Pigeon Forge holds its annual spring parade on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6 pm on Parkway, starting at traffic light #6 and proceeding north to light #3. This year the 33-year old parade says goodbye to Dolly Parton as its Grand Marshal and welcomes baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr to lead the parade. The name also has changed, to Music in the Mountains, with an emphasis on the musical heritage of the Smoky Mountains.
Driving from Chicago to Gatlinburg, Tennessee takes roughly 9.5 hours. The shortest roadway distance between the two cities is approximately 582 miles. This is a perfectly doable one-day car trip. Or, you might consider stopping for the night and enjoying visits to a few famous attractions along the way.
If you’re planning to visit Dollywood, you have a variety of options when purchasing the type of ticket that works best with your plans. For visitors on a weekend getaway, the individual one-day pass is perfect as it includes access to attractions, shows, and rides all day. Current pricing, not including tax, starts at $69 for adults, $56 for children, and $64 per day for seniors. For even more fun, visit Splash Country Water Park starting at $49 per day.
If you’re planning an extended visit, the two and three-day tickets are available for Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Two-day tickets for Dollywood start at $89 per day for two days and $99 for three-day tickets. Splash Country Water Park start at $69 per day for two days and $79 per day for three-day tickets.
Recently, Lynette and her family visited Gatlinburg Falls Resort and stayed at one of our luxurious cabins. Lynette is a writer from Ohio who came to enjoy the beautiful springtime weather in the Smoky Mountains. The whole family took day trips out to attractions in the Gatlinburg area. In the evenings, they enjoyed their cabin’s amenities and Lynette was happy to share the experience with us.
Lynette stayed in one of our 4-bedroom, two story cabins, Cypress Lodge. Like all of our cabins, this offered spectacular views of the forests and Smoky Mountains just outside. The inside of the cabin offered plenty of room for her and her whole family, with numerous amenities, and a fully equipped kitchen.
April 14, 2018 is the 6th Annual Wine Fest at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, happening Saturday afternoon, 1-6 pm. The event offers wine sampling from all-Tennessee wineries, with delicious artisanal food pairings created by great restaurants in the area.
The 2018 Hands On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend offers you a chance to make your very own hand-crafted artwork under the supervision of an expert. April 13-15 finds several studios once again opening their galleries and workspace to conduct over 40 classes in a variety of crafts.
Victoria, blogger and creative force behind the lifestyle website Simply Today Life, loves to travel, and she understands how important family vacations are for strengthening familial bonds and giving everyone a chance to recharge through new experiences. She, along with her husband and two children, recently had the opportunity to visit the Smoky Mountains region and stay in one of our well-appointed cabins. The family had plenty of great things to say about their trip, and they can’t wait for their next opportunity to return!
The views from our Smoky Mountains cabins are always among the first things to take our guests’ breath away, and that was the case with Victoria as well. She loved that she could see the majestic, snow-capped mountains, and parts of the town of Gatlinburg right from their balcony. This meant they were able to get somewhat of a secluded experience for their cabin vacation, but were also close enough to many of the popular attractions in town.
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.
The Ponies in the Smokies – PITS 2018 – Mustang meetup happens in Sevierville Convention Center Wednesday through Saturday, March 21-24, 2018.
This event celebrates the Ford Mustang, one of America’s favorite sports cars, and one of the longest running production machines since its debut in 1964. This is 4 days of Mustangs and Mountains, and people are excited!
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.