They're planning big things for this summer at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge. For starters, they're finishing up the final days of the Flower & Food Festival, which has seen the park dressed up in hundreds of thousands of colorful flowers and plants since spring. They've also introduced a lot of new and unique food items for Dollywood guests to nosh on while they're enjoying the rest of the park.
Gatlinburg has long been known for having some of the finest restaurants in the Smokies, and in 2021, we're seeing even more eateries added to that list. Sometimes, it seems there are so many new-restaurant openings that it's hard to keep up with all the names and styles of cuisine. But read on, and we'll give you some thumbnail introductions to just a few of the many food-service businesses that have decided to make Gatlinburg their new home this year.
So you're thinking about spending some time in the Great Smoky Mountains this year. That's a great idea, especially now that folks are looking to get out of the house and do more traveling. One of the first decisions you'll have to make is where you're going to stay. We've devoted this week's blog post to sharing some ideas and suggestions for places you might want to call your vacation home base the next time you come to the Smokies.
If you have a kid who's expressed an interest in becoming a park ranger, we have a suggestion for one way they can take that first step toward achieving that dream: Become a Junior Ranger. This program, offered by the National Park Service, is a great way for kids to get more out of their national park experience and learn a lot about nature in the process.
In case you weren't aware, one of Gatlinburg's oldest downtown attractions has reached new heights lately thanks to several expansions and additions. In 1954, the original Gatlinburg SkyLift began transporting visitors from the Parkway to the top of Crockett Mountain via its scenic chairlift. In case you've never ridden one, they're very similar to the types of lifts used at ski resorts. The top of the lift is located 500 vertical feet up the mountain, and from there, passengers enjoy amazing views of downtown below and the Great Smoky Mountains beyond. The original chairlift machinery is long gone, but the latest lift, built in 2017, takes as many as three passengers per seat up the mountain for a smooth ride to the top.
Winter has its advantages, but there's always something about the arrival of spring that brings smiles to faces and puts a spring in everyone's step (pun intended). You can finally pack away those heavy winter coats and go outside in short sleeves. The trees are budding, the flowers are blooming, and all different types of critters are introducing their young ones to the world. You can smell it in the air too, from the wild onions to the cherry blossoms to the (unfortunately) Bradford pear trees.
In our last blog post, we introduced you to a bunch of fun ways to experience Gatlinburg, Tennessee, without having to spend a dime in the process. This time around, we're back with even more thrifty travel tips. Who knows? By the time it's all said and done, you might be able to spend a whole week in Gatlinburg and only pay for your food and a hotel.
Yes, Gatlinburg is a tourism town, and that means it can be quite a challenge to visit and not spend any money at all. After all, hotels, restaurants, attractions are all part of the vacation experience, and they all require an exchange of currency (or plastic). But it's not impossible to find free fun in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. It's there if you just know where to look and when to look. Read on to learn about a number of things you can do on your visit to the Smokies that require no money at all to enjoy.
We just got a bunch of snow dumped on us in Gatlinburg. But in our little vacation community in the Great Smoky Mountain, we know how to make the most of a good snow day, and if you happen to be staying with us in town, or if you're planning on visiting this week, don't let a little frozen precipitation stop you. If you can get here safely (the main roads are pretty clear right now), we can offer you several ideas for how to have fun here in the Burg.
Gatlinburg is full of cool and interesting sites to visit, from the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort to the northern entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.