Planning Affordable Vacations

Planning Affordable Vacations

After the recent economic recession, every family in the US has gone into cost-cutting mode. We have started cutting back on our personal expenses as much as possible. Expensive outings and dinners have gone out of the window. Family vacations and picnics are one of the first things to get the axe. However, such cost cutting efforts make our life boring. Everyone is subjected to severe financial pressure and this makes life highly difficult to manage. We need to have healthy outlets to let out our frustration and to unwind a bit so that we can meet the challenges of our life once again with the new found energy. Rather than totally cutting off our family vacations, we need to look at affordable options for our family vacations.

Some of the popular vacation spots that you can consider for your budget vacation include Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountains. Rather than visiting expensive cities, you can enjoy a peaceful vacation in the natural settings of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. You will be able to relax completely, forgetting about all the rush of stresses of life. There is no point in driving around to various places when you should be actually resting and relaxing during your vacation. We do all the running around all through the year, vacations should therefore be different from our daily routine. This is one of the reasons why many families prefer places like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains, etc. You will not only be able to enjoy the beauty of nature in these places but you will also be able to have an affordable vacation. Furthermore, you can opt to stay in cozy cabins rather than multistoried hotels that cost you a lot of money. Gatlinburg cabins and Pigeon Forge cabins are ideal for budget vacations. You will be able to save a considerable amount of money using these cabins for your vacation accommodation. You will also be able to have a totally new experience when compared to any of your regular vacations. On the one hand, you will be able to have your family vacation within your budget and same money and on the other hand, you would have had your family vacation in one of the most beautiful spots in TN.

Rather than complaining that you cannot afford family vacation and make everyone feel miserable, considering affordable vacation options will make everyone in the family happy. However, you need to make sure that you do not blindly rent your cabins without comparing the prices. By spending some time searching for the cheapest deals, you will be able to increase your savings further. At the same time, you must also make sure that you rent comfortable cabins. Rent your cabins from reputed vacation rental cabins company. Make sure that your cabin rental company enjoys good reputation for their well maintained cabins.

Start planning your holidays now, enjoy affordable vacations with your family. You do not have to deprive your family anymore of those most needed vacations anymore.

New Year 2011 in Gatlinburg Space Needle – Ball Drop with Fireworks and more

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2011 in unique style with its 23rd annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Friday night, Dec. 31. The event is free and open to the public.

Leading up to midnight, popular musical entertainment will be headquartered on the balcony of the Gatlinburg Convention Center at the Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road entrance. A disc jockey will entertain the crowd prior to midnight, with party favors provided by Mr. Tablecloth available near the base of the Space Needle.

At the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, the Space Needle area will shine with a red glow from the surrounding rooftops at the beginning of a music program followed by a choreographed fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tenn.

“It has become a tradition for families and friends from across America to come back to celebrate the New Year here in Gatlinburg,” said George Hawkins, special events manager. “We expect to have another big crowd to help us usher in 2011 with their loved ones and friends.”

The entire city of Gatlinburg celebrates New Year’s Eve in a big way with many restaurants and attractions offering special celebrations. Lodging companies are offering special packages and entertainment.

For information on other New Years Eve parties and activities as well as lodging and dining options, please call the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at 800-568-4748, or visit


Second Lunar Eclipse of 2010 and First lunar Eclipse Coincides with Winter Solstice for First Time Since 1638

Early Tuesday morning for the first time since the winter solstice of 1638, a lunar eclipse will coincide with the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year.

A total lunar eclipse comes about because the sun, Earth and moon are almost exactly in line, with the Earth in the centre. Also at around this time both sun and moon will be visible, this rarity is called a selenehelion. During this alignment the full moon will seem much dimmer than usual, and sunlight passing through our atmosphere will cast a ruddy glow on the lunar surface.
To an observer that was standing on the moon’s surface and looking towards Earth there would be a ring of reddish light encircling the Earth, this would be marking all of the sunrises and sunsets around our planet.


The eclipse will begin at 5.28am, as the moon passes through the outer part of Earth’s shadow, this is known as the penumbra. At this point the moon will take on a  yellowish colour. The moon will then pass into the darkest part of Earth’s shadow at 6.32am and by 7.40am it will be completely eclipsed.
In the UK the eclipse will be most easily visible in Northern Ireland and Scotland’s Western Isles. It will also be visible across North America.

Looking for indoor fun? Indoor Fun in the Smoky Mountains

Indoor Fun in the Smoky Mountains

There are some amazing things to do in the Smoky Mountains, even indoors!  Here are just a few:

Adventure Golf 2925 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 (865) 453-9233

Flyaway Indoor Sky Diving 3106 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 (865) 453-7777

Star Tracks 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 (865) 908-1097

Ultra Zone 3053 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 (865) 428-2444

Zorb Inc 203 Sugar Hollow Road, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 (865) 428-2422

Mountain Park Paintball 454 Lonesome Valley Road, Sevierville, TN 37862 (865) 453-8171

Del Gatlin Games 1339 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 430-7555

Earthquake The Ride 653 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-9765

Fannie Farkle’s Amusement Emporium 656 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37862 (865) 436-4057

Fort Fun 716 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-2326

Games Of The Smokies 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 430-8449

Space Needle 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-4629

Terror Ghost Shows 716 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-4636

Ripleys Attractions in Gatlinburg, TN

Spin City Skate Center in Pigeon Forge, TN

Smoky Mountains, TN November & December 2010 – Winterfest

Smoky Mountains, TN November & December 2010

Timber Tops Cabin Rentals



The best way to enjoy Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains is to have a Log Cabin Experience…watching the snow fall outside your cabin window, enjoying the hottub on the back porch, or having a coffee next to the fireplace… choose Timber Tops Cabin Rentals for your Smoky Mountain vacation!

Timber Tops Cabin Rentals has 344 cabin rentals to choose from. Our inventory has some of the best cabins in the Smoky Mountain TN area. Staying in a Timber Tops cabin has numerous advantages; Close proximity to the numerous area attractions including the Smoky Mountains, shopping and entertainment in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN. Also, the amenities in the cabins range from breathtaking views, secluded settings, pet friendly cabins, outdoor pools and even fishing ponds! Our beautiful cabins have game rooms, pool tables, even indoor pools and home theater systems in some of the high end cabins. Of course, our cabins are clean and well stocked with all of your kitchen preparation needs, towels and bedding are also included. All of our cabins include outdoor hottubs for the ultimate in relaxation while you enjoy the amazing Fall color display in the mountains.


The cool, crisp temperatures of late fall in the Smoky Mountains are refreshing and signal the beginning of one of the best times of the year to visit the beautiful Smoky Mountains! Winterfest begins November 9th, 2010. It’s full of great shopping, millions of beautiful lights, concerts, live entertainment, craft shows, skiing, ice skating, all surrounded by the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains! Whether you see yourself sitting next to a river enjoying the peaceful sound of the water flowing over the rocks, or going on a trolley ride to enjoy the beautiful lights… there is plenty to enjoy in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area! Are you looking for just the right gift? Try the Arts and Crafts area in Gatlinburg for some original art by craftsmen in the Smoky Mountain region. There is a great craft show going on in December as well. Pigeon Forge and Sevierville has amazing Outlet stores, you can find just the right gift for everyone on your list for the holidays! If you are looking for entertainment, the Smoky Mountain area will thrill you! Everything from gospel and country music, to Dollywood and the Ripley’s Attractions and the new Titanic museum! Something for everyone! And for the sports enthusiast, there is skiing and snowboarding, ice skating and even indoor sky diving!


There are some amazing things to do and see at Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains! Everything from great shopping, events, shows, exhibits, music, food and attractions, just to name a few! You will never run out of things to do in the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN area. Here is a list of some exciting upcoming events:



Winterfest is kicking off in style!! Starting on November 8th, 2010, Sevierville kicks off their lighting ceremony in 3D! On November 9th, 2010, Pigeon Forge kicks off their winter lights at Patriot Park. And on November 10th, 2010, Gatlinburg has their Winter Magic and Chili Cookoff! For more information, go to,



Dollywood - Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival
November 6, 2010 – January 1, 2011. 
Dollywood is known for having amazing live shows, over 4 million lights at Christmastime, and lots of family fun for all ages! For more information call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or



Enjoy a Trolley Ride to view the Winterfest lights!! For information, please contact

City of Pigeon Forge Trolley Tours

Where: Pigeon Forge Funtime Trolley Station at Patriot Park.
When: November 10 thru January 29 (Mon. – Fri. only) at 6:30 p.m.
How much: The guided tour costs $5 per person.
For more info: Call the Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley at 865-453-6444 for reservations and departure times.

City of Gatlinburg Trolley Tours

Where: Gatlinburg Welcome Center at Ripley’s Aquarium, stoplight # 5 on the Parkway.
How much: The guided tour costs $5 per person.
For more info: Call the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at 865-436-0535 for reservations and more details.


Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Arts & Crafts Show; December 1 – 5, 2010–Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. For more information, go to

City of Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Parade; December 4, 2010–The City of Gatlinburg and Land O’ Lakes Half & Half invite you to bundle up and generate a spirited dose of holiday cheer and soak up Gatlinburg’s 35th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4 including marching bands and giant helium balloons taking to the streets. For more information, go to

Sevierville’s 48th Annual Christmas Parade; December 4, 2010–A traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of the Grand Marshal – Santa Claus! Parade begins at 11am and can best be viewed on Forks of the River Parkway and Court Avenue in historic downtown Sevierville, TN.

Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN; has amazing wintertime events! Every evening, they will be creating snow! They are having a professional ice carving contest this year! For more information, go to



If you are interested in vacationing to the Smoky Mountain area, please consider staying at a Timber Tops Cabin. Timber Tops is locally owned and operated. It has been in business for over 15 years, and is unique because we are open 24 hours a day! The company’s creed, “to be the best overnight rental company in Sevier County” is based on their philosophy of not just meeting their client’s needs, but exceeding them. Testimonials abound over how they do just that!


Discover the Great Smoky Mountains and Timber Tops Cabin Rentals today!


Timber Tops Cabin Rentals

1440 Upper Middle Creek Road

Sevierville, TN 37876


Contact us to make a reservation at 1-877-553-7413 or visit