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


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

Winterfest Information 2010-2011

Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains runs from November 8, 2010 through February 28, 2011.  From the amazing light displays in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, to the amazing festivals and holiday activities and shopping, everyone can find something they will love about Winterfest!  There are some amazing things to do throughout the entire holiday season.  For detailed information, please go to  Here are some exciting things to do at Winterfest that you won’t want to miss out on;

1)      Dollywood always has fantastic holiday lights and displays during the winter season.  It’s a must see for the entire family!  For more information, go

2)      If you feel like looking at the lights and the fun things to do without having to drive, try taking a trolley!  Pigeon Forge has a trolley running, for more information contact Winterfest Trolley Tours Patriot Park Monday-Friday @ 6:30 PM – $5.00 Call Trolley Office for reservations and departure times. 865-453-6444.  Gatlinburg also has a trolley, for more information, go to

3)      On November 10, 2010 Gatlinburg kicks off Winterfest by lighting their holiday displays which have over 2 million lights, live entertainment, fireworks and a chili cookoff.  For more information go to

4)      Sevierville will have a holiday parade on December 4th 2010 at 11am. For more information please call 1-888-738-4378.  Gatlinburg will have their holiday parade on December 4th 2010 at 7:30pm.  For more information please call 865-568-4748.

5)      The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge is celebrating the winter holidays by creating snow every Friday and Saturday evening from November 13, 2010-January 1, 2011.  On January 22, 2011 they are doing their First Annual Professional Ice Carving Competition from 9am-3pm.  For more information go – Cabins in Pigeon Forge

Luxury Cabin Company in The Great Smoky Mountains Shares Their List of Top Fall Events

Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals Unveil Their “Can’t Be Missed” List of Autumn Activities in the Area.

Pigeon Forge, TN (PRWEB) September 14, 2009 – Fall has come to the Great Smoky Mountains and the area’s Premier Cabin Rental Company, Timber Tops, has decided to share the best ways to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and breathe the fresh autumn air. The following is a list of fall events that are sure to please the entire family.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival – During the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival (Sept 24-October31) the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville area transforms itself with fun times, vibrant leaves and the hospitality of the locals.  The county wide celebration features an array of craft shows, decorating contests, old fashioned hayrides, entertainment and other special events.

Grand Fall Rod Run – It’s almost that time again! Time to admire hundreds of classic cars, antique trucks and souped up rods. Metal and chrome will be shining on the parkway in Pigeon Forge September 17-20 for the Annual Grand Fall Rod Run. The event features more than just rare and unique autos; throughout the event weekend, visitors can enjoy interactive displays presented by vendors from all over the country.

35th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair- The Southeast Tourism Society has listed the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair (October 8th- 25th) one of the southeast’s most popular events. Located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, this fair has over 200 booths featuring some of the finest arts, crafts and music in the nation. For more information visit

Heritage Day at Historic Old Mill Village- Explore the historic Old Mill in Pigeon Forge and marvel at the 170 year old working mill.  The Old Mill Village celebrates Heritage Day (September 19) to allow visitors to experience its rich and vibrant past.  Admission is free and everyone is invited to part of this fun filled day.  In addition to the mill, the village has a general store, restaurant and over 25 specialty shops.

Dollywood’s Gospel & Harvest Celebration – From October 2- 31, enjoy over 250 Southern gospel concerts throughout Dollywood, the Great Smoky Mountain family amusement park. From rides and attractions, to music, heritage and craft shows, Dollywood has fun for the entire family.

Nature at Its Best -Fall Foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Visit the most popular national park in the country, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at its most beautiful.  The stunning Fall colors, relaxing drives, picnic areas and hiking are just a few of the reasons that make this park the most visited in the country.  Multiple entrances into the park allow easy access from the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area.

Fall is a wonderful time to explore The Great Smoky Mountains, so come discover the beautiful scenery and stay with the area’s premier cabin rental company that for over 13 years has been making special vacation memories for its guests. From one bedroom cabins to lodges that will accommodate up to 50, Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals in Pigeon Forge, TN is your home in the Smokies.


About Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals
Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Timber Tops offers Pigeon Forge Cabins and Gatlinburg Cabins to suit all your needs, including pet friendly cabins, honeymoon cabins, spectacular views, in cabin pools, home theatre systems just to name of few of the luxury amenities offered. Fall specials for September and October on Pigeon Forge Cabins and Gatlinburg Cabins are now available, making Timber Tops Cabins the perfect stay for your Fall vacation.  Discover the Great Smoky Mountains and Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals today.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 800-295-0395 or visit