Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

I loved venturing out and experiencing this distillery! Totally out of my comfort zone, I am not an alcohol fan but will try the occasional free sample. They have moonshine tasting and run specials on their huge variety of flavored moonshine . Outside on the main walk they have a live band playing with folks young and old dancing and having a good time. You can walk along the distilling operation and see the history of moonshine and how it's made. There's also a large variety of jams, dips, and sauces to sample. Making moonshine is now legal in Tennessee and is quickly gaining popularity around the country.

What is Moonshine? 

"Moonshine" (a.k.a. white lightning hooch, mountain dew) is a common name for illegally-distilled liquid. The term originated in Europe to describe  "occupational pursuits which necessitate night work, " and was applied in America to Appalachian home distillers who engage in illegal distillation and sale of whiskey by the light of moon".

Address: 903 Smoky View Ct, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-6995

Distillery Entrance

So many variety of flavored moonshine to choose from uniquely packaged
 in mason jars. 

The gift shop offers all sorts of wares including sweatshirts, hats, shot glasses, etc. All of which are very reasonably priced.

Moonshine barrel brewing process

The still is heated, and because alcohol has a lower boiling point than water, it turns
 to steam and rises , then condenses back into liquid. At this stage
 the whiskey is a full 150 proof. 

Travelling To Spain Over The School Holidays? Top 10 Destinations That Are Fun For The Whole Family

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Our Favourite Spanish Ports of Call

Spain is a country that is as diverse as it is beautiful, with a holiday destination for every family's needs and budget.

If you're yet to decide where to jet off to this summer, then how about Spain? There's far more to this country than 18-30 revelry. Rather, it's a place where the whole family can relax and unwind, regardless of age. From culture for the adults to fun activities for the kids, it's a country that has it all – and has the numbers to prove it. In August 2014, record numbers of tourists visited – with over two million of those being British. So, where are the best places to travel to in Spain this summer?


Corralejo is one of Fuerteventura's many beauty spots, with long sandy beaches stretching along the Atlantic coastline. There's plenty for the kids to do, from exploring nature reserves to trying their hand at watersports. For the adults, there are plenty of pubs and bars to unwind in.


Portinatx is a hidden gem. Situated on the island of Ibiza, it's a far cry from the neighboring San Antonio. Here you'll find a laid back atmosphere rather than non-stop partying, with beaches perfect to build sandcastles and take an afternoon siesta on.


Barcelona is the perfect city for families. For adults there are countless cultural landmarks such as The Sagrada Familia and Gaudi's House, while the city's zoo and beaches are great fun for kids. The Barcelona Card will save you plenty of money, so don't forget to pick one up!


For those who love the outdoors, there's no better place than Bilbao. With beaches, mountains and forests, it's the ideal place to camp. While there are no resorts, the natural beauty of the area is enough of a draw in itself.

Port de Pollença

Port de Pollença offers tourists a completely different side to Mallorca. In comparison to its hard-partying neighbour Magaluf, Port de Pollença is sedate and perfect for families. You might even spot Bradley Wiggins – he loves to holiday here with his wife and children.


Salou has managed to retain its Mediterranean charm as well as being a very modern tourist destination. Alongside as crystal clear blue waters and sandy beaches you'll find luxury resorts and theme parks – making it ideal for the whole family.


Madrid is the capital city of Spain, and is steeped in local history and folklore. There are plenty of museums, galleries and landmarks to satisfy kids with an interest in history – and you may end up learning something too!

Aigua Blava

Aigua Blava is perfect for those who want to get away from it all. Situated in the less commercial part of the Costa Brava, its quaint streets and bustling harbour are never heaving with tourists. We may have let the cat out of the bag now though!

Puerto de Mogán

Puerto de Mogán on the Spanish island of Tenerif, with its squat white houses covered in bougainvillea, is a place that looks like no other. Its old world charm makes it the perfect place to get away from the stresses of modern life, and is one of Gran Canaria's most popular destinations as a result.

Puerto de la Cruz

Also on Tenerife, the northern town of Puerto de la Cruz is home to blockbuster attractions such as Loro Parque and the Lago Martianez water park, making it perfect for little (and big!) kids.

Enjoy your trip!

As you can see, there's somewhere in Spain for everyone. Whether you're looking for an exciting city break or a chilled out fortnight on the beach, you'll find the perfect destination for you. Just remember to shop around for the best deals and pre-book for any attractions to save yourself as much money and time as possible when you arrive.

About the author: 

Roxanne Seabourne is the Marketing Executive for Avanti Travelcare, who specialize in travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions, and are one of very few that have no upper age limit on their policies.

Disclaimer: This is a guest post. The author's view is entirely his/her own, and don't necessarily reflect the opinions of TravelQuest-ny.com.

The Abandoned Ghost Town

We came across the hidden town when we went for a  hiked at the Little River trail, we've seen the remnants of the Elkmont “Ghost Town".  Interesting to see numerous abandoned cabins that some of which was originally constructed more than 100 years ago. I have to say that even in daylight, this place was pretty spooky all the cabins are marked with No Trespassing . I poked my camera by the window and took some picture. And see if I can catch any orbs or evidence of haunting, but no luck there.

The history of this hidden town Elkmont. Between 1910's and 30's, a community of cottages was built close to where the old logging town once thrived. Before the development high elevation mountain resorts like Elkmont were a popular way to escape the summer heat. When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was formed, some landowners in Elkmont fought to keep their cottages. As late as the 1990's, people still visited family homes in Elkmont.

Today, the national park recognizes the resort community at Elkmont as an important part of the regions history. Many of the historic structures are in the process of being preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Elkmont is located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  From Gatlinburg, TN. take Newfound Gap Rd. south into the park.  Turn right at Sugerlands Visitors Center onto Little River Rd. Go about 4 ½ miles to the Elkmont entrance and turn left.  Proceed to the trailheads.

The remnants of the Elkmont “ghost town"
This row of deserted cabins and houses are the more modern remains of the tourist town.

One of the many cabins deserted in the area

Another deserted cabin 

Gorgeous deserted home demonstrates the level of society that once had  in Elkmont.

Java Junkies: Four Can't Miss Coffee Spots

Sourcing and roasting coffee beans is no longer just for big coffee companies like Starbucks. Nowadays some of the best coffee shops are local operations that work directly with coffee farmers and have their own roasteries. Great local shops like these help make their cities some of the best places to live. Combine great beans with a knowledgeable staff and some top-notch baked goods, and you've got a truly exceptional coffee experience.

Lamplighter Roasting Company

This Richmond, Virginia coffee shop and roastery began in 2009. The business has expanded since then to include a separate roastery location and a commercial kitchen. They have three Richmond locations, and their Summit Ave. location is the headquarters of their training and roasting operations. Visit the Addison Street location for the original store, which has a large food menu. All locations offer an extensive menu of whole bean coffee, brewed coffee, espresso drinks, and handmade food. On the first Sunday of the month they offer a free afternoon coffee tasting.

Eternity Coffee Roasters

Visit Miami's Eternity Coffee Roasters for an extremely unique coffee experience. Visit their shop to get a cup of coffee from the counter or in a tasting room. The real reason to go here, however, is because of how they get their coffee beans. They go for small batch and ethically sourced beans, but they don't just roast the coffee. They actually have a hand in every aspect of a coffee bean's life, from the farming (which began with a single Colombian farm) to the grinding. Stop by the cafe to experience a coffee tasting and learn about bean growth and roasting methods, or order single-origin coffee online.

Ristretto Roasters

Ristretto Roasters in Portland, Oregon has a reputation for great, handcrafted coffee. All the coffee is sourced and roasted in small batches by the shop's owner. Medium roast fans will love this shop, because medium roasts are their specialty. They have something new all the time, because their sources and beans constantly change. You can get a great cup in one of their three locations, but they also provide coffee to many Portland shops and restaurants, and you can order their beans online. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about coffee and great with recommendations.

Barista Parlor

An old Nashville transmission shop is the building which Barista Parlor now inhabits. Their second location in Golden Sound used to be a record studio, and now holds a roasting room as well as a coffee shop. They work directly with coffee farmers to source the best beans, and they roast their coffees with specific brewing methods in mind. Coffee isn't the only thing Barista Parlor sells. Handmade baked goods, from-scratch Southern cuisine, and American craft chocolate are all on the menu, too. The baristas will know just the chocolate, scone, or macaroon that will go with each cup of coffee.

Next time you're looking for your morning cup, instead of heading to the big chain try a local coffee shop like one of these. Get a handcrafted cup and some new coffee knowledge to go with it.

Disclaimer: This is a guest post. The author's view is entirely his/her own, and don't necessarily reflect the opinions of TravelQuest-ny.com.

Fly The Scenic Skies of the Smoky Mountains

For our Anniversary we've tried to think of things to do that were out of the norm for us to make the weekend special. My husband and  I has always wanted to ride in a helicopter one day. On that week of August 1st this dream came true. It was an awesome experience. We went over Mountains and  Lakes view tour and we were just over joyed. It was the coolest feeling ever!

I highly recommend the helicopter tour when you're anywhere near Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN. They have different packages from the going up in the air and coming down to flying 10 miles over.  Our pilot was very professional and although pricey, it was worth it to see God's handiwork from above.

Location: Scenic Helicopter Tours (HELI-PORT) 1949 Winfield Dunn Parkway Sevierville, TN 37876; Phone: 865-453-6342 

Mountains and Lakes view with Helicopter, what could be better?

The Pigeon Forge parkway from the Air

Another great view from the air

Up in the blue clear sky 

Helicopter ride - check off bucket list!
My very first helicopter ride was awesome.


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