Real Vacation Or Virtual?

Posted on May 20, 2020

Now that safer-at-home restrictions have been relaxed and more and more businesses have begun reopening their doors in the Great Smoky Mountains, we've been seeing a lot of people returning to Gatlinburg as well as Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Remember those drone videos from a month or two ago, the ones that showed deserted streets in downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge? Those days are gone, fortunately. From hotels and shops to restaurants and attractions, things are starting to feel a little more like normal, although most businesses still have social-distancing and other safety protocols in place.


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What's Happening? What's Not?

Posted on May 5, 2020

Now that Tennessee's Safer At Home restrictions have been lifted, we're starting to see a fair number of visitors returning to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Right now, though, things aren't quite back to normal. For one thing, most of the businesses that have reopened are hotels and motels (including Bearskin Lodge, Old Creek Lodge and The Lodge at Five Oaks), restaurants and shops. Only a small number of attractions have reopened; those aren't expected to be up and running again until the end of May.


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Gatlinburg Take-Out Options

Posted on April 22, 2020

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has set out plans for state businesses to start reopening on May 1. Until then, however, restaurants in the Smokies are still operating on a drive-through, carryout, curbside pick-up or delivery basis only. For now, that's still good news for those living, working or visiting the Smokies on some level. Cooking at home can be less expensive and good for you, but let's face it; there are some days, you just don't want to mess with preparing a meal. And if you're visiting from out of town, unless you're staying in a rental property with kitchen facilities, eating out is sometimes you're only option.


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5 Summer Events To Look Forward To

Posted on April 7, 2020

It looks like spring may not be the best time to travel to the Great Smoky Mountains, but chances are looking good that life may be back to normal in time for the summer vacation season. So while lots of you are staying put at home for the time being, consider this a great time to look ahead and dream of things to come a few months down the road. This week, we'll highlight five events scheduled to take place in the Smokies this summer. You may even want to do some early planning, if for no other reason than to do something that feels normal.


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Planning Your Summer Vacation

Posted on March 24, 2020

If you're like most of us right now, you've been spending a lot of time at home. We know lots of folks have been taking advantage of all that inside time to do some productive things, like cleaning, organizing and taking on long-neglected household tasks and projects. Here's another suggestion for a way to pass the time that's not only productive but also fun: You can start making plans for a summer vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains. With the Internet and a phone at your fingertips, you can not only dream about all the fun things you'll be able to do in just a few months, but you can also take actual steps toward making it all happen.


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New Festival Highlights Dollywood's 35th Season

Posted on March 10, 2020

If your travel plans happen to take you to the Smokies this weekend, you could be among the first people to visit Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge for their 2020 season. In fact, this is their 35th season of providing family fun for all ages, and visitors who go there this year will have some new things to discover.


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New Festival Highlights Dollywood's 35th Season

Posted on March 10, 2020

If your travel plans happen to take you to the Smokies this weekend, you could be among the first people to visit Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge for their 2020 season. In fact, this is their 35th season of providing family fun for all ages, and visitors who go there this year will have some new things to discover.


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Gatlinburg Museums Are Amazing

Posted on February 20, 2020

Celebrating everything from the mundane to the unbelievable, the museum attractions of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, should be a high priority for anyone visiting this tourist town on the doorstep of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. No matter which one (or ones) you choose to visit, you're in for a fascinating tour that just about everyone in the family can enjoy. So come along as we take you on a guided tour of some of Gatlinburg's most amazing attractions, and hopefully, next time you go there for a visit, you'll add at least one of them to your itinerary.


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Things Are Hopping (And Shooshing) At Ober Gatlinburg

Posted on February 6, 2020

A few weeks ago, we outlined a bunch of fun things you can still do in Gatlinburg this time of year. After all, they don't roll up the sidewalks around here just because the weather has turned a little cold. In fact, one of the ideas we suggested in our last post is one we're going to go into a little more detail about this week, because it's a place that actually cranks into high gear when cold weather sets in. We're talking about Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, located on top of Mt. Harrison and overlooking the city of Gatlinburg.


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Visit Gatlinburg In Winter!

Posted on January 11, 2020

Once upon a time, there was a period in the Smokies that people used to refer to as the “off season.” It was a dark time when businesses closed for the winter, and visitation to towns like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville all but dried up. However, that's not true any more. Nowadays, there are still lots of reasons to come to places like Gatlinburg in January and February, and this week, we'll run just a few of them by you for your consideration.


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