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Thanksgiving Dinner

In Cabin Thanksgiving Dinner
Going on vacation for the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t mean you need to forego the traditional Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey, ham and all the trimmings. If you’re staying the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area, you have several flavorful and convenient options from which to choose. Book your cabin and order dinner for a relaxing and stress-free Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains.

Each of these local businesses offer “heat & eat” traditional dinners available for pick up as late as Thanksgiving day. Select their complete meals or create your own dinner menu with ala carte options. Plan ahead and order well in advance! You’ll want to confirm menu items, prices, and pick up dates and times because you sure don’t want to miss the big game spending time in the kitchen!

Restaurants:

Bennett’s BBQ
2910 Parkway, Pigeon Forge | (865) 429-2200
714 River Road, Gatlinburg | (865) 436-2400
Sunday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Purchase your entire turkey dinner for up to 10 people or purchase an individual, whole smoked turkey or ham.

Corky’s
3584 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
(865) 453-7427
Open Thanksgiving Day at 8 a.m. for pickup

Choose Corky’s holiday meal package or create your own traditional dinner with individual ala carte menu items. There’s all the good stuff including Mac & Cheese!

Golden Corral
3610 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
513 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville
(865) 774-8004

Offering prepared menus for feeding 6-8 or 10-12 people along with ala carte items including traditional and not so traditional fixin’s. No crowd too large!

HoneyBaked Ham
2740 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge
(865) 429-4267
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Create your own menu with HoneyBaked Ham’s ‘Reserve for Pickup’ option. Order online and schedule date and time for in-store pick up.

Grocery Stores:

Food City Holiday Dinners
741 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville […]

By |October 19th, 2017|Food, Holiday Celebration|0 Comments

Christmas at Dollywood

Celebrate Christmas Dollywood Style!
Stunning Christmas light displays. Dozens of family photo ops. Nonstop concerts to set the holiday mood. Plenty of delicious food and hot drinks to warm the body and the heart. Unique gifts for absolutely everyone on your list. We’re talking about Christmas at Dollywood, and this special holiday event is right around the corner!

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration is absolutely legendary in these parts. Why, it would not be Christmas at all without Dolly and her theme park full of fun and Christmas cheer that rocks and rolls this year from November 4, 2017 until January 1, 2018! It’s a Pigeon Forge Christmas party for all ages featuring good, wholesome family fun!

Dollywood is awash in over four million Christmas lights during this special annual celebration that’s become a family favorite for locals as well as visitors from around the world. There’s a beautiful parade every night at 8 p.m. on park operating days. Known as the Parade of Many Colors, this fairly new tradition treats park guests to gorgeous floats and dressed-up characters who interact with spectators. The parade is a way of celebrating Dolly Parton’s own family’s values, which were beautifully expressed in the popular NBC movie entitled “Christmas of many Colors: Circle of Love”.

Absolutely thrilling dramatic and musical performances light up venues throughout Dollywood during its Smoky Mountain Christmas. The professionals at Dollywood present “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the enduring Christmas classic, in a way that’s truly magical. It will move the most determined Scrooge in your entourage. There are also Christmas-themed performances from country and southern gospel singers and dramatic presentations highlighting the pre-eminent importance of the birth of Jesus Christ!

Your little ones will enjoy meeting Rudolph and friends […]

Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Holiday Blessed by Nature
Want to make some great holiday memories away from home? Your Thanksgiving in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can include some walks in nature that change the way you see our heavenly world up here where the air is clean.

Whether you have young children with you or the very elderly, anyone who can walk can get out on some of the park’s easier hiking trails and look for signs of fall in the park. It’s a great idea to make up a scavenger hunt-style game for the little ones…include trees, the songs of specific birds or other special sights within the park in a list of items to be checked off.  The reward could be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner cooked in your rental cabin, or a wonderful holiday meal at everyone’s favorite area restaurant!

If you have any budding biologists in your entourage, you may want to check out areas in the park where salamanders are abundant. Known as the “Salamander Capital of the World,” the Smokies are home to thirty species of this creature, including the “Hellbender,” which can grow up to nineteen inches in length. Mountain streams are alive with these sometimes very colorful creatures. They can be reclusive, but that will make the hunt through the fall colors even more exciting!

The park is replete with wild turkey. These rather large birds are resplendent when fanning their tail feathers! They are often seen in large groups in the ever-popular Cades Cove (a great place for picnics AND easy hiking). For tips on where to find these birds and other wildlife in the park, go to the National Park Service’s website and look for their “species mapper” tool! […]

November Seminars Conferences Conventions

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville
November 2017

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October 30-November 2
Creekside Gospel Music Convention and Diamond Awards – Smoky Mountain Convention Center
This 6th annual Creekside Gospel Music convention offers free, reserved tickets for fans to gather in Pigeon Forge for spiritually uplifting music, fun and fellowship. Midgnight Prayer on Monday Night!

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Smoky Mountain Gift Show – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Gifts, apparel and accessories galore! Exhibitors and vendors will fill the W.L. Mills Convention Center for four days of wholesale shopping. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Event is for preregistered retailers only.

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MLC Ladies Conference & Retreat – Music Road Resort Convention Center
This ‘making ladies Christlike’ retreat brings women together connect with Christ and enjoy two days of fellowship. Guest speakers and singers include Ann Platz Groton, Sylvia Harney, Vivian Campbell, Sandy Payton, Jane Keel and others.

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Region II EMS Director’s Association Fall Conference – ParkVista Conference Center
24th Annual conference offers an exhibitors hall and dynamic presentations designed to challenge EMS providers, leaders and instructors. Critical care contact hours offered.

11-13
Gatlinburg Jewelry and Apparel Market – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Norton’s Apparel, Jewelry and Gift Market is celebrating 29 years of operation during this quarterly wholesale market. Product showcases include fashion jewelry and accessories; adult and youth apparel; fine jewelry; gifts; spa, skin care and hair products; cosmetics; gourmet foods; and self defense products.

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Hearts on Fire Youth Conference – Pigeon Forge Convention Center
Now in its 31st year, Hearts on Fire Ministries welcomes thousands of teenagers to LeConte Center to enjoy two days of evangelism that includes speakers and […]

Coffee Shops in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Grab a Cup of Joe
The official start of autumn is just around the corner, but the pumpkin spice wagons have already started to roll into the mountains. The particular blend of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice have become as much a part of the fall experience as the changing of leaves or the crisp air. When you’re visiting the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area this fall, you’re sure to want to get your pumpkin spice fix. And what better way to satisfy that craving than with a hot cup of coffee?

Even though you can drive the main thoroughfares and locate several Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kremes, and all of the other places that round out their wide menus with several coffee options, what you really want is some local flavor. Why get a cup of coffee that you can get back home? Instead check out these two local coffee shops when you’re looking for your dose of pumpkin spice.

Espresso Yourself
Located in The Old Mill Square, one of the oldest complexes in Pigeon Forge, Espresso Yourself is a one-stop coffee shop. They’ve got everything you could want and more. The wide selection of coffees and teas is complemented by an assortment of muffins, cookies, and other baked goodies.

The shelves of Espresso Yourself are stocked with jams, jellies, and fruit butters. These delectables are the perfect take-home treat.

With over 30 flavors to add—including pumpkin spice, of course—you can concoct your ideal blend of coffee. Then you can sip slowly, savoring your java as you explore the many quaint and interesting shops in The Old Mill Square.

Coffee & Company
Nestled snugly in Gatlinburg’s The Village Shops, Coffee & Company is a straight-forward coffee shop offering a wide range […]

By |September 21st, 2017|Restaurants|0 Comments

November Special Events and Winterfest Celebrations

November 2017 Things to Do in Sevier County TN
Mornings and nights are getting colder, but the month of November still offers perfect weather for a fall getaway in East Tennessee. While the last of the fall colors welcome you to the area early in the month, by mid-month we’re kicking off the holidays with Winterfest celebrations that will usher in Thanksgiving and beg for Christmas shortly thereafter. While October may gain its ‘fame’ for changing of the leaves, November proudly plays both autumn and winter with a bounty of seasonal events!

4th Night Free in November
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Free Tuesdays in November and December
Vacation in the Smoky Mountains
Includes Gateway to Fun Pass!  (Thanksgiving Weekend Excluded)

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Pigeon Forge Christmas Shows: Most shows and dinner theaters begin their Christmas productions on November 1 and continue through New Year’s Eve. Confirm operating schedules and show times with your chosen theatre. Christmas shows are offered by Country Tonite, Smoky Mountain Opry, Comedy Barn, and Sweet Fanny Adams. Christmas Dinner Shows include Hatfields & McCoys, Dixie Stampede and Biblical Times.

Dates TBA
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland: Every night rain or shine – including holidays – it’s a Christmas Lights spectacular at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium in Kodak. From dusk to 10 p.m., take a driving tour of synchronous Christmas lights set to Christmas music. Santa’s Village with inflatables, Santa, and snack bar. Weekends are extremely busy, so a visit Monday-Thursday will help you avoid long lines. See Shadrack’s online for specific dates, offerings and pricing.

4-January 1, 2018
Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration: Dolly’s entire theme park will be filled with Christmas lights, music and holiday themed entertainment through New Years Day. Again this year, you’ll get to enjoy Dolly’s […]

Smoky Mountains Fall Festivals and Harvest Celebrations

Fall Colors, Fall Festival Fun
While we may be waiting for the fall colors to flash in the Smoky Mountains, we’re not waiting for the fall festivals! It’s time to enjoy the fall season in a way that only the Smokies can.  A southern harvest brings great food, traditional skills and crafts, bluegrass and gospel music, and a whole lot of down-home fun to Sevierville, Wears Valley and Townsend TN. Join us!

September 23-24, 2017
The Autumn Leaves Arts & Crafts Fair
This fall edition of the Nawger Nob Arts and Crafts Festival welcomes you to Townsend for arts, crafts, food and fun. Festival times are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 7321 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend TN.

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Sugarlands MountainFest
Music Concerts, Outdoor Competitions, Spirits
Coming to Gatlinburg 2017 is a fall festival like no other! Sugarlands Distilling Company brings Sugarlands Mountainfest Music & Outdoor Festival to the Smokies for four full days of concerts, outdoor competitions, Appalachian culture, and of course, moonshine and spirits.  Read More….

September 28-October 28
Dollywood’s Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration
Beautiful gospel music by the industry’s top artists, skilled craftsmen from across the US, savory and sweet fall foods and the all new Great Pumpkin IllumiNights. This is Dollywood’s biggest fall festival yet! Hours vary.

September 29-30
Fall Festival and Old Timers Day
Annual fall event head at the Townsend Visitors Center celebrates all things Appalachia. You’ll enjoy bluegrass music and jam sessions, cloggings, antique tractors, storytellers, arts & crafts, and traditional skills demonstrations including cornmeal making, blacksmithing, sorghum molasses making, apple butter, basketry, weaving, spinning, and quilting. You’ll need the whole two days just to take it all in! Crafters, demonstrators and food vendors are available 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Bluegrass […]

October Conferences Seminars Conventions

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville

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October 2017

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9th Annual Tennessee Mining Conference – Park Vista Conference Center
The Tennessee Mining Association (TMA) welcomes mining professionals to hear and greet leading experts sharing latest developments in laws, regulations and technologies. Topics will include water quality, regulatory reforms, and regulatory and legal analysis. Networking events will give attendees an opportunity to experience great food, fun and fellowship throughout Gatlinburg.

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Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Tourism – Gatlinburg Convention Center
“Celebrating the Spirit of Our People and Our Industry” is the theme of Tennessee’s annual conference on tourism. For 3 days, tourism professionals and hospitality business owners will attend guest speaker luncheons, educational seminars, training sessions and a vendor trade show all with the common goal of increasing tourism and improving visitor experiences across the state of Tennessee.

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71st Annual Interstate Environmental Health Seminar – Edgewater at the Aquarium
Annual environmental health educational conference for member states including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Environmental health professionals will gather for educational training, guest speakers, exhibit hall and networking. Seminar will include an induction luncheon for the 2017 Tennessee Environmental Hall of Fame class.

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Anesthesia Spectrum – ParkVista Conference Center
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars offers continuing education for anesthesia professionals including physicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants and other medical care providers who must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the specialty or are impacted by it. Seminars and educational training 20 CME I and 20 Class A CECs.

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Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants FallFest Conference – Gatlinburg Convention Center
41st Annual continuing medical education […]

Halloween in the Smokies

Indoor and Outdoor Halloween Events
If you visit the Smoky Mountains fairly often, you know that if there is a holiday, there will be a celebration! Holidays are steeped in tradition and because we know your family is making memories and even creating new traditions that will last for generations, we go about celebrating them in a BIG way! Most events and activities celebrating Halloween are ideal for both kids and adults, and that means even more family vacation fun!

Here are just some of the fun things to do for Halloween in the Smokies:

Dollywood Fall Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights
This year’s festival combines the Dollywood Southern Gospel Jubilee and Great Pumpkin Luminights. Longer hours in October give you more opportunities to experience the harvest at Dollywood with four weeks of free gospel concerts, pumpkin-themed food, authentic mountain crafts, and the nightly Great Pumpkin LumiNights finale.
Dates: September 29-October 28. Operating hours vary.

Ripley’s Fright Nights at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
For the 19th year, Fright Nights at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure brings the “SCARY” with a special, frightful show to go along with your Haunted Adventure tour every weekend in October and on Halloween night. There is no additional cost for the Fright Nights show that begins at 6 p.m. with a sidewalk character parade and continues through closing. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and children ages 6 and under are not permitted. Confirm dates and activities at (865) 430-9991.
Fright Night Dates: 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, 31

Shocktober at the Space Needle
On October weekends in 2016, the guys from the popular Impossibilities put together a spectacular “Wicked” show that combined mystery and unexplained phenomenon with a little magic to embody all things Halloween. We anticipate that […]

October Fall Festivals and Special Events

October 2017 Things to Do
It’s no secret that seeing the colors of fall in the Great Smoky Mountains are Ahhh-Mazing, so it’s only natural that October is a peak tourist season. While we know you’ll definitely be planning to hike a few trails and maybe have a fall picnic in the park, we wanted you to know that there is a ton of fun things to do outside of the park too. There’s two of the years biggest crafts shows, a countywide harvest festival, sweet sounds of Gospel music at Dollywood, and some of the best Halloween fun you’ve ever seen! You might be surprised that – even in October – many of these special events are free or almost free!

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October Fall Festivals and Special Events

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Sugarlands Mountainfest: Sugarlands Distilling Company presents a 4-day festival celebrating the great outdoors! There will be award-winning spirits and brews, road races and fishing tournaments, and more than 30 live concert performances. VIP and general admission tickets available.

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Ripley’s Fright Nights: The 19th Annual Fright Nights at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure brings the “SCARY” with a special, frightful show each weekend in October! Show is included with your regular admission ticket every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening plus Halloween night. Show begins at 6 p.m. with a character parade and continues through closing. Confirm dates and activities at (865) 430-9991.

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Kid’s Day at Quaker Steak: Every Sunday through January 14, 2018 is Kid’s Day at Quaker Steak & Lube in Sevierville. Ages 10 & under get a Kid’s Lube Cruiser meal for $1.99 when accompanied by […]