Wishing you a Happy New Year!

January 15, 2016 Jaima Helbert

You hear so much talk about bucket lists today.  I guess I have even thought of some things I would like to see and do before I become too old to enjoy them.

One can think of a bucket list in a lot of ways.  In the upcoming New Year you might want to think about visiting some local points of interest.  It seems sometimes we sit right in sight of the most interesting places but we seem never to get there. So here are some of my recommendations for you to consider:

The  Pinnacle- Bristol’s new retail development.  If you haven’t visited already, this is a got to see retail paradise that continues to grow.  In 2016 many new stores will be opening their doors, providing new and exciting shopping experiences.

Bristol Motor Speedway- It is hard to believe, but there are people who live right here in Bristol that have never been inside the “world’s last great coliseum.”  It is a jaw-dropping experience, even if you walk in when there is not an event taking place, the sheer size of the place is amazing on any scale.  Remember in September of 2016 one of the most electrifying events in college football history will take place there, the Battle at Bristol.

Downtown Bristol- If you haven’t been downtown lately, it is a truly authentic experience with its music, restaurants, art galleries, antiquities, and boutique shopping.  It is a must no matter the season; the streets are filled with exciting things to do.

Rhythm and Roots Reunion- Going into its 16th year this award-winning festival has so much to offer.  This year the festival hosting some great artists.  Mary Stuart one of country music greatest artists will be appearing, so don’t miss the chance to experience county music at its best in the Birthplace of Country Music!

Steele Creek Park /Fishing on South Holston River and Lake- If you are more into nature, Bristol is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery there is on the planet!  We have the most beautiful 2200 acre park sitting within the city limits of Bristol.  With the nature center, golf and disc golf course, walking /biking trails and a picturesque 52 acre lake what more could one ask for.  If fishing is your mode of relaxation, try out the South’s premier fly fishing destination, the South Holston River. Or if you are into lake fishing anglers fish for bass, trout, walleye and other varieties on our pristine South Holston Lake.

There is of course lots more to see and do in our corner of the world.  These are just a few of the places you need to visit in 2016 if you haven’t already.

As Friday marks the beginning of a New Year my wish for you and your family is to have a healthy and prosperous 2016!

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