5 Questions to Ask Before Renting a Cabin


Our name says it all. We love cabin living. But if you’re renting one for the first (or, indeed, the 11th) time, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the whole idea of it. Here’s a list of 5 questions you may want to ask yourself or the company you’re renting from before embarking on your […]

5 Summer Camps in the Smokies

  Spiders in the bunkhouse. Swims in a slimy lake. Cute boys and dances and arts and crafts. Ahhh, summer camp. Those, without doubt, were some of the best days on my life. I spent a lot of time at a summer camp (Miracle Camp) in Michigan growing up. I wouldn’t have traded the experiences. […]

Review: Cherokee Grill in Gatlinburg

I have to be fair. When we went to Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse, we had just finished a 5-mile, up-hill hike to Rainbow Falls with the kids and we were tired. Very tired. And also very hungry. But we’d been wanting to try this spot. So we headed there. It was early for dinner — […]

10 News Items About the Smokies

It was a busy week in the Smokies! Here’s what people are talking (well, writing) about: NC Governor Proposes Closing State Parks Two Days a Week — It’s all about the budget cuts. This could be a hot issue for outdoor enthusiasts. Read up on it and let us know what you think. Indoor Swimming […]

Fantastic Stay at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort

The following is a guest blog, reprinted with permission from The Q Family Adventures Travel Blog. This blog is about what you’d expect — a family that loves to travel. Not long ago, the Q Family traveled to Gatlinburg. I liked this blog about an area hotel/timeshare. Thanks, Mrs. Q, for sharing this with us! […]

Happy Birthday, CabinConnection.com!

I have to admit, I’m feeling downright proud of myself this week. I finally managed to clean out the pesky laundry room that’s been bugging me for months. I found an elusive patriotic outfit for my daughter’s President’s Day show next week (wrong time of year…). And I just crossed one whole year of blogging […]

Sword Swallowers to Perform in Gatlinburg

Wow, now here’s a crazy event you shouldn’t miss — on Saturday, Feb. 26, sword swallowers will be performing at Ripley’s Odditorium in Gatlinburg. At 2:26:11 on 2-26-11, to be exact. Feb. 26, it turns out, is the fourth annual World Sword Swallowers’ Day. The event will take place at Ripley’s Odditoriums across the country […]

4 Tidbits About the Smokies

Here’s what the locals are writing about Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Smokies this week: Tanger Adds New Stores — This post from PigeonForge.com breaks the news that Michael Kors, Juicy Couture and LOFT stores will be added to Tanger Outlets this year. Outdoor Exercise is Best — The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog writes about […]

Mad Dog Creamery — Pigeon Forge’s Best Local Ice Cream Spot

First of all, happy Valentine’s Day! The following is by Guest Blogger Stephanie Freemyer, Smoky Mountain enthusiast. Soooo… maybe I’m just a softie for small, local businesses. That’s probably it because really there’s not much to this little ice cream joint in Pigeon Forge. Locally owned, Mad Dog Creamery is seriously the ONLY local ice […]

Most Romantic Movies and Songs


Well, it’s almost here — Valentine’s Day is Monday! Here’s our last bit of help, if you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway. Romantic media — movies and songs. First, here are the 10 most romantic movies of all time, compiled from several spots, including Boston.com, allwomenstalk.com, and screenjunkies.com. My insight is added in parentheses. 1. […]