Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (The 2011 Season)

Did you know the #1 Visited Amusement Park in Tennessee is Dollywood?  Dollywood has something for every family! You can experience the wonderful waterslides of Splash Country, try the rollercoasters, or listen to the fabulous entertainers that come from all over the World to sing & dance.  When visiting the Smoky Mountains, we recommend trying Dollywood at least one day.  Usually if you purchase a ticket after 3pm, they give you a return visit the next day for FREE.  The Park opens March 26th, 2011.  Cabin rentals are available near Dollywood, so give Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals a call for your Spring or Summer visit.

At the Dollywood theme park there is something for everyone to enjoy! Through late March to early January, Dollywood offers thrilling rides and award-winning entertainment.

Here you’ll discover great rides including the roller coasters Thunderhead™ and Mystery Mine®. Enjoy the best in country, bluegrass, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Southern gospel music with more than 30 performances daily.  Don’t miss Sha-Kon-O-Hey!, a musical celebration of the people, spirit and heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains.

At the Dollywood amusement park, many restaurants serve an array of delicious Southern cuisine. Plus four of the South’s largest festivals are thrown within Dollywood! The Festival of Nations begins the spring season, while the summertime is a KidsFest. In the fall there is a National Southern Gospel Harvest Celebration to partake in. The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a Smoky Mountain Christmas.  Spend your Seasonal getaway or holidays with Top Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg, Tennessee!  They’ve got 150 different cabin rentals to accommodate your family during their vacation.

SWEETHEART MONTH

 Have you been looking for a unique wedding experience. Here is your opportunity to have a once in a lifetime wedding ceremony.The Entire Month of February, 2011 renew your wedding vows on the Grand Staircase. Experience the power of love during Titanic’s tribute to romance and the lasting love of devoted couples everywhere. Held in elegant style on Titanic’s Grand Staircase, every ceremony is presided over by the ship’s captain. After renewing your vows keep your honeymoon going by staying in a luxury cabin. Happy Valentine’s Day!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM GATLINBURG & PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE

Just days after one of the worst blizzards to hit East Tennessee in twenty years, we have sunny 65 degree weather in the Smoky Mountains on the last day of the year 2010.  Thousands of people were snowed into their cabin rentals, the day after Christmas, this week.  This made national news and was featured on a local news network.  After being snowed in or out of cabins all week, some travellers have still said it was one of the best, most beautiful Christmases they’ve experienced with their families.  Although some people who had their family vacations extended unintentionally due to weather, most tourists still enjoyed it by getting closer to their families, taking in the outdoors, and visiting Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.

Still it’s easier to have weather than allows easy access to the downtown Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge for its’ attractions & restaurants.  No matter what way you cut it, it has been a very interesting week in the world of vacation rentals & travel!  Mother Nature likes to play little jokes on us from time to time, so it has been amusing getting blasted with weather in the teens & double-digit snowfall at the beginning of the week, while heating up to a sunny 65 degree weather at the end of this week (and the year, if you will).

If you haven’t made your New Year Resolutions, now may be a good time.  2010 may been a challenge for our country economically, but its these times that make us appreciate life & family even more.  This New Year, I wish good tidings to all!  Remember to check out Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, Ober Gatlinburg, Sevierville, the Smoky Mountains, and other popular Tennessee travel spots this New Year! Thanks for coming to our beautiful area in 2010, and if you couldn’t make it…we’ll expect to see you this year (after the Ball drops)!  Reserve your 2011 vacation cabin rentals early this new year.  Happy New 2011 Year!!!

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ROADS AND HIGHWAYS INTO & AROUND GATLINBURG – PIGEON FORGE

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are nestled just a bit off the beaten path when it comes to the main U.S. interstate highway system. However, there are numerous highways and secondary roads into Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Greater Smoky Mountain area, and these routes will lead you through and to some of the most beautiful country vistas and amazing views of the mountains that you’ll find anywhere!

The major east-west interstate highway route through eastern Tennessee is I-40. This connects with another eastern artery, I-81, which is just northeast of the Gatlinburg area (between White Pine and Dandridge). Interstate-40 also connects with the north-south artery of I-75 just west of the Gatlinburg area in Knoxville.

Here are some specific directions into the area from whatever direction you may be coming from:

•From Nashville, Tennessee going East: Consider taking I-40 to Exit 364 at State Route 95 South to Lenoir City, then take U.S. 321 East, continuing through Maryville and Townsend, then make a right onto Scenic Highway 73 to Gatlinburg.
•From Lexington, Kentucky going South: On I-75, consider taking I-40 West from Knoxville to Exit 364 at State Route 95 South to Lenoir City and U.S. 321 East and follow the same directions as those above into Gatlinburg.
•From Roanoke, Virginia going Southwest: On I-81 South, consider taking I-40 East to Exit 435 or 443 (Foothills Parkway), turn onto U.S. 321 and continue until you reach Gatlinburg.
•From Asheville, North Carolina going Northwest: On I-40 West, take Exit 443 (Foothills Parkway) or Exit 435, then turn left onto U.S. 321 and continue until you reach Gatlinburg.
•From Chattanooga, Tennessee going Northeast: Take I-75 North to Exit 81 at State Route 95, then follow Highway U.S. 321 East continuing through Maryville to Townsend, then make a right onto Scenic Highway 73 East to Gatlinburg.
McGHEE TYSON AIRPORT IN KNOXVILLE, TN (TYS)

McGhee Tyson Airport (airport code TYS) in Knoxville, Tennessee is located within 50 miles of most resort accommodations in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. Car rentals are readily available at the airport. The drive east from the Knoxville airport down U.S. 321 through Maryville and Townsend is a pleasurable scenic drive.

America’s #1 Drive-to Getaway Destination: Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee,
 are less than four hours drive from these highly populated cities & towns near you: Charlotte (NC), Lexington (KY), Louisville (KY), Nashville (TN), Atlanta (GA), Chattanooga (TN), Asheville (NC), Greenville (SC), Spartanburg (SC), and many others. So the next time you want to getaway, decide on a scenic destination like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. Knoxville’s Tyson McGhee Airport is less than an hour away if you would rather fly into East Tennessee.

When mentioning visiting the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you can’t help but think about Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Dollywood Theme Park, and Dolly’s Splash Country. But everyone knows that also means Gatlinburg attractions and Pigeon Forge attractions galore! Indoor and outdoor attractions abound in both cities including theaters, minigolf, go karts, and thrill rides. When deciding which activities to explore for your family vacation, family reunion or church retreat, visit the locations below for some memorable Smoky Mountain fun!

Let your family experience the best in mountain accommodations this vacation. Log cabin rentals are a fantastic way to enjoy your vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains. These cabins usually have cable TV, WiFi Internet, pool tables, hot tubs, indoor jacuzzi, full kitchen, fireplace, and many other luxury amenities. So the next time you consider a hotel or condo, try something different…try luxury cabin rentals in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville areas of Tennessee. Less than a half a day’s drive from 1/3 of the US population!

The Mountain Press – Editorial Winterfest has been a seasonal boon to local businesses

The Mountain Press – Editorial Winterfest has been a seasonal boon to local businesses

You can enjoy the Winterfest lights by Trolley or take your own vehicle, with the family, to observe some of the best light displays in the South! You will really enjoy the Christmas light displays. Your children will have fond memories of the Christmastime visit to the Smoky Mountains. Visit Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge this season…