They wait for it all spring and summer. As the warm temperatures begin to cool, the anticipation can be seen and felt. Their feet get antsy and strange cravings overtake them to put on down-filled clothing and compression wear. They are the hardcore ski enthusiasts of the world.
Any trip with family or friends to Tennessee has to include the incredible sights of the Smoky Mountains, but you need not climb every peak to get amazing views. The Gatlinburg Space Needle is a top local attraction that transports you more than 400 feet high for a truly panoramic glimpse of the mountain ranges and the towns surrounding them.
If you haven't seen the video taken last week of a black bear roaming the streets of downtown Gatlinburg, it's really quite a site. View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaMJNYIq0Yo&feature=youtu.be
Sevierville and Pigeon Forge may be known for their outlet malls and antique shops, but we're here to tell you that there are plenty of Gatlinburg shopping opportunities out there as well.
Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations in all of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This 11-mile auto loop takes visitors on a tour of a once tight-knit community that existed before the creation of the national park. Today, many of the cove's homesteads, churches and other structures have been preserved to show park visitors today what life was like in rural East Tennessee in the 1800s.
Now that we're into the thick of the summer season, more and more visitors are finding time to play golf in the Smokies. Whether you're a beginning golfer or a seasoned veteran of the links, it's a great time to get back into the swing of the game at any of the many scenic and challenging courses in the Great Smoky Mountains.
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community of Gatlinburg has been a must-see site in the Smokies for decades. This historic eight-mile loop-consisting primarily of Glades Rd. and Buckhorn Rd.-is home to more than 120 working artists and craftsmen. You can visit their shops, studios and galleries, watching the artists at work and take home a unique creation or two.
Decades ago, the classic rock band Journey sang, “Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'…” Today that song might aptly describe the new attraction that's dominating the skyline in East Tennessee-Pigeon Forge, to be precise.
Sure, most golf courses have year-round play, and we know that some of you die-hard duffers take every opportunity you can get to hit the links. But truth be told, spring and summer are the seasons you live for. When the grass is green, the sun is shining and the air is warm. And if you haven't looked at the calendar lately, you should probably know that it's almost time to play golf in the Smokies again. Here's a quick overview of three area courses.
Shopping is one of the main reasons that visitors cite as to what draws them to the Great Smoky Mountains. Naturally, the mountains are usually the top reason, but shopping usually runs as a top contender, right next to attractions, theaters and restaurants.
Usually, we only think about seafood when we travel to the beach, but if you're headed to the Great Smoky Mountains, here's a heads-up that you're in for some great ocean flavors as well-even if you are hundreds of miles from the nearest shoreline. Our Smoky Mountain vacation guide would like to suggest a couple of fun restaurants you might want to put on your short list:
What’s the old saying? "So much to do, so little time to do it." That expression is usually very fitting when it comes to planning vacation activities. There are so many choices and only so much time (and money) available to squeeze them in. This week, we’ll offer a few recommendations for prioritizing Gatlinburg attractions. Of course, the town is packed with great attractions, but here are a few you should consider shuffling to the top of your list.
The 6th Annual Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales events kicks off June 15 and runs through August 11. Anyone planning to visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee during that time frame should make plans to soak up plenty of free Appalachian entertainment and culture.
It may not have the outlet malls, but Gatlinburg is still a rich mine to be explored when it comes to retail opportunities in the Smokies.
If you’re going to be in the market for Gatlinburg chalet rentals this summer, or even accommodations in Pigeon Forge or Sevierville, there are several questions you may want to consider asking the prospective cabin-rental companies you talk to. This week, we’re going to wrap up this series of rental Q&A with some miscellaneous questions that might not have fallen into any of the previous categories.
March 15, 2012 – PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., - The Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will open the area's largest musical variety show on March 23, with a nationally renowned singers, dancers, illusionists, comedians, jugglers, and musicians. “This theater has undergone a whole metamorphosis and The Smoky Mountain Opry is now 'Simply the Best' musical variety show in town,” said David Fee, president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment and theater co-owner. “With a multi-million dollar upgrade the Opry features the best of everything – fantastic lights and lasers, lavish sets and costumes, incredible music, a live band and lots of talent. This show includes everything – even the magical appearance of a 23 ton stealth fighter jet onstage,” Fee said. “We'll provide our audiences with a musical experience that's first class. We think our audiences deserve the best and this show has it all!”
If you’re going to be in the market for Sevierville, Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg lodging this summer, there is a number of questions you may want to consider asking the prospective cabin-rental companies you talk to. Taking the time to do your homework on the front end could save you time and trouble in the long run and make your stay an awesome experience you’ll want to repeat every year. This week, we’re going to share a few miscellaneous questions you might want to ask concerning the exterior of your rental property.
Are you going to be in the market for Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rentals this summer? If so, we’re continuing our series of posts related to questions you should be asking prospective cabin-rental companies. Taking the time to do your homework on the front end could save you a lot of headaches in the long run and make your stay an awesome experience you’ll want to repeat every year. This week, we’ll look issues pertaining to the location of your prospective cabin.
Valentine’s Day is coming up in just a couple of weeks. Have you made plans yet? If not, it’s not too late to book the weekend just before February 14 or even the weekend after, if that’s what your schedule allows. Or if you have vacation time coming, consider spending a whole week in the Smokies. The traffic is lighter, the crowds are smaller, and this is one of the least expensive times of the year to purchase overnight accommodations.
Why go all the way to New York City to say farewell to 2011 when you can have just as much fun right here in the Great Smoky Mountains? If you’re wanting to be here for New Year’s Eve but just aren’t sure where to go or what to do on the big night, we’ve got several suggestions for fun and family-friendly celebrations that will help you ring in 2012 the right way.
This week, we’ll take an overview look at all the activities and special events taking place in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this Winterfest season. Hopefully, we’ll plant a few seeds when it comes to ideas for holiday travel in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Just because fall is here and winter is nipping at its heels doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the many family attractions in the area. Pigeon Forge attractions that are worth trying this season include Dollywood, whose Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration lasts through the end of the year. Most of the area’s music theaters are in town as well, offering special holiday-themed shows to round out their entertainment seasons.
As we head into the final week leading up to Halloween, we thought we’d pass along some ideas for celebrating the holidays in the Smokies and making sure that you have a spook-tacular time during your visit.
The biggest color show in the Smokies doesn’t take place on New Year’s Eve or the 4th of July or even at Christmas. In fact, this show is so big, it can’t be squeezed into just one day. It takes weeks to reveal itself, a time during which millions of people revel in its glory and gain a deep appreciation for the spectacle of nature’s beauty.
If you plan to visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee this summer, there’s one name you may want to keep an eye out for. It won’t be hard to find, because you’ll see it pop up almost everywhere you go in town. The name? Ripley. As in Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, one of the most popular aquariums in the country.
I’m sure that when you think of the Ski Mountain area of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, your first thoughts are probably of wintertime snow skiing, snowboarding and ice skating at the Ober Gatlinburg resort. But even in the heat of summer, there’s still plenty of fun up in them thar hills.
Whether you're on spring break this week or maybe just headed to the Smokies this weekend for a little R&R, there's a good chance that you plan to make shopping part of your travel plans. This week, we'll focus on just one of the many ways you can put those plans into action-the shopping opportunities that await in Gatlinburg, TN.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, first made its way onto the map as a tourist destination thanks to its proximity to the mountains. In fact, the south end of town leads directly into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It also became well known decades ago for being a wellspring of authentic arts and crafts, featuring works that were hand-made by local artisans.
Every town in the Smokies has its own unique offerings that make it worthwhile to visit. This week, we’ll take a closer look at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which lies just north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In fact, the town’s proximity to the park—as well as its early reputation for being a source of authentic arts and crafts—is what led to Gatlinburg becoming a tourism destination as early as the 1930s and 1940s.
One of the first decisions anyone makes when planning to visit Sevier County is picking the best travel dates. Naturally, summer is peak season since that’s when the kids are on summer vacation, and October is essentially a second peak season in the Smokies, because that’s when the mountain foliage makes its transition from the green of summer to the earth tones of fall.
Do you ever wish you could breathe underwater? Have you ever wanted to explore the murky depths of the ocean or to spy on aquatic life activity in ponds and rivers? Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies lets you do just that! This world-class attraction sprawls in the middle of scenic Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and features over 10,000 swimming creatures, from fresh water to salt water. Visitors to this open-year-round aquarium will find the spacious layout and tranquil ambiance the perfect place to visit after a few busy hours of shopping downtown.
Have you ever discovered one of those little-known towns that's just full of surprises? You know… charming, interesting, but maybe not as well known as some others? That's the kind of place you remember and visit again and again. While you may be acquainted with the Great Smoky Mountains, you may not be aware of a little gem tucked away near the Smoky Mountains known as Sevierville, Tennessee.
The people of Gatlinburg are so excited about the 4th of July that they don't waste a single minute to celebrate. On July 3rd, when the clock strikes midnight, Gatlinburg kicks off its Midnight Independence Day Parade. For over 30 years the Smoky Mountains have had the first 4th of July parade in the country and this year the tradition stands firm.
One of the south's lesser-known treasures is nestled in the hills adjacent to a popular village. What is it? The largest group of independent artists and craftsmen showing their skills. The Glades Arts and Crafts community is comprised of an eight-mile country road loop where over one hundred artists and craftsmen parade their trades. You'll find a wide variety of art galleries, pottery barns, active workshops, independent artist showrooms, basket-making studios, and many more authentic local artisans.
While on your vacation in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, make sure you visit Country Tonite Theatre. This upbeat show has won numerous awards, including “International Country Music Show of the Year.” Visitors of all ages will be intrigued by the full-scale multi-million dollar theatre and the superbly talented cast who provides a little of something for everyone.
Mention the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and visions of majestic mountains come to mind. These mountains are filled with incredible color, crystal clear waterfalls, and mountain peaks that seem to reach the sky. Simply put, there's more beauty than you can possibly imagine. So how does a bird's eye view of those magnificent mountains sound? Believe it or not it's possible, and you don't even have to strap on a jet pack! Just grab your camera and head to Gatlinburg's Space Needle for a view you'll never forget.
Up, Up, and Away! Safer than a hot air balloon, feel as if you are flying when you board the famous Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway. Experience some glorious views of The Great Smoky Mountains as you travel from the base to the top of Ski Mountain: views of birds and clouds, above beautiful trees and resort chalets, and even a scenic view of Gatlinburg, TN nestled in the valley below. There are actually two tramway that operate simultaneously with a maximum capacity of 120 people on each car. The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway is open year-round, carrying rides to the popular destination Ober Gatlinburg, with activities for every season. The ski offers several slopes from beginner to advanced, and generates snowfall regularly in the absence of natural precipitation.