Where to Celebrate a Birthday in the Smokies

I’ve got a great story. My brother-in-law, Daniel, is the kind of guy that doesn’t call attention to himself. He doesn’t EVER take the last cookie on the plate. He has strong preferences about toppings on pizza, but you have to be listening really close to hear them. He’s generally laid back. So when we […]

Plans for the Smokies for Specific Kid Ages


It’s pretty overwhelming when you visit Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge for the first time. There are so many things to do, so many restaurants to try, so many trails to hike. Which ones are best for your family?

Dick’s Last Resort in Gatlinburg

I’ll start here — the tagline for the new Dick’s Last Resort in Gatlinburg is the following: “The shame O’ the Smokies.” That should tell you something. All we knew about Dick’s Last Resort is that some of our group had walked by it on the Parkway (traffic light #8), noticed that it was new […]