Category Archives: Attractions

Beat the Heat on Vacation

With the temperature rising and humidity creeping up, more creative ways might be needed to beat the heat this summer. Regardless of the heat, it is still beautiful in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains, but it is heating up. Fortunately, there are some really great ways to beat the heat this summer in and around Gatlinburg, TN.

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13th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

Year round, the Great Smoky Mountains are a beautiful place to be. They are truly the picture of the “great outdoors,” and they are the perfect backdrop for all the wonderful activities that go along with warm spring days. As spring approaches, those who enjoy swimming, rafting, hiking, camping, and fishing can look forward to many great events in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. One of the most popular events this year is sure to be the 13th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament.

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Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show

The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is an 8 mile loop of shops, studios, cafes, and galleries located just 3 miles from downtown Gatlinburg. It was established in 1937 and it is now a booming and incredibly important part of the Great Smoky Mountains area. The loop has even been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts and Crafts Trail. Throughout the community, visitors will meet artisans who create handmade quilts, baskets, stained glass, pottery, jewelry, dolls, ceramics, clothing and watercolors. The work of these artisans has become a great part of the culture of the Great Smoky Mountains, and you can find some really amazing pieces on a visit here.

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Wanna Play Golf?

There is so much to do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! There are uniquely entertaining shows, shops galore, and dining for miles. But what if you’ve seen all the shows you can handle, have stuffed yourself until you ache, and care nothing about going shopping with the girls? Wanna play golf?

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Arcades in Gatlinburg

All kids love to visit arcades! From the latest dance game craze and 3-D games to classics like Skee Ball and Pac-man, there is something for everyone at an arcade. It’s a great place for Dad to take the kids while Mom experiences a little rest and relaxation. And it’s also a great place to take refuge when your beloved drags you along for some shopping.

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Arts and Crafts in the Great Smoky Mountains

A large and very important part of the history of the Great Smoky Mountains is the arts and crafts community. Founded from necessity and maintained by a passion for the craft and visitor demand, the arts and crafts community plays a vital role in the life, success, and culture of the area. Since its inception years ago, the community of handcrafters has greatly expanded, and now there are dozens of shops dedicated to the intricate work that the artists do. You really can’t make a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains without taking a piece of handmade work with you, so here are just a few of the many places you can browse and buy some amazing pieces of art: Continue reading


Gatlinburg for the Star-Obsessed

Whether you secretly watch E!News, your remote “just happens” to get stuck on TMZ for an hour, or you just like to casually browse the tabloids in the grocery store line, if you need your fix of all things celebrity, Gatlinburg has you covered. You may not actually run into any celebrities here (except maybe Zeno the Gatlinburg bear), but there are several places in town that you can feel that star vibe. Check out these spots if you’re a fan of the famous.

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Christmas Lights in Gatlinburg

If you’ve ever spent time during the holidays in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, TN, then you know that no one celebrates and decorates for the season quite like these areas do. Thousands of lights line the streets and adorn the shops, so whether you are walking or driving, you won’t miss this exquisite sight. Here are a few of the best ways to view the Christmas lights in the city:

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Favorite Locations in Gatlinburg

Okay, I realize that I’m not Oprah, so my opinion may not hold much weight if you are one of her millions of fans. I can’t give you ten iPods, a trip to Hawaii, a $600 plush bath robe, or your own private island, and I haven’t visited the country’s most extravagant and lavish restaurants and attractions. But in the spirit of the holiday season, I thought I would share a few of my favorite locations in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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