Flying Through the Trees

Man zip lining through the woodsThis past week I was given the opportunity to visit, the #1 zipline and canopy tour company in the Smokies, Climbworks Canopy Tours. It was a very exhilarating and adrenaline filled afternoon. It was also very educational. The guides were very knowledgeable about the ecosystem and the effect that a canopy tour can have on the trees. From the very beginning of the 2 1/2 hour tour, I encountered some of the most incredible views of The Smokies that I have ever seen.

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Best Winter Hikes

Wintertime hiking in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be challenging at best. But, with the proper clothing and gear, winter hikes can reward you with lots of unique sites that you can not see at other times of the year. There are frozen water falls to see. With snow on the ground you can find animal tracks much easier and with the leaves off of the trees you have a better chance at spotting the wildlife in the park. Here are 5 of the best winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains order of easiest to extreme.

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Many Ways to Relax While in The Smokies

While on vacation in The Smokies there are numerous ways to relax and forget about the everyday grind that you have left behind at home. For the outdoorsman there are miles of streams and rivers to be fished, in and outside of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are hundreds of miles of maintained trails to explore the park. The streams and rivers are also great for cooling off on a hot day.

Not the outdoorsy type? Then try a day of shopping in Sevier Co. Between Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and, Sevierville there are more name brand outlet shops than any other area in the nation. After a day of shopping how about an afternoon at the spa. Gatlinburg boasts East TN’s #1 rated spa, as voted on by our local NBC affiliate viewers. About You Salon & Spa offers a variaty of wraps, facials, massages and, more. Call them at (865) 436-6601 to set up your services.

Then, of couse, there is just hanging out with family at your luxury log cabin rental. Shoot a game of pool, play some air hockey or, just relax in your private hot tub while soaking in your view of The Smokies. How ever you decide to spend your time while you visit just make sure to leave the stress at home and let The Smokies take over.

Best deal of the year at Dollywood

This week from today through August 10th, you can get the most bang for your buck at Dollywood. They have temporarily extended their hours of operation from 10am – 10pm. This in conjunction with their yearly special where you buy your ticket after 3pm one day and the same ticket is valid all day the next day means that for the price of one admission you can spend a total of 19 hrs, inside the park, in 2 days. That makes this the perfect week to get away one last time with the kids before school starts back. We have cabins available now close to Dollywood. So, come on and see us this week for some R&R in one of our luxury cabins and let the kids enjoy all the rides and entertainment at Dollywood. After 19 hrs of fun at Dollywood you will then definitely be ready for an evening soak in your cabin’s private hot tub.


   Yes, it is that time of year again. The University of Tennessee Vols football team kicks of the 2012 season Friday August 31st against the Wolf pack of NC State in Atlanta, GA. If you can’t getaway to Atlanta to watch the game in person then come to the mountains of Tennessee and rent a luxury cabin in Gatlinburg,TN or Pigeon Forge, TN with a theatre room or large flat screens through out the home. This is the perfect way to enjoy the game with friends and family. You might also enjoy playing a game of pool or air hockey while watching the game. Make your reservations soon, kickoff is just 31 days away and that is also Labor Day Weekend so, make your reservations now. Stay the whole weekend and enjoy the largest Labor Day fireworks display in the nation, BOOMSDAY Sept. 2, 2012. This incredible display takes place in Knoxville, TN less than a 1 hr drive from the majority of our homes.

Ok, back to football. Georgia State Panther fans ya’ll come on up. After hosting Tennessee & NC State in Atlanta the weekend before, you get to come up from Atlanta to play the TN Vols on Sept. 8. Great weekend to come to the mountains for some R&R. Along with the football game in Knoxville, there will be The Shades of the Past car show in Pigeon Forge, TN. Lots of really beautiful antique cars to see. Should be some great weather for hiking and exploring in the national park, also.

Now, Sept. 15, the Florida Gators come to Knoxville. Come on Gainesville, get away from the flat lands and come visit the mountains. This game is nationally televised so, even if you can’t get tickets it would be a great time for you to leave the Florida heat behind and come cool of in The Great Smoky Mountains. You can also usually find some gator meat to eat at some of our local resteraunts that weekend:)

The final home game in September will see the Zips of Akron, lead by their head coach Terry Bowden, coming in to Neyland Stadium. Akron fans, if you have never been to a football game in Neyland Stadium, hear is your chance to experience one of the greatest college football experiences in the nation. No matter the outcome of any of these games, at the end of the day we all come away happy because, there is nothing like sitting in your private hot tub on the deck of your luxury cabin and soaking in the views of The Great Smoky Mountains.

Arts & Crafts of Gatlinburg andThe Great Smokies

As most seasoned Gatlinburg visitors know, the 37th Annual Gatlinburg Craftmen’s Fair is coming from July 20-29. For those of you who have not had the opportunity to attend this event it should definitely try to check it out. There are over 200 artisans from across the nation that set up booths to display and sell just about any kind of hand crafted merchandise that one can imagine. In addition to the annual Craftmen’s Fair, Gatlinburg is also home to North America’s largest group of independent artisan’s. Along a 5 mile loop, from HWY 321 to Glades Rd to Buckhorn Rd you will find all kinds of authentic Appalachian arts and crafts being created in studios and workshops. There are also show rooms and shops to browse. Gatlinburg, Tn is also home to The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. This is the oldest craft school in Tennessee. Artisans from around the world come here for classes in painting, glass blowing, photography and, more. Arrowmont also has 5 galleries to browse with art from local, national and, international artists. Then in the City of Gatlinburg it’s self there are numerous galleries and shops to browse. So, no matter what time of year you decide to visit Gatlinburg, you can always find lots of original works of Art and Craftmen’s. And as always soak in the beauty of  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the deck of your Gatlinburg rental cabin.