Halloween Events in the Smoky Mountain Area for Various Ages

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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 […]

9 Smoky Mountain Zipline Choices

SkyZip Zipline Tour at Dollywood. Photo by Gavin and Jason Fox.

About a year and a half ago, I wrote about several choices for Smoky Mountain Zipline adventures. Today, I’m back with even more choices, plus updated info on the ones I had before. Ziplining is HUGE in the Gatlinburg area. There are so many choices. So, I compiled them all and compared them for you. […]

Tennessee Cave Adventures & Info

A spot inside Tuckaleechee Caverns where you can drink the pure water.

Driving through Sevierville into Pigeon Forge, you see the signs  — The Forbidden Caverns! Ahead on left! I’ve always been curious, so I did a little research about caves in Tennessee. Here’s what I found out. Below, you’ll find info about 5 caving experiences available in Tennessee. 5 facts about caves in Tennessee (& in […]

Attend Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass

Visit Sevierville! This great festival is one reason to go!

Sometimes, I think Sevierville gets overlooked. It’s the first town you pass through after you get off the highway on the way to the Great Smokies. In fact, we at CabinConnection have a nickname for the area. We like to call it the GPS area — get it? Starting from the Great Smoky Mountain National […]

Kid Testers: Horseback Riding at Five Oaks

Well, I did it. I conquered my fears and climbed right on a horse. A big horse. I’m quite proud of this fact. It was really very spur-of-the-moment. We had a free slot on day in the Smokies. We batted around ideas, and the kids clung to the idea of going horseback riding. Why not, […]

Sevierville Man Selling Beer Cheese

A new article by the Knoxville News tells the story of a man and his cheese. And it’s a fun story. Apparently Randall Mitchell, of Sevierville, let his friend Steve Koplow sample his homemade beer cheese spread during a camping trip. The rest, as they say, is history. The spread is called Smoky Mountain Beer […]

Sevier County Tourism Numbers Down

According to WBIR of Knoxville, tourism numbers are down for many attractions in Sevier county, along with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Spokespeople for the Great Smokies announced recently that it is down by about 500,000 visitors compared to last year. Dollywood and Splash Country are reportedly both down by at least 5 %, […]

31 Tips for the Smoky Mountain Area

Ahhh … the first day of school. I just put my kids on the bus. This is the first year that’s “kids” instead of kid. My baby just went to kindergarten. Yes, I cried but only after they left. He was smiling. So, I spent the whole morning “reminding” him of things. Do you know […]

PIZZA! in the Smoky Mountain Area

Nothing says, “Vacation” like PIZZA, right? (Picture me saying PIZZA in a deep, rumbly voice.) Nothing says, “Party night” or “No responsibilities” or “No, we’re not going to worry about getting our daily dose of veggies in” like PIZZA! So I thought that pizza warranted a post. That’s right, this is where you look if […]

NASCAR Speedpark in Sevierville

We’d driven by it each and every trip into Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. The kids always ask about it, especially when the dragon peeks his head out of his castle. So last time we were in the Smokies, we decided to stop on the way out of town. We figured we’d try just one thing, […]