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Winter is Here, Better Late Than Never

Winter officially starts on Dec. 21 but, this year winter time temps were a little late to arrive but now, as of February 4 , we have had several days and evenings that have been cold enough for the workers at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort to make lots of man made snow and even had a few inches of the natural kind in recent days. So, pack your skis or snow board and come see us. You’ll have a blast on the slopes and you will also enjoy our winter deals for our Smoky Mountain Cabins.

 

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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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Some Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Restaurants Open Christmas Day

If You and Your family are going to be staying in The Smokies over Christmas and would like to eat out, Your options will be limited on Christmas Day and Evening. You will definitely want to make plans ahead of time. Lots of our area restaurants choose to close for Christmas Day and Night but, there are a few that will be open. Calhoun’s Restaurants will be open and taking call ahead seating about 2 weeks prior to Christmas. Calhoun’s Smoky Mountain Brewery will also be open but, will be 1st come 1st serve. The Cherokee Grill will also be open for dinner Christmas night. Call ahead that day will be available. For more options check with The Gatlinburg Dept. of Tourism or Pigeon Forge Info Center. Of course you can always cook a full meal in the fully equipped kitchen of your Smoky Mountain Cabin.

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay In a Gatlinburg Cabin During The Winter

Everyone knows about the spring flowers, the subtropical summers and, the fall foliage season but, what about wintertime? Here are 5 of the best reasons to visit Gatlinburg and stay in a cabin during the wintertime.

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Snow Tubing Open in Gatlinburg Now!!!

Yes, here in Gatlinburg, Tn we have snow tubing in mid November. It’s not yet even Thanksgiving Day and Ober Gatlinburg, along with a little help from mother nature, has its tubing runs all ready to go.

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The 37th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

As a 40 year old Gatlinburg native, this parade is special to me. I can remember as a small child standing on the sidewalk of my hometown watching what I thought to be the most wondrous and dazzling display. I remember the firetrucks slowly moving their way along the Parkway of Downtown Gatlinburg with the fireman throwing out hand fulls of candy left and right. The late 70’s era Christmas decor and lights hanging from all of the buildings and light poles. My sisters coming down the street twirling their batons the best that they could. Then at the end of the parade came the most exciting sight that a 6 year old boy could imagine, Santa Claus on his Sleigh with all of his elves. A couple of years later I was fortunate enough to be a participant in this parade for the 1st time when my youth league football team was ask if we would like to ride on one of the firetrucks in the parade. Would we? Of course we did. Riding on a firetruck in a parade with Santa Claus, what else could thrill an 8 year old boy more. Well 30 years later the parade has grown and become more than just a small town parade. With over 1 dozen marching bands from different states to large helium balloons and Millions of dollars of upgrades in Christmas lighting and decorations. This has become a yearly tradition for families from all around. My little girl turned 5 this summer and this will be the 1st of many Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parades that I will enjoy with my daughter. Why not come and join us? The parade is on Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:30 pm.

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A Bright Spot Among the Storm in the Great Smoky Mountains

  For all the pain and misery that the millions of people of the Northeastern USA must be feeling after this horrific storm, I and the rest of my Eastern Tennessee counter parts have all of you on our hearts right now. We do know though just how strong you are and that you will rebuild and heal quicker than anyother people in this world could. Here in Gatlinburg, TN that same storm has created some rare beauty. With the trees in the foothill and valley areas still at almost peak foilage, this storm covered The Great Smoky Mountains in an early blanket of snow. This leaves us with a stunning sight of the top 3/4 of the mountains solid white. While the bottom 1/4 is still beaming of yellows, reds, purples and, orange colored trees. I have been lucky enough to have lived here for 40 years now and this is one of the most spectacular sights I have seen. Just 1 small bright spot from a terrible storm.

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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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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.