Gatlinburg TN Area Information

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Gatlinburg Old Timer's Day

It is easy to visit the Great Smoky Mountains and see the natural beauty that surrounds you and not even ask questions about the past of the surrounding areas, but there is so much more to the Smokies than what meets the eye.

Before the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established there were several small towns that were known for farming and logging. As you can tell when you visit the Great Smoky Mountains, these small communities of people are now gone and there are seldom reminders of the people that once lived in this quiet mountain town. The logging company and farming land is taken over with shops, attractions and restaurants. However, there are a few "old timers" still left.

These Gatlinburg “Old Timers” will take you back in time 75 years before the National Park was even established. Can you even imagine a time when there were no attractions or fancy restaurants or local shops in downtown Gatlinburg TN? This older generation is willing to tell stories and share pictures from yesteryear as they take you back in time.

The Gatlinburg Old Timers Day is sponsored by the The Gatlinburg Inn. The Gatlinburg Inn is one of the most historic lodging buildings in downtown Gatlinburg TN.

Pack your bags and make plans to take a trip to Gatlinburg on June 6, 2009 for the Gatlinburg Old Timers Day. This older generation is going to sit around and talk about what life was like growing up and living in the communities in Eastern Tennessee. The Gatlinburg “old timers” remember what it felt like to watch the community they lived in go from being a town with small homes to a popular vacation town with campgrounds, picnic areas, restaurants and popular downtown attractions. Get ready to take a step back in time with this annual Gatlinburg event.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Quattro de Maya 2009

On April 30, 2009 join the Cherokee Audi Club in Gatlinburg TN along with many Audi and Volkswagen fans from all over to celebrate the Quattro de Mayo event. More than 100 fans will gather at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to take scenic drives and explore local attraction. Many Audi and Volkswagen fans will come to town in everything from sports cars to mini vans. They have day to day itineraries to make the most of their time here and will be driving all over Gatlinburg TN. Join in with them as they take on many different routes that are both scenic and thrilling.

Many of the thrill seekers will be driving along the winding roads on routes such as Tail of the Dragon, The Devil’s Triangle and Cherohala Skyway and Dragon Loop. Some will take the scenic drives around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cades Cove, Clingman’s Dome, Foothills Parkway and several other relaxing roads that will provide plenty of beautiful scenery.

The convoy of vehicles will be out on the roads Thursday through Saturday exploring the area in and around Gatlinburg TN. All makes and models of these vehicles will be in the area and even Mini Cooper owners and Corvette owners will be out and about. There is a schedule for each day and it even includes where everyone enjoying the Quattro de Mayo event will be eating each day. They’ll start their days out together and end it with dinner to discuss and laugh about the events that happened each day.

If you’re a Audi or Volkswagen enthusiast you’ll fit right in! Join everyone in Gatlinburg TN this year and make new friends with the same unique interest for these vehicles. You might find that you’ll be meeting up with everyone again at the next Quattro de Mayo event. Remember to drive safely and bring your camera.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Scottish Festival 2009

It’s time for the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival to start again! They will celebrate from May 15-17, 2009 at Mill’s Park. This year marks the 28th anniversary for the Scottish Games and Festivals in Gatlinburg TN. It’s a great time to spend time with your fellow Scots and enjoy the event. Bring the whole family out, there will be something of interest to everyone. You’re welcome to attend even if you’re not Scottish!

There will be many things that reflect Scottish heritage during that weekend. You’ll find everything from border collies to bagpipes. Many Scottish clans come together to meet and great and have competitions. They compete in different areas such as athletics, bag piping, dancing, haggis hurling, and border collie demonstrations. They even have whiskey tasting and Scottish food and merchandise vendors. These is an admission fee per day, but it covers you for the whole day!

If Scottish runs in your blood and you have a “clan” you want to take on vacation then this is perfect for you. Celebrate your Celtic pride and visit Gatlinburg,TN during the Scottish Games and Festivals. Watch the competitions, meet new friends and make new memories! Take a look at some of our Gatlinburg cabins and make your reservation for May 15-17!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fine Arts Festival 2009

Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival will be celebrating it’s 5th year on May 16th and 17th as an event in Gatlinburg TN. It’s a huge festival of arts, entertainment and food featuring artists from around the world. This is a family friendly event so feel free to bring the little children along too. Art displays of artists from around the country will be set up and music will play for you as you shop.

Many volunteers from around Gatlinburg are responsible for throwing this festival for you to enjoy and it benefits the local visual arts center, Sevier County Arts Council and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. You’ll see work from over 50 professional artists and craftsmen. Each year the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival has awarded $5,000 in cash prizes. Will you be amongst the winners?

A large crowd is expected this year with locals and tourists coming to the area for the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival. This festival will be held in the heart of Gatlinburg on River Road and on the grounds of Ripley’s Aquarium. There will also be plenty of food to choose from while you walk around. Many local restaurants will be setting up tents for you to swing by while browsing. Take your pick between The Peddler, Park Grill Steak House, Veranda Restaurant, Johnson Brothers BBQ, and many more.

The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival does boast a free admission so there’s no reason not to take a look around while you’re in town. You might even find a small treasure to take home with you. It only comes around once a year. Don’t miss it this year!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ribfest and Wings 2009

If you’re a rib or wing lover you’ll be happy to hear the Gatlinburg’s 8th annual Ribfest and Wing Festival will be held on April 23 this year. It will start at 4pm and last until 8pm and it will be located on River Road and Ripley’s Aquarium.

If you have never been to a Ribfest and Wing Festival then you don’t know what you’re missing! All of the restaurants in Gatlinburg will be in one place and offering samples of their ribs and wings. All you have to do is pay one low admission price and receive an arm band for all you can eat or you can pay $1 for one rib or 2 wings. There will also be entertainment there! Everyone is invited to come and there will be children’s activities on site as well. Eat as many wings and ribs as you can or as long as they last and listen to rock n’ roll blues.

After the festival is over there will be awards in six different categories. All the vendors will be competing for the “People’s Choice Awards” which is chosen by popular vote. This Ribfest and Wing Festival is supposed to be the biggest one ever and you don’t want to miss it!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Travel Insurance For What?

In absolutely the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, companies of all types are working together to help the consumers battle through these ailing market conditions. Well, if has finally trickled its way down to the travel industry. That's right, travel insurance from CSA now offers stability for the consumer. Beside many other perks, CSA now offers coverage if you lose your job! Unbelievable, right! Yes, it is unbelievable, but it is true. Read the quote from CSA:
“your involuntary termination of employment or layoff that occurs more than 15 days after your effective date and was not under your control. You must have been continuously employed with the same employer for 1 year prior to the termination or layoff.”
This is ideal for everyone with the mass layoffs occurring in our country. This type of insurance is great because it helps consumers transfer some of the burden. CSA charges 6.5% of the total charges. This minimal cost is a huge relief if something goes wrong!