New Theater Show Opens in Pigeon Forge

A new show is open in The Bob Nelson Theater: The Big Rock Show, according to a press release. The Big Rock Show features live and loud classic rock from the 80′s. Musicians will recreate hits from bands such as Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Journey, Van Halen, […]

Dollywood Celebrates 25 Years

Dollywood is celebrating its 25th season this year, according to The Asheville Citizen Times. According to the article: But it took Parton’s star power to transform a small-town attraction into Sevier County’s biggest employer and the state’s top paid tourist draw with 2.5 million annual visitors — and turn Pigeon Forge (population 6,000) into a […]

Tourism Up for Summer in Smokies

According to The Knoxville News, tourism to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been up for the summer. Here’s what The News has to say: After suffering a 5 percent decrease in park visits over the first six months of 2013, attendance in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has risen in June. June’s […]

Plan a Visit to the Great Smokies Today!

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The following is a guest post by Laura Chapman, who is a freelance writer. You can email Laura your thoughts and comments at laura@cpmtray.com.

How to Vacation in Gatlinburg Cheaply

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We all need to save money sometimes. And I always say, better to vacation cheaply than not at all! (So, so, so much better!) Right? But Gatlinburg can be VERY expensive. So here’s a plan for vacationing cheaply in the Smoky Mountain area. Check out our ideas for cheap, very cheap, and cheapest travel. Good […]

Island Attraction Opens in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge had its grand opening on Friday, according to WATE.com. Hundreds showed up to ride the new Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, shop, eat, or play. According to WATE.com: The massive Ferris wheel can hold up to 250 people at a time in air conditioned gondolas. At 200 feet tall, it’s the […]

Bluff Mountain ATV Review

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Let me start this out by saying this: ATVing is NOT something I’ve ever wanted to do. Ever. It seems like a terrible idea to put me on my own four-wheel vehicle and let me ride up and down mountains and across streams. Here’s the back story: My brother-in-law really wanted to go ATVing. So, […]

New Post about Best Antique Spots

Cherokee Lodge Condos has just published a blog post about the best antiquing stops in Pigeon Forge and Galtinburg. Since this isn’t something I’ve ever written about, I thought I’d bring it to your attention. The post features Morton’s Antiques, Yesterday’s Antiques, Parton Place, Carol’s Cottage of Collectibles, and Wears Valley Antique and Craft Gallery. […]

Elk in the Smokies: What to Know

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When you think of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you think of black bears. Or maybe salamanders. But did you know that rangers are trying to reintroduce elk into the park? Elk used to be native to the area, and roamed the Great Smokies. But in the mid-1800s, they were eliminated from the area, […]

Pioneer Women to be Featured on Saturday

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recognizing traditions of rural mountain women this Saturday, June 15 with a day of tribute, according to The Knoxville Daily Sun. The celebration will take place at the Mountain Farm Museum in the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located next to the Oconaluftee […]