So you made it through the coldest part of an East TN winter, and yeah, they can be a bit rough, but overall not THAT bad. We don’t get a lot of snow and our winters are pretty dry, but the cold can be a bit rough. Now that the worst is over, it’s time for things like spring cleaning, changing out the winter clothes for the Spring/summer wardrobe, and of course Spring Break. Ready for a beach trip? One of my favorite things about living in East TN is that while we are right here at the mountains, we are also a matter of hours drive from the beach. My favorite is Isle of Palms, just north of Charleston, in South Carolina. I usually leave about 4am, and have my toes in the sand before noon. My favorite thing to do there is stand in the surf and watch the pelicans dive into the ocean, catching fish. Of course, Isle of Palms isn’t the only beach in the area. Check out this list on TripSavy for some fantastic family beaches. Or is you are more in the mood for a romantic couples retreat, take a look at these spots listed on Southern Living’s website. I can almost smell the salty air now.