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 […]

Easter in the Smokies

Ober Gatlinburg Sunrise Service, Egg Hunt, Easter Brunch
Easter sunrise services all over the country will inspire souls and bring families together, but none will compare to the Easter Morning Sunrise Service on the Mountain at Ober Gatlinburg. Book a Heartland cabin today in the Pigeon Forge, Sevierville or Gatlinburg areas and plan for a fun-filled family Easter vacation that will combine all of the joy of spring in the Smoky Mountains with a very special observance of this important holiday.

Imagine waking up to hot coffee in your cabin, then loading the family in the early morning hours to watch the sun rise over the glorious Smoky Mountains from high atop Mt. Harrison while hearing a message centering on the sacred truths of Easter Sunday, the day set aside to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ober Gatlinburg hosts this beautiful Easter Sunrise Service, which begins at 6:30 a.m. and offers free tram rides to their site. You’ll have an opportunity to take advantage of a breakfast buffet immediately following the service in the Seasons of Ober restaurant.

Leading into this very important holiday you’ll have opportunities galore to enjoy the Easter weekend, Smokies-style, with family-friendly activities everywhere you turn. Easter weekend is especially exciting for crafters and fans of handmade arts and crafts alike. The Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show is free of charge! Don’t miss out on this great event at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, which runs from March 29th through the 31st. You’ll see interesting demonstrations by crafters from around the country and have the opportunity to buy beautiful gifts and souvenirs made by local artisans.

If you’re celebrating Easter in the Smokies, you’ll definitely want to take the kids […]

A Mountain Quiltfest

24th Annual Pigeon Forge Quiltfest
While it remains true that nothing spells home and comfort like a handcrafted quilt, today’s quilters have elevated the craft to an awe-inspiring art form. The Smokies are a hub of craftsmanship and artistry, so it’s no surprise that quilters and quilt fans from all over the country will converge on Pigeon Forge Tennessee for the 2018 A Mountain Quiltfest event March 20-24 at the Pigeon Forge LeConte Convention Center, sharing ideas and learning new techniques. The public will have the chance to view an amazing array of quilts showcasing both the artistry and the intense labor poured into this exciting craft that has captivated millions of hobbyists and professionals alike around the globe in recent years. Quilting is not reserved for grandmas in rocking chairs in this day and time! Get up close and personal with intricate designs. Meet quilters on the cutting edge who are perfecting new designs and adding new twists to traditional methods at an event that has become known as one of the most prestigious of its kind in the Southeast!

Register today at A Mountain Quiltfest 2018 and get set for several days of demonstrations, classes and fun with other quilters, including longarm quilting classes taught by Dawn Cavanaugh, APQS National Education Director. There will be a professional appraiser on hand to help you determine the value of those quilted works of art you have poured so many hours (and money in materials) into. Find their true worth and get inspired to turn 2018 into your most creative and productive year ever!

Perhaps the most exciting element of A Mountain Quiltfest is the multi-faceted competition. Eighteen categories ranging from “Large Hand-Quilted” to “Small Themed Quilt” and everything […]

Dollywood Festival of Nations

Festival of Nations 2018
These hills are alive with the annual excitement that swirls around the seasonal opening of Dollywood theme park attractions. Get online to purchase your tickets today, or ready yourself for a full season of fun and family memories with a 2018 season pass.  When does Dollywood open?  Plan to be first in line when the gates swing wide on March 17!

Take a 20-story freefall on The Dropline ride, experience the thrill pilots have when they buzz a field on The Barnstormer, or hang onto your hat for a screaming ride on The Lightning Rod, a wooden roller coaster designed to have you lining back up for a second run! After a full morning of thrill rides or family fun on the slower-paced rides for the younger members of your group, head to one of the park’s many cafes for anything from pizza to BBQ! After lunch, be sure to visit one of the park’s many gift shops where you will find everything from handbags and scarves to nature-themed gifts to a treasure trove of old-fashioned items. It will be hard to leave empty-handed. You simply cannot go home without some of the Dollywood apple butters at Taste Traders. You mustn’t!

If handmade crafts are your thing…prepare to be amazed, and to spend lots of time oohing and ahhing! At Dollywood you will find handmade candles, leather goods and pottery. There are also candy-makers, wood-carvers, glass-blowers and artisans skilled in making forged steel items. You can watch the artisans as they work and buy their wares if you choose. Who knows? You may go home inspired to begin a brand new creative pursuit of your own. Some of these shops and demonstrations are located […]

By |February 19th, 2018|Pigeon Forge TN Events, Things to Do, Things to See|0 Comments

Chuckwagon Cookoff

Cowboy Cooking
Turn off those westerns and throw on your boots for an authentic trip to bygone days March 3rd and 4th in Pigeon Forge Tennessee! Ten chuck wagon teams will compete to the delight of your palate during the Pigeon Forge 2018 Chuck Wagon Cookoff. Just like the chuck wagons of old that kept the cowboys tanked up during the long, hard cattle drives, this fun weekend will offer some good, solid grub that’ll make you glad you turned your horse toward camp.

Load up the family on Saturday, March 3rd and hit Clabough’s Campground at 9 sharp for the kickoff of Buckaroo Roundup activities for the little ones (free of charge) that’ll go on until 3 p.m. Duck under the tent from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for Western poetry and live music for all ages featuring Andy Nelson and Marshal Andy and The Riders of the Silver Screen Band.

Keep your snacks to a minimum so you can filler up at the highlight of the whole day: The Chuck Wagon Luncheon. You might not be standing on a wind-whipped prairie waiting for your portion, but you’ll be just as happy to see your plate as the cowboys of old always were! Tickets ($12.50) are limited so hop online and grab yours today! You can also rustle some up onsite at the event, but don’t wait too long to get there. There will be plenty of parking at Clabough’s Campground (405 Wears Valley Road) or at Wear Farm Park (623 Wears Valley Road). The kids will learn a bit about how things were done on the range as they watch cooks prepare great food with basic ingredients meant to satisfy the hungry cowboy hordes! It will […]

By |February 9th, 2018|Pigeon Forge TN Events, Things to Do, Things to See|0 Comments

March 2018 Special Events

Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg March Events
If you’re feeling the same we are, spring cannot get here fast enough! While we are waiting for the season of clear skies, green grass and wildflowers, we think you should plan ahead to enjoy some of these fun, family-friendly special events when it arrives. There is fun to be had indoors and out throughout the entire month of March!

Spring and Spring Break Vacation Specials
by Heartland Rentals

Irish Month at Titanic
Titanic Museum celebrates Gaelic culture with Irish folklore, music and dancing in honor of Ireland where the Titanic was built. Discover the Pigeon Forge Titanic attraction this month and learn about its Irish roots.

1-December 31
Titanic Teacher Appreciation Days
Teachers presenting ID receive a complimentary ticket to tour the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge all year long!

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.

Free Music Night at Hard Rock Cafe
8-10 p.m. Kincaid Band playing Rock and Classic Rock

3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Free Magic Class
Doc’s Magic Shop at The Island – Every Saturday from Noon-1p.m. participate in a free magic class at Doc’s Magic Shop on Market Street.

Chuck Wagon Cookoff & Cowboy Church
Clabough’s Campground invites you to The 2018 Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff. Cooks travel with their chuck wagons from near and far with their cast iron skillets and dutch ovens to cook for you just like they did in the 1800’s.

At noon, taste and judge cowboy cuisine — as well as the authenticity of chuck wagons — at a noon lunch from-scratch dishes. Tickets are $12.50 each. Free family activities take place from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. and include a Western Buckaroo Roundup […]

Smoky Mountains Spring Break

Spring Break in the Smokies
It’s chilly outside, but spring will be in the air before you can say “achoo” into that tissue you’re holding. Not a moment too soon, huh? Heartland Cabin Rentals has the perfect antidote for your winter blahs. Back away from that copier, head back to your cubicle and click right here to open your browser to! A spring break getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains is just what the doctor ordered! The whole family will be thrilled to put the doldrums of everyday life in the rearview for a week of fun in these majestic mountains.

What’s more, with the variety of mountain cabins in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas, you can bring the whole family and – if you’d like – your canine companion too! Heartland offers vacation cabins with one to five bedrooms and all the amenities one could possibly hope for, including those that help you stick to your budget! Full kitchens allow you to feed that passel of hungry teenagers a heapin’ plate of pancakes for pennies; game rooms keep your family entertained; and every reservation entitles you to one adult “Gateway to Fun” pass offering free admission to several area attractions such as Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the Smoky Mountain Opry! Call to inquire about cabins specifically suited for handicap accessibility or accompanying pets.

Once you have settled into your beautiful, spotlessly clean Heartland cabin, it’ll be time to explore the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. Get ready to have some good, clean fun! If your kids love the outdoors, they will be bursting to try the dueling zipline adventure or look for wildlife on the forest floor below from the tree canopy walk […]

By |January 30th, 2018|Holiday Celebration, Things to Do|0 Comments

Rocky Top Wine Trail Events

Wine a Little Different
The Smoky Mountain wineries that you’ve come to love are offering a whole new way to appreciate your favorite flavors. This year, the wineries on the Rocky Top Wine Trail extend an invitation to three very special events that will not only have you wining — but dining — along the way.

Saturday, March 10
Breakfast Wine Trail
Create your own ‘breakfast of champions’ across three stops when choosing to have a glass of wine specially selected to be paired with breakfast foods. This event includes one glass of wine from a choice of two offerings, savory breakfast foods, and a commemorative coffee mug.
Event Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Event Cost: $25 before January 31 / $30 February 1-March 10
Event Locations: Hillside Winery (Sevierville), Mountain Valley Winery (Pigeon Forge), Sugarland Cellars Winery (Gatlinburg)


Saturday, June 2
Picnic Wine Trail
This is a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains like no other! This summer event you won’t want to miss includes three stops along the wine trail to enjoy one glass of wine from a choice of two offerings, much loved picnic foods, and a commemorative glass tumbler.
Event Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Event Cost: $25 before April 30 / $30 May 1-June 2
Event Locations: Hillside Winery (Sevierville), Mountain Valley Winery (Pigeon Forge), Sugarland Cellars Winery (Gatlinburg)


Saturday, October 27
Chocolate Wine Trail
Hit the Halloween treats a little early with three delicious dessert and wine stops on what is sure to become a famous Chocolate Wine Trail. At each stop, you’ll receive one glass of wine from a choice of two offerings, decadent dessert, and a commemorative taster glass.
Event Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Event Cost: $25 before October 1 / $30 October 1-27
Event Locations: Hillside Winery (Sevierville), Mountain Valley Winery (Pigeon Forge), Sugarland […]