How to Plan a Trip to Gatlinburg in 6 Easy Steps


Heading to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains for the first time? It can be overwhelming at first. But you won’t regret it! It’s our absolute FAVORITE place to visit! There’s SO much to do! To help you, I’ll be walking you through six steps to planning your trip. Take it a step at a time, […]

TripAdvisor Forum Recommends Gatlinburg Activities

A recent forum on TripAdvisor asks the following question: Looking for any input on a “must do” in Gatlinburg or the park. We will arrive on a Saturday and leave early on Wednesday and only have 3 full days in mid-March. I’m wondering how long it takes to do things. We will have several children […]

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 […]

Power Failure at Ober Gatlinburg

According to WBIR, Ober Gatlinburg had a major power failure late Friday night. There were about 100 skiers at Ober when the power suddenly went out. More than 50 of them were on the resort’s two chair lifts. Members of the ski patrol worked to make sure everyone was calm and safe. They quickly dropped […]

Happy New Year — Here’s What’s New!

More than 60,000 people gathered in Gatlinburg on Monday evening.

Ahhhh  — it’s good to be back to blogland! Hope everyone out there had an amazing holiday. We sure did — though we just rolled in from our last family Christmas, and we are BEAT! So, for tonight, here’s a quick update of what’s been happening in the Smoky Mountain area while I’ve been off […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Celebrate Easter with a Sunrise Service at Ober

A beautiful rosy sunrise over the Smoky Mountains.

Celebrate new life by attending the Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg. We haven’t been in the Smokies for Easter yet, but this sure sounds like a neat opportunity. On Easter Sunday, April 8, plan to attend the sunrise service at Ober Gatlinburg. The service is led by the Gatlinburg ministerial association. This will be […]

Ober Gatlinburg Skiing, Amusement Park Open

Ober Gatlinburg, which is Tennessee’s only ski resort, is open for the winter season. Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are all available. As of yesterday, the snow base was 6-10 inches and five trails were open. At this point, no snow is being made. When all of Ober Gatlinburg is open, it has nine trails and […]