Category archive: Smoky Mountains

Winterfest Winter Magic 2014 in the Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg Christmas lights

Gatlinburg Christmas lights

Every year in the Smoky Mountains, the famous colors of Fall foliage give way to the magical time of winter. The pumpkins of harvest festival and Halloween are put away against the cold and the beginning snows. And sometime in November, we have to admit it’s winter.

But in the three neighboring towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, winter comes in with a flourish. The three towns collaborate to schedule their festival openings over 3 days, and turn the night time into a blaze of millions of Christmas lights. (more…)

Meigs Falls: A Drive-Up Waterfall

Meigs Falls - image courtesy GSMNP

image courtesy of GSMNP

One of the great delights for visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the abundance of beautiful waterfalls. Usually it takes at least a mild hike to see them, but Meigs Falls is a waterfall you can see from the road.

Meigs Falls lies along a great scenic drive in its own right, Little River Road between Gatlinburg and Townsend. Many people know this road as their way to Cades Cove, but they may well have missed the falls, which is tucked away across the river and hard to spot. (more…)

Fall 2014 is Here. Things Happening Now…

If you love to fish you already know that this Smoky Mountains area is a great place to cast a lure, not just from the scenery all around but also for the wildlife in the waters, the abundance and variety of fish in the many streams that cut the terrain all around.

You probably also know about the Fall Trout Tournament that starts way early tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 27, 2014, for the weekend – and you’d better be signed up for it already and getting some sleep tonight. All the details on the tournament can be found at the website, and you can read what we wrote about the Fall event of last year here, and the Spring event of this year here. (more…)

15th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival 2014

Tennessee’s best kept secret may be the annual 3-day, Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival happening this weekend at Dumplin Farm, an easy 25-mile drive north of Gatlinburg on the edge of town in Kodak. The festival features more than a dozen highly acclaimed, top performers this Thursday through Saturday, September 18-20, 2014.

images courtesy of Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

images courtesy of Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

All the performers are outstanding at this magic music festival, and the headliners for each night’s final performance are the “Most Awarded Band in Bluegrass Music” Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (Friday), Lonesome River Band (Saturday) and Cordle, Jackson & Salley (Thursday). None of these performers should be missed! (more…)

Warbirds Aloft at the TN Museum of Aviation

Images courtesy of TN Museum of Aviation

Images courtesy of TN Museum of Aviation

The Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville hosts a climate-controlled, 35,000 sq ft hangar filled with arrays of exhibits and memorabilia. It also has real warplanes that fly, and a runway right outside the hangar doors to prove that museums don’t have to be dull, or quiet, or even stay still without moving! (more…)

Brave Eagle Luxury Cabin, Near Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

images from Brave Eagle cabin

images from Brave Eagle cabin

Welcome to Brave Eagle, a 1-bedroom luxury cabin perched in the Smoky Mountains, with a view that offers you as much of the mountains as you care to take in, from your hot tub or rocking chair on the deck

Sometimes you just want give your eyes a vacation. That’s when you need a cabin like Brave Eagle, with a great view of the mountains, easy on the eyes and uplifting to look at, a view to gaze at endlessly. (more…)

Weddings in the Smoky Mountains

“Marriage is the crowning result of love in the supremely romantic Smoky Mountains.”

Back_deck_weddingPeople come to the Smoky Mountains for a romantic getaway, and to get married, and to honeymoon. And they return frequently thereafter to celebrate their life with each other, and years later to renew their vows to each other, often with their grown-up children looking on, to everybody’s great satisfaction. (more…)