9 Spots You’ll Love if You’re a Nature Nut

The Great Smoky Mountains area is one of the most scenic places in the country, and arguably, the world. It’s home to a huge diversity of trees and wildflowers, along with wildlife and incredible mountain vistas. Whether you’re in the heart of downtown or out among the trees and on the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the beauty of the Smokies.

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5 Secrets for Planning a Stress-Free Getaway to the Smokies

  1. Pick the right time to visit. For most people, sitting in traffic and working your way through a crowd is anything but relaxing. If that includes you, then our #1 secret for planning a stress-free getaway to the Smokies is to book your stay during the off-season. The most popular times to visit the Smoky Mountains are the summer months (when the kids are out of school and families can travel) and October (when the beautiful fall foliage is at its peak). The holidays can also be a crowded time in the Smokies. So if you want to avoid the high fees, long lines, and bumper-to-bumper traffic, try planning your visit sometime between late January and April instead. Or if you have your heart set on seeing the changing colors of the leaves, try early to mid-September instead of October. Every season in the Smokies is a good time to visit, but if you’re looking to minimize stress, you’ll definitely want to avoid the most popular ones.

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5 Ways Gatlinburg Beats the Beach this Summer

When many people think of summer vacation, they think of the beach. The beach is great, but it’s not for everyone. Some people don’t love the sand everywhere, the jellyfish and sharks in the water, or the super hot days on the beach. Maybe the beach isn’t for you, or maybe you’ve just been each summer and want something different. Gatlinburg is an awesome summer vacation spot for lots of reasons, but here are just a few of our favorite reasons why a vacation to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains beats a vacation to the beach this summer. Continue reading

Put a Bow On It

Handmade gifts by Gatlinburg craftsmen

With Father’s Day just around the corner (June 19, 2016), this is the perfect time to start thinking about the right gift to celebrate the man in your life this year. Sure, a tie or a new shirt is always nice, but why not go for something a little more creative? Perhaps something you can’t get in a department store … perhaps something customized … perhaps something handmade.

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A Summer Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains

Home to a diversity of wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and flowering plants and shrubs, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a breath a fresh air – a break from the busy mountain towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and the technology that so often consumes our lives. It is the most visited in the national park system, bringing in millions of visitors each year. While it’s beautiful all year long, summer is an especially wonderful time to visit the park. There are tons of fun things to fill your summer days with there, from hikes to waterfalls and picnics by the water to horseback rides along the trails and bike rides through the trees. With so many opportunities for outdoor summer fun and more than 800 miles of trails to explore, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. Here’s our quick guide to summer fun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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A Kids’ Guide to Gatlinburg

Fun, food, and family events in the Smokies

It’s no secret, Gatlinburg is a great place for families. With tons of family-friendly attractions, exciting events throughout the year (especially on holidays), a variety of food for every taste, and shops loaded with everything you could imagine – toys, books, doll clothes, candy, electronics, clothing, cowboy boots, specialty foods, and more – it is truly a vacation destination that will please everyone! The kids will never get bored in this charming mountain town with endless fun, and we even have great family cabins that offer entertainment without even walking out the door. Some have private home theaters and private indoor pools while others feature game tables, gaming consoles, or bunk beds that kids will love. All in all, Gatlinburg (and neighboring Pigeon Forge) is a place where you can take the family for days and days of fun. So if you’re traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains with kids, check out our kids’ guide to Gatlinburg. We’ll give you some tips for traveling with kids, along with some great ideas for places to eat, shop, explore, and play!

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