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Anyone from Tennessee.

The wife and me have decided to take a vacation this year. Tennessee is our destination because we might like to retire there. While I've been to the state several times I never spent enough time there to really know the area. I want to visit the Shiloh civil war park but it's a small town and I'm not sure about lodging. We would like to rent a cabin that welcomes pets. Gatlinburg was another option since it seems to have a lot in the way of lodging. That kind of
scares me because it's such a small town it might be a big tourist destination.

If anyone has any suggestions of where to go and even where to stay I'd appreciate it.
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I'm not from Tennessee but I've been to Gatlinburg twice (pre-dog). It is VERY touristy and really busy. I'm not sure how dog friendly it is as that wasn't something I was looking at then. I went with a bunch of people and we stayed in one of the cabin rentals in the mountains. It was really nice, but there were a LOT of bears around!!

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I have a friend who lives in Gatlinburg, happens to be a Realtor and happens to do vacation rentals. I will email him and ask...will post back when he replies..FLynn

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Well if you are coming to TN then you need to start on one end of the state and travel all the way across. Everyone should see Graceland just once. Shiloh is pretty much like any battlefied--lots of monuments and a prehistoric indian mound. Pickwick Lake is in that area, but the cabins are booked months in advance. There is Red Boiling Springs in middle TN and We like to just drive through the country and stay off the interstate. Oh yes there is the town where the Spokes trial took place and also where our metal of honor winner lived--having a senior moment and the name won't come to me. But, Gary Cooper played him in the movie. Gatlingburg itself is just a tourist trap now. But there is a state park at the base of the mountain and then the mountain is wonderful. Hotels are not to dog friendly though.

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Well if you are coming to TN then you need to start on one end of the state and travel all the way across. Everyone should see Graceland just once. Shiloh is pretty much like any battlefied--lots of monuments and a prehistoric indian mound. Pickwick Lake is in that area, but the cabins are booked months in advance. There is Red Boiling Springs in middle TN and We like to just drive through the country and stay off the interstate. Oh yes there is the town where the Spokes trial took place and also where our metal of honor winner lived--having a senior moment and the name won't come to me. But, Gary Cooper played him in the movie. Gatlingburg itself is just a tourist trap now. But there is a state park at the base of the mountain and then the mountain is wonderful. Hotels are not to dog friendly though.
Our original plan was to stay somewhere by the mountains. I really would like to get to Shiloh and see the civil war battlefield. I was hoping they might have a little museum building with civil war weapons, uniforms and whatever. I just need to find a decent cabin that welcomes pets anywhere. We can drive to wherever we want to go. This might be a challenge with the two little ones. Thanks.
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I have a friend who lives in Gatlinburg, happens to be a Realtor and happens to do vacation rentals. I will email him and ask...will post back when he replies..FLynn
Anything you come up with could be a big help. We never really go anywhere on vacation time because the last thing I want to do when I'm off work is drive. This year I have to please the wife. Thanks.
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Anything you come up with could be a big help. We never really go anywhere on vacation time because the last thing I want to do when I'm off work is drive. This year I have to please the wife. Thanks.
Nothing yet, but I emailed him after I read your post, hope to get an answer today!!
Good luck with your driving, I always get audio books to listen to while driving..don't know how that would work, unless it is one your wife likes..

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It has been a long time since I have been to the Shiloh battlefield, years and years. I actually have an ancestor buried in one of the mass graves--confederate of course. I remember going in to see if they had any names of the soldiers that were buried there and they didn't. My husband has taken me to so many battlefields that I can not remember a museum. You have to go to Lookout Mt. in Chattanoga. Big battle fought there and there is another battlefied near there. We went to Gettysburg a few years back, it is awesome. But the most impressive place is Appomattox in VA. They do a living history type of show. You can almost see the troops as they pass by the Union army and surrender their weapons. But if you get into TN in the northwest part, go to Land between the Lakes. Museum and again a village with actors doing the daily activities of the early 1800's. Quite a compound with lots of outbuildings and gardens and of course the animals. Depending on what they are doing you might see them plowing with mules or cooking, weaving, etc.

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I live in E. TN, grew up in W. TN and growing up went to camp in Middle TN. Gatlinburg is very touristy but the mountains are wonderful. The Cades Cove loop in Walland you'll want to go to. Might want to take in the play in Cherokee, NC, Until These Hills - about the Cherokee Indians. In sievereville, the minor league baseball team, Cubs affiliate, has their ballpark. If you like baseball, it's nice. There is a fort in Knoxville, but not big. You might want to also want to go to Norris. The town was set out by Eleanor Rosevelt and built by the CCC. Nice park there and the Museum.
I'd like to add, in Nashville go to the Parthenon and drive the Natchez parkway.
In Memphis eat at Rendezvous and have dry ribs, visit the Audobon Park gardens and the Indian burial grounds ( don't remember how to spell it but like Chuckalissa). The art museum is good and the Italian food.

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Thanks for all the great ideas. My wife is reading all these posts so we will have to see what interests her.
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