The new year is the traditional time for recharging your batteries. And there's no better place to destress and refresh than the breathtaking Smoky Mountains. Especially from January through May, when the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area hosts an array of events and festivals, culminating in Wilderness Wildlife Week. (More about that in a bit.)
Between hiking, zip lining, shopping, and all of the other fun activities in the Great Smoky Mountains, you're going to work up quite an appetite. Fortunately, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have hundreds of amazing restaurants to explore. Food choices in the Smokies run the gamut from traditional southern barbecue to international cuisine and vegetarian-friendly eateries. Whatever sounds good, we've got it.
If you're headed to the Great Smoky Mountains to cool off this summer, you won't want to miss the new shows and attractions at Dollywood and Splash Country, and in Pigeon Forge. Dollywood's new mission is to help families experience the park together instead of splitting up. This new concept has led to three exciting rides and novel shows.
If your idea of heaven is beautiful scenery and plenty of peace and quiet, renting a cabin in Pigeon Forge is for you. Cabins come in all sizes, and each has its own unique personality. There is an abundance of cabin rental agencies, so before choosing your mountain home, it's a good idea to do a little homework.
From entertaining shows and breathtaking rides to interactive games to test your skills, Pigeon Forge has something fun for the whole family.
Whether you saw the motion picture or have simply heard the saga, when you hear the name Titanic, several images pop to mind. The luxury. The grandeur. The iceberg. The faithful musicians devoted to standing their posts on the deck till the very end as the "unsinkable" ocean liner was swallowed up by the sea.
Have you always dreamed of being a cowboy or cowgirl? Are you living the western life, but need a range to call your own? Giving closet wranglers and hardcore buckaroos a place to embrace the Wild West is what the annual Saddle Up! event in Pigeon Forge is all about. February 18–22, 2015, marks the 15th anniversary of Saddle Up! - which means the coordinators of the festival have some special guests lined up.
What's a sure sign that spring has arrived? The first appearance of the robin? Warm, sunny days? Nope. In the Smokies, it's opening day at Dollywood that lets everyone know that a new season of fun and travel is upon us. The Pigeon Forge theme park kicks off its 2013 season with the opening of its annual Festival of Nations celebration, which runs through April 22.
Last week, we offered an overview of where the best shopping could be found in Gatlinburg. This week, we’ll take you on a whirlwind tour of Pigeon Forge shopping opportunities-or shoppertunities as they’re sometimes called around here.
If you have been a regular visitor to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the past or perhaps are planning to make your first trip in the near future, chances are you’re a lover of the great outdoors. And if that’s the case, we highly recommend participating in the 23rd Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, January 12 through 19.
A couple of weeks ago, we took a quick look at five Gatlinburg attractions that everyone should put on their vacation itinerary at one point or another. This week, we’ll be looking at five Pigeon Forge attractions that rank near the top of the scale. Of course, there are so many great attractions in Pigeon Forge that it’s really hard to single out just five, but this will at least get you started narrowing down the vast selection.
Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee have no shortage of options when it comes to vacation lodgings. There are literally hundreds of choices in hotels and motels, cabins and chalets and even condominiums. However, one type of accommodations that often gets overlooked is the bed and breakfast inn. The Smokies area has some of the finest bed and breakfasts in Tennessee, so here are a few reasons that a B&B might be a good selection for your next trip here:
When you think of Pigeon Forge attractions, what are the first places to come to mind? It would be natural for you to first think of places like Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country as well as some of the big-name attractions like the Titanic Museum Attraction or WonderWorks. Also, the city’s many music and variety theaters are also considered attractions that wind up on many a tourist’s vacation to-do list.
Each summer, Dollywood incorporates a special package of live performances and attractions that is specially geared toward children and teens. This year’s KidsFest runs June 22 through July 29 and gives children an entertainment alternative to the more grownup-friendly music shows for which Dollywood is better known. Many of the activities are also targeted toward younger kids, adding another entertainment option for those who may be too small to ride many of Dollywood’s rides. This year’s highlights include:
We’re getting to the point where we probably won’t see daytime highs lower than the 70s until next fall. That’s generally good news, except on those hot, humid, insufferable days when all you want is to find a place to cool off. Here are some suggestions for the best ways to do that, whether your speed is wet-and-wild or wet-and-mild.
Looking for something a little different in the way of Smoky Mountain entertainment this weekend? Then put on your raincoats, open up your umbrella and get ready for a messy good time when the legendary comedian Gallagher returns to The Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge on Sunday, May 27.
Any seasoned Smoky Mountain visitor knows that as the weather improves and Memorial Day and summer approach, traffic starts to get a little heavier in the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. On some weekends, especially when there’s a car show in town or some other holiday-related event, the going can get very slow, sometimes turning what should be a pleasant family outing into a contentious test of nerves and patience.
If you’re going to be in the market for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee lodging this summer, or even accommodations in Gatlinburg 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 look at issues you’ll want to ask about concerning paying for your lodging.
Are you going to be in the market for some Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, TN lodging 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’re going to show you that you should spend a little extra time just on the issue of the outdoor hot tubs. It’s such a popular feature in most cabins, yet it can also be a source of potential problems if not addressed on the front end.
Of the millions of people who visit Pigeon Forge and the Smokies each year, the vast majority of them drive their own vehicles. That’s a lot of automobile traffic. However, if you’d like to save yourself the hassle of driving and getting caught in a snarl, there are plenty of other ways to get to your favorite vacay spot and to get around once you’ve arrived.
Sometimes you just don’t feel like making multiple decisions. For example, if you’re planning a night out on the town during your Smokies vacation, you may not feel like wading through all the local dining options (especially if you have picky eaters in the family) and also finding a show that everyone wants to see. With many area theaters, however, they make things simple for you by offering shows that include dinner as part of the evening’s entertainment.
If you’re staying in our area this week, our Smokies travel guide has some recommendations for places you can go out with the family for Christmas dinner this Sunday:
This week, we’ll take an overview look at all the activities and special events taking place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this Winterfest season. Hopefully, we’ll plant a few seeds when it comes to ideas for holiday travel in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Winterfest is underway, which means that each city in the area, as well as many of the individual Smoky Mountain attractions in town, host their own respective special events. In Pigeon Forge, for example, visitors might want to look into a new holiday celebration called ChristmasFest at the Smoky Mountain Opry.
Once again, as it does every year, Christmas seems to be sneaking up on us. It will be here before we know it, which means it's definitely not too early to chip away at that holiday shopping list. While you're visiting the Smokies, why not have fun and be productive at the same time? We recommend that you go ahead and make a reservation at one of our Smoky Mountain rental cabins and review our list of suggested places to go hunting for this year's Christmas treasures.
If you’re a fan of Americana music, consider getting in tune with a plucky event that’s coming to town later this week. The 12th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival takes place September 15 through 17 (Thursday through Saturday) at the Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park in Kodak, TN, which is just off Tennessee Hwy. 66 near Interstate 40.
Last week, we took an in-depth look at what makes Gatlinburg special for travelers, and this week, it's time to turn our attention to the tourist town of Pigeon Forge.
There will be lots of picking and grinning going on this weekend in Tennessee-Pigeon Forge, in particular—when the annual StringTime in the Smokies music festival gets underway. The event, which celebrates the many varieties of Americana music, takes place Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, in the Old Mill Square and Patriot Park areas.
At the Smokies’ newest entertainment venue, having fun will be easier than falling off a log. Lumberjack Feud Dinner & Show, which premiers August 26 in a brand-new $11 million arena on the Pigeon Forge Parkway, will be unlike any other show in town. Starring a cast of professional entertainers and ESPN lumberjack athletes, Lumberjack Feud will tell the story of the rise and fall of the timber industry in the Smokies and how the creation of the national park paved the way for tourism in the area.
Have you heard about Pigeon Forge’s newest attraction? Located at the Walden Landing development, it’s called TOMB, a pyramid-themed adventure that lets families and groups team up to battle the curse of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. The storyline has visitors getting “trapped” in the relics of an archaeological site, and mummies, daddies and kids must work together to overcome a series of ingenious challenges designed to thwart their escape. The interactive experience is designed to last about 45 minutes and along the way features dazzling special effects and excitement for all ages.
You don’t need us to tell you that it’s a tad warm out there already, and it’s not even officially summer yet. And while a lot of Smoky Mountain vacationers make Dollywood a regular part of their summer routine, you might want to consider making Dollywood’s Splash Country a priority instead.
In addition to its attractions and music theaters, Pigeon Forge is well known for its shopping opportunities, or “shoppertunities” as they’re sometimes called around here. In fact, Pigeon Forge got in early on the outlet mall shopping craze and is home to more outlet malls than any other city in the area.
If you decide to visit Pigeon Forge, Tennessee this weekend, you may want to check out what has become one of the city’s most popular annual events. The 11th Annual Saddle Up! Festival runs February 24 through 27, closing out Pigeon Forge’s Winterfest celebration with a variety of cowboy-themed activities and shows.
Pigeon Forge alone has more family-attraction fun than you could fit into several years’ worth of vacations. But we’re sure that next time you’re in town, you’ll be willing to give it your best show.
Without a doubt, 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 Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which lies halfway between Sevierville and Gatlinburg when traveling toward Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In case you haven’t heard, one of our homegrown attractions has received quite an honor this week. Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge received the 2010 Applause Award during a ceremony at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando on November 16. The Applause Award, which is considered the most prestigious award in the industry, is given to the park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have “inspired the industry with its foresight, originality and sound business development,” according to the official criteria.
Did you know that Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was established back in 1830? You will be thrown right back into that time as you visit the historical sites of The Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge. As you walk through The Old Mill Square you will want to tour the water-powered grist mill that continues to work since the early 1800's. The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most photographed historical sites in country.
One of the most famous artists in America has set up shop in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee. Jim Gray is listed in Who's Who In American Art, a member of the American Society of Maine Artists, and is a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York City just to name a few. He has been featured in many publications, including NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, SOUTHERN LIVING, AMERICAN ARTIST, SOUTHWEST ART, NORTH LIGHT, PACE, SEA HISTORY, PRINTS and OCEANS. Jim Gray's Gallery is an event you will not want to pass up while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
Most of us have a favorite Christmas memory. For some, it's decorating the tree with elaborate ornaments, tinsel and a star on top. For some it's the heartwarming smell of evergreen or cinnamon. Others might reflect on hopeful visits with Santa Claus himself or watching elated little ones open gifts on Christmas morning. Everyone is sure to look forward to the comforting tastes and smells of homemade Christmas dinners. The best memory, however, is probably one of spending time with loved ones and sharing family traditions that make memories for years to come. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy the Christmas season anytime you wanted? With a visit to The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, you can do just that.