Posts By: Tony Perez

About Tony Perez

I'm a people person, and I enjoy the atmosphere that working with Cabins Of The Smoky Mountains entails, interacting with different types of people and trying to relate to each one uniquely. From Michigan originally, I've been coming to the Smoky Mountains since I was a child, with family in Wears Valley. Summer fun for me is exploring the Cades Cove area, swimming in the creeks, and hiking Mount LeConte and many other trails. I love the Smoky Mountains.

Festival of Trees 2017

The holidays are right around the corner and this is the season of giving. Why not combine the two with a family-friendly charity event? The Festival of Trees is a five day festival held in Gatlinburg from November 22nd to the 26th. It is a great way to both celebrate the holidays and make a difference in the local community.

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Thanksgiving & Christmas Arts & Crafts 2017

The 2017 Thanksgiving Craft Show in Gatlinburg starts on Tuesday, November 21 and runs through Sunday, November 26. The 2017 Christmas Craft Show follows the next day, Monday, November 27 and runs through Sunday, December 3.

Start the holiday season off with fun, food, excitement, and an assortment of quality handcrafted items with back-to-back craft shows at the Gatlinburg Convention Center located just three miles from downtown Gatlinburg.

Images courtesy of Arts & Crafts Community

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Winterfest Lights Turn On for 2017

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg

Winter fun kicks off in the Smoky Mountains November 6, 7 and 8, 2017, as Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg celebrate turning on their winter lights for the season. The towns offer street parties, live music, food galore and kids activities in very special celebration events.

The Smoky Mountain region has put up a dazzling display of literally millions of lights. This light show kicks off over November 6-8, with the three towns each taking one day for its own particular party.

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Mountain Experience at Anakeesta

Anakeesta is one of the newest attractions in Gatlinburg, and is gaining attention thanks to its diverse collection of family-oriented activities and beautiful mountain views.

Opened in summer of 2017, Anakeesta is a mountain top destination with a shopping and dining village, a children’s tree house playground, a tree canopy walk, and several other activities, including ziplines, a coaster down the mountain, and a chair lift and gondola that goes both up and down. And since the Anakeesta Mountain location has not been open previously, for many people the views from Anakeesta are unique.

Image courtesy of Anakeesta

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Halloween 2017 in the Smoky Mountains

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg

It’s getting scary in the Smoky Mountains with Halloween events lurking around every corner and ghosts and goblins working overtime to ensure everyone has a fearsome good time! Here are the events happening this year in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area.

Fun and Halloween Horrors in Gatlinburg

On October 31, bring the kids to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza at Traffic Light #5, from 1-5 pm, for an afternoon of fun and games at the Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival. Dress the kids in their favorite costume and enjoy the festivities, which include contests, candy, pumpkins, and trick or treat safety tips from the police and fire department.

There’s also lots of horror on show for those who like a scare.

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Fall Events 2017: Fun in the Smoky Mountains

As summer makes its exit, there’s plenty of excitement to look forward to during the fall season in the Smoky Mountains. While the changing of the leaves creates a stunning visual environment of color drawing thousands of visitors each year, the Smoky Mountains also has a vibrant agenda of entertainment and attractions in store for all ages.

Image courtesy of Visit Gatlinburg

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Viewing the Fall Colors of 2017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its changing leaf colors during fall. Here are some of our favorite places in the area to view the stunning color displays.

The color season lasts about 6-7 weeks, from mid-September through October and into early November, with leaves turning first at the mountain tops and working their way down slope over the weeks – see our guide to Fall Colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can experience fall colors in different ways and at different times in the season along the park’s numerous hikes, viewpoints, and scenic drives.

View from Newfound Gap Road – image courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Fall 2017 Muscle Cars and Bluegrass in the Smoky Mountains

High excitement hits Pigeon Forge for the Fall Rod Run happening September 14-16, 2017. It’s 3 days and nights of cruising the strip, and muscle cars everywhere. If you want to take a break to swap muscle for music, at the same time the annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival is on just a few miles to the north.

And that’s not all, because Gatlinburg and Townsend also have some events at the same time, with more live music, lots of food tasting, and even more auto shows! It’s a happening weekend starting on Thursday – read on and we’ll sort it all out for you.

Image courtesy of the Rod Run

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The 2017 Bloggy Conference

Cabins of Pigeon Forge is delighted to sponsor the 2017 Bloggy Conference. We were fortunate that Tiffany Noth, of Bloggy Moms, came to stay in one of our cabins in the Smoky Mountains earlier this year. We are all grateful that Tiffany has been able to spread the word, as only a blogger can, that Great Smoky Mountains National Park looks as wonderful as ever, and the Smokies are open for business!

Tiffany was able to see for herself how green and lush the entire area is, and largely untouched by the wildfires of last year that gave so many people across the country the heartbreaking false impression that the whole area was ruined. If you haven’t read her great article on this, take a look: This is the Best Time to Stay at Gatlinburg Falls Resort!

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