• 5 Ideas to Keep a Group Busy in a Cabin at Christmas

    There’s nothing better than family, right? Until … you’ve been sitting around, catching up for an hour or so. And then you start to think to yourself: “What on earth are we going to do for the rest of the weekend?!?” No problem. When you’ve got a group, keeping busy is key. Here are five… [Continue Reading]

    5 Ideas to Keep a Group Busy in a Cabin at Christmas
  • How to Prepare for Snow on Your Trip to the Smokies

    This time of year, you never know. Snow comes quickly in the mountains. If you’re heading to the Smokies this winter, make sure you’re prepared. In 2012, over Christmas, Tennessee got dumped on with an unexpected snowfall. Several families got snowed into cabins and weren’t able to leave. A few actually took sleds into Gatlinburg… [Continue Reading]

    How to Prepare for Snow on Your Trip to the Smokies
  • Plans for the Smokies for Specific Kid Ages

    It’s pretty overwhelming when you visit Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge for the first time. There are so many things to do, so many restaurants to try, so many trails to hike. Which ones are best for your family? Tweet

    Plans for the Smokies for Specific Kid Ages
  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Renting a Cabin

    Our name says it all. We love cabin living. But if you’re renting one for the first (or, indeed, the 11th) time, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the whole idea of it. Here’s a list of 5 questions you may want to ask yourself or the company you’re renting from before embarking on your… [Continue Reading]

    5 Questions to Ask Before Renting a Cabin

How to Plan a Trip to Gatlinburg in 6 Easy Steps

Heading to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains for the first time? It can be overwhelming at first. But you won’t regret it! It’s our absolute FAVORITE place to visit! There’s SO much to do! To help you, I’ll be walking you through six steps to planning your trip. Take it a step at a time, […]


Christmas Events in the Smokies

Oh yes, it’s time to start thinking about heading to the Smokies for the holiday season. Here’s what to plan around: Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival Dates: Nov. 9 – Jan. 4 Where: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge What: “A five-time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival presented by Humana, Nov. 9 […]

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How to Vacation in Gatlinburg Cheaply

We all need to save money sometimes. And I always say, better to vacation cheaply than not at all! (So, so, so much better!) Right? But Gatlinburg can be VERY expensive. So here’s a plan for vacationing cheaply in the Smoky Mountain area. Check out our ideas for cheap, very cheap, and cheapest travel. Good […]

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New $50 Million LeConte Center Opens in Pigeon Forge

LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge is now open and has booked an exciting new event: a gymnastics competition. The competition, Make it Count Gymnastics Classic, will take place from February 14-16 and will bring 600-800 gymnasts and their families to the area. As The Mountain Press said in a recent article, “The LeConte Center aims […]

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New Elk Patrol Rides in Smoky Mountains

What is the Elk Bike Patrol? Elk Patrol? What’s the Elk Patrol? If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry. It’s new. A $1,000 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority to Friends of the Smokies has made the new Elk Patrol possible. So what is it? The new Elk Patrol is a group […]

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