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!
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
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.
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!
If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge in the Great Smoky Mountains, you know that flavorful food is a big deal. Between the pancake houses, chocolate shops, Southern-style restaurants, and quick bites, you can’t go a single block or make a full circle without finding something to nibble, savor, or scarf down. From chain restaurants to local cafes, the cuisines span the globe to offer something delicious for every taste.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge become winter wonderlands in November and December, and they become even more bustling with festive, family-friendly events for the holidays. If you’re planning a holiday getaway with family or friends, you’ll find there is plenty to do during winter in the Smokies!
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.
What is the most popular thing to do when driving long distance (or any distance for that matter)? Perhaps it’s chatting with friends or listening to informative podcasts…but most people simply enjoy a good song. When bobbing your head to the beat, tapping your fingers to the rhythm, or singing at the top of your lungs, it’s easy to get lost in the music and forget about the words.
Okay, we will admit it: all the touristy attractions that have sprung up around the Gatlinburg area are pretty stinkin’ fun, like shooting zombies at Outbreak: Dread the Undead, trying to break out at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, or playing blacklight mini-golf and laser tag at the LazerPort Fun Center. But you did not come all the way to the beautiful Smoky Mountains only for the tourist stops, especially when there is such a rich culture steeped in the old American way of life in heart of downtown Gatlinburg!
Barbecue cooking in the back yard, cool summer breezes passing by, refreshing iced tea in hand…the 4th of July is a classic American holiday typically spent at home with family and friends. But what if you took things up a notch? What if you brought your loved ones and Independence Day traditions to the Great Smoky Mountains? Attend the 1st Independence Day parade in the nation, witness the Gatlinburg fireworks finale, check out local attractions, shop for souvenirs in town, and grill holiday dishes at your private cabin with a stunning mountain view! Start planning today and make this 4th of July one to remember — in the Smokies. Continue reading