Gatlinburg TN Area Information

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Smoky Mountain on the Fly

The Smoky Mountain on the Fly is a licensed and professional fly fishing guide service. They have provided 10 wonderful years of service to the Smoky Mountain Region. The Smoky Mountain on the Fly is located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolinas. The guides are trained to help both the beginner fly fishers and the experienced. There are many different places to choose from to go on a guided fishing trip. You can choose from The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, The Nantahala River, Tuckasegee River, and other area waters depending on which species of fish you would like to fish for. Rates for guide service are as follows; full day trip $195.00 for one angler and $250.00 for two. A half a day trip $125.00 for one angler and $185.00 for two. Needed equipment is provided on all trips. Flies for the day are also provided. If you purchase the half day trip they include; snacks and beverages. Plan on spending approximately 4 - 5 hours, including travel time. The full day trip includes lunch and beverages. Plan on the trip taking about 8 - 9 hours, including travel time. Please let the guides know ahead of time about any dietary restrictions. The Smoky Mountain on the Fly required a $50.00 deposit on all guided fishing trips. Their cancellation policy is as follows; the deposits is refundable if you cancel within seven days prior to your trip date. You also have to alternative to move dates if they are available.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

New Ride in Dollywood

Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge TN, is a 125-acre family adventure park and is one of the South’s most popular amusement parks. Dollywood is open nine months out of the year and offers over 40 rides and other various attractions. Dollywood, like Pigeon Forge TN, has everything for the entire family to enjoy.

As the 2007 year starts for Dollywood a new ride will be introduced to beloved theme park that is nestled in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The new ride is $17.5 million mystery mine roller coaster, which is scheduled to open at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Friday, April 13th, 2007. This roller coaster is the largest investment Dollywood has made in the park’s history. This wonderful roller coaster will be the only one like it in the United States.

Dollywood’s new ride, Mystery Mine, brings a one-acre expansion of Dollywood’s Timber Canyon area, which is also home to Thunderhead, which is world’s number one wooden roller coaster. The Mystery Mine is set in an abandoned coal mine where eight passenger mine carts immediately plunge its riders into darkness. You will also enjoy soaring through a 1,811-foot track through the remains of an early 1900s mine. During your journey on the Mystery Mine you will also encounter a 95-degree, 85-foot vertical drop.

Passengers on the Mystery Mine will also experience several hide speed twists as the cars move through a series of uncertain encounters, which include a fall from a collapsed trestle and a plunge into an abandoned tunnel. Dollywood’s Mystery Mine is the first ride of it’s kind in the United States and has top notch special effects.

When visiting Pigeon Forge TN remember to stop by it’s number one theme park, Dollywood and on of our Pigeon Forge cabins.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Tennessee Jokes

Here are a few joke:

  1. Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
  2. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live in Tennessee.
  3. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Tennessee plus a couple no ones seen before.
  4. Unknown critters love to dig holes under tomato plants.
  5. Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they are ripe.
  6. A tractor is NOT and all-terrain vehicle. They do get stuck.
  7. Onced and twiced are words.
  8. It is not a shopping cart; it's is a buggy.
  9. People actually grow and eat okra.
  10. "Fixinto'' is one word.
  11. There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there is supper.
  12. Tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two.
  13. Backards and forwards means "I know everything about you."
  14. Jeet? is actually a phrase meaning "Did you eat?"

Actual Tennessee Laws

  1. It is legal to gather and consume roadkill.
  2. Driving is not to be done while asleep.
  3. It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.
  4. You can't shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
  5. Stealing a horse is punishible by hanging.

Hope you enjoyed the jokes. Tennessee is a great state and the good Lord has blessed Tennessee with some of the best Mountain ranges in the world. For any questions regarding our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabins please call us at 1.800.684.7865.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ultra Zone - Pigeon Forge TN

A spectacular laser adventure awaits your entire family. The Ultra Zone is open year-round. It is conveniently located in the middle of downtown Pigeon Forge TN. It was completely renovated in 1997. Each person gets a vest and there own laser gun. Each spot on the vest is worth a different amount of points. Points can range anywhere from 20 - 100 points. Each team’s main obligation is to try and score as many points as possible. You score points by hitting the different spots on the vest with the laser from your laser gun. Three different teams battle against one another in a huge indoor arena. Once you enter the arena, you enter complete darkness. Each team attempts to conquer their opponents base stations. Base stations are located all throughout the arena. Each base stations has its own glow in the dark markers. There are also markers throughout the arena marking hiding spots. The hiding spots give you the element of surprise. The more discrete you are, the better chance you have of scoring more points. The team that has the most points wins the tournament.

This attractions is very family friendly like most of the Pigeon Forge TN attractions. Please don’t hesitate to travel to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg TN for a vacation. With many Pigeon Forge cabins and attractions to choose from, you are sure to have a great family vacation.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Boyd's Bear Country

Boyd’s Bear Country in Pigeon Forge TN is the perfect place to take the kids for some family fun. The store is an adventure in itself, mimicking a big red barn it tends to attract a lot of attention. It is three stories, with each story holding a different type of fun. While visiting the Boyd’s Bear Country in Pigeon Forge TN, be sure to stop by Boyd’s Super Duper Bear Factory and one of our Pigeon Forge cabins.

This Super Duper Bear Factory is located on the third floor in Boyd’s Bear County. At the Super Duper Bear Factory you can actually have a chance to roll your sleeves up and work like a Bear Country employee. You get the chance to make your very own bear. First you get to choose which bear you would like. After choosing your bear, you can pick out the beads to fill your bear with. Every color has a different meaning:

Red - Luvin’
Yellow - Laughter
Green - Imaginations
Purple - Friendship
Brown - Bravery

Or if you really want to be creative you can mix all the colors together. After fill your bear with bead, you can now name him. After you bear has a name all he needs is some clothes. You can buy all types of outfits for your bear while at Boyd’s Bear Country.

You can also visit the Nursery at Boyd’s Bear Country. At the Nursery you can spend time with your new bear. You can have the chance to read them nursery rhymes and rock them. You can bond with your new friend or friends. Boyd’s Bear is open Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm and Sunday 9am-7pm. They are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. For any questions please call us at 1.800.684.7865.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

House in Cades Cove.

Cades Cove in near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN is full of historic sites. Many houses that the first settlers lived in are still standing today. While visiting Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge plan a day trip to Cades Cove. Take a cooler and some sandwiches and have a picknic.

The settlers started building houses on the north east side (where the drive through begins) of the cove. John and Lurany Oliver were the first people to settle in this area of the Smoky Mountains. Even though there was not a treaty between the Cherokee and the Oliver’s the Cherokee helped them through their first winter in the cove. One year after the Oliver’s settled in the cove the Calhoun Treaty gave white people the right to settle there. The Oliver’s officially purchased their land in 1826.

The Oliver’s original cabin stood almost fifty yards behind the cabin that is now said to be their cabin. (the cabin still standing is identified as the Oliver’s cabin is really the cabin their family built for their son when he got married. The Oliver’s are buried at the Primitive Baptist church inside Cades Cove.

Elijah Oliver, the son of John and Luraney Oliver was actually born in the original cabin in 1824. When he married he brought his wife to the cabin in the cove that has his name. Elijah had a cozy cabin, smokehouse, corn crib, springhouse and a barn. Elijah grew up in the cove when God, family and neighbors were important. Elijah was a man that built a room on his front porch for strangers to stay when they had nowhere else to go.

The Gregg-Cable house had two places in Cades Cove. Becky Cable died in her Cades Cove cabin at age ninety-four in 1940. During that time she lived in her house on Forge Creek Road but after she died park services made the decision that the Cable Mill area was a better located for her house. Becky Cable ran a boarding house and her brother’s farm, while raising his four children. She had gardens, cattle and food for her family, herself and the people staying with her. Becky Cable’s house is known as the Gregg-Cable house because it was built in 1879 by Leason Gregg. The house was the first frame house built in the cove. Leason Gregg’s family opened a store in the downstairs area while they lived upstairs. Eventually the Cable’s bought the land and the house from the Gregg’s and turned the store into a boarding house.

There are many historic houses inside Cades Cove and the Henry Whitehead Place is no exception. Matilda Shields Gregory and her son were abandoned by her husband, but her brothers built her a small mountain cabin. The cabin was one of the most rustic looking cabins in the cove. Soon Matilda was remarried to Henry Whitehead, who built her a nice log cabin in 1898. The cabin had a brick chimney, which was uncommon in the cove at the time. The finished house was one of the most modern in Cades Cove. The Henry Whitehead Place is still the only square-sawed log cabin in the cove or in the Smoky Mountain National Park.

Dan Lawson married Peter Cable’s daughter and built his cabin on property he bought from Mr. Cable. This cabin also had a fine brick chimney. The original cabin was made of hewn logs but was later fixed with sawed lumber. Before he died he eventually owned a large strip of land, stretching from ridge to ridge.

The Tipton Place in Cades Cove is another wonderful house to visit. Lucy and Lizzie were daughters of Colonel Hamp Tipton, who built the two story cabin after the Civil War. The land included a smokehouse, a woodshed, a corn crib, a blacksmith shop, cantilever barn and a bee farm. In 1878 the house was rented to James McCaulley, a blacksmith, who was trying to live in the cove. He eventually built his own home along with a blacksmith and carpentry shop. He worked in Cades Cove for a quarter of a century.

The Carter Sheilds Cabin was built in 1910 and Carter Shields lived there until 1921. Shields retired after being crippled in the Battle of Shiloh. This cabin is still one of the most beautiful in the cove, with dogwood trees blooming every spring.

After you leave Cades Cove you should have a wonderful cabin to go relax in. Call Cabins For You today to reserve your ideal cabin.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Ruby Falls

Like Rock City, Ruby Falls is within driving distance of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN. Our Gatlinburg cabins are not ideally located to Ruby Falls, however, we believe that Ruby Falls is close enough to drive and spend the day. Ruby Falls is perfect for any Gatlinburg vacationer to enjoy!

Ruby falls is located at Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga Tennessee. The Lookout cave has a natural entrance to the banks of the Tennessee River at the foot of Lookout Mountain. Ruby Falls has been a leading attraction for centuries. The cave itself was used by the American Indians as a campsite, hideout for outlaws, and as a Civil War hospital. In 1905 the Southern Railway built a railroad tunnel throughout Lookout Mountain. You can find Andrew Jackson’s signature in the cave.

In 1923 Leo Lambert formed a group that would help to open Lookout Mountain to the public. Leo’s corporation purchased the land and began to set things up for the public. In 1928, they set aside a place for the elevator and began to drill into Lookout Mountain. An opening was found at 260 foot level that was two feet high and four feet wide. After searching the cave Mr. Lambert found a spectacular scenery of rock formations and a beautiful waterfall. Mr. Lambert took his wife to see the waterfall and named it in honor of her, hence the name “Ruby Falls”. From 1930 till 1935 visitors could tour both caves, but Ruby fall was the most popular and in 1935 the original cave was closed. Visitors have been coming from all over to visit this spectacular cave since 1929.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Rock City

We are in the business of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabins for renting. We love making our visitors happy and strive to provide all important information to our customers. So, we would be doing an injustice to our customers not telling them about Rock City. Although Rock city is not really close to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge TN, it is close enough in driving distance to make a day trip. Spend your time in downtown Gatlinburg TN, but don’t forget, if you got some extra time, about Rock City.
Rock city is located on the top of Lookout Mountain. It is approximately about six miles from downtown Chattanooga in Tennessee. There are more than 400 native plants at Rock City. Atop Lookout mountain looking out you are able to see the panoramic views of seven different states. Rock City is the home of some of the most breathtaking scenery around.
Rock City’s Lovers Leap is also a main attraction. The waterfall cascading at 100 feet and cliff got the name “Lovers Leap” from an old Indian Tail of forbidden love. A Cherokee Native named Sautee fell in love with the Chief of the Cherokee’s Daughter, Nacoochee. Nacoochee and Sautee both knew that Nacoochee’s father would not approve of their love and would not let them get married. The couple got married and fled their tribes to live together. Cherokee Chief ordered his people to find Sautee and punish him for fleeing with his daughter. Eventually they were found in the cave in Lookout Mountain. Cherokee Chief sentenced Sautee to death. The tribe threw Sautee over the cliff. In disbelief Nacoochee leaped to her death off the side of the cliff. Cherokee Chief buried the couple side by side at the bottom of Lover’s Leap.
Rock City is also the home of a 4,100 foot walking trial containing gardens, caves, and rock formations. Some of the rock formations at Rock City as dated to be over 200 million years old. There is also a 200 feet swing along bridge showcasing breath taking views to those to dare to cross it. Rock City is open from 8:00 a.m. until dusk.