What to Pack for Your Spring Getaway to the Smokies

  1. Reusable water bottles. Spring is the perfect time to explore the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll get to view a variety of wildlife and wildflowers while hiking or biking through the park, but even when the temperatures are mild, you don’t want to forget your water bottle. A reusable water bottle will spare the environment of extra trash and will keep you hydrated as you spend time outside.
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15 Ways to Beat the Heat in Gatlinburg

If you live in the South or have ever visited, you know that summers in the South can be hot. A Tennessee summer day is full of lush green trees, birds singing, blue skies, and nice breezes – but it also comes with a hot summer sun. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are no exception; thankfully, there are tons of fun things to do when the weather warms up in the Smokies. Whether you want to enjoy the warm weather outside or keep cool inside, you’ll find that there are endless opportunities for summer fun on a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. Below we’ve listed 15 great ways to beat the heat (or embrace it!) in Gatlinburg this summer. Continue reading


A DIY Arts & Crafts Weekend in Gatlinburg

The DIY craze has certainly caught on over the past few years. People are spending less time at the store and more time online, searching for ways to do-it-themselves when it comes to decorating their home, finding gifts for friends, or buying specialty items for their little ones. Nothing is quite as special or as memorable as those beautiful items your own two hands have made!

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Zombies Take Over in the Smokies

New Zombie Adventure in Pigeon Forge is Terrifyingly Fun

I love haunted houses. I’ve been to quite a few over the years, and I’ve found that many of the best ones are put on during Halloween. They’re also often located off the beaten path…in a corn field, in old factories, in a rundown part of town. But in Pigeon Forge, TN, a new attraction at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center – Outbreak – Dread the Undead – brings a terrifyingly fun haunted-house-style zombie experience to the heart of the Smokies. The storyline is this:

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A Relaxing Weekend in the Smokies

With the stress of holiday shopping behind us and tax season quickly coming to an end, it’s time for some much-needed R&R. But you don’t need to spend your entire tax refund on an expensive vacation just to get the rest your body craves. Instead, plan for a weekend trip to the Smoky Mountains. You’ll have just enough time to refresh and rejuvenate and plenty to do without draining your bank account.

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Motorcycle-friendly in the Smokies

Millions of people visit the Great Smoky Mountains each year, and the incredible mountain scenery is the main reason. Winding country roads, rushing waterfalls, peaceful streams, a huge variety of wildlife, soaring trees, fields of wildflowers, rolling hills…all are a part of the amazing mountain setting you’ll find during a trip to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. And with all this amazing scenery, you want to spend some time in the great outdoors. When you get to the Smokies, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy hiking, riding bikes, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, and exploring. But what about the saying It’s not about the destination but about the journey? If you want that full Smoky Mountain experience, why not take a motorcycle ride to the Great Smoky Mountains? Whether you have a cruiser, touring bike, classic motorcycle, trike, or sport bike, you’ll enjoy the awesome scenery all along the way.

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The #1 Reason You Should Go to Gatlinburg this Year

Every year, millions of people flock to the Great Smoky Mountains. They travel for family-friendly attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, cabins with an awesome Smoky Mountain setting, and the outdoor activities in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For years the area has been a huge tourist draw, and the long list of attractions, restaurants, and shops – along with the beautiful mountain scenery – explains why. In Pigeon Forge, step back in time at the Titanic Museum Attraction, “meet celebrities” at the Hollywood Wax Museum, ride roller coasters and play at Dollywood (and Dollywood’s Splash Country in summer), enjoy a hearty meal and some history at The Old Mill, tour a local winery, or take a scenic helicopter tour. In Gatlinburg, ski and snowboard at Ober Gatlinburg, check out 360-degree views atop the Gatlinburg Space Needle, take in scenic views along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, listen to live music in the Ole Smoky Moonshine holler, play miniature golf, play arcade games at Fannie Farkle’s, or do some shopping along the Parkway before grabbing some cheese, candy, or coffee in The Village shops. Of course, you can always head over to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the most visited in the U.S. – to go hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, and more outdoor fun. On top of all that, the community calendar is jam-packed with events year-round for everyone. The city hosts holiday celebrations, music and food festivals, races, parades, and beyond that both kids and adults will love.

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5 Historic Places You Should Visit in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains are well-known for their majestic appeal, their flock of tourist attractions, their unique culture, and their country charm. What you might not realize about the Smokies is that they are also full of history. They have a rich cultural background that played a large part in shaping the area into what it is today, and you can find that history all over Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas.

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Spring 2016 Cabin Update

Looking for something new for vacation this year? Check out what’s new in our Cabins For You family. From cozy 1-bedroom cabins to fun and spacious 4-bedroom retreats, these new properties on our program this spring offer tons of awesome amenities – games, mountain views, Wi-Fi, private indoor pools, home theaters, and so much more! They’ll have everything you need for a fun stay in the Smokies and offer space for honeymoons, family vacations, girls’ getaways, father-son trips, and more.

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