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 […]

Special Offers Dinner, Wine-Tasting for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for the perfect romantic Valentine’s getaway? Here’s a great one! Governor’s Inn in Sevierville has partnered with Hillside Winery (also in Sevierville) to create a great Valentine’s Day dinner and wine tasting. On Saturday, February 16, you can participate in this event. Here are the details: Evening starts with a private tasting […]

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 […]

Alpaca Show to be Held in Sevierville

These are alpacas.

Do you know the difference between alpacas and llamas? I sure didn’t. But I got curious when I heard that there was going to be an alpaca show in Sevierville. Here’s what I found out: Alpacas are much smaller than llamas. Alpacas have smaller, pointed ears, while llamas have banana-shaped ears. Their body shapes are […]

Visit Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland!

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland is located at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium.

Have you heard about Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville? Along with the three other U.S. locations, it’s the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show. And it’s just a short drive from Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. There are, arguably, a lot of places to look at beautiful Christmas lights in the […]

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 […]

5 Smoky-Mountain-Area Pumpkin Patches


Oh yes, I sure do love a good pumpkin patch! I love drinking apple cider. I love climbing on hay bales. I love bumpy hayrides and scarecrows and picking the perfect pumpkin out of a patch. Here are five pumpkin patches to visit on your Smoky Mountain vacation. What better way to celebrate fall? 1. […]

Walk the Rocky Top Wine Trail for a Good Cause

Hillside Winery is partnering with Apple Barn Winery and Mountain Valley Winery to Stomp Out Breast Cancer.

Several Sevier County wineries are partnering up to raise funds for breast cancer. And it sounds like a pretty great event. Here’s the scoop: What: Stomp Out Breast Cancer — Walk the Rocky Top Wine Trail to help raise awareness and money for continued research by the American Cancer Society to find a cure. When: […]

Plan Now to Attend Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville

Lonesome River Band will be playing at the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville.

I’ll tell you what. If there’s one kind of festival you can find in the Smoky Mountain area, it’s a bluegrass one. Yes-sirree, these mountain folk like their bluegrass music. I like it, too. It just feels right to listen to bluegrass when you’re in the mountains. If you like it, too, there’s another chance […]

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, […]