Category Archives: Travel

The Pat Summitt Suite: beautiful and beneficial

When the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team comes to Knoxville in February to play the Lady Vols, the Gamecocks’ head coach, Dawn Staley, will stay in the new Pat Summitt Suite at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel downtown. … Continue reading

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Don’t lag, get to The Swag!

Have you been to The Swag? Alan and I booked a weekend there recently to celebrate our wedding anniversary — and to check it out because the resort is a new client of Moxley Carmichael. We were blown away. (But … Continue reading

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Getting satiated in Savannah

I have a deal with my brother, Jimmy, to ensure that we will keep seeing each other now that our parents and grandmother all have passed away. It goes like this: Alan and I will go to the Gulf Shores … Continue reading

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Jackson Hole: Bison, bingeing and Bill Baxter

A fun five-night visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, exceeded expectations — especially in terms of scenery, wildlife and food. An extra treat was running in to Knoxville businessman and civic leader Bill Baxter on our second night there. We were … Continue reading

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Best eating on this year’s Clarence Brown trip to NYC

The goal of my friends and me during the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual New York trip is to make our restaurant selections as exciting as the Clarence Brown’s play selections. This year we accomplished this by choosing Gabriel Kreuther, Butter, … Continue reading

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New York, new plays – and lots of opinions!

In the midst of this sticky Knoxville heat wave,  I thought it might be refreshing  to remember back to April when about 40 Knoxvillians trekked to New York City as part of the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual pilgrimage to see … Continue reading

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Chef David Bouley: “Living” food makes a long life

Chef David Bouley was blunt as he addressed the 100 or so folks who had shelled out $400 each to have dinner at Bouley Test Kitchen during the New York City Wine and Food Festival earlier this month. “I am … Continue reading

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When the Big Apple beckons — some tips

My friends and I know how to maximize an experience. When Sara Rose and Sheena McCall purchased an auction item at the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual gala this summer, the offer was two nights in a hotel room for four … Continue reading

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Gulf gumbo: the good, the bad and the inexplicable

Just as I think that everyone’s favorite beach is the one they most visited as a child, I feel the same way about gumbo. Gumbo, by its very nature, is something that every cook prepares differently. And you like the … Continue reading

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Gorging on the Gulf: 4 days, 9 restaurants

After Hurricane Harvey and before Hurricane Irma, Alan and I headed for the Gulf Coast. The eating in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama area, our favorite beach, just keeps getting better and better. We made a point to visit some … Continue reading

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