Menu Update for Partridge and the Pear

Guest blog by Janet Donaldson, at The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge Janet and I recently became “email buddies” after discovering that she lived close to where we live now (in Indianapolis) for more than 20 years. It’s such a small world! We love the Christmas Place, which includes several Christmas shops, the Christmas Inn […]

Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon

As if you needed another reason to head to the Smokies … But seriously, who doesn’t like to say that they’ve participated in a triathlon? Plan now to be in the Smoky Mountain area on Saturday, April 2 for the Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon. The race starts bright and early at 8:15 a.m. There is a […]

10 Ways to Keep Kids Happy on a Car Trip

I’m showing my age, but when I was young and our family would be off on a long car ride, my sisters and I would make beds in the back of the station wagon. We’d then occupy the time by reading books, playing board games and napping. We would stretch out. Kids today aren’t so […]

12 Tidbits of News About the Smokies

Here’s this week’s roundup of Smoky Mountain news! Romantic Ideas — The Vacations Made Easy blog has several suggestions of romantic ideas for the Gatlinburg area. Sword Swallower Day – A sword swallower will be performing at the Ripley’s Odditorium in Gatlinburg on Feb. 26 at 2:26 p.m. in honor of the fourth annual world […]

Green All Winter Long

By Guest Blogger, Paul Lightfoot, Grounds Supervisor for Taylor University/Botanist What stays green in winter in the Southern mountains? You are all probably aware that there are many trees that stay green all winter, including the Red Spruce, several species of pines, Carolina Hemlock, and Fraser Fir. But you may not automatically think of the […]

Preparing for snow in the Smokies

Tennessee has been dumped with snow this winter. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the state has already spent $6 million more than its annual $14 million budget for road salt. That means several things for you, as a tourist. Better weather for skiing and tubing at Ober Gatlinburg. Lots of fun photos of the […]

7 Smoky Mountain Zipline Adventures

Adventure. Don’t we all love to do something that pushes us out of our comfort zones? At least every once in a while? There’s such a feeling of accomplishment when we conquer fears or do something new. But I digress. For today’s post, I thought I’d take a look at the different zipline tours available […]

7 News Items about the Smoky Mountains

It’s Tuesday Tidbits again! Boy, how the weeks fly right by, huh? Here’s what’s going on in the Smokies this week: Mexican and a movie for two — No Way Jose’s Cantina in Pigeon Forge is offering a limited-time special — for $29.95, two can dine and get movie passes to the new theater in […]

Gatlinburg Screenfest

Looking for something a little different to do in the Smokies this spring? Plan to attend the 3rd annual Gatlinburg Screenfest. It’s the weekend of March 25-27 at the River Terrace Resort in Gatlinburg. The Gatlinburg Screenfest is an independent film festival that showcases many different kinds of films. Films were submitted from around the […]

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Feel like taking a day trip while on vacation in the Pigeon Forge area? Why not try the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad? It’s about a 2 hour trip from Pigeon Forge, but boy, does it look like fun! The basic trip is a 4 and a half hour, 44 mile trip. You leave from the […]