Ole Red & Pirates Voyage: NEW in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

NOW OPEN! Ole Red, named after singer Blake Shelton’s hit Ol’ Red, is a new, fun, laid-back restaurant in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains (511 Parkway | Gatlinburg, TN | 37738). It fits right in with that warm Southern vibe of the Smokies, and it brings some major star power with it. You can always count on comfort…

Poems about Nature: Seasons in the Smoky Mountains

WINTER With snow-capped mountain peaks, frozen fountains, holiday events, and gently falling snow, the Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to be in winter! Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods…

Spooky Halloween Recipes for Kids – in the Cabin

There are plenty of fun (and spooky) events happening in Pigeon Forge this Halloween, so it’s the perfect place to slip away for the holiday. And what better place to be than in a town with some haunting history (check out the ghost tours) where you can cozy up in a Pigeon Forge cabin for scary stories by the fireplace…

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Pigeon Forge Vacation

We know what you’re thinking—been there, done that, got the airbrushed t-shirt. Maybe you’ve been traveling to Pigeon Forge for family vacations since you were a kid, and you’re wondering if you’ve seen it all. Well, we can assure you that you haven’t! While popular Pigeon Forge attractions have been around for decades, there are also exciting new attractions opening…

4 Easy Summer Recipes for Kids in the Cabin

Kids and adults eagerly await summertime. Kids look forward to no school for a few months, and adults anticipate taking that much-needed summer vacation. If you’re traveling to the Smokies with kids this summer, you’ll want plenty of things to do to keep them entertained. There are plenty of fun family-friendly attractions and great places to get sweet treats downtown,…

The Bear Necessities

Essential Tips for Staying Safe in the Smokies Whenever my in-laws visit the Smokies, their top priority is to see bears. They’ve spotted many over the years they’ve been visiting the Great Smoky Mountains; in fact, they’ve seen as many as 13 in one trip to Cades Cove! Catching a glimpse of a bear up close is exciting and a…

Planning Your Bachelorette Party in Pigeon Forge

Wedding season is fast approaching. It’s time now to start thinking about all those last-minute details, including the bachelorette party. As the bride-to-be, this is your last chance to hang out with the girls as a single lady, so plan to have some fun! You can do just that when you plan your bachelorette party in Pigeon Forge. This area…

A Budget-Friendly Family Vacation to Pigeon Forge

When I get a little break in my schedule, one of the things I like to do is curl up on the couch and watch an episode of Chopped. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a show on Food Network that invites four chefs to compete against one another by cooking with four mystery ingredients found in their baskets. The…

20 Ways to De-stress from the Holidays

The holidays are great, but they can also be stressful. Between cooking big holiday meals, having lots of family in town, putting up Christmas lights, decorating the house, cleaning up for (or after!) guests, and buying and wrapping gifts, you may feel like you need a vacation when it’s all said and done. We have some awesome Pigeon Forge cabins…

Keeping Kids Happy on the Road

On the Road The hardest part about enjoying a vacation with the kids, no doubt, is getting to the destination without pulling each other’s hair out! Everyone—especially kids—gets antsy after being in a car for hours upon hours. So how can you save yourself some headaches and entertain the kids along the way? Here are a few tips we suggest:…