Ober Gatlinburg Snow Tubing 2014

image courtesy of Ober Gatlinburg

images courtesy of Ober Gatlinburg

Nothing says winter like snow, and Ober Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains has plenty of it. The slopes will open in December, but the 2014 fun season starts on November 21 with a Rail Jam on Friday night, celebrating the newly groomed snow in the Tubing Park. Then on Saturday – Snow Tubing begins and it’s winter!

The “Back in Blue” Rail Jam is a chance for skiers and boarders to try their moves on the rails – because facing in the same direction is boring, right? Competitors in two age groups of 14 and under and 15 and over will compete for a piece of the $1,000 prize money, along with lots of merchandise being given away. Continue reading

Winterfest Winter Magic 2014 in the Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg Christmas lights

Gatlinburg Christmas lights

Every year in the Smoky Mountains, the famous colors of Fall foliage give way to the magical time of winter. The pumpkins of harvest festival and Halloween are put away against the cold and the beginning snows. And sometime in November, we have to admit it’s winter.

But in the three neighboring towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, winter comes in with a flourish. The three towns collaborate to schedule their festival openings over 3 days, and turn the night time into a blaze of millions of Christmas lights. Continue reading

Take a (Guided) Walk in the Woods

images courtesy of A Walk in the Woods

images courtesy of A Walk in the Woods

The scenery of the Smoky Mountains is spectacular to look at, but what if you’d like to get closer to nature and walk around in that scenery, and could use some help getting started? In this case, A Walk in the Woods is a full-range tour guide service that can help.

Join in small or larger tours and have your own personal guide show you selected trails and magical places in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, helping you experience for yourself the wonders of nature with expert advice and guidance. Continue reading

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