Quilters & Woodcarvers on Display in Townsend

A quilt from the Quilter's Guild.

Everyone talks about Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. But did you know that there’s another great Smoky Mountain town called Townsend? It’s about a half hour from Pigeon Forge — close to Cades Cove. Townsend’s tagline is “The quiet side of the Smokies.” And this is really true. If you plan to spend most of your […]

Make Plans to Attend Townsend Heritage Festival

Last year's Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day.

Fall is sure the time for festivals in the Smoky Mountains! Here’s another one for ya — the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day. Wow. Is that a mouthful, or what? I can’t believe the event name is THAT long! In fact, I think I’ll see how many times I can type that […]

Severe Thunderstorms Kill 2 in Smokies


The Associated Press is reporting that severe thunderstorms killed two people in the Smokies and two more in Chattanooga on Thursday night. One very powerful storm tore through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Townsend, Tennessee. Much of the park is still in disarray. Abrams Creek campground is still closed as of Sunday night, […]

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 […]

13 Townsend Attractions


I’ve been going through the towns close to the Smokies with lists of all the attractions available. Check out attraction lists for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Today, we look at Townsend, TN. Townsend may be “the quieter side of the Smokies,” but there’s still plenty to keep you busy. Here’s what you can do […]

Back Porch in Townsend (Where I First Tried Collard Greens)

I have a friend, Melanie, who grew up in Tennessee. Which you’d never believe if you met her, because she’s missing that deep accent. But there it is. Anyway, Melanie happened to be visiting her parents in Tennessee for spring break, the same week we were there. We agreed to meet up for lunch, since […]

Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend

Wow, Townsend, TN was certainly an experience. I’m not sure what I was expecting — the town motto is “The peaceful side of the Smokies.” I guess I was thinking quaint, small-town. Well, it was smaller than I expected. In fact, there just isn’t much there. But what is there is worth the trip. That’s […]

5 Tennessee Cave Adventures

Did you know that Tennessee has more than 8,600 known caves? That’s more than any other state in the U.S. We’ve seen signs to different caving adventures in the Smokies, but haven’t ever visited any. Today, I thought we’d take a look at the industry in Tennessee. On Wednesday, I’ll be back with some information […]

Bed and Breakfasts in the Smokies

We’ve stayed in hotels, condos and cabins in the Smokies. The one thing we’ve never tried is a Bed and Breakfast. I don’t know why not. Maybe it seems like something that’s not kid-friendly? Anyway, I was curious about the availability of Bed and Breakfasts in the area. Wow, did I find some amazing ones! […]

Kennels in the Smoky Mountain Area

Bringing the four-legged member of your family along to the mountains for your getaway? There are certain activities that you can’t enjoy with your dog along. Here are four locations that would be happy to provide for your puppy while you take in a show or do some shopping. The Barker Lounge, 1301 W Main […]