If you live in the South or have ever visited, you know that summers in the South can be hot. A Tennessee summer day is full of lush green trees, birds singing, blue skies, and nice breezes – but it also comes with a hot summer sun. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are no exception; thankfully, there are tons of fun things to do when the weather warms up in the Smokies. Whether you want to enjoy the warm weather outside or keep cool inside, you’ll find that there are endless opportunities for summer fun on a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. Below we’ve listed 15 great ways to beat the heat (or embrace it!) in Gatlinburg this summer. Continue reading
The DIY craze has certainly caught on over the past few years. People are spending less time at the store and more time online, searching for ways to do-it-themselves when it comes to decorating their home, finding gifts for friends, or buying specialty items for their little ones. Nothing is quite as special or as memorable as those beautiful items your own two hands have made!
Every year, millions of people flock to the Great Smoky Mountains. They travel for family-friendly attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, cabins with an awesome Smoky Mountain setting, and the outdoor activities in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For years the area has been a huge tourist draw, and the long list of attractions, restaurants, and shops – along with the beautiful mountain scenery – explains why. In Pigeon Forge, step back in time at the Titanic Museum Attraction, “meet celebrities” at the Hollywood Wax Museum, ride roller coasters and play at Dollywood (and Dollywood’s Splash Country in summer), enjoy a hearty meal and some history at The Old Mill, tour a local winery, or take a scenic helicopter tour. In Gatlinburg, ski and snowboard at Ober Gatlinburg, check out 360-degree views atop the Gatlinburg Space Needle, take in scenic views along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, listen to live music in the Ole Smoky Moonshine holler, play miniature golf, play arcade games at Fannie Farkle’s, or do some shopping along the Parkway before grabbing some cheese, candy, or coffee in The Village shops. Of course, you can always head over to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the most visited in the U.S. – to go hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, and more outdoor fun. On top of all that, the community calendar is jam-packed with events year-round for everyone. The city hosts holiday celebrations, music and food festivals, races, parades, and beyond that both kids and adults will love.
Grandparents have a special place in our hearts. They’re always going out of their way to treat us right—to buy us special gifts and take us on special trips. Well, this year, why can’t we return the favor? Our grandparents deserve a big “thank you” from the grandkids they’ve loved and spoiled for all those years!
2016 Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show
With the help of websites like Etsy and Pinterest and the increase of DIY shows and even the addition of a DIY Network, our love for all things handmade is making a strong comeback. We’ve come to realize the hard work that goes into handcrafted gifts and homemade recipes, and we’ve come to appreciate the care and originality poured into these off-the-assembly-line products. Now we’re looking for places where we can get more.
Make your family vacation something to remember this year with these Gatlinburg attractions. Some you’ve probably heard of, but others might be brand new. Check them out while you’re in town for a vacation that’s fun for the whole family! Continue reading
Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains is the ideal winter escape. With rolling hills, classic wintry weather, cozy cabins, and plenty of things to do, it’s perfect for couples, families, friends, and large groups looking to get away for a winter vacation. If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg before, you probably already know why it’s a great location. But if it’s your first time here, or if you just need more reasons to love the Smokies, read on. We have 25 more reasons Gatlinburg is a great winter getaway! Continue reading
Gatlinburg may be a few hours away from its music-lovin’ cousin Nashville, but that doesn’t mean it can’t compete. With music venues doubling as some of Gatlinburg’s favorite restaurants, you’re in for an entertainment experience that will delight the senses.
On September 30, 2015, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park unveiled 10 new pieces of alternative fuel equipment, according to an article by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. This new equipment will help the park join the “going green” initiative and ultimately improve air quality in the Smokies.
This change in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of many taking place in and around Gatlinburg, in accordance with the “Gatlinburg Goes Green” program begun in 1979.
For those of us who have pets, we know that they are a part of our families. They hold a special place in our hearts, so when we travel, we want to bring them along with us! Fortunately, we have a number of pet-friendly cabins at Cabins For You, so you don’t have to leave your four-legged friends at home! There are also several pet-friendly activities and attractions in the Smokies – both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg – that allow you to take your pets out with you during the day. Check out some of the pet-friendly attractions below.