Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

When visiting Gatlinburg, why not get a log cabin home for your vacation?  You can observe nature all around you.  Your family will enjoy hiking, shopping, sight-seeing, and other fun activities.  Don’t forget to check out the historic Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, East of Downtown Gatlinburg.  There’s a cluster of more than 100 artisan studios, galleries and cafes along an 8-mile loop just east of downtown.  Established in 1937, the Arts & Crafts Community has shops open every day of the week.  It is the largest independent organization of artisans in the United States.

The treasures you’ll find there range from traditional arts to mountain crafts to fine art.  Designated as a “Tennessee Heritage Trail,” this is one side trip you won’t want to miss.  I always enjoy purchasing a fine wedding or house-warming gift from Robert Alewine’s Alewine Pottery.  He is a popular master potter and owns the local Gatlinburg cable station.  There are other broom making shops, painting stores, and sculpture shops that you will want to see, as well.

The distinctive logo displayed by member shops is your
assurance of quality handcrafted items within; as you
travel throughout the Community be sure to look for it.
For a relaxing tour of the Community you can take the
Arts & Crafts Trolley. For a one time fare, you’ll enjoy a
trip throughout the 8 mile loop.  It’s a great way to see
everything, offering frequent stops, allowing you to get
on and off as you please.
We know you’ll enjoy this once in a lifetime experience to see history in the making.  It’s your opportunity to take
home an heirloom and a perfect keepsake of your visit to
the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy your time, bring the
kids and be sure to come back the next time you’re in
town!  Turn at traffic light #3 in downtown Gatlinburg on
Hwy 321N and look for our entrance signs at Glades and
Buckhorn Roads.  

Smoky Mountain Log Cabin Resorts Offered in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

  1. Smoky Mountain Village (Ski Mountain, Gatlinburg, Tennessee)
  2. Hidden Springs Resort (Near Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  3. Alpine Mountain Village (Near Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  4. Sky Harbor Association (Between Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  5. Bear Creek Crossing (Walden’s Creek, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  6. Legacy Mountain Resort (Near Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  7. Dogwood Farms Resort (Wears Valley, Tennessee)
  8. Oldham Springs Resort (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  9. Settler’s Ridge (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Tennessee)
  10. Black Bear Ridge (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)

Others:  Mountain Shadows Resort in Gatlinburg, Condo Villas Association, Bluff Mountain Acres, Smoky Mountain Ridge, Chalet Village in Gatlinburg, Ski Mountain, Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals on the River in Pigeon Forge, Mountain Crest, Arts & Craft Community, & many others in the Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, & Bluff Mountain

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.

Valentine’s Day Celebration in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Tennessee has a variety of scenic backdrops, fun things to do, & romantic getaway spots to offer to the lovers on valentine day. Go ahead and check out the best of the ways in which you can be with your lover and celebrate your love in Tennessee with style and passion.

Celebrating valentine day can’t be complete without the inclusion of the valentine gift basket full of cookies, valentine cookies and chocolates and the best of the local gourmets packed in one basket and decorated with the best of the flowers from the local florists.  Giving bouquets of lovely romantic flowers and roses to your lover is also facilitated by the local florists.  Contact your rental cabin company for preferred florists in the Smokies.
 A quiet night out with your lover in some mountaintop cabin or mountain chalet is the right idea if you love silence and solitude. The mountain or ridgetop resorts in the best of the tourist destinations offers the most favorable of the weekend package deals meant exclusively for lovers to enjoy.

The other methods of enjoying your valentine weekend with your lover are going for rafting to the big pigeon river or go for a horse ride with your lover to the smoking mountain hills. You can even go carting at the thunder mountain theme park inside Dollywood, and can experience the punch of thrill and joy in unison. You can enjoy your weekend stay at Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals, LLC that offers you numerous weekend facilities.   Their cabins have private indoor swimming pools, saunas, jacuzzis, and hot tubs for your romantic getaway.  On your drive to Gatlinburg, you can enjoy the wonder scenic beauty and experience the best of sight seeing facilities.

You can also go out to the best of the local restaurants where you get the best of the local cuisine prepared exclusively for this occasion.  You can also enjoy the best of the local restaurants at Bullfish Restaurant, Lil Toyko, or Cherokee Grill which also gives you a fine dining experience with a serene ambience, as well as a candle light dinner with your beloved. A visit to the Acorn Cabin Rentals is a must while in Tennessee to enjoy the company of your loved one.  You’ll share the communications, memories, and emotional bliss that you may have been starving for in your everyday routines.  While you are here, you can make sure to visit Dollywood Theme Park, Tennessee Shindig, and also the Smoky Mountain National Park if hiking is one of your passions. The idea of romantic valentine parties by the water falls or the romantic camps along the national parks makes the occasion of valentine day in Tennessee a more memorable experience.

On Valentine’s day the world over spreads the message of love for the lovers and friends in unison, but just like every other nation even Tennessee has some special activities & places to visit to contribute to the valentine jubilations.  We hope your Valentine’s Day Getaway with your loved ones is a special time this year in 2011!  Come to the Smoky Mountains to capture loving memories that will last a lifetime. 

3 TRAILS TO HIKE WHEN VISITING GATLINBURG (SMOKY MOUNTAINS, TENNESSEE)

When visiting the Smoky Mountains, I always make it a top priority to hike the beautiful trails of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Some of the trails are more scenic and challenging than others, but it seems it always make it worthwhile to visit the Gatlinburg area after my successful hike.  Here’s three trails that I would strongly recommend your family or friends try when visiting Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge on your next family vacation.  Of course, you could always try river rafting, zip lines, or horseback riding, but the Smokies were made famous by the love of hiking the National Park.  Bring plenty of water, a snack, and first aid kit when possible.  Try to hike with a friend and don’t confront animals you see on the way.  It’s their home and we want to respect their habitat.  Have fun hiking up the mountains of the Southern Appalachian Trail!  We’ll see you in the Smokies…

Laurel Falls Trail – Described as moderate in difficulty, this 4-mile roundtrip hike rewards the hiker with a visit to one of the favorite waterfalls in the Park. This trailhead is very busy during the summer and weekends year-round. Access to the trailhead is via the Little River Road halfway between the Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont Campground. The hiker can travel an additional .75 mile beyond the falls to see an old-growth forest.

Alum Cave Bluff Trail (photo right)- From the Sugarlands Visitor Center, drive 8.6 miles east on Newfound Gap Road. There you will find two parking areas, where a gravel path leads to The Grassy Patch and the beginning of a 2.3 mile hike to Alum Cave Bluff. This moderately difficult hike is 4.6 miles round-trip or 5.1 miles on to LeConte Lodge. The round-trip to the cave bluff takes about 2 and 1/2 hours, but allow about 3 and 1/2 hours to LeConte Lodge. The Alum Cave Trail is the most popular and well-known route to Mount Le Conte. Features include Arch Rock, 1993 summer storm damage, Inspiration Point, Alum Cave Bluff.

Rainbow Falls TrailThe Rainbow Falls Trail is fairly challenging if completed all the way to Mt LeConte. Allow an hour and a half to Rainbow Falls and four hours to Mt LeConte. Hikers will gain nearly 4,000 feet in elevation by the time they get to Mt. LeConte. The Point of departure is at Cherokee Orchard Road – Turn at light #8 in Gatlinburg and follow the Airport Road 1 mile out of Gatlinburg into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The name will change from Airport Road to Cherokee Orchard Road. About 2.5 miles after entering the Park, Cherokee Orchard Road approaches the Rainbow Falls parking area. You will find the trail head at one edge of the parking area. Features of interest include the 2.8 mile point when you arrive at Rainbow Falls. At the 6.6 mile point you will come upon an Alum Cave Trail junction which leads left 0.1 mile to the LeConte Lodge.

BILTMORE ESTATE IS THE LARGEST MANSION IN THE UNITED STATES

Biltmore Estate is a Destination Attraction

While booking a luxury cabin rental in the Smoky Mountains, I do recommend visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  You can be there in a little over an hour.  The Biltmore estate was built by the Vanderbilts in the 19th Century.  It is truly a remarkable home with incredible gardens, wonderful dining, & intriguing American history.  Feel free to plan your lodging in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, while spending one day in Asheville at Biltmore.  You’ll want to stay in the Smoky Mountains because most of your other itenary will be completed in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.  Your family will want to travel to the Smoky Mountain National Park, Aquarium of the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg, Dollywood, et cetera.

Discover the Wonders
of Biltmore

Plan your getaway to George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate. Mr. Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. Now, his descendants invite you to enjoy his legacy of hospitality. Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm.
Play in our 8,000-acre backyard with an array of outdoor activities, indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, and savor our restaurants’ exceptional fare. Visit Biltmore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC and let our gracious hospitality inspire you.

Biltmore House & Gardens

Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room French château is a real life wonder. Enjoy a self-guided visit of Biltmore House that unveils a fresh look at how people lived and worked in America’s largest home. Also, explore the acres of beautifulgardens and grounds, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, during your visit.
A self-guided visit of Biltmore House & Gardens is included in estate admission.
In-depth audio tour and guided specialty tours are available for an additional cost