Day 6, 2nd half: Kingsport, Tennessee

After leaving Erwin, we arrived in Kingsport, Tenn., in time for lunch in their downtown antique district. Stir Fry Cafe had been recommended as being good and their menu looked tempting so we headed inside. It has a very attractive interior and seating outside on the sidewalk for pretty weather. We ordered a variety of things to share including some sushi, salad, spring rolls and General’s chicken. Everything was delicious so we were re-fortified and I was ready to hit the antique shops.

Stir Fry Cafe exterior

Our sampling at Stir Fry Cafe

Stir Fry Cafe interior

We had parked right in the convenient parking area in the middle of all the antique shops so grabbed my Busy Bees and took off. I headed to the Haggle Shop Antique Mall first as one of their dealers advertises a show with us and had already talked to the owner. I walked through the HUGE mall, snapping away as I went.

The Haggle Shop Antique Mall

Joyce Grills and daughter Kim Burke

Stan and Tammie Fisher from Knoxville, Tenn
with Keke and Pockets, shopping in the Haggle Shop

Haggle Shop cherry table

My next stop was across the street at the River Mountain Antiques & Primitives owned by Debbie Dykes. This is an attractively-arranged shop that has a nice mix of old, new, artistic and a ladies boutique. Shoppers will find a variety of antiques and primitives, vintage fishing items, garden accessories, home decor, and local art and pottery. Ladies will also enjoy checking out their jewelry and ladies fashion accessories and stylish clothes.

River Mountain

River Mountain

River Mountain local pottery

River Mountain

River Mountain

River Mountain local art

Nooks & Crannies Antiques was my next stop and as I was running out of time, I unfortunately had to start moving along faster. Nooks & Crannies has 20,000 square feet and would require quite a while to peruse. They had a huge variety of antiques, collectibles and vintage items. Owners are Moses and Carol Gentry and they are open seven days a week.

Nooks & Crannies exterior.

I popped in to Attic Treasures Country Interiors and met owner Debbie Moody and made a quick sweep through her store that offered quite a few smalls. On the next corner is P & J Antiques owned by Pat and Jerry Houchens. They are a 30,000 square foot mall filled with antiques, gifts and collectibles.

Across the street are a few private shops including Shakar Antiques that had a big collection of antique general store and gas station memorabilia. Old advertising sign collectors might want to check her out!

Shakar Antiques

By this time the two shops next door were closed, so I didn’t get to visit them. Rustic Country Primitives features antique and primitive home decor, customized hand-painted signs, candles, furniture, pictures and more. You can check them out on Facebook at Rustic Country Primitives.

Rustic Country Primitives & Antiques

Street art in the Historic Kingsport Antique District

As you can see, you could spend all day – or several – shopping Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. And we didn’t have time to even look at the boutiques, gift shops and art galleries! Definitely make plans to go visit this town and be sure and tell them you discovered them through the Busy Bee!

We pulled out of Kingsport and headed to Pigeon Forge. We hadn’t been in years and decided it was too pretty to not make a stopover in the mountains for a few nights. As Wally drove I got on the phone and luckily found a little cabin on Wears Valley Road for us to stay. Being Easter weekend and Spring Break there weren’t many openings to be found.

In no time we were making our way into the trafficky, people-packed part of Pigeon Forge’s “Tacky Town” strip. I’m sure it must seem like a wonderland for children and those that like all of those people-luring attractions, but it’s not for us!

We escaped the Tacky Town strip and turned onto Wears Valley Road and breathed a sigh of relief as we left the masses behind. A few miles up the winding country road we turned into the cabin development we had booked at and climbed the hill to the top where our little “Bear Naked” cabin.

Our “Bear Naked” cabin

Well, that’s all for the day… Tomorrow we’ll be visiting Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stay tuned – just one more day left!

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