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.
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
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.
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.
Got plans for Memorial Day weekend this year? If not, be sure to plan for a long weekend in the Smoky Mountains, where you can enjoy the beauty of lush green trees and rolling rivers, popular attractions in the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and exciting events like the Shine, Wine & Dine event at Arrowmont!
New things are happening this spring at Cabins For You! We’ve added some great new cabins to our Cabins For You family, including fun family cabins and an awesome group lodge! They feature amenities for fun and relaxation, including jetted tubs, mountain views, rec rooms, great outdoor living spaces, big screen TVs, and so much more.
Whether you’re a native to the South or just a fun-loving visitor, you’ve got to make plans to attend the Gatlinburg Beans & Cornbread Festival in 2016! This exciting beans ‘n cornbread competition offers the best of Southern culture and cuisine. Enjoy Smoky Mountain music that will take you all the back to the “good ole days” as well as a unique display of antique engines at this Gatlinburg event. And, of course, come hungry; you’ll have the chance to try a wide selection of delicious beans and cornbread!
This May, make your plans to attend the festival where rich cultural history meets good family fun! We’re talking about East Tennessee’s premier celebration of Scottish culture and history, the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games. Founded in 1981, the festival was originally known as the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games, and it remains one of the oldest and best Scottish festivals in the United States. It’s a truly unique and fun event filled with music, food, drink, game, and more.
Are you tired of the same old, same old? Tired of getting your mom or the mother of your children a bouquet of flowers every year for Mother’s Day? Then freshen up your Mother’s Day traditions with a trip to the Smoky Mountains this year! The Smokies are filled with unique ways to celebrate the special women in your life. Whether they’re outdoor enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, or sophisticated socialites, you’ll find something in the Smokies to impress them and say a BIG thank you for all their love and care throughout the year! Continue reading