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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Storytelling with Ed Stivender

On February 5, 2009, in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, Pottery House Café will be hosting nationally recognized storyteller Ed Stivendor. If you have the time or if you are just in the planning stages of your Pigeon Forge vacation, the storytelling event will be worth attending for your entire family. Vacationers of all ages will enjoy Ed Stivendor at his finest at this Pigeon Forge Event.

Ed Stivender, sometimes called the Robin Williams of storytelling, has been story telling since 1977. He started this career full-time shortly after he left his day job as a high school teacher in Connecticut. Ed has appeared in schools, churches, coffeehouses, theaters and major storytelling events around the nation. The National Storytelling Association inducted Ed into its “Circle of Excellence” in 1996.

This Pigeon Forge event will be held at The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille. The Pottery House can be found at The Old Mill Square off of Old Mill Avenue at traffic light #7. Not only is the storytelling event being held here, but The Old Mill Square is a must see for the entire family. What a way to kill two birds with one stone.

For more information about ED Stivendor in Pigeon Forge TN or our Pigeon Forge cabins, please call our reservation staff.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

February in Gatlinburg TN

Gatlinburg Tennessee is well known for its beautiful scenery, romantic vacations and gorgeous weddings that take place year round. The month of February is especially known as the month of romance and romance is definitely in the air in Gatlinburg Tennessee. In Gatlinburg local residents, and even visitors, celebrate Valentine’s Day by getting married in one of the many chapels. This town is the perfect location for couples getting married, having a honeymoon or celebrating an anniversary. In February love and romance are ignited as a mountain backdrop surrounds you and you can spend the evenings enjoying the most breathtaking sunsets you will ever see. In February the entire area of Gatlinburg TN is still illuminated and adorned with magical winter lights and River Road is the perfect place to take a romantic nighttime stroll with your loved one.

In Gatlinburg TN you can have your dream wedding with simple planning and without breaking your wallet. Catering to brides everywhere, Gatlinburg has well over twenty wedding chapels that range from new chapels to chapels that look more like the country churches of yesterday. Most of the wedding chapels in Gatlinburg have package deals you can order or they will let you make your own package. Gatlinburg has made it fairly simple to have your dream wedding day and you can start by filling out the pre-application online. You can pick up your marriage license within a month and you are ready to prepare for your perfect day.

You have the chapel picked out and the marriage license applied for so what else do you need? Yes, that’s right … a dress. Gatlinburg TN has numerous dress shops and stores that offer wedding dress and tuxedo rentals. If your wedding package did not include a photography package then there are plenty of professional photographers in the area that are ready to capture each special moment on this day. Still need more for your wedding day? Well, Gatlinburg TN has flowers, musicians and limo services that will complete your amazing day.

Your wedding day does not stop just because the ceremony is over. When you leave the chapel in your limo head out to one of the many Gatlinburg cabins to celebrate your new lives together as husband and wife. Call Cabins For You to get your cabin rental booked for your honeymoon. Cabins For You specializes in smaller cabins that are perfect for you to celebrate new beginnings together. If you want a cabin close to downtown Gatlinburg or a cabin on top of a mountain with panoramic views then we can help you out.

If you want to venture out during your honeymoon or romantic vacation in Gatlinburg there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy together. Gatlinburg has it all from skiing or ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg to playing miniature golf at one of the many miniature golf courses to getting lost in the mirror maze or getting up close and personal with your favorite stars in the wax museum. Gatlinburg Tennessee has fun things to keep you busy all day. At night after your long day of fun in downtown pick one of the many romantic restaurants to share a delicious meal together before heading back to your Gatlinburg cabin.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee has everything you need to complete your perfect day of bliss. Romance is in the air in February and if you get lucky you may even get to witness a winter wonderland surrounding you. Do not wait though because with February being so popular your cabin rental may book quickly.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Valentine's Day 2009

Valentine’s Day is a holiday for people to celebrate the love and romance in their life. Valentine’s Day is not necessarily all about romantic love, but it is about showing the people in your life how much you love them. This year it is easier to celebrate Valentine’s Day and plan a great Gatlinburg vacation with the person you appreciate and love the most. This year February 14 falls on a Saturday so break away from the basic cards, flowers and chocolates and plan a special weekend getaway in Gatlinburg Tennessee in one of our Gatlinburg cabins.

How do you start your romantic and fun weekend? Well, start by renting a Gatlinburg cabin from Cabins For You. From large groups wanting to celebrate the holiday of love together to couples, Cabins For You has a cabin for every party size. To top off your romantic vacation, Cabins For You offers guest packages that will be delivered to your cabin of choice before your arrival. You can order a gift package and have a romantic dinner inside the cabin or you can choose one of the several restaurants in Gatlinburg TN to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Below is a list of some suggestions for your romantic Gatlinburg vacation.

The Peddler Restaurant: Be welcomed by a dark, romantic atmosphere in a restaurant by the river in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. For the best seating in the house, call ahead for reservations!

The Park Grill Restaurant: This is the last restaurant before you enter the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The restaurant has a log cabin atmosphere with a romantic setting and is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one.

Greenbrier Restaurant: This romantic restaurant is hidden on a hillside in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Greenbrier offers a private dining experience in a romantic atmosphere. This log cabin-style restaurant will be one that you will always return to.

Ladies Fantasy Basket: Make the lady in your life feel special by giving her a basket with sparkling grape juice, two wine glasses filled with kisses, a loofah sponge, a picture frame so you can remember your special weekend, body lotion, bath salts, candles, and much more for her to have the relaxing weekend she deserves.

Bed of Roses: Bring her to cabin with and romance her with a bed roses. The bed of roses is prepared before your stay so when you check in the magic can begin. The bed of roses will “wow” her and will be something worth remembering.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries: A delicious treat for both of you to share. Two dozen chocolate covered strawberries in your own basket!

Your special weekend cannot wait. Start planning it today. Valentine’s Day weekend is busy and one of the most popular times to take your loved one on a special vacation to Gatlinburg TN. Get your cabin booked, order packages and your perfect vacation will be in order. Remember, Valentine’s Day comes only once a year!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pigeon Forge Saddle Up!

The Pigeon Forge Saddle Up! will be held between February 19-22 this year. This event has been recognized and awarded a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. At this year’s event you will be able to see Andy Hedges, Andy Wilkinson, Jim Hawkins, Juni Fisher, Kent Rollins, Paul Zarzyski, The Quebe Sisters Band, Wylie and the Wild West and a few others.

Ticket sales begin on February 19 at the Smoky Mountain Jubilee Theater or at Grand Majestic Theater. Advanced tickets will be available at the Country Tonight Theatre. Prices are as follows:
  • Friday/Saturday pass, excluding the Cowboy Symphony—$50 plus tax
  • Individual Friday or Saturday day passes—$30 each plus tax
  • Thursday afternoon concert—$15 plus tax
  • Cowboy Symphony—$20 plus tax
  • Chuckwagon Cook-off Lunches--$5
  • Ages 17 and younger are admitted free.
  • Dance—$5 per person
  • Sunday chuckwagon lunch—$5 minimum donation
Proceeds from these activities will benefit Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.

They will be having several events for you to see at several different locations. Wherever you choose to go you’ll be able to enjoy the company of those around you and make many memories. The Cowboy Symphony with Wylie and the Will West will be held at the Country Tonight Theatre. Many concerts will be played at the Smoky Mountain Jubilee and also at the Grand Majestic Theatre. There will be an Old Mill Chuckwagon Cook-off held at the Belle Island Village and at Clabough’s Campground and RV Resort. Cowboy Church will take place at Stages West and the Western Swing Dance will be at the Music Road Convention Center. Don’t forget to stop by the Tennesse Shindig for the Cowboy Caffeine and Chuckwagon Lunch while you’re in town!

Saddle Up! is enjoyable and your family is sure to have a lot of fun attending some, or all, of these events. For more information on Saddle Up! you can call 888-908-3327.

For more information regarding our Pigeon Forge cabins please call one of our reservatino specialists at 1-800-684-7865.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Top 10 Gatlinburg Attractions

Each year thousands of people visit Gatlinburg Tennessee for family vacations, youth retreats, honeymoons, or anniversaries and it is no wonder! There is certainly plenty of things to do, see and eat while in Gatlinburg TN. However, there are some attractions that you just cannot miss! The following attractions, landmarks and restaurants are some of the most popular in the area and they are what keeps people coming back year after year. Some of these activities can only be done during the hot summer months but the majority of downtown is packed with activities you can enjoy all year long. These Gatlinburg attractions are listed in no particular order and all should be visited at least once.
  1. Rafting in the Smokies - Rafting in the Smokies is located in Gatlinburg Tennessee and has 30+ years of experience. You can get first hand experience at battling the rapids on the Upper Section of the Big Pigeon River. The staff is well trained, experienced and friendly so there is no better place to take a ride on the rapids.
  2. Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre - For 32 seasons the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre has been the top show in the Smokies. This theatre is the only musical comedy attraction and the oldest theatre in the Gatlinburg Tennessee area. For years the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre proves to be an outrageously hilarious show full of fun for the entire family.
  3. Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community - This historic 8-mile loop is a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. This Arts & Crafts Trail was established in 1937 and the artisans inside whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve to create masterpieces such as candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, dolls, leather, stained glass and fine photography. The Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community is a must see when coming to Gatlinburg.
  4. Cooter’s Place - Do you remember the famous TV show, Dukes of Hazzard? If you so, and you are a fan then stop by Cooter’s Place in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Cooter’s Place is a museum full of memorabilia from the famous TV series. You can even purchase your own Dukes Of Hazzard souvenirs. So if you are a fan stop in next time you are in Gatlinburg.
  5. Hillbilly Golf - Built on the side of a mountaintop Hillbilly Golf is a unique miniature golf course that will having you running into moonshine stills, outhouses, rocky walls and many native plants. This one of a kind golf course sends you on a ride up the mountain and when you are done catch a tram back down and add up your scores to see who won.
  6. Gatlinburg Space Needle and Family Fun Center - At the Gatlinburg Space Needle you will get a great view of the Great Smoky Mountains and downtown Gatlinburg TN. The Space Needle’s observation tower stands 342 feet above the ground and offers breathtaking views year-round. Downstairs, where you will catch the elevator to take you to the top, you will find an amusement center full of fun for everyone.
  7. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum - There are plenty of things in this museum to make you ask, “believe it or not?" From shrunken heads to three headed cows you will not believe what you see inside this one-of-a-kind museum. For years Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum has shocked and amazed visitors coming to the downtown Gatlinburg area.
  8. Hollywood Wax Museum - This newly built wax museum lets you get up close and personal with some of your favorite stars. From Angelina Jolie, Hugh Hefner, and Forrest Gump to Michael Myers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the cast of Wizard of Oz you will get a chance to have your picture made beside some of your favorite movie stars.
  9. Ober Gatlinburg - The Ober Gatlinburg Indoor Amusement Park includes everything from arcade games and souvenir shops to indoor ice skating and skiing on the slopes. Skiing is open during the winter months and snow is made when temperatures are permitting. Ober Gatlinburg proves to be fun for everyone.
  10. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies - Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the top aquariums in the South. Visitors from everywhere come to see what’s happening at this large and unique aquarium. With a large, overhead tank and moving sidewalk and you can see the fish at the 360 degree angle.
There is something for everyone to enjoy in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Kids and adults alike will not leave without having enjoyed something incredible. Gatlinburg TN is one of the South’s most visited vacation spots and each year people return to experience new attractions and even more fun!

Don't forget about the Gatlinburg cabins offered in the quaint city of Gatlinburg TN. For more information regarding our Gatlinburg cabins and accommodations, please call a reservation specialist at 1.800.684.7865.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Weekend Getaway

Congratulations to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. According to Southern Living Magazine, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN were voted #1 "Best Weekend Getaway" and #5 for "Best Family Destination." These polls are printed in the January issue of the magazine and are produced from the magazines "Reader's Choice Awards." These polls are taken annual and readers vote on 14 categories.

With so much to offer, there is no question as to why these two cities are visited by roughly 11 million people each year. Beside the scenic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge TN offers Dollywood Theme Park, several dinner shows and theaters including Dixie Stampede, historic restaurants including The Old Mill, six outlet malls, hotels and resorts and literally thousands of cabins.

Gatlinburg TN offers numerous shops along the parkway in downtown, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Restaurant, several upscale restaurants and literally thousands of Gatlinburg cabin rentals.

Southern Living is the 8th largest magazine in the United States. Its regular readers reach upwards of 16 million. What and exciting award for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN! For more information about our cabin rentals please call us at 1-800-684-7865. For more information about Southern Living.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Southern Exposure Competitions

If you think you’ve got what it takes to compete in the Southern Exposure Competitions at Ober Gatlinburg on February 6, 2009 then join right in. However, if you are interested in seeing all the snowboarders and skiers compete then you’re more than welcome to be an onlooker. The Southern Exposure Competitions is a contest held at Ober Gatlinburg. This competition has become an annual event and evryone is invited to watch or participate.

There are 45 people allowed into this event. There will be ski and snowboarding competitions, high-flying ski and snowboard jumps and after everyone is finished competing an awards ceremony will be held. After all the participators are recognized for their achievements fet ready for some belly aching laughter. The Cardboard Sled Classic Derby will begin after the ceremony.

It’s an exciting competition and is a great event to watch. There is not an admission fee, but you will have to pay for parking and the tram ride. The Southern Exposure Competition has been a fun event for the past few years. Make sure you are in town on February 6. Participate in the Southern Exposure Competition, make memories and possibly take home a medal. If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing then you will still have fun watching as the competition goes along.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Weather in Gatlinburg Tennessee

After browsing the internet for the local weather in Gatlinburg Tennessee, I felt inclined to make a few suggestions regarding winter weather in Gatlinburg TN. According to weather.com, there is a chance of snow on two of the next eight days and the temperature will drop below 30 degrees Fahrenheit six of the next nine days. In some place more than others, Gatlinburg Tennessee has the possibility to see snow during the next few days and technically for the next few months. Chances of snow will drop heavily after the first week in March.

I know we all love the possibility of picturesque snow caped mountains that make perfect post cards, but those picturesque moments can turn disastrous if it snows at the wrong time or we cannot reach our destination. Even with little accumulation, the south (including Gatlinburg TN) struggles with clearing the road. And it is almost impossible to clean all the mountain roads that receive little sun light or that have high elevations.

The last thing we want to happen is for someone to miss a vacation because of winter weather. Yes, I understand that we might have a blizzard like we did in 1993 where it snowed six inches even in southern parts of Georgia, but typically, it’s just not that bad. There are a few things you can do to prepare for these weather hazards. These two suggestions will greatly reduce the stress and allow you to really enjoy the snow capped mountains.

We highly recommend trip insurance during the winter months. It is not very expensive and can eliminate you carry most of the risk of winter weather. We do not give refunds at Cabins For You because of weather condition. We do not have control of the weather and we cannot guarantee that it will rain, ice or snow at the perfect times. To help compensate for these problems we sell trip insurance. Your trip can be totally covered if you are not able to reach your cabin because of weather issues. Plus, trip insurance covers a few more instances that might arise during your Gatlinburg vacation.

Secondly, we hope every traveler coming into Gatlinburg during the winter months will bring chains or have a vehicle that has 4-wheel drive. In all honesty, both is preferable. Most snow storms in Gatlinburg consist of a few inches snow and maybe some ice. Most of the instances are easily handled by a vehicle that has 4-wheel drive with chains. This one helpful idea should fix many problems. If you do not have a vehicle with 4-wheel drive…you could always rent one. Please use good judgment whenever you drive in winter weather. There are some roads and some storms where it is impossible to drive regardless of the vehicle.

We highly recommend trip insurance because of some of the mountain roads. Also, please understand that you are driving at your own risk. If you are ever in doubt, please call the police to help assist you.

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