Take a Shine to a Gatlinburg Distillery Tour

doc colliersMoonshine has deep roots in the Appalachian Mountains. In a time of economic trouble, the people of the area took to the hills to brew and sell their ‘shine. Today, three legal distilleries call downtown Gatlinburg home. If you’re interested in the history of the people who made moonshine famous and the brews themselves, a Gatlinburg moonshine tour can be a fun and informative half day adventure in the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

Unwrap a Smile This Holiday Season: Top 5 Christmas Shops in Gatlinburg

Christmas shopping at shops in GatlinburgOne of the best parts about holiday shopping is imagining the smile on your loved ones’ faces as their unwrap the gifts that you specially picked out for them. Whether it is a new doll, toy truck, book or framed picture, the smile on their face is worth the effort of shopping and wrapping the perfect gift. Why not make this year’s gift even more special by including something that represents your family’s favorite vacation spot in the Smokies? Below is a list of the top 5 Christmas shops in Gatlinburg shopping this holiday season. Continue reading

Who is Jim Gray? Meet the Iconic Smoky Mountains Artist

"The Angler" by Smoky Mountains artist Jim GrayAn Alabama native, Jim Gray got his start drawing at the young age of 16 by working as an illustrator for an ad agency. From there he went on to serve in the United States Air Force where he spent the end of his term as a technical illustrator. Upon returning home from the Air Force, Gray combined his skill of art with his previous knowledge in the advertising industry to help start his own company. Business was booming, but Gray’s passion for drawing and creating pulled him away from the advertising world, and toward a family vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue reading

Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community Celebrates Over 75 Years of Smoky Mountain Inspiration

Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts CommunityIn 1937 a band of talented crafters calling the Smoky Mountains home joined together to create The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Wanting to stay as close as possible to the area where both their tools and inspiration came from, the collection of crafters settled down on what is now called The Glades, and set up shop. Continue reading