Plan an Eggs-traordinary Easter Celebration

Ready for our turn! This egg is not gonna break!

Easter will be here before you know it. And what’s more fun than an egg-themed Easter celebration? That’s right, plan an Eggs-traordinary Easter party this year! A few years ago, my mother-in-law planned an Eggs-traordinary Easter Celebration for the kids. We had so much fun! Feel free to copy her ideas! Here’s the plan: Make […]

10 Ways to Keep Kids Safe in the Smokies


We love the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We love hopping on rocks in the rivers (we call it “rock-hoppin’” Creative, huh?). We love setting off on hikes that are too intense for our kids. We love just driving along the tree-covered roads and marveling at creation. But for all the fun the Smokies offer, […]

Historic Gatlinburg Hotel Comes Down

Demolition on the Midtown Lodge, a historic hotel located along the Gatlinburg Parkway, began last week. The hotel is being torn down to accommodate a new parking lot and a possible chair lift. According to The Knoxville News, the new lot will have 167 new parking spaces. SHOCKINGLY, the lot will cost to park in. […]

Gatlinburg Contest Rewards Romantic Stories

Are you the next Mr. and Mrs. Gatlinburg?

I love a good contest! Don’t you? I mean, who doesn’t want to win stuff? Gatlinburg has a fun one going on right now. Enter on Gatlinburg’s Facebook page between now and March 17 to become Mr. & Mrs. Gatlinburg. Ha! How hilarious is that? Gatlinburg employees are looking for romantic stories about the Smoky […]

2012 Fishing License Fees

Yahoo Sports has released the 2012 fishing license fees for Tennessee. This year, it will cost $11.50 for a one-day Gatlinburg Trout Permit. That’s required for anyone older than 13 years of age. Other restrictions and licenses are available, too. Remember, it’s illegal to take fish out of any Tennessee waters without a fishing license. […]

Celebrate Easter with a Sunrise Service at Ober

A beautiful rosy sunrise over the Smoky Mountains.

Celebrate new life by attending the Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg. We haven’t been in the Smokies for Easter yet, but this sure sounds like a neat opportunity. On Easter Sunday, April 8, plan to attend the sunrise service at Ober Gatlinburg. The service is led by the Gatlinburg ministerial association. This will be […]

Ninja Lemonade Stand

Here's my little ninja a few years ago on Halloween. Wish I could get those cheeks back!

So weekends around our house are always interesting. Basically, my husband is a can’t-relax-don’t-want-to-be-in-the-house extreme extrovert. Whenever possible, we book every spare moment with friends, family, activities, etc. This weekend was really busy, but that’s how we like life, so we were happy. But it meant that we stayed up really late. Well, late for […]

Saddle Up! in Pigeon Forge to Feature New Addition

The 12th Annual Saddle Up! Festival starts soon in Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge will host the 12th Annual Saddle Up! festival at the end of February. But this year, the festival has attracted additional attention. The “Cowgirl Caravan” will be joining the festivities for 2012. The Saddle Up! festival is scheduled for Feb. 23-26, and it’s intended to be a celebration of the American West. It […]

Controversy Surrounds Possible New Signs

Well, I found a very interesting article by the Smoky Mountain News. It’s worth a read, because it involves “tricking” tourists for monetary gain. Here’s the gist: Leaders in Haywood and Jackson counties in North Carolina have asked the N.C. Department of Transportation for signs pointing tourists to Cherokee through their perspective towns. The part […]

Titanic Pigeon Forge to Host Ship Tribute

According to the Enhanced Online News, Titanic Pigeon Forge will be hosting “A Night to Remember: An Original Musical Tribute to Titanic” on Saturday, April 14, which is the 100th anniversary of the night the famed ship struck the iceberg on its maiden voyage. The night will include musical performances, historic ceremonies, and appearances by […]