Walk the Rocky Top Wine Trail for a Good Cause

Hillside Winery is partnering with Apple Barn Winery and Mountain Valley Winery to Stomp Out Breast Cancer.

Several Sevier County wineries are partnering up to raise funds for breast cancer. And it sounds like a pretty great event. Here’s the scoop: What: Stomp Out Breast Cancer — Walk the Rocky Top Wine Trail to help raise awareness and money for continued research by the American Cancer Society to find a cure. When: […]

3 Ways to Find the Perfect Smoky Mountain Wedding Chapel

Planning to tie the knot in the Smokies? Be sure to read this first!

Did you know that the Smoky Mountain area is second only to Las Vegas for the number of destination weddings? You can certainly see why — it’s picturesque with the beautiful mountains. And spending a honeymoon in a close-by mountain cabin is about as perfect as you can get. But be cautious, if you are […]

New Balloon Ride Attraction Open in Pigeon Forge

Wonders of Flight -- in flight!

There’s a new way to view the mountains in Pigeon Forge. The Wonders of Flight Balloon Ride opened on Friday at the WonderWorks museum on the Parkway. Wonders of Flight is a “giant tethered balloon experience.” The helium-filled balloon has a 72-foot diameter and soars 400 feet in the air, up above Pigeon Forge. The […]

5 Things You Might Not Think About Before Renting a Cabin (But Should)


Renting a Smoky Mountain cabin. The choices can be overwhelming. There are the obvious things to consider — location, curb appeal, number of bedrooms. But here are five things you may not think about when choosing a cabin. But you should! 1. Eating Facilities. One reason people choose to rent a cabin, rather than staying […]

Make Plans to Attend Townsend Heritage Festival

Last year's Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day.

Fall is sure the time for festivals in the Smoky Mountains! Here’s another one for ya — the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day. Wow. Is that a mouthful, or what? I can’t believe the event name is THAT long! In fact, I think I’ll see how many times I can type that […]

3 Reasons to Travel with Family

On the beach in Grand Haven, MI.

I just got back from a pretty incredible weekend. I spent Friday until last night hanging out on a beautiful beach of Lake Michigan in Grand Haven, MI. I even left the kids at home with the husband. That’s because this weekend was designated “girl weekend.” So, my sisters, mom, and I huddled up in […]

Visit the Only Character Breakfast in the Smoky Mountains

What do pirates, Ariel, and Cinderella have in common? The Character Breakfast at the Smith Family Theater in Pigeon Forge, of course!

Yes, I really think you should go visit the only Character Breakfast in the Smoky Mountains. And then you should tell me all about it. Because, honestly, I’m just not feeling it. I mean, I’m all for the character breakfasts at Disney World. There, it makes perfect sense to see the princesses and Goofy and […]

Mountain Life Festival in the Smoky Mountains


The Mountain Life Festival is this Saturday at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Smoky Mountains. And it’s one of those wonderful, rare FREE events! Yay! The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s located near to Cherokee, North Carolina. The festival will have all kinds of […]

Why Relationships Matter to Me … and Why I’m a Tennis Shoe

What kind of shoe are you?

I’m definitely a tennis-shoe kind of person. I try to be someone else — I once spent an entire year trying to be a “city girl” — but the truth is, I’m happiest in jeans and tennis shoes. And a hoodie. I have way too many hoodies. My sister-in-law says that if she was as […]

Plan Now to Attend Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville

Lonesome River Band will be playing at the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville.

I’ll tell you what. If there’s one kind of festival you can find in the Smoky Mountain area, it’s a bluegrass one. Yes-sirree, these mountain folk like their bluegrass music. I like it, too. It just feels right to listen to bluegrass when you’re in the mountains. If you like it, too, there’s another chance […]