The Colors of Spring

Yellow and red cars at a car showThe colors of spring, in Pigeon Forge, TN, can be quite dramatic. There is ,of course, all of the blooming flowers, plants and, trees. But, on the weekend of April 19th there is The Spring Rod Run which, brings every size, shape and, color of vehicle imaginable. If the engine roars and the tires squeal, then, you can find it here.

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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.


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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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.

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.

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.