Are You Brave Enough for The Tomb in Pigeon Forge?

The Tomb in Pigeon Forge is a fun new(ish) attraction.

Looking for something fun and new to do in Pigeon Forge? Why not try The Tomb in Pigeon Forge? It’s an intriguing building — you’ll notice it from the Parkway. It looks like a pyramid, and at night, it’s lit up in a variety of colors. In a minute, I’ll have my sister-in-law Stephanie give […]

Dolly Parton’s Song Added to National Recording Registry

According to Fox News, Dolly Parton is making history again. Each year, 25 songs are added to The Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Parton’s song “Coat of Many Colors” was recently added for 2011. “Coat of Many Colors” is an autobiographical hit that Parton released in 1971. It brings the registry total to 350 […]

Happy Memorial Day!


Hope you are enjoying the long weekend as much as we are! Today, my husband, son, father-in-law, and grandfather-in-law are at THE race (for those of you not from Indiana, The Indy 500). So the girls have been shopping and relaxing! Tomorrow, we leave for our first “big” bike trip with the kids. We are […]

5 “Mom” Goals for the Summer

Happy Summer! Yes, indeed.

Well, it’s finally here. School is out in Indiana, and SUMMER HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN! Hurray! Fellow CabinConnection partner Megan (also my little sis) and my mom came to help the kids celebrate today. We greeted them with water balloons and buckets of fun outdoor toys. They played with friends all afternoon. It was great. And […]

Gatlinburg Farmers Market Now Open Saturdays


The Gatlinburg Farmers Market kicked off its 2012 season last Saturday, with events such as craft and gardening demonstrations. The Farmers Market is just starting its third season. It is open every Saturday from now until Oct. 13 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. It’s located in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot on Highway 321 in Gatlinburg. The […]

New Episode of Bachelorette to Take Place at Dollywood

According to, Dolly Parton and Dollywood will host the May 28th episode of ABC’s Bachelorette. The eighth edition of The Bachelorette stars Emily Maynard, who is a single mom that first appeared in the 15th season of The Bachelor. Apparently, Maynard is a longtime fan of Dollywood, so she chose the Pigeon Forge theme […]

5 Things We Love About the Smoky Mountains

Rock hopping! We LOVE it! Wish I was rock hopping right now...

Fail. That’s me! For almost two and a half years, I’ve written the CabinConnection blog three times a week, except on holidays. Until last week. Huh. Last week, I only managed to produce ONE blog entry! I could make excuses about Mother’s Day and my birthday (yes! I turned 34 last week!) and the new […]

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival is Coming!

The group Riders in the Sky will perform at Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass festival.

Man, one thing you have to say about the Smoky Mountain region: They like their barbeque. Both Gatlinburg and Sevierville recently had barbeque festivals. Now it’s Pigeon Forge’s turn. Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass festival is coming up, starting on May 26 and running through June 10. So what is it? Well, it’s 14 days of […]

Dollywood American Eagle Has Triplets

Oh yes, they are furry and cute. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, bald eagle parents “Independence” and “Franklin” gave birth to three babies last week in the “Eagle Mountain Sanctuary” at Dollywood. Apparently, the babies are called triplets because they all hatched from their eggs within a 30-hour period, which […]

Parenting Perils: The Never-Ending Question

Would this sweet face do everything it can to DRIVE ME CRAZY? Oh, yes, you better believe it.

Today, I just have a quick thought for you: We should not trust our kids. They are out to get us. I’m sure of it. Does this ever happen to anyone else? A few nights ago, dinner was late. Jason (husband) was running REALLY late from work. Dinner was so late that the kids were […]