Teen Drowns in Little River in the Smokies

Amber Rose Mirisola from Mount Dora, Florida, died yesterday in a drowning incident at “The Sinks” along the Little River. The popular swimming area is located 10 miles west of Gatlinburg. Rescue workers were called to the area about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses say the teen was swept over the 15-foot waterfall after wading in […]

Smoky Mountain Chicken “Cheeseburger”

Yum. NibbleMeThis.com came out with a new recipe today that uses our very own “Smoky Mountains” in its name: Grilled Smoky Mountain Chicken “Cheeseburger.” It looks absolutely ooey-gooey fabulous! And it includes an intense Beer Cheese Sauce that provides the ooey-gooeyness. The author says: Since I was grilling this chicken and not smoking it, I […]

Taste of Autumn in Gatlinburg

The end of summer … it’s a funny thing. Our schools in Indiana start really early. We only have a week and a day left before the big yellow school buses will be swarming again. On Monday of this week, I was feeling really down. This summer has been especially busy. And there are all […]

Columinst Urges Pigeon Forge to be Cautious

The Pigeon Fore City Commission voted on Monday to borrow $54 million to finance a new events center. But a Knoxville News columnist is urging caution in these uncertain financial times. Greg Johnson’s column, “A warning about Pigeon Forge’s latest big bet,” was posted on Tuesday. In it, Johnson cites recent tax raises and Department […]

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show — Good Reviews So Far

The new Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show opened in April. It took the place of the Black Bear Jamboree in Pigeon Forge. So far, the show has been getting really good reviews. The show is about the famed Hatfield & McCoy feud that took place from about 1880 to 1890. According to Wikipedia, the feud […]

2 Quick & Easy Cabin Meals

No one wants to spend much time in the kitchen on vacation. You’re in the Smokies to hike, explore, relax and spend time with those you love. Not to cook! So when you’re headed to the mountains for a cabin getaway, you need plenty of quick meal ideas. Here are two of my favorites. I […]

Dummy Queen: Honeymoon Tips

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a new series written by my sister-in-law Stephanie. Hope you enjoy learning from her experiences. She’ll be back on the occasional Friday to make you smile as you dream about the weekend. See her first Dummy Queen post here. Notes from a Dummy Queen I’m a dummy. Yeah, […]

Holiday Celebrations in a Smoky Mountain Cabin

On Monday, I wrote about spending Christmas in a cabin. Today, I thought I’d look at other fun holiday celebration ideas for a Smoky Mountain cabin. Here are some thoughts: Halloween. It’s such a fun holiday, one that can definitely work for vacation. Here are ideas: Carve the pumpkin: Grab some pumpkins and raid your […]

Controversy Over River Use

The Upper Chattooga River is under scrutiny. The US Forest Service released a controversial Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) on managing recreation uses on the upper segment of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. The announcement would allow high-quality whitewater boating in the winter, but be boat-free for the rest of the year. This didn’t go […]

Place of 1,000 Drips

WBIR recently ran a great story about the “Place of 1,000 Drips” off the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. So, what is it? While driving along the trail, travelers can strop at any one of 15 designated historic sites. The final stop is at an 80-foot rock bluff called “The Place of 1,000 Drips.” WBIR […]