We don’t want cry wolf, but it’s extraordinarily obvious that the color change has already started in the Smokies. Heck, the colors started changing in AUGUST this year! That was due to the early cold snap we had for a while at the late end of that month and the first half of this month and now that the temperatures are back up, we’re not quite sure what could happen. We could see the full Autumn Bloom as early as 1-2 weeks ahead of schedule, right on schedule (which is towards the last week of October) or maybe extend it on through November. Could be anyone’s guess at the moment, so those of you looking to get a bright and colorful Autumn getaway in the Smokies might want to start planning now and make your trip sooner.
Why sooner if it’s not guaranteed the peak will come sooner? Well, the colors have already started for one thing, so you’ll still get many gorgeous views from our decks and we have a slew of special events to celebrate the season coming up as well. In Pigeon Forge, we have the Annual Heritage Day at the Old Mill on September 23rd, which will include music performances and crafts in a festival setting. From the 24th of September to the 30th, we will be the headquarters of the National Quartet Convention at LeConte Conference Center on Teaster Lane parallel to the main Pigeon Forge parkway. Then, for a full month starting September 29th to October 28th is Dollywood’s world-famous Harvest Celebration – where the music will play non-stop, booths will set up for more Appalachian artists to congregate and show off their talents, and the rides will be even sweeter! This year also features a brand new event called the “Great Pumpkin LumiNights” which will bring back a sense of Halloween to Dollywood for the first time in decades!
Then in Gatlinburg, starting September 22nd and going on to October 29th is the Oktoberest at Ober Gatlinburg where German fun, food and beer will run practically non-stop for its duration and the Autumn Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair where over 100 booths will open, gathering a majority of crafters from our area as well as many from further out across the country. It’s like the entire Arts and Crafts Community all concentrated in one spot!
And don’t forget you’ll have even more reasons to book your Fall vacation early with our upcoming Sunset Festivals. We hope to see you then.