Guest Blog: Smoky Mountain Sunset

By guest blogger Sara Worley, Jacksonville, FL My family has spent a great deal of time in the Great Smoky Mountains, particularly in the chalets nestled in the mountains of Gatlinburg. I suppose you could say it’s in my blood. I dream of going to the ice cold mountain streams and dunking my entire head […]

Dollywood’s Adventure Mountain to Open Soon

Though I’ve been to Gatlinburg lots of times, one thing I’ve never yet experienced is Dollywood. I’ve seen all the signs, been really curious (especially about the water park — that will happen soon), but have never had the time to devote to it while we’ve been there. It’s something I’d like to do soon, […]

It’s Strange, but it’s a Gatlinburg Family Tradition

Hey, I married into this family, so you can’t blame me! But I also married into the Gatlinburg tradition, and in my mind, the two are hopelessly intertwined! It started with my father-in-law (Steve). He’s been a minister his entire adult life. As we all know, jobs that involve working intensely with other people can […]

How to Have an Amazing Picnic in the Smokies in 6 Easy Steps!


So, here’s an idea for those of you who are casual hikers. You know the type — I’m up for a few hours, but not for days. I love the walk, seeing nature, the challenge of a hike. But what I love more than anything is a picnic lunch in a perfect, out-of-the-way spot. I […]

Gatlinburg Trolley System: Free for Summer Again!


Summer visitors to Gatlinburg once again have the option of using the city’s free trolley service on the Parkway this year! The free service starts on Friday, June 14 and lasts through August 17. The free route will span the length of the Parkway, beginning at light number o1 and ending at the entrance to […]

Two Quick and Easy Cabin Meals

No one wants to spend time in the kitchen while on vacation. But at the same time, part of the “cabin experience” is lazing around and sometimes not going into town for days. And that means preparing food. Here are two fail-proof recipes that I’ve used time and time again. They are quick to assemble […]