23rd Annual Mountain Quiltfest 2017

Images courtesy of A Mountain Quiltfest

Images courtesy of A Mountain Quiltfest

The 23rd Annual Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge is coming up faster than you can sew that next square! This year’s iteration will take place March 21 – 25, 2017, in the LeConte Center in downtown Pigeon Forge. The event is one of the premier celebrations of quilting in one of the most unique destinations in the country, so make your plans now and begin planning your ultimate quilting itinerary.

A history of Quiltfest in the Smoky Mountain region

The practice of quilting in America stretches to the beginning of the republic itself, as wealthy colonialists who had the time and resources took up the activity in droves. As the years passed, quilting filtered down throughout the classes to become one of the most popular crafts in the fledgling nation.

Quilting is a part of the DNA of the American story, and that’s what ultimately led to the formation of A Mountain Quiltfest in the 1990s. The tradition has its roots in a joint quilt show that was hosted by two local quilting guilds, the Piecemakers and the Sevier Valley Guild. The show proved so popular that by 1995, the city of Pigeon Forge asked the guilds to organize an official event for the city. (more…)

Festival of Nations 2017 at Dollywood

Spring comes and winter weather exits the Smoky Mountains, and Dollywood reopens its doors – on Saturday, March 18, 2017 – for hours of fun, excitement, and entertainment at Tennessee’s premier theme park.

Set your calendar for opening day and get ready to experience cultures from around the world at Festival of Nations 2017, which runs from March 18 through April 9.

Images courtesy of Dollywood

Images courtesy of Dollywood

During the festival, the park becomes a canvas of brilliantly colored, handcrafted traditional costumes from exotic cultures, and a showcase for a multitude of talent and entertainment – and food. Bring a hearty appetite as the aromas of exotic flavors and spices wafts through the air teasing the taste buds.

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Winter Carnival of Magic 2017

The 43rd Annual Winter Carnival of Magic happens in Pigeon Forge on March 9-11, 2017, with a host of world class talent performing in two evening magic shows for the public on Friday and Saturday nights, and with magic supply vendors, workshops and competitions for conventioneers at this 3-day event.

Winter Carnival of Magic his staged again this year at the Country Tonite theater located just off Parkway at 129 Showplace Blvd. This is the area’s most state-of-the-art theater with beautiful sound and lighting, great seating and giant video screens, as well as lots of parking – very important in this bustling town.

Images courtesy of Carnival of Magic

Images courtesy of Carnival of Magic

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Rental Cabins – Tips & Discounts for Visiting the Smoky Mountains

Even for repeat visitors to the Smoky Mountains area of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, there is so much to do and see that it’s important to plan your time for the best results. So here, from Cabins of the Smoky Mountains, is a guide to some of the ways to plan the smartest options for your trip.

How do you find the best cabin to stay in? Start with our articles on How to Find Your Perfect Cabin in the Smoky Mountains: What to Look For and also How to Get the Best Value in your rental cabin. Also check our general advice for making your stay in the Smoky Mountains great: Must-Read Tips For a Great Smokies Visit.

Remember, you can always call us day or night for guidance from our friendly front desk receptionists, at 855-91-SMOKY. Sometimes the lines are busy, so just try again, maybe later in the evening. Call us with any questions at all – the more you can plan ahead the better your trip will be.

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Alcatraz East

How about taking part in an exciting crime drama? This is exactly what you and your family can do at Alcatraz East, Pigeon Forge’s premier museum of American Crime History.

This family-friendly venue is more than just a series of static displays. It offers numerous interactive exhibits that give visitors a fascinating and hands-on introduction to the world of crime-scene investigation. Alcatraz East pays substantial tribute to its namesake, the infamous San Francisco prison, but it also features a wide variety of galleries, hands-on material, movies, and much more.

Images courtesy of Alcatraz East

Images courtesy of Alcatraz East

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Gatlinburg Space Needle: Pinnacle of Entertainment

Experience a 360-degree panorama that celebrates the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are one of the most unique and treasured environments throughout North America, and the community of Gatlinburg is proud to be the gateway to this special locale. Of course, the rolling summits and lush forests look magnificent from any vantage point, but there’s nothing like getting to view this incredible spectacle from a height of 407 feet!

When you visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle you’ll be whisked up via elevator to the top of the tallest man-made structure in town. At over 400 feet in elevation, you’ll be treated to stunning, 360-degree views of the mountains and the city itself, allowing you to immerse yourself in these distinctive surroundings and appreciate the wonder of all this beauty.

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Love All Year Long: Four Seasons of Romance in the Smoky Mountains

What better way to experience the gorgeous landscape of the Smoky Mountains than with the person you love most? Whether you’re just getting to know someone special or are planning to celebrate a decades-long marriage, the Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to stir up romance. You can spend days in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area discovering local treasures, and relaxing in your luxury cabin.

Mysterious. Colorful. Mesmerizing. Unforgettable. All these and more have been used to describe the Smoky Mountain experience. This area stands out for its mix of warm Southern hospitality, majestic forests, and spectacular mountain views.

When is the best season to visit? They all have their own unique charm. (more…)

Public Parks in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

With Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the doorstep, it’s often overlooked that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both have some fine public parks to enjoy. These are great places to get out of the bustle and stroll or picnic.

Visitors to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have a plethora of attractions and activities to enjoy morning, noon, and night. From hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains or ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort to exhilarating thrill rides and exciting shows at Dollywood, there’s something to do for everyone of all ages.

While enjoying the sights and sounds of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, expand your horizons, and set out on additional adventures at area public parks to experience the flavor of the Tennessee culture and countryside.

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg

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