Category archive: Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge: Which is Best?

If you’re planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains, chances are you’ll be choosing between two of the most popular Tennessee towns for your stay: Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Both towns are great vacation destinations, and they’re right next to each other, with just a few minutes drive between the two towns. While both towns are close to the mountains, offer breathtaking views, and are full of activities and attractions, each one has its own unique personality that may influence your ultimate decision of where to stay.

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Everything Turns Green After the Fires

Local broadcaster WBIR Channel 10 News has footage of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in a recent story showing the dramatic recovery of the forests, following the wildfires of 19 months ago in the Gatlinburg, TN area. As the interview with the park’s fire ecologist Rob Klein makes clear, this is a great example of how quickly forests can snap back and regenerate with new life following a wildfire.

According to the story, 70 percent of the areas affected by the fires of November, 2016, are recovering very rapidly. Hundreds of brand-new Table Mountain Pine trees have already shot up to around 2 feet in height. Within a couple more years, says Klein,  it will be difficult to see that these areas were even burned. In fact, entire areas will become transformed into new forests over the next decade.

This is all good news, and it’s quite astonishing to see the images of before and after in various parts of the national park.

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Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

There is literally so much to do and see in the area in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you simply can’t fit it all in. You’ll need a guide to the best ways to spend your time if you visit the area. This guide to the Smokies gives you a broad outline of the options, so you can drill down through the million-and-one things to find the type of activity that best suits your trip to the Smoky Mountains.

There are four major fields of activity in this part of the Smoky Mountains. You can visit the national park, you can play in the gateway towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you can venture further out to some of the roads less traveled, or you can relax in your cabin in the mountains and watch it all from a hot tub on the deck.


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Easter 2018 in the Smokies

Easter weekend in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area as always offers fun for the kids, with the Easter Bunny hiding eggs all over, and several events to note for celebration and worship. Easter comes quite early in 2018, starting Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1.

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Shelly’s Ultimate Cabin Vacation

We’re always glad to hear about other people’s great experiences staying in one of our Smoky Mountains luxury cabins. Here’s what Southern-lifestyle specialist Shelly had to say about her family’s Gatlinburg getaway.

Shelly reports that her family had an amazing stay in Cypress Lodge, a newly finished 4-bedroom cabin with richly detailed decor. The amenities were plentiful, with king beds in each of the four bedrooms along with two queen pull-out sleepers and 1 bunk bed set. There was no standing in line for the shower as the cabin had four full bathrooms and two half-baths, and a hot tub on one of the decks for good measure. And, there was no need to worry about finding a laundry or packing extra clothes because the cabin had its own washer and dryer. These things make a big difference for a mom and her family on vacation.

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Valentine’s Day 2018 in the Smoky Mountains

What could be more romantic than cuddling with a loved one in the crisp mountain air? Winter is lingering in the Smoky Mountains, bringing with it flickering candlelight, crackling fireplaces, and gorgeous sunsets. Whether you want to explore the city and the mountains or spend a quiet weekend curled up together by the fire, our cabins are the perfect fit for a romantic holiday getaway.

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Pamper Yourself in the Smoky Mountains

Stressed? Tired? Overworked?

Studies show many Americans are, and it’s doing absolutely no favors for their health or relationships. In fact, stress has been directly linked to issues such as high blood pressure, a greater likelihood of contracting colds or the flu, and fights in relationships.

Who needs any of that?

If you’re stressed, the best remedy is to take a break and indulge in a bit of pampering. And what better place to pamper yourself than in the Smoky Mountains?

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