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Late Summer in the Smokies

Late Summer in the Smokies

There is still so much to see and do in the Smokies!  If you are feeling like summer has come and gone and you were not treated enough, then we would love to invite you to Cosby Hollow Cabin for some relaxation, some fresh mountain […]

Fourth of July 2018

Fourth of July 2018

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? […]

Have you been to The Island in Pigeon Forge?

Have you been to The Island in Pigeon Forge?

It’s one of Pigeon Forge’s newest attractions in the recent years and is quite popular! There is no admission price and plenty to do whether you are a shopper, a diner, or a people watcher! Enjoy the rocking chairs that surround the fountain show in the center of the area.

Here’s a quick look at what you can find at The Island:

* Stores
– Ole Smoky Moonshine
– The Paula Deen Store
– Margaritaville Store
– The Beef Jerky Outlet
– Build-a-Bear Workshop
– Cosmic Pen
– Earthbound
– Doc’s Magic Shop
– Island Tiki General Store
– The Sneaky Squirrel
– Kryptonite Character Store
– Pepper Palace
– The Toychest Company
– Thomas Kinkade

* Places to Eat
– Paula Deen’s Kitchen
– Margaritaville
– Mellow Mushroom
– Timberwood Grill
– Dick’s Last Resort
– Poynor’s Pommes Frites
– Cinnabon/Auntie Anne’s

* Activites and Attractions
– The Island Fountain
– The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
– The Island Ropes Course
– Island Mirror Maze
– 7D Dark Ride Adventure
– The Escape Game
– Thunderdome
– The Flying Horse Carousel

And more for each of those categories!

See more on The Island at www.islandinpigeonforge.com.

The Smokies in January

The Smokies in January

Just for fun, and to continue to showcase the wonderful Smoky Mountains at a time of peace and quiet, we present for you this gallery of gorgeous Smoky Mountain imagery.

How To Spend New Years in The Smokies

How To Spend New Years in The Smokies

The end of the year only comes once a year and we like to punctuate the change and transition by ending the previous cycle and beginning a new one – with a BANG!Or rather a series of BANGs across a couple areas at least once […]

A Quick Tour Through Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

A Quick Tour Through Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Like the name says, here’s a quick tour through Dollywood in the Christmas season at night. Video footage by Ge’ne L. Kea and the music used is a public domain recording from Jon Sayle.

Upcoming Christmas Fun in the Smokies

Upcoming Christmas Fun in the Smokies

Planning on coming to the Smokies this weekend for some Christmas time with the family? Here are some of the things to consider to get into the spirit. * Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade * 12/1/17 From Gatlinburg.com: “More than 60,000 people come to […]

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in the Smokies 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in the Smokies 2017

The Thanksgiving Weekend special events for this year remain largely traditional, but we’ll add a few other recommendations for family fun in the Smokies as well. You’ll be able to enjoy these whether you’re staying in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville or Wears Valley as they […]

4th of July 2017

4th of July 2017

That time of the year is coming up – everyone’s favorite part of the Summer is more than celebrated here in the Smokies and we want to give you 2017’s information on the 4th of July Festivities in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg:
Gatlinburg’s tradition with the 3-event 4th of July festivities remains on point beginning at the stroke of midnight for the 4th of July (that’s 5 minutes after 11:55PM on July 3rd, mind you) where the “First Independence Day Parade in the Nation” begins in downtown Gatlinburg. This is the biggest parade of the year and it lasts anywhere from 70 to as much as 85 minutes and features everything you want in a 4th of July parade.

The morning after is the River Raft Regatta which, as their website describes, is a “an unmanned floatables race beginning at Christ in the Smokies Bridge on River Road and ending at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Bridge”. This is a surprisingly popular event during the Independence Day festivities and many people sign up to race (and yes, there are prizes). At 8:30PM later that evening at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg there will be a free concert by the 100th Army Band.

Then at 10:00PM, the fireworks will start overheard for all those in downtown Gatlinburg where they usually start. The fireworks are expected to last for 20 minutes and it will be a great show for all.

See more on the Gatlinburg 4th of July at www.gatlinburg.com.

Pigeon Forge:
Things are also running traditional in Pigeon Forge for the 4th of July as the 27th Annual Patriot Fest taking place at Patriot Park downtown. Patriot Park is famous for being a large, wide open space that has been perfect for huge public gatherings like this and much that this is entertaining for families will be featured:

* Good old-fashioned picnic/festival type environment.
* Huge stage erected on the left side of the field for all-day entertainment.
* Food vendors and those selling 4th of July merchandise like glow sticks for later in the evening.
* Free kids’ carnival.
* Old Mill stores, restaurants and river within extremely short walking distances.

From 1:30PM to 9:30PM, there will be free music performances on the aforementioned stage. The headlining entertainers are Thompson Square and more will be announced as it gets closer to the 4th of July.

Then, between 9:45PM and 10:00PM, the fireworks will be expected to begin and last for 15-20 minutes while patriotic music is played. The fireworks boom overhead of the park and, just like that, another wonderful Independence Day is celebrated.

See more on this event at www.mypigeonforge.com.

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2017

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2017

It’s already going on here in Gatlinburg and those who come and explore the main downtown area at 6:00 in the afternoon will find some additions to the atmosphere in the form of Gatlinburg fan-favorite event “Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales”. Smoky Mountain Tunes and […]


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