Tunes & Tales in Gatlinburg
Image & video courtesy of Kevin Tierney
Summer begins for sure when Gatlinburg opens its season of Tunes & Tales, starting Friday evening, June 12, 2015, and lasting through August 1. This is a time when strolling the town becomes not just filled with wonder but also filled with surprises, and the casual stroller can run into music, song and street performance at any turn along downtown Parkway, every evening from 6 pm.
Tunes & Tales started only in recent years, and has become immensely popular, turning the evenings into magic as characters in period costume, bluegrass musicians and storytellers celebrate the legacy of Appalachia and share it with all who care to gather ’round. (more…)
Images courtesy of GSMNP
The synchronous fireflies at Elkmont have started again this year with their almost unique pattern of flashing on and off in harmony – a thing not seen anywhere else in the world except parts of Southeast Asia.
The Park Service is again coordinating a trolley service in conjunction with the City of Gatlinburg to bring people to the Elkmont campground area for the nightly showing. For safety and environmental protection, visitors to the area are limited. Advance tickets go on sale in April and usually sell out in ten minutes! (more…)
Summer at Dollywood kicks off with its annual Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival, May 23 – June 7, 2015. This means tons of barbeque and dozens of the top names in multiple performances non-stop for over two weeks. All included in the price of admission to the legendary theme park in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Nothing says American summer like barbeque, and nothing says Appalachia like bluegrass. And nothing says Party like the two of them together! (more…)
The Deckhouse is a huge 4-bedroom luxury cabin with panoramic views and wraparound decks to see in every direction, located in the Summit resort on Bluff Mountain close to Pigeon Forge, TN. The Deckhouse is also the 500th cabin to join our management family of luxury rental cabins in the Smoky Mountains.
The Summit Resort occupies a prime location with fabulous views, with good access to Pigeon Forge and the surrounding area. The Deckhouse has paved parking and wheelchair accessibility. We were honored that the owners asked us to manage this cabin, our 500th.
Images courtesy of Bloomin BBQ & Bluegrass
This weekend there’s a stupendous Barbeque and Bluegrass festival in Sevierville AND it’s Half-Price on all our remaining Cabins. Next weekend marks the start of another massive Barbeque & Bluegrass festival, at Dollywood, AND it’s Half-Price cabins again!
Coincidence? Well, maybe, truth be told – but it works out perfectly for last-minute visitors coming in for either of these two great parties!
The merry month of May gets a whole lot merrier this May Day, as Dolly Parton takes to the streets of Pigeon Forge to lead the 30th Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade, happening this Friday, May 1, 2015.
More than 50,000 people attend the Dolly Parade each year, and many of them come to catch a glimpse and photo shots of Tennessee’s favorite daughter, Dolly Parton herself. (more…)
images courtesy of Wildflower Pilgrimage
It’s an earthy time of year in the Smoky Mountains right now. The springtime period after Easter marks the magical time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park when millions of wildflowers bloom for a brief time, one step ahead of the trees blooming, which will cover the skies above with foliage and plunge the forest floor back into deep shade.
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
For a few weeks, 1,500 species of wildflower cover the ground everywhere, and April 21-25, 2015, marks the time of the 65th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. (more…)
Images courtesy of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg’s renowned Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts hosts its 2nd annual Legacy Weekend this Thursday through Sunday, April 9-12, 2015.
Legacy Weekend is a mix of celebration and open house, offering a series of workshops and encouraging interaction between the participants and the whole campus community. Part of the proceeds from workshop fees will benefit Friends of the Smokies. (more…)
It’s Easter time in the Smoky Mountains in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area, and as always, there’s a lot going on.
Images courtesy of Arts & Crafts Show
Arts and crafts are never far from the surface in this part of the world, carrying forward much of the Appalachian history and tradition of the region. Thursday through Saturday, April 2-4, marks another annual Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show. (more…)
Image courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The 16th Annual Smoky Mountain Spring Trout Tournament gets under way this Saturday at sunrise. The largest, and by all accounts best organized, fishing tournament in the Smoky Mountains claims the first full weekend in April once again as its own. (more…)