A Sweet Spin on S’mores

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.

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Warm Up with Comfort Foods in the Smokies

1. Hot Apple Fritters
First on our list for fall comfort foods in the Smokies is a hot apple fritter at the Apple Barn and Cider Mill in Sevierville. If you haven’t visited this unique Smoky Mountain restaurant before, you should definitely check it out this fall. You won’t find a sweeter way to warm up than with a perfectly flaky fritter and a glass of fresh-made apple cider in your hands. You can also hang around and eat dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant before heading back to the cabin with your very own bottle of locally made apple wine from the Apple Barn Winery.

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Summer Lovin’, in the Smokies

While the Smokies is known for being a family vacation go-to, it’s also great for couples. Gatlinburg has dozens of great restaurants, local wineries, unique shops, art galleries, museums, and attractions that couples will love. We all need a little time to reconnect with the one we love, so plan a getaway to Gatlinburg for romance and fun. From fun attractions to romantic activities, there’s plenty to do!

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Summer Fun with Dolly

Summertime at Dollywood means fun for all ages, with new, exciting rides, carnival games and prizes, attractions for smaller kids, and more! The Drop Line, a 20-story free fall, is now open, as well as the FireChaser Express – the first dual-launch family coaster in the nation! Want more heart-pounding rides? Adventure seekers will love the Barnstormer, Blazing Fury, Lightning Rod, Mystery Mine, Tennessee Tornado, Thunderhead, and Wild Eagle. Kids can check out the NEW Whistle Punk Chaser junior coaster, located in Timber Canyon. If you’re traveling with younger kids, be sure to stop by Country Fair. Rides like Amazing Flying Elephants, Busy Bees, Demolition Derby, Lemon Twist, Lucky Ducky, and Piggy Parade will please little ones!

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5 Historic Places You Should Visit in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains are well-known for their majestic appeal, their flock of tourist attractions, their unique culture, and their country charm. What you might not realize about the Smokies is that they are also full of history. They have a rich cultural background that played a large part in shaping the area into what it is today, and you can find that history all over Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas.

William “Billy” Ogle is credited with having built the first settler structure in the Smoky Mountains in the mid 18th century. His descendant, Noah “Bud” Ogle, later built one of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s last remaining fully operational tub mills—and that’s just one of the must-see historic sites on our list.
Whether you’re a history buff or you’re just looking for a good way to stretch your legs in the great outdoors, these historic sites deserve to be visited the next time you come to the Smokies! Continue reading

Getting Back to Nature

Outdoor Fun in the Smokies

Soaring mountain vistas, dipping valleys, fields of wildflowers, families of playful (from a distance!) black bears, the largest diversity of salamanders in the world, beautiful trees and flowering bushes, bright blue skies, and quiet mountain streams are just a few of the natural features that make the Great Smoky Mountains great. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park – one of the most popular reasons to visit the area – is the most visited national park in the country. Millions of people make the trip to the Smokies each year, finding tons of opportunities for outdoor fun – even beyond the national park.

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50 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Anti-Boredom Month in the Smokies

We never promote boredom. Having a lazy day drinking a glass of lemonade in a rocking chair, lounging in front of your cabin’s big screen TV, or soaking in the hot tub? Yes. But being bored in the Smokies? Not on our watch. With a community calendar jam packed with arts and crafts shows, fishing tournaments, car shows, food and wine festivals, 4th of July celebrations, holiday parades, kids’ events, outdoor excursions, and more PLUS dozens of attractions, restaurants, and shops for kids and adults, there is always something to do.

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