Did you know that on August 25, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) will celebrate its centennial? That’s 100 years of serving Americans and visitors to America by maintaining its national parks and engaging communities in a variety of conservation and preservation efforts throughout the past 10 decades.
When you think of the South, what are some of the first foods that come to mind? Fried chicken? Creamed corn? Hot, buttery biscuits? Those are all favorite Southern staples, but what you might not realize is that if you had asked this question about a hundred years ago, the people of Appalachia would have definitely said apples!
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
- 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.
No, we’re not talking about the Hulk. We’re talking about going green for Earth Week in the Smokies! Each year the mountain town of Gatlinburg celebrates the earth with its week-long Earth Week festivities. From special events for kids to a nighttime race through the streets of Gatlinburg, Earth Week has something for everyone to enjoy!
Redbud trees dot the landscape. Forsythia and rhododendron have begun to bloom. Dogwood-lined roads wait to greet you as you drive down a winding mountain road. Finally—spring has sprung in the Smokies!
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
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!