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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

Christmas Eve Cookie Recipes for Your Cabin

There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked cookies at your log cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains with Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins. After getting a whiff of melted chocolate morsels, a sweet medley of cinnamon and sugar, or a buttery, nutty mix, everyone rushes to the kitchen to pick out the one that speaks to them (you know exactly what we’re talking about). Celebrate Christmas Eve tonight with some yummy Christmas cookies in the cabin! Paired with cocoa by the fireplace, warm milk and a movie in the theater room, gameplay in the rec room, and chats around the firepit, what could be tastier?

3 SCRUMPTIOUS COOKIE RECIPES FOR CHRISTMAS EVE!

1 — Chai Spiced Maple Sugar Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting | Yummly

Cookie Ingredients

  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) salted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 

Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • melted white chocolate for dipping (optional)
  • chai sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Delicious Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until evenly combined. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, all-spice, nutmeg, salt, and pepper, beat until combined and the dough forms a ball.
  2. Generously flour your work surface. Divide the dough in half and flatten each half into a disk. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Make sure you’re using enough flour, or your dough will stick. Cut out the cookies using your favorite autumn/winter cookie cutter. Carefully transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet and place the sheet in the freezer, freeze until firm, about 15-20 minutes. Roll out the leftover scraps and repeat with the remaining disk of dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cookies on the middle rack of the oven for 8-12 minutes (for soft cookies) or until just lightly golden brown. Be sure not to overbake. Cool on the baking sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, add 1 stick of salted butter to a skillet, set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown lightly until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat and transfer the butter to the mixing bowl, let cool until it’s room temp.
  5. Add the remaining stick of room temperature butter and the cream cheese to the bowl. Then, add the powdered sugar and maple syrup. Beat together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. If the frosting feels too loose, add powdered sugar to thicken.
  6. To assemble, dip half of the cookies into melted chocolate to coat about 1/3 of the top and sprinkle with chai sugar, if desired. Spread the frosting over the cookie halves with no chocolate. Place the top cookie, chocolate side up over the frosting, gently pressing to adhere. Cookies can be served immediately or stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

2 — Peppermint Patty Sandwich Cookies | Food Network

Ingredients

  • 4 oz chopped bittersweet chocolate 
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 10 chopped chocolate-coated peppermint candies (such as York Peppermint Patties)
  • 5 crushed candy canes (optional)

Tasty Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate and 1 stick of butter over medium heat in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  3.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. To the bowl with the melted chocolate, add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt. Whisk to combine. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the yogurt. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour mixture being careful to avoid over-mixing.
  5. Scoop 1-tablespoon mounds of the batter on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between each cookie. Bake the cookies for about 9 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through. Slide the cookies on the parchment onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a medium bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat the remaining 2 sticks of butter and the confectioners’ sugar; mix until light and fluffy, starting on low speed to avoid splatter and work up to medium speed, 3 minutes. Add the peppermint extract, salt and peppermint candies. Beat on medium speed until the candies are broken apart and evenly distributed, 2 minutes.
  7. Spread the filling on the flat side of half of the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies. Roll the edges in the crushed candy canes if using and serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

3 — Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints | All Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp milk

Yummy Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1½-inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger, and fill the hole with preserves.
  3. Bake for 14-18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 tsp almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzly lightly over warm cookies.

Celebrate Christmas Eve right — with heavenly sweet treats at your Great Smoky Mountain cabin!

Happy National Maple Syrup Day – Go Eat Breakfast!

While you may be looking forward to Christmas coming soon, we have another holiday you should celebrate in the Smokies: National Maple Syrup Day on December 17! Another one of those off-the-wall holidays made up over time, it’s one that is perfectly suited to the Great Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge (and neighboring Gatlinburg and Sevierville) is known for more than mountains, moonshine, and music. It’s also known for its pancake houses! Start your day right with a hearty breakfast – complete with plenty of maple syrup – at one of the many great breakfast places in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Check out some top breakfast spots for National Maple Syrup Day below, and keep scrolling for a few maple syrup recipes you can try making your Pigeon Forge, TN cabin’s fully equipped kitchen! 

Sawyer’s Farmhouse Breakfast
2831 Parkway 

Smoky’s Pancake Cabin
4235 Parkway

Red Rooster Pancake House
3215 Parkway

Lil Black Bear Café
3068 Veterans Blvd 

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin
2734 Parkway 

Mama’s Farmhouse
208 Pickel St

The Old Mill Restaurant
164 Old Mill Ave 

Brick and Spoon
136 Community Center Dr 

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
240 Apple Valley Rd 

Applewood Farmhouse Grill
220 Apple Valley Rd 

Mel’s Classic Diner
119 Wears Valley Rd

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen
1638 Parkway

MAPLE SYRUP RECIPES FOR YOUR PIGEON FORGE, TN CABIN 

Cider & Maple Roasted Pork Belly | Food Network
Maple syrup isn’t just for breakfast! Enjoy a twist on this ingredient in this savory dish. 

Ingredients
Lynn Crawford’s Spice Blend
1 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 Tbsp fennel seeds
2 tsp pink peppercorns
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp brown mustard seeds
1 whole clove
2 Tbsp salt
½ Tbsp black pepper
1 tsp ground allspice
½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Pork Belly
2 lb(s) pork belly
3 sprigs thyme, roughly chopped
3 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped
1 large honeycrisp apple, cored and cut into 1″ slices
1 large yellow onion, cut into 1″ slices
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup unfiltered apple cider
½ cup maple syrup, grade B

Directions

Lynn Crawford’s Spice Blend

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). In a sauté pan over medium heat, toast the coriander seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cumin seeds, brown mustard seeds and clove for a few minutes, until fragrant. Grind the spices together and place in a small bowl. Stir in the salt, pepper, nutmeg and allspice.

Pork Belly

  1. Score the skin of the pork belly with a sharp knife. Rub the belly all over with spice blend, thyme, and rosemary, getting the seasonings into the cracks.
  2. Layer the apples and onions in a roasting pan, then place the pork belly skin side up on top. Pour the chicken stock, apple cider, and maple syrup into the pan. Cover tightly with foil and roast for 1 hour. Turn the oven down to 350°F (180°C), remove the foil, and cook for another hour, or until the juices run clear when the meat is pierced with a knife.
  3. Remove the pork belly from the pan and remove the crackling from the pork before carving. Add the apples, onions, and cooking liquid into a blender and purée until smooth. Pass through a strainer into a serving bowl. Carve the pork belly and serve with applesauce.

Maple Cinnamon Rolls | Food Network
Fill your Pigeon Forge cabin with the smell of fresh-baked goodies with this sweet maple syrup recipe.

Ingredients
Dough
¾ cup warm milk
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp + 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp maple extract
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 egg

Filling
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt

Glaze
¼ cup butter
¼ cup 35% cream
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup brown sugar

Directions
Dough

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine warm milk, yeast and 1 tsp brown sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes until the mixture is frothy.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, remaining sugar, salt and cinnamon. To the yeast mixture add the egg, butter and maple extract. Mix well to combine.
  3. Add flour mixture to yeast mixture. Mix well until dough is smooth and pulls cleanly away from the bottom and sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes.
  4. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave dough to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Filling

  1. While the dough is rising, make the filling. In a small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon, salt and melted butter.
  2. After an hour, punch down dough. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into an 18 x 12-in. rectangle. Spread filling mixture evenly over dough. With the long edge facing you, tightly roll up dough in jelly roll fashion. Cut roll crosswise into 12 equal sized pieces. Place rolls in a lightly oiled 12-in cast iron pan. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in size, 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Remove damp cloth and bake until golden brown and baked through, about 30-45 minutes.

Glaze

  1. In a small pot over medium heat combine all glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until glaze is sticky and thickened. Pour over warm rolls.

Plan a Budget-Friendly Pigeon Forge Getaway

While vacation is considered a splurge, you don’t have to break the bank or stress when it comes to planning a vacation to the Smoky Mountains. We know you work hard for your money, and we want to help you make it go as far as possible! Get the biggest bang for your buck with Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins, where our budget-friendly cabins are just one way to save some money on vacation! 

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, also happens to be a budget-friendly vacation destination, with 2 neighboring towns full of fun – Gatlinburg and Sevierville – plus dozens of options for food, shopping, and entertainment within every budget. There are even plenty of FREE events and activities, so you can really customize your trip to fit your wallet. 

Read on for some easy ways to save on your Smoky Mountain vacation!

Rent a Big Cabin & Split with Family and Friends
One perk of picking a cabin over a hotel is having great shared spaces where you can actually spend time with the people you’re on vacation with! Instead of being spread across hotel rooms, you can hang out together in rec rooms, theater rooms, living rooms, and dining spaces made for quality time together. Another perk is being able to rent a large lodge and split the price with everyone! It often is more economical than individual hotel rooms, and a cabin is much more personal and comfortable. 

Book Midweek Stays
You likely know that vacationing during peak seasons (particularly when schools are out on breaks or during the holidays) can cost you more, you may now know how much you can save during midweek stays. Instead of booking for a weekend, take a few days off and get away for a midweek stay! Nightly rates are almost always lower during the week, so it’s an easy way to fit the demands of your budget-friendly vacation to Pigeon Forge, TN. 

Check Out Our Cabin Specials!
Besides our budget-friendly cabin options, we run many cabin specials throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss out, and always watch for flash sales that can save you a ton of $$. We always offer a discount to active military, and some cabins offer both active and retired military discounts – just give us a call! 

Visit Our Partner Attractions for Deals
We’ve partnered up with some great local attractions to bring you deals to save money. When you’re planning your trip, be sure to fit in some of our partners so you can have fun and stay within your budget! Ask for more details when you book – it’s that simple! Our current partners (as of December 2019) include:

  • Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction
  • The Comedy Barn Theater
  • Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud
  • Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show 
  • Smoky Mountain Opry
  • Magic Beyond Belief – Darren Romeo 
  • 8 Ripley’s attractions 
  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Guinness World Records
  • Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf
  • Ripley’s Haunted Adventure 
  • Ripley’s Moving Theater 5D 
  • Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze
  • Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf
  • Anakeesta
  • TopJump Trampoline Park
  • Crave Golf Club
  • The Escape Game – Pigeon Forge
  • Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud

Check Our Blog for Budget-Friendly Ideas
If you keep up with our blog, you know that we try to keep you up to date with what’s happening in the area. From new attractions and seasonal events to restaurant openings and tips for traveling in the Smokies, you’ll find plenty of tips, tricks, and info on our blog. We also have lots of ideas for budget-friendly vacations, so browse around! 

Cook in Your Cabin’s Kitchen
Another perk of renting a Pigeon Forge, TN cabin instead of staying in a hotel? Forget having a mini fridge and microwave…at best. Our cabins are outfitted with fully equipped kitchens where you can cook instead of going out to eat for each meal. There are several markets and grocery stores around, so you can easily stock up at the store and make your meals in the cabin. The Old Mill and The Apple Barn have pancake mixes, jams, and more you can keep in your cabin. 

Find FREE Events
Along with dozens of community events throughout the year, there are plenty of FREE things to do in Pigeon Forge. You can spend the afternoon in Patriot Park, explore the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, stroll through The Island in Pigeon Forge and watch the show fountains, stop by the Sugarlands Visitor Center, walk along the Parkway, or spend the day in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the only national parks without any entrance fees!