Insider’s Guide: 9 tips and tricks to navigating Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas brings together the very best of the holiday season — music, food and jolly people! In preparation for the event, Dollywood closed for nearly a week beginning Nov. 3 and reopened on Nov. 9, unveiling a completely transformed theme park with more than five million Christmas lights.  It’s difficult for others […]

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Winterfest delayed, moved up, and SURPRISE! It starts today: Your guide for the 30th anniversary celebration

Halloween has come and gone, the temperatures are dropping (and rising, and then dropping again) — and that can only mean one thing: Winterfest is coming! Nevermind, it’s here.  The 2019-2020 Winterfest season, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, was originally scheduled from Nov. 22 through Feb. 17, 2020, but in a seemingly last-minute decision, […]

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Ain’t nobody doesn’t like Dolly; 6 reasons we love our Appalachian queen

It turns out, East Tennessee is a matriarchy. Oh sure, there’s some popular men ‘round these parts, most of them former Volunteer football players in descending order from Peyton Manning. But while we may have a few kings, in East Tennessee, there is only one queen… Dolly. Ain’t nobody doesn’t like Dolly. Born and raised […]

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6 things to do this fall in the Smokies

Coming to see the beautiful fall foliage? Spend an extra day or two taking in some of these autumn activities. Sure, you do them back home, but the experience won’t be as memorable as it will be right here…in the Smokies! 1. Go for a drive … and not just to Cades Cove Two of […]

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An insider’s guide to Dollywood; 7 pro tips from a local

The first time I set foot in Pigeon Forge was 1987.  A 12-year-old Hoosier, I came south with my aunt and uncle. We played mini-golf, stayed in what was then a nice hotel (it’s gone significantly downhill, being ranked among the worst in America a couple of years ago) and did other things popular with […]

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