Many of us who live here in the Great Smoky Mountains tend to look down on Gatlinburg. But that's not because we don't like the city. In fact, it's the opposite. Looking down on Gatlinburg in our neck of the woods means finding a high-altitude vantage point from which you can literally look down on the sights of the town. In that context, looking down is a good thing, and fortunately for visitors coming to town, there are more places than ever that offer tremendous views not only of downtown Gatlinburg but also the nearby Great Smoky Mountains range as well.
We're in the heart of summer, which means the wedding business in the Smokies is going at full tilt. Summer has always been the traditional peak season for weddings, and that's especially true in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, where a multitude of wedding chapels and other venues allow couples to tie the knot in one of the most beautiful locations in the country.
Obviously, when you think about places that serve great seafood, your mind will probably first be transported to some oceanfront locale – maybe a gulf-side shack that specializes in fresh crab or coastal Maine, where lobster reins supreme. But just because you happen to like vacationing in the mountains doesn't mean you have to go without tasting the flavors of the sea.
The months of January and February are generally considered the off season here in the Great Smoky Mountains. But for the folks who work and play up at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, the next two months are peak season for winter fun! The cold weather that comes on the heels of winter means the conditions are ideal for all the fun that this long-time Gatlinburg attraction has to offer.
If you plan to stay in a Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rental in the next few months, you've picked a great time of year to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. There's something about fall and winter in the Smokies that gives the area its own special appeal and sense of beauty, and with overall visitation down during the off season, it's actually a good time to come and enjoy the many shops, restaurants and attractions while they're more easily accessible.
Remember all that warm weather we had here in the South during late December? Folks were walking around in shorts and sandals like it was the middle of summer. Well, it would seem that nature is having the last laugh now that cold and windy days have come back once again. You'd almost think it was winter around here.
In case you hadn't noticed, much of the country is embraced in the icy grip of winter. Like it or not, that goes for us here in the Great Smoky Mountains too. And while snow can make for some beautiful scenery, it can also mean being stuck and unable to travel. If you're not visiting us here in the Smokies this week, things will hopefully be more accessible when you do make your next trip to the area.
When the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays roll around, it's natural to think of spending them at home with loved ones, sharing good food, good times and thoughtful gifts with the people who are closest to us.
We've certainly been getting more than our usual share of nasty winter weather these past few weeks. In fact, we've gotten more snowfall in the Great Smoky Mountains than we have in any of the past 20 years. And while most folks may be tired of all the weather-related mess and hassle, there's one place in the Smokies that says, “Bring it on!”