Category Archives: Advice

Plan Your 2019 Spring Break in the Smokies — Today!

Before it’s too late, take a little time to make plans for spring break! Give you 3 guesses where the majority of spring breakers will be heading this year, but you’ll only need 1… So, why not change things up a bit in 2019? After all, you have a limited amount of spring breaks in your life, and frankly, it can be quite boring to visit the same place year after year. Avoid crowded beaches, featuring limited real estate, noisy chatter overpowering the waves, and high risk for sunburn. Instead, head to the Great Smoky Mountains — where local attractions are aplenty, bluegrass beats fill the air, and early wildflower blooms dot the most-visited national park in the country! Continue reading

Stay Inside & Drink Hot Chocolate this Winter? Do THIS Instead!

Brrr! It’s freezing outside, so naturally, we take to the great indoors, where heaters keep us cozy, cocoa brings a smile, and TV provides entertainment. Then we do it all over again the next day, and the next, and the next…woohoo. How about changing it up this frosty season? Challenge winter head on and take your vacation plans up a notch with outdoor winter activities in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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7 Proposal-perfect Spots in the Smokies

Planning to propose to the love of your life but not sure where or how? Let the natural romance of the Great Smoky Mountains be your guide. When you get down on one knee, you should feel confident, content, and eager to hear “yes.” Worrying about the atmosphere, background, or environment won’t help, which is why you should choose a location that takes care of it all — a memorable and beautiful place your soulmate will never forget. And that’s what you’ll find in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Check out our carefully compiled list of 7 proposal-perfect spots in the Smokies, from the mountaintops to a cascading waterfall to under the sea! Continue reading

It’s the Most Magical Time of Year in the Smokies!

Mesmerized by the surreal city draped in lights and this magical North Pole come to life, it can be daunting to know where to start. Every holiday season, beginning in early November and carrying all the way through January, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains become a paradise for those who love Christmas and everything about it! From fantastic shows to wintry landscapes to millions of lights, a Christmas in Gatlinburg is certainly a bucket-list-worthy destination for new visitors and makes many fall in love with the contagious holiday spirit to return year after year.

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Thanksgiving in the Smokies: Dinner Downtown

Bring on the moist turkey, fluffy stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, mystery casserole, cranberry sauce, buttermilk biscuits, corn muffins, pumpkin cookies, and pecan pie, because Thanksgiving is only days away — yum! With so many dishes to prepare, it can feel burdensome to cook and clean (especially on your vacation time), so why not let someone else take on the hassle by dining out this year? Better yet, take your festivities up a notch with a family Thanksgiving in the Smokies, a beautiful place filled with incredible views, fun attractions, tons of activities, and — of course — delicious homemade Southern dishes!

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New Year, New YOU, and 19 Fun New Year’s Day Activities in the Smoky Mountains

After a long holiday season that seemingly starts earlier each year and stays hectic to the point that, when New Year’s Day rolls up and it’s time to get those big aspirations started, it feels more like a chore than an exciting new beginning. Start 2019 living your best life in a beautiful, fun, and incredible place: the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s got everything for every kind of New Year’s resolution! Here are 19 ways to kick off 2019 in a Smoky Mountain cabin and give your New Year’s resolutions all the momentum it needs:

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Easy Thanksgiving Recipes: Turkey & More in the Cabin

Thanksgiving is the time to be with family and friends, celebrating all the things you’re thankful for. And what better place to do that than in a lovely Smoky Mountain cabin?! There are plenty of places downtown that will be open for Thanksgiving dinner, but if you love cooking on this food-centric holiday, try whipping something up in your cabin’s fully equipped kitchen. These easy Thanksgiving recipes are perfect for a holiday spent in a cabin in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge – with family and friends.

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I Don’t Want to Leave the Cabin…Now What?

Private indoor pools, game-filled rec rooms, home theaters, mood-setting fireplaces, spacious bedrooms, nature all around, precious memories to last a lifetime — cabins are awesome. And cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains are even better…so why leave? In fact, we highly recommend taking at least one day of your vacation to just hang out and chill at your vacation home in the Smokies. Whether you’re looking for a bit of relaxation, fun for hours on end, or a nice blend of both, our Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins have you covered…and then some! Continue reading