Elk Euthanized after Approaching Photographer

An elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was euthanized last week, after approaching a photographer, according to The Citizen-Times in Asheville. The elk head-butted a photographer who was trying to capture nature. A video of the encounter has had more than 2 million views on YouTube, and can be found here. Park officials […]

New $50 Million LeConte Center Opens in Pigeon Forge


LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge is now open and has booked an exciting new event: a gymnastics competition. The competition, Make it Count Gymnastics Classic, will take place from February 14-16 and will bring 600-800 gymnasts and their families to the area. As The Mountain Press said in a recent article, “The LeConte Center aims […]

Christmas Events in the Smokies


Oh yes, it’s time to start thinking about heading to the Smokies for the holiday season. Here’s what to plan around: Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival Dates: Nov. 9 – Jan. 4 Where: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge What: “A five-time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival presented by Humana, Nov. 9 […]

New Elk Patrol Rides in Smoky Mountains


What is the Elk Bike Patrol? Elk Patrol? What’s the Elk Patrol? If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry. It’s new. A $1,000 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority to Friends of the Smokies has made the new Elk Patrol possible. So what is it? The new Elk Patrol is a group […]

Great Smokies Top List for Pot Busts

Well, not all news is good, I suppose. According to Philly.com, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is second only to Yosemite in number of marijuana busts cited since 2009. From The Associated Press article: An Associated Press analysis of federal court data shows that of the more than 27,700 citations issued to people caught […]

Bear Uses Crosswalk in Gatlinburg

This is one of those great stories. I love it. So, according to The International Business Times, a black bear decided to prowl the streets of downtown Gatlinburg last weekend. Which is enough of a shock for tourists in itself. But the really fun part of the story is what the bear did in Gatlinburg. […]

Make Beef Stew in a Pumpkin — Oh Yes!


This is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the fall — because it’s September, so in my mind, fall stuff is free game! (In fact, check back next week for all kinds of fall events, Halloween activities, etc.) But for today, consider making beef stew in a pumpkin. I’ve done this a […]

Fall Farmers Markets Promise Fresh Produce


Mmmm … I LOVE Farmers Markets! I especially love them in the fall, with the crisp morning air. Fabulous. Here are two Smoky Mountain area Farmers Markets that are still going through fall:

City of Gatlinburg Facing Wrongful Death Suit

The city of Gatlinburg is facing a half-million dollar wrongful death complaint from the family of a Michigan woman who died last year, after the trolley she was riding rolled of Buckhorn Road, according to The Mountain Press. Eunice Spencer was a 66-year-old school teacher. Here’s what happened, according The Mountain Press article: Eunice Spencer […]

Where Have We Been?

You may have noticed that I’ve been MIA for the past month. Believe it or not, I’ve taken my first blogging break in three years! It was so needed! So what have I been doing? Well, apart from the regular old summer-with-kids-craziness, my husband and I are also getting ready to sell a house, build […]