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, […]

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 […]

Mermaids! At Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies


Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies — they are always doing something new and fun. We love this place. You know, for a long time, we drove right by it as we were driving into Gatlinburg. I always assumed it was a tourist attraction, like the other Ripley’s places in town. But I was so wrong. […]

Volunteers Needed at Clingman’s Dome

What’s happening in the Smokies this week? A lot! Read on! Volunteers Needed to Work at Clingman’s Dome — From the Knoxville News, a story about volunteers that are needed to work at the visitor contact station at Clingman’s Dome, starting April 1. How to Spend a Typical Day in the Smokies — A new […]

10 News Items About the Smokies

Here’s what people are writing about this week, regarding the Smokies! Info About Bell Island in Pigeon Forge — Ever wonder what that abandoned-ship-shaped building is just off the main strip in Pigeon Forge? This post will get you up-to-date on what’s happening there. Q Family at Ripley’s Aquarium — I love this blog about […]

3 New Year’s Eve Events in the Smoky Mountain Area

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the beginning of 2011 in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville area? Here are the three biggest parties happening in town, along with some extra info about them. New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks — On Dec. 31st, Gatlinburg will host the 23rd annual New Year’s celebration at […]

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 […]

Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Tennessee

By Guest Blogger Pat Watson; reprinted with permission from If you are a fan of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums, you will be happy to know to that there are quite a few in Gatlinburg. If you are an even bigger fan, then you know that they are all different. Each museum […]

Tuesday Tidbits

Once again, here’s the Tuesday roundup of information for Smoky Mountain travelers: Making Applesauce — A great little article on how to make old-fashioned applesauce, with some Q and A, from The Valley Voice out of Sevierville. LeConte Lodge (in the Smokies) gets first snow of the season — 3 inches yesterday morning, as recorded […]