We’re Open – and so is the Smokies!
We are thrilled to say that many Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge businesses are open again, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Reduced occupancy and additional safety measures will be in place, so you can continue to maintain distance while supporting area businesses.
Aargh, get ready to see an ocean battle of epic proportions in the Great Smoky Mountains — at Pirate’s Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge, TN! Set to open May 24, 2019, this pirate show extravaganza comes with a 4-course feast plus bonus fun to those who arrive early and treasure to loot after the performance. Dolly Parton continues to wow locals with this new venture in her hometown and has spared no expense with a $28 million dollar property investment + an additional $9 million towards construction. From a grand exterior and souvenir shop to a 15-foot lagoon with 300,000 gallons of water and 2 full-sized pirate ships, this 21,000-square-foot arena is home to unforgettable times with family and friends — landlubbers and seafaring folk alike! Continue reading
Known for drawing famed celebrities to the area, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, welcomes yet another talented star, Grand Ole Opry winner, and coach from The Voice, Blake Shelton! When seeking a great location for his 3rd restaurant, there was no doubt Gatlinburg would be the place. With country roots, Southern charm, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park next door, Gatlinburg was an obvious choice to host the next Ole Red. And with Dolly Parton’s blessing, Blake intends to take the Smokies by storm, luring even more visitors to the area with a hopping restaurant attraction featuring live music, Southern cuisine, and a 2-story bar! Partnering with Ryman Hospitality Properties, Blake has big plans for his 3rd restaurant — set to open spring 2019 in Gatlinburg. Continue reading
Snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, gingerbread, macadamia nut, sugar…cookies are traditional and sure mean a lot to Santa Claus. After all, they do add a bit more pep in his step on Christmas Eve so he can make all his rounds with a smile and ease. But what about the rest of the holiday season…what kind of sweet treats do you think ole St. Nick cooks up in his cozy kitchen for Christmas? With plenty of inspiration from around the world, he’s sure to have quite the assortment of sugar-filled recipes. For now, let’s take a look at the best desserts he’s picked up in the Smokies and (perhaps more importantly) where YOU can partake of these scrumptious sweets, too!
The South is known for many foods, from fried chicken and sweet potato pie to casseroles and fried okra. But a favorite in the South, and particularly in the Great Smoky Mountains, is juicy barbecue. Whether it’s dry-rubbed ribs or saucy pulled pork shoulder, barbecue is piled high in the restaurants of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. If you’re looking for a hearty barbecue meal in the Smokies – with heaps of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and vegetables on the side, check out our list of where to get the best BBQ in the Smokies.
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are known for a lot of things: great mountain views, family-friendly attractions, their proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the most visited national park in the U.S.), Ober Gatlinburg, Dollywood, and…big country breakfasts. From heaping stacks of fluffy pancakes to plates of crisp bacon, getting a big breakfast is a must when you’re in the Smokies.
What’s bringing your large group to the Smokies this year? A wedding? A reunion? A retreat? Whatever the occasion, we know you need at least two things to keep your group happy: lots of space and good food!