Forbidden Caverns in the Great Smoky Mountains

Spelunkers can have a field day in Tennessee, a state that is home to more than 8,350 caves, the most of any of the states. Heading the list of must-see caves in the Volunteer State is the Forbidden Caverns at Servierville, which is just a short drive from Knoxville or Gatlinburg.

See stalagmites and stalactites as well as formations that resemble corn cobs and eggs fried sunny-side up and formations that are still growing. Colored lights enhance these formations, making some appear eerily beautiful while appropriate music plays in the background. A guided tour on trails that include handrails takes about an hour in temperatures that are at a constant 58 degrees year-round.

The first visitors to the caverns were believed to be local Indians who sheltered there while searching for good hunting grounds in the Great Smoky Mountains. Later visitors included moonshiners who set up stills in the caverns because the water was so plentiful and the location isolated for the time.

Today, tourists can stay in a Gatlinburg cabin while visiting this attraction, which opened to public viewing in 1967. The caverns are open daily, except for Sundays, from April through November. If you are in the Gatlinburg area on a hot July day, picture yourself keeping cool in the Forbidden Canverns, supposedly named after an Indian princess lost her way in an area that was forbidden to her.

Dollywood Festival of Nations Celebration

Located deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, Dollywood has entertained America for over twenty years. Known for its wholesome blend of family entertainment and thrilling rides, this amusement park hosts musical and theatrical acts throughout the year. Dollywood has numerous festivals throughout the year, starting with the Festival of Nations.

Running from March 24 to April 30, this exciting festival brings international entertainment to the Smoky Mountains like Dollywoods Festival of Nations. This year will feature Spirit of the Dance, an Irish dance troupe, along with Celtic, Russian, Bavarian, Ecuadorian, Argentinian, German, and African music.

Dollywood is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, only a few minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Families can rent a Gatlinburg cabin and enjoy Tennessee’s natural beauty while taking advantage of Dollywood’s international arts and entertainment. Dollywood works with Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabin rental companies to offer package deals that offer deep discounts from families on a budget, including savings for members of the armed forces and returning guests.

A visit to Dollywood during the Festival of Nations offers an unforgettable experience of music, dance, food, and art from around the world combines with Tennessee’s hospitality and natural splendor. Make your reservations today.

Music of The Mountains Celebration

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be holding their 7th annual ‘Music of the Mountains’ celebration this April 8th through April 10th, in the beautiful town of Townsend, Tennessee. Featuring the beautiful smoky mountains as the backdrop, this three day concert of music and fun is a great family get-away especially for music lovers.
These rich and colorful concerts shine a light on Southern Appalachians traditions and music, making it a one of a kind celebration that is sure to entertain. The three day concerts feature a variety of music, singing, and instrumental acts across three different venues. This is a great time to check out some Gatlinburg cabin rentals to make your stay in the Smokies truly memorable.
The Good Thymes Ceilidh Band will be the opening act on Friday at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, followed by events at the Sugarlands Visitor Center on Saturday, and a final concert on Sunday evening at the W.L. Mills Conference Center.
There are many Gatlinburg cabin rentals you can stay at in the area, including Timber Tops cabins. Saturday’s events are free admission making this a budget friendly event for the entire family. The concerts on Friday and Sunday do charge a small fee to attend, to find out further information or to reserve tickets contact 865.448.0044.

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Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Festival

Easter marks the arrival of the annual arts and crafts festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community work hard all year to make unique country crafts reminiscent of life in this Smoky Mountain community. Some of the wares offered include hand woven baskets, quilts, dolls, and paintings. The event will be held April 4 through 7, 2012 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and best of all admission to this craft show is free.

Where to stay in Gatlinburg

Visitors to the arts and crafts festival can enjoy this event even more by staying at Timber Tops cabins in Gatlinburg. These rentals are extremely luxurious and offer a private and breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. Some of the amenities at these Gatlinburg cabins include both indoor and outdoor fireplaces, hot tubs, pool tables, fully-equipped kitchens, and flat-panel televisions. There are cabins for couples, families, and large group outings.
Staying at this Gatlinburg cabin rental will allow visitors to be very close to the Convention Center and other downtown attractions. Some of the nearby attractions include the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the Gatlinburg aquarium, shopping and fine dining.
To make reservations, visitors should go to http://www.yourcabin.com/ to find out more about the cabins that are available. They can also call Timber Tops at 877-549-6775 24 hours a day or click the button titled “push2chat” for a live text messaging option.

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