We finally got back on the road for Tuesday Trekkin’. My Tuesdays have turned into take the cat to the vet day. We have 6 cats and 4 of them are seniors, so vet visits are a way of life. Anyway, back to the real reason we’re here.
Plans? What plans?
We had been planning to go to Jonesborough, the first town in Tennessee. However, plans are more like suggestions for us, so that didn’t happen. It was cold and I didn’t fancy walking around outside in the cold. We decided a car ride might be a better option. We could see things and still enjoy the heated seats. There was also the lure of possible snow in the mountains. Snow can make pretty pictures.
We planned to eat at a bbq place in Townsend, but we got there and it was closed for the season. We found a great little Italian place, Brianna’s Italian Restaurant and Cuisine, just down the road instead. It proved to be a happy accident. Walt had the stromboli and I had the eggplant parmesan. Both were excellent! We will definitely be going back.
Cades Cove was a bit of a disappointment as there was only a bit of snow here and there. Winter in the mountains is brown. Cades Cove is a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The road is an 11 mile loop where you can see tons of wildlife, some old historic cabins, and a few old churches. We took the shortcut though and saw none of that. Onward we went.
They just blew a whole in the mountain and made a tunnel.
The trees are bare and there is a dusting of snow. You know that water is cold!
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is full of trails and paths
Winter in the Cove is quiet.
Walt decided we might try Elkmont, but the sun was setting fast. We weren’t sure we’d make it in time. They close a lot of the roads after dark due to possible hazardous conditions in the winter. But we made it! I had not been there before and found it pretty cool. It’s a small resort community in the mountains where people could stay in the summer. Most of the leases were up in 2001. After that, it became a ghost town. The Wonderland Hotel was once in this area, but in 2005 it collapsed. Most of the historical items were removed and a small annex was left. The annex burned down in 2016.
Several houses in the Elkmont Community are still standing and in decent shape.
A log cabin in the Elkmont Community
A summer cabin in the Elkmont resort community
The steps to the Wonderland Hotel
Sitting on the steps that go up to the ruins of the Wonderland Hotel
The chimney of the Wonderland Hotel stands alone at sunset in Elkmont.
An old sink from the ruins of the Wonderland Hotel.
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.
Clinton was the first official Trek. Clinton is an adorable little town with tons of antique shops. I also recommend a trip to the Green Mcadoo Cultural Center.
Green McAdoo Cultural Center Sculpture
Downtown Clinton Tennessee
Hoskins restaurant sign
Historic Clinton TN
The next Trek was to the Foothills Parkway in the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. A beautiful drive up the mountain with gorgeous views.
An old road side store in rural Tennessee. It’s old, rotting, falling apart, but the flag still stands.
The back porch is overgrown with weeds, as the cover threatens to fall in.
The side doors stand open, hanging from the hinges, threatening to fall off at any time.
Norris, TN was our third trek. We timed this just right. The leaves were amazing that day!
He stood very still, showing very little fear of us.
It was closed for the season. But we were able to look around.
Orange and Yellow leaves create a fiery bed around the historic Rice Grist Mill in Norris Dam State Park.
Stone steps at the Rice Grist Mill in Norris Dam State Park. The autumn leaves have fallen and the recent rain gave them the feel of an orange water fall.
A heron sits still and quiet by the stream in Norris Dam State Park in the fall.
Norris Post Office sits among the fallen autumn leaves.
The colorful autumn leaves are reflected in Norris Lake on the quiet, still water.
I snuck in a weekend trek to Nicholasville, KY on Thanksgiving weekend.
The Jessamine County Courthouse in Nicholasville, KY looks different from most other American courthouses.
A small church just off of the main street in Nicholasville.
An old cafe sign I found in an alley in Nicholasville, KY.
The Jessamine County Courthouse in Nicholasville, KY is an unusual Gothic architecture.
One trek kept us close to home with a drive around Burlington in East Knoxville.
The Lunch House in Burlington is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch.
Greenlee’s Drug Store has long been closed for business.
Ace Building Golden Gloves Arena in Chilhowee Park
The Homer Hamilton is an amphitheater in Chilhowee Park. It is used for concerts during the Tennessee Valley Fair.
Our final trek of the year was to Lenoir City. The best thing about Lenoir City was the Le Noir Restaurant. Downtown was quiet with a few antique shops.
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!
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
A lit barbershop pole in downtown Lenoir City, TN.
The long shadows at sunset and the Christmas bow give this that small town feel.
The flag blowing in the wind with the Used Books sign grabbed my attention immediately.
The side entrance to the firehouse feels very retro and looks inviting in this early sunset photo
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