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Linden, The Little Town that Could With Help From the Dumonts

Lunch and music at the Commodore Music Café was a treat. Few restaurants offer live music with lunch.

American Press Travel News-June 19, Linden, TN.–Bob and Barb “On The Road Again.” When we arrived in the small town of Linden, Tennessee we almost immediately felt at home. We had been invited to stay at the newly remodeled, and upgraded Commodore Hotel. We met Kathy and later Michael Dumont, and realized they were on a mission. However, they were incredibly friendly and accommodating. Michael took us on a delightful trip through the county, and also showed us his remodeled B&B outside of town, and close to the Tennessee River (we’ll be back) that has more species of fish in its depth than any other American river (according to Mr. Benson of the Chattanooga Aquarium) and I plan to get close and personal with some of them as soon as possible. The Commodore held 22-rooms at the hotel and next door annex, and all done-up first rate, but with very reasonable cost. www.commodorehotellinden.com (931) 589-3224–114 East Main St. Linden TN. 37096

We were invited to fish with the Mayor, Wess Ward, and Perry Counties Sherriff, Nick Weems, who also brought his boat, and fished with us on the Buffalo River for smallmouth and largemouth bass (more on fishing in part-2 of our Linden experience later). Travel writers do travel on their stomachs, and we knew we would be in for a treat with the live music, as we chowed on terrific fare at the corner Music Café in the hotel.

While I fished, Barb went next door on main St., and just after I arrived back at the hotel, we availed ourselves of the opportunity to do “Wave- Painting” at the Buffalo River Co-Op Craft Immersion project. Lots of fun, met great folks doing their crafts “thing” in wood and textiles. We were sent our little paintings to our home after they finally dried. We walked main street and met proprietors of Sparky and Ringos, Dimples Shop & Restaurant, Custom Creations Jewelry and also ate at Tims Video Corner Café our second evening in town. We also met Allyson Hinson Dickey, the new Chamber Director who offered us the Keys to the town (so-to-speak) for us to visit and experience. The Dumont’s invited us to have dinner with them, even though their restaurant was closed that evening. Before I forget; we also visited Mouse tail Landing State Park with Michael Dumont ,and everyone that enjoys camping would love the facilities and hiking ops.

When Michael and Kathy Dumont decided to change their life from Rhode Island to a little town between Nashville and Memphis, TN., they moved to Linden, a town that had seen better days before the Interstate way-laid most of its business and tourist traffic, as new interstates have done so, all over America (remember route 66) they chose the gorgeous rural area between Memphis and Nashville, and purchased land for their home, and acquired several building in the town of Linden. Linden has a backyard of the Buffalo River and the Tennessee River, rife with fabulous landscapes and wildlife.  * Stay tuned for part-2 our visit to Perry County, fishing, The Buffalo River Resort,  and an unusual museum on the Tennessee River.

We were strolling the neat little town of Linden!!
Larger than life, Minnie Pearl statue. A well known figure from Linden. She is in the lobby of the Commodore Hotel.
Barb heading for the hotel. The red car is a 1949 perfect condition, Dodge that belongs to the Dumont’s.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the small mouth bass while fishing with the Mayor and Sheriff of Linden and Perry County,
Newspaper article reminiscent of how folks in a small town (Similar to Mayberry RFD) takes time out for just having fun! Article was on the wall of the hotel lobby.
Sheriff of Perry County took a time-out to take me fishing!!
Mayor of Linden also took me fishing!!!
Sheriff and mayor were a “hoot” to fish with and get to know!!
While I went fishing, Barb took a class in art at the Buffalo River Artisans Cooperative, next door to the Commodore Hotel.

WHITESTONE INN IN KINGSTON TN.

NEWS PIECE FROM WHITESTONE INN; OUR FAVORITE PLACE IN TENNESSEE!!

Call for Last Minute Specials!

Thu, Jun 20, 2019 1:14 pm

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Whitestone Summer Special

Summer is a great time to visit Whitestone! Our property has something for everyone, whether you prefer spending time in the pool, kayaking or canoeing, hiking our 8 miles of trails or just relaxing in a hammock we have it all. Do as much as you like or as little as you please, it’s your choice. Starting June 24th book any room Sunday through Thursday for $165 per night and any room Friday and Saturday for $195 per night. Both prices includes a fabulous breakfast for 2. Call (865) 376-0113 to take advantage of this special offer.

*Summer Special can not be combined with any other package or special pricing and must be a new reservation only.

The Voices of Lee will kick off our Summer Concert Series
We are just 3 weeks away from the first of 8 concerts for our inaguaral Summer Concert Series. The Voices of Lee have been entertaining guests here at Whitestone for over 12 years and we couldn’t think of anyone else that we would rather have to open this special series. Tickets are still available for the concert as well as dinner for July 5th. Call (865) 376-0113 to get yours now. We hope you will join us for this special night!

Don’t Miss The Martin’s

Join us on September 6th for an intimate evening with one of gospel musics finest families. The Martin’s are super talented and sure to warm your heart with an evening of wonderful music. Call (865) 376-0113 to order your tickets.

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Whitestone Country Inn, 1200 Paint Rock Rd, Kingston, Tennessee 37763, United States 

4Th of July At The Orchard Inn-Best B N B in the Carolina’s

American Press Travel News PRESS RELEASE: Note we (Bob and Barb, “On the Road Again” and “Stopping to Smell the Roses”) stayed here multiple times and experienced the culinary delights both breakfast and dinners.

Bring On the Fireworks!
Spend the 4th of July at Orchard Inn
Make this 4th of July extra special when you go on vacation this year! Use the day off as an excuse to get away with your sweetheart or take the whole family to one of our cottages. From fireworks shows to great summer activities to enjoy, it’s always fun to change up traditions and start new ones.
Celebrate the 4th of July

It’s Time to Celebrate!

Summer is just around the corner and for many, that means that it’s time to go on a fun family vacation. When it comes to summer, we all get a sense of nostalgia from memories of our own summers as children, and we want to re-create that feeling as much as we can. Start a new tradition when you come to Orchard Inn this year! Here are all the things to do on the 4th.

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Available 4th of July Accommodations

The Keeping Room: This suite comes with a lovely sitting area, gas fireplace, and a private bath with a whirlpool tub and fabulous steam shower. It features a luxurious memory foam king bed, and there is a private entrance door leading to the front porch. It’s perfect for the ultimate 4th of July getaway with your sweetheart!

Laurel Cottage

The best friend or family getaways all start with our Laurel Cottage! This two bedroom, two bathroom cottage has a full kitchen, large living room, dining room, and a loft with two additional twin beds. It’s perfect for spending the 4th of July with a big group!

We’re Happy to Help!
If you have any questions related to your stay at The Orchard Inn, please give us a call at (828) 749-5471. You may also reach us via email at innkeeper@orchardinn.com. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Our mailing address is:
The Orchard Inn
100 Orchard Inn Ln
Saluda, NC 28773-9706

 

 

At Kona Kai In Key Largo! We are attending Islamorada Birthday Trip, Via The Blue Chip 2 Sportfishing Adventures

American Press Travel News-May 5th–Key Largo and Islamorada, Florida Keys-“Bob & Barb On the Road Again” and “Stopping to Smell the Roses & Admiring the Hibiscus Flowers.. So our son David had his 50th Birthday and was spending his day on the Charter Craft, Blue Chip 2 with veteran Captain Skip Bradeen, his mate David and my sons friends John ElKoury, Billy Pope and Dave, all part of Coastal Reality of the Florida Keys, Allan Pope owner of Keys Life Magazine, Eric Dyer another of David’s childhood and lifelong friends and Captain Key Largo; my younger son Brian Epstein who runs his backcountry boat out of Key Largo and who knows where the big ones lurk and jerk the lines.
The day was blustery, but on the Blue Chip 2 we caught fish, the heck with the wind and swells. Everyone caught dinner sized yellowtail snapper, and some tuna including bonita and down deep Mutton Snappers. It was a great day and it finished with a special fishing and boating themed and decorated cake, too!

At the end of day yours truly went on Captain Skips Radio Show to talk about the day and my published Keys themed books. We ate yellowtail of the day and at least one beer at the Moose Club. Kona Kai 800-365-STAY—In Key Largo, fish here, eat here and love here!!! By the way: You can buy my signed books at Kona Kai too!

Entrance to Kona Kai Resort and Gallery. Where we stayed during Dave’s birthday sportfishing bash.
Kona Kai Pool and hot tub.
Left to right Birthday Boy Dave, Captain Skip Bradeen, Captain Key Largo, Brian Epstein and David the Blue Chip 2 Mate.

Fly buddy out to say Hi to the birthday boy, Dave.

Fly buddy out to say Hi to the birthday boy, Dave.
We kept enough yellowtail snapper for all of us to have a fresh filet of fish dinner.
Realtor, John ElKoury, a veteran and a great Islamorada resident!!
Kona Kai Paradise in Key Largo~
Skips Radio Show! I’m the guest.