Category archive: Smoky Mountains

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With a Smoky Mountain Getaway

With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, the season of romance begins. And whether you’ve been married for years or are just falling for each other now, there’s no finer place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than in the Smoky Mountains.

TIP: Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. The good news is that in February we have our Half-Price Specials through the 17th – which means either the weekend before or during that week you can celebrate in style at half price! Take advantage for fun and romantic getaway in the Smoky Mountains. Call us anytime at 855 91 SMOKY and see our Specials page for more details.


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Water Fun Year Round in the Smokies

There are plenty of places to get in some swimming and splashing around during your time in the Smokies – and some stay warm and enclosed during the winter, offering options at any time of year.

While Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open year round with free admission, and contains thousands of miles of flowing water, unless you’re fishing you probably don’t want to take a dip in winter. Best to know about the indoor spots during the chilly seasons.

Image courtesy of Wild Water Dome

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Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival 2022

One of the best and friendliest bluegrass festivals happens September 15-17, 2022, just a few miles north of Pigeon Forge, at Dumplin Valley Farm, a great venue featuring a stellar lineup of talent, late-night jams, wonderful food and a family-friendly atmosphere filled with music all day long. The festival is relaxed, authentic, unpretentious and absolute top of the line.

The Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, 2022 is the 22nd annual occurrence of this low-key event that many people book an RV or camping spot a year in advance for. Day visitors and walk-ins are welcomed, with tickets at the gate, while many people fill the campground surrounding the farm and settle in for the three days or more. Many also bring their own instruments, and music fills the air, wherever you are.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival 2022

Images courtesy of Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

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Enjoy Some Cool Water Fun In The Smokies

Summer in the Smokies can get hot, and there are many ways in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park to make a splash and cool down. From just dipping your toes along the banks of a stream, to diving into one of the swimming holes in the area, from river tubing to whitewater rafting – and with swimming pools thrown in for good measure – here are some ways to feel the spray and get a soaking.

Enjoy Some Cool Water Fun In The Smokies

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Scottish Festival and Games 2022

The 2022 Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games happens all day Saturday and Sunday,  May 21-22, in Townsend, TN, just a few scenic miles drive to the west of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. In a great location set against the foothills of the mountains, and right next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s an explosion of Scottish culture and fun, and a unique annual festival.

The Games are one of the oldest Scottish Festivals in the country, and it’s an excellent occasion to get a taste of all things Scottish, with some rocking Celtic live music, formal Pipes & Drums, clan histories, Scottish dance, athletic contests from the Highland Games, as well as sheepdog performances, a dog show, and many kid-friendly activities, with face painting of course. Oh, and many opportunities to taste and explore the  famous Scotch whiskies of that remarkable nation.

Scottish Festival and Games 2022

Images courtesy of the Scottish Festival & Games

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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.

The Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass Festival 2022

Images courtesy of the Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

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