Man Vacations in the Smokies

Best Guys Weekend Vacation Spot
The guy at work in the cube next to you just pinned up pics from his surfing trip. Man, does he seem relaxed. The woman who talks about her cat all day isn’t even getting under his skin!  Time you planned your own guys getaway.  Talk to the guys and get a bro trip to the Smokies on the books!  With a little planning you can pack a trip with full of outdoor adventures and male bonding that all your buddies can afford.

First up, ya gotta go off road. Mtn Trax in Townsend TN will hook you up. You can take a guided off-road tour or rent some street-legal UTVs for tooling around the mountains on your own! Give them a call at 865-365-8654. Down South Outdoor Adventures (865-973-0005) offers ATV and UTV rentals, and can give you a line on the best places to cut loose in the wide open!

If you’d rather go big or go home, Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals will put you behind the wheel of a ton of big fun! Go off road or take the paved route all over the mountains.  You can reach them at 865-366-7063.

Kan Am Fun of Gatlinburg (912-270-5222) can get you in a unique “slingshot” vehicle, a Can-Am or a Honda UTV to give your mancation that extra kick! They too can give you a line on best places to enjoy their vehicles and how to be safe in the process.

If you’re into watersports, we’ve got whitewater rafting adventure par excellence here in the Smokies!  Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers guided adventures through class III and IV rapids!
Call 1-800-771-7238 to schedule your roll down the Pigeon River today. There’s a guide in every raft, […]

National Trails Day

Volunteer in the Smoky Mountains National Park
If you’re in the Smokies June 2nd, 2018, celebrate National Trails Day in the park! This special day endorsed by the American Hiking Society and other groups invested in the outdoors is meant to connect people everywhere to the beautiful resource that is the 200,000 miles of trails in this great country.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect venue for your own personal observance of this holiday. Since summers are warm here, why not try a beautiful waterfall hike? If you hoof it up to Grotto Falls via the Trillium Gap Trail (a nice, moderately difficult 2.6 mile round-trip hike), you can walk behind the twenty-five-foot waterfall. So soothing, and cool, too! It’s the only place in the park you can get behind a waterfall. Don’t miss it. Turn at traffic light #8 in Gatlinburg and follow the Historic Nature Trail into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (a narrow, one-way road that is closed in winter) to stop number five.

Cades Cove boasts another very beautiful waterfall. Abrams Falls is accessed through a lovely trail that is a bit steep at times. Most age levels can handle this hike, but you’ll have to pace yourself! You can put your feet in the water when you reach the waterfall. Be sure to take lots of family pictures in front of it! Lovely experience in the Smokies. Plan a picnic in the Cove for later!

Laurel Falls is accessed via a super-easy hike on a paved trail.  You’ll stop along the way to take photos of mountain views and then enjoy a lovely, two-tiered waterfall.

Slightly more experienced or adventurous hikers may want to […]

Smoky Mountains What to Do in June

June Things to Do in the Smokies

Summer Vacation Cabin Deals
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to the annual end of May – early June synchronous firefly gathering that offers a phenomenal light show in the Elkmont campground area of the park. The only way to enter Elkmont is via the National Park shuttle service with advance ticket purchase.

1-2: Minor League Baseball – It’s the Tennessee Smokies vs Mobile BayBears at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. Click links to view the full 2018 season schedule at and June promos.

1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30: Free Music Nights at Hard Rock Cafe – Head to the Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge for free concerts from 9-11 p.m.

1-3: Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Car Show & Swap Meet – If you love classic Pontiacs—Firebirds, Fieros, GTOs and Lemans to name a few—you don’t want to miss this car show now it’s 18th year. Arnie “The Farmer” Bestwick is our special guest! Cars will be on display along with a vendor shop meet, competition and Saturday night cruise all at Music Road Hotel Convention Center. Check out the show flyer at

1-6: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing! – As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have packed April with special events and activities for the whole family! For more information on Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing

1-10: Dollywood Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival – Only four days remain of the 10-day Bluegrass music festival at Dollywood TN featuring hundreds of free concerts performed by top names in Bluegrass and smokin’ southern BBQ! Visit Market Square for delicious BBQ […]

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Mother Daughter Getaway
A Heartland Rentals cabin in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville area would make the perfect venue for a Mother’s Day to remember. The best part? The area has a treasure trove of spa professionals who’ll come to your cabin and serve up a heavenly mother daughter spa experience or welcome you into the tranquility of their business for a time away from the hustle and bustle.

Nothing says “Mom, your hard work is appreciated” like an exquisite, authentic pampering. Beneficial to Life Therapeutic Massage will send two massage therapists to your cabin to wrap you in the luxury of a massage. You can choose from a range of massages, from therapeutic, to deep tissue, to hot stone and more! For an additional charge you can treat mom (and yourself) to steam bath therapy, a body polish using organic salts, a mud wrap or other special services. Visit Beneficial to Life online for pricing and other important details or call them at (865) 908-2530.

Gatlinburg Mobile Massage, another top-notch professional organization that’ll come to your door, ready to serve up a relaxing massage in full view of the peaceful Smokies, also offers talented massage therapists ready to make your mom (and her daughter) feel pampered and at rest. If the weather is inviting, they’re happy to set up on the deck of your Heartland Rentals cabin, allowing you to breathe in both the serenity of the mountain views and the fresh, clean air of a spring day in God’s country. What mom wouldn’t feel loved? Learn more at Gatlinburg Mobile Massage or by calling (865) 250-0676.

Never heard of bamboo-fusion massage? Let Quiet Reflections Massage bring this unique service to your Heartland Rentals cabin, treating your mom […]

By |April 18th, 2018|Holiday Celebration, Things to Do|0 Comments

Car Shows in TN

Car Shows in Pigeon Forge and Townsend TN

If you love cars, May is YOUR month in the Smokies!

First, take in the sight of some stunning yellow Mustangs at the Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge May 2-6.   “Playtime in the Smokies,” presented by The Yellow Mustang Registry will wow Mustang aficionados yet again with an array of models dating from the 60s to present day! Yellow is a rare, hot -button color for Mustang buffs. Come see why! You’ll find yourself lost in another world as you check out these amazing rides. These cars symbolize everything that is wild and free about our country, and the brand is integral to our cultural history.

Saturday, May 12th means one thing for British/European car lovers in our neck of the woods: Springtime in the Smokies presented by Blount British Cars, Ltd., a non-profit group especially dedicated to the appreciation of these outstanding vehicles and The English Auto Society of Knoxville. Come see a fantastic array of British/European cars and motorcycles at the Talley Ho Inn in Townsend, Tennessee, meet other car buffs, and make plans to buy your own and join one of these fun groups of car lovers in their other adventures throughout the year!

May 17-20 will see car lovers converging on the Inn at Christmas Place yet again for another stand-out vehicle display when the Smoky Mountain Classic Chevy Roundup rolls into town! Browse row upon row of these restored beauties, over a hundred in all! Fun music and delicious food from vendors will round out this event! Bring the whole family. This exciting show is brought to you by the Smoky Mountain Classic Chevy Club.

The same weekend – May 17-19 – you’ll hear […]

Shine and Dine on Bruce

May 5th Moonshine & Margaritas
“Shine and Dine on Bruce” May 5th means a kickin’ taste of Cinco de Mayo in the shadow of the Smokies! Pay one price and enjoy excellent food, cocktails and live entertainment from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 5th in downtown Sevierville.

“Shine and Dine on Bruce” is the fifth annual fundraiser for the Sevierville Commons Association. The Sevierville Commons is the area between the branches of the Little Pigeon River that flow around the community’s downtown area. The historic courthouse serves as an anchor for this area, and it boasts lovely shops, eateries, banks and other businesses. All proceeds from “Shine and Dine” will bolster great events and civic growth in downtown Sevierville. This community’s counting on you! Count on “Shine and Dine on Bruce” to make your Cinco De Mayo a blast! Guaranteed.

You’ll get a chance to sample a range of great food and drink from local restaurants and distilleries while you socialize with folks from the area and those just passing through (we have a few of those…ten million a year, give or take a few). You may discover a local restaurant you need to visit later after tasting their offerings at the event, and likely discover a new found love of Moonshine Margaritas! Who’s serving Moonshine Margaritas? That would be the fine folks from these area distilleries:

D&S Distilling Company
Old Forge Distillery
Ole Smoky Distillery
Sevier Distilling Company
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Tennessee Legend Distillery
Tennessee XXX Moonshine
Thunder Road Distillery

Bring your folding chair to kick back and let the acoustic sounds of Rossdafareye wash over you. April’s cares will be in the wind! If you’re still around at sunset, you’re in for a seriously good time with the headlining 80s tribute band, The Breakfast […]

By |April 7th, 2018|Sevierville TN Events, Things to Do|0 Comments

May 2018 Special Events

Things to Do May 2018
This year’s early spring special events bring car shows, outdoor adventures, music and baseball to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville.  Head to the Smokies and enjoy so much more to do this month!

1-31: Teacher & Nurse Appreciation Month – In appreciation of educators and nurses, we’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Month AND Nurse’s Appreciation Week for the entire month of May. Present your work ID at Tanger Shopper Services for a FREE coupon book. Tanger Outlets, Sevierville.

1-June 6: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing! – As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have packed April with special events and activities for the whole family! For more information on Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing

1-December 31: Lego Display – The World’s Largest Titanic Model created by a 12-year old boy and made entirely with LEGO® BRICKS will be on display through the end of the year at Titanic Museum.

2-6: Minor League Baseball – It’s the Tennessee Smokies vs Birmingham Barons at Smokies Stadium in Kodak TN. See the full 2018 season schedule at

4: Music in the Mountains Spring Parade – Formerly called the Dolly Homecoming Parade, Pigeon Forge continues its time-honored tradition of a lavish spring parade with a new Grand Marshall, Cal Ripken Jr. Parade begins at 6 p.m.

4: Smoky Mountain Music Festival – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Band, orchestra, and chorus competition for Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Junior High Schools, Senior High Schools. Each competition has approximately 3,000 attendees.

4-6: Kidfest 18 ‘Breaking Through’ – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Kidfest is a children’s discipleship weekend experience, targeting 6 through 12 year olds. Under the coordination of Church of God Youth and Discipleship, Kidfest is designed to give […]

Wildflower Pilgrimage Gatlinburg

Spring Break Wildflower Pilgrimage
Spring is an absolutely glorious time in the Great Smoky Mountains. Make the very most of it this year by attending the 68th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage April 24-28. Take guided tours and hikes led by wildflower experts and sit in on fascinating lectures about the beautiful splash of color and form that is the flowering world up here where the air is clean. What’s more, you can take part in an array of adventures touching on nearly every aspect of the natural world in this diverse park.

Headquartered at the Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg, the Pilgrimage will feature 165 programs geared to whet your appetite for nature’s glory this spring in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All of these programs will proceed rain or shine, so there’s no chance you will miss gathering with other nature lovers and learning more about this magical time in the Smokies.

Wildflower Pilgrimage 2018 Brochure |   Easy-to-Read Program Schedule

Excursions range from a short, easy walk along the Cove Hardwood Nature Trail, where you’ll enjoy the cool, healing recesses of an old-growth forest while spotting ample displays of wildflowers like fringed phacelia and dwarf ginseng to a strenuous, higher elevation walk with naturalist Doris Gove in the Chimney Tops area where she will discuss the effects of the famous, recent wildfire that originated there and lead you through an unburned area where the beauty of the wildflowers emerge as a shining beacon of nature’s resilience. There are walks and hikes to fit every interest and fitness level, including, among others, a search for butterflies in Cades Cove and an aquatic insect diversity walk beside the sparkling streams of the Smokies. Some walks touch on the […]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Gatlinburg TN Events, Great Smoky Mountains|0 Comments

Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend

Smoky Mountain Winefest and Wineries
Winefest is a special event in the Smokies that locals and visitors alike look forward to each spring.   This year is no different, and brings wine makers from across the state to Gatlinburg on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2018.

The Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend will get started at 5 p.m. on Friday with a private wine tasting reception at Courtyard by Marriott followed by a guided tour through multiple Gatlinburg wineries.   Advance reservations are required to participate in the Gatlinburg Wine Tour and can be purchased online.

Winefest continues on Saturday at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts from 1-6 p.m. Adults ages 21 & older can purchase a wristband online or at the door to receive their souvenir wine glass and enjoy the afternoon of wine sampling. Local chefs will be introducing you to and creating their favorite food pairings for you to try with your wines. Festival goers are also invited to attend the informational demonstrations and seminars taking place throughout the afternoon. A total of 16 wineries from across Tennessee will be represented and pouring what could become your new favorite wine. They are:

Amber Falls Winery – Hampshire
Apple Barn Winery – Pigeon Forge
Beans Creek Winery – Manchester
Cades Cove Cellars – Wears Valley
Goodwater Winery & Vineyards – Mosheim/Bybee
Grinder’s Switch Winery – Centerville
Hillside Winery – Sevierville
Keg Springs Winery – Hampshire
Mill Bridge Winery – Pigeon Forge
Mountain Valley Winery – Pigeon Forge
Natchez Hills Winery – Nashville
Paris Winery – Paris
Sugarland Cellars – Gatlinburg
Sumner Crest Winery – Portland
Tennessee Homemade Wines – Gatlinburg
Wyile Cider – Sevierville

Plan to purchase a few bottles to take home and ask about their monthly wine clubs so you never run out!  For more information about wineries in Tennessee, visit these […]

By |March 19th, 2018|Gatlinburg TN Events, Things to Do|0 Comments

April 2018 Special Events

1: Easter Sunday at The Old Mill – Easter breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served during regular hours at The Old Mill Restaurant and The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe. No reservations required or accepted.

1: Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg – Early morning Easter Service held atop of Mt. Harrison at Ober Gatlinburg. Service begins at 6:30 a.m.   Complimentary tram service to the top of the mountain starts at 5:45 a.m. Breakfast buffet will be offered at Seasons of Ober Restaurant following the morning service. (800) 251-9202

1: Easter Worship Experience – Pathways Church will be gathering at the Sevierville Convention Center for an Easter experience that begins with a massive Easter Egg hunt prior to the 10:30 a.m. service.

1-9: Dollywood’s Festival of Nations – See, hear and taste global cultures as performers and vendors from across the world come to Pigeon Forge. Some of 2018 acts include performers from Germany, Spain, Siberia, South Africa and The Andes.

1-June 6: Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring: It’s a Spring Thing! – As part of Smoky Mountain Springfest, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have packed April with special events and activities for the whole family!

1-December 31: Lego Display – The World’s Largest Titanic Model made with LEGO® BRICKS will be on display through the end of the year at Titanic Museum.

6-7:  Log Home Show & University – Annual Log Home Show at the Sevierville Convention Center brings builders and industry experts together to showcase the lastest building and remodeling products along with workshops for the DIY.

7: Smoky Mountain Mustangs Meet & Greet – Cruise into The Diner for this meet and greet open to all Mustangs, any model, any color, any engine. Other cars & car people […]