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 WATE.com, 15 employees were laid off, and guests […]

Thankgiving Dinner in Pigeon Forge

Planning to be in the Smoky Mountain area for Thanksgiving? It’s a popular time for families to pile up in a cozy mountain cabin and celebrate the holidays together. For some people, it’s the perfect time to join together and make a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner together. (Or maybe they want to make an entire Thanksgiving […]

Watch a Movie While in Pigeon Forge

The Forge Cinema in Pigeon Forge, TN.

So, you’ve been out all day hiking. You’re tired. You’re ready to just plain relax. Feel like a movie? There are several ways to accomplish this. Here are two: Go to a movie theater — hurray! There is one in Pigeon Forge! Rent one from Redbox — this only works if you have a DVD […]

Plan ahead for 15 Smoky Mountain Christmas Events

Santa visits my niece, Jessalyn, on the Polar Express.

Right now, it’s all about pumpkins and ghosts. But, before we know it, it’ll be turkeys and pilgrims. And then, right on the tails of those pilgrims, come the elves and Christmas trees. Yes, indeed, friends, Christmas is just around the corner. I couldn’t be more thrilled. In fact, I’ve been begging my husband to […]

New Balloon Ride Attraction Open in Pigeon Forge

Wonders of Flight -- in flight!

There’s a new way to view the mountains in Pigeon Forge. The Wonders of Flight Balloon Ride opened on Friday at the WonderWorks museum on the Parkway. Wonders of Flight is a “giant tethered balloon experience.” The helium-filled balloon has a 72-foot diameter and soars 400 feet in the air, up above Pigeon Forge. The […]

Visit the Only Character Breakfast in the Smoky Mountains

What do pirates, Ariel, and Cinderella have in common? The Character Breakfast at the Smith Family Theater in Pigeon Forge, of course!

Yes, I really think you should go visit the only Character Breakfast in the Smoky Mountains. And then you should tell me all about it. Because, honestly, I’m just not feeling it. I mean, I’m all for the character breakfasts at Disney World. There, it makes perfect sense to see the princesses and Goofy and […]

Ghost Stories from the Smoky Mountain Area

Are you ready for these spooky ghost stories???

When I was younger, I loved nothing more than a good ghost story. It’s kind-of fun to be scared and chilled and not worry that there’s any truth to the story. Except with these. Yes, they all claim to be true. So, read at your own risk. And your own dose of skepticism. Be brave, […]

Older Kid Halloween Things to Do in the Smoky Mountain Area

Ripley's Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg. (The sky in this photo totally has to be Photoshopped. Don't you think?)

Cue the spooky music. It’s that time of year. The kids will be begging for something “Halloween-ish” to do. On Monday, I wrote about what to do with little ones in the Smoky Mountain area on Halloween. Today, I’m looking at what to do with older kids — teenagers and up, and also fun, scary […]

Halloween Events in the Smoky Mountain Area for Various Ages


Fall is here. And with it come all kinds of goodness — caramel apples, crunchy leaves, FOOTBALL, hoodies, and, oh yes, spooky stuff for Halloween! The Smoky Mountain area has all kinds of fun spooky stuff, so if you’re heading to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge for Fall Break, consider doing something Halloween-ish. So here it […]

Female Tourist Dies While Crossing Parkway in Pigeon Forge

According to the Knoxville News, a female pedestrian from Virginia was killed late Friday night while trying to cross the Parkway. She was struck by a car. The tourist’s name is being withheld until the next-of-kin is notified. She was hit near the Howard Johnson Inn at 2825 Parkway and was pronounced dead at LeConte […]