Posts By: Dusty Camp

About Dusty Camp

I moved to the Smoky Mountains a few years ago from Alabama - a big change, but one I'm glad I made. I like meeting all the different types of people who visit here, and getting to know a little bit about them. I love to watch all the wildlife throughout Cades Cove, but most of all I like winter, waking up to see everything covered in snow and icicles.

Smoky Mountain Winefest 2017 at Arrowmont

The annual Smoky Mountain Winefest happens Saturday afternoon between 1 and 6 pm on April 8, 2017 at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg at 556 Parkway. At least 17 wineries from around Tennessee will be present offering samples and sales of their wares, along with expert guidance on wine and food, and the perfect food pairings from local restaurants.



Hands On Gatlinburg 2017: Make Your Own Artwork

The 2nd Annual Hands On Gatlinburg 3-day arts & crafts weekend happens April 7-9, 2017, offering a chance to create your own unique artwork under the skilled teaching of dozens of the expert artisans.

Gatlinburg is home to one of the nation’s largest communities of independent artisans, and some 40 different classes are being offered at multiple studios during this Friday-Sunday long weekend, presenting for many the chance in a lifetime to apprentice under a master in their favorite craft.



2017 Spring Rod Run

Pigeon Forge hosts the 35th Annual Spring Rod Run Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8, 2017. It’s a 3-day street party and a showing off of hundreds of fast, custom and very pretty automobiles. People pour into town for the event, with thousands of visitors gazing at the sights on the streets, as proud owners of muscle, motor, chrome and paint practice the great American pastime of Cruisin’ the Strip!

Image courtesy of Dean Brown

Image courtesy of Dean Brown


2017 Spring Trout Tournament – 19th Annual

troutThe first full weekend in April means it’s time again to go fishing in the annual trout tournament in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. In 2017, this weekend is April 1-2, Saturday and Sunday, marking the 19th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament.

Once again over 10,000 trout have been stocked in over 20 miles of prime fishing streams for the event. There are cash prizes amounting to more than $10,000, in what is held to be one of the best fishing contests in the southeast. Recent rains mean the streams are deep and flowing.


Hot Rods and Cool Views in the Smoky Mountains

Ever since days of the moonshiners, when legends emerged about cars so quick that they could outrun the revenuers, automobile culture has been an important part of the Smoky Mountains region. This tradition continues today, as Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding area are home to a variety of popular events and attractions celebrating the power and beauty of American cars.

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Services and Extras Delivered to your Cabin in the Smoky Mountains

Visitors come to the Great Smoky Mountains for a variety of reasons. Whether for a weekend getaway, mini vacation or extended stay, the mountains are a source of beauty, relaxation, and attractions. One of the first things on the agenda when planning a trip is deciding where to stay. If you’ve chosen a luxury mountain cabin from our array of Gatlinburg cabins, give yourself even more luxury with these extra in-cabin services available.

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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