I am part of a small but growing expat community here in East Tennessee. No, I don’t mean expat as in from another country (though sometimes it seems that way), but those from other more populous states and cities, who have been brought here by the serendipity of employment or the lure of a cheap retirement location.
When my husband and I go out for a cocktail or dinner, we often run into other expats and most of the time after we all confirm our expat status, we hear the laments of “there is absolutely nothing to do here!" This is usually said with hints of longing for our past life in the city.
This made me wonder. Is there a way to enjoy what East Tennessee has to offer when one comes from the sophisticated and endless entertainments of the large cities? I will try to answer this question by exploring my own adopted hometown and state, experiencing it through the eyes of a person who loves art, architecture and history and really appreciates good food and drink along the way!
Follow along and let's see what we find in this gentle and beautiful part of the USA!