Let's face it: Spending time behind the wheel of a car is not everyone's idea of a great way to spend vacation time. Why sit stuck in traffic when you can be out doing all the fun stuff that you and the family had planned to do in the first place, right?
What is it about winter that makes us want to eat more? I guess it's something hard-wired into our brains that instinctively makes us want to fatten up so we can stay warm during the cold weather. Oh well, if it's part of our nature to eat more in winter, who are we to argue, right?
Have you made plans yet for this New Year's Eve? If not, we've got a great idea for ringing in 2018 that doesn't involve traveling to Times Square in New York City. Here in the Smokies, we have our own ball drop event that's turned into quite a celebration when it comes to ushering in the new year. The city's New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show takes place this Sunday evening, December 31, and it promises to welcome 2018 with a bang – literally.
There's less than two weeks until Christmas Day, which means a lot of you are probably starting to get a little panicky about all that shopping you haven't quite gotten around to yet. Or maybe you have an office holiday party to plan. Or maybe your neighbors are complaining because all the Christmas light displays in your yard are so bright they're keeping them up at night.
There are lots of ways to get into the spirit of the Christmas season, but none may be more pure or authentic than attending a good old-fashioned small-town Christmas parade. If that's your cup of holiday tea and you happen to be visiting the Smokies this week, then you might want to mark your calendars for a parade you won't soon forget.
Prior to the opening of the neighboring national park, Gatlinburg was just another tiny hamlet wedged among the folds of the Great Smoky Mountains. Once the park was created, however, visitors from all over the world began flocking to the mountains to enjoy their beauty and recreational opportunities. And in the process, Gatlinburg grew into one of the top tourism spots in the South.
Many of us promise ourselves each year that THIS will be the year we get an early start on Christmas shopping. And it seems that a lot of us still wind up putting off all that gift buying until the last minute. After all, who wants to drive to 50 different stores trying to find so many different kinds of gifts to please so many different people?
Who doesn't like a mall? Malls pack a whole lot of good things into one convenient location, so if you're looking to cover the most retail ground while doing the least amount of footwork, they're always a good bet. And if you're visiting downtown Gatlinburg, there's only one place you can go that will let you do all that in year-round climate-controlled comfort.
One of Sevierville's most popular lodging destinations has recently unveiled a major makeover, and it's looking better than ever. The Lodge at Five Oaks, located directly across the Parkway from the Tanger Outlet Center, has recently undergone an extensive renovation process and is making its return debut just in time for the October peak season.