• Top 8 Things to Do This Summer in Gatlinburg

    The main tourism website for the city of Gatlinburg published this blog post recently and we thought there was enough good information on it that we would like to share it on this blog as well.

    From www.gatlinburg.com:

    Top 8 Things to Do This Summer in Gatlinburg

    “1. Outdoor adventures
    No summer vacation is complete without escaping to the mountains for an adventure. Great Smoky Mountains National Park holds the record for being America’s most visited national park – and for good reason. Hit any of the park’s 900+ miles of hiking trails and discover historical settlements, cascading waterfalls, and scenic views along its many paths. Along with its numerous trails, there is no shortage of ways to get out and experience the park’s unique wilderness, from guided nature hikes to scenic drives, to river rafting and horseback riding. Motor routes like the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Cade’s Cove loop road also let you sightsee at a Sunday-drive pace and offer plenty of picnic areas to stop and enjoy lunch along the way.

    2. Panoramic views
    For a truly magnificent photo op, try viewing the Smokies from above. You can enjoy panoramic views of the mountains on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Space Needle, Aerial Tramway, or from the comfort of an Anakeesta Chondola. You can also hop in the car and take a scenic drive up to the Gatlinburg Bypass for an amazing view of the city surrounded by the Smoky Mountains.

    3. Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Loop
    Gatlinburg’s famous Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community – which started from a local tradition for making craftsmen goods – has since grown to be the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Find quality creations inside every storefront along with the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop that’s home to weavers, potters, painters, jewelers, candlemakers, and many other artists.

    4. Family Fun
    With activities and excitement lining both sides of downtown, Gatlinburg is a great place for family attractions. Kids of all ages can play in a magical treehouse village or race together on duel ziplines when families discover Gatlinburg’s newest theme park, Anakeesta. For any family looking for a variety of things to do, there’s just nothing like Ober Gatlinburg. With rides like the Alpine Slide and Ski Mountain Coaster, year-round ice skating and a special area for the littlest ones, this amusement park is a favorite family destination. Families that enjoy a challenge can work together in a 60-minute race against the clock to break out from Gatlin’s Escape Games, one of the most adrenaline-pumping attractions in Gatlinburg. There are countless other family activities in town, from the wonderful Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to museums and mirror mazes.

    5. Fourth of July
    There’s no better place to celebrate July 4th than Gatlinburg, because we start earlier than anybody else. Gatlinburg’s 46th annual 4th of July Midnight Parade begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 4 and is the first Independence Day celebration in the nation. At 1 p.m. on July 4th, the action moves to the Little Pigeon with the River Raft Regatta. You can participate or cheer on your favorite floatable in this fun and competitive Independence Day tradition. The big finale comes after dark when a spectacular firework show from The Space Needle lights up downtown at 11 p.m.

    6. Romance
    Are you getting married this summer? Gatlinburg is one of the most romantic places in the world, not only for couples tying the knot and newlyweds honeymooning but for lovers who want to renew their relationships.

    7. Gatlinburg Farmers Market
    Every year from May to October, our local farmers, artisans and food producers gather on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 next to the Post Office on East Parkway. The Gatlinburg Farmers Market features fresh, local produce, eggs, homemade baked goods and items like jams, honey and natural health products.

    8. Summer music
    When the summer sun goes down, Gatlinburg’s downtown Parkway comes alive with the sounds of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales! Visitors can stroll Gatlinburg’s famous Parkway sidewalks and easily catch one of Tunes & Tales’ many costumed performers sharing the music and tales that have existed in the Smoky Mountains as far back as the 1800s. Musical entertainment can be found at the Ole Smoky “Holler” or at Ole Red Gatlinburg on a daily basis. We’re also celebrating Appalachian music at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival on August 19-22 at venues throughout Gatlinburg.”

     

    See this full article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/blog/post/the-top-8-things-to-do-this-summer-in-gatlinburg/.

  • Condo for Sale A203

    A-203
    This one bedroom, one bath unit offers a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning fireplace, and private balcony. The balcony is facing east and offers a beautiful sunrise view of the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a nice overview of the Front 9 at Bent Creek Golf Course. This unit will sleep 2-4 people. For your convenience this unit is located on ground level. Plan to book A203 for your next vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains.

    $115,000

    If you would like to tour this condo contact Jamie Palo: jamie@deerridge.com
    865-323-6350

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  • Smoky Mountain 4th of July 2021 – Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

    As the title states, in this article, the cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg announce their plans for their respective Smoky Mountain 4th of July 2021 celebrations. These reposted articles come from www.mypigeonforge.com and www.gatlinburg.com.

    Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival
    July 3rd

    “Patriot Festival is back in 2021 headlined by country superstar Clint Black! This event is proudly presented by 107.7 WIVK and the City of Pigeon Forge.

    Event Cost: FREE

    4pm: Food Vendors Open

    5:30pm – 8pm: Entertainment featuring Brad Hudson Band & Rumours (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band)

    8pm: Clint Black

    With a career spanning three decades and notching 22 No. 1 hits, Clint Black lays claim to one of the most storied careers in modern music. The singer/songwriter’s groundbreaking debut album, Killin’ Time, produced the hit singles “A Better Man,” “Nobody’s Home,” “Walkin’ Away” and the title track, cementing his status as one of country’s music’s most successful traditionalists. He recently released the self-produced album Out of Sane.
    Fireworks Celebration

    Pigeon Forge will mark Independence Day with the city’s annual fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. The 20-minute fireworks display will be simulcast by WIVK-FM 107.7 FM radio station in Knoxville.”

     

    Gatlinburg First Independence Day Parade in the Nation
    July 3rd

    “The nation’s “first” celebration and Gatlinburg’s award-winning Fourth of July Midnight Parade, will step off at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, honoring First Responders, U.S. Veterans, military heroes, and frontline healthcare workers. Parade-goers can enjoy a celebration of red, white, and blue as patriotically decorated and lighted floats line downtown streets and the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky commemorates the holiday with a musical performance.

    American Idol contestant, EmiSunshine will lead the festivities as the official Grand Marshal of Gatlinburg’s annual parade. An East Tennessee native, EmiSunshine’s unique musical talent has been featured everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry, a GRAMMY award-winning film, to several appearances on national television shows including NBC’s “The Today Show”. While acclaimed on the national stage, the artist’s beginnings started in the heart of Gatlinburg as a regular cast member of Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales and as a crowd favorite singer and songwriter at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.”

     

    Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale
    July 4th

    “Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a spectacular 20-minute firework show starting at 10:00 p.m. from the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Spectators can view the fireworks from any vantage point in Gatlinburg. This event is designated as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society.”

     

    See these original articles at:
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/patriot-festival
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/first-independence-day-parade-in-the-nation/35/
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburgs-fireworks-finale/20/

  • Dolly Parton’s Tribute to the State of Tennessee

    As reported by WATE.com:

    “As part of the 225th celebration of statehood, the county music icon lent her voice and her 1973 single “My Tennessee Mountain Home” to a video released Tuesday called “Home.”

    “I am Tennessee proud,” Parton said. “I’m proud of our wonderful state, proud to be a born and raised Tennessee girl, and I’m proud to be a part of all that we represent.’

    The video features all corners of the state from Mountain City to Memphis. Gov. Bill Lee is seen pulling a music record off a shelf as the video takes a tour of main streets, landmarks and natural scenery highlighting Tennessee’s culture and beauty.

    “Dolly is a Tennessee treasure, and I’m thankful she’s joined us to commemorate 225 years of statehood,” Lee said. “I invite Tennesseans to celebrate at events throughout the year … to share the stories of the people, places and moments that have shaped Tennessee.”

    View this article in full at https://www.wate.com/news/watch-dolly-parton-celebrates-225-years-of-statehood-with-my-tennessee-mountain-home-video/.

  • Flowers, Blooms, Tunes and More! Spring Events in Gatlinburg For 2021

    Some awesome events are coming up as Spring begins to blend into Summer here in the Smokies. Spring Events in Gatlinburg for 2021 include the following:

    * Blooms and Tunes *
    Now to May 23rd

    From Gatlinburg.com:
    “Anakeesta is in full bloom during the “Blooms and Tunes” spring event. Beginning April 2, Anakeesta will feature grand and colorful nature-themed art installations throughout the park including a 20’ long-blooming daisy, live music Thursday through Sunday and a spring-themed food and beverage menu at their four dining venues. Twinkling light displays and firepits warm up the cool spring nights. The event runs through May 23.”

    See more information at
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/articles/post/blooms-and-tunes/.

    * Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage *
    Now to May 16th

    From Gatlinburg.com:
    “As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during the Great Smoky Mountain Association’s Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.

    From May 8-16, everyone from the serious botanist to the weekend gardener can experience unprecedented access to some of the nation’s leading botanical experts as well as Appalachian wildlife authorities.”

    See more information at
    http://www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org/.

    * MayFest *
    May 21st to May 31st

    From Gatlinburg.com:
    “Ober Gatlinburg will host our 3rd MayFest, beginning Friday, May 21 running through Sunday, May 31, 2021. MayFest is a traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring with displays of history, culture and the traditional Maypole dance.

    Visitors to Ober Gatlinburg will enjoy the Biergarten and demonstrations by artists from the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. This year we are adding several competitions – stay tuned for more details coming soon.

    For a challenge, participate in Ober’s grueling Uphill 5k on May 22, benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.”

    See this event at
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/mayfest/127/.

    * Dollywood’s Summer Celebration *
    June 25th to July 31st

    From mypigeonforge.com:
    “Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is just that—a time to celebrate making memories with family at a place everyone enjoys! This summertime event gives families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class roller coasters, including Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle all day and well into the night!

    Dollywood’s great shows, like Dreamland Drive-In and Live at the Back Porch, make dancing in the aisles acceptable and bring out the kid in everyone. Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is a great reminder that some of the best family memories are made after the sun goes down.”

    See this event at
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/dollywood-summer.

  • The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run For 2021

    Beginning tomorrow and going on until April 17th (though our Rod Run weekends typically see eventgoers enjoy the event through Sunday as well) is the annual Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run for 2021. Cars of generations ago return to the modern era reborn with incredible new shapes, colors, sizes, accessories and more will be centered around the LeConte Conference Center, but be spread out all across the parkway downtown.

    Mypigeonforge.com writes this:

    Car Show • Swap Meet • Car Corral

    The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run is a spectacular 3-day event for any car enthusiast! This annual car show features a $10,000 cash giveaway, Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards and King of the Hill. In addition to a huge swap meet with hundreds of showcars and car corral.

    So come on out to the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge and join the many automotive enthusiasts for the area’s largest automotive event.

    The newly renovated location will allow for even more show cars, vendors and entertainment. Don’t miss this incredible event!

    How do I register for the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run?

    Visit the Rod Run website to download the registration form or contact MCS Promotions at (865) 687-8303.”

    See this event page at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/pigeon-forge-spring-rod-run.

  • Dollywood Grand Opening For 2021

    Dollywood has sent out announcements and emails that it will be opening to their Dollywood Grand Opening for the 2021 season on March 13th as well on information on their Spring season festival. Here is what they provide from their website and email:

    “At Dollywood we celebrate the best of life as we light up the Smokies with rides, slides, music, food and laughter – day and night. We invite you to our Tennessee home where you can hold on tight to those you love most in the great outdoors in each beautiful season of the year. Start planning now!

    Offering more than 40 world-class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere in the world! Dollywood opens tomorrow, March 12, for Season Passholders and to the public on Saturday, March 13.”

    Spring Special Event: Flower & Food Festival
    April 23rd – June 7th, 2021

    “The Smokies are blooming like never before. Explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms, dance under a picturesque Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors from Dollywood chefs. Sample a variety of culinary delights from Dollywood Chefs at locations across the park for one low price. See one-of-a-kind plant sculptures each carefully created and pruned by seasoned horticulture artisans. Grown for months and months they take shape into a stunning array of topiary-like displays.”

    Visit www.dollywood.com today for more information on their 2021 grand opening and their upcoming Spring festival!

  • Shinerunners UTV Rentals | Smoky Mountain UTV Rentals

    Rent a UTV and discover the Smokies in a brand new way! What could be more fun than exploring the beautiful East Tennessee region with one of our Smoky Mountain UTV Rentals? One of the biggest things on vacation is trying to get the most bang for your buck. Did you know that we beat ALL competition in the area in prices AND rental hours? This means less money spent and more time enjoying the open road and family. Get the most out of your money with one of our rentals.

    We offer brand new UTV’s, competitive pricing, multiple rental plans and excellent customer service. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just looking to explore the gorgeous scenery that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer, we have a trail for you!

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  • Dollywood Opening Announcements

    Dollywood has updated their website with information on opening for 2021. We thought we should let the website speak for itself with these snapshots from www.dollywood.com.

  • Ripley’s Sips & Sharks

    Here’s something new that would inspire some of the adults-who-are-kids-at-heart-but-like-something-harder-to-drink to get out of the house and come to the Aquarium: Ripley’s Sips and Sharks.

    From the main Ripley’s website:

    “Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will be hosting Sips & Sharks events! Sips & Sharks is an adult (21+) sleepover that gives guests overnight access to the Aquarium. This experience includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a behind the scenes tour, movie, continental breakfast, and much more!”

    This event is scheduled for February 13th and September 25th, 2021, both Fridays, at 8:00PM and lasting overnight.

    Edit: The February 13th date has sold out of tickets. Perhaps not surprising as it sounds like quite a lot of fun for adults. Only tickets for September 25th are currently available.

    See this event and reserve tickets at https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/event/sips-n-sharks-grownup-sleepover/2021-09-25/.