Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2016

Images courtesy of SMSF

Images courtesy of SMSF

The 5th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is on again now in Gatlinburg, TN, August 24-28, 2016. This event continues each year to gain in popularity, and fills the town with live music and the unique opportunity to meet the writers of the hit songs, to engage in workshops and co-authoring, and to hear the stories behind the legends, from the people on the inside of the music industry.

Cabins of the Smoky Mountains is proud to be a sponsor of this great event, and we’ve been covering it from its beginning. Knowing the background to a song and something about the songwriter opens up a world of appreciation that you may never have experienced before, and one that stays with you, ever after.


Free Things to do in Gatlinburg, TN

You can find plenty of fun and free things to do in Gatlinburg, TN. Along with people-watching from the free trolley or a window-shopping stroll along the bustling Parkway, visitors enjoy free entry to every attraction inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the only national park in the country with free admission. There are multiple scenic motoring and hiking excursions nearby.

Here are some points of interest that are both free of charge and potentially some of your most splendid memories during your stay.



Savory Solutions by Chef Jeremy: a Personal Chef for Your Cabin Vacation

One of the many benefits of staying in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains is having your own kitchen, which saves a lot of vacation time and money going out to eat. If you think that’s good, how about having a personal chef to cook dinner for you and your group, in your cabin?

It’s all possible thanks to Chef Jeremy and his Savory Solutions company. Did you know you could throw an elegant dinner party in your vacation cabin, even if you don’t want to cook? Now that’s a relaxing getaway!

image courtesy of Savory Solutions

image courtesy of Savory Solutions


Things to do in Gatlinburg for Couples

Gatlinburg, TN is ideal for couples ready for a romantic holiday. From fine dining to local amusements and attractions, to the very best cabins in Tennessee, Gatlinburg offers excitement.  Here are just a few of the top excursions for couples in Gatlinburg.

TIP: nothing’s more romantic for accommodation than your own cabin in the mountains. Check out our Cabins for Honeymoon & Romantic Getaways and call 855-91-SMOKY to book.


How Far is Gatlinburg from Atlanta? What’s the Best Drive?

Atlanta, GA to Gatlinburg, TN is a 4-hour, 200-mile road trip through America’s Appalachian countryside.  Seasoned motorists say it’s best to take State Highway 23, which connects Atlanta with Eastern Tennessee, for a drive that’s both faster and more scenic than sticking to the interstates!

Pack up the family and enjoy your drive to Gatlinburg from Atlanta – it can be accomplished in style. Check out these new discoveries waiting for you, no more than 1-2 miles off the highway.


How Far is Gatlinburg From Nashville?

Gatlinburg is an easy 222-mile drive from Nashville along I-40, and with some nice adventures along the way. Just a quick jaunt off I-40 will offer sights you never knew existed. We suggest exploring a few of the scenic byways, for very little added time to your journey.

Why not budget time for some cool mini-attractions that are beautiful, amusing and teaming with wonders to satisfy any curiosity. You can see everything from a pink elephant to a dinosaur made from car parts, to quirky boutiques to state park waterfalls. (more…)

Summer Craftsmen’s Fair 2016

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Images courtesy of Craftsmen’s Fair

The 41st Annual Summer Craftsmen’s Fair begins in Gatlinburg July 14, running through July 17, 2016. It’s summer again, and time again for one of the finest showcases in the nation of handmade arts and crafts. Designated one of the Southeast’s most popular events, the fair attracts top artists and craftspeople from across the country, joining with one of the nation’s largest communities of independent artisans right here in Gatlinburg.

More than 180 craftspeople put their latest creations on display in the ample, multi level space of Gatlinburg Convention Center. And they set up to work – you can find them displaying their skills as they actually make their wares. This is a keynote of the fair, the sheer accessibility of so many gifted artisans, sharing their craft secrets and stories with anyone who stops by to watch and chat.


Up Late and Loving It: Gatlinburg’s 2016 Fourth of July Parade Celebration

In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, city locals and visitors intend to stay up late on Sunday night, July 3, 2016. Why? Because it’s the annual First Independence Day Parade in the Nation. The 41st Annual Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade launches at 12:01 am, making it the earliest July 4th parade in the country.

Enormous helium-filled balloons take flight Sunday night and more than 100 floats, marching bands, and decorated vehicles begin the 1-mile parade along Parkway, joined by the hundreds of volunteers who make it happen, and entrants from regional cities and organizations.

This famous event draws a large crowd of up to 100,000 spectators, who pack Gatlinburg to honor the nation’s heroes.

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Shine On at Ole Smoky Distillery

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If tasting spirits is on your list of pursuits when you travel, be sure to stop in at Moonshine Holler on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN, and discover Ole Smoky Distillery. It’s a top draw for connoisseurs and regular sippers alike, anyone who wants to try a sip of old-time East Tennessee moonshine – in fact it’s the most visited distillery in the country.

At the Holler, step into the distillery where you’ll see two copper brewing stills shining like trophies. Ole Smoky offers free tours where visitors can learn about the distilling process and the history of moonshine in the Smoky Mountains.


Legacy Mountain Ziplines – Get a FREE Ticket to Go Ziplining

Have you tried ziplining yet? Maybe it’s time, next time you’re in the area. Soaring downhill above the treetops and through the beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery – it’s so safe a child of 3 can do it, and so exhilarating that even those with a fear of heights can relax and enjoy it.

The Smoky Mountains boasts some of the longest and best zip lines in the world. Our friends at Legacy Mountain Ziplines have more than 400 acres of stunning scenery to play around in, as well as 4.5 miles of travel in 7 different zip lines – one of them is 2,500 feet long!

We make it easy for you to go ziplining with a Free Adult Ticket to Legacy Mountain Ziplines as part of our Trip Cash book of free coupons worth over $400.

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