In case you haven't heard, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge kicked off its 2018 season last week, bringing back its irresistible blend of family fun, entertainment and mountain folkways for its 33rd year in the Smokies. Throughout the year, Dollywood is a celebration of Smoky Mountain culture, history and music as expressed from the perspective of its namesake, Dolly Parton.
We're just a couple of weeks away from the official arrival of spring in the Great Smoky Mountains. It's starting to gradually warm up around here, and we're seeing the first peeks of spring color and budding vegetation. Spring also means that things start to heat up in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville in anticipation of the arrival of visitors from all over the world.
Usually, enjoying a great view of the mountains involves looking UP at them. But next time you travel to the Smokies, consider doing something that will actually allow you to look DOWN on those majestic peaks. This week, we're introducing you to a number of local attractions that give their customers bird's-eye views of some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. Read on to find out where to go to enjoy a soaring perspective on the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Valentine's Day is coming up, which means if you're in a relationship or you're married, it's time to start thinking about how to celebrate the occasion with that special someone. Sure, you could go the traditional route and buy candy or flowers or even lingerie. But this year, why not blow out all the stops and really impress your significant other with a romantic getaway in the Great Smoky Mountains?
A few weeks ago, we mentioned Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort as an option for having wintertime fun in the Smokies. This week, we thought we'd go into a little more detail about what that Gatlinburg attraction has to offer visitors in search of cold-weather recreation. January and February are peak season for the resort, so if you've never been there, or if you have but not actually been on the slopes, we can tell you a little more about what's in store on top of Mt. Harrison.
Attention, history buffs. Next time you visit the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, you might want to spend some of your travel time exploring a number of local sites that bring the history of the region and its people to life. Some are actual historic sites, while others are attractions devoted to telling stories that are, in come cases, centuries old. In either case, these recommended stops are fun places to learn about the past and better understand the people that first inhabited and settled the Smokies.
Just because we're in the dead of winter doesn't mean you can't have a great time visiting the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. It's true that summer and fall are the traditional peak-season times for visitors, but if you look in the right places, you'll discover that there's a whole lot going on here in winter too. In fact, there are several things to do that are actually best enjoyed in winter or are specifically intended for winter. Read on to learn just a few:
Can you believe 2017 is almost gone already? Didn't it just arrive a couple of months ago? Like it or not, it's time to say goodbye to this year and welcome in a fresh new set of calendar pages. New years always seem to bring a sense of hope and promise and even a chance at fresh starts, which is probably why we enjoy celebrating them so much each December 31.
For most families, Christmas is a time for traditions, whether it's waking up with the kids at the crack of dawn to open Santa's bounty of presents or driving over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for a family meal. From watching specific TV programs to Elf on the Shelf, most of us probably have our rituals that we go through year in and year out.
Some of our guests consider fall the best time to stay in the Great Smoky Mountains, while others prefer the warmer days of spring and summer. And then there are those who know that winter is one of the best times to book a cabin and spend a few days relaxing in the mountains of East Tennessee.
Yep, we're well into fall here in the Smokies, and winter is just around the corner. Although depending on the day and the time of day, many might say that the chill of winter has already arrived. Colder weather does have its up side, however; it means that conditions are finally becoming ideal for enjoying winter activities like skiing, skating, tubing and more.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a year-round destination, offering 800 square miles of unspoiled mountain and valley terrain, more than 800 miles of hiking trails and dozens of historic sites that tell the story of our region's history. And while the park is a sight to behold when it's in full spring and summer bloom, fall and winter paint the area with their own striking colors, from the brilliant hues of autumn to the stark, bare beauty of winter.
Historically, the term “cabin fever” has had negative connotations, usually referring to a general feeling of needing to escape the confines of the indoors. But at Timbercreek Cabin Rentals, we think the term should have an entirely different meaning. Why can't “cabin fever” mean having a strong DESIRE to stay in a cabin? That's the way we see it anyway, and that's actually the way a lot of our guests see it too.
Dollywood's a fun place to hang out any time it's open. What's not to like about dozens of beautiful Smoky Mountain acres filled with rides, attractions, shows, food vendors and shops? But this time of year, the Pigeon Forge theme park, shifts into a whole different gear, adding a distinctive holiday twist to its usual offerings during the annual Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. This year's event runs now through January 1, 2018.
It seems like we just got through with the last remnants of summer, and here we are already, about to usher in another Winterfest celebration in the Great Smoky Mountains. For those who may not be familiar with this annual festival, it's the four months each year that the communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville celebrate winter and everything that's great about that season – especially all things Christmas.