Category archive: Gatlinburg

Pam’s Smoky Mountain Cabin Vacation

Gatlinburg Falls Resort recently welcomed new guest Pam, a prolific writer and blogger from nearby Georgia, who came to stay with her family in one of our mountain cabins.

Pam, who saw an article in Southern Living Magazine listing Gatlinburg Falls Resort as “The #1 Best Family Resort in the Smokies” said she had visited Gatlinburg before, but never at such a luxurious location as Gatlinburg Falls. She enjoyed a wonderful stay at the cabin with her family and had these glowing remarks to make about the experience.


Niki’s Smoky Mountain Cabin Vacation

Recently, travel writer Niki, who blogs at Adventures of a Mid-Life Mommy, had the opportunity to visit the Smoky Mountains region and stay in one of our cabins. Niki is a Tennessee native and no stranger to the Smokies, but she was excited for this opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a spell and share some of the magic of the mountains with her family.

Niki has fond memories of the Smokies and Gatlinburg from when she was a child, so she is always delighted to know that the quaint, charming vibe of the town and the friendly residents are still hallmarks of the experience of visiting here. Those initial views of the mountain range in the distance as one crosses into Sevier County never fail to make her feel like she’s coming back home to a beloved place. She and her family stayed in our beautiful cabin named Cypress Lodge, which is a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath unit with a fully furnished kitchen and all of the amenities that a family could need.

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Christmas Parade 2017 in Gatlinburg

December 1, 2017 marks the arrival of the 42nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas parade in Gatlinburg. It starts at 7:30 pm on East Parkway at Baskin Creek Bypass, (line up begins around 5:30 pm). The parade will roll into Parkway itself (at Light 3) and continue south down the strip, arriving at Traffic Light #10 by about 9 pm.

Images courtesy of Gatlinburg


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.


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


Ober Gatlinburg 2017 Begins with the Rail Jam and Snow Tubing

Ober Gatlinburg is starting its winter season on Friday, November 17, 2017 with the advanced skier freestyle evening event known as Back in Blue Rail Jam. This year participants will be entered in a drawing for a prize. The ski-moves showoff and practice event is from 6pm to 8pm.

Images courtesy of Ober Gatlinburg

This is a great event simply to spectate, with vendors, food and on-snow entertainment. It’s too early yet to open the ski resort’s Terrain Park, this kickoff party celebrates the Tubing Park, where they’ve been making a huge amount of snow and setting the rails and grooming for this event.


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.

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Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2017

Gatlinburg bursts into song – and song writing – again for the 6th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, August 16-20, 2017. This year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever. There’s live music playing in several venues around town, with close to 50 acts offering over 150 free shows as well as 3 ticketed shows headlined this year by country artist Con Hunley.

Image courtesy of Kat Speer ©


Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is noted for its wealth of arts and crafts, and its many artists and craftspeople, with one of the largest communities of independent artisans in the country. Nowhere is this more visible than along the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail – an 8-mile scenic drive on the outskirts of Gatlinburg that contains a host of studios and shops.

The historical trail – named as a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail – was started around 1937 when local craftsmen decided to make and display their wares at home. As popularity grew and frequent visitors started stopping by, more artists joined the 8-mile loop opening studios, shops, galleries, and workshops.