Bear Breaks into Gatlinburg Candy Store

Wow! This is a great story! The Mountain Press reports that a black bear greeted employees at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen on Oct. 19. The Press said: When Gwatha Kear and Dorothy Robbins arrived at the kitchen in the early morning hours, they entered as they always do — through the back door. The […]

Johnny Rockets Opens in Gatlinburg

A new Johnny Rockets restaurant has opened in downtown Gatlinburg. Johnny Rockets features hamburgers, fries, and milkshakes. The new Johnny Rockets is located in The Shops at Gatlinburg Town Center, close to the Space Needle and Sky Lift. Its address is 735 Parkway, Gatlinburg. The new 2,000 square foot restaurant employs 25 local residents. For […]

Ground Broken on Pigeon Forge Event Center

According to The Knoxville News, construction started on Thursday for the LeConte Center, a 232,000-square-foot multipurpose facility in Pigeon Forge. It is scheduled to open in late summer of 2013. The LeConte Center will feature a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall and a 12,000-square-foot multipurpose hall. It will also have several multipurpose meeting rooms, a catering kitchen, […]

Halloween Movies: Best of All Time

Happy Halloween, blog world! I do love Halloween. It’s a nice holiday — lots of fun, lots of silly. But not too much stress. You’re not expected to show up at every family’s home, there’s no feast to prepare. Just costumes and candy. And lots of giggles. In honor of Halloween, we’re creating a Halloween […]

The Lumberjack Feud – a Hit with the Kids!

I have to tell you — our kids REALLY enjoyed the Lumberjack Feud dinner show in Pigeon Forge. I think they’d both tell you it was the best thing they did this trip to the Smokies. It beat horseback riding and go-carting. And that’s saying something. The Lumberjack Feud show opened in September in Pigeon […]

Kid Testers — Loose in the Smokies!

You know what I always want to know before we go somewhere new on vacation? I want to know how it works for kids. I want to know what there is for kids to do. I want to know whether it’s age-appropriate. I want to know if they’ll be bored. Or scared. Doing things with […]

From Pigeon Forge back to Indiana

It was everything we were hoping it would be. Last night, we got home from a wonderful long weekend in the Smoky Mountains. It’s good to be home. We made mac and cheese, put the kids through the showers, and bundled up on our bed to read a few stories tonight. And to remember all […]

Our 5 Best Smoky Mountain Stories

Our blog has several purposes: To inform. That’s really important, and I think it’s why many of you read our content. You want to know factual knowledge about the Smoky Mountain area, which is either a place you are hoping to visit or a place you have visited in the past. To update. Through our […]

Black Bear Activity Up in Pigeon Forge

If you’re heading to the Smoky Mountains for the beautiful fall leaf season, keep your eyes open for black bears. More are showing their faces this year than usual. According to WATE, more black bears have been sighted in Pigeon Forge than in several years. Most of the sightings have been in residential areas, but […]

Popular Dollywood Show Ends Run

Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of the Blue Smoke, one of the most popular and elaborate stage shows in Dollywood history, will end on Wednesday. Fans of the million-dollar productions aren’t happy with the decision, and they are letting it be known through social media and an email campaign. But a Dollywood spokesperson said that the Celebrity Theater […]