Parrot Mountain and Gardens: Birds and Beauty

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images courtesy of Parrot Mountain

As the Fall Colors reach their peak in the lower elevations this week and next, think about a trip with the kids to Parrot Mountain. The name alone ought to get their attention.

One thing’s for sure, when you get there, it’ll grab your attention. Don’t be surprised if you never want to leave. Continue reading

Meigs Falls: A Drive-Up Waterfall

Meigs Falls - image courtesy GSMNP

image courtesy of GSMNP

One of the great delights for visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the abundance of beautiful waterfalls. Usually it takes at least a mild hike to see them, but Meigs Falls is a waterfall you can see from the road.

Meigs Falls lies along a great scenic drive in its own right, Little River Road between Gatlinburg and Townsend. Many people know this road as their way to Cades Cove, but they may well have missed the falls, which is tucked away across the river and hard to spot. Continue reading

2014 Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival at Arrowmont

images courtesy of Fine Arts Festival

images courtesy of Fine Arts Festival

An arts village breaks out again this weekend in downtown Gatlinburg on the campus of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, as the 100-year old school stages its FREE arts festival for the tenth year running. The festival runs Friday through Sunday, October 3-5, 2014.

Literally just a step off the sidewalk at Traffic Light #5 in the middle of Gatlinburg, the tranquil campus of this internationally renowned fine-arts school gives way to a host of tents and booths showcasing the works of artists from near and far, selected by jury for the highest quality artisanship. Continue reading

Fall 2014 is Here. Things Happening Now…

If you love to fish you already know that this Smoky Mountains area is a great place to cast a lure, not just from the scenery all around but also for the wildlife in the waters, the abundance and variety of fish in the many streams that cut the terrain all around.

You probably also know about the Fall Trout Tournament that starts way early tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 27, 2014, for the weekend – and you’d better be signed up for it already and getting some sleep tonight. All the details on the tournament can be found at the website, and you can read what we wrote about the Fall event of last year here, and the Spring event of this year here. Continue reading

Good Vibrations 1-Bedroom Pigeon Forge cabin

Here’s a 1-bedroom cabin built for fun, from the jukebox in the dining area to the jacuzzi in the loft master bedroom, from the fire pit and hammock outside to the gated wrap-around porches for your pets to play too.

It’s Good Vibrations (of course), nestled in the trees with private, wooded views, and all the ambiance of mountain living outside, and with a diner booth and dance floor arrangement inside for an instant party pick-me-up feel. Continue reading

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