Category archive: Smoky Mountains

The Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 2022

Sevierville puts on its FREE street festival again with the 18th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass festival, on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2022. It’s two days of music and competition barbecue with entrants from across the country in the historic downtown of this fun loving town. It’s family friendly, with kids attractions, hot musical talent, and tens of thousands of visitors who wouldn’t miss this party for the world.

Images courtesy of the Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

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Visual Stories of Gatlinburg & the Smokies

Welcome to our Web Stories of the Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Flip through these picture slides with information on how to save money with our Free Tickets to local attractions, and our highlights of the most Fun Things to Do, as well as our tips on what makes a Gatlinburg cabin great.

Over $700 in Free Tickets to Smoky Mountains Attractions

See what we’re giving away with every cabin rental. You want to go ziplining or visit the best aquarium in the nation? How about river rafting and tubing? A tramway ride up the mountain or a coaster ride down? Slow down with some golf, or speed up with go-kart racing? Free tickets to all these things and more are shown here:

Visual Stories of Gatlinburg & the Smokies

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Getting Around Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Most of your forays into Great Smoky Mountains National Park will happen by car, driving certain roads purely for their stunning scenic beauty, and also to get to various places to park and immediately immerse into nature, whether taking a trail or hitting a picnic site or other attraction. This guide will help you navigate those roads.

Getting Around Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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November 2021 Events in the Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Area

Here’s what’s happening in the month of November, 2021 in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. Lots of events and attractions as always. Thanksgiving is coming and the wonderful fall season will eventually give way to winter (not just yet though). The Harvest Festival season continues into November, which means the Pumpkin People and Scarecrows will still be on the streets, to be replaced with Snow People eventually.

November 2021 Events in the Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Area

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Cabin Resorts in the Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley Area

We have cabins in several resorts convenient to the Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains, some close in and some farther out. Here are the Pigeon Forge and Wears valley cabin resorts for you to choose.

In the Smoky Mountains there are so many things to do and to see, spread across a sizable mountain area, that where you choose your cabin to stay in as a base for your adventures can be important. Do you want to be close to the towns with their countless attractions, or farther away from the bustle and closer to nature? Here are some cabin resort descriptions to help you choose your best location.

Cabin Resorts in the Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley Area

View from a cabin in Sherwood Forest resort.

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Great Places to View the Fall Colors in the Smokies

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.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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

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Where’s the Best Ice Cream in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge?

To satisfy a craving for ice cream creations, whether it’s a cone, shake, sundae, or split, when it comes to creamy goodness, cool treats abound in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville area. Here are some notable places to consider – not in any order of preference, and NOT exclusive. There are LOTS of places to get ice cream in an area with hundreds of restaurants and eateries, so let your ice cream instinct be your guide, as well as these picks below.

Where's the Best Ice Cream in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge?

Image courtesy of Apple Valley Creamery

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Great Arcades in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

On your whirlwind trip through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you can always count on the local arcades for fun and excitement. The pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and carnival games are the star of the show, for sure, but the entertainment doesn’t end there. Go-karts, laser tag, and mini golf promise to keep you on your toes as well. Ready to have a great time? Here are some ideas on just where to go.

Great Arcades in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Image courtesy of Arcadia

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