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Upcoming Fall Festivals in East Tennessee

Upcoming Fall Festivals in East Tennessee

Here’s a big collection of Fall Festivals going on in our part of the state of Tennessee that we think you’d like to know about. Some of these are very close by and some of them are quite a distance out, but for those coming […]

Winterfest Surprise Update

Winterfest Surprise Update

Some surprise news about Winterfest this year as reported by WVLT.com: “SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — Sevier County leaders announced they’ll delay the start of Smoky Mountain Winterfest this year. The three cities have decided to hold off turning on the 15 million winter lights […]

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2019

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2019

Who would’ve thought Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales would become a tradition in Gatlinburg? Maybe not that surprising considering tradition is everything there is to the event – when Tunes and Tales is going on, the night turns back the calendar some decades and allows the past to come back to the present with singers, performers, storytellers, dancers and more. We tell old stories, sing old songs, and prove some old ways still have their value today! Tunes and Tales started out in Summer of 2005 but has proven to be a perennial hit and has even extended out into new seasons from there.

From Gatlinburg.com:

“Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and cloggers portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s. Daily performances will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For fourteen years, this popular six-week event has made the walkable streets of Gatlinburg its live stage, enriching the summer season with interactive, educational and entertaining performances the whole family can enjoy.

The popularity of the program has prompted expansion to special seasonal appearances. New this Fall, the Tunes and Tales cast will perform on weekends in October. The popular Winter Magic Tunes & Tales event, featuring a cappella carolers, will continue on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales is going on right now and continues on to August 3rd for Summer 2019. If you miss out on it, don’t worry – as you see there, another Tunes and Tales will follow shortly in October 2019!

See more special events in Gatlinburg at www.gatlinburg.com.

Smoky Mountain 4th of July 2019

Smoky Mountain 4th of July 2019

Gatlinburg is known for their Midnight Parade on the 4th of July. Year after year people line the streets of Gatlinburg at Midnight on the 4th to see the floats and bands and crazy fun! Are you planning on attending the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival? […]

Gatlinburg SkyBridge Opening Soon

Gatlinburg SkyBridge Opening Soon

Of the many things we have coming in and opening up in May, probably the one we’re most excited about is the new SkyBridge in Gatlinburg that will be opening on May 17th! This new attraction is a huge pedestrian bridge from two mountain peaks […]

Dogwood Arts Festival 2019

Dogwood Arts Festival 2019

You know one of the early Spring things East Tennessee is famous for? More than what we had in mind for the answer to this question, but if you said “those popcorn-looking trees” we have all across east Tennessee, that’s the one we’re looking for! Those famous flora are called Dogwood Trees and they’re the first indicator that Spring has hit or is close to hitting the Smoky Mountains!

For those who want to see them, a driving tour of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and, of course, Cosby, will provide views of them, but if you want to see something major with the Dogwood blooming as its center, you should see the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, TN, a day trip’s distance from Cosby, TN. This festival goes on from April 26th to the 28th for 2019.

From Wikipedia:
“The Dogwood Arts Festival is an annual event in Knoxville, Tennessee, sponsored by Dogwood Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate regional art, culture, and natural beauty.[1] The event is held in April and celebrates the blooming of the dogwood trees. It includes a parade, a house and garden show, and demonstrations of various Appalachian arts and crafts such as quilting, bluegrass music, and doll-making. Many events are held in Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Additionally, driving trails are marked in Knoxville and the surrounding area for people to view the dogwoods in bloom.”

This is a nationwide famous event that has seen Bob Hope, Elvis Presley and Paul Harvey become just some of the names attached to it. Knoxville is a fair drive from our cabin in Cosby, but as you can see from those names and the fact that this festival is over 60 years old, it’s a big enough deal to be worth it.

See more on the Dogwood Arts festival at https://www.dogwoodarts.com/dogwood-arts-festival/.

New Review for February.

New Review for February.

This is a rare, hand-written review we received from a guest who stayed with us between February 15th to February 19th. We wanted to transcribe it and share it here: “Jim, thank you very much! WE had a wonderful time on our trip. Our dogs […]

Our Favorite Restaurants in Gatlinburg

Our Favorite Restaurants in Gatlinburg

Many of our guests ask for recommendations on restaurants in and around our area, so we’d like to take this article to showcase some of our favorite restaurants just a short drive from us in Gatlinburg! We’ll section it out by restaurant type to aid […]

Christmas Events in Gatlinburg

Christmas Events in Gatlinburg

Each year, the Smokies is blessed to receive thousands and thousands of visitors who want to make our part of the region their holiday spirit destination. Many are return visitors who come each year or at least each year they’re able to, and many others are first timers who will have a very memorable holiday to look forward to.

If you’re planning on your first ever holiday Winterfest visit to the Gatlinburg side of the Smokies, here are some events to look forward to:


Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

November 7, 2018 – January 26, 2019

“Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route features an injection of bright displays as well.

Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels, and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23 years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined the lineup.” – Gatlinburg.com

See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-winter-magic-trolley-ride-of-lights/.

Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
November 23, 2018 – December 22, 2018

“Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 23-24 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on November 30 and December 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights… making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!” – Gatlinburg.com

See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/winter-smoky-mountain-tunes-and-tales/.

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
November 26, 2018 – December 2, 2018

“Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com.” – Gatlinburg.com

See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/great-smoky-christmas-arts-crafts-show/.

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade presented by Ole Red Gatlinburg
December 7, 2018

“Gatlinburg’s most enchanting holiday tradition returns! Presented by Ole Red, the 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade promises to be a spectacular celebration filled with marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and of course, Santa Claus. It all happens on December 7 at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass to traffic light #10 in downtown Gatlinburg.

More than a dozen marching bands, full-scale balloons, and glimmering floats will take part in this year’s Fantasy of Light Christmas Parade, grand marshaled by celebrity barbecue chef Myon Mixon of “BBQ Pitmasters” fame.” – Gatlinburg.com

See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/.

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
December 31, 2018

“Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2019 in unique style with its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Monday night, December 31.

Nearly 50,000 people will gather around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Monday night, December 31 to ring in the New Year. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2019, fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the 400-foot tall Space Needle with special music choreographed for the fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. The Space Needle has added rhythmic LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display.” – Gatlinburg.com

See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-ball-drop-and-fireworks-show/.

Winter Sports in the Smokies

Winter Sports in the Smokies

It is officially and effectively Winterfest in the Smokies! During this time, people come to the mountains for a variety of reasons, not the least because of the holidays, the romance opportunities and just a badly needed break from the routine, but one slightly less […]


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