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Coming Soon: Intense Fall Colors

Of all the different reasons there are to visit the The Smokies throughout the year, there is one that stands out among all others, fall foliage season. Every species of tree that grows from Northern Georgia to Maine grows somewhere here in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That makes for a very diverse and vibrant foliage season. Bright yellow, orange, red, purple and, some lingering green colorings make for one of natures most spectacular shows. Book your Gatlinburg, TN or Pigeon Forge, TN cabin soon. With this show coming soon cabins are going quick.

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Spring time in Gatlinburg, TN

If you are looking for a quick getaway and are not sure where to go, check out Gatlinburg, TN. Right now is the perfect time to visit. The summer crowds are not yet here but, all the beauty of Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park are here. Here is what recently had to say about Gatlinburg.
“With its charming, quaint old buildings in the center of town, its dramatic mountain backdrop and the only ski resort in Tennessee, Gatlinburg has become a popular tourist destination for regional fun-seekers. Located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg benefits from its location as a tourist draw and reinforces it with attractions such as an aerial tramway, an aquarium, whitewater rafting, hiking, and even a haunted house. But let’s not kid ourselves: as pretty and irresistible (as) the town is, the real draw in this part of Tennessee is the nature. ‘The wildflowers around Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are absolutely spectacular in the spring as they burst with wildflowers at their peak,’ says Zain Habboo, National Geographic’s director of travel.”
That is some pretty high praise from a very recognized source but, not a suprise to someone that actually lives here. May in the Smokies is one of my most anticipated times of year. Also for someone visiting here, this time of May before Memorial Day weekend is probably the most affordable time to visit us.

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Fall Events in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Autumn in the Smokies has always been a special place to visit for families across the World.  If you haven’t been to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park during the Fall, I highly recommend taking in the amazing displays of color.  You will be awed by the fantastic assortments of leaf change, as well as mountain viewsGatlinburg & Pigeon Forge serve as great hosts to this amazing seasonal change.  You can book a cabin rental for your family or friends.  Enjoy a day of hiking, a grilled-out meal, or college football game on your cabin’s tube.

September features several impressive car shows such as Shades of the Past Rod Run XXIX at Dollywood & the Grand Fall Rod Run.  October features the peak of Autumn color, Gatlinburg’s Craftsmen Fair, & the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. November features the Winterfest Magic Festival & Chili Cook-off, Festival of Trees, and the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Thanksgiving in the Smokies is an amazing tradition for families throughout the United States that look to visit Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.  Families select vacation cabin rentals to host their traditional Thanksgiving meal.  No matter what month you choose to visit the Smoky Mountains this Fall, you’ll definitely create the memories of a lifetime!

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Here are a few tips, secrets, & recommendations to those looking to come to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge in the Fall or Winter season.
  1. 1.  You can enjoy one of the most amazing Winter Holiday & Christmas light displays in the U.S. by visiting Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. It’s absolutely free. 
    22nd Annual
    Nov 7, 2011 thru Feb 28, 2012

    Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg TN
  2. Did you know you can avoid 20 minutes to an hour by taking the Veteran’s Boulevard which runs parallel to the Parkway & is an expressway to Dollywood?  It runs from North End of Sevierville to the South end of Pigeon Forge, ending at Dollywood Lane near the Golf Course. Try it, if you hit heavy traffic on your way into town!
  3. We have the most visited National Park in North America.  The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is entirely free and offers you an amazing opportunity to hike, photograph, and experience wildlife, mountain views, & waterfalls throughout the area.  Gatlinburg is the Gateway to the Smoky Mountain National Park.  You can visit the Sugarland Visitor Center just beyond Gatlinburg to get suggestions and updates from Park Rangers that want you to have an enjoyable visit.
  4. Vacation homes are an increasing trend in lodging in the Smoky Mountains. These mountain chalets or log cabins are a treat for families, friends, or couples looking to thoroughly enjoy the mountains.  Not only do they offer more amenities than more hotels, but they are relatively affordable.  Cabin rentals in Gatlinburg and log cabins in Pigeon Forge are very popular.
5.  March 26 – October 28, 2011, our “After 3:00 PM” program allows you to enter Dollywood after 3:00 PM and get in FREE to Dollywood the next operating day.  Parking fees are not included.  This program is valid on one-day Dollywood admission tickets March 26 through October 28, 2011.  It is not valid during the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival at Dollywood.
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Smoky Mountains, Tennessee: A Memorable Destination

Come to the Smoky Mountains for the most scenic, engaging landscape in the Eastern United States.  The activities, both natural and commercialized, are limitless for your family’s vacation.  The Smokies are the core subject of many poems, books, and country songs that have entertained people throughout the years.  The Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge towns have been helping create memories for couples and families for over half a century.  Come see what it is all about this Season!
FOR a change in your attitude and altitude, the Tennessee and North Carolina Smoky Mountains can’t be beat. Travel in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina is a favorite vacation destination on the east coast of the United States. Three quarters of the population of the USA is within a day’s drive of the Great Smoky Mountains, created in 1934 and dedicated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.
THE Smoky Mountains are surrounded by several small towns in East Tennessee and North Carolina that provide accommodations, attractions and dining for mountain travelers. The most visited towns include Gatlinburg TN, Pigeon Forge TN, Townsend TN, Sevierville TN, and Cherokee NC, Bryson City, Cherokee, and Asheville, North Carolina. Tourism is prevalent in these surrounding areas.  Through out these villages you can find numerous lodging establishments and many fun activities to do. Outdoor activities offered include zip-lining, horseback ridging, fishing, white water rafting, hiking, and biking.
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Moonshine, Nascar, & East Tennessee (Thunder Road, Smoky Mountains)

Tennessee has a very elaborate, colorful history with simple, but artistic people.  From the Thunder Road of Prohibition, spawned the Sport of Nascar.  The TVA & the creation of the Great Smoky Mountatin National Park brought commerce and business that has given jobs to thousands.  Whether it’s music, arts, or crafts, Tennesseans have contributed as some of the most talented, artistic people in the nation.

Historically, Prohibition in the 1920s outlawed the manufacture and sale of liquor, giving a new value to the homemade Appalachian liquor known as moonshine. Daredevil drivers eluded federal marshals under the cover of darkness to “run the shine from the hollers to the speakeasies” on the treacherous mountain route known as “Thunder Road.” The shine runners became local celebrities, holding public races that eventually grew into today’s NASCAR.

In 1927, a talent scout from the Victor Talking Machine Company came to Tennessee and held the Bristol Recording Sessions, recognized as the birth of country music. These sessions and others discovered Jimmie Rogers, The Carter Family, and The Stoneman Family.
The Great Depression of the 1930s brought about federal projects in East Tennessee that transformed the region economically, but also forced over 45,000 people from their homes. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) sought to address flood control, power generation and outdoor recreation with the creation of massive dams and reservoirs that required the relocation of people, homes and cemeteries. Watauga, Douglas, Cherokee and South Holston are all projects on Sunny Side created by the TVA. The creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934 had the same effect, with over 1,000 families removed from their land to create what is now America’s most popular national park, a national treasure that draws 10 million visitors a year.

Today, East Tennessee is home to some of the state’s most engaging and most visited amusement, shopping and entertainment attractions, and the area is still known for its Appalachian crafts communities. Tennessee’s first city, Jonesborough, is now the Storytelling Capital of the World, hosting an annual fall festival that draws huge crowds to hear the best storytelling in the nation. Music is very much alive and well on the Sunny Side Trail, where dozens of local music venues promote and preserve the Appalachian and early country music sound. The legacy of the moonshiners lives on at the world’s fastest half mile NASCAR track at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, and the gorgeous hills and rivers create some of the country’s favorite national, state, and city parks and recreation areas.

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Winter Quotes from Gatlinburg, Tennessee (The Great Smoky Mountains)

 When you imagine the raw tenacity & endurance that 19th Century settlers had while surviving some harsh winters in the mountains, you give credit to their human spirit.  There is amazing beauty to winter storms, and their aftermath.  While driving through Cades Cove, you can see the cabins of a time long ago before rollercoasters, unwelcome billboards, timeshare peddlers, and golden arched burger joints have laid stake to our East Tennessee community.  This was a time when family bonded for warmth and distraction, fires endured for food preparation and pre-bedtime stories, and families prayed for a short winter.  Short winters meant the food rations would last and pneumonia would stave off.  Sometimes, its the new batch of log cabins that cluster these Smoky Mountains that can bring families together and let the experience the beauty of winter.  Its these experiences and memories that allow folks to respect Winter, while anticipating Spring.

Quotes that depict Winter & all that it bring us each year:

Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.”  ~Robert Byrne

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.  ~Ruth Stout

“When the bold branches
Bid farewell to rainbow leaves –
Welcome wool sweaters.
~B. Cybrill

Every winter,
When the great sun has turned his face away,
The earth goes down into a vale of grief,
And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables,
Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay –
Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses.
~Charles Kingsley

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

Spring, summer, and fall fill us with hope; winter alone reminds us of the human condition.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.  ~Terri Guillemets

Brew me a cup for a winter’s night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I’ll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair.
~Minna Thomas Antrim

Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.  ~From the movie An Affair to Remember

Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.
~Charles G. Stater

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.  ~Edith Sitwell

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10 Clever Quotes from the Smoky Mountains (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

  1. “It is never the fall that kills, it’s the sudden stop at the end.” – Mountain Guide’s Handbook
  2. ” The Beauty of the Mountain is hidden for all those who try to discover it from the top, supposing that, one way or an other, one can reach this place directly. The Beauty of the Mountain reveals only to those who climbed it…” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  3. Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain-tops are within reach. – John Muir
  4. Fear… the right and necessary counterweights to that courage which urges men skyward, and protects them from self-destruction – Heinrich Harrer
  5. “The beauty and charm of the wilderness are his for the asking, for the edges of the wilderness lie close beside the beaten roads of the present travel.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
  6. “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
  7. “The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.” – President T. Roosevelt
  8. I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. It is cheerfully, musically earnest. I lie and relie on the earth. –Henry David Thoreau
  9. Stitched with silver-white
    The twilit mountain ridgeHolds the last spring light.
    –Kato Koko
  10. We should be clear about what happens when we destroy the living forms of this planet. The first consequence is that we destroy modes of divine presence. If we have a wonderful sense of the divine, it is because we live amid such awesome magnificence. –Thomas Berry