Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade


My tree is up. All the Christmas songs are on my iPod. There are presents wrapped and placed under the tree. Oh yes, I love Christmas! It’s time for Gatlinburg to catch up! One week from today, Gatlinburg ushers in its Christmas season with the 37th annual Fantasy of Lights Parade! It will be held […]

6 Highly-Rated Hotels in the Smoky Mountain Area

The Grand Resort Hotel in Pigeon Forge has been closed effective immediately.

It’s been in the news heavily for the past week, but really for the last year. Controversy surrounds the Grand Resort in Pigeon Forge, which was closed last week. The Grand Resort was closed by a bank after a sale of the property fell through. According to, 15 employees were laid off, and guests […]

2 Fun Games for the Cabin


It’s winter, a perfect time to get cozy by the fireplace in a Smoky Mountain cabin, and play a good game. I’ve got two new suggestions for you. Spot It So, my mother-in-law bought this game for my 7-year-old son’s birthday. So we all played it, and thought it was a lot of fun, a […]

What I’m Thankful for This Year


Well, it’s almost Turkey Day. A time to eat good food, enjoy family and friends, watch FOOTBALL, and, of course, reflect on the gifts you’ve been given. You know what I’m most thankful for this year? (After, of course, all the “givens” — health, family, safety, etc.) A chance to travel. A lot. Yes, 2012 […]

5 Thanksgiving Desserts to Make with the Kids


I have to admit it — I LOVE to make fun desserts. So I scoured the web for some fun new ones. I’ll have to pick one to try this year… Sweet Tom Turkeys Make some basic cupcakes, and decorate them to resemble Tom! Candy corn plumes and shortbread wings make this little guy irresistible! […]

Snow Tubing Open at Ober Gatlinburg

Snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg.

Yay for winter sports! They are, as far as I’m concerned, the only good thing about winter (except for Christmas, of course!). And they are starting! According to The Chattanoogan, Ober Gatlinburg is opening for snow tubing this weekend — earlier than usual — to celebrate its 50th anniversary of winter sports. Hurray! Snow tubing […]

How to Hike Safely in Winter Weather

Snow hit the Smokies on Monday. Here's how to be prepared.

Last week, a hiker was rescued after being stuck in the sudden, unexpected snow from Superstorm Sandy for nearly 24 hours. According to WBIR, Steven Ainsworth, 56, was hiking the Appalachian Trail alone when he got stuck: “He was hiking the Appalachian Trail in reverse, and was actually in one of the most rugged sections […]

Gatlinburg Holiday Craft Show


Did you know that the Smoky Mountain area is a mecca for craftsmen? In fact, the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community has been around since 1937, and it is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is located on an eight-mile loop at the northeast […]

Happy Veteran’s Day!

It’s a day to celebrate those who have given up so much to give us our freedom. As I write, my brother-in-law is on a ship off the coast of New England, bringing storm aid, while my sister-in-law is at home with three kids. It’s a day to be thankful. For our country. For our […]

Laugh Your Way Through the Post-Election Day


Everyone needs a laugh after the seriousness of election season. Look no further than my life. Sunday night, we were all asleep in our cozy little beds. Until 3 a.m., when a brief siren noise blared through the house, then abruptly stopped. We woke quickly, blearily asking each other what the sound was. No ideas. […]