15th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival 2014

Tennessee’s best kept secret may be the annual 3-day, Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival happening this weekend at Dumplin Farm, an easy 25-mile drive north of Gatlinburg on the edge of town in Kodak. The festival features more than a dozen highly acclaimed, top performers this Thursday through Saturday, September 18-20, 2014.

All the performers are outstanding at this magic music festival, and the headliners for each night’s final performance are the “Most Awarded Band in Bluegrass Music” Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (Friday), Lonesome River Band (Saturday) and Cordle, Jackson & Salley (Thursday). None of these performers should be missed! Continue reading

Hot Rod Roundup – Shades of the Past 2014

It’s the 32nd Annual Shades of the Past hot-rod roundup at Dollywood’s Splash country, all day Friday and Saturday, September 5-6, 2014.

This year again hundreds of gleaming automotive paint jobs will be on display, with shiny performance engines growling and snarling, at times. The site is a huge paved parking lot with grassy areas and trees all around. Continue reading

Love View Too, Pigeon Forge Cabin with a VIEW!

Here’s a cabin with perfect views and the windows to prove it! It’s Love View Too, a 1-bedroom beauty with space and amenities to sleep up to 14 people. There are 3 deck levels and a loft area to enlarge this sprawling, 3-story cabin.

Including the king bedroom the cabin has 3 full bathrooms, one with jacuzzi, as well as a second king bed, queen futon and a twin bunk, as well as two futons in the loft – fight with the kids for these! Continue reading

Warbirds Aloft at the TN Museum of Aviation

Images courtesy of TN Museum of Aviation

Images courtesy of TN Museum of Aviation

The Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville hosts a climate-controlled, 35,000 sq ft hangar filled with arrays of exhibits and memorabilia. It also has real warplanes that fly, and a runway right outside the hangar doors to prove that museums don’t have to be dull, or quiet, or even stay still without moving! Continue reading

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2014

songwriterThe 3rd Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival bursts into song again in Gatlinburg starting on Thursday through this weekend, August 21-24. It’s four days of mostly free music with a couple of ticketed events, when legends and industry pros mingle with the public in a highly entertaining musical event you will want to plunge into.

Where better than Gatlinburg in summer for musicians and music lovers to come together to celebrate the Appalachian musical roots of much of America’s famous music. Continue reading

Brave Eagle Luxury Cabin, Near Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

images from Brave Eagle cabin

images from Brave Eagle cabin

Welcome to Brave Eagle, a 1-bedroom luxury cabin perched in the Smoky Mountains, with a view that offers you as much of the mountains as you care to take in, from your hot tub or rocking chair on the deck

Sometimes you just want give your eyes a vacation. That’s when you need a cabin like Brave Eagle, with a great view of the mountains, easy on the eyes and uplifting to look at, a view to gaze at endlessly. Continue reading

Marriage in the Smoky Mountains

“Marriage is the crowning result of love in the supremely romantic Smoky Mountains.”

Back_deck_weddingPeople come to the Smoky Mountains for a romantic getaway, and to get married, and to honeymoon. And they return frequently thereafter to celebrate their life with each other, and years later to renew their vows to each other, often with their grown-up children looking on, to everybody’s great satisfaction. Continue reading

Alewine Pottery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

images courtesy of Alewine Pottery

images courtesy of Alewine Pottery

There’s plenty of Smoky Mountain spirit to be found in Alewine Pottery of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This much loved, family-run shop knows how to roll out the welcome mat and  provide friendly, individual service.

The Alewine family plies its visitors with free complimentary popcorn, coffee and apples, provide rocking chairs and a checkers table, with live banjo music just outside. Continue reading