One of the biggest and most significant new things to come into Gatlinburg in the last few years has been the Anakeesta Theme Park Village in the highlands overlooking the city. We now have two attractions you can spend a few hours at that you […]
It’s been a hot minute or two since we last talked about one of Cosby’s most noteworthy community items – the most famous apple orchard in East Tennessee with Carver’s Orchards and Applehouse on Cosby Highway. Carver’s has been in business and growing the best […]
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 until later in November, not the first week as they’ve done for the past 29 years.
City leaders said this comes after many businesses wanted to enjoy fall a little longer. Many businesses argued that they spent a lot of money on fall decorations and wanted customers to enjoy them longer.
Pigeon Forge’s Director of Tourism said the change comes because fall lasts longer.
“Over the last two years, you’ve had fall decorations and winter decorations, sort of sends a confusing message. So the three cities got together and decided that we would be better off pushing the lights back,” said Leon Downey, City of Pigeon Forge tourism director.
Pigeon Forge said they will have a community celebration in December, and does not plan on a Winterfest kickoff event this year.
The holiday light display ends sooner as well, Winterfest will end just after Valentine’s Day in 2020.
Winterfest lights: November 22-February 17
Pigeon Forge community celebration will be on Dec. 5 at the community center.”
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 […]
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 offering views of the mountains that only birds got to see beforehand, and not only that, but this bridge is now the longest pedestrian bridge in the United States of America!
Here’s what CNN.com had to say on it:
“Here’s something to cross off your travel bucket list: A walk across the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the United States.
The SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, stretches 680 feet across a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains and opens to the public on May 17. If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to steer clear. The bridge has glass-floor panels in the middle that allow you to see the ground 140 feet below. The bridge is part of Skylift Park, which features a chairlift that takes passengers up five hundred vertical feet from Gatlinburg to the top of Crockett Mountain.
After the bridge opens, visitors will be able to step off the lift at the top to walk across the bridge and enjoy the views. The chairlift costs $15 per adult and $12 per child. There is no time limit for crossing the bridge, according to the park’s website. Visitors will be able to take Instagram-worthy photos and soak up the view of downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountain National Park.”
See CNN.com’s full article at https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/gatlinburg-suspension-bridge-trnd/index.html.
See the official website for the SkyBridge at https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com/skybridge.