Large Group Getaways: Top Attractions and Activities in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the Great Smoky Mountains are top picks for group getaways – whether it be reunions, church or youth retreats, corporate weekends, or special occasions – for a reason. Both towns are packed with group-friendly attractions, feature awesome annual events that are great for groups, and have a huge variety of large-group lodges boasting amenities that will keep any group happy.

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Spring Break Family Fun in the Smokies

Let’s face it…when we think of spring break, the first image to mind typically shows tons of youngsters flooding the beaches and going (to put it mildly) out of control. And for those of us with kiddos and teens, that’s the last thing we want them to experience, whether on vacation or not. Break away from the beachy tradition — spend your 2019 spring break in the Great Smoky Mountains. Family-friendly attractions combined with in-cabin fun will keep everyone entertained and create the perfect atmosphere for a playful, relaxing, and memorable spring break your family deserves!

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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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Date Night: A Fun Night out in Gatlinburg

Looking to up your game for date night? Treat your man or lady to a fun night out in downtown Gatlinburg — where tasty dishes, ocean adventures, comedy genius, good ole times, and cozy cabins reside! Start your romantic evening with a smooth red and a steak dinner by a relaxing river. Next, take an under-the-sea tour or watch a knee-slap-worthy performance. Later, down a cold one or two while grooving to live music, then end the night with a steamy hot tub soak under the stars at your secluded Smoky Mountain cabin. If you’re looking to ramp up the romance, create new memories with your sweetheart, or simply show your loved one a great time, Gatlinburg is the place for YOU!

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Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Art in the Smokies

Unleash your creative side (everyone has one) this Inspire Your Heart with Art Day on Thursday, January 31, 2019, an annual time to reflect on art and how it inspires YOU. Paints, pencils, pens, mixed media, photographs, digital mediums…you name it — art is everywhere and runs rampant in the Great Smoky Mountains! Find inspiration from local crafters and gifted artists as well as picturesque nature all around, from snow-capped peaks to wondrous wildlife. Gatlinburg hosts a number of art galleries, studios, and even a national art and craft education center, making it a fantastic location to nurture your inner artist. Inspire Your Heart with Art Day or any day: sketch, craft, paint, and bring your wildest creations to life in the Smokies! Continue reading


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 24-27, 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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