Dummy Queen: Culturally Sensitive?

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a 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. Notes from a Dummy Queen I’m a dummy. Yeah, that’s me. I admit it. Which is why […]

Plan Now to Attend Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge

So, it’s not until January. But if you’re anything like me, winter is the time of year you get stir crazy. Plan now to avoid that, and have something to look forward to! Every year, the city of Pigeon Forge puts on Wilderness Wildlife Week at the Music Road Hotel & Convention Center. This year […]

Remembering Magic World

I’m a pretty recent Smoky Mountain convert. My family did a drive-through when I was young once, on our way to somewhere else. But after that, I didn’t visit again until I married my husband. Since then, we’ve been several times each year. But I don’t remember the good old days. I guess that’s why […]

TV Installer Finds Man with Gun in Cabin

A man was working on the satellite TV in a Gatlinburg cabin when he noticed signs that someone was staying there. After a quick call to the property management company, he found out that shouldn’t be the case. He went looking and found a man in the bottom floor bedroom with a pistol in his […]

10 Tips for Traveling with Teens

Our oldest is 8. We have, I think, a few years of peace yet. Until. The dreaded teenage years take over. You hear the stories, you see it on TV — teens don’t always think traveling with their parents is the “coolest” way to spend their summer. How can you get them interested? Well, to […]

Hint of Color Blossoms Across the Smokies

Do you have your fall trip to the Smokies scheduled? Prime leaf viewing days will be here before we know it. According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fall Color Report for 2011 (as of Wednesday): There is just a hint of color in the earliest changing trees at this time. A few sourwoods, […]

We’ve Got a Question (or Two)…

Today, I need your help. I’ve got a question for you. As one of my loyal readers, I really need (read: really, really need, must have, gotta have it, please!) your input. I want to know what YOU want us to write about on CabinConnection.com. Take our survey! Please, please, please take our survey! I […]

Dollywood Wins Again

Dollywood was honored at last Saturday’s 2011 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony for the fourth consecutive year. One trophy was the third consecutive for Best Shows and another was the fourth consecutive for Best Christmas Event. The award ceremony took place at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN and was sponsored by Amusement Today. Dollywood was […]

Dixie Stampede Horse Killed

Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge lost one of its stars on Friday when American quarter horse Sandy Jo was euthanized after contracting a neurological illness caused by a herpes virus. Sandy Jo was 16-years-old. She’d been performing in Pigeon Forge for about a year. Before that, she was at the Myrtle Beach Dixie Stampede, which […]

11 Books about the Smoky Mountains


Since our kids are getting older, we’ve taken a different approach to travel. It used to be “go where we want to go and hope the kids can handle it and have fun and not make the trip miserable.” But now that they are in kindergarten and third grade, we have a new approach. It’s […]