Beating the Wintertime Woes

Outdoor Fun in the Smokies

Why do people avoid wintertime vacations? Probably because they think they’ll be cooped up indoors. But that’s just not the case when it comes to the Smoky Mountains! Your effort to get to the Smokies will be so worth it when you realize how mild the weather is and how many outdoor activities there are to choose from for your wintertime getaway. From hiking in the Smokies to skiing down the slopes, here are a few ways to have Smoky Mountain fun in the great outdoors this winter.

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December Cabin Update

Looking for a romantic escape with that special someone, a fun family vacation spot, or that perfect large group location? Check out the newest cabins in the Cabins For You family! They range from 1 to 5 bedrooms, offering space for everywhere from 2 to 20 people and boasting some fantastic amenities.

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New Year’s Eve in the Smokies

For the 28th year in a row, the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the Smokies invite you to join thousands of other guests as they celebrate the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. Gatlinburg has plenty in store for you to enjoy leading up until midnight, including free music near the Gatlinburg Convention Center at traffic light number 8. For other fun-filled activities on the schedule for New Year’s Eve, check out these local attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

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Romantic Dinners in the Heart of the Smokies

Whether it’s a special anniversary dinner or just a much-needed night away from the kids, the Smokies is the perfect place to enjoy a night out with the one you love. There are dozens of great restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for the nights you dine out, but if you’re looking for something really special, check out these restaurants we’ve highlighted in the Smoky Mountains. Make your time together truly memorable by taking date night to the next level with these top-notch places for a romantic dinner. Continue reading


Best of the Smokies: Top-Ranked Attractions

Gatlinburg is a number-one travel destination for good reason. Nestled among the gorgeous Smoky Mountains, it has something for everyone, from little tikes to honeymooners to your adrenaline-junkie best friend! So if you’re looking for the perfect destination—whether you’re planning a romantic retreat, a friends’ getaway, or a much-needed family vacation—we recommend booking your stay in the charming mountain town of Gatlinburg.

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5 Winter Activities in the Smokies

1. Ski or snowboard at Ober Gatlinburg. Located on top of the mountain in downtown Gatlinburg is Ober Gatlinburg, a winter wonderland of fun in the Smokies. Make the most of your time on the mountain by skiing or snowboarding when you visit Ober. The slopes usually open sometime in mid-December and close sometime in early to mid-March. Open season depends entirely on the weather, so check back on the skiing & snowboarding page of their website before you make plans to visit. You can also check this page for session times, ticket prices, and rental fees. And even if the slopes aren’t open when you visit, you can always enjoy another wintertime activity at Ober Gatlinburg: ice skating! The rink is actually open all year round, but it’s especially fun to skate in the winter when you’re already bundled up. And ticket prices stay pretty reasonable for this attraction—only $9 per session, including your skate rental.

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