Gatlinburg TN Area Information

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bear Safety in Gatlinburg Tennessee

With fall fastly approaching on Gatlinburg Tennessee Cabins For You feels the need to talk about one major concern of ours and the city of Gatlinburg TN. Bear Safety is a top priority of ours and all of the Smoky Mountain area. With more animals less visible to the bears because of winter, the Bears of Gatlinburg TN will be more likely to visit cabins and raid trash cans. From what we can tell, there is a 50/50 chance that you will encounter a bear. Because of this, we ask that you follow a few rules and tips listed below. These are not gauranteed to work. We are not professionals. If there is an emergency, call the police.
One of the most important things you can remember when visiting the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg is that the area is home to many wild animals, including a lot bears. Bear safety is a very important thing to take note of while in the Smoky Mountain area. Although an attack is rare, bears can attack a human at any given moment. If you see a bear at a distance, do not approach it, the closer you get to the bear the more it’s behavior will change. Some signs that you are too close to a bear would be: if the bear stops eating, watches you closely or changes it’s path, that’s your signal to back away. Aggressive and more dangerous behaviors include: swatting the ground, making loud noises or running toward you. If this happens, just remember to back away slowly from the bear, never run. Increasing the distance between you, causes the bear to do the same and it lets him know that you will not hurt him. If the bear does not show any aggressive signs but starts to follow you or approach you, try to change your direction as quickly as possible. If this does work, try to talk loudly or shout at the bear aggressively. Never act scared of the bear. If you happen to be in a group, make the group look as large as possible. Move to higher ground, throw rocks or sticks at the bear, try anything to intimidate it more.

Another great rule to remember for bears is to never leave food out for a bear. In fact, you can be fined by the city of Gatlinburg TN $500 for this act. Please follow this rule. This will only cause more problems. Most injuries to humans are minor and are only caused by the bear just wanting something to eat. If a bear is showing interest in your food, separate yourself from the food and the bear. To avoid bears at the campsite, do not attract them. Keep sleeping and eating areas separate from each other. If your tents or sleeping bags have even the slightest food odor, this could still attract a bear. Remember not to store soap, toothpaste, food, etc. in your tent. Keep your campsite clean. Do not litter or leave garbage around the campsite, or your cabin.

If a bear attack does happen be sure to fight back very aggressively. Fight the bear off with anything you have. Also remember to report any bear attacks to authorities as soon as possible. Bear safety is very important and these tips could possibly save your life, or someone else’s. The things that we discussed above are only tips. We are not professionals and we cannot predict what might actually happen. Please, if you ever encounter a bear and are in need of assistance, call the police.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Kayak Fishing

If you love the outdoors, then while visiting Gatlinburg TN, be sure to try kayak fishing. Kayak fishing is a new but fast growing addiction. It combines the art of kayaking and fishing all in one enjoyable sport. Fishing from a kayak that sits only inches above the waterline gives the angler a sense of intimacy that can't be duplicated on larger boats or fishing from shore. Fishing from a kayak also takes away the sounds and vibrations from a motor, so it doesn’t disturb your sensitive fishing grounds. In a way it gives you a type of surprise attack. Also another benefit from kayak fishing is location. There are not many places on the rivers that a kayak will not fit. The kayaks are very easy to maintain and easy to maneuver. Another consideration is your choice of a boat. Sit-on-top kayaks are particularly well suited for fishing. These open-cockpit kayaks are stable designed not to roll over, and they have a lot of storage area for rods and other fishing gear. You may also want to buy some type of fishfinder or other type of underwater sonar. There are plenty of rivers and streams in Gatlinburg TN. We actually have several Gatlinburg cabins located on the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Just because these cabin rentals are located on the Little Pigeon River, this does not mean that you (the customer) has the right to do anything you want. You still need to check out the laws and fishing licence requirements. These cabins include:

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Camp Thunder in Gatlinburg TN

Located so close to many of our Gatlinburg TN cabins, Camp Thunder Fun Center has many activities that you can participate in with your family or large group. These activities include Indoor Go Karts, The Rock, and Indoor Mini Golf. Camp Thunder also offers vacation packages like “do everything twice” pass. You and your family can enjoy many different activities as you spend quality time together.

Camp Thunder will be the only place in Gatlinburg TN you will be able to find an indoor go kart slick track. You and your family will be able to race up to 40 laps around the slick track of speeds up to 25 mph. You won’t have to worry about your children in the go karts because they have the industry’s best safety features. The go karts are also gas powered so you won’t ever have to worry about your battery dying. There are also family size go karts so that the smaller children will also be able to ride with an adult. There is also a pretend steering wheel so that the children can drive along! Taking your family to race go karts at Camp Thunder would be an adventure for everyone.

The Rock is another attraction that Camp Thunder has to offer you and your family. The rock is a virtual-reality motion simulator. When in The Rock you will be able to watch two featured adventure movies. The two movies you would be able to chose from would be “Slot Car Boogie” and “Volcano Mine Ride”. The screen itself actually moves too! You will be able to feel the excitement in The Rock.

Camp Thunder also offers indoor mini golf. The golf course gives you the feeling of being outdoors with the comfort of being indoors. The golf holes differ in difficulty and all ages can play. You will not find two holes exactly alike. You may shoot up a hill or down a hill or possibly even through a log cabin. Inside the course, there is also waterfalls and some wildlife for you to enjoy. Indoor Mini Golf is perfect for you to just go and play alone or even bring the whole family.

Camp Thunder has many attractions for you and your family to enjoy. So the next time that you are in Gatlinburg TN renting one of our Gatlinburg cabins, purchase the vacation package to do everything twice for only $14.95 a person. Call Camp Thunder today at (865) 430-7223 and get your tickets for your family vacation! There are so many things to do in Gatlinburg TN. Consider our cabins in Gatlinburg and Camp Thunder.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sweet Fannie Adams in Gatlinburg TN

Gatlinburg TN is known for its food, fun, shopping and entertainment and the Sweet Fanny Adams Theater is no exception. The Sweet Fanny Adams Theater is the perfect place for families to spend some side-splitting fun together. The Sweet Fanny Adams Theater in Gatlinburg TN is the only alternative to country music shows in the area.

The Sweet Fanny Adams Theater opened in 1977 and has since been recognized as one of the most innovative and unusual professional theatre companies in the country and it has recently been named a historical treasure. The actors at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theater add their own uniqueness to every performance to create the comic mayhem on which the theater was built for.

Sweet Fanny Adams Theater offer two hours of top-notch entertainment that is filled with side-splitting fun and audience participation. Your exciting evening at Sweet Fanny Adams Theater includes an Original Musical Comedy, an old time sing-along and a Vaudeville-style Review of songs that will keep you laughing for hours. Sweet Fanny Adams Theater also offers two completely different shows on alternating nights.

On your next trip to Gatlinburg TN be sure to stop by the Sweet Fanny Adams Theater where you will spend two hours laughing until your sides hurt. Don’t be late, shows start at 8:00.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Mountain Fest in Gatlinburg TN

Take a trip to Gatlinburg TN on August 17th and 18th for the Gatlinburg MountainFest. For years Gatlinburg has been known for its mountain heritage and summer is one of the peak travel seasons to Gatlinburg TN. It is the perfect time to bring in a new event. This is going to be Gatlinburg’s 2nd MountainFest, which is a celebration of our heritage. This event brings two fun filled days of bluegrass and Appalachian mountain music, crafters and plenty of demonstrators. This year MountainFest will be bringing a new addition. Old Timers Day is going to be held in honor of all the Gatlinburg Bicentennial. Old Timers Day was originally started by the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School in 1923. Old Timers Days was established with intentions of bringing the community together, especially the older generations, to share stories and crafts and to just have an old-fashioned time. It was held every year up until the 1950’s but now MountainFest is going to revive Old Timers Day with some storytelling, demonstrations, husband and pig calling contests, and a special group discussion with some of the town’s seniors telling you about the earlier days of Gatlinburg TN. Old Timers Day will have a special area set aside in MountainFest. MountainFest will also have many local crafters out and about demonstrating their skills that were passed down from earlier generations. Entertainment will be wonderful and will include mountain bands, and some clogging groups. On Saturday August 18th you can bring out the entire family to enjoy fiddle, banjo and guitar playing and watch some competition for awards and cash prizes in the Mountain Strings Competition. MountainFest takes place right in downtown Gatlinburg TN. Be sure to plan your next vacation to the Smokies for August 17th and 18th. You do not want to miss this year’s unforgettable MountainFest.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Gatlinburg Tennessee

Over the years Gatlinburg Tennessee has become a major tourist attraction. Gatlinburg has more than just a national park to offer its millions of visitors every year. The area has grown with attractions, shopping, lodging and restaurants for everyone in the family. Each season in Gatlinburg is filled with fun and endless entertainment. Golf, white water rafting, swimming, horseback riding, and fishing are just some of the many outdoor activities visitors enjoy during the summer and spring in Gatlinburg TN. Fall not only brings an array of colors but many visitors enjoy the cool mountain air, as things start to get more “chilly” in the Smokies. Wintertime in Gatlinburg TN brings snow, skiers and snowboarders. Throughout the entire year there are many festivals, fairs and parades to enjoy. Gatlinburg’s two biggest events are the Craftman’s Fair and the Scottish Festival and Games, which is a huge hit bringing in thousands of visitors for all over the world, every year. Downtown Gatlinburg is the perfect place to find many attractions, including the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. Gatlinburg is also known for its downtown shops and art galleries. Everything is located right in downtown so you can park your vehicle and spend all day just walking around and admiring the beauty of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. More shops await you in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. These shops offer you handcrafted works that include jewelry, watercolors, pottery, baskets, quilts, and much more. Lodging in Gatlinburg Tennessee has also grown drastically within the last few years. Lodging choices range from rustic and secluded Gatlinburg cabin rentals, large or family owned hotels to campgrounds or RV parks. Accommodations are never a problem in Gatlinburg Tennessee. (Browse our Gatlinburg cabins)Restaurants are also a plenty in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Gatlinburg offers everything from fast food to home cooking to fine dining restaurants. Most restaurants are also located right on the main street, so again they’re just a short walk from anything else you want to do in the area. Gatlinburg, Tennessee is not only known for great entertainment, shopping, lodging and delicious restaurants but it’s also well known for the thousands of romantic weddings held in the area every year. Gatlinburg TN offers many choices for the happy couple. Couples can choose from chapels, the Smoky Mountain National Park or you can even get married in the privacy of your own cabin or chalet rental. With so many outstanding activities and the beauty that surrounds them it’s no wonder why Gatlinburg, Tennessee continues to be a great place for vacationing tourists every single year