Gatlinburg TN Area Information

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Park Grill in Gatlinburg TN

If you are looking for the perfect place to eat those mountain favorites, visit The Park Grill Restaurant in Gatlinburg TN, located near the entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park. This restaurant is mountain-themed from the décor to the menu. You will have plenty of food to choose from if you eat at The Park Grill Restaurant. They offer a variety of beef and poultry, along with the salad bar. Some favorites are ribs and trout. But don’t fill up on the main dish because they also offer wonderful home-made desserts!

Along with the great food, The Park Grill Restaurant’s building is marvelously designed. From the inside out, this restaurant represents true Smoky Mountain beauty. Each spruce tree that makes up the restaurant was hand-picked in Idaho and moved across the country to build it, making it more unique. With the restaurant only 200 yards from the entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park, the theme corresponds right along with the park.

Everything is decorated with leaves in the Park Grill Restaurant, making the design absolutely appealing. You will see leaves everywhere. They are on the light fixtures, the ceiling fans, the restrooms, as coat hooks, and even on the bar top. The chairs in the restaurant are hand-made and are also upholstered with leaf designed material. There are also some tables have copper tops, and even those have leaf imprints. There is a silhouette of mountain scenes made of metal on the front of the bar. Behind this is a background of polished copper, making the scenes very eye-catching.

As if that is not enough to make the Park Grill Restaurant great, there is also entertainment. The piano player sets the mood of the restaurant. He plays everything from standards to show tunes. He also takes requests! He has been playing since he was nine and is very entertaining. You will enjoy his playing, as he enjoys playing for you.

The Park Grill Restaurant is an excellent place to eat, if both for a date or for the whole family! With it’s unique qualities, you are sure to go back a second time, and maybe even make it a tradition. To book one of our Gatlinburg cabins, call our office today to speak with a reservationist!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

For You Kids

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN are great family vacation spots! Of course, you’ll need places to go to entertain your kids! After all, no kid wants to be bored. There are plenty of places to take them in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, such as putt-putt golf courses and go-kart tracks. However, there are a few places that stand out from the rest!

Everyone knows that Dollywood is a great amusement park, but did you know they have some awesome children rides? They have four new attractions. Two of them will require getting wet, and kids love that. Even kids less than 48 inches can have some fun with Lil’ Logger’s Landing! This is a play area specially designed for them. The only time anyone over 48 inches is allowed to enter is when they are accompanied by a “Lil’ Logger.” There are also other activities for kids to do. It will be the highlight of their trip!

Another fun activity is Kids Country at The Track Family Recreation Canter. At Kids Country, there are the most rides specially made for pint-sized children! All the rides there are perfect for your eager child. If you have older ones, there is a go-kart track for the racers in your family. There is a mini-golf course designed to challenge you! For the real thrillers, there are bungee-jumping and sky-flying available. The Track is perfect for your family outing because it has anything and everything for all ages!

Another attraction kids will enjoy is Boyds Bear Country. This is a giant barn full of teddy bears. What more could a kid want? They even have a nursery and a Bear Factory. At the Bear Factory, children can stuff their own bear and bring it to life. At the nursery, kids can adopt their very own baby bear cub! Also there is Made-By-Me Fun Town, featuring stations full of fun activities. All of the activities are hand-on and enable your child to be creative!

These are just a few of the exciting things kids can do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. In order for your kids to get the best vacation experience, call our office to check availability of one of our Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabins!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Gatlinburg TN Hosts Annual Halloween Events

Halloween, a time that you actually want to be scared, is this month. In Gatlinburg, there are attractions that will scare the pants off you! Plan to take a trip to the Gatlinburg TN in the Smoky Mountains to satisfy your need to be frightened.

The Haunted Ghost Tours of Gatlinburg guarantees you will see paranormal happenings, so do not forget your camera. You will want all your friends to believe you, right? This walking tour is one mile long, lasting ninety minutes. You will stroll down alleys and streets, hearing stories along the way. The stories are unexplained and very strange, so prepared to be alarmed.
There are a number of haunted hotels and buildings in downtown Gatlinburg. You will also hear about a horrendous murder committed in one of the famous hotels, and the security guard and girl who haunt it today. You will be told the story of a man who bought a slave girl to live with him and how he buried her behind his house. She still oversees the building today. Listen to the haunting tale of a man who made a mistake and has yet to pay his due. Last but not least, you will take a walk through a frightful cemetery that was built in 1830. The Haunted Ghost Tours of Gatlinburg will not only scare you, but it will be the highlight of your trip!

Another famous attraction is Ripley’s Haunted Adventures in Gatlinburg. This is another recommended attraction that will scare you! Also, Ripley’s hosts the Fright Nights of Halloween throughout October. They are every weekend, plus October 30th and 31st. These start at 6:13 pm through closing. This will guarantee you being frightened during your stay in Gatlinburg for Halloween. You should expect the unexpected when you visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventures.
These two attractions are must-sees of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, especially during the Halloween season. Of course, you’ll need somewhere to stay, and you will not want to stay in a haunted hotel! Call our office to speak with a reservationist about booking a cabin today!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bear Safety in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Bear safety is very important while visiting Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains, though most people do not realize this. Having a close encounter with bears in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge TN is not out of ordinary. Although it is rare, bear attacks on humans have happened. When you see a bear in the wild, take extra precautions. You should follow these simple guidelines.

If you happen to see a bear at a distance, do not approach it. If you are too close to the bear, it’s behavior will change. If the bear stops feeding, changes it’s path, or watches you, that is your signal to back away. Bears need their space.

Sometimes, bears will get aggressive when you are too close to them. These aggressive behaviors may include swatting the ground, running towards you, or making loud noises. If this happens, you should back away slowly, watching the bear. Do not run! When you increase the distance between you, the bear will probably do the same. This lets the bear know you will not harm him.

If the bear follows you or approaches you without paw swatting or vocalizing, try to change your direction. If this does not work and the bear is persistently following you, stand your ground. If the bear is continuously getting closer, try to talk loudly or shout at the bear aggressively. Do not act scared of it. This intimidates the bear.

If you are in a group, try to make yourselves look as large as possible. Move to higher ground, for example. You should throw rocks or sticks at the bear to try to intimidate it more. Do not throw food at the bear. This may encourage more problems. But remember, do not run away from the bear.

Never leave food for a bear. This will cause problems. Most injuries to humans are minor, and are caused by the bear simply wanting food. If a bear shows interest in your food, separate yourselves from the food and the bear.

To avoid bears while camping, you must not attract them. Keep sleeping and eating areas separate. If your tents or sleeping bags have food odors, this could attract a bear. Do not store food, soap, toothpaste, etc. in your tent. Also, keep your camp clean. Do not litter or leave garbage around. This also applies to cabins.

If you happen to be attacked by a bear, fight back very aggressively. Fight with anything you have, remember, you could be it’s prey! You must also help others. If you are attacked, report it to authorities immediately.

Remember, bear safety is very important. These tips help, but the best way to avoid an attack is to keep your distance!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

City Parks in Gatlinburg TN

Looking for the perfect place to spend quality time with your family? While staying in Gatlinburg TN, take a trip out to one of the three city parks available! Parks are a great place to have a picnic lunch, let the kids play, and relax during your stay. All three parks offer covered pavilions, great for large groups. However, they do require prior reservations. Each park has a bathroom available. With everything else you’re doing on your vacation, you and your family deserve a break.

Holt Park is located on Pigeon River Road in Gatlinburg TN. This park is formerly known as North Gatlinburg Park. Available are cooking grills and picnic tables. Having a family cookout would be a great way to have fun! There are horseshoe pits and a playground area for kids. Also available are walking trails, for those who love scenery. A trout facility is also available for fishermen!

Mynatt Park is located on Asbury Lane in Gatlinburg TN. This park also offers picnic tables, a playground, and grills, for your cookouts. Mynatt Park also has a baseball field, a basketball court, tennis courts, and horseshoe pits. These activities would be great for larger families or groups! A fun suggestion would be to split into two groups and compete in these events!

Mills Park is located on Mills Park Road in Gatlinburg TN. This park offers picnic tables, grills, and a playground, also. Other areas available are a basketball court and tennis courts. This park has areas that are not available at any other city park in Gatlinburg, They are a football field, a softball field, and a 400-meter track. Mills Park is also a great place to have family competitions! Jogging trails are also available.

These three Gatlinburg city parks would be an awesome place to spend time with your family! Booking a cabin in Gatlinburg would be a great way to experience family bonding, and also give your family the feeling of being at home. To book your Gatlinburg cabin, call our office to speak with a reservationist today!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Fall in the Smoky Mountains

Fall officially began on September 23 and the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to see fall begin. The first few weeks in the Smoky Mountains, after fall begins, can determine just how beautiful the area will be in October. Fall in the Smokies is the best time to enjoy, bright, sunny, and breezy days and cool nights.

During the first two weeks of October leaves will be at their peak colors. The remaining weeks in October present Smoky Mountain visitors with the very best of colors for a beautiful scenery. Guests enjoy the beauty as the sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweet gum, red maple, and dogwood trees fascinate everyone with their vibrant colors. Most of the Smoky Mountain visitors do not question as to why the area is so colorful in the fall, they just enjoy it.

Fall colors can be found anywhere in the Smoky Mountains. As a matter of fact you don’t even have to be in the Smokies to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Just outside the Great Smoky Mountains you will start to be welcomed by the unforgettable colors of fall. A lot of visitors to the Smokies would actually rather take alternate routes to avoid the traffic in downtown. One popular route would be the quiet drive through Cades Cove, which is one of the most popular spots in the area.

Cataloochee, which is on the eastern side of the Park, is less crowded any time of the year because it is farther away from the most traveled roads in Gatlinburg TN. Cataloochee is on the North Carolina side of the Park and is a little harder to reach than any other spot in the Smokies. It is certainly worth the drive to Cataloochee and it’s a new experience for anyone who comes to the Smoky Mountains.

It doesn’t matter where you go in the Smokies, any time in the fall is a wonderful time. Just remember to start your trip early so you won’t be behind the crowds.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Anniversary in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Looking for that special place to spend your anniversary? Gatlinburg TN in the Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to bring back one of the most memorable days of your life. And there are plenty of things to do around the area that will help make this the best anniversary you have ever had and one that you will never forget. There are plenty of attractions and restaurants in Gatlinburg to make your anniversary a special one. During the day you could go and play around of putt putt, shop or maybe even take a horseback ride during the sun set. At night you could go enjoy a delicious meal at some of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg TN. There are plenty of restaurant choices for you to decide from, and I will guarantee that the meal will be one of the best that you have ever had. What is better after a long day of site seeing than coming back to your Gatlinburg cabin (From Cabins For You, Of Course) and enjoying the warm fire. This is something that will help relax you, so that you can enjoy your time in the hot tub. There are always plenty of gift shops around that will deliver many different gift baskets. Whether you would prefer to have roses waiting for your loved one upon arrival or if you would like to have a picnic basket delivered so that you can take a pleasant walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery that Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains have to offer. You could also enjoy a relaxing massage in your cabin rental. You and your special loved one could enjoy a relaxing hot stone massage together. So call Cabins For You today to book your spectacular cabin to begin making memories that will last a lifetime!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Great American Gas Giveaway

Everyone loves free stuff right? And with today’s high gas prices everyone loves free gas. But where would you find free gas? Well Pigeon Forge TN of course! With Pigeon Forge’s Great gas giveaway people from al over the U.S. and even Canada and the U.K. are getting $30.00 in free gas. What do you have to do to be eligible? Well that’s the greatest part. All you have to do is show up! Pigeon forge is randomly selecting people in the city to grant $30.00 in gas. Half of the states in the u.s. Have had recipients of this city’s generosity. What would spark such a sudden great idea as this? Well Pigeon Forge would like to thank all the people that help to support it and to help them have a great time in their beloved city. Who runs it? Well the gas patrol is made up of employees and volunteers as well as business owners from all over the city. Basically, all the people that are responsible for the great times to be had in the city that you love so much.

The giveaway started memorial day weekend and will run the length of the summer. All together the giveaway will grant some 8,500 gallons of gasoline. That’s enough to fill an entire tanker truck! The giveaways could happen anywhere the gas patrol travels all over the city to hotels, restuarants and popular attractions. Anywhere could be a gas giveaway location!

O.K. so summer is over. We all agree on that. So why worry about the giveaway now? Well that is simple. The giveaway is not over! The gas patrol had so much fun and everyone was so thrilled with the results that they wanted to find a way to extend the giveaway. So here is what they do. For example, you might visit and you might click on great gas giveaway icon and they might send you a scratch off ticket and then you might win $30.00 in gas. But of course that was only hypothetical situation. Pigeon forge, at the end of this leg of the giveaway, will grant another $1,000.00 to their great giveaway.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Gatlinburg Mountain Mall

If you are a big shopper and are staying with us in one of our Gatlinburg cabins, visit the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall. The theme of the shopping center is the mountains. Every detail is decorated, from the walls to the trash cans. As you walk around, you will listen to mountain music, which is recorded by local bands. Authentic mountain folk paraphernalia surrounds the two indoor water fountains. This mall would be a treat to see, even if you do not buy anything!

The walls of the mall are lined with displays and pictures celebrating the history of Gatlinburg TN and the Ogle Family, which manages, and also owns, the Mountain Mall. These pictures include random pictures of the town and Ogle’s General Store. Ogle’s General Store was founded in 1850 and was moved to the location of the Mountain Mall in 1910. An old delivery truck of the family store, a 1934 Ford Model A, can be seen on display in the mall.
Some of the items in the mall include Home-made candy, food, Hand-made jewelry, crafts, movies, music, leather goods, books, magic tricks, pipes, quilts, dolls, toys, along with many other items. There is something that interests everyone in the whole family! Make sure you make a trip to shop and see this mall!

If you need a Gatlinburg cabin to stay in while you visit the Gatlinburg TN Mountain Mall, call our office to reserve a rentals today!