Author: Nia McKenna
This article contains affiliate links at no cost to you. Living in East Tennessee means that Dolly Parton is everywhere. From brochures to billboards, Dear Dolly is a staple of this region. She is “Smoky Mountain girl” who dreamed big enough to leave these […]
One of the funnest things for us right now is exploring our new backyard. We learned after deciding to leave Florida that you shouldn’t take your back yard for granted. As we were leaving, we realized we had left so many things for “another day” […]
Over the years I’ve ended up with notes scribbled onto hotel stationary. There are those notes along side photos to bring them to life.
Loreto is a sleepy sea side town, tucked away on the Baja Coast of Mexico. And on that pristine coast, sits a beautiful resort, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto.
So what is the big deal? Why does everyone want to go tiny? I have no idea! But I can tell you why Tim and I have heavily, heavily considered going tiny.
Cooking is something very personal if you think about it. And it requires a lot of trust. No matter where you grew up or what your cultural background is, we all have comfort foods that make the worst of days better.
The ruins of Tulum will take your breathe away. Even if you aren’t a history buff, there is something about seeing the remanence of ancient structures against the contrast of clear turquoise waters. The site forces you to wonder about a time before modern technology as you loose yourself to the sea spray breeze
I was about to find out just how extraordinary this man was… The Historic Sam Houston Schoolhouse is a one-room log building that sits between Knoxville and Maryville. It was built in 1794 and is named for Sam Houston, a man with a colorful life.
My first time in Mexico was a press trip to cover Celebrity Chef Week at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto for The Fairtytale Traveler. Having recently binge watched every Anthony Bourdain travel episode on Netflix, I was STOKED when this trip came up.
He was part Cherokee and always seemed to know when it was going to rain and had a way with animals. His love of the mountains was contagious.
Independence Day weekend is almost here y’all! A patriotic day filled with cut off shorts, BBQ, water melon, and a side of relish that makes us all shine a little brighter. I always feel like it is summer’s official coming out party. Grab your potato […]
I live in a town where the local library has book clubs and a history center that houses microfilms of newspapers from 1810 through present, where a older gentleman helped me all morning find pictures of general stores before the National Park was established because I was curious.
The history junkie in me loves the idea of old places and ruins have this Indiana Jones Adventure feel to them. So you can imagine my excitement when our latest trip to Mexico was only a short bus ride away from the Tulum Ruins!
I think we all can agree that real, true, authentic Mexican Cuisine is some of the most simple and yet flavor filled food out there. Each region has its own personality and profile, so when I spent some time in Loreto, Baja Sur for a […]
Suddenly, the magical summer moments of childhood melt away the troubles of adulthood as you cant help but feel incredibly small next to this tiny tiny beetle.
Jaci and I were on a mission. A MISSION. To catch a Yellow fin tuna. So we did what two logical women would do while in Mexico… we chartered a boat. Here is the short version: Me + Jaci + Boat Captain + pinto bass […]
I live in a Southern “Stars Hollow” and I’m feeling like Lorelei: That Time I was a Judge for the Local BBQ Fest
There are two type of people in the world: those who love Gilmore Girls and those whose opinions on pop culture don’t matter and who you probably don’t want to be friends with anyway. I clearly belong to the #teamStarsHollow side of that equation. There […]
People were always surprised to know that I had never been to Mexico. Ironic to write that now as I was in Mexico not so long ago and am in the process of planning my next trip down! But here we are, post Mexico trip […]
I would be lying if I said moving wasn’t stressful, though not for the reasons one would normally think. I have been blessed with a childhood that saw a lot of boxes being packed, new houses being moved into, and over all grand adventures. I […]
Nestled away from the main Parkway in Pigeon Forge, but close enough to still be in the action you will find the Murder Mystery Dinner Show. It is hard to stand out in a town full of big name shows like Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain […]