Gatlinburg Named No. 2 Ski Destination

Wow! Congratulations to Ober Gatlinburg! TripAdvisor just released a top ten list of the best winter ski vacation rental destinations in the country. Ober Gatlinburg ranked at number 2 in the country! The other top five were all in California and Colorado. Amazing to compete with that! For more information, see the original WBIR story.

Christmas Events in the Smokies

Oh, I love the holidays! And they are upon us! In fact, this post is probably overdue. But here it is, so you can plan. Gatlinburg holiday events Gatlinburg Winter Magic Dates: Now through February 28 What: The lights are on every evening during the wintertime in Gatlinburg! Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights […]

ABCs of What to Love About Gatlinburg

Well, it’s Sunday night, and it’s been a really fun (really tiring) weekend. My brain is working on backwards by this point, so the creativity is at the top and the fact-finding side is at the bottom. So here’s what I’m posting for a beautiful fall Monday. The ABCs of what to love about Gatlinburg […]

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?

Happy Birthday,!

I have to admit, I’m feeling downright proud of myself this week. I finally managed to clean out the pesky laundry room that’s been bugging me for months. I found an elusive patriotic outfit for my daughter’s President’s Day show next week (wrong time of year…). And I just crossed one whole year of blogging […]

More Than a Foot of Snow on Mt. LeConte in the Smokies!

Here’s this week’s Tuesday Tidbits. Enjoy our roundup of info about the Smokies! Why you should choose a vacation rental home — A quick list by Might help if you’re trying to decide between a hotel and renting a cabin/chalet. Ober Gatlinburg named one of the U.S.’s top 10 ski destinations — Congrats to […]

Holiday Events in the Smoky Mountain Region

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … but sometimes it’s hard to find out the details about the Smoky Mountain Christmas events that are available. Here’s what we’ve found: Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade — This Friday at 7:30 p.m. downtown Gatlinburg. Including more than 100 parade entries, the parade stretches from […]

10 Reasons to Choose the Smokies for Vacation

1. The Great Outdoors. The Smoky Mountains are, by themselves, reason enough to head to the Gatlinburg area. There’s nothing like getting away from it all out in nature to relieve your stress. There are 70 different hikes in the National Park, so there’s something for every age and ability level. (Here’s a link to […]

Tuesday Tidbits

Here’s Week 2 of Tuesday Tidbits, a roundup of things useful to the Smoky Mountain tourist: Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg. Lots of good information brought to you by Traditional German food served here! Universal packing list. This fun site asks a few questions, then generates a custom packing list for your upcoming vacation. Try […]

Ober Gatlinburg Tram Vs. the Sky Lift

You will find many attractions in downtown Gatlinburg, but two of the most popular are the Gatlinburg Sky Lift and the Ober Gatlinburg tram. In this post, I’ll compare the two and give you my opinion about the best use for your entertainment dollars. Gatlinburg Sky Lift This downtown Gatlinburg attraction takes riders up 1,800 […]