Plan Now to See Synchronous Fireflies in the Smokies


UPDATED WITH 2013 INFO! The Synchronous Elkmont Firefly viewing for 2013 dates have been set for June 6-13. The viewing will again be limited by advance reservation only. So don’t wait until the last minute to decide to see this natural phenomenon.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Scaled Down for 2012

The Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies dressed up for last year's Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May). It’s coming up next week — a week from Saturday, in fact. Last year, the city of Gatlinburg corroborated with Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies (which hosted the event), No Way Jose’s, the Greystone Lodge, and Bubba Gump shrimp Company to host a big Cinco de Mayo celebration […]

It’s Spring! Get Active!

My big 6-year-old on his new green bike with gears.

When we aren’t visiting the mountains, we live in a suburb on the north side of Indianapolis. I love being close to the city. But we do pay for it with all the usual trappings — lots of traffic, etc. Today was ride your bike to school day for our kids. This is kind-of funny, […]

2 Easy Crock-Pot Meals for the Cabin

Yum. There's nothing like leaving the cabin in the morning, then coming back to a yummy crock-pot-cookin' smell!

Yum. I sure do love my crock pot. Here’s a perfect day. You wake up lazily in a log cabin. Throw a few ingredients in the crock pot, then head out for a day of hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. Grab a quick lunch somewhere, then play in a stream for an hour or […]

Another Skywheel Planned for Pigeon Forge!

Something similar to this will be giant wheel has been approved to be built in Pigeon Forge next spring.

Just days after developers announced that they are hoping to build a giant skywheel on the old Mandarin House property, more developers (from The Island, also in Pigeon Forge) announced plans for another one. Yep, that’s right. Next year this time, we could have TWO giant wheel rides in Pigeon Forge. The rides would be […]

Smoky Mountain Visitors Up for 2012

The number of visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is up by almost 20% from last year, according to park officials. They say that the warm weather probably has something to do with it. So far in 2012, just over 200,000 more people have visited the Smokies than did in the first part […]

Attend Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass

Visit Sevierville! This great festival is one reason to go!

Sometimes, I think Sevierville gets overlooked. It’s the first town you pass through after you get off the highway on the way to the Great Smokies. In fact, we at CabinConnection have a nickname for the area. We like to call it the GPS area — get it? Starting from the Great Smoky Mountain National […]

Celebrate Earth Week in Gatlinburg


It’s almost Earth Week in Gatlinburg! Are you planning to attend? Earth Week starts next Sunday, April 22 and runs through Saturday, April 28. Here’s what’s planned: Schedule of events for Earth Week 2012 Sunday, April 22: Earth Day 5K. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, this race is brand new this year! Funds raised […]

Wheel Ride Possible in Pigeon Forge

According to The Mountain Press, developers are considering building a giant wheel ride on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Pacific Development, which recently signed a lease on the old Mandarin House property on the Parkway, presented ideas for a massive observation wheel to the Pigeon Forge City Commission on Tuesday. The wheel would resemble a […]

The Ethical Dilemma of the Gas Station Soda

Ahhh ... the all-important gas-station soda that causes me such internal debate.

Okay, this is going to be a dumb post. I can already hear my little sister (and fellow CabinConnection team member saying, “Oh, those are my favorite ones!”). Yes, Megan, this post is for you. And it’s a true ethical debate, “Kendra style.” So, I’m generally a very nice person. You know what I mean […]