We're smack dab in the middle of summer, which means this is peak season for folks coming to the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle this area has to offer. Between the neighboring national park, a nearby national forest, whitewater-filled rivers and TVA reservoirs that occupy so much of our region, opportunities abound for families to get outside and play this summer.
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.