Summer Vacay for Every Style — in the Smokies!

Stuck inside all winter, busy schedules in spring…summertime is vacation time! And no matter your vacation style, be it laid back, high action, luxury, pet-centered, or miserly, the Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to host your summer vacay. Unsure what kind of vacation style suits you? Take our mini quiz to help you find the answer with tips and tricks on how to enjoy your best Smoky Mountain vacation! As a bonus, we’ve even listed the perfect cabin amenities according to each vacationer type — after all, you can’t visit the Smokies without a proper cabin experience…it’s tradition.

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Fun for Summer in the Smokies Along the FREE Gatlinburg Trolley

While your gorgeous log cabin may be peaceful and secluded among the Smoky Mountain forestry or high on a mountain ridgeline among the clouds, the hustle and bustle of summer in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is a great balance to your vacation! Alternate between the serene, majestic mountains and tranquil rivers creeping through the forests to exciting Ripley’s attractions, live street music during Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, and boisterous shows. However, you will want to spend your time wisely after prying yourselves away from those breathtaking mountain views and venturing outside of your cozy cabin and make the most of your visit into Gatlinburg by skipping the hassle of moving the car to a new parking spot at each new destination.

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2018 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

You know the songs: “Thunder Rolls,” “She’s Everything,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” and “I Cross My Heart.” You know the artists: Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, and George Strait. But what (or who) you probably don’t know are the songwriters behind these top country hits — names like Pat Alger, Tony Arata, and Kent Blazy.

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10 Reasons You’re a Crowd Avoider — And Why It’s Okay in the Smokies!

If lines make you anxious, bumper-to-bumper traffic isn’t your game, and crowds make you cringe, then you might be a Crowd Avoider. Some people may say you’re too uptight, can’t let loose, or just need to chill, but we get it. Why wait in line forever to enjoy a ride for a few fleeting moments? Why take hours to reach a destination that’s only minutes away? And why let people you don’t even know into your personal bubble? Any of this ringing a bell? Yep, that’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 reasons you’re a crowd avoider and why it’s perfectly okay to travel in low seasons, avoid crowds altogether, and make your Smoky Mountain trip truly worthwhile.

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Say “I DO” to Fall in the Smokies — Fall Weddings and Honeymoons

Gorgeous colors, gentle breezes, seasonal wildflowers — what better time to say “I do” in the Smokies than fall?! While other seasons do have their charms, autumn presents a unique period of nice weather accompanied by natural décor, truly enhancing your wedding experience. The Great Smoky Mountains is not only a beautiful place to tie the knot but also a fantastic location to spend your first days of marriage together. From hiking through the fall-hued forests and attending local festivals to dining at first-class restaurants and spending cozy nights in the cabin, your wedding and honeymoon in the Smokies will be memorable to say the least. Continue reading


Why We Love Gatlinburg — and YOU Should, Too!

As you make your way into the wonderful City of Gatlinburg, surrounded by the breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains, spellbound by exciting attractions, entranced by the aroma of Southern flavors, and mesmerized by endless cabin amenities, falling in love isn’t a choice — it’s a natural response. And we believe once you visit Gatlinburg, you’ll feel the same. That’s why we’ve put together a list of reasons why we love Gatlinburg, from hiking in the most visited national park and tackling every attraction in sight to savoring local food creations and spending quality time in a cozy cabin with an epic mountain view. After exploring Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for the first time, return trips are bound to happen!

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Blake Shelton’s NEW Restaurant in Gatlinburg!

Known for drawing famed celebrities to the area, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, welcomes yet another talented star, Grand Ole Opry winner, and coach from The Voice, Blake Shelton! When seeking a great location for his 3rd restaurant, there was no doubt Gatlinburg would be the place. With country roots, Southern charm, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park next door, Gatlinburg was an obvious choice to host the next Ole Red. And with Dolly Parton’s blessing, Blake intends to take the Smokies by storm, luring even more visitors to the area with a hopping restaurant attraction featuring live music, Southern cuisine, and a 2-story bar! Partnering with Ryman Hospitality Properties, Blake has big plans for his 3rd restaurant — set to open spring 2019 in Gatlinburg. Continue reading


Memorial Day in the Smoky Mountains: 10 Ways to Play

It’s the beginning of the summer after a long school year with the kids, long workdays in the office as the weather seemingly begged you to skip work and stay outside, and all the graduations, weddings, and obligations that kept you from unwinding. Rather than preparing your own home for this momentous summertime kick-off. make this year’s Memorial Day 2018 an incredibly fun celebration in a Pigeon Forge cabin! Here are 10 ideas to inspire an epic Memorial Day weekend to start your summer off the right way: Continue reading


Look What We Can Do – Talent in the Smoky Mountains

Filled to the brim with talented performers, awe-inspiring artists, creative craftsmen, and dedicated farmers, the Great Smoky Mountains is the place to go for epic shows, unique home décor, handcrafted goods, and prized produce. Enjoy an outstanding evening performance, visit the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, witness the creation of a masterpiece, and dine on Southern cuisine prepared fresh with locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’re looking to entertain a large group, purchase a romantic gift to commemorate a special occasion, pick up a few artsy skills, or savor incredible Smoky Mountain flavors, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have you covered — and then some! Continue reading


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