9 Easy Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year. It’s not just presents you’re shoveling out money for. It’s the special sweater to wear to the Christmas party. And new shoes for your son for Christmas Sunday. And wrapping paper. And Christmas cards. And extra groceries for making Christmas cookies. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I love it […]

Winter Events for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is a bit of a drive from the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. It will take about an hour and a half. But the drive would be worth it for one of these fun holiday events. The Railroad depot is located in Bryson City, North Carolina. The route takes visitors on a […]

Belle Island Sale Final

The Belle Island sale has finally gone through. Last week, LeConte Village LLC paid $10 million for the property in Pigeon Forge. Darby Campbell, a Knoxville-based developer, is one of the new owners. He said that his group plans to demolish the steamboat building, which was once expected to house the Hollywood memorabilia collection of […]

Pigeon Forge Area Gets New TV Station

According to the Knoxville News, a new TV station will begin serving Pigeon Forge and the surrounding area soon. The new station, WJDP-TV11 will be a full broadcast TV station. It is owned by the Dash family and will be part of the New Beginning TV Network family. The Dash family has been operating TV […]

Happy Turkey Day!

Yesterday, I was having a refresher lesson with my kids about Stranger Danger. “What,” I asked, in my best mom voice, “would you do if someone stopped their car and asked you to get in?” “Run away,” they both yelled, in unison. Easy answer. “Call 9-1-1,” my son added. As if. Cell phones are years […]

Kid Testers Review of The Track in Pigeon Forge

Trust me. If you’ve driven down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, your kids have noticed The Track’s signature go-cart track, the Wild Woody. It’s a three-story spiraling wooden track. And it looks like so much fun. That’s why we jumped at the chance when The Track asked our Kid Testers to come visit. Kid Tester […]

Money-Saving Coupons for the Smoky Mountain Area

I love all inclusive vacations. I really do. Some of my favorite vacations have had all costs included. We went to Disney and got the meal plan. Did it cost more? Maybe, but everything was paid for long before we left. I like that. I also like all-inclusive resorts and cruises, for the same reason. […]

Review: Smoky’s Pub & Grub in Gatlinburg

Smoky’s Pub & Grub in Gatlinburg is hidden a bit more than most restaurants on the Parkway. In fact, it’s one of the last things you pass before you go into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Parkway. Sitting at 1151 Parkway in Gatlinburg, this pub is a bit less conspicuous than some […]

Long-Term Elk Plan Adopted

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has adopted a new plan for managing the elk’s population, according to an article in the Knoxville News. The plan is a follow-up to a reintroduction project that started in 2001, when the park released 25 elk. This was followed by 27 more elk in 2002. Over an eight-year […]

Dollywood’s Christmas Shows for 2011

Here’s Dollywood’s 2011 lineup of shows, according to CyberGrass: Dollywood’s Christmas on Ice: Performed by the Ice Theater of New York Christmas in the Smokies: Dollywood’s musical Christmas tradition features a 12-member cast and seven-piece band performing hometown holiday favorites that celebrate the joy of the season. Appalachian Christmas: Celebrate an acoustic Christmas at the […]