Fall Foliage in the Smokies
Sunset in Gatlinburg in the Fall

The kids are back in school and the weather is about to cool down ever so slightly.  With a hint of fall in the air, many are already wondering when the leaves change in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.  If you want to know when you’ll see fall foliage in the Smokies, and where you […]

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7 Unique Places To Eat Ice Cream and Treats in The Smokies
scooping ice-cream

You scream! I scream! We all scream for ice cream! It’s summer in the Smokies and a great way to beat the heat is with a delicious cold treat. And not just any treat – Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have some truly fun shops with unique ice cream creations and sweet snacks. Mad Dog’s […]

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Handicap Accessible Cabins in the Smoky Mountains
handicap accessible cabins in the smoky mountains

The Smoky Mountains and American Patriot Getaways cabins have many options that are “handicap friendly.” This means properties are typically homes with a level parking spot, have no more than one step required for entry, utilize a 3-foot or greater entry door, and include an entry level bedroom and bathroom. The adventures are sites from […]

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The Best Hiking Trails at Cades Cove
The Best Cades Cove Hiking Trails

Cades Cove is a broad, lush, green valley surrounded by mountains that is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains. Here, visitors find some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. White-tailed deer are frequently seen, and black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animal […]

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Easter Events in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge
Things to Do on Easter in Gatlinburg

Easter is the true start of spring activities here in the Smoky Mountains.  If you’re looking for Easter events to attend during your spring break visit to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, we have a list of great things your family can do together to celebrate this special day. Virtual Sunrise Easter Service – Ober Gatlinburg […]

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Dollywood’s Opening Date in 2021
Dollwyood Express and Grist Mill at Dollywood Theme Park.

Dollywood opens on March 13, 2021!  All the information you need about spring festivals, special park procedures during COVID-19, brand new attractions, and more can be found here.   Dollywood Opening Date 2021 Similar to Dollywood’s 35 season back in 2020, reservations are encouraged for park entry this year as well.  While the park opens for […]

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Find Live Music in The Great Smoky Mountains Every Day
live music at The Island in Pigeon Forge

Looking for live music during your trip to The Great Smoky Mountains? With their rich history in music, the towns of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are filled with music year round – from bands at bars and restaurants and outdoor traveling musicians to festivals, holiday events and all the shows at Dollywood Amusement Park. Bars […]

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Recreate Your Favorite Recipes from Gatlinburg at Home!
Recipes from Gatlinburg TN

Missing the Smoky Mountains but a trip isn’t in the cards right now?  You’re not alone!  When you can’t make it to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge we have fun ways to bring the mountains to you in your very own home.  We’ve even compiled our favorite list of recipes from Gatlinburg and recipes from Pigeon […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About The Elkmont Ghost Town
Cottage in the abandoned vacation town of Elkmont.

A trip to Elkmont, Tennessee, is sure to be filled with mystery and storytelling. Once a settlers’ village, then a logging community, its lively existence came to an end as a wealthy visitors’ country club community that Smoky Mountains National Park let fade into its current dilapidated state. Just 15 minutes from Gatlinburg, Elkmont offers […]

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