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10 Things to Do in East Tennessee this Winter

November 26th, 2014 by Matt

 

 

During wintertime in East Tennessee and the Knoxville area, the cooler temperatures bring another kind of enjoyment not experienced in the other seasons of the year. Just because snow may fall and the temperatures may be a little chillier, that doesn’t mean you and your loved ones can’t have fun here.  Make the Whitestone Inn your home base while you take part in these ten must-do activities over the next few months:

Hiking

You can enjoy several options with varying degrees of difficulty at the Bacon Ridge Trail, Betty Brown Trail, Ladd Landing, Rarity Ridge and Mount Roosevelt.  If you’d like to stretch your legs closer to town, then try the Roane County Park or Kingston’s City Park.  Of course, if you just want to stick around the Whitestone grounds, then saunter up to see our prized herd of highland cattle.

Seeing a Movie

If the weather just isn’t cooperating, then head over to Turkey Creek near Knoxville and the 18-theater Regal Movie Theater.  Here, you can take in the latest motion pictures releases, some of them in 3D.  This theater features the most advanced sound and picture technology, which guarantees the true entertainment you can only get at the movies.

knoxville_theatreGoing to the Theater

An alternative to seeing a big-budget Hollywood production is taking in a live stage performance or old classic films at the Tennessee Theater in Knoxville, designated as the state’s official theater.  Everything from symphony orchestra concerts to Broadway musicals happens on stage here.

Eating Well

You won’t have to venture far to enjoy a hearty gourmet meal to ward off the winter chills.  Our own Whitestone restaurant serves delicious upscale Southern cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  But if you’d like to explore Knoxville’s culinary offerings, just a half-hour drive away, check out some of our recommendations.  Enjoy a craft beer and creative entrees at the Downtown Grill and Brewery.  Savor authentic Tennessee barbecue at the locals’ favorite Calhoun’s.  Or if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, try Brazeiros, a true Brazilian steakhouse.

Skiing

Few think about gliding down the slopes in this part of the country.  That’s why it’s a well-kept secret to do some skiing, Appalachia style.  Make your way to Ober Gatlinburg, a resort with nine runs from beginner to advanced difficulty and a terrain park.  Even if you don’t ski, you can always ride up the scenic lift and enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the Great Smoky Mountains.

whitestone_spa_knoxville_tnRewarding Yourself at the Whitestone Spa

On the Whitestone property, you can indulge in a well-deserved spa treatment…or two, or several.  Services include facials, different types of massages, scrubs and wraps.  It’s the perfect way to relax and pamper yourself during the hectic winter season.

Taking a Drive

The Cherohala Skyway runs almost 50 miles from eastern Tennessee to western North Carolina and crosses some of the most beautiful forested land in the country.  Allow us to pack a to-go lunch before you ascend and descend into the heart of the Appalachia Mountains.  Don’t forget to bring along a camera to capture some amazing scenery.

Going on an Adventure

Just southwest of Whitestone is the largest underground lake in the U.S.  Covering an incredible 4.5 acres, the Lost Sea is can’t-miss walking and boat ride tour.  Also known as the Craighead Caverns, it was mined during the Civil War for saltpeter, a necessary substance for gunpowder

Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited of its kind in the country?  Because of its vast size, it actually doesn’t seem that crowded…and in the wintertime, it appears even less so.  Most of the large bear population will be hibernating, but you can still enjoy a drive or hike around the tranquil forests and ice-adorned streams and waterfalls.  Later on, explore the nearby historic town of Gatlinburg.

Enjoying a Sunrise

If you’re in early bird, then you might just want to view the spectacle of a mist-shrouded, multicolored sunrise over Watts Bar Lake.  The good news is you’ll only have to take a short stroll from your room at Whitestone Inn, since our property sits right on the lake’s shores.  This is a great photography opportunity for all of you shutterbugs.

 

With all that’s going during an East Tennessee winter, why stay at home when you and your loved ones could be having fun here with us at Whitestone Inn? All of our rooms have an in room fireplace. Find the room you enjoy, give us a call at (865) 376-0113 and we’ll set you up for a winter holiday you’ll enjoy and treasure!

Enjoy Christmas in East Tennessee

November 18th, 2014 by Matt

 

 

The Christmas season offers a special time of the year where you and your loved ones can enjoy being together.  Like everyone, you have established traditions, rituals and gift giving. If you’re looking for something different but still wanting quality time with family and friends, consider spending it with us at the Whitestone Inn. You are sure to enjoy the beautifully decorated grounds, along with the rolling, and perhaps snow-covered hills. Don’t worry – you’ll be able to warm up after a stroll with your very own fireplace and a yummy cookie from the Farmhouse.

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In our scenic corner of the Tennessee Valley, you can’t help but slow down the hectic pace of modern life.  Away from your normal schedule, you can find a place where your stress and worries disappear. And to help get you in the holiday spirit, each room features its own unique Christmas tree.

There’s also plenty to do during the Christmas season in Knoxville and Chattanooga Tennessee, just a short drive away.

Check out some of our favorite Christmas season activities below:

Holiday Lights

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Rock City’s spectacular display, the Enchanted Garden of Lights, is a can’t-miss part of many families’ holiday events.  Plan on having a buffet dinner with Santa himself, and you gain VIP admission to the grounds.  Head down to Chattanooga, where the one-of-a-kind Lighted Boat Parade signals the start of the Christmas holiday on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  After the several dozen decorated boats cruise from Ross Landing, the city puts on a booming fireworks show.

In Sevierville, witness a stunning combination of sight and sound with the Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland.  Holidays lights sync with seasonal music for an unforgettable show.  If you’re athletic-minded and have a bicycle, take in the Tour de Lights Bike Ride.  This is a five-mile, one-hour route through downtown and suburban Knoxville where participants decorate their bicycles in the spirit of the season.

Be sure to check out the lovely display of lights and decorations throughout the grounds at the Whitestone Inn as part of your exploration for Christmas cheer.

Christmas Events Galore

Of course, there’s more to a Christmas in East Tennessee than just light displays and shows.  Knoxville offers dozens of theatrical and dance productions, musical concerts, art exhibits and other activities with a decidedly holiday theme throughout December.

More notable among these are the Historic Ramsey House Christmas Dinner and the holiday exhibit at Museum of Appalachia.  At the Clarence Brown Theater on the University of Tennessee campus, take in a memorable production the classic Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol,” which runs from November 26th to December 21st.

The Whitestone Inn features a special and unique Christmas menu throughout the month of December to help get your taste buds into the Christmas spirit, too.

train_east_tennessee_christmasFamily Time

For some people, the winter season isn’t complete without stepping out on the ice and gliding around on skates.  If that’s for you, take your whole family to the Knoxville Holidays on Ice, an outdoor rink located in Market Square.  Special events are scheduled for each night, including a disco lights and music on the weekends, ice sports on Tuesdays and character skates on Monday and Wednesdays.

One of most popular holiday activities in the area is the Tennessee Valley Railroad’s North Pole Limited in Chattanooga.  Children will especially love the “journey” to the North Pole as they enjoy refreshments, sing-alongs and storytelling.  A more special occasion event is the Christmas Special Dinner Train, which offers a four-course holiday feast as the train rolls through town, to Grand Junction and back again.

Your family can also enjoy ping-pong, pool, boards games, and more as you spend time together in the Whitestone Inn Farmhouse.

Whitestone Inn – your holiday home away from home

An East Tennessee Christmas might be just what you are looking for – to slow down, relax, and spend time with the people you love the most. Whether you are seeing the sites in Knoxville and Chattanooga, or you decide to soak in the beauty and calm that is the Whitestone Inn, we look forward to celebrating the season with you and your family.

Call us at (865) 376-0113 or view our rooms and we’ll help you create beautiful Holiday memories everyone will remember for years to come.

The Impact of a Veteran

October 18th, 2014 by Paul Cowell

 

 

In anticipation of Veterans Day on November 11 we’re sponsoring a contest that nominates worthy Veterans of the United States military. Click here to nominate your veteran for a free room.

flag_veterans_day_2014smThe impact of a Veteran’s life

While the entries have been pouring in over the month of October we’ve been humbled by the numerous stories of how each veteran has impacted those around them in significant ways. Below we’ve shared a few of those stories.

 

“This 90+ year old veteran is a great example of a person who loves their country and the people in it. He still is doing things for others as he has done his entire life. He always puts the needs and wishes of others before himself. He served in World War 2 and is proud to be a veteran.”

 

“He has a great sense of love and duty to our country. He firmly believes that serving in the military teaches a service member a deep respect and love for country that a non service member will never know. He considers service members a backbone of fidelity to our country.”

 

“He is always keeping our active service men and women before us, and works at keeping in touch with them. He also volunteers in many of our volunteer ministries at church, and I believe he does this, in part, to express his gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy in this nation.”

 

“She has a deep love for his country and love for God.”

 

“No matter what he ALWAYS stands by his country. He had sacrificed his life for us but at the same time he is very modest and he said he doesn’t want to be looked at as someone that did these great things. He says… I was just doing my job. I feel that’s very humbling for someone who has served and looks at it from a different view than us citizens. He was in the Gulf War and he was proud to have been there to serve our country and protect his fellow soldiers. I think he would be very surprised to be acknowledged for his efforts in which he served. Thank you for this opportunity to acknowledge him.”

 

“He is my brother, and his life has impacted my Christian walk in incredible ways. He has taught me so much about the love and grace of Jesus. I praise God for protecting through the Vietnam War and bringing him back to help draw me closer to Jesus. He is my brother in the flesh and in Christ.”

 

“He was a marine that was deployed overseas to Afghanistan a few years ago. The marines changed his life. He met the Lord through his time while he was serving overseas. Today, he impacts our family and everyone around him for Christ. In this way and many others he still serves our Country even today as a veteran.”

 

“He has shown courage in the face of war for 3 deployments. Faced the after effect of that sacrifice and worked through PTSD. He has celebrated most of his wedding anniversaries away from his sweet wife. Through it all he has continued to love his grade school sweetheart, serve his country and grow closer to God. He isn’t just my hero….he’s my son. And yes, I am proud of my boy.”

 

“He has been a rock for me my entire life. The perfect leader for our family.”

 

“He married a woman with several children, adopted them and raised them as his own. His wife was sickly and spent a lot of time in bed. He retired from the service and then retired from another career while raising the children and taking care of the house. His own health is not good but he found time to attend a Veteran’s Day program for my grandson who is no relation of his. He has given so much of himself to others, I just think he deserves to enjoy the peace of your Tennessee bed and breakfast.”

 

“After serving his country for almost 10 years in the US Navy, he is now going to Africa to help open a new hospital. He could have stayed in the USA and gotten a good paying job, but instead is continuing to serve others.”

 

“He gave up much during the Vietnam war era. Unfortunately, he has developed numerous health problems due to exposure to harmful chemicals during his term of service. I think this would be a wonderful way to honor all that he did to serve his country.”

 

“He has inspired me to view our military in a new light. His dedication , honor and integrity are more than I have ever found in the business world, He is my inspiration!”

 

On Veterans Day (November 11, 2014) let’s remember the wonderful gift of freedom we’ve been given by each and every one of our Veterans and the impact of their lives on each of us.

How has a Veteran impacted your life?

Share with us on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to enter the Veterans Day Contest to nominate someone well deserving.

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