Teeming with rich history and wondrous wildlife, Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From majestic mountain views and preserved historic structures to fascinating wild animals and never-ending forest trails, this valley area is a great place to see the Smokies like no other. Truly, you will not have to look far for unforgettable sights and unbelievable experiences at Cades Cove.
The holiday season is already creeping into retail stores around the country, and Santa Claus seemingly keeps showing up earlier and earlier every year…Pump the brakes and get centered before all the craziness begins. The serenity and peacefulness of a cabin in the Smoky Mountains is my favorite, quick remedy to that itch to run away before all the hoopla of the holidays revs up.
Fall is my favorite season. There is nothing quite like drinking coffee on the back porch of a cabin in the cool September morning air. Beyond the wood railing, a sea of red, orange, and yellow cascades up and over each mountain. Paired with the cool white glow of the sunrise, this is pretty close to heaven, I’m convinced. Just like me, the Appalachian areas of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg get in the spirit of autumn, and it’s truly an adventure to be had. Fall vacationing in the Smoky Mountains is an annual trip for many, but if you have not experienced a fall cabin trip, you certainly need to add this to your list this year!
Point of Grace | 5 bedrooms | 5 ½ bathrooms | sleeps 16 | Pigeon Forge
This modern mountain cabin in the Sherwood Forest resort is the perfect blend of high-end finishes, bright spaces, and rustic touches for a one-of-a-kind escape in the Great Smoky Mountains. It boasts all the “classic” cabin features – floor-to-ceiling windows, wood interiors, inviting deck spaces – plus lots of awesome bonuses. Spend days playing in downtown Pigeon Forge (just a few miles away), soaking up incredible mountain views with a drink in hand, splashing around in your private indoor pool, and shooting pool next to the built-in bunks. At night, create delicious homemade meals in the fully equipped kitchen, have movie marathons in your private home theater with big screen TV and theater seats, and fall asleep in gorgeous bedrooms that feel like their own little retreats.
The excitement of a new school year ran out quickly as soon as the homework assignments started rolling out and the first test and project dates were set. The kids aren’t the only ones fighting the back to school blues, though, and the line, “I am not going to ask you again to do your homework,” has already been worn out. Maybe you’re on the other side of this as a teacher. The kids have seemingly forgotten what desks are used for, you’ve already had to clean the classroom more times than you can count, and the wine aisle gets more tempting every day.
August is National Golf Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a day golfing in the Great Smoky Mountains? With beautifully manicured grounds, gorgeous mountain surroundings, and courses designed by top golf course architects and golfers, the golf courses in the Smokies are both challenging and scenic. Father-son weekend, relaxing getaway for yourself, corporate retreat, or a just-because-it’s-National-Golf-Month vacation – a day on the golf courses of Gatlinburg is always a win.
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.
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!
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!
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.