Wears Valley offers a tranquil alternative to the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg bustle, and many visitors to the Smoky Mountains choose this “quiet side of the Smokies” for their stay. The area offers great views of the mountains, proximity to Cades Cove, and easier access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park through Townsend than through Gatlinburg.
Monthly Archives: January 2017
The town of Townsend – “on the quiet side of the Smokies” – offers its annual winter festival, Smoky Mountain Snowdown, January 26-29, 2017. The festival features live music, lots of food including a Chili Cook off, expert history of the area presented in tales and tunes, as well as arts & crafts from the local artisan community as it shows some of its best moves.
Townsend for many people is the gateway to Cades Cove, and this festival is a celebration of the heritage and natural beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and especially of Cades Cove, rich in history and lore. Music and art will demonstrate East Tennessee culture, deep and old and yet completely modern and present.
Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are full of things to do, places to go, and definitely things to “see” like the creative mirror mazes where things aren’t always what they seem. Find out more about these attractions with a little “reflection” on what each maze has to offer. Each attraction is open daily.
Gatlinburg Mirror Mazes
Amazing Mirror Maze – 919 Parkway, Gatlinburg
Amazing is exactly what to expect when entering the Amazing Mirror Maze, the largest in Gatlinburg at over 2,400 square feet. Challenge your senses as you enjoy the visual journey of a state-of-the-art show with colorful lights and pulsating music. With so many images leading the way, you won’t know which way to turn, which is the whole point of the maze.
Relax at a spa during your stay in the Smoky Mountains. If you’re staying in one of our Pigeon Forge cabins, try the St. Somewhere Spa in Pigeon Forge, or simply bring the spa services to your cabin. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is world famous for both its spectacular mountain scenery and the town’s warm and welcoming resort experience. This has made it a highly popular destination for a relaxing getaway for both single visitors and families.
Visitors tend to spend their days on their feet, either taking in Pigeon Forge’s numerous local attractions or hiking in the nearby Smoky Mountains National Park. After a long and active day, what could be better than treating yourself to a relaxing spa session? There are a number of spas to choose from, including the St. Somewhere Spa. This spa is a part of The Island, a shopping and entertainment center located right in downtown Pigeon Forge on the banks of the Little Pigeon river.
As Christmas gives way to the New Year, here in January 2017 the winter fun just keeps ramping up. The millions of lights in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge continue to shine brightly, the trolley tours of the best lights continue, the snow comes down, the skiing heats up, and cabin deals abound with Half-Price offers on remaining cabins for those who can make a trip at short notice for a winter getaway.
Winterfest in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville means millions of decorative lights, some in animated displays, strung everywhere and sparkling through the end of February. In Gatlinburg the story of Winter Magic is the same, featuring crystal-clear LED displays, and lasting through the end of January.