Gatlinburg TN Area Information

Thursday, June 26, 2008

River Raft Regatta

On July 4th around noon be sure you and your loved ones are near the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg TN for the annual River Raft Regatta. This is a river raft race open to anyone (who registers before 11am). You can enter anything in this race that floats except balls and plastic eggs. we’ve seen everything from matches and rubber ducks to floating rocks and wood. This race begins at noon so make sure you and your raft are there and ready to win.

This race is sponsored by the US Navy and is provided by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department. It will begin at the River Terrace Bridge on River Road and will end at the Ripley’s Aquarium bridge right down the road. Make sure you are there if this is something you’re interested in. It’s family fun that everyone will enjoy.

There will be prizes for those who win the race. You have to make sure you register your little float and have it approved or else if you win the race you won’t get a surprise. This race takes place after the Independence Day Parade. For more information call 800-568-4748.

For more information on renting one of our Gatlinburg cabins during the busy summer months, please call a reservation specialist at 1.800.684.7865 or you can email us at [email protected].

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

July 4th Fireworks - Stand Here

In various places around the United States July 4th will be celebrated many different ways but the best way to celebrate is in downtown Gatlinburg Tennessee. The “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale will turn Gatlinburg’s night sky into a spectacular showcase of vibrant colors. The fireworks finale will be held on the night of Friday July 4th, 2008. The sights and sounds of this excellent night show will celebrate America’s independence in a very patriotic way. This 4th of July fireworks show will begin shortly after sunset and will last at least twenty minutes. At the “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale there is no bad place to sit. You will be to see the entire fireworks display from anywhere in downtown Gatlinburg. The parkway in downtown Gatlinburg will be the best place to see the fireworks display. The show will feature segments full of rocket bursts 500 feet above you. The best views will be anywhere between traffic lights #3 and the sky lift. Any of the other businesses and accommodations in and around downtown will have breathtaking views of this year’s fireworks display. With the fireworks being displayed right in downtown Gatlinburg Tennessee. Visitors can enjoy the fireworks along with the attractions, shops, delicious restaurants and the Gatlinburg nightlife all at once. It does not matter where you are in downtown the view is sure to be spectacular. The “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale is a wonderful end to the best 4th of July yet. Bring your kids, your friends or your whole family to come out to show your patriotic side and celebrate America’s Independence in Gatlinburg Tennessee.

Friday, June 20, 2008

4th of July in Gatlinburg

Going to Gatlinburg for the July 4th holiday? Then you should join the approximately 95,000 other people as they watch the Midnight Independence Day Parade. Get ready and comfortable on July 3rd and at the stroke of midnight the parade begins. There will be a tribute to all branches of the military, performers, huge helium balloons, etc. You'll have fun watching no matter your age. This year is the 33rd time Gatlinburg Tennessee has done the Midnight Independence Day Parade. This year is supposed to be the best one yet!

Don't be too late though. The streets will be shut down while the parade takes place. There will be pre-parade entertainment going on all over the streets and once the stroke of midnight hits get ready for the best part. There will be huge helium balloons in the shapes of stars (red, white and blue of course), and a patriotic eagle, trains, Alphonso the dragon, Humpty Dumpty (before he fell off the wall), etc. The kids will love it! Volunteers will be guiding these huge balloons through the streets so give them a shout too! There will be hundreds of floats sponsored by local shops. The fun doesn't end with the parade though. On into the daytime of July 4th there will be river rafting where you can make a boat out of anything (except balls and plastic eggs) and send it floating down the river. Make sure you register your float though, this is a race to see who makes the best float and whose will actually make it down the river. Fun, food and festivities will be going on all around Gatlinburg Tennessee.

Don't waste this Independence Day celebration. Make it a yearly tradition for you and your loved ones. Join everyone in celebrating freedom in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Call Cabins For You to get your cabin for the holidays today. Remember we have Gatlinburg cabins to sleep anywhere from 1 person to 53 so get your cabin today.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair

The Gatlinburg Craftsman Fair is back again for the 2008 season. This year it has some awards to be proud of including being voted one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society and one of the 200 Best Events by the Sunshine Artists. Get prepared for this year’s art, crafts and music. They will be having a Summer Fair in July and another one in Fall during October. If you miss the July Fair be sure you make it to the October Fair.

The Summer Fair during July will be from July 18-27. The times will be from 10am- 7pm every day except Sunday when it ends at 5pm. Children 12 and under are always free and adult tickets are only $5.00. The music will be by Dennis Lee and Band from July 18-22 and by Keith Longbotham and Band on July 23-27. Times for the music shows will be 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 everyday except Sunday’s where there will not be a 5:00 show. The Gatlinburg Craftsman Fair will be a fun thing to go out and do one day because not only can you shop around for unique gifts such as pocketbooks, wood-workings, trinkets, etc. but you can also see the artists demonstrate their skills.

The Fall Fair in October is from the 9th-26th. Times and prices are the same as they were in July. Music will be performed again by Keith Longbotham and Band (from October 17th-21st) as well as Dennis Lee and Band (October 22nd-26th). There will be a new group performing at the Fall Fair by the name of Tim Watson and Black creek (October 9th-16th). Performances will be the same time as Summer Fair as well. There will be over 200 booths of arts, crafts, and music at this Fall Fair. Just like the Summer Fair this fair will feature artisans selling some of their work and demonstrating their skills for you to view.

If you just so happen to be in the area at the same time of the 33rd annual Gatlinburg Craftsman Fair then you should be sure to stop by and have a look around. It’s only $5 per persons older that 12 years and it gives you something very interesting to do. Who knows, you might even leave with a couple of souvenirs that are unique and handmade from Gatlinburg TN.

July is Gatlinburg's busiest month with visitors coming from all over the country. If visiting Gatlinburg or Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair is something that interests you during July, please call our office and reserve one of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals as soon as possible. Call us today at 1-800-684-7865.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

If you just so happen to be walking along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg TN between June 13 and August don’t be alarmed if you see some people in some weird costumes. During those dates the Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales will be held. Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales takes place in downtown Gatlinburg TN every day starting at 5pm and ending at 10pm. Performers, magicians and storytellers will travel into downtown Gatlinburg on a horse-drawn wagon and the fun will start there. These performers will be dressed to grab your attention and to tell you what they have to share. Stories from the 1800’s to present will be told as well as acted out. Make sure you’re in town to witness some of these tunes and tales during June 13- August 9. The stories will give you memories that you can take back home with you.

There are several acts that will be performed by the Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales performers and storytellers. Those of you who will be walking the streets will get to stop and listen and possibly even participate in the tales and acts. This is an educational and fun experience that anyone could enjoy. People you may see are the Back Porch Cloggers, Whittlin’ Joe, Miss Nan, Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear, Hammer and Strings, Animal Mac, and many more. You’ll get to see dances, demonstrations, performances, hear tales, participate in some acts and so much more.

The Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales lets the visitors get in touch and hear tales from “back in the day” of pre-tourism Gatlinburg Tennessee. Hear folklore, listen to the music and see how people dressed back in those times. There are no fees to witness the tunes and tales and demonstrations. If you just so happen to be walking along the Parkway in Gatlinburg TN during any of those nights between 5 and 10pm then you should be sure to stop and watch and listen.
During high season in Gatlinburg Tennessee, our Gatlinburg cabins and rentals book faster and sooner. So, if you are interested in visiting Gatlinburg during this summer vacation, start the booking process now. With all the attractions, including Tunes and Talls, this year's Gatlinburg vacation will be a memorable one

Monday, June 09, 2008

Civil War Reenactment

The Civil War is returngint to Gatlinburg Tennessee. If you are visiting Gatlinburg Tennessee during the week of during June 13th - June 15th, you will be able to experience over 150 performers recreating the only skirmish that took place in Sevier county during the Civil War. Actors from Virginia, Florida, West Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, etc will be performing the the reenactment. Period performers will re-enact some of the highlights of the Civil War battle. They will also set up camp and re-enact the “Battle of Burg Hill”. Other activities that will be taking place is a parade and meeting of the generals. The parade starts at traffic light #6 in downtown Gatlinburg TN and will continue on over to traffic light #10. Generals can be met on site before the performance or while they are walking through the streets and in and out of stores. Not only is this event interesting to watch, but it is very informative. You could learn about the heritage of Gatlinburg Tennessee and its role in the Civil War. Watch as cavalry and artillery demonstrations take place. You can hear stories of how women dealt with the Civil War and how a hospital tent from that era would function. Each day holds a different activity. The Living History program will be held on Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. At the living history program you can actually experience the feeling of sitting at an old civil war camp. Friday afternoon around 6 pm the “Siege of Gatlinburg” will take place. The performing soldiers will march through downtown starting at traffic light 6. The “Battle of Burg Hill” will take place around 2 pm on Saturday. The North will face off with the South in a full blown battle, as each side tries to defend their territory. Cannons will go off and soldiers will pass as they fight for their territory. This informative and entertaining reeneactment can be watched by anyone of any age at no cost. If you’re in Gatlinburg TN during that time be sure to stop by and watch and learn as the Living History Civil War Reenactment takes place.

The season this attraction takes place is very possible the busiest season of the year. If you are interested in coming to Gatlinburg during the summber season, it is highly encouraged to rent your cabin a few months before your arrival date. If you are interested in renting one of our Gatlinburg cabins, please call or office at 1.800.684.7865.