In 2017, I started a new travel blog called Tuesday Trekkin’. I take Tuesday off of work so my husband and I can spend some time together and travel around East Tennessee. So far, we’ve gone to Clinton, Norris, the Foothills Parkway, Burlington in East Knoxville, and Lenoir City.
It’s Tuesday! That means it’s time for trekkin’. Last week’s trek was to Lenoir City with a brief drive through downtown Loudon.
After being unable to trek for a couple of weeks, we finally got back on the road. We started out later than usual. We usually get on the road bright and early in the morning. But we had early afternoon appointments, so we had to wait until after that to leave.
Since we were leaving late, we thought we would go somewhere nearby. Lenoir City landed at the top of the list. After our previous attempts at finding a good place to eat, I was feeling a little doubtful that it would ever happen. Today was the day. I found Le Noir Restaurant and thought the menu looked interesting. It’s a Belgian Style Bistro with some southern, comfort dishes added in. They had several Belgian style beers on the shelf. We tried the Abbey Ale from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY. I had a chorizo burger. OMG! It was awesome! I don’t eat a lot of meat or bread, but this sounded great, so I went for it. Totally worth it! My trekkin’ partner had the Sausage with Red Cabbage and potatoes. It was pretty yummy, too! After eating, we walked around downtown a bit. It was cold as hell, so we weren’t interested in doing too much walking. We stopped in the Ugly Mug Coffee Shop for some hot beverages to warm us a bit. The museum in town was not open on Tuesday, so we couldn’t check it out. So, we decided to head back out. We drove through downtown Loudon. We will definitely head back to Loudon after the holidays.
One of the best meals we’ve had on a Tuesday Trek so far.
A warm interior with a little retro feel. The food was great and service perfect!
The sign is still visible from the C.W. Harvey Grocery store in downtown Lenoir City. The ghosts of yesteryear.
A lit barbershop pole in downtown Lenoir City, TN.
The long shadows at sunset and the Christmas bow give this that small town feel.
This sign is modern with a retro feel. It felt a little out of place since it’s so new compared to everything else downtown
Lenoir Rexall Drugs and Prescriptions. Sunset casts heavy shadows and gives this a soft look.
The drugstore on the corner. Every small town has one.
The firehouse in downtown Lenoir City was formerly the Lenoir City Utilities Board
The side entrance to the firehouse feels very retro and looks inviting in this early sunset photo
This sign with a backlit flag and a little sun flare on the car. It’s what Tuesday Trekkin’ is about.
It’s Christmas in small town America. The historic Loudon Courthouse is decorated and picturesque.
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Cathedral of St. Vitus Eastern facade where the Gothic architecture is most visible with its flying buttresses and great stained glass windows.
Glass ornaments filled with colorful ribbons hang in a shop window in Budapest. The glass balls reflect the whole building across the street, while the window reflects just part of it.
Jessamine County Courthouse in Nicholasville, KY is Victorian style architecture, finished in 1879. It felt very Gothic to me, so I finished it with a spooky sky and vignette.
Rural Gas Station Black and White. We found this empty gas station in rural East Tennessee. There are still items inside but the floor has fallen in, so we could not go in.
Cat sister, Mavis and Maya, play together. The two brown and white tabby girls are about 7 months old.
Bicyclists on the streets of Budapest, Hungary.
Time for the train is a collage of pocket watches and a photo of a steam train. Trains and pocket watches go together.
The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial in downtown Knoxville, TN depicts 3 of the leaders of women suffrage campaigns in Tennessee.
Jackson Warehouse Apartments is located in the historic Shockoe Bottom district of Richmond, Virginia. The tall red brick building with the sign painted on the side is what city life is all about.
City Glass & Mirror is located in downtown Clinton, TN. Faded and chipped but still readable the sign drew my eye.
We’ve been having a hard time getting out of Knoxville the last few Tuesdays. It seems Tuesday has become errand day. Maybe after the holidays, we can get started up again. Today’s gallery is from the Burlington area of Knoxville, TN.
Burlington is east of downtown Knoxville. It is currently full of empty and run down buildings. But there are quiet a few people trying to rebuild it and bring new life and prosperity to the area.
The Homer Hamilton is an amphitheater in Chilhowee Park. It is used for concerts during the Tennessee Valley Fair.
Ace Building Golden Gloves Arena in Chilhowee Park
Greenlee’s Drug Store has long been closed for business.
The Lunch House in Burlington is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch.
Keeton’s Jewelers sign. I have a thing for clocks on signs. This is a favorite of mine.
Lema’s World Famous Chittlins. The red building stands out and sits next to a small fire house.
OK Furniture I love the faded letters on the front of this building.
Scott’s Place is known for it’s hamburgers and onion rings. But how cool is that giant ice cream cone?
It’s not a Tuesday Trek, but it was still a trek. I went to Kentucky for dinner with my family. Before I headed home the next day, my mom and I headed out to Nicholasville for breakfast. We had delicious breakfast at Cottage Cafe on the edge of town. My current wish is to find a place like this on our Tuesday Trek! The service was great, the food was awesome, and the atmosphere everything I wanted. They also have lunch and dinner. That menu looked pretty good as well.
After eating, we went downtown so I could take photos of the courthouse. The courthouse itself is Gothic in design and looks different from most courthouses. I walked around a bit but I wanted to get home, so I couldn’t get as many photos as I wanted. But I will be back!
Cottage Cafe Sign
Cottage Cafe outside
This is just part of the breakfast menu
The Fiesta omelet with cheese, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, onions.
The Jessamine County Courthouse in Nicholasville, KY is an unusual Gothic architecture.