Fall is my favorite season. There is nothing quite like drinking coffee on the back porch of a cabin in the cool September morning air. Beyond the wood railing, a sea of red, orange, and yellow cascades up and over each mountain. Paired with the cool white glow of the sunrise, this is pretty close to heaven, I’m convinced. Just like me, the Appalachian areas of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg get in the spirit of autumn, and it’s truly an adventure to be had. Fall vacationing in the Smoky Mountains is an annual trip for many, but if you have not experienced a fall cabin trip, you certainly need to add this to your list this year!
Point of Grace | 5 bedrooms | 5 ½ bathrooms | sleeps 16 | Pigeon Forge
This modern mountain cabin in the Sherwood Forest resort is the perfect blend of high-end finishes, bright spaces, and rustic touches for a one-of-a-kind escape in the Great Smoky Mountains. It boasts all the “classic” cabin features – floor-to-ceiling windows, wood interiors, inviting deck spaces – plus lots of awesome bonuses. Spend days playing in downtown Pigeon Forge (just a few miles away), soaking up incredible mountain views with a drink in hand, splashing around in your private indoor pool, and shooting pool next to the built-in bunks. At night, create delicious homemade meals in the fully equipped kitchen, have movie marathons in your private home theater with big screen TV and theater seats, and fall asleep in gorgeous bedrooms that feel like their own little retreats.
The excitement of a new school year ran out quickly as soon as the homework assignments started rolling out and the first test and project dates were set. The kids aren’t the only ones fighting the back to school blues, though, and the line, “I am not going to ask you again to do your homework,” has already been worn out. Maybe you’re on the other side of this as a teacher. The kids have seemingly forgotten what desks are used for, you’ve already had to clean the classroom more times than you can count, and the wine aisle gets more tempting every day.
Mark your calendars—the first day of fall will be September 22, 2017! And that means we’re getting closer to one of the most popular seasons to visit the Smoky Mountains. It also means we’re closer to Sugarlands MountainFest, a 4-day music and outdoor festival in the Smokies! The fall foliage of the Smokies draws thousands of guests every year. No one wants to miss the gorgeous display of colors cascading down the mountains! And the Sugarlands MountainFest beautifully blends the fall foliage with the music of the mountains. So be sure to book your fall foliage visit early, and don’t miss your chance to visit the Smokies this September.
August is National Golf Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a day golfing in the Great Smoky Mountains? With beautifully manicured grounds, gorgeous mountain surroundings, and courses designed by top golf course architects and golfers, the golf courses in the Smokies are both challenging and scenic. Father-son weekend, relaxing getaway for yourself, corporate retreat, or a just-because-it’s-National-Golf-Month vacation – a day on the golf courses of Gatlinburg is always a win.
It’s almost that time again. Time for German bier, Bavarian music, family fun, pretzels, strudel, bratwurst, folk dancing, and more at the 8th Annual OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg! Held this September 22 – October 29, OktOBERfest at Ober is just a month away now! Each October, Ober Gatlinburg celebrates this beloved German tradition with a mini version of the original Oktoberfest. No less festive, it features delicious food, good beer, and plenty of fun for all ages!
August is FAMILY FUN MONTH, just another great excuse to plan a big Smoky Mountain vacation or a quick weekend away with the kids. And what better place to get away than Gatlinburg (or Pigeon Forge), where the Parkway is lined with arcades, mini golf courses, go kart tracks, and family-friendly attractions.
Everyone has their own vacation style. For some, a weekend of spas, wine, hot tubs, and lounging couldn’t possibly be topped. Others love exploring what a city has to offer, from restaurants and shops to attractions and local events. Some travelers are all about the great outdoors. What are the best trails? How many miles can I log? What’s the best mountaintop view? Still others are focused on the food, want to stay busy for a whole week, or just want to get as much family time as possible.
S’mores evoke feelings of family, friends, cool fall nights, stories by the campfire, simpler times, and a sprinkle of childhood innocence. And however you eat them: extra-browned marshmallows, open-faced or with 2 graham crackers, or melted chocolate – who doesn’t love this simple, sweet treat?! So, of course, there has to be a holiday to celebrate everyone’s favorite campfire dessert. Tomorrow (August 10) is National S’mores Day, and we’re gearing up by giving you some decadent s’mores-inspired recipes to try. Whether you’re at home or in one of our cozy cabins, these are great spins on the classic treat.
1. Hot Apple Fritters
First on our list for fall comfort foods in the Smokies is a hot apple fritter at the Apple Barn and Cider Mill in Sevierville. If you haven’t visited this unique Smoky Mountain restaurant before, you should definitely check it out this fall. You won’t find a sweeter way to warm up than with a perfectly flaky fritter and a glass of fresh-made apple cider in your hands. You can also hang around and eat dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant before heading back to the cabin with your very own bottle of locally made apple wine from the Apple Barn Winery.