Summer is almost here which means moving season is just around the corner. If you’re considering moving to Tennessee or just moved here recently, you’ve made a great choice. To help you learn a bit about your new state, here are seven things that you should know:
Anticipate Allergy Season(s)
With all of the state’s major cities ranked in the top 25 of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s list of “Allergy Capitals,” seasonal allergies are pretty much unavoidable in Tennessee. But the good news is there are things you can do to stop the sniffling and sneezing. To relieve your symptoms, give these natural allergy remedies a try.
Crazy for Comfort Food
We take our food seriously in the South. Our recipes for traditional comfort foods, like barbecue, fried green tomatoes and pecan pie have been passed down and perfected for generations. While these foods are always great tasting, they’re not always great for your waistline. Try these healthier comfort food recipes to enjoy all the flavor of southern cooking without all the calories. Or serve up some leafy greens, like kale or chard, as a delicious and nutritious side item.
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Gatlinburg vs.Pigeon Forge vs. Sevierville
Even for native Tennesseans, it can be hard to know the difference between these three cities. Gatlinburg is a charming mountain town with a bustling city center filled with shops and restaurants. Families enjoy attractions, like nearby Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge and visitors can find more entertainment and dining options in Sevierville. All three of these cities are nestled next to the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and would make ideal destinations for a weekend getaway. To get started hiking in the Smokies, read this guide before you hit the trail.
If you think football season is limited to the fall, you’re in for a surprise. In Tennessee, football is a year-round topic of interest. Looking for a guaranteed conversation-starter? Football is sure to spark discussion amongst new neighbors or colleagues. If you’re new to this football frenzy, familiarize yourself with the sport by hosting a football-themed party. Enjoy a little friendly competition with a backyard football game. Lastly, don’t forget the food. Be sure to include these must-try, healthy tailgate recipes on the menu.
Outdoor Activities Abound
Thanks to the abundance of outdoor activities, there’s always something fun to do when you’re in Tennessee. Enjoy spectacular views of the Mississippi River from walking paths at the Memphis riverfront. Or experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the rapids of the Hiwassee River in east Tennessee. Plan a long weekend exploring one of Tennessee’s 56 state parks. Or simply relax with a refreshing dip in one of the state’s many swimming holes. From Jackson to Johnson City, you’re sure to find an activity that brings out your adventurous side.
Soulful Songs & Twangy Tunes
Bristol is known as the “Birthplace of Country Music.” Nashville bears the nickname “Music City” and Memphis is recognized as both the “Home of the Blues” as well as the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll.” Tennessee’s rich musical heritage makes it the perfect destination for musicians and music lovers alike. From the soulful sounds of Beale to the bright lights of Broadway, live music isn’t hard to come by when you live in Tennessee. To learn more about the Tennessee music scene, check out the state’s best local music venues.
Sweating in shorts on Christmas Eve? A snowstorm in the middle of April? This unseasonal weather may sound surprising, but any longtime Tennessean will tell you to expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather. The best advice is to have an extensive and diverse wardrobe, so you’re adequately prepared for whatever weather comes your way. Make space for more clothes using this guide-to-decluttering your home.
Now that you know these seven things, it’s only a matter of time before the volunteer state starts feeling like home sweet home to you. Did we miss anything? If you think of something else that all recent Tennesseans should know, let us know in the comments below!
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