Great Outpost Open in Gatlinburg

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been curious about the endless construction work going on on the building at Stoplight 10 in Gatlinburg, right at the end of the strip. Well, it opened in the spring. Though I haven’t seen it yet, I was curious enough to find out more. Here’s what I found. […]

2 Great Cabin Appetizers

Even if you choose to go to one of the great restaurants in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg for dinner, you may decide later that you want a snack while playing games or watching a movie. Here are two great appetizer ideas that double as fancy snacks, taken from two fun food blogs. Taco Chip Dip […]

5 Family Hiking Tips

With summer officially beginning yesterday, hiking is in full swing.  Here are 5 tips to make your family hike fun. You are responsible for your own safety! This might seem like a no-brain-er, but it is a good thing to remind yourself. There are not “lifeguards” on duty while you are hiking the trails to […]

Clingman’s Dome Reopens

Clingman’s Dome, a popular hiking spot in the Smokies, is reopen as of Monday. The road to the dome had been closed due to the winter season, then wasn’t reopened until now due to wet spring weather and some construction work, according to the Associated Press. Clingman’s Dome is the highest point in the Smoky […]

5 Ways to Save Money on Vacation

Vacationing … the Steph and Dan way. That’s cheap. Stephanie is my husband’s sister. She and her husband are AMAZING at stretching the dollar! So I enlisted her help at finding 5 ways to save money on your vacation. Here they are (the savings are estimated over a one-week vacation): 1. Split a meal. At […]

World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can’t believe I’m going to do this. I don’t like to share this recipe, because these cookies are my claim to fame! I really and truly make the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. When I’m not master blog writer for Cabin Connection, my other job is a part-time professor. One of my traditions is […]

Or Celebrate the 4th in Pigeon Forge!

On Monday, I wrote about the Independence Day festivities that take place in Gatlinburg. These, I have experienced first hand. What I have not experienced, however, are the festivities down the road in Pigeon Forge, which boasts the 20th Annual Patriot Festival. It is located in Patriot Park at Old Mill Street, traffic light #7. […]

Celebrate the 4th in Gatlinburg!

Gatlinburg has a unique 4th of July celebration that draws nearly 100,000 people each year. The city prides itself on being the first Independence Day parade in the country — at 12 a.m. on the 4th. Fun idea, huh? This is the 35th consecutive year for the midnight parade. The parade snakes through Gatlinburg’s downtown […]

Argghh, matey. Tales of a Piratey Gatlinburg Adventure

My in-laws have a flair for the dramatic and LOVE to do themes. For Christmas one year, we had an Olympics theme, where we played Wii games and ate Olympic-ring-shaped sandwiches. Another year, we played Survivor, with games throughout. At Easter this year, we played games, such as egg drop, capture the egg and egg […]

15 Links for Vacationing in the Smoky Mountain area

Sometimes it’s hard to find the information that you’re looking for online. Here are 15 sites that will help you craft the perfect Smoky Mountain getaway. Most of these are primarily informational. For lists of deals and coupons, go here. 1. Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce. This site gives an overview of Pigeon Forge, along […]