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…
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…
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? Year after year the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival gets larger and larger and it’s well worth attending if you are planning your vacation around the 4th of July in the Smoky Mountains.
The Fourth of July in Gatlinburg make use of three events: The 4th of July Midnight Parade, The River Raft Regatta and the Fireworks Finale. Gatlinburg.com writes:
“For 44 years, Gatlinburg has kicked off the holiday with the 4th of July Midnight Parade stepping off at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. Stretching more than a mile, the parade route begins at Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway, turning south onto Parkway at traffic light #3 and traveling the length of downtown to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early on Wednesday, July 3 in order to secure the perfect viewing area along the parade route.”
“Gatlinburg’s most-nail biting race of the summer returns! Set against the backdrop of Gatlinburg’s fun-filled Fourth of July celebration, comes the ever-competitive River Raft Regatta, an annual race of unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River. All contestants will begin the day at the race’s starting line at the Christ in the Smokies bridge, beginning from 10 a.m. to register their floatable. The race kicks-off at noon and ends after all floatables have crossed the finish line at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.”
“Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show starting at 10:00 p.m. The best viewing will be the area around traffic lights #3 and #5. This event is designated as a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society.”
And for Pigeon Forge’s 4th of July celebration at Patriot Park, here’s what Mypigeonforge.com has to write:
“Pigeon Forge looks good in red, white, and blue, and so will you at the 29th Annual Patriot Festival. Join us at Patriot Park on July 4th in Pigeon Forge for a night of music, food and fun in celebration of our great nation’s birthday.
The whole family will enjoy this fun event featuring a kid’s carnival, food vendors, activities, live music and fireworks! So bring a seat and stay a while. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Umbrellas and coolers are not permitted, so please leave those behind.”
“2:00 pm – Free Kid’s Karnival and food vendors open
4:00 pm – Free entertainment from the stage, featuring:
Pigeon Forge Community Chorus
Brad Hudson Band
Free Falling (a Tom Petty Tribute Band)
8:30 pm – Event headliner: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
9:45 pm – Fireworks Spectacular!
*Artists’ schedule subject to change.”
See more on these events at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/patriot-festival and https://www.gatlinburg.com/to-do/events/summer/.
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 loved it too!
Didn’t want to leave. Beds are all stripped and sheets cleaned and folded in laundry! Towels are drying as we checked out! Dishwasher is running, so a few clean dishes in there!
Hope to stay again. <3 Jake and Rhe.”
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…
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…
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 obvious reason is that we have capabilities for Winter sports enthusiasts to break out their skis, snowboards and more; and those seeking to get a hot burst of adrenaline out in the cold will want to get to know more about these facilities!
We now have TWO places that can provide winter sport thrillseekers with what they crave any time of season – whether there’s snow or not or even if its particularly cold or not! Let’s introduce you to them:
* CLASSIC *
1310 Ski Mountain Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
“Ober Gatlinburg offers snow activities for anyone interested in playing in snow AND plenty of things to do inside for those who prefer to stay warm! The opportunity to Ski, Snowboard, Snow Tube, Ice Skate or play in Cubbies Snow Zone presents the foundation for fabulous winter memories! A continued winter tradition for many families, Ober offers the complete experience. Board the Aerial Tramway in Downtown Gatlinburg and arrive to the mountain without driving.” ~ www.obergatlinburg.com
* Ice Skating
* Ice Bumper Cars
* Mountain Coaster
See more information on their website.
* NEW *
Pigeon Forge Snow
2533 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
“Bring the whole family for one-of-a-kind snow tubing action! Hot or cold, rain or shine, Pigeon Forge Snow stays open year round – and our REAL SNOW never melts away. We’ve got fun for all ages, from little ones to teens to parents. And believe it or not, it’s always 60-70 degrees inside, so you won’t even need to bring your parka! We’ve got a whole hillside of snow tubing hills – plus a huge Snow Play area. Everyone can race down the slopes, build snowmen and snow forts, and have all kinds of wintry excitement – even in the middle of July! Our snow is made from 100% pure water, with no additives of any kind. We use a unique patented process to make snow just as nature makes it – except we make our snow every day of the year, so you’ll never have to check the weather report before stopping by. This snowy adventure is a perfect choice for families and kids of all ages. You’ll never pay an entrance fee, and parents can watch kids tube for free!” ~ pigeonforgesnow.com
* Snow play area
* Parents’ watch area
See more information on their website.
Both of these attractions are relatively easy to get to from Cosby Hollow cabin and can be gotten to in roughly 30 minutes or slightly longer (though we might suggest if going to Pigeon Forge Snow that you make it part of a longer visit to Pigeon Forge instead of going there just for Pigeon Forge snow).
* Oktoberfest at Ober * September 21, 2018 – October 28, 2018 “Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun.…