Top 3 Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains

top-3-thanksgiving-reasons-feature Each year, families descend upon the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee for holidays together. Spending Thanksgiving cozied up in a log Gatlinburg cabin in the mountains is a family tradition we can get behind! Imagine yourself gathering around a large dining table with your family’s favorite recipes made fresh in the cabin’s fully equipped kitchen for a Thanksgiving feast you won’t soon forget.  You’re carving the turkey, whipping the mashed potatoes, simmering the cranberries on the stovetop, and baking pumpkin pie in the oven. Whether coming from near or far, cooking in the cabin or enjoying Thanksgiving dinner downtown, the

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Enjoy Thanksgiving Together in the Smokies

thanksgiving-in-the-smokies-feature Ah, inhale the fresh Smoky Mountain turkey in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Wait…what? Oh no, not the wild critters gobbling about, we’re talking about the succulent Thanksgiving turkey cooked at your cozy cabin in the mountains. Paired with smooth mashed potatoes covered in creamy gravy, 4-cheese macaroni, baked stuffing, homestyle cranberry sauce, and mouthwatering veggies, what could be better? Why, spectacular rolling mountain views with remnants of fall colors only a glance away from the dining table of course! There are so many reasons to enjoy Thanksgiving in the Smokies. Select restaurants stay open and serve special holiday dishes

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Discover Family-friendly Frightening Fun During A Smoky Mountain Halloween!

So much of the fun of Halloween is the costumes and decorations. You’ve done the typical trick or treating at home, so how can you mix it up this year? Head to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee! Pack up your costumes, candy, Halloween craft supplies, and treats in a tote and re-enact the classic Halloweentown scene when Aggie Cromwell magically pulls tons of Halloween trinkets from her “bag that defies logic.”  Gather around the kitchen table in the cabin and make Halloween crafts together. Decorate personalized trick-or-treat bags at the living room coffee table with the little ones while the

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Culture + Art + History at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

While we love the touristy attractions that have popped up around Gatlinburg - zombies at Outbreak: Dread the Undead, puzzles at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, blacklight mini-golf and laser tag at the LazerPort Fun Center - you did not come all the way to the beautiful Smoky Mountains only for the tourist stops. You came for the fun, yes; but also the incredible scenery, the outdoor adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the rich history and culture steeped in the old American way of life in heart of downtown Gatlinburg! The original settlers in the Appalachian

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How To: Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Family

The holidays are the perfect time to get in some quality time with family. For families who don’t live near each other, it may be one of the only times during the year they get together. Renting a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains can be a great way to get everyone together, whether it’s just immediate family or a big group of extended relatives around the country. And while enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas meal, an Easter brunch, or a fun 4th of July barbecue with the family can be great, we all know that holidays with the

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Whimsical Fairy House in the Smokies + Enchanting Extras

fairy-fun-smokies-feature Magical creatures have always sparked imagination, inspired creativity, and even shaped the captivating stories we tell our children. If you’ve been craving a fairytale adventure since childhood, a getaway to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, may be just what you need. Offering a world of enchantment, the Great Smoky Mountains features an estate that is rumored to house fairies! And we have the scoop on where the Fairy House is located in the Smokies, how to get to Voorheis Estate, and what you’ll find when you get there. Plus, there are other mystical attractions and events in the area worth

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Daring Fun — Axe Throwing in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

axe-throwing-feature Ever wanted to throw an axe? Make your dream come true in Tennessee — where axe throwing is taking the Great Smoky Mountains by storm! So many hatchet houses have popped up among fun attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg within the last few years, and we have the scoop on where to go for the best axe-throwing experience in the Smokies. Plus, some Smoky Mountain axe houses feature ninja stars, darts, foam axes for kids, and other fun things to throw at a fixed or moving target. Axe throwing in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, or Gatlinburg is fun for the

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Bier, Brats & Big Fun at OktOBERfest

Oktoberfest - Featured Fall brings to mind many things…a nip in the air, changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes (for better or worse, they’re here to stay!), hot cocoa, carving pumpkins, apple-flavored everything, cozy sweaters and scarves…and the list goes on. But in the Great Smoky Mountains, fall means the return of an area favorite: OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg! It’s here every year, and it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Along with having plenty of options for an adults-only weekend, it’s also family friendly enough to bring along the kiddos! The traditional Oktoberfest celebration – based in Munich, Bavaria, Germany – began

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The 407: YOUR Gateway to Adventure

407-gateway-feature Traveling down Interstate 40 to reach the Great Smoky Mountains, you spot a new place to take a break and enjoy the moment just off Exit 407 in Sevierville, Tennessee. What’s that? It’s The 407: Gateway to Adventure retailtainment complex that features shops, eateries, moonshine, and family-friendly attractions to make the most of your classic American road trip! And if you want to stay a while longer, there are plenty of local cabins to book. Wholly owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), Kituwah LLC launched a 200-acre development known as Project 407 in Sevierville, TN, in 2021.

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YOUR Bachelorette Bash in the Smokies

bachelorette-party-smokies-featured Family vacations are probably the first thing that come to mind when you think of the Smokies – probably not a bachelorette party. But Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, are home to dozens of bars, attractions, shops, shows, restaurants, and opportunities for outdoor fun – all perfect for a bachelorette bash in the Smokies. If your group loves to stay active, spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Want to pamper the bride-to-be? Fill the weekend with massages, shopping, and winery tours. Feel like letting loose a bit? Check out the bars and live music in downtown

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