The holiday season is already creeping into retail stores around the country, and Santa Claus seemingly keeps showing up earlier and earlier every year…Pump the brakes and get centered before all the craziness begins. The serenity and peacefulness of a cabin in the Smoky Mountains is my favorite, quick remedy to that itch to run away before all the hoopla of the holidays revs up.
Sometimes misplaced stress can really get in the way of relationships and romance. Just remember: your partner didn’t pile on all that extra paperwork before the weekend or make your passive-aggressive work schedule that leaves you worn out. So, when life is causing your relationship stress, get away! Go back to the basics and escape together to the Smoky Mountains for a romantic cabin vacation. The Smokies are considered one of the most affordable romantic areas in the country for plenty of good reasons!
Fall is my favorite season. There is nothing quite like drinking coffee on the back porch of a cabin in the cool September morning air. Beyond the wood railing, a sea of red, orange, and yellow cascades up and over each mountain. Paired with the cool white glow of the sunrise, this is pretty close to heaven, I’m convinced. Just like me, the Appalachian areas of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg< get in the spirit of autumn, and it’s truly an adventure to be had. Fall vacationing in the Smoky Mountains is an annual trip for many, but if you have not experienced a fall cabin trip, you certainly need to add this to your list this year!
The excitement of a new school year ran out quickly as soon as the homework assignments started rolling out and the first test and project dates were set. The kids aren’t the only ones fighting the back to school blues, though, and the line, “I am not going to ask you again to do your homework,” has already been worn out. Maybe you’re on the other side of this as a teacher. The kids have seemingly forgotten what desks are used for, you’ve already had to clean the classroom more times than you can count, and the wine aisle gets more tempting every day.
Mark your calendars—the first day of fall will be September 22, 2017! And that means we’re getting closer to one of the most popular seasons to visit the Smoky Mountains. It also means we’re closer to Sugarlands MountainFest, a 4-day music and outdoor festival in the Smokies! The fall foliage of the Smokies draws thousands of guests every year. No one wants to miss the gorgeous display of colors cascading down the mountains! And the Sugarlands MountainFest beautifully blends the fall foliage with the music of the mountains. So be sure to book your fall foliage visit early, and don’t miss your chance to visit the Smokies this September.
August is National Golf Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a day golfing in the Great Smoky Mountains? With beautifully manicured grounds, gorgeous mountain surroundings, and courses designed by top golf course architects and golfers, the golf courses in the Smokies are both challenging and scenic. Father-son weekend, relaxing getaway for yourself, corporate retreat, or a just-because-it’s-National-Golf-Month vacation – a day on the golf courses of Gatlinburg is always a win.
It’s almost that time again. Time for German bier, Bavarian music, family fun, pretzels, strudel, bratwurst, folk dancing, and more at the 8th Annual OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg! Held this September 22 – October 29, OktOBERfest at Ober is just a month away now! Each October, Ober Gatlinburg celebrates this beloved German tradition with a mini version of the original Oktoberfest. No less festive, it features delicious food, good beer, and plenty of fun for all ages!
August is FAMILY FUN MONTH, just another great excuse to plan a big Smoky Mountain vacation or a quick weekend away with the kids. And what better place to get away than Gatlinburg (or Pigeon Forge), where the Parkway is lined with arcades, mini golf courses, go kart tracks, and family-friendly attractions.
S’mores evoke feelings of family, friends, cool fall nights, stories by the campfire, simpler times, and a sprinkle of childhood innocence. And however you eat them: extra-browned marshmallows, open-faced or with 2 graham crackers, or melted chocolate – who doesn’t love this simple, sweet treat?! So, of course, there has to be a holiday to celebrate everyone’s favorite campfire dessert. Tomorrow (August 10) is National S’mores Day, and we’re gearing up by giving you some decadent s’mores-inspired recipes to try. Whether you’re at home or in one of our cozy cabins, these are great spins on the classic treat.