Trash the Luggage – It’s A Staycation!
We apparently skipped spring altogether and went straight from winter to summer – except for that one week in late February! But no matter how we got here, we got here. Summer is the greatest in NE Tennessee and SW Virginia. There is so much to do, so many things going on that its hard to keep up. There are festivals galore. We celebrate ramps and strawberries and covered bridges and everything in between. One or more are going on every weekend. You have Fun Fest, Blue Plum, Little Chicago and many other music fests too numerous to mention.
BMS has the Night Race, Muddy Creek has the big moto cross event, the drags, the local tracks, the car shows and bike nights – whew! And were just getting started. It’s like someone flipped a switch and our region is suddenly going full blast into activities of all kinds.
Our little piece of the big blue marble has wonderous outdoor activities, from golf to tennis to hiking to swimming to boating. The Putt Putt in Kingsport has its annual fundraiser for St. Jude’s with over a thousand players competing. This area is continually gaining renown for the quantity and quality of our golf courses. Graysburg Hills just added a long time PGA member to jumpstart their ladies golf program. Driving around I am seeing more and more people playing tennis on the courts that are all over the place. Great exercise for sure – just like swimming. The public pools will soon be filled with screaming kids having a great time. Happening on the local lakes as well; nothing better than marina hopping for food and refreshments on a hot summer day, stopping along the way to jump in a few times.
Nighttime brings the bands outdoors whenever possible. There are so many great clubs and breweries that have outdoor entertainment that you can virtually decide first what kind of music you’re looking to hear and then check The Spotlight in The Loafer to choose. Bike nights are becoming more and more popular too; there are quite a few throughout the week all around our region.
Let’s not forget some indoor activities that are sure to please, especially on a rainy day. You can obviously start with movies since we’re in the midst of an all-time blockbuster. Want the kids to blow off some steam – try one of the jump places. Everyone always seems to have a smile on their face at them. Museums are another great thing to do – a little summer education never hurt anybody. There are a number of family friendly pool halls around as well.
I am sure I left out many activities, its so hard to get everything mentioned. But you know what they are, what your family favorites are. So, get out there and enjoy summertime. Keep our guide handy – we included as much as we could, but it is certainly not complete. The Tri Cities is close to an ideal place to beat back any summertime blues. I am sure we will cross paths more than once this summer!