High-Tech, Family Treasure Hunts!? Oh Yeah…

When I was 6ish, my parents decided it was time I got a boy’s room. You see, I had two younger sisters and I think dad wanted to make sure I had my own space. So dad went out and bought me bunk beds. Not just any bunk beds — but the exact bedroom suite […]

Outlet Shopping in Sevierville

There are so very many things to do in the Smoky Mountain region. Some come to hike, others to putt-putt, others to laze around in a cabin. And more than you’d expect come to … shop! From the small downtown Gatlinburg shops to the arts and crafts village to the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, there […]

Tuesday Tidbits

Here’s Week 2 of Tuesday Tidbits, a roundup of things useful to the Smoky Mountain tourist: Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg. Lots of good information brought to you by PigeonForge.com. Traditional German food served here! Universal packing list. This fun site asks a few questions, then generates a custom packing list for your upcoming vacation. Try […]

Visit Cherokee while in the Smokies

By guest blogger Stephanie Freemyer, Smoky Mountain enthusiast If you are ever in the Gatlinburg area, I highly recommend taking a trip down Newfound Gap Road to visit Cherokee, NC.  About 30 miles from Gatlinburg, this Indian reservation is really quite entertaining.  There are little restaurants, shops full of Indian stuff, and there is even […]

Fishing for Recipes?

Here are some recipes for fish you can catch in the Smokies. So stop by Walmart on the way to your cabin and get the fixin’s for these yummy-sounding recipes: Smallmouth Bass with Garlic Butter, Chives and Mushrooms Recipe courtesy of www.cleanafish.com. 6-8 T. butter 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2-1/2 pound Bass fillets (Trout works […]

Fishing in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has about 2,115 miles of streams within its borders. These streams are usually at capacity for fish, so the Smokies are a great place to spend some time enjoying nature and catching a few. Here are some things you might need to know: A license is required for anyone age […]

Tuesday Tidbits

Hurray! It’s a new CabinConnection.com feature. Each Tuesday, we’ll give you a few “tidbits” of things other people are creating about the Smoky Mountain area. Here we go for Week 1 of Tuesday Tidbits: Hike the Smokies video. A nice little video about hiking and seeing wildlife. A ranger gives safety tips for dealing with […]

Christmas in the Smokies

My husband’s sister is married to a guy who’s a doctor in the Navy. Of course, they have to live on a coast, so anywhere they are is far away from little land-locked Indiana. Which can make holidays tough. Since they’ve been in Florida for the past few years, my mother-in-law decided that a Gatlinburg […]

5 Spots for Horseback Riding in the Smokies

Hiking is one way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Another is on horseback. Below, five local stables that will show you the sites atop a beautiful horse. Plus, one that offers camping and a Wild West Show! Smoky Mountain Riding Stables (this is the one right in The Great Smoky Mountains […]

Fire in the Southern Mountains

By Guest Blogger, Paul Lightfoot, Grounds Supervisor for Taylor University/Botanist The days are beginning to noticeably shorten, sending a message not only to people and other animals, but to the trees. The message to the trees says, “Quit producing chlorophyll and think about producing buds.” As the chlorophyll in the leaves begins to diminish, the […]