Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride in Pigeon Forge

You know you’ve been curious about it. I sure have. You drive up and down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and every time you come to T.G.I.Fridays, standing right up next to it is this huge warehouse with the words Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride on it. You you think: “Huh. What’s that?” Well, I tried […]

Free Trolley Service Starts in Gatlinburg

The City of Gatlinburg started offering free (Yes, free. Hurray!) trolley service along the Parkway today! That’s a really happy thing! The Free Parkway Trolley pilot program will allow people to board one of three free trolleys at no charge. The trolleys will travel from traffic light #1 to traffic light #10. The shuttles will […]

New Teen Nightclub to Open in Pigeon Forge

According to WATE of Knoxville, a new teen nightclub is slated to open in Pigeon Forge on Friday at 6 p.m. The club is called Pure Energy. It’s 25,000-square feet and can hold up to 1,900 teens. The club will include a dance floor, a spot for DJs, and a food stand. According to the […]

13 Things to do BEFORE You Leave for Vacation

I’m pretty excited. As of today, there are only FOUR chains left on our count-down-to-vacation paper chain. That’s right, this Friday we are packing up the car and heading south to New Orleans and a 5-day cruise. All told, we’ll be gone for about 10 days. That’s a pretty serious vacation. And not just for […]

10 Facts About Black Bears in the Smokies


Every time we’ve been to the Smokies, we’ve tried to see black bears. Doesn’t everyone? Well … not everyone. In fact, my friend Kim is taking her family on a trip to the Smokies soon. They’ve never been. They can’t wait to visit Ober Gatlinburg, and they have the perfect cabin all picked out. But […]

Gatlinburg Gets Sustainability Award

Congratulations, Gatlinburg! Gatlinburg was awarded a 2011 Green Plus Award last week. It was one of five cities/areas chosen. Others were Chattanooga area; Cleveland, OH; Savannah, GA; and North Myrtle Beach, SC. Gatlinburg’s specific award is the 2011 Green Plus Chamber of the Year Award for Leadership in Member Sustainability for its Gatlinburg Goes Green! […]

Recipes with Sara: Sandwich Ring

I found this idea several years ago and sadly, I can’t even remember where it came from. But it’s one of my “go-to” meals for something different and super easy.  Best of all, you can make it super fast and it looks really impressive!

Money-Saving Coupons for the Smoky Mountain Area

From time-to-time, I like to find deals for you. Today it’s coupons. Here’s an up-to-date list of some great coupon deals for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Smoky Mountain Navigator — This is a jackpot. Though none of the coupons are large (most are $1-$2 off admission), they can add up because most can be […]

Happy Father’s Day! (Almost…)

Somehow, I let Mother’s Day slip right by on the blog. It was a busy weekend — two nephews got dedicated in their churches. Lots of time with family. Good times. But the fact that Father’s Day is coming up got me thinking. You know, my family loves the Smokies. We love to hike, play […]

Best Apps for Traveling to the Mountains

An iPhone app is like a potato chip. “You always want to have just one more,” says Chris Hall, editor in chief of 148Apps.com. A few months ago, I wrote about several iPhone/iPad apps that were specific to the Smoky Mountain area. Today, I thought we’d look at more general apps that are helpful for […]