Category archive: Smoky Mountains

Love All Year Long: Four Seasons of Romance in the Smoky Mountains

What better way to experience the gorgeous landscape of the Smoky Mountains than with the person you love most? Whether you’re just getting to know someone special or are planning to celebrate a decades-long marriage, the Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to stir up romance. You can spend days in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area discovering local treasures, and relaxing in your luxury cabin.

Mysterious. Colorful. Mesmerizing. Unforgettable. All these and more have been used to describe the Smoky Mountain experience. This area stands out for its mix of warm Southern hospitality, majestic forests, and spectacular mountain views.

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Public Parks in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

With Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the doorstep, it’s often overlooked that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both have some fine public parks to enjoy. These are great places to get out of the bustle and stroll or picnic.

Visitors to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have a plethora of attractions and activities to enjoy morning, noon, and night. From hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains or ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort to exhilarating thrill rides and exciting shows at Dollywood, there’s something to do for everyone of all ages.

While enjoying the sights and sounds of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, expand your horizons, and set out on additional adventures at area public parks to experience the flavor of the Tennessee culture and countryside.

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg

Image courtesy of Gatlinburg

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Wears Valley Cabins – on the Quiet Side of the Smokies

Wears Valley offers a tranquil alternative to the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg bustle, and many visitors to the Smoky Mountains choose this “quiet side of the Smokies” for their stay. The area offers great views of the mountains, proximity to Cades Cove, and easier access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park through Townsend than through Gatlinburg.

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Blacklight Mini Golf in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

blacklight-golf-4Tee up and take your golfing techniques to another level of play at one of the fun-filled blacklight miniature golf courses in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Play among a variety of scenic and challenging themes from a pirate village to skeletons and spacemen. A visit to miniature golf courses in the Smoky Mountains leads to adventure and entertainment for all ages.
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Smoky Mountain Snowdown Festival 2017 in Townsend, TN

The town of Townsend – “on the quiet side of the Smokies” – offers its annual winter festival, Smoky Mountain Snowdown, January 26-29, 2017. The festival features live music, lots of food including a Chili Cook off, expert history of the area presented in tales and tunes, as well as arts & crafts from the local artisan community as it shows some of its best moves.

Townsend for many people is the gateway to Cades Cove, and this festival is a celebration of the heritage and natural beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and especially of Cades Cove, rich in history and lore. Music and art will demonstrate East Tennessee culture, deep and old and yet completely modern and present.

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Mirror Mazes in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are full of things to do, places to go, and definitely things to “see” like the creative mirror mazes where things aren’t always what they seem. Find out more about these attractions with a little “reflection” on what each maze has to offer. Each attraction is open daily.

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Amazing Mirror Maze – 919 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Amazing is exactly what to expect when entering the Amazing Mirror Maze, the largest in Gatlinburg at over 2,400 square feet. Challenge your senses as you enjoy the visual journey of a state-of-the-art show with colorful lights and pulsating music. With so many images leading the way, you won’t know which way to turn, which is the whole point of the maze.

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Winter in the Smoky Mountains: Jan-Feb 2017 in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

gf-lovin-it-snow-extAs Christmas gives way to the New Year, here in January 2017 the winter fun just keeps ramping up. The millions of lights in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge continue to shine brightly, the trolley tours of the best lights continue, the snow comes down, the skiing heats up, and cabin deals abound with Half-Price offers on remaining cabins for those who can make a trip at short notice for a winter getaway.

Winterfest in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville means millions of decorative lights, some in animated displays, strung everywhere and sparkling through the end of February. In Gatlinburg the story of Winter Magic is the same, featuring crystal-clear LED displays, and lasting through the end of January.

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New Year’s Eve 2016 in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

New Year’s Eve 2016 in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offers two great venues bringing the long-anticipated excitement of free concerts, crowds of revelers, lights and fireworks to ring in a brand-new 2107 at midnight.

Tens of thousands of people will be out and up late this Saturday! Usually Gatlinburg’s Space Needle draws 50,000 attendees to the New Year’s event, and the Pigeon Forge excitement at The Island has been drawing increasingly bigger crowds each year.

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Shopping in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge boast some of the finest and most diverse shopping opportunities in the region. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas are teeming with a variety of stores, from small artisan boutiques to world-famous brand flagship stores. Next time you’re in town be sure to reserve time for some outstanding shopping experiences.

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