How to Plan a Trip to Gatlinburg in 6 Easy Steps


Heading to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains for the first time? It can be overwhelming at first. But you won’t regret it! It’s our absolute FAVORITE place to visit! There’s SO much to do! To help you, I’ll be walking you through six steps to planning your trip. Take it a step at a time, […]

TripAdvisor Forum Recommends Gatlinburg Activities

A recent forum on TripAdvisor asks the following question: Looking for any input on a “must do” in Gatlinburg or the park. We will arrive on a Saturday and leave early on Wednesday and only have 3 full days in mid-March. I’m wondering how long it takes to do things. We will have several children […]

12 Upcoming Spring Events in the Smokies


Oh, it’s cold. And dreary. And I’m just plain done with it. Yes. I have a bad case of spring fever. I’m dreaming of flowers. And rainstorms. And sweatshirts. And no gloves. And long walks outside. And the very scent of new life. Right now, spring feels like a long way off. But it’s really […]

Power Failure at Ober Gatlinburg

According to WBIR, Ober Gatlinburg had a major power failure late Friday night. There were about 100 skiers at Ober when the power suddenly went out. More than 50 of them were on the resort’s two chair lifts. Members of the ski patrol worked to make sure everyone was calm and safe. They quickly dropped […]

10 Winter Cabin Deals

Are you ready for a cabin getaway?

I don’t know about you, but a few more weeks of this dreary January weather, and I’ll be ready to get away for a few days. Winter can be a great time to travel to the Smoky Mountains. It’s not as busy, traffic is easily manageable, and maybe best of all, you can get some […]

Happy New Year — Here’s What’s New!

More than 60,000 people gathered in Gatlinburg on Monday evening.

Ahhhh  — it’s good to be back to blogland! Hope everyone out there had an amazing holiday. We sure did — though we just rolled in from our last family Christmas, and we are BEAT! So, for tonight, here’s a quick update of what’s been happening in the Smoky Mountain area while I’ve been off […]

Smoky Mountain Author’s Christmas Book Set in Gatlinburg

An author that grew up near Knoxville, TN just released a new book about the Smoky Mountains — and it’s a Christmas story! There’s nothing like the mountains at Christmas, is there? The story, “Smoky Mountain Christmas,” was written by Karen Kirst, an author of the Love Inspired line of Harlequin romances. This line combines […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]