Category Archives: Attractions

Welcome to the Mountaintop Paradise of Anakeesta with All NEW Additions!

Before we discuss what is new, what is Anakeesta, in the first place? Built in 2017, Anakeesta rests high above the Parkway of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, nestled 600’ among the mountaintops. The entrance to Anakeesta starts with an incredibly scenic ride on the Chondola, a one-of-a-kind sky lift car accessible right in downtown at 576 Parkway, a perfect addition to your day of awesome excursions and relaxing in your Gatlinburg cabin! Hop out of the Chondola and step foot into a dreamy mountain village with pristine gardens, cozy sitting areas with rocking chairs and fire pits, and tons of great stuff to do for couples, large groups, and families. Designed as a tribute to the natural beauty and rich culture of the Smoky Mountains, everything from the shopping and dining to things to do and seasonal events are centered on being outdoors and taking in the breathtaking views from this village nestled among the clouds.

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Lumberjack Feud Is BACK — with Paula Deen!

Originally opening in 2011, the Lumberjack Feud began as a unique dinner show that featured professional lumberjack athletes who competed for victory in logging events, such as ax swinging, chainsaw carving, logrolling, and tree climbing. Quickly becoming a Pigeon Forge favorite with its unique showmanship and hearty meal, the show was eventually bought by Dolly Parton, who added a touch of Southern flair with special effects and nimble acrobatics in 2015. By 2017, Dolly decided to create a new competitive show with a touch of romance called Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures – now the new Celebration! Dinner Show, leaving the Lumberjack Feud behind…

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Whirl, Collide & Slide aboard the NEW Ice Bumper Cars at Ober Gatlinburg!

Remember entering the bumper-car battle arena at the fair as a kid or spraying your little ones with the innovative water gun additions in summer? Just when you thought bumper cars couldn’t get any better…Ober Gatlinburg decided to take things up a notch with their brand-new attraction — Ice Bumper Cars! You’ve bumped around on slick floors and collided in cool pools, and now you have the chance to knock around a few friends on ice! Continue reading

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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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

A Summer Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains

Home to a diversity of wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and flowering plants and shrubs, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a breath a fresh air – a break from the busy mountain towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and the technology that so often consumes our lives. It is the most visited in the national park system, bringing in millions of visitors each year. While it’s beautiful all year long, summer is an especially wonderful time to visit the park. There are tons of fun things to fill your summer days with there, from hikes to waterfalls and picnics by the water to horseback rides along the trails and bike rides through the trees. With so many opportunities for outdoor summer fun and more than 800 miles of trails to explore, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. Here’s our quick guide to summer fun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Water Fun in the Smokies: Tubing, Rafting, Fishing & More!

As spring flowers fade and cool breezes linger, summertime draws near…sure to bring heat waves and sweaty attire. Now is the perfect time for a refreshing vacation! Beat the summer heat by splashing around in the Great Smoky Mountains, from tubing down Little River and whitewater rafting with your pals to fishing for rainbow trout and lounging in your very own private indoor pool. No matter where you stay, be it Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, keeping cool in the Smokies will be a breeze!

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Anakeesta: NEW Fun in the Smokies

Looking for a place to duel zipline with a friend, ride a thrilling mountain coaster, dine with an incredible mountain view, shop for unique souvenirs, and stroll amongst the tree canopy? Venture to Anakeesta, a 55-acre aerial adventure park for all ages in Gatlinburg, Tennessee — right next door to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! From Firefly Village and the Treehouse Village Playground to Adventure Outpost and the Forest Memorial Interpretive Trail, memorable experiences and incredible family photos are waiting for YOU atop Anakeesta Mountain. Continue reading

10 Smoky Mountain Summer Ideas & Family Fun for Every Budget

Cabins for YOU is a family-owned business, a family who happens to have a lot of kids. So, we know just how expensive summer vacations can get, no matter where you go! The awesome thing about a summer vacation in the Smoky Mountains is the wide array of options for entertainment suitable for every budget! Plan your vacation with another family or a group of families from your kids’ athletic team, church friends, or long-time family friends and split the cost of a large group cabin, making your lodging even more affordable. Plus, the more the merrier!

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