thank you! I am also using my "Smithsonian Day" free ticket to tour the ORNL Science Museum next month. Lots of learning ahead of me...
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Old Aug 25th, 2019, 12:38 PM
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I spent two Christmases at Folly Beach and loved it. It's relaxed and close to Charleston without being in Charleston.
"Relaxed." Ah, just what I want to read. Now if only I can get the 20-somethings to provide their travel dates so that I can hopefully find a place for all of us.
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Old Aug 25th, 2019, 12:45 PM
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You're welcome. Got me thinking about driving it again....
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Old Aug 26th, 2019, 04:07 AM
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Gretchen, Georgetown looks adorable. If not for this particular holiday, then certain as part of a longer tour of South Carolina’s coast. After seven years of life in a land-locked country and missing our beloved annual Cape Cod holiday we naturally gravitate toward the coast whenever possible.

rncheryl, St. Augustine might be a bit far for this year, though I have now added it to the ever-growing list of places to explore.

gmoney, have you any particular cabin recommendations for Pigeon Forge or Sevierville?
Yes, we love Oak Haven resort. https://www.oakhavenresort.com/

And yes the cabins are as nice as the pictures.
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Old Aug 27th, 2019, 11:50 AM
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gmoney, the Oak Haven cabins look dreamy. Alas, they are not doggo-friendly, so a stay there will have to wait until we are well settled and have found a dog sitter.
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Old Oct 15th, 2019, 10:23 AM
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Less than 2 hours south of knoxville is chattanooga, with the aquarium right on the river. Also, rock city, the incline and ruby falls at nearby Lookout Mtn.

call me weird but we also really enjoyed touring the american museum of science and energy, near you in Oak Ridge TN. Was known as the secret facility for years and we were just amazed when we learned about it and visited
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Old Oct 16th, 2019, 06:32 AM
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leenabug, thank you for the suggestions. Last month DH and I toured the Oak Ridge museum on Smithsonian Days and also truly enjoyed it.

The Falls look spectacular! Definitely adding this one on the ever-growing list. And I love that Rock Cty welcomes dogs. We took him on one of the only two dog-friendly hiking trails in the GSMNP this weekend and he loved it--stream entrances and many fellow four-pawed to greet. I just wish the park was more dog-friendly...
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