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Cinco de Mayo — How to Celebrate in the Smokies

Spice up this Cinco de Mayo in the Great Smoky Mountains, with authentic Mexican cuisine and beer plus souvenir tees, exciting downtown entertainment, and a cabin party! This holiday deserves to be celebrated in style, and Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are excellent cities brimming with top Mexican restaurants and fun activities for all ages. Add a memorable cabin stay into the mix, and you’ll open a whole new playing field of celebration possibility, with traditional Mexican meals made in the fully equipped kitchen, catchy mariachi tunes on the back deck with mountain views, tequila shots in the rec room, and oh-so-much more! Make May 5, 2019, a day to remember — celebrating Cinco de Mayo with family and friends in the Smokies!

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2019 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Walk and learn about the wonders of flora and fauna in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a participant in the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. With 69 years under its belt, the pilgrimage has a lot to offer nature enthusiasts, from bird watching and wildflower sketching to lessons on wildfire ecology and forest forensics! Join fellow pilgrims from around the country on an artistic and scientific journey outside along guided walks and inside with detailed presentations April 23-27, 2019. Continue reading


Sip into Fun at the 2019 Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend

When you think of the Smokies, your mind may first land upon moonshine. From the toe-tapping sounds of live music and samples at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler in downtown Gatlinburg to the Sugarlands Distillery – and everything in between – moonshine is a big part of the culture in the Great Smoky Mountains. But for the 21-and-over crowd, it doesn’t stop at moonshine! In fact, wine is another important part of the Smokies, with local wineries and awesome events held throughout the year!

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Easter’s Hopping into the Smokies — Get Your Baskets Ready!

Wildlife stirs and stretches, mountain peaks meet the sun’s gaze, and crystal waters begin to flow once more as spring awakens the Great Smoky Mountains…and the Easter Bunny! Hip-hop-happening events are just around the corner in the Smokies, featuring a mountaintop worship service, skillfully crafted trinkets for sale, and everyone’s favorite spring character. From celebrating at sunrise and purchasing one-of-a-kind souvenirs to hunting for egg treasures and playing at your dream cabin, make this Easter (April 21, 2019) the best one yet — with friends and family in the Smokies!

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Get Revved for the 2019 Spring Rod Run in Pigeon Forge!

Zooming right around the corner is the 2019 Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run, one of the biggest car shows in the nation! Tune up your hot rod, give her a good shine, hit the road, and attend this 3-day, car-tastic event in the Smokies, April 11-13 (Thursday – Saturday). With an $8,000 cash giveaway, awards all around, swap meets, and official merchandise, car enthusiasts will have a blast! Whether you’re looking to ramp up your car collection, snag the part you’ve been forever searching for, or spend quality time with like-minded motorheads, the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run is for YOU!

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Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament in Pigeon Forge, TN

Warmth of the sun on your skin, refreshing cool waters mere feet away, and shimmering rainbow trout swimming all about…yep, spring in the Smokies just wouldn’t be complete without the biannual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament! Pack your best tackle, reserve a riverfront cabin, and head to the Little Pigeon River for fishing fun April 6-7 (2019) in Pigeon Forge, TN. As the largest fishing competition in the Smokies, you’re sure to have a blast with family and friends! Not to mention, there are tons of prizes, including commemorative trophies, brand-new fishing gear, and 2 chances to win a whopping $500! Whether you participate for pure fun, all the prizes, or sheer glory, this family-friendly fishing tourney won’t disappoint. Continue reading


Christmas in the Smokies: Pigeon Forge Winterfest & Beyond

Fighting for time among all the work parties, school plays, and church events in the first few weeks of December can make the “most wonderful time of year” somewhat of a stressful nightmare before Christmas. Plan an early holiday gathering with friends in November, a peaceful getaway with a special someone during January after exposing yourselves to one another’s crazy families, or bring the whole crazy family to a large group lodging for an incredibly special holiday gathering this year!

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Kick Off 2019 in the Smokies!

All dressed up, and so many places to go! 2018 was a long year for everyone: we earned this epic New Year’s Eve party, and there are 5 places to be in the Smoky Mountains to end one year and bring in the next with an exciting bang! Break out all those new dresses, jackets, makeup, and jewelry for an elegant night you are going to talk about well into 2019. Instead of asking the question, “Is anyone doing anything for New Year’s Eve?” organize a group getaway and bring your tribe of people to an awesome large group lodge where you can enjoy waking up after a long night to breathtaking mountain views and relaxing amenities – a great way to start this new chapter in your lives. Continue reading


Family-Friendly Frightful Fun and Hair-Raising Ways to Get Scared in Gatlinburg

Scare season is upon us, and it’s time to run for the hills, or better yet, the mountains! The Smoky Mountains are probably not even close to the first destination that comes to mind when we think of the Halloween season, but Gatlinburg is the place to be during autumn with the incredible kaleidoscope of warm colors painted across the mountains. It’s the best of nature and scares in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains during the frightful nights of Halloween, in a cozy cabin tucked away into the mountains.

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Plan One Last Summer Getaway to the Smokies — Labor Day Weekend 2018!

It’s hard to believe school is starting soon and summer is almost over! While the first day of autumn is technically September 22, Labor Day weekend (September 1–3, 2018) usually marks the unofficial change from our laid-back summer schedules to the hectic school-year pace. So why not book one last trip to the Great Smoky Mountains for Labor Day? Use this refreshing, reenergizing, and restorative 3-day weekend to get ready for school events, sports calendars, and project due dates to come!

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