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First Time Visitor Activities to the Smoky Mountains

First Time Visitor Activities to the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains have everything you need for a dream vacation including world class theme parks and breathtaking views. The activities are endless in the area.  It can be hard fitting it all into one trip. To assist you having an amazing first trip,  these 6 must do venues in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are a must. 1. Dollywood  Your experience in the Smoky Mountains won’t be complete without visiting the Dollywood theme park. Dollywood has something for everyone — thrilling rides, family-friendly coasters, shows, shopping, and delicious restaurants! If you visit the Smoky Mountains during the summer, make sure to… Read more »

Unique Dining in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN

Unique Dining in Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN

GATLINBURG Wild Plum Tea Room The Wild Plum Tea Room was ranked by The Tennessean to be among the top 10 restaurants in the state! Located in Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts Community, this favorite lunch spot by many visitors to the Smoky Mountains is akin to the traditional tea houses in the mountains of Austria. Depending on weather, guests can eat in the Wild Plum’s dining room, screened in porch, or idyllic outdoor garden. The tea room’s menu include lobster pie, homemade chicken salad, Norwegian salmon burger, and blackberry cobbler with cinnamon ice cream. It is highly recommended to make reservations at… Read more »

The Smoky Mountains Benefit Your Health

The Smoky Mountains Benefit Your Health

No matter if it is an outdoor adventure, a historic event or a and local festival, the Great Smoky Mountains is a favorite vacation and adventure destination. There are miles of attractions and peaceful mountain trails with mature forests.  If you want fresh air, low stress  and a lifestyle, even if it short lived to benefit your health, then the Smoky Mountains should be on your bucket list of destinations. A drive to destination for most of the country From the Midwest, the Great Smoky Mountains are only 500 miles and less than a two hour flight, making it an ideal… Read more »

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge History

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge History

  1. William Ogle Visits “The Land of Paradise” William Ogle traveled to the future site of Gatlinburg, TN, a place he called “The Land of Paradise” in 1802.  He was from South Carolina.  He, his wife, Martha Jane, and seven children, has a vision of a bright future.  He cut and hewed logs for a new home. In 1803 he returned to South Carolina, he fell ill and passed away. Martha Jane brought her family to the Smokies in 1807 and finished building the cabin. This historic cabin, the first log home ever built in Gatlinburg, is still standing… Read more »

The Most Popular Hiking Trail in the Smokies

The Most Popular Hiking Trail in the Smokies

If you have limited time to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you need to cut to the chase and discover the best hiking trail. There are over 850 miles of hiking trails and over 80 hiking routes.   It can be difficult to research to find the ultimate hike.  So here it is, the Alum Cave Trail to Mt. LeConte. The Alum Cave Trail is a 5.5-mile hiking trail located a short drive from Gatlinburg. This popular trail takes hikers from Newfound Gap Road to LeConte Lodge near the summit of Mt. LeConte, the 3rd tallest peak in… Read more »