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Dummy Queen: Ceremonies and Wind

Editor’s Note: This is the third of a new series written by my sister-in-law Stephanie. Hope you enjoy learning from her experiences. She’ll be back on the occasional Friday to make you smile as you dream about the weekend. See her first Dummy Queen post here and her second one here. Notes from a Dummy […]

Recipes with Sara: Sandwich Ring

I found this idea several years ago and sadly, I can’t even remember where it came from. But it’s one of my “go-to” meals for something different and super easy.  Best of all, you can make it super fast and it looks really impressive!

Recipes by Sara: Slop Jar Specialty

I know, I know – the title sounds disgusting. And, in all honesty, it looks just as disgusting as it sounds. But don’t let the appearance fool you. You simply MUST try it. When my husband and I were first married, I made this dish.  It was something that my mom had made for years […]

A Day in the Smokies — With Your Pet!

The following post has been reprinted with permission from A Day in the Smokies blog, which is sponsored by ERA in the Smokies Realty and Rentals. Enjoy! The pet-lovers out there are always wondering what you can do in Gatlinburg and bring your pets along! Gatlinburg is becoming more and more pet-friendly, so every time […]

Fantastic Stay at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort

The following is a guest blog, reprinted with permission from The Q Family Adventures Travel Blog. This blog is about what you’d expect — a family that loves to travel. Not long ago, the Q Family traveled to Gatlinburg. I liked this blog about an area hotel/timeshare. Thanks, Mrs. Q, for sharing this with us! […]

Mad Dog Creamery — Pigeon Forge’s Best Local Ice Cream Spot

First of all, happy Valentine’s Day! The following is by Guest Blogger Stephanie Freemyer, Smoky Mountain enthusiast. Soooo… maybe I’m just a softie for small, local businesses. That’s probably it because really there’s not much to this little ice cream joint in Pigeon Forge. Locally owned, Mad Dog Creamery is seriously the ONLY local ice […]

Menu Update for Partridge and the Pear

Guest blog by Janet Donaldson, at The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge Janet and I recently became “email buddies” after discovering that she lived close to where we live now (in Indianapolis) for more than 20 years. It’s such a small world! We love the Christmas Place, which includes several Christmas shops, the Christmas Inn […]

Green All Winter Long

By Guest Blogger, Paul Lightfoot, Grounds Supervisor for Taylor University/Botanist What stays green in winter in the Southern mountains? You are all probably aware that there are many trees that stay green all winter, including the Red Spruce, several species of pines, Carolina Hemlock, and Fraser Fir. But you may not automatically think of the […]

Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Tennessee

By Guest Blogger Pat Watson; reprinted with permission from If you are a fan of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums, you will be happy to know to that there are quite a few in Gatlinburg. If you are an even bigger fan, then you know that they are all different. Each museum […]