A Smoky Mountain Wedding

For newly engaged couples who are seeking the perfect mountain retreat for a wedding, the smoky mountains provide some of the most captivating scenery in the world. That beautiful mountaintop wedding you’ve always dreamed of can be part of your stay in a Gatlinburg cabin. Continue reading

Romantic Gatlinburg Cabins

The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee is one of the most romantic places in the world and if you and your partner have been promising each other a quiet weekend away,Timber Tops cabins in Gatlinburg has everything you need to make your Gatlinburg getaway perfect. Whether you are looking for a romantic 2 bedroom chalet in Pigeon Forge or a large rustic lodge in Gatlinburg to host your wedding, Timber Tops cabins has it all. Continue reading

Winterfest in Gatlinburg, TN

 

The annual Winterfest IN Gatlinburg event will begin November 7th, 2011 and will be celebrated through February 28, 2012. The festivities are diverse with revelers having the chance to experience Gatlinburg’s more than 2 million holiday lights, which will begin on November 9th. Other activities include the Festival of Trees featuring dozens of decorated trees waiting to delight Christmas merrymakers in a snowy wonderland. The tree festival begins on November 21st and ends on the 25th.

The Smoky Mountains have hosted the Winterfest for over 25 years and travelers come from all over the world to celebrate this special occasion. Most of the town’s local businesses join in the festivities and it’s a great place to start or end your holiday season.Gatlinburg cabins are available for reservations where you can discover a rustic holiday adventure. The town celebrates with different lighted displays arranged in a variety of shapes from America’s war veterans to Santa Claus and his eight reindeer. Additional celebratory touches include artificial snow, dancers and elves along with horses, llamas and costumed figures.

If you have children, then they will be enchanted by the number of activities Winterfest offers them such as hayrides, hot chocolate and old-fashioned games. Also, don’t forget to get their picture with Santa after they’ve told him what they want for Christmas this year.

You and your family can relax in the back of a tractor towed wagon filled with hay while you drink hot cocoa or cider and take in the lights. Tractor trips also journey to the Historic Nature Trail and alongside Baskins Creek in addition to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another ride option is the Trolley Ride of Lights, which will take you on a tour through downtown and into the Glades Arts and Crafts community. You will have a knowledgeable guide during the tour telling you and your family interesting stories about the town.

Travel packages are available for romantic excursions as well, and they come in packages that include amorous foods, bath oils and goody baskets. Additionally, you can schedule a couple’s massage with a masseuse who will come directly to your cabin.

Cabins in Gatlinburg will often welcome your pets, and you can even find luxurious features such as your own private Jacuzzi or swimming pool along with a fireplace and widescreen television. You can book a king size bed, and cabin rentals have been constructed near downtown Gatlinburg for convenient access to town activities and restaurants.

This time of year is great for taking in a seasonal Christmas program. When you visit Dixie Stampede, you’ll see a shimmering fantasyland complete with twinkle lights, holiday plants, festive music and historic costuming. The happy elves will excite your children for Santa Claus’s arrival, and after taking in the heartwarming nativity scene, the Christmas spirit will embrace you and your family.

When you experience Winterfest in Gatlinburg, you’ll find a town ready to offer you an unforgettable break from your regular activities. Furthermore, bringing your family on an old-fashioned holiday adventure will ensure that you have a charming Christmas this year.

Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee

Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee, begins at 12:01 AM on Friday, August 3rd and ends on Sunday August 5th at 11:59 PM. During this weekend, many back to school items, including school supplies, clothing and computers will all be tax free!

If you’re coming to Tennessee on a trip during this time, you might consider combining your shopping with sight-seeing in the Smoky Mountains! Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, both located in the Smokey Mountains, offer an array of shopping and tourist experiences. Continue reading

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation!

If you will be in the Smoky Mountains in early July, don’t miss the 36thAnnual First Independence Day Parade in the Nation!  In Gatlinburg, TNthere will be a huge July 4th parade at 12am.  There will be over 100,000 viewers at the parade, and many members of the US Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and the Coast Guard will participate this year.  There will be military vehicles and bands participating, including the 100th United States Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Catherine Bach, better known as “Daisy Duke” of “Dukes of Hazzard” will appear in the Midnight Parade, as well as Rick Hurst, better known as “Cletus” from the same series.  There will be vehicles from Hazzard Countyincluding the “General Lee”.

The 100th US Army Band from Ft. Knox, Kentucky, will feature concerts on Sunday, July 3, with all performances at Ripley’s Aquarium of the SmokiesPlaza. The Sunday lineup will include the Dixieland Band at 10 a.m., the Brass Quintet at noon, the Jazz Ensemble at 2 and the Rock Band at 4. On Monday, July 4, the entire 100th Army Concert Band will perform on the Plaza beginning at 8:30 p.m. before the Independence Day fireworks finale at 10 p.m.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will be paying tribute to two deceased tribal veterans with their entry: Medal of Honor Recipient Charles George and Bronze Star Recipient Reuben Taylor. George threw himself on a hand grenade in the Korean War to save his fellow soldiers and Taylor fought in World War II battles including the “Battle of the Bulge” and the invasion of Holland known as “Operation Market Garden.”

Ripley’s Entertainment will have a new attraction, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” a modified Delta 88 with a psychedelic design honoring the Beatles Viewers can spot such manifestations from Beatles’ lyrics such as “Marmalade Skies,” “I am the walrus, I am the egg man,” and “Mother Superior jumping the gun.”  The car came from Ripley’s Believe It or Not inOrlando, Florida.

“This will be one of the most patriotic and colorful midnight parades that the City of Gatlinburg has ever produced,” said Special Events Manager George Hawkins, who organized the first Gatlinburg 4th of July parade in 1976 in celebration of America’s Bicentennial. “We are very excited about the entire weekend of events, which will include a two-day festival highlighting our armed services.”

Check out the parade route early to choose your viewing spot, because many of the spectators will start arriving with their chairs along the parade route as early as 7 a.m. on July 3.

Looking for more information about the 36th Annual 4th of July Midnight Parade? Please call 800-56-VISIT (568-4748) or visit www.gatlinburg.com.