Happy Memorial Day!

Yep, we’re taking time off to celebrate the holiday. Today, we’re hanging out in Evansville with Jason’s parents. Meg and Chris are at the lake with his family … I hope you take a few minutes today to think of those who aren’t with family and friends today. Thanks to all those who work to […]

NASCAR Speedpark in Sevierville

We’d driven by it each and every trip into Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. The kids always ask about it, especially when the dragon peeks his head out of his castle. So last time we were in the Smokies, we decided to stop on the way out of town. We figured we’d try just one thing, […]

New Smoky Mountain Trail Record

Wow! The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog is reporting a new speed record for hiking through the 72 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies. Crazy fast. From their blog: To break down his stats a little; it took, on average, just under 12.5 minutes for David to complete each mile. Or, to put […]

Recipes by Sara: Slop Jar Specialty

I know, I know – the title sounds disgusting. And, in all honesty, it looks just as disgusting as it sounds. But don’t let the appearance fool you. You simply MUST try it. When my husband and I were first married, I made this dish.  It was something that my mom had made for years […]

Free Meal Offer at Dollywood

Bargain shoppers, pay attention! This is a pretty decent deal. Dollywood is offering a free meal for any 1-day full-priced ticket purchased online. So if you purchase two adult tickets and two kids, all four of you will receive a free meal during your time at Dollywood, as long as it’s before August 17. The […]

Last Chance to Vote for Pigeon Forge Family Challenge

Have you been following the Pigeon Forge Family Challenge? Voting in the contest, hosted by the city of Pigeon Forge, will end a week from tomorrow, on June 1. Have you heard about the contest? Families made 1-minute videos explaining why they should be picked. Then 20 semi-finalists were chosen. Now, you can go to […]

13 Townsend Attractions


I’ve been going through the towns close to the Smokies with lists of all the attractions available. Check out attraction lists for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Today, we look at Townsend, TN. Townsend may be “the quieter side of the Smokies,” but there’s still plenty to keep you busy. Here’s what you can do […]

Rangers Search for Missing Man

Rangers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are asking for help searching for Christopher Lee Cessna, 45. Cessna was reported missing on April 27th, but family members had no reason to suspect that he’d go to the Smokies. However, Cessna’s 2009 Audi was recently found parked at Newfound Gap Parking, where it could have […]

Highland Games in the Smokies

Well, this is something I’ve been really curious about for a few years. But we’ve never been in the area during the right time to hit the Highland Games. The 2011 games ended yesterday evening. The event was held at Maryville College this year, instead of in Gatlinburg, where its been held for the past […]

Customers Suffer When Hickory Mist Cabin Rentals Closes

According to WBIR-TV out of Knoxville, Hickory Mist Luxury Cabins Rentals, LLC closed its doors on Wednesday. This company was responsible for securing rentals and upkeep on almost 100 Gatlinburg cabins. As of 8 p.m. Thursday night, Hickory Mist still has a website that’s live and allows users to search for cabins. However, all the […]