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10 Things to do in East Tennessee This Spring

Categories: Community, Cook Brothers, Events, Knoxville | Posted: April 19, 2016

Home to the Great Smoky Mountains, Zoo Knoxville, and Dollywood, East Tennessee offers dozens of events and activities. Here are 10 suggestions for travelers looking to enjoy the mild spring weather.

Tellico Lake

Located 30 miles from Knoxville in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Tellico Lake is an ideal spot for boating, fishing, swimming. There are trails for hiking and horseback riding, and golfers can enjoy spectacular views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains at Rarity Bay’s Championship Golf Course.

Market Square

Home to the International Biscuit Festival in May, First Night Knoxville and a farmers’ market scheduled to reopen May 4, historic Market Square is the premier destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife in Downtown Knoxville.

Zoo Knoxville

Zoo Knoxville is home to more than 800 and offers camel rides, behind the scenes tours and the Williams Family Giraffe Encounter, where visitors can get up close and personal with the animals. Little visitors can enjoy Wee Play Adventure, an indoor play experience will take you on an adventure to an island inhabited by dragons and a wide array of exotic lizards.

University of Tennessee Gardens

Named the official state botanical gardens in 2013, the University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville are home to 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropicals, trees, shrubs, vegetables, and ornamental grasses. The gardens host events, classes, and workshops for adults and children throughout the spring and summer.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Straddling the Tennessee-North Carolina border for more than 800 square miles, Great Smoky Mountains National Park receives more than 9 million visitors every year, making it the most popular national park in the country. Download the Smokies Trip Planner to learn more about activities, attractions and accommodations at the park.

World’s Fair Park

Originally built for the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair, World’s Fair Park has since been expanded to include a festival lawn, a performance lawn and a lake area. The Court of Flags Fountain’s interactive water play area operates seasonally from March through October, and visitors can enjoy a playground that is open year-round. The Sunsphere towers 266 feet above the park, its observation deck providing visitors with a 360-degree view of the city and beyond.

Dogwood Arts Festival

The Dogwood Arts Festival is a monthlong celebration of art, music, and culture. Don’t miss Rhythm & Blooms, a three-day music festival steeped in Knoxville’s rich musical history.

Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country

The theme park, waterpark, and resort in Pigeon Forge is one of the most popular destinations in Tennessee. Owned by actor, musician, superstar diva Dolly Parton, Dollywood hosts five annual festivals including three in the spring: the Festival of Nations (March 19 to April 18), Barbecue and Bluegrass (May 13 to May 22), and Dollywood’s Thrill in the Hills (April 8-9).

Tulip Time at Crescent Bend

The historic Crescent Bend House and Gardens hosts the 16th annual Tulip Time festival from March 23 to April 30. More than 25,000 tulips will be in bloom, blanketing the 3-acre gardens overlooking the Tennessee River in a riot of color.

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring

Gatlinburg is home to nine spring-related festivals in April and May including the Beans and Cornbread Festival on May 12 and the Smoky Mountain Wine Fest on April 9, which features bottles from 17 Tennessee wineries and food from some of the best restaurants in the area.

Retirement in Tellico Village

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: February 15, 2016
So you’ve decided to retire in Tennessee and it’s time to look at the right community for you. Have you heard about Tellico Village? Cook Bros. is proud to work so closely with the residents of this luxurious community.

Among the various masterplanned waterfront retirement communities of Tellico Lake, Tellico Village is the most popular. Unlike other communities, Tellico Village has no age restrictions, exorbitant amenity fees or sky high golf club memberships. Instead, the Village offers “pay as you play” amenities and homes of various sizes, so you can be sure to enjoy the lifestyle fit for you.

Amenities include:

  • Three 18-Hole Championship Golf Courses
  • Lakefront Yacht Clubhouse with Dining
  • Three Golf Clubhouses with Dining
  • Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools
  • 10 Tennis Courts
  • 8 Pickleball Courts
  • Full Service Marina with Boat Slips
  • Community Parks
  • A New and Updated Library
  • More than 60 Active Social Clubs
  • A 26,000 Square-Foot Wellness Center, featuring an indoor lap pool, 6,500 square-foot fitness center, indoor walking track, saunas, locker rooms, 4 outdoor tennis courts and a variety of weekly wellness classes

In addition, this near-5,000 acres and home to more than 7,000 residents was named one of the “Best Places in the U.S. for Boating” by Boating Life Magazine. Real Estate Scorecard gave Tellico Village a score of 80 and highly recommends the community as one of the finest waterfront retirement opportunities.

Interested in learning more? You can call Tellico Village at 1.888.287.0676 to schedule a tour.

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