From painting an incredible mountain scene on a canvas and forming a wildflower vase out of clay to marbling a beautiful silk scarf and crafting a butterfly house for your monarch friends, creating a work of art with your own two hands is not only a fun activity but also a memorable experience — one you can display for many years to come. Release your inner artist by attending classes at the Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend event from April 13 – 15, 2018 in Gatlinburg, a bustling town in Tennessee filled with entertainment and excitement around every corner!
A cool breeze moves steadily through the trees as the morning birds commence their melodious chats. Amid this pleasant time of tranquility, your mind starts to gently drift when the sound of rippling water catches your attention. Calmly, you begin to turn the reel, eager to see what’s hooked on the end of your line. Emotions are churned, and a strong desire to win develops as the fierce battle rages on. With victory in sight, you make the final pull — colorful scales burst forth from the water, shimmering brilliantly against the sunlight. On April 7 and 8, 2018, experience the tremendous excitement of fishing for rainbow trout in the 20th Annual Smoky Mountain Spring Trout Tournament — the largest trout tournament in Tennessee!
Ideal for a grown ups’ night out, the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend is a spring event for those 21 years old and over. This year’s event will feature a selection of wines from wineries all over Tennessee and will be held at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg.
As youthful blades of grass bear the weight of morning dew, an array of color peers over the mountainside, breaking through the silvery mists to bring shadow to light. Heavenly tunes of hope arise from the voices of the sky while subtle cries of life echo throughout the forest floor…the slumbering Smokies have awoken to Easter morn. A symbol of fresh starts, humble beginnings, and new life, Easter is a sacred holiday, best spent with friends and family.
Hillside Hideaway | 2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | sleeps 4 | Pigeon Forge
Tucked among the trees on a quiet hillside in the Great Smoky Mountains, this charming mountain retreat features rustic details, a homey feel, modern conveniences, and amenities to keep you entertained and relaxed when you don’t want to get out. In the Shagbark gated community, Hillside Hideaway is near the family-friendly attractions, perfect-for-couples wineries and distilleries, and wide variety of restaurants and shops for everyone.
A delicate snow to blanket the pines, a cooling wind to clear the mind, a warm fireplace to ease the cold, and a still quiet to sooth the soul: the beauty of winter is truly a treasure to behold. From snowmen creations and cozier-than-ever cuddles to happy holidays and marshmallow-filled cocoas, winter is a time to play, a time to romance, a time for celebration, and a time for sweet treats, but most of all, it’s a great time to get away! What better way to spend your winter vacation than in a quaint cabin nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains?
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is watching holiday movies. There is nothing better than curling up on the sofa in front of the tree and watching those movies that put me in the holiday spirit. In fact, my husband buys me a new Christmas movie each year. My other favorite part of Christmas? (besides spending time with family, of course) Eating all the holiday foods! And if you’re cozied up in a Gatlinburg cabin with your family today, this will be an extra-special treat!
Snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, gingerbread, macadamia nut, sugar…cookies are traditional and sure mean a lot to Santa Claus. After all, they do add a bit more pep in his step on Christmas Eve so he can make all his rounds with a smile and ease. But what about the rest of the holiday season…what kind of sweet treats do you think ole St. Nick cooks up in his cozy kitchen for Christmas? With plenty of inspiration from around the world, he’s sure to have quite the assortment of sugar-filled recipes. For now, let’s take a look at the best desserts he’s picked up in the Smokies and (perhaps more importantly) where YOU can partake of these scrumptious sweets, too!
It’s time to kick that quiet night at home to the curb, stop watching the ball drop on television, and be there, in person, for one of the most exciting nights in the Smoky Mountains! Surrounded by the millions of holiday lights and the Christmas cheer resonating from December, gather in the Smokies to make the very first moments of 2018 intoxicatingly joyful.
On November 28, 2016, 1 year ago today, one of the most dangerous fires in Tennessee history swept through the Gatlinburg area, claiming 14 precious lives and destroying more than 2,000 businesses and homes. Bred from a complex of fires, the largest of which began atop Chimney Tops 2 (a peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park), efforts were made to both contain and douse the fire, but the relentless 40-mile-per-hour winds proved too great, spreading the fire across natural boundaries and towards the city of Gatlinburg. Where the 2016 Gatlinburg Fires took so much and left very little, the people of Gatlinburg have proved strong, continuing to rebuild, restore, and recover from this devastating event. They’re staying #GatlinburgStrong.