Snow Tubing Open at Ober Gatlinburg

Snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg.

Yay for winter sports! They are, as far as I’m concerned, the only good thing about winter (except for Christmas, of course!). And they are starting! According to The Chattanoogan, Ober Gatlinburg is opening for snow tubing this weekend — earlier than usual — to celebrate its 50th anniversary of winter sports. Hurray! Snow tubing […]

Gatlinburg Holiday Craft Show


Did you know that the Smoky Mountain area is a mecca for craftsmen? In fact, the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community has been around since 1937, and it is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is located on an eight-mile loop at the northeast […]

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 […]

Visit Wears Valley for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Wears Valley will be held on Oct. 19-21.

Well, yes. I did just write about an Oktoberfest. The one at Ober Gatlinburg that lasts all month. But this is a different Oktoberfest. Just so we’re clear on that. And as I’ve said before, one thing the Smoky Mountain area does well is festivals. This Oktoberfest takes place in Wears Valley on Oct. 19-21. […]

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. […]

Visit Ober Gatlinburg for Oktoberfest

Visit Ober Gatlinburg through November 4 for Oktoberfest!

It’s already started, but no worries — you can still catch Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg! It goes on through November 4, so you have plenty of fall weekends left! The 3rd annual Oktoberfest takes place at Ober Gatlinburg (1339 Ski Mountain Road in Gatlinburg). It includes shows and special German food. The festival is mirrored […]

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: […]

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 […]

Mountain Life Festival in the Smoky Mountains


The Mountain Life Festival is this Saturday at the Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Smoky Mountains. And it’s one of those wonderful, rare FREE events! Yay! The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s located near to Cherokee, North Carolina. The festival will have all kinds of […]

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 […]