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NEW November Cabins for 2020

This year has been a whirlwind, and a cabin stay in the Smoky Mountains is just the ticket to the rest and relaxation we all need. Thankfully, along with the hundreds of cabins we already have on our lineup, we’re constantly adding more options for you! This fall, we have 3 new Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins to share, all with space for family and friends to gather after too much time away. 

These beautiful new cabins – Smoky Mountain Harmony, Smoky Ridge Retreat, and Sticks and Stones – offer stylish interiors, great views, modern conveniences, and high-end extras to make stays even more special. 

This fall, come enjoy the changing leaves of fall foliage in the mountains, fun family-friendly events, and quality time with loved ones. You can cook meals together in our cabins’ full kitchens, chat in the cozy living rooms, and play late into the night in your private Pigeon Forge cabin! 

Smoky Mountain Harmony

Live in Smoky Mountain Harmony at this lovely 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom cabin for 14. From games and mountain views to cozy interiors and great places to gather with family and friends, Smoky Mountain Harmony has it all for a memorable, relaxing, and fun retreat in the mountains. Stunning mountain views stretch far beyond the rocking chairs on the deck, and these views aren’t missed when cozying up in the living room, either. Whip up meals in the full kitchen, play foosball and air hockey, enjoy arcade games, soak in the outdoor hot tub, and host movie nights in the theater room! There is even an EV charging station for electric vehicles. 

Smoky Ridge Retreat

The private indoor pool is the star of this cabin, but it’s not the only awesome amenity here! This 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom cabin with space for up to 14 guests features stainless steel appliances in the spacious kitchen, an outdoor hot tub, foosball and pool, TVs in all the bedrooms, a theater room for movie nights in the cabin, and lovely mountain and wooded views. It’s also outfitted with conveniences, including wireless internet, a washer/dryer, and a flat/paved driveway for easier arrivals. 

Sticks and Stones 

Splash year-round in the private indoor pool at Sticks and Stones! Weather won’t be an issue when you want to swim, and the cabin offers so much more. The rec room is loaded with a pool table, foosball, arcade games, and a big screen TV. Mountain views stretch far, setting a relaxing atmosphere when you want to unwind. This 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom cabin with room for 14 also features a theater room for great movie nights, TVs in the bedrooms, wireless internet, a washer/dryer, and a grill for cookouts on nice days. 

Spooky Cabin Treats

Our Pigeon Forge cabins come with one very important amenity: a fully equipped kitchen! When you’re on vacation, having access to a place to cook and whip up snacks or drinks is a must. It’s great to have an easy place in the cabin to warm up leftovers from downtown, pack picnic lunches before heading out for the day, store treats from downtown, or make meals for a group. This is especially true around the holidays, when you want to be able to make the things you love most – even when you’re away. 

Halloween is such a fun time in the Smokies, and it’s also a great time to try your hand at cooking or baking – or just making simple treats. If you’re lucky enough to be hanging out in a Pigeon Forge cabin this Halloween, you’ll want some fun ways to celebrate! One of our favorite things to do for Halloween in a cabin is making Halloween treats! Read on for some fun and spooky treats that are easy enough to make with the kids! 

And keep scrolling for some spook-tastic ideas for fun in your Pigeon Forge cabin this Halloween!

Reese’s Bats | delish.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 mini Reese’s cups
  • 5 oreos
  • 20 Candy eyes
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut all Oreo cookies in half and gently remove the cream. Cut each half in half to create the wings.
  2. Using a toothpick or a small spoon, apply a small dab of peanut butter to one end of each Oreo. Press onto the Reese’s cup to make wings.
  3. Next, place a small dab of peanut butter onto the back of two candy eyes and place on top of the edge of the wings. Serve.

Dracula Dentures | delish.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tube chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • red food coloring
  • mini marshmallows
  • slivered almonds

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll cookie dough into 1 ½” balls and place on baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely then cut in half.
  2. Add a few drops of red food coloring into vanilla frosting and stir until smooth. Spread a thin layer of red frosting onto each cookie half.
  3. Place mini marshmallows around the round edges of half of the halves. Place the remaining halves on top, then stick a slivered almond on each side to create fangs.

Halloween Candy Bark | delish.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 c. white chocolate, chopped
  • 15 drops Flo-Coat Candy Coating
  • 1 drop purple food coloring
  • 1 drop green food coloring
  • 1 drop orange food coloring
  • 2 tbsp. large Halloween-colored nonpareils
  • 1 tbsp. Halloween-colored sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir until completely melted.
  2. Divide 3 tablespoons melted white chocolate into three separate bowls. Add five drops Flo-Coat and one drop of food coloring to each bowl; stir to combine.
  3. Pour remaining white chocolate onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using an offset spatula, spread chocolate until it’s 1/8″- to 1/4″-thick. Drizzle colored chocolate on top and drag a toothpick to create swirls. Dust top with nonpareils and sprinkles.
  4. Transfer to the refrigerator to set, 20 minutes. Break into pieces to serve.

Pumpkin Fudge | delish.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 c. pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice, plus more for dusting (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line an 8”-x-8” pan with parchment paper and grease with nonstick cooking spray. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on medium power for 1 minute intervals, stirring after each minute, until smooth.
  2. Fold in pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Pour into prepared baking pan and place in refrigerator for 3 hours, or until fudge is set. Sprinkle with more pumpkin spice if using, cut into squares, and serve.

In-Cabin Fun for Halloween

You’ll find Halloween fun downtown, but you can also stick around the cabin to celebrate! Need some ideas for celebrating Halloween in your Pigeon Forge cabin? Try…

  • Bake holiday goodies
  • Have a spooky scavenger hunt around the cabin (think a bag of candy corn, mini pumpkins, spider toys, parts of a skeleton, etc.)
  • Color Halloween pages and make seasonal crafts 
  • Play candy Bingo 
  • Have a costume contest (pups included if you’re in a pet-friendly cabin!)

Pigeon Forge Fun for Halloween 

Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights will be going on through October 31, and it’s about as festive for Halloween as you can get! Thousands of jack-o-lanterns dot the landscape at Dollywood, and you’ll have your pick of tasty seasonal treats. Some fun features include special sunflower pumpkins at Wildwood Grove, the sparkling lights of the Wildwood Tree, pumpkin frogs at Drop Line Pond (in Timber Canyon), and a 40-foot-tall pumpkin tree! 

If you want a trick-or-treating experience, The Island will once again offer candy to costumed kiddos! Stop by for treats and enjoy unlimited rides for $5 if you’re in costume. Check back later or call 865.286.0119 for a start time. 

On Thursday, October 29, local businesses will offer candy to kids at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. It’s free and family friendly, with a non-scary setting so the little ones can enjoy!

NEW Summer Cabins in Pigeon Forge

Looking for some new spaces to spread out, relax, and have fun with family and friends? Our NEW Pigeon Forge cabins this month boast community pool access, movie night spaces, relaxing decks, gorgeous views, and the conveniences of home for a fantastic stay in the Great Smoky Mountains! 

Bear Splash Retreat
2 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | sleeps 6
The private indoor pool is the star of the cabin at Bear Splash Retreat, but the amenities don’t stop there! You can unwind in the hot tub, soak up mountain views and get some fresh air on the deck, take advantage of Wi-Fi in the cabin, or spend quality time with family and friends while hanging out in the living room. 

Contentment
4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | sleeps 10
Find Contentment at this welcoming cabin in Sherwood Forest, boasting rolling views of the Great Smoky Mountains, a loft with pool table, fully equipped kitchen, rocking chairs looking out at the trees, a hot tub with incredible views, and arcade games for kids and kids at heart! 

Mistical Mountain Views
6 bedrooms | 6.5 bathrooms | sleeps 12
Amazing views of the Great Smoky Mountains are just the start to the awesome amenities at this Pigeon Forge cabin. Soak in the outdoor hot tub, splash in your private indoor pool, have movie night in the private home theater with plush tiered seating, play pool and foosball in the rec room, and spread out with dining and living space for a group. 

Snail’s Pace Chalet
4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | sleeps 12
Need to slow down a bit? Live at a Snail’s Pace Chalet for a while, where you can enjoy a convenient location in the Shagbark community, a cozy fireplace in the living room, wooded and mountain views, a fully equipped kitchen, a telescope for stargazing, deck spaces, and a rec room with air hockey, foosball, and a flatscreen TV! 

Still Life
1 bedroom | 2 bathrooms | sleeps 6
Slow down and live the Still Life at this lovely log cabin in the Bear Creek Crossing resort. Shoot pool, splash in the indoor and outdoor community pools, putt around at the community mini-golf course, whip up meals in the full kitchen, play arcade games, soak in the outdoor hot tub, and enjoy gorgeous mountain views! 

Three Bears Lodge
2 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | sleeps 12
From a fully equipped kitchen, pool table, big screen TV, and king and queen beds to valley views, a Blu-ray player, Wi-Fi, and a soothing outdoor hot tub, Three Bears Lodge is loaded with amenities to make your Pigeon Forge getaway a memorable one! 

Breathless
3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | sleeps 8
The views live up to the name at Breathless, a gorgeous Pigeon Forge log cabin with amazing mountain views. Days here are spent playing air hockey, arcade games, and pool; soaking in the outdoor hot tub; relaxing in the rocking chairs; and taking advantage of conveniences like community pool access, a washer/dryer, a charcoal grill, and wireless internet in the cabin!

Summertime = NEW Cabins!

We know you’re tired of the same place you’ve been for months now. Don’t worry – we have you covered with some awesome new Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins that will give you a much-needed break from home. 

Mountain Movie Splash (3 beds, 3.5 baths, sleeps 11)
Guests will have a blast at this gorgeous Smoky Mountain getaway. Spend your days splashing in the private indoor pool, have some friendly competition on the pool table, and beat the high score on the arcade machine! After a long day in town, relax your muscles in the steamy outdoor hot tub before drifting off to sleep in one of the three spacious bedrooms!

Moonlit Hideaway (2 beds, 2 baths, sleeps 8)
This beautiful cabin rests in the wonderful Laughing Pines community. From the moment guests get a glimpse of the classic log exterior of Moonlit Hideaway, they will fall in love! Filled with modern amenities, a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with king-size beds, and gorgeous mountain views, Moonlit Hideaway is the perfect place to spend the weekend!

Contentment (4 beds, 3 baths, sleeps 10)
Contentment is a beautiful 4-bedroom cabin with space for up to 10 guests. This must-see cabin offers an outdoor hot tub for relaxing, a big screen TV for movie night, and a rec room filled with awesome modern amenities. Guests are sure to love their time spent at this incredible Smoky Mountain getaway!

Shooting Star (1 bed, 2 baths, sleeps 4)
This outstanding 1-bedroom cabin is filled with modern amenities inside the classic log cabin exterior! Get a glimpse of the beautiful Smoky Mountains while soaking in the outdoor hot tub, cook amazing meals in the fully equipped kitchen, and take advantage of the amazing community amenities at the Legacy Mountain Resort!

Dogwood Acres (2 beds, 2 baths, sleeps 6)
Bring your fur babies along at this amazing pet-friendly cabin in the Smokies! This 2-bedroom getaway offers a big screen TV, a fireplace to get cozy during the cooler time of the year, and a sunroom for relaxing! Dogwood Acres has some great new additions, with new furniture and bedding, a gaming system, a coffee table foosball game, a new picnic table, a new grill, and all new blinds throughout the cabin!

Mistical Mountain Views (6 beds, 6.5 baths, sleeps 12)
This massive 6-bedroom cabin in Pigeon Forge has it all! Splash around in the private indoor pool, relax in the outdoor hot tub, and grill some burgers on the charcoal grill with a stunning view of the Smokies! At night, relax with your family in the theater and have a movie night! With all the amenities this cabin offers, guests will never want to leave!

NEW Cabins for Social Distancing

Tired of your place? Don’t worry – we have plenty of new Pigeon Forge, TN cabins that are anything but where you’ve been for the last couple months. We have games, mountain views, Wi-Fi, full kitchens, big screen TVs and movie rooms…and even private indoor pools…all ready for you and your family to come spread out and enjoy some new spaces. All cabins have keyless entry and no office you need to visit to check in, and they’re outfitted with enough amenities to keep you at the cabin if you don’t want to leave! Check out what’s new this month:

R&R’s Hideaway
3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | sleeps 10
Sit back and enjoy tree-studded views from the deck of your private Pigeon Forge cabin for the rest and relaxation this cabin’s name promises. Bedrooms are outfitted with all the comforts for peaceful nights, the living room is a welcoming space for family and friends to gather, and the game room features comfortable seating, a bumper pool table, and views of the trees. Play air hockey in the sunroom, bust out the board games, and have movie nights with the DVD and Blu-ray players in the cabin. 

Smoky Memories
3 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | sleeps 8
Set in the Eagles Ridge Resort, this convenient Pigeon Forge cabin is close to the area’s top attractions, restaurants, and shops. At the cabin, enjoy a fully equipped kitchen for in-cabin meals, a pool table and flatscreen TV, a soothing hot tub on a screened-in deck, a cozy fireplace, comfortable spaces for family and friends to hang out together, and conveniences like a washer/dryer, gas grill, and Wi-Fi.  

Star Gazer
Legacy Mountain Resort | 1 bedroom | 2 bathrooms | sleeps 4
From the sunny deck to the inviting living room, Star Gazer boasts spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Soak them up as you cook in the cabin’s full kitchen, dine as a family, shoot pool and play arcade games, relax in the rocking chairs, or even from bed as you wake to the early morning sun. Star Gazer is also pet friendly, meaning no boarding pets or leaving them behind. Soak in the outdoor hot tub, cozy up by the electric fireplace, and take advantage of Wi-Fi and a washer/dryer.

TreeTops at Wears Valley
3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | sleeps 8
Stay perched among the trees at this pet-friendly Pigeon Forge cabin, where you’ll cozy up in front of the gas fireplace, take advantage of the Wi-Fi, play foosball and air hockey, soak in the outdoor hot tub, relax in the rocking chairs with a good book, and enjoy wooded views on laid-back days. 

Mountain Movie Splash
3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | sleeps 11
The awesome private indoor pool is might be a standout amenity, but the great amenities don’t’ stop there. Along with swimming year-round, you can whip up meals in the fully equipped kitchen, unwind in front of the big screen TV, have movie night in the theater room, and play in the rec room with a pool table, arcade games, and big screen TV. Outside, soak in the hot tub or spread out on the deck to sip coffee and chat in the deck chairs. 

Moonlit Hideaway
2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | sleeps 8
Slip away for days of relaxing with family and friends at Moonlit Hideaway, packed with amenities and spaces for creating lasting memories. Unwind on the sofa in front of the big screen TV, stay cozy by the fire, whip up meals in the full kitchen, soak up gorgeous mountain views from the deck, have dinner on the screened-in deck, relax in the hot tub, and shoot pool and play arcade games in the rec room.

NEW Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins for Spring!

Spring is the time to start fresh – and try new things. We’re here to help. We have a great lineup of NEW cabins this spring all packed with amenities to make your getaway special. From firepits and an indoor pool to games and big screen TVs, these NEW Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins truly impress!  

Farmhouse Retreat | 2 BEDS | 2 BATHS | SLEEPS 6
Love that farmhouse charm but want to slip away to the mountains? The lovely Farmhouse Retreat gives you both – plus plenty of great amenities. From the fresh, open kitchen and arcade games to plenty of yard space and big screen TVs, it’s outfitted for a wonderful getaway in the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Red Wolf Lodge | 2 BEDS + LOFT | 2 BATHS | SLEEPS 8
Ping pong on the screened-in deck (with mountain views), coffee in the rocking chairs, outdoor dining, soaks in the hot tub, chats around the firepit, gorgeous views from the dining area, exposed wood beams, a cool game room…the amenities go on and on at this fantastic Pigeon Forge cabin!

Swim’n Hole | 4 BEDS | 4 BATHS | SLEEPS 10
This rustic log cabin offers major upgrades when it comes to amenities and décor. The soaring ceilings open up the living room and lovely kitchen, the private indoor pool offers year-round fun, the hot tub boasts wooded views, the loft features a pool table, and the bedrooms with big screen TVs are their own retreats! 

The Only TennISee | 4 BEDS | 3 ½ BATHS | SLEEPS 14
You’ll be saying, “You’re The Only TennISee” at this awesome retreat with a private indoor pool, theater room with big screen TV, pool table and arcade games, cozy electric fireplace, valley views from the hot tub, and community amenities in the Black Bear Ridge Resort.

Smoky Memories | 3 BEDS | 4 BATHS | SLEEPS 8
Make Smoky Memories in this Pigeon Forge escape, complete with a big screen TV, gas grill for cookouts, soothing hot tub, cozy king-size bed, Wi-Fi, pool table, fully equipped kitchen, and serene wooded surroundings.

Romantic Recipes: Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Cabin

Ready for some romance in the Smokies? What better way to make your Valentine swoon than with a delicious dinner and decadent dessert to follow? Along with all the perfect amenities for a romantic weekend – hot tub, Blu-ray and DVD players, big screen TVs, indoor jetted tub, king-size beds, and more – our Pigeon Forge, TN cabins boast fully equipped kitchens for easy in-cabin meals. 

Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad | Food Network

Ingredients

  • 1 bulb fennel, halved and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 5 slices pancetta
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces (about 6 to 7 cups) mixed salad greens
  • Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together fennel, pancetta, garlic, brown sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the ingredients on the baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until the pancetta is crisp and the fennel is caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, place the salad greens, crumbled pancetta, and caramelized fennel. Toss the salad with the Red Wine Vinaigrette and serve immediately.

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  1. Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.
  2. Yield: scant 1/2 cup
  3. Prep Time: 5 minutes

Perfect Flank Steak | Delish

Ingredients

For the Marinade

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime (or lemon) juice
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar

For the Steak

  • 2 lb flank steak
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar. Add steak and toss until coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours.
  2. Remove steak from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Season lightly with salt (remember that there’s soy sauce in the marinade) and pepper.
  3. To grill: Preheat grill to medium-high. Place steak on grill and cook to your liking, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. (Cooking time will vary due to thickness of your steak.)
  4. To broil: Preheat oven broiler to high. Place steak on a sheet pan and cook, turning once halfway through, until cooked to your liking, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. (Cooking time will vary due to thickness of your steak.) Let rest before slicing and serving.

Pappardelle in Saffron Cream | Food Network

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 small shallot, minced
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces dried pappardelle pasta
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and saffron and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is softened, about 2 minutes. Add the cream, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; increase the heat to medium high and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.
  2. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Remove 1/4 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and transfer to the skillet with the sauce. Add the reserved cooking water, the parmesan and half of the chives and toss to coat. Serve topped with the lemon zest, remaining chives and more cheese.

Red Velvet Bourbon Cheesecake Bars | Food Network

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring

Cheesecake:

  • One 1/4-ounce packet unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. For the red velvet cake: Position an oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Coat the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Stir together the cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons very hot water in a small bowl until smooth; let cool slightly. Stir together the milk and vinegar in another small bowl, and let stand until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the oil, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in the food coloring and the cocoa mixture. Alternate whisking in the flour mixture in three additions and the milk mixture in two, starting and ending with the flour, until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Once the cake is cool enough to touch, press it down slightly to make the layer even. Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  5. For the cheesecake: While the red velvet cake bakes, combine the gelatin with 2 tablespoons water in a small microwave-safe bowl, and set aside to soften, about 5 minutes.
  6. Heat the granulated sugar and corn syrup over medium heat in a small skillet. Cook, swirling the pan but not stirring, until the mixture turns amber, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, and carefully whisk in the cream and bourbon. (If the caramel seizes and hardens, continue to stir over medium heat until it melts and is smooth again.) Bring the mixture to a fast simmer, and cook until the caramel thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally to help the caramel cool faster.
  7. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium-high speed in a large bowl until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down the side of the bowl. Add the cooled caramel, sour cream and confectioners’ sugar, and beat on medium-high speed until incorporated and smooth, about 1 minute.
  8. Microwave the gelatin until melted, stirring as needed, about 30 seconds. Add it to the cream cheese mixture, and beat on medium-high speed to combine, about 30 seconds.
  9. Spread the cheesecake mixture over the red velvet cake in an even layer. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.
  10. Make the whipped cream: Beat the cream and confectioners’ sugar together with an electric mixer at medium-high speed in a large bowl until medium peaks form. Spread the cream over the cheesecake.
  11. Use the foil overhang to lift the bars out of the pan. Peel down the foil, and thinly trim the edges of the bars. Cut into 12 even rectangles, wiping the knife clean between cuts.

Coming in Hot! NEW Cabins to Check out This February

With so many options for cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains, we know it can be tough to choose. But we do our best to make it easy on you, offering top-of-the-line amenities, great locations (secluded, high atop the mountains, river front, or near downtown), and something NEW each month! 

Even if you’ve stayed with us before, we have something fresh and new for you each month! Our Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins family is always growing, and we want to share with you. So read on to see what’s new – with 6 new cabins boasting a wide range of amenities to fit any vacation style. 

The Cozy Bear Cabin | 2 BED | 2 BATH | SLEEPS 6
Cozy spaces await here, with an indoor jetted tub in the master suite, an inviting open living and dining space, plenty of deck space with rocking chairs, a soothing hot tub, 2 welcoming bedrooms, and great mealtime options: a full kitchen, a gas grill, and a picnic table! 

Above It All | 1 BED | 2 ½ BATH | SLEEPS 6
Stay and play Above It All with a big screen TV and Blu-ray player, arcade games and pool table, relaxing hot tub, lovely valley views, an inviting gas fireplace, and a cozy king-size bed. 

Hidden Pleasures | 4 BEDS | 3 ½ BATHS | SLEEPS 16
Slip away for Hidden Pleasures at this great getaway! Soak in the indoor jetted tub, shoot hoops on the basketball arcade game, shoot pool, play air hockey, kick back in front of the big screen TV, unwind in the hot tub, cozy up in the king and queen beds, and more! 

Sleepy Bear | 3 BEDS | 3 ½ BATHS | SLEEPS 10
Get that much-needed rest at Sleepy Bear, where you’ll feel right at home – but have plenty of extras too! Sip drinks at the wet bar, have a great movie night in front of the huge TV, play foosball and air hockey, try arcade games, and have relaxing days in the outdoor swim spa! 

Cabin Patch | 5 BEDS | 3 BATHS | SLEEPS 16
Cozy up in Cabin Patch, where you’ll find lovely mountain views from the gazebo with a hot tub, a jetted tub inside, a charming stone (gas) fireplace, and a rec room where you can play and hang out with friends and family. 

Autumn Woods Retreat | 2 BEDS | 2 BATHS | SLEEPS 6
Looking for a relaxing escape to read, unwind, reconnect, and have fun? Autumn Woods Retreat boasts a serene valley location, an open concept layout great for chatting with family and friends, a porch swing, an awesome yard, an RV carport with electricity and water hookups, and a garage-turned-rec room!

Healthy Recipes for a New Year – in Your Cabin!

Welcome to 2020! The new year is a perfect time to start fresh, especially when it comes to eating well. And that doesn’t mean going full diet mode – just making small steps to eat better foods that make you feel your best! Whether it’s more veggies and fruit, less sugar, or a focus on more local ingredients, eating well can make a big difference in your overall wellbeing. Thankfully there are plenty of great recipes online, and our Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins come with fully equipped kitchens where you can prepare any meal you wish – even while on vacation! 

Read on for a few healthy options heading into the new year, from recipes to Pigeon Forge restaurants with healthy options. We also have a few easy tips to being active and staying healthy while on vacation! 

Caprese Zoodles | delish.com | 4 servings
INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large zucchini
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 c. mozzarella balls, quartered if large
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a spiralizer, create zoodles out of zucchini.
  2. Add zoodles to a large bowl, toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Let marinate 15 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, mozzarella and basil to zoodles and toss until combined.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic and serve.

Skinny Alfredo | delish.com | 4 servings
INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz.  whole-wheat linguine
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 c. 1% milk
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook linguine according to package directions until al dente. Set aside ½ cup of pasta water, then drain pasta and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add broth and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add Parmesan and yogurt, if using. Let simmer until sauce is thickened, 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. 
  3. Add pasta and a 1/4 cup reserved pasta water to sauce and toss to combine. If sauce is too thick ad more pasta water a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Blackened Tilapia | delish.com |
INGREDIENTS
FOR TILAPIA

  • 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. paprika 
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 (6-oz.) tilapia filets
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

FOR AVOCADO SALSA

  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and spices. Rub spice mix all over tilapia. 
  2. In a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add tilapia and cook until crust is deeply golden and fish flakes easily with a fork, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss avocado, tomato, jalapeño, and cilantro. Add oil and lime juice and season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Serve tilapia topped with avocado salsa.

Healthy Choices: Pigeon Forge Restaurants
At The Pottery House Café and Grille, find fruit, light quiches, salads, and sandwiches for healthier options. Bullfish Grill offers a hearty salmon and avocado salad, along with several grilled entrée options, seafood, salads, and steamed veggies. Even Dollywood has healthy options (and bonus that you’ll be walking a ton!), with plenty of salads, fruits, and grilled chicken. For a heartier option, try The Chop House, where you can get steak stopped with grilled shrimp, a grilled turkey burger, rosemary grilled chicken with rice and steamed broccoli, and more. In fact, most Pigeon Forge restaurants have some healthy options, and many have vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. 

Staying Active & Healthy on Vacation
Vacations are often known to be the time you over-indulge, eating too much, stacking up the sweets, and completely leaving your exercise routine behind. But it doesn’t have to be like that! In fact, Pigeon Forge is one of the easiest vacation destinations to stay on track! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has 800+ miles of trails, so you can go hiking, biking, or walking.

How to Use Christmas Leftovers in Your Cabin

Looking for a way to use those holiday leftovers to your advantage? Instead of tossing them out and wasting that hard work you put into cooking the meals in the first place, check out these Christmas leftover recipes – easy enough to do in your Pigeon Forge cabin’s fully equipped kitchen! 

Leftover Thanksgiving Salad | All Recipes 

Ingredients
1 cup shredded cooked turkey
1/2 cup cubed cooked ham
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
1 hard-cooked egg, diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions
Combine the turkey, ham, cranberries, egg, and basil in a mixing bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Leftover Baked Potato Soup | Food Network

Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups finely diced leeks
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
6 cups chicken stock, hot
4 large leftover baked potatoes, halved. pulp scooped out and put through a ricer
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
1/4 cup minced chives

Directions 

  1. In a large saucepot, over high heat melt the butter and add the leeks and garlic. Cook over medium heat until they are translucent. Add the hot stock and whisk to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the riced potatoes, buttermilk, sour cream, and grated Parmesan. Add this mixture to the soup stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and add the Sherry vinegar.
  3. Ladle into bowls and garnish with chives.

One-Skillet Turkey Pot Pie | Babble 

Ingredients
Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, trimmed, peeled, and diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 carrots, trimmed and diced
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 medium potatoes, scrubbed and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds dark meat turkey, cooked, removed from bone, and chopped
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus 4 small sprigs for garnish

Whole Wheat Drop Biscuits:

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Directions
Turkey Pot Pie Filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Set an oven-proof 9-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter, and then stir in onion, celery, and carrots. Sprinkle with sea salt. Sauté until vegetables have softened and onions are translucent, about 7 minutes.
  3. Stir in flour, making sure to coat all the vegetables.
  4. Stir in potatoes and celery root and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
  5. Next, stir in turkey, and then the stock, being sure to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Taste and add salt as needed. Stir in thyme leaves.
  7. Remove from heat and prepare biscuits.

Biscuits:

  1. To make biscuit topping, whisk the flour, baking powder, and sea salt together with a fork in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Grate in cold butter and massage into flour with fingertips.
  3. Fold in buttermilk, stirring just until mixture holds together.
  4. Using 2 spoons, drop 2-inch balls of biscuit dough on top of the filling. Press lightly so that biscuit flattens slightly.
  5. Slide into oven and bake until biscuits are a light golden brown and the filling is bubbling vigorously, 20-25 minutes.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes, garnish each biscuit with a sprig of thyme, and serve.

After-Christmas Events in Pigeon Forge
Although Christmas is over, the fun events in Pigeon Forge are not! There are still plenty of fun things to do in the Smokies, finishing out 2019 and swinging into 2020! 

Pigeon Forge Winterfest
Now – February 17, 2020  

Titanic Christmas and Winter Celebration
Now – December 31

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Now – December 31

Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights
Now – January 31, 202

New Year’s Eve
December 31